Tuesday Garden Party #TGP – Garden Inspiration for 9.30.2014

Welcome to another installment of the Tuesday Garden Party! I hope you are enjoying these weekly posts. I know I am. I love looking through all the ideas and learning new things from all of you smart gardeners and bloggers!

Tuesday Garden Party 9.30.2014 simplifyliveloveOn Sunday, I harvested the most awesome corn I have ever grown: Wade’s Giant Indian Flint Corn from Baker Creek. It really serves no purpose other than decorative, thought I do think I could grind it and use it as corn meal. But it’s just too pretty to destroy! I hung it up so it can finish drying and I hope to turn it into a pretty wreath. I’ll be sure to share the results once I get it done. If you’re thinking about fun crops to grow next year, definitely consider this awesome corn- it’s a huge hit with the kids.

I also shared a picture of one of our rooster, Chris P Chicken. He’s a Black Australorp and just the prettiest thing. I love his black feathers as they’ve got a pretty greenish tint in the sunshine. He’s really awesome. 😀

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 9/30/14

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From your host this week, Jami @ An Oregon Cottage

Late September Harvests - An Oregon Cottage

The major happenings in my garden this last week were harvesting the last big bunch of tomatoes (from now on, there’ll only be a bowl full every few days until the plants are cut down by frost) and decorating for fall with our pumpkin harvest. This was the first year I was able to successfully grow the heirloom Jarrahdale squash (which is a pumpkin to me!) and I harvested three medium-to-large fruits. They are listed in the gardening catalogs as blue-gray, but mine seem to have a green cast to the gray which is perfect for my non-blue decor! The medium-sized white pumpkins are ‘Lumina’ and they did only so-so, producing four fruits, while the ‘Baby Boo’ vines did the best, producing about 30 little sweet pumpkins.

One part of me thinks it’s silly how happy it makes me to grow and decorate with unique neutral pumpkins, and the other part of me is just happy whenever I look at them! But before you talk about eating them, let me just say that is not happening. I’m one of those who can’t stand the flavor of pumpkin – alone, in breads, cakes or anywhere. But they sure look good, don’t they?

Okay, on to the features from last week’s TGP, where you’ll find everything from fall decor to canning to garden decorations to planning for winter. It’s amazing what a treasure trove each week’s party is for learning and inspiration, isn’t it?

Tuesday Garden Party Features 9.30.14

1. A hardy perennial begonia that comes back each year from Garden Matter.

2. Steps to pressure canning beans from Growing in His Grace.

3. This information from My 1929 Charmer was pretty amazing to me: the decorative sweet potato vines we all plant in our summer pots grow edible sweet potato tubers just like we’d grow in our gardens! Who knew?

4. A fun garden trellis made from rebar and pallets at My Flagstaff Home.

5. Tips from Schneider Peeps to make a lot of compost through the winter, including composting right in your empty beds.

6. I never think to dry summer’s Dusty Miller like Upstairs Downstairs, but it would look great in a basket through winter!

So, what’s going on in your gardens this last week of September/first week of October?

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  1. Hi Michelle, I am so in love with your pumpkins. They are gorgeous! I think some people call them Cinderella pumpkins because of their shape which I love but don't quote me. Makes me totally want to grow them but I don't think I have enough room or sun. Thanks for featuring my post on Begonia grandis. Looking forward to seeing what everyone posts about this week. Patti

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