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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 10/6/2015

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Happy Tuesday, Garden buddies! It’s feeling a lot like fall. I busted out my boots and scarves last week and am excited to be wearing them again. I’m busy harvesting the last remaining food from my garden and will be tearing it out this week and then gearing up for the fall bulb plant – garlic, daffodils, more tulips! There’s always work to do in the garden, even in the winter.

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 10/6/2015

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From your host this week, Shelly from Frugal Family Home,

This week I made a goal to clean up my garden. It had started looking pretty bad. Which can happen this time of year. The beans were looking really stringy. The leaves had begun to fall off. I haven’t harvested many beans this last week so I could save some seeds for next year. But then I remembered I had four huge bags of bean seeds from last year and just put them all into the compost.


A few of the tomato plants had almost died off so I removed the tomatoes from them and composted the plants also. The green tomatoes I’ll wrap up and wait for them to ripen. We still have a few tomatoes plants that are growing well so I left those alone.

While I was cleaning up the tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans, I found a few carrots that were ready to be harvested. They are our first carrots of the for this year. I just love the taste of home grown carrots – so much more flavorful than the ones from the store.

I did an experiment a few weeks ago with our spearmint plant. The stems had gotten so spindly and they had bloomed. I decided to cut them back a little early and guess what? They started to bush out again. The leaves aren’t as big, but the plant looks good.

After a little time and clean up the garden is looking better. I had a bunch of clover in the garden. It is just terrible. Once the garden is done I’m going to try covering the garden beds like Jami does and see if it will kill those weed seeds. The past two years have been terrible for clover in our garden.

That’s enough about my garden clean up. Here’re the great features from this past week’s party,

1.Homemade grape juice from Homemade Food Junkie.
2. A garden update and the benefits to using wood chips in the garden from Restored Roots.
3. Some options for extending the growing season from Our Stoney Acres.
4. A cute upcycled pumpkin patch from My Thrift Store Addiction.
5. Great photos of her neighbor’s sunflowers from Sidewalk Shoes

We would love to have your share what’s going on in your garden this week! Please leave your link below!

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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.


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