Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 4/14/2015

Happy Tuesday, Friends! I’ve finally got good news to share about my garden as spring has finally sprung in Eastern Iowa. Check out what’s going on:
SimplifyLiveLove garden update 4.14

  • I found the first of the asparagus over the weekend. This is year two for my asparagus patch, so I’m excited to harvest a little bit this year and look forward to year three when I can get it all! :D
  • My tulips finally have little buds on them. It’s only April 14 – ?? I need to write down the date they finally flower so I can compare to next year as I think this is late, but I’m not sure!
  • I planted peas, spinach, onions, and kale in the garden but have yet to see anything pop up.
  • I do, however, have three rows of gorgeous garlic!
  • My rhubarb is starting to leaf out nicely – also year two for it as well.
  • And finally, my seedlings are looking pretty good. I can give you a nice update on the difference between using grow lights and not using grow lights as I had a light malfunction this year and took several weeks to take care of it! The difference in seedlings that were under and not under the lights is remarkable! Use grow lights. That’s what I have to say about that.
  • On tap for me this week – start hardening off brassicas, plant potatoes, weed the annoying little nuisances that have already starting popping up in my garden before they turn to seed and make a bigger mess.

 And now, let’s party!

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 4/14/2015

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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 Prepare Seed Potatoes for Planting

How to prepare seed potatoes for plantingIsn’t it wonderful when spring finally arrives and the ground is ready to work? I’m always so excited when my seed potatoes finally arrive months after placing the order – I’m ready to get them in the ground ASAP. But before you plant seed potatoes, there are a couple easy things you should do to maximize your harvest.

I started growing potatoes about five years ago and they have quickly become one of my favorite veggies to grow. They’re easy, they’re fun, and harvesting them is like going on a treasure hunt. I also feel like I get a big bang for my buck – conventional potatoes are very heavily treated with chemicals and are at the top of the dirty dozen list, so I prefer to buy organic potatoes. However, organic potatoes aren’t that easy to find and they’re expensive. Growing my own potatoes is a great option for me.

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How to Make Homemade 12 Grain Bread

Many thanks to Wondermix for sponsoring this post and providing the Wondermix for the giveaway at the end!

Continuing with my Earth Month Challenge this week – I’m moving to food. Today, I’m showing your how to make a delicious, homemade 12 Grain Bread. Bread is often a source of hidden ingredients (potassium bromate, trans fats, monoglycerides, diglycerides, BHA, high fructose corn syrup, coloring, soy lecithin – to name a few). Since I’d rather not feed my family these ingredients, I’ve learned over the years to bake my own super yummy bread. Another bonus – baking my bread is also lot cheaper than buying it from the store!

How to Bake 5 Loaves of 10-Grain Bread in Under 2 Hours and a Wondermix Giveaway

One way that I keep my costs down is to grind my own flour. I buy wheat berries in bulk from Azure Standard and make my own flour for pennies on the dollar. Because I don’t have a lot of time, and I have six hungry people to feed, I need to bake a lot of bread very quickly. Using the right equipment, I’m able to grind my own flour AND bake five loaves of yummy bread in under two hours – from start to finish, including clean up time. That’s not all active time either. The bread rises for half an hour and also bakes for half an hour.

How to Make Homemade 12 Grain Bread and WonderMix GiveawayI grew up eating what I call REAL BREAD in Germany. Bread that crunches. Bread that’s made with whole ingredients. Bread that has flavor. We used to joke that American Bread was plastic compared to the German bread we bought from bakeries. You know what plastic bread I’m talking about, right? After I got married and started cooking for my husband and then later my kids, there weren’t many great bread options for me. The good bread that I could find was seriously expensive and out of my price range. After meeting a woman who ground her own flour and baked her own delicious bread in 2003, I think, I was hooked. And I have been grinding my own flour and baking my own bread ever since.
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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 4/7/2015

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 4/7/2015

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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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