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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 10/13/2015

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Tuesday Garden Party Co-Hosts

From Jami:

Happy Tuesday Garden Party! Today’s party is special in a couple of ways – one, it’s the last party of the 2015 season so let’s celebrate the season by sharing some of our best tips, successes, recipes and whatever from the season. Show us what you’ve got! One of my successes this year that has made me happy every time I’ve walked by throughout the season are the cute yellow zinnias that line the path of our herb garden:

September Yellow Zinnias-An Oregon Cottage

Sweet, right?

The other reason that today’s TGP is special is because it’s actually the very last Tuesday Garden Party ever! All three of us, me, Michelle, and Shelly, have decided that it’s time to retire the TGP for a number of reasons, but we will miss all you party participants with your great ideas, inspiration, and beautiful photos.

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 10/13/2015

Many of you may not know that the TGP started on my blog, An Oregon Cottage, in the spring of 2010 – more than 5 years ago – so it’s had a great run! I was so happy when Michelle and Shelly joined me in the summer of 2014 – it’s been a blast to co-host with them and I’m so grateful for their friendship and gardening wisdom they’ve shared.

Like I am for YOU – and all the TGP-ers who’ve linked up and commented throughout the years! I’ve made online friends, been incredibly inspired, and gotten a TON of great information from you all. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to share over our virtual ‘garden fence.’ I hope you’ll continue to share with me on Facebook and Instagram where it’s easy to share pretty pictures!

I’m going to let Shelly and Michelle talk a bit about the last TGP, and then we’ll get to the features for this week – and remember to link up one last time so we can try to visit and say goodbye (link anything you’ve done this season you’re proud of, even if you’ve linked it before – let’s leave with our best stuff!).

From Shelly:


One of my gardening successes this year was the great harvest of tomatoes and peppers. I thought it was going to be a bad year since we weren’t seeing many bees. I had heard about hand pollinating and decided to give it a try. It worked wonderfully and we had a record harvest of both peppers and tomatoes.

It’s been wonderful co-hosting with Jami and Michelle. I was actually a reader of Jami’s before I started blogging and met Michelle through the Tuesday Garden Party. It’s been a blessing to build a friendship with both of them.

But all of you really make the Tuesday Garden Party. I’m thankful for all of you who have been so faithful in linking up each week. I’ve enjoyed reading about all your gardens and learning new gardening tips from all of you. You are all really talented gardeners and I’ve been blessed to get to know you through your gardens. I’d love to keep up with you on Instagram or Facebook!

From Michelle:

Dills Atlantic Giant Pumpkins from SimplifyLiveLove.com

2015 has been a crazy year for us as we finished our Passive-Aggressive House {enough anyway – it’s about 75% finished}, and moved out of the haunted barn and into the house. My poor garden really suffered and I didn’t write many straight up gardening posts outside the Tuesday Garden Party in 2015. Moving away from the TGP is  bittersweet, because I have enjoyed working with Jami and Shelly tremendously and it’s been so awesome getting to know all of you through your weekly posts.

Moving beyond the Tuesday Garden Party, I hope to be able to add more gardening posts on SimplifyLiveLove. I’m excited to have grown a great Three Sisters Garden in 2015 and can’t wait to share how that all worked out, as well as more posts on gardening with kids, like this post on how to grow your own Halloween pumpkins. Judging from the picture above, it worked out really well for us this year and I’d love to help more people get their kids active in gardening. Thanks so much for joining us each week at the TGP, and I hope we will stay in touch on social media. Instagram is my favorite!

TGP features from last week:

TGP Features_10-13-15

1. All about the fall Anemone @ My 1929 Charmer

2. Beautiful fall potting bench @ Flower Patch Farmhouse

3. How to cover a raised bed with a hoop house for winter @ Homemade Food Junkie

4. Drying basil and collecting seed @ Garden Up Green

5. How to build a cold frame @ Stoney Acres

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. The Farmer's Wife says

    Michelle, your pumpkins are simply smashing! I have enjoyed watching your Passive house go up–and I’ve been taking so many notes! Looking forward to hearing more about your garden in the future, and I’ll continue to follow by Google+

  2. Diane says

    Thank you for featuring our hoop garden post. I’m sorry to hear the party is going to close for good. I was enjoying the garden posts! I love reading your blog Michelle. I homschooled five kids on a little seven acre 4-h farm. such good fun and memories!

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