Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 4/21/2015

Tuesday Garden Party simplifylivelove 4.21.15

For the first time ever, I successfully started cabbage and broccoli from seed, hardened them, and planted them! And I even have extra. You guys, I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally have a seriously nice crop of brassica seedlings started and planted in my garden BY ME! I might begin to consider myself a serious gardener now.

Also in my garden – my peas are starting to come up, kale is coming up, spinach has sprouted. Onions and garlic are looking fabulous, and my tulips are blooming. It’s a wonderful time to be a gardener in Eastern Iowa.

This week, Dan and I are heading out to Topeka to meet up with our NAHB building peer group, The Rhinos. It’s always a good time full of learning, good food and wine, and I’m looking forward to a mini vacation from my kids. My garden will need serious attention when I get back – but I’m pretty happy that I was able to plant my first crop of brassicas before we leave. I hope you are as excited about your garden as I am about mine.

 And now, let’s party!

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 4/21/2015

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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, Shelly of Frugal Family Home,

We’ve been having some great weather around here. It was so, so, nice. All the nice weather has been making the garden really take off. I was looking over my rhubarb just a few days ago and it’s almost time to harvest a few stalks.

Rhubarb is something my family has grown in the garden, ever since I can remember. My mom used to make rhubarb crisp with it. We always had an overabundance of rhubarb to share.

I’ve found it’s fairly easy to grow, at least here where I live. Rhubarb for me is the perfect plant. It needs a little water and compost, then produces very nicely. It dies off in the fall and starts growing in the spring. It almost takes care of itself.

It’s also super easy to harvest. Just grab a stalk and give a gentle twist. No need to find something to cut with. In fact its better if you don’t cut them.


With the rhubarb almost ready to harvest, I’m looking forward to making a few of our favorite things with it soon. I know I’ll make at least one batch of the rhubarb custard crisp. It’s a favorite recipe we received from my kid’s great grandma.

I also have made an upside down cake with rhubarb and dairy free roasted rhubarb ice cream. So many good recipes to make with rhubarb.

I think, I’ll need to make more rhubarb jam too. It’s so good and we are almost out. The roasted rhubarb jam is easy to make too and has a different yummy flavor to it, since it’s roasted. But then there’s roasted strawberry rhubarb jam too. So many good rhubarb jam recipes, I might have to make them all.

We had some really great gardening post shared last week too. There are also so many good gardening ideas from all of you. Here’s my favorite ones from last week,


1. Valerie from Loving My Heart and Home shared about planting time in their garden.

2. Gently Joy from Gentle Joy Photography shared about her chipmunk troubles. I know they are really rodents, but they are very cute ones.

3. The Farmers Wife from Grace Garden and Homestead, shared about rebuilding their greenhouse that burned down. I would love to have a greenhouse someday.

4. Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction shared her garden bench makeover. Going from a drab rust to a fabulous bright green. What a great looking bench.

5. This potting shed is just too cute from Donna of The Country Nest. I would love to have one too.
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  1. The garden looks great! I have not even got my soil turned, Mother's Day is our planting time, and I am itching to get out there! Nothing to post today but wanted to stop by and check it out! Have a good time on your mini get away!
  2. I love hearing about Eastern Iowa.I lived there until my husband was relocated to Atlanta. I miss lilacs and rhubarb the most. Too hot here to grow either. Thanks for bringing some Iowa to me Traci

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