Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 4/14/2015

Happy Tuesday, Friends! I’ve finally got good news to share about my garden as spring has finally sprung in Eastern Iowa. Check out what’s going on:
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  • I found the first of the asparagus over the weekend. This is year two for my asparagus patch, so I’m excited to harvest a little bit this year and look forward to year three when I can get it all! 😀
  • My tulips finally have little buds on them. It’s only April 14 – ?? I need to write down the date they finally flower so I can compare to next year as I think this is late, but I’m not sure!
  • I planted peas, spinach, onions, and kale in the garden but have yet to see anything pop up.
  • I do, however, have three rows of gorgeous garlic!
  • My rhubarb is starting to leaf out nicely – also year two for it as well.
  • And finally, my seedlings are looking pretty good. I can give you a nice update on the difference between using grow lights and not using grow lights as I had a light malfunction this year and took several weeks to take care of it! The difference in seedlings that were under and not under the lights is remarkable! Use grow lights. That’s what I have to say about that.
  • On tap for me this week – start hardening off brassicas, plant potatoes, weed the annoying little nuisances that have already starting popping up in my garden before they turn to seed and make a bigger mess.

 And now, let’s party!

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 4/14/2015

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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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From your host this week, Jami from An Oregon Cottage:


Here’s a glimpse of a few things that are happening in my zone 8 Pacific Northwest garden right now, including lots of fruit blossoms – the berries are all just loaded with buds that will hopefully produce a lot of the delicious blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries that I look forward to each year- my favorite fruits.

Besides the iris pictured, we’ve also got creeping phlox blooming, brunnera, and forget-me-nots. The grape hyacinths and tulips are actually almost all done, since they started blooming weeks earlier than normal with the warmer winter we had.

Lettuce, spinach, onions, and peas planted out in the garden along with a transplanted rhubarb are growing great and the cole crop (cabbages, etc.) seedlings are hopefully planted by the time you’re reading this! The pepper and tomato seedlings have another month (tomatoes) or more (peppers) to wait before they get planted out – I thought about straightening the florescent light over the seedlings before taking the picture, but then I realized it always looks like this during the growing season, since the plants grow at different rates, so you should see it as it really is!

We had a great TGP last week, it was so fun to visit the links to pick out the features for this week – you can tell we’re all in a spring gardening mood now! Here are just 5 highlights:

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1. Benefits of using raised beds @ Prudent Living

2. Frugal DIY Gardening Resources @ Grounded & Surrounded

3. Ways to keep rabbits out of the garden @ Feathers In The Woods

4. The importance of soil @ Back 2 Basics Health

5. “Recipe” for planting tomatoes @ Gentle Joy Homemaker

Looking forward to seeing what you have for us this week!

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  1. Thanks for hosting, Michelle! I added a few urban homesteading posts this week. One of which is really important to me right now: COMPOSTING! :)
  2. Great party this week, Michelle! Thank you SO MUCH for featuring our 70+ Frugal DIY Gardening Resources :) Happy gardening...and weeding! ;)

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