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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 9/29/2015

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Happy Tuesday, Garden buddies! The harvest season is in full swing out here in Eastern Iowa. The field closest to my house has already been combined and it’s hard to believe I’m staring at empty fields already. I’m making plans for the end of my 2015 garden as October and colder weather are right around the corner.

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 9/29/2015

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From your host this week, Jami at An Oregon Cottage:

Neutral Pumpkins on Porch via An Oregon Cottage

Happy fall, guys! We had a record pumpkin/gourd harvest at the cottage this year, and I love it. When you grow your own, you are not at the mercies of what the stores have in stock or what colors they choose. I grew only Baby Boo white pumpkins and the lovely gray-green “Cinderella” Jarrahdale pumpkins this year and these neutral fall colors make me happy! I had no problem finding places around our porch and home for the 40+ Baby Boos and 15 Jarrahdales (that I grew from seed I saved from last year), and it made decorating for fall a breeze.

On a side note – I actually found 4 of the smaller Jarrahdale pumpkins growing on a vine that had volunteered in the burn pile. Yes, burn pile, not compost where you’d expect it. Our last burn was June 15 and this vine sprang from the bottom of the pile and was climbing all over the branches we’ve been adding all summer!

Indigo Blue Beauty Tomato via An Oregon Cottage

I grew Indigo Blue Tomatoes for the first time this year, mainly because they seemed a novelty and I was curious. They really are very striking in the garden as they’re growing, that’s for sure. They keep their blue shoulders even after ripening, as you can see on the right above. The are nice, firm slicers and are still producing for us, which is great. The flavor is just normal, though, nothing to write home about, if you know what I mean. If I didn’t have room to grow them, I’m not sure I would again. Have any of you tried this variety?

On to the features from last week (go here to check out all the links if you haven’t had a chance):

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1. Growing into the person you were created to be @ Grounded & Surrounded (I remember feeling a lot like this in my first years of gardening!)

2. A visual listing of green flowers (some are quite stunning!) @ Sensible Gardening

3. Creating fall arrangements with garden & nature finds (I especially like the green acorns!) @ The Createaerie

4. Preparing flower bulb beds for fall @ Grace & Garden Homestead

5. Fresh apple cheesecake bars @ Homemade Food Junkie

We’re looking forward to your links this week – remember we’d love to see any gifts, food and decor that’s garden related, too!
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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. Karen says

    Thanks for hosting. It’s spring-time here so we are just starting the planting process – though we will be tucking in to the first strawberries tonight!

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