Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 5/12/2015

Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m always excited to share with you on these Tuesday Garden Party days.Tuesday Garden Party 5.12

The bad news: I’ve mostly got a huge weedy mess going on in my garden right now. We normally till in the fall and didn’t do that this year. Plus, I was gone at a critical time in weed development, I think. And now it’s out of control. I’m trying hard to resist tilling … but it’s going to take a lot of back-breaking weeding to get my garden to a point where I can even plant it now. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my weeds – keeping it real here, friends! 🙁

The good news: My spinach and peas are coming along nicely and the garlic and onions continue to look great. My potatoes are coming in nicely. I transplanted a bunch of romaine lettuce from my dad’s garden in Missouri and it’s look good now that our weather has cooled off a little bit. I harvested a few of the volunteer radish and got a strange assortment of radishes. I planted a few different types last year, mostly as companion plants for my cucumbers and let them all go to seed. I also found a nice volunteer Forenlenschuss lettuce. And that’s it. This week – I must get the weeds out of the garden as we are nearing our frost free date (May 15) and it’s really time to go!!

Now it’s your turn!

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 5/5/2015

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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 this week’s Tuesday Garden Party’s Host, Shelly from Frugal Family Home,

Growing your own food is something that I just love. From the time I was little, we always had a garden of some kind. As soon as I had my own home, I started to grow some of our food. There is just something about planting this tiny seed and having it produce a great bounty for you. There is something magical about it.

But along with the good bounty, come the failures too. The last few years, my failure has been broccoli. But this year, I had something fail, that I thought was pretty much foolproof. It’s the radishes. I’ve had radishes not do well because of bugs eating on them, but this year the bugs had nothing to do with it. I think it was more the weather.

I planted my radishes early on in the season, in mid February. It should have been plenty early enough for them to grow and before any amount of heat got to them. But as I went out to survey my radishes a few weeks ago, I noticed none of them were plumping up. The roots that I felt were still skinny and scrawny. The greens looked great, but where were my radishes.

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Then a week later, I knew I wouldn’t be getting any radishes this year. The radishes all went to seed. Yes, each and every one of them. Ugh! I’m not sure what the problem was, but I suspect our early warm spring weather was the culprit.

But it could have been the variety I was growing too. I was trying to grow radishes called, Watermelon Radish. They are whitish green on the outside and red on the inside. Such a pretty looking vegetable, I thought. But this year we won’t know how great they could taste, since all I have are greens and scrawny roots.

I might let the flowers stay and collect a few seeds, I don’t want it to be a total loss. For next year, I might have to go back to my tried and true varieties, sparkler radishes and breakfast radishes. I’ve had good luck with them over the years. I just wanted to try something new, but it didn’t work out.

Last week, we had some great gardening successes and tips shared. Here’s a few of my favorite ones from last week,

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1. Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar from Floyd Family Homestead

2. How to Repair A Garden Hose from Maple Hill 101

3. How to Grow Carrots from Sensible Gardening & Living

4. How to Make a Rain Barrel from The Sustainable Couple

5. Herb-y Basket Gift Idea from My Thrift Store Addiction

 

Can’t wait to hear about all the great gardening ideas you all have to share this week,

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