Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 3/3/2015

Happy Tuesday, Friends! Are you excited for another installment of the Tuesday Garden Party? I am. 😀

I’m so excited it’s March already because that means spring is definitely on the way. Only two more weeks until I start my first seedlings and I am so ready to get my hands dirty again.

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After temperatures last week that were 40-50 degrees below normal, we’re in for a heat wave today {high of 38} – and that heat wave is supposed to bring freezing rain and drizzle with it. Delightful, right? Unfortunately, bitter cold returns on Wednesday for the rest of the week with lows below zero again. And here’s my little service announcement, friends. Drive carefully, please. Stay home if you don’t have to go out in bad weather.

A really wonderful Iowa blogger, Amy Hild from Modern Rural Living, died last week in a horrible traffic accident in northern Iowa. I had just met her in person a few weeks prior and was so looking forward to networking with her. She was sweet, vibrant and at only 27 years old, young. Her death seems so sad and pointless to me and I was very sad to hear that she’s gone so soon. So please, take a minute to reflect on how fleeting life can be and hug your loved ones. <3

Anyway, we did enjoy a pretty nice weekend, despite the colder than normal temperatures. I thought I’d share with you a few more views of my little homestead!

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The sun was trying hard in the morning to come out – and the view with our barn in the foreground was really pretty. You know we’re living in that barn while we build our passive house, right? Yes – going on year two in the barn. I’m so ready to live in a house again. I really never thought we’d be living in a barn for going on two years. It’s not horrible, but our living area is pretty small, and our kitchen and shower are geographically separate from the living area – and you have to pass through unconditioned space to get from one to the other. I’m just ready for the conveniences of a real house again.
chickens #TGP Tuesday Garden Party 3315The sun finally did come out on Saturday and it turned out to be a beautiful day. I honestly don’t think there are many places windier than my little homestead and the wind is just brutal. It makes a cold day downright frigid. Luckily, Saturday was not that windy and that made it a very nice day! Spring is on the way. Spring is on the way. I must keep repeating that. Over. and over. That will make it true, right?

But anyway…it’s time for the party! Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 3/3/2015

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It’s Tuesday and time for the Garden Party! Read on to link up your garden inspired posts – recipes, diy, tutorials, and tips & tricks! If you don’t have posts to link up, come keep reading for a big dose of garden inspiration!

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This week’s TGP host is Jami at An Oregon Cottage:


I’ve got two seed-starting resources I want to take a moment to share with you all that can help you to learn more about starting your own seeds, caring for them, and generally having some success with it. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of starting your own seeds (and if you saved them from the previous year, even better!) because you have more control over the varieties you can plant (there are a TON more – literally, ha! – than the few that are grown for sale in nurseries) and you can time the growth better for your own garden. There are other reasons, too, but these are the two biggies. If you’re new to seed-starting or just want to learn more, I’ve got two resources that can to help you on your path to seed-starting greatness:

  1. The first is my own Seed Starting Basics page with links to all the articles I’ve written on starting seeds, including the equipment you need, step-by-step photos, how to care for your seedlings at different stages and how to harden off and plant them. This is free on the site, supported by any purchases you might make using my affiliate links – like most of the information you’ll find at AOC. 🙂
  2. The second resource is a new course that is being offered by one of our own long-time TGP participants – Rick Stone of Stoney Acres. It’s an online video course titled Seed Starting Simplified and contains 24 lessons, covering basic information as well as troubleshooting problems, discussing types of seeds, and many other topics around seeds. If you’re looking for in-depth information in a video format with the option of discussion, enrolling for this eCourse could be just what you’re looking for. And Rick is offering a special discount for Tuesday Garden Party readers using the coupon code: Oregon which will save you $5 off the regular $19 course fee! Go here to take advantage of this special offer.

Now, on to the features from last week’s TGP – you guys rocked it as usual!

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1. Gardening Through the Seasons: Digital Art, Landscape Design By Lee

2. How To Provide Nesting Material for Birds in Your Garden, Green Bean Chronicles

3. herbs, deer, and homestead plans…, Happy In Dole Valley

4. 10 Kid-Inspired Garden Activities for Winter, Wild West Gardeners

5. Garden Tuesday, the one about evolution, Mom’s Sunday Cafe

Looking forward to what you’ve got for us this week!

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  1. Thanks for hosting! I linked up like 5 posts :/ Can you tell I'm ready for my spring garden?!

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