Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 9/16/2014

Happy Tuesday, Friends! I hope this week finds you well. As I look back on my blog from the last week, I realize I have not been sharing much with you recently. We are trying hard to get into the swing of homeschooling, homeschool coops, fall sports, and life in general. I’m not going to lie, we’re having a hard time adjusting to four kids in school at the same time and all at home. We’ll work through it, but phew. It’s taking a lot of time and effort.

Weather wise, we’ve had our first frost already! Really super crazy early. And since then, I’ve been reading about cold winter projections again for this year. I was so hopeful that we’d have a mild winter after the harsh weather we had last year. Last week, we covered the tomatoes and peppers on our coldest night to prolong their life and it worked, though I really don’t think it was quite cold enough to kill them off completely just yet. Temperatures are up this week and I’m still harvesting!

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This week’s host is Brooke from Creative Country Mom.

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Glorious Fall!
Well… not quite yet, but we have been in the low 60′s this weekend.
And it feels divine!  Fantastic actually.
Days that start with a light coat and end in short selves are my favorites.
Nights best spent by the fire, morning on the porch swing.
Colors more vibrant, deeper somehow.
Everything we love about fall in the Midwest.
Will it stay this way?
Of course not, we will have a few more hot days I am sure.
But until then I am dreaming of hayrides, caramel apples and pumpkins.
xxx….Brooke
Now onto the feature posts from last week’s Tuesday Garden Party,
I know we usually pick 5… but they were so good… I added two more!
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1. Three Dogs in a Garden, “A Secret Garden

2. Panoply, “Late Summer Garden Thoughts
3. Homeward Found Decor, “Farmhouse Fall
4. On the Home Front, “My Garden: September Clean Up
5. Fishtail Cottage, “Fall is in the Air
6. Wife, Mother Gardener, “Progress in the Knot Garden
7. My 1929 Charmer, “Dinner With Friends on the Deck

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Tuesday Garden Party #TGP – Garden Inspiration for 9/9/2014

Tomato Can-a-thon #TGP
Welcome to another installment of the Tuesday Garden Party! I hope you are busy in your gardens and enjoying these posts. My garden is plugging along. My pop corn and ornamental corn is drying on the stalks. The tomatoes are going strong – but I’m still not really getting enough in any one shot to do much canning of my own tomatoes. And I’ve almost finished digging up the four variety of potatoes I planted.

Last week, we returned from my parents’ house in Missouri. I headed down there because my parents are swimming in tomatoes from my dad’s garden and I wanted to help them out but canning some for my use. I showed up to almost 8 full 5 gallon buckets of tomatoes. I canned all weekend – roasted tomato sauce, pizza sauce, and salsa, and came home with 5 dozen jars of canned tomatoes {including crushed tomatoes and also juice my mother canned for me before we got there.}

My parents almost didn’t let me leave, because despite canning diligently all weekend, when I left, I left behind 5 more 5 gallon bucket fulls of tomatoes!! Craziness, I tell you! Craziness. I’m glad I got tomatoes canned, even if I had to drive to Missouri to get it done. :-)
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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 9/9/14

From your host this week, Shelly at Frugal Family Home Garden-Trellis-Update, #TGP I love growing pole beans in the garden. You plant them and they just keep on giving, until you pull them up. Our beans are still producing really well, so well that I’ve started sharing with the neighbors. We have enough canned green beans to last us for about a year now. To support my pole beans, cucumbers and sugar snap peas, I use a DIY Garden Trellis made from a cattle panel. The beans have fully taken over their panel. The cucumbers don’t get as full, but they do climb up the trellis quite well. If you need a trellis for next year consider making a cattle panel one. They work well, are easy to store for the winter (since they fold flat) and they’re sturdy too. Great for growing plants vertically.   Now onto the feature posts from last week’s Tuesday Garden Party, Tuesday-Garden-Party-Features-9-9

1. Gentle Joy Homemaker, shared some great information on using dill

2. One Creative Mommy, shared her strawberry spinach salad, I’m always on the lookout for new salad recipes

3. Garden Matter, shared a few recipes for Herb Infused Oils and Vinegars

4. Life Currents, shared how to grow green onions on the cheap

5. Green Phone Booth, shared Garden Chores for Children

I can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week! Go ahead and scroll down to link up!  

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Free Amazon Kindle eBooks Round-Up

Here’s my weekly round-up of free Kindle ebooks on Amazon! I found many more books: for cooks,  kids, and then miscellaneous books I’m interested in {and since I am a crunchy mama…I’m calling them books for crunchy people!}

If you don’t have a kindle, but have a computer, ipad, or smart phone, head on over to download a Free Kindle App. Or you could go here and buy a Kindle ! Make sure you check the prices as they change quickly on Amazon. While everything was free when I posted, it’s highly likely that they will change!

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NonFiction free ebook roundup

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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 9/2/2014

Happy September, Friends! I can’t believe fall is officially on the way. Out here in Eastern Iowa, the corn is turning golden and the beans are too. The weather is just beautiful – so unlike a normal end of August, beginning of September BUT I’ll take it. And I’m swimming in tomatoes – I’ve been busy canning Roasted Tomato Sauce, Crushed Tomatoes, Pizza Sauce, and Salsa, and we’re eating sliced tomatoes and my delicious Mediterranean Tomato Salad with most every meal! I think BLTs are in order very, very soon.

Typical for me at this time of year.
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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 9/02/14

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