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!

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How to Grow a Pumpkin Patch for Halloween Pumpkins

It might seem like a bit early to be thinking about Halloween, but it’s time NOW to start a pumpkin patch for Halloween Pumpkins! Growing your own Halloween Pumpkins is a great way to get your kids active outside and gardening. It’s a relatively easy process and the result in the fall is well worth the little bit of trouble right now. Here’s how to grow your own pumpkin patch for your very own homegrown Halloween Pumpkins!

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How to Grow a Pumpkin Patch for Halloween Pumpkins

Growing a Halloween Pumpkin patch is really easy. All you need is a place for the pumpkins to grow and seeds. Easy peasy right?

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How to Encourage Healthy Habits in Girls with Girl Scouts

This post is sponsored by the Together Counts/Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. As always, all opinions are really and truly mine.

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I’ve been a long time participant in Girl Scouts, starting when I was a little girl and continuing to today with my own daughters. I have such fond memories of being a Girl Scout and I’ve been having a lot of fun as a leader of my oldest daughter’s troop as well. One thing I really love about the Girl Scouts is its emphasis on healthy habits. In this day and age of technology overload, Girl Scouts continues to emphasize the great outdoors, unplugging, and nature – a rarity in many people’s lives today. One motto of the Girl Scouts is No Girl Left Inside.

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I love that Girl Scouts offers many opportunities to get girls outside! It’s so hard to get kids outside doing things sometimes, but through a lot of different initiatives, Girl Scouts succeeds in offering many outdoor activities. Health and fitness have been part of Girl Scouting since girls ran races in 1912! Juliet Gordon Low (the founder of Girl Scouts) used to stand on her head each year on her birthday to prove she could still do it – something my troop does each year too much to my amusement. Have you tried standing on your head as an adult? It’s not as easy as you might think.

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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 6/16/2015

Happy Tuesday, Friends. I hope your gardens are growing very nicely. We’ve had a ton of rain the last few days and my garden is really going crazy – in terms of veggies AND weeds!  Here’s a little flipagram video I created to show you what’s going on out here in Eastern Iowa. If you follow along on Instagram, you’ll find this and a lot more pictures from our crazy life, garden, and homestead.

In this little video you can see that my herb pot is growing nicely as is my succulent container garden! I love both of these container gardens. My corn is up and tall, seemingly overnight. My potatoes are lush and flowering. I’ve been picking peas and romaine lettuce and need to pull out my spinach as it’s gone to seed already. I’ve got beans, casper pumpkins, cucumber, and zucchini coming in nicely! And my broccoli’s looking good, as are carrots, onions, and garlic. Did you see the garlic scapes I have!! I’m so excited. Except I’m not looking forward to the weeding. Always weeding. :-( Anyway, that’s my garden update! Let’s get on to your good news.

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 6/16/2015

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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!

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

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

Simplify Live LoveFacebook | Pinterest | Instagram |Twitter | Google+

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