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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 8/11/2015

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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 8/11/2015

From your host this week, Michelle at Simplify, Live, Love.

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Happy Tuesday to my lovely Garden Buddies! I hope you are all enjoying the perfect August weather for your gardens – so far so good in Eastern Iowa. I have to admit that I haven’t been that focused on my garden this past week, as we prepare for the big move out of our barn and into our passive house! Luckily, my garden is in somewhat of a holding pattern any way as the pumpkins, beans, and corn continue to grow in my Three Sisters Garden, and the tomatoes finally {slooooowly} start to ripen. I am still picking cucumbers, broccoli side shoots, and dill, and an occasional zucchini and I really need to make more garlic dill pickles.Tuesday Garden Party SimplifyLiveLove garden 8.11

But I have started digging the potatoes from my no-dig potato patch. I planted three varieties of potatoes (Yukon Gold, Butterball, and La Ratte) and this year and we’ve been eating La Ratte potatoes that grew on the edge of my patch for a while now. Somehow, I managed to plant the potatoes too closely together, and they grew so big that I wasn’t really able to walk through the patch so digging most for early potatoes was somewhat difficult. The plants are dying back now, and since I don’t have a lot else going on the garden, I guess it’s time to dig them up! I’m excited to see how much I harvest. I’ve grown well over 200 pounds of potatoes to store over winter the last two years.

And that’s it from Iowa. I’m excited to share a few posts I really enjoyed from last week and see what you have for us this week!

This week’s features:

Tuesday Garden Party featured posts collage 8.11.15

I love the before and after pictures of Jenn’s Deam Garden at One Thrifty Chick – what a nice job, Jenn!

Nancy from On The Home Front shared a delicious sounding recipe for Blueberry Jam. My blueberries just haven’t done well here in Iowa. I need to research and find out why!

Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction shared a really easy herb rub to make – great use for all the herbs we’ve got growing right now.

I love the colorful chicken flock shared at Homesteading on 4D Acres! Chickens are so much fun. I’m already thinking about more next spring.

I was fascinated by Kathi’s discussion of Walking Onions shared at Oak Hill Homestead. My dad grows these onions too and now I know what they are.

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time 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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