Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 6/30/2015

Happy Tuesday, Friends! I hope this week finds you well. I’m looking forward to sharing my garden update with you and seeing what you have to share this week!

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 6/30/2015

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It’s Tuesday and time for the Garden Party! Read on to link up your garden inspired posts – recipes, diy, tutorials, and tips & tricks! If you don’t have posts to link up, come keep reading for a big dose of garden inspiration!

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How to Make Strong & Effective Tomato Cages – DIY Tutorial

How to Make Strong & Effective Tomato Cages  - DIY Tutorial

I love growing tomatoes. The taste, the smell, the delicious home canned goodness that lasts all year! There’s not much better than a delicious homegrown tomato. Expect one thing. I hate containing the plants. I battle the tomatoes in my garden every single year and usually end up with a huge mess of a tomato jungle. Nothing works to contain my plants. I’ve tried hog panels, steel fence posts, and wimpy, expensive store bought tomato cages. The hog panels and steel fence posts require too much maintenance.

How to Make Strong & Effective Tomato Cages  - DIY Tutorial - typical tomato jungle {from SimplifyLiveLove.com}

Who wants to spend hours tying up tomato plants? NO, THANK YOU! And those store-bought tomato cages? What a waste of money. They don’t last the season in my garden. They’re fine when the tomato plants are small, but my tomatoes grow and grow and grow! And then those stupid cages break and irritate me because my tomatoes fall over and I’m left with more trash. Each year, I think, this will be the summer that I finally do a good job containing my tomatoes. But it never is. I always end the year with a mess tomatoes that sprawl all over the ground, and a bunch of squished, wasted tomatoes because I have to step all over them to pick.

How to Make Strong & Effective Tomato Cages  - DIY Tutorial - wagon full of tomatoes from {SimplifyLiveLove.com}

Last year, when my dad showed me how he used wire fencing to make useful cages for his tomatoes, I had an aha moment. And then when he even brought his left-over fencing to Iowa for me to have, I really had no excuse. I thought making those tomato cages would be the perfect thing to do over the long winter, but that never happened. Here it is, already almost July, and I have FINALLY finished my ultimate tomato cage – strong, cheap, and relatively easy to make. Here’s how you can get your tomatoes under control too.

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5 Fun Things to do with Kids in Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri might not be at the top of your list of trips to take with your kids, but there are a lot of really entertaining and educational things to do in and around the area. Springfield has long been a destination on my list of places to take my kids and we finally did it. We  didn’t manage to see everything, and I’m ready to head back there again soon. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know we were there as I posted during our trip. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, what are you waiting for?! It’s my favorite way to connect with my readers.

I’m excited to share the fun things we did on the trip: visit Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, eat at Lambert’s Cafe, head over to the Bass Pro Shop, and then drive out of Springfield a ways to tour the Laura Ingalls Wilder Rocky Ridge Farm and Baker Creek Seed Store & Village, as well.

5 Fun Things to do with Kids in the Springfield, Missouri Area

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1. Wilson’s Battlefield National Battlefield National Park

We had a great time at the Wilson’s National Battlefield. Not only did we learn more about the Civil War than I have ever learned before, but the kids really enjoyed hiking around the area and seeing authentic cannons that were actually used there during the Civil War.

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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 6/23/2015

Happy Tuesday, Friends! It’s time for another round of the Tuesday Garden Party.

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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 6/23/2015

The Midwest had some pretty wicked storms yesterday. We were lucky in our area that for the most part, the bad weather went north of us. We just got more rain on and off throughout the day – rain that we really don’t need right now. After it was all over, we had the weirdest sky! Check out these clouds. I learned on Instagram that they’re called Mammatus Clouds and they usually appear after severe weather has passed. I thought I’d seen most every type of cloud there is, but these were new to me yesterday and I wasn’t sure if they were a good thing or a bad thing. I just thought they were very pretty. By the way, come follow me on Instagram by clicking the red IG icon on the red bar , if you aren’t already!
Tomato Concerns SimplifyLiveLove.comI’ve been weeding quite a bit in the garden and it’s looking pretty good, thought there’s always a little more to do. Since the weather was so yucky yesterday, I spent the day finally building my tomato cages. My tomatoes aren’t honestly taking off this year. Some of them look pretty good, but others are a tad wilty and droopy. I don’t know if that’s because I didn’t have them staked until now, or there’s something wrong with them. I’m someone concerned about tomato stem borer so I’ll be watching them closely this next week. If  you’ve ever experienced tomato stem borer, I’d love to hear how you handled it and what I need to do. And that’s about it for this week’s SimplifyLiveLove update! I’m ready to hear what you’ve been up to!

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It’s Tuesday and time for the Garden Party! Read on to link up your garden inspired posts – recipes, diy, tutorials, and tips & tricks! If you don’t have posts to link up, come keep reading for a big dose of garden inspiration!

An Oregon CottageFacebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Google+

 Frugal Family HomeFacebook | Pinterest |Instagram |Twitter | Google+

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