Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 6/23/2015

Happy Tuesday, Friends! It’s time for another round of the Tuesday Garden Party.

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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 6/23/2015

The Midwest had some pretty wicked storms yesterday. We were lucky in our area that for the most part, the bad weather went north of us. We just got more rain on and off throughout the day – rain that we really don’t need right now. After it was all over, we had the weirdest sky! Check out these clouds. I learned on Instagram that they’re called Mammatus Clouds and they usually appear after severe weather has passed. I thought I’d seen most every type of cloud there is, but these were new to me yesterday and I wasn’t sure if they were a good thing or a bad thing. I just thought they were very pretty. By the way, come follow me on Instagram by clicking the red IG icon on the red bar , if you aren’t already!
Tomato Concerns SimplifyLiveLove.comI’ve been weeding quite a bit in the garden and it’s looking pretty good, thought there’s always a little more to do. Since the weather was so yucky yesterday, I spent the day finally building my tomato cages. My tomatoes aren’t honestly taking off this year. Some of them look pretty good, but others are a tad wilty and droopy. I don’t know if that’s because I didn’t have them staked until now, or there’s something wrong with them. I’m someone concerned about tomato stem borer so I’ll be watching them closely this next week. If  you’ve ever experienced tomato stem borer, I’d love to hear how you handled it and what I need to do. And that’s about it for this week’s SimplifyLiveLove update! I’m ready to hear what you’ve been up to!

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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 host, Shelly from Frugal Family Home,

I hope the weather has been good gardening weather where you live. I know a couple weeks ago we had quite the spike of hot weather and my peas didn’t like it at all.

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The sugar snap bush peas didn’t make it and I had to pull them up. The pole peas are still holding on but a few are dying off here and there, so I’m sure it won’t be long before I have to take them out too. But we did get a good harvest this year, so I can’t really complain.

The kale is looking so good, even with the warmer weather. I need to harvest some to add to our salads this week.

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I’ve been picking raspberries each day. We only have a small run of raspberries, but they are producing so nicely this year. I’ve made one batch of strawberry freezer jam and one batch of raspberry freezer jam too.

The kids also helped me make a batch of dairy free strawberry ice cream with the last bit of strawberries from our strawberry patch. It turned out so good. I love ice cream with fresh berries in it.

Now that I’ve got you thinking about a nice big bowl of ice cream, lets get back to gardening with this week’s features!

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Tuesday Garden Party Features for this week…..

1. Garden Up Green shared these DIY wood planter boxes using reclaimed wood. If you have some wood laying around be sure to check these out.

2. Oak Hill Homestead shared about all the rain they had in May and getting a late start to gardening.

3. Rindy Mae shared how she is using her overflowing Rhubarb harvest in this yummy looking Rhubarb Tart.

4. Sensible Gardening shared a video with tips on browning Petunias.

5. Sidewalk Shoes has a few great photos of a snail in the garden.

Can’t wait to see what you have to share this week,

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  1. Hi Michelle, When I first became familiar with blogging (only about a month ago and accidently) I have become obsessed with reading your website and (an oregon cottage) (because I am originally from Washington State and spent my summers in Oregon) - my husband is from Iowa - an when I moved to Iowa in 2009 (met my husband) we first lived in Durant, IA. I was reading your website about 2 weeks ago and you were explaining where you had purchased some plants in Blue Grass, IA (which I was familiar with) I knew then you were in this close vicinity of where I currently live. I said all that to say LOL!, a little long winded today, I really enjoy your website, for several reasons: today's cost of everything has become a challenge and the advice, DIY, gardening tips, etc., helps tremendously. Even though, we no longer have children at home, it's still expensive. Currently, my husband and I bought a older house with 3 acres, and some outbuildings in the country outside of Milan, IL. (was the right price or we would have stayed in Iowa) but not far! I have been debating whether to start my own blog and website, because I really find the everything so helpful and want to contribute as well. Thank you for the information and advice - helps to know someone is close by!
    • Hi Marilyn! It's a small world. I was born at McChord AFB and my sister lives in Seattle. We aren't far at all from Durant. You should start your own blog! I find it immensely rewarding. Thanks for commenting. Say hi if you see me out and about! :-)
      • It is a small world! LOL! All my family lives in Tacoma/Seattle, Kelso and Longview. Just returned from Seattle in May to visit! My dad is retired Air Force and my two old sisters and I were born in Moses Lake, WA (Larson AFB)!!

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