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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 8/4/2015

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Happy Tuesday, Friends! It’s hard to believe it’s the first week of August already. My garden is still producing a lot of cucumbers and zucchini and my pumpkins are still alive, for now. I did rip out one zucchini plant because of squash bugs, but I have a yellow zucchini plant I hope to keep alive a bit longer. We’ll see how long the plants last – I also have a lot of cucumber beetles still.Tuesday Garden Party 8.4 SimplifyLiveLove.com

I’m also still picking broccoli and kale and the potatoes are ready to dig. For the first time ever, I also have tomatillos growing in my garden! I’m excited to watch them grow. Other than that, my garden is in a holding pattern as I wait impatiently for my tomatoes to ripen – though I did pick my first Wapsipinicon Peach tomato the other day! I hope your garden is doing well. I’m excited to read what’s going on in your worlds. 🙂

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 8/4/2015

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

We had a bunch of rain come down on the last weekend of July. We had as much rain in two days, as we usually will have for the whole month of July. I guess we were trying to catch up on our rainfall, since it had been so very dry.

I loved seeing the rain and not having to water, but my tomatoes didn’t like it one bit. It’s funny how some of them reacted. I mean I know when tomatoes are ripe or close to being ripe, they will split if they get too much water all of the sudden. But the really ripe ones didn’t split it was the partially ripe ones that split open from the rain.


I picked all of the tomatoes that had huge splits in the skin and I’m ripening them on the counter in the kitchen. I left a few that only had small slits and although the tomatoes have a scar, they are continuing to grow and ripen.

After the rain I also found two huge cucumbers. I only grow picking cucumbers, instead of slicing cucumbers, so these are quite big ones, almost the size of the slicing cucumbers. Instead of trying to pickle them, I used them in a dill cucumber salad. It was gone in one meal. My kids just love it.


I also have a few peppers forming. Last year we only ended up with a few peppers. I think this year we will have quite a few. I was so happy to see a few bees buzzing around in the garden. We have had fewer bees this summer in the garden. I’ve been hand pollinating every other day, just to be sure. It seems to be working with the peppers and we are finally getting into full production on the beans too.

That’s the update of what’s been going on in my garden. Here’s a few of the great links that were shared last week.

This Week’s Feature Posts are….


1. Making infused water with fruit and vegetables from Feather in the Woods

2. Amy shared a few photos of her porches and the flowers she has around them. The porches are just so lovely.

3. Murano Chicken Farm shared 6 ways to dispose of coop bedding. I would love to have chickens but my husband just isn’t interested in taking them on.

4. Don’t think you have room for a garden? Mindy shared how her driveway veggies are doing. She is even growing a watermelon.

5. I hadn’t heard of this tip before I read it from Nancy. Did you know you can clean garden tools with tea? I’m going have to give this a try.

Can’t wait to see what all of you have to share with us this week!

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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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