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July Garden & Homestead Tour

Happy Tuesday! And welcome to the Tuesdays in the Garden!  I always love to peek inside other people’s worlds and today I’m sharing a bit of mine with a quick tour of our home.

July Garden & Homestead Tour

If this is your first time here, welcome! I’m Michelle your friendly blogger. I live on 5 acres in rural Eastern Iowa with my husband and four kids. We grow a large garden, make our own electricity with the help of grid-tied solar panels, raise chickens for eggs and meat, and live in a super energy efficient house we’ve been building for the last three years. We also have 4H rabbits and Great Pyrenees dogs. Our homestead is a work in process – a labor of love if you will. We’ve got a lot of work yet to do, but we’ve come really far in the seven years we’ve owned it. Enjoy this tour of my gardens and our little five acre homestead!

July Garden & Homestead Tour

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July Gardening Chores for Zone 5

If you’re wondering what you should be doing in your garden in July, here’s a list of July Garden Chores for Zone 5. You should have lots to harvest this month and there’s still time to keep planting, as well!
Garden Chores for July in Zone 5

July is an exciting time for most gardeners as by now you are really seeing some early harvest stuff come out and everything else is humming right along. If you are in zone 5, this guide will help you to know what you should be doing this month and if you are not, it should still be going in order, give or take a few weeks.

To find out your zone visit this handy Zone Finder where you can plug in your zip code. The important thing to know is your frost dates. In zone 5, the average last frost date is May 15 and the average first frost is October 15. Knowing your frost date allows you to determine how many days you still have in the growing season. On July 1st, in Zone 5 for instance, I still have quite a lot of warm days left.

July Gardening Chores for Zone 5

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Natural Ways to Prevent Tick Bites

If you are heading outdoors at any point in the spring and summer (don’t we all?), it is imperative that you know how to prevent ticks from biting or attaching.Natural ways to prevent tick bites

Ticks are in every state and are notorious for carrying several kinds of parasites and illnesses that can be deadly, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease. Some ticks are so small they are hard to see and may be as small as a grain of pepper.

Many commercial and chemically laden products are on the market to repel ticks, but more natural options can work, too. If you’re concerned about the harmful chemicals, you might want to try natural alternatives to enjoy more worry free summer.

Natural Ways to Prevent Tick Bites

Keep your property as tick free as possible. If you have lots of grass or live in a country setting, keep your lawn short. You can also prevent ticks by keeping critters out that harbor them: deer, rabbits, and mice. Additionally, keep any compost piles as far away from your home as possible, and keep children and pets out of them as tick nymphs love a good leaf pile.

Dress properly. One of the biggest ways to prevent ticks is to dress properly to avoid them. Ticks are very likely to be in tall grass, so make sure you wear long sleeves and long pants and tuck your pant legs into your socks. You may look silly, but proper clothing creates a barrier between your skin and the bug so they can’t attach or burrow. Also, light colors are best as you will be able to see any that get on you easier.
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Summer Veggie Gardening – What to Plant in June

Summer gardening is in full swing! If you’re wondering what you can do in the veggie garden, here’s a list of what to plant in June.  Even if you haven’t started anything at all in your garden yet, it’s not too late to get going for a wonderful harvest of delicious veggies!  

Gardening chores for June, Zone 5. It's not too late to plant a garden, even if you haven't started yet. Check out what to plant in June with this helpful list.

Summer Veggie Gardening – What to Plant in June

If you’re not in Zone 5, the timing of this list might be off a bit, but in general, the progression is the same. Make sure you know your last average frost date and first average frost date. Those two dates determine when to do what in your specific area. If you don’t know those two dates, look them up here.

In my area of Eastern Iowa, the last average frost date is May 15

and first average frost date is October 15.
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