#TuesdayGardenParty – Garden Inspiration for 9-23-2014

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Thank you for sharing all your gardening progress, wisdom and inspiration with us each week! When you link your post here it will automatically be seen on all four blogs – all you have to do is link to ONE of our sites. Feel free to follow our Tuesday Garden Party Pinterest board where you may get a sneak peak of our weekly favorites and features, and search and follow #TuesdayGardenParty on any of your social media!

This week’s host is Michelle from Simplify, Live, Love.

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Greetings from Eastern Iowa! I hope you are enjoying glorious fall weather this Tuesday, the first official day of fall! Fall is definitely in the air out here on my little homestead. The days are getting shorter and the air is getting cooler – although, it’s supposed to be 80 on Friday. I’ve been busy freezing okra, digging up the last of my potatoes and taking in all of the butternut and acorn squash I grew. Sweet potatoes will be coming out of the garden in the next few days and I’m still harvesting broccoli side shoots and enough tomatoes to get a nice sized pot of sauce every few days.
But my big garden accomplishment this past week has to do with potatoes. Two years ago I read about the no-dig potato planting method in one of my favorite gardening books, the Rodale Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. This is the second year I have planted my potatoes using the no-dig method and I continue to be very pleased with the results. The first year, I grew over 200 pounds of potatoes, and this year I’m sure I did too even though I have not managed to weigh them. I have three big bushel baskets full of potatoes again this year, just like I got last year and I’m excited to have them to eat all winter again this year. You can read how I store my potatoes and how they fared over the winter last year here.

On to the Tuesday Garden Party’s Featured Posts from last week!

#TuesdayGardenParty featured posts 9.23.14

1. Garden Up Green – Establishing a Raised Bed – I love the helpful hints Carole provides on starting a raised garden bed! Getting the soil right is sooo important.
2. Sprouts – The Wilder Homestead Heritage Gardens Part 1 – I have to tell you a secret. I have read the whole Little House series multiple times {even as an adult} and I love every single one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books! My kids and I are headed to New York in a couple of weeks and visiting Malone to see the Farmer Boy home site was on my list of places to visit, BUT – they close the week before we get there. So, I will make do with this tour from  Sprouts!
3. Garden Matter – Harvest Tomato Pie I might try this tonight! It looks so good.
4. Upstairs Downstairs – Free Natural Materials for Fall Decorating – Love the ideas for pretty items you can gather right outside like Okra pods {I happen to have a bunch of them!}! FREE!
5. Michelle’s Little Piece of Heaven – Canning Zucchini I freeze a bit of zucchini, but canning it is an interesting concept!
I loved all the posts last week! Thank you all for continuing to link up to this great party! I can’t wait to see what you share this week!

#TuesdayGardenParty – Garden Inspiration for 9-23-2014

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