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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 9/22/2015

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Happy Tuesday! Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of fall already?? I sure can’t. I’m looking forward to fall though. It’s my favorite season, but something about the changing seasons makes me say that with each new season, well fall and spring for sure. Winter and summer, maybe not so much. 😀 Anyhow, welcome back to another installment of the Tuesday Garden Party. We’ve only got a few left before we shut down for the season. I hope you will continue to join us until that happens.

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 9/22/2015

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From your host this week, Michelle @SimplifyLiveLove:

sunset in Iowa from SimplifyLiveLove.com

I’m not sure what sort of weather you’ve been having in your neck of the woods, but we’re definitely heading into fall with cooler weather out here in Eastern Iowa. We got over 2 inches of rain accompanied by lots of thunder and lightening this past weekend, which isn’t really normal for late September. I’m surprised to see leaves turning and falling already and the field crops seemed to turn golden brown over night. The farmers who had already starting harvesting their crops have had to pull out of the fields to wait for them to dry out.

3 Sisters Garden from SimplifyLiveLove.com

If we’re keeping it real here, I will admit that my garden is mostly a disaster area, full of weeds and over grown plants. The wind and rain knocked down most of the corn in my Three Sisters Garden over the weekend, which is fine because it’s mostly ready for harvest anyway. My tomatoes have grown so big that they’ve knocked over a few cages. Despite the large size of the plants however, I continue to harvest very few tomatoes, which is my sad gardening fail this year. I’m not sure what factors led to the tomato fail, but I’m sure it’s some combo of varieties of tomatoes, inclement weather this summer, and perhaps being planted too closely together. I need to develop a better strategy for next year to make sure that I can preserve tomatoes! I am very happy with the fall harvest of pumpkins, ornamental corn, and dried beans, however. The Three Sisters Garden has been a huge success and I will try to improve upon it next year.

I hope you have a great first day of fall this week – I know I’m looking forward to the changing seasons! And now, on to the Tuesday Garden Party! If you missed last week’s post, you can find it here. As usual, you all shared some fabulous posts and I’ve highlighted five of them below.

Features from last week:

TuesdayGardenParty features 9.22

  1. In the September Garden from The Freckled Rose
  2. How to make homemade pizza sauce from Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats
  3. How to infuse oils with dry herbs from To Work With My Hands
  4. Saving your tomato seeds from Nancy On the Home Front
  5. September 13 in the Garden from Priscillas 2000

Please link up this week and share how you’re celebrating fall! I can’t wait to see your posts.

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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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