Happy Tuesday, garden buddies! It’s time for the Tuesday Garden Party and this week’s dose of garden inspiration. How did it get to be May already? I don’t have a lot to update about my own garden, because I’ve been on the road again, but I did get go to the Baker Creek Spring Planting Festival this past weekend and thought I’d show you a few pictures from my visit!!Ever since I started ordering seeds from Baker Creek several years ago, I have wanted to go to their Spring Festival. It turns out, the festival is located outside the same town in Missouri where Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Rocky Ridge Farm is located: Mansfield. My parents happen to live only two hours away, so I’ve been planning this trip for a long time, as I’m also a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. A good friend and I decided to plan a trip to the Springfield, Missouri area for a little homeschooling on the road with our collective seven children.
The Spring Planting Festival was only one of the places we visited, and it was amazing. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and was very surprised by the number of people there. It was very crowded with lots of vendors selling wonderful plant starts, homemade pottery, and crafts of all sort. Speakers and musicians educated and entertained, and there were lots of activities for the kids, including digging in a huge sand pit for real money and bean bag tosses with organic candy as the prize!
The highlight of my day was visiting the Baker Creek Seed Store – but it was so crowded that I didn’t buy anything. I would love to go back one of these days for a real tour without the crowds, so I’m going to have to figure out how to make that happen! But for now, enjoy the Tuesday Garden Party!
Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 5/5/2015
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!
From your host this week (again!), Jami @ An Oregon Cottage with a special garden themed review & giveaway sponsored by LTD Commodities:
We’ve been wanting to offer a giveaway for the Tuesday Garden Party for awhile now, so when I was contacted by LTD Commodities about offering a $25 gift voucher in conjunction with their Time to Bloom: Get Your Garden Ready To Grow promotion – and I saw that they offered some fun solar lights for great prices – I thought it would be a great offer for you guys! I was given a gift voucher to try out some items to share with you, which I used for this strand of 10 LED globe solar lights, pictured above, and a few other things.
When I hung them up in front of our French doors, I thought it immediately looked like a party with the fun globe shapes! I love the look of outdoor spaces with strands of hanging lights and these seem sturdy and well made- and they only needed a few hours of charging from the sun to light the night I hung them up. The light is bluish like many LEDs, not a warm white like I usually prefer, but they’re still cute, don’t you think?
But I was really excited about these lanterns with their classic shape and candle-like light.
I was actually surprised at how well made these are for the price – they are metal and glass and the solar ‘candle’ is warm white that actually looks like a candle. Like the globe lights, these charged right away. There is an on/off button on the bottoms of the lanterns, though we’ve figured out that “off” means they’ll turn on a dusk for you. At first I was thinking I’d have to go out and turn them on every time I wanted to see them, ha!
Just in case you aren’t in the market for solar lights and you win the gift voucher, there are a TON of other interesting things like this set of six small ramekins which I found (they’re ceramic and come with lids making them perfect for things like party condiments to get them ready early and then easily store any leftovers), and things for grilling like the pan pictured. It worked great for the boneless chicken thighs we grilled that often stick to our grates.
To be Entered in the Giveaway: visit LTD Commodities here and pick something you’d like, come back to any of the host’s blogs to leave a comment telling us what you would choose, and then fill out the Rafflecopter form below to be entered to win a $25 gift voucher!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
And now on to the features and this week’s party-
1. Learn how to protect raised beds from animals @ Grace Garden and Homestead
2. Find out when to prune lilacs @ My 1929 Charmer
3. Get some direct seeding tips @ Garden Up Green
4. Make an optical illusion mirror for your garden @ Empress of Dirt
5. Make your own hummingbird nectar @ Feathers In The Woods
So many great ideas – looking forward to what you’ve got in store for us this week!
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Disclosure: Jami received product to review for this post on behalf of the TGP hosts – as always, the opinions and thoughts are all hers. You can read Jami’s entire disclosure page here and my disclosure here. Please note, I did not receive any compensation for this post.