Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 8/19/14

Happy Tuesday, Friends! It’s the time of the week when we all come together to share what’s going on in our gardens! I, for one, can’t believe that it’s actually August right now. Our cool temperatures have been a reality for a while now – with lows in the 50s at night!

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I heard on the radio that this weather might be coming to end – we’re looking at temperature indexes in the 100s by the end of the week. I’m fine with that, as long as we can get some much needed rain. All weekend I watched the dark clouds billow around my little homestead, but not once did they drop any measurable precipitation. We could really use the rain.

We’ve been eating broccoli, peppers, potatoes, herbs, zucchini, and beans from the garden. I’m picking a smallish bowl of tomatoes almost every single day, but they don’t last long at all – my 4 kids and I devour them before I can do much with them. I’m hoping the hot weather will help them all turn red so I can get busy canning. I have lots of new ideas for tomato canning this year and am anxious to get going.

That’s what’s going on here – now it’s time for the Tuesday Garden Party!

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Seed Starting Tips for Kids on the @MomItForward blog

Seed-Starting-Tips-for-Kids-fall-gardensToday on the MomItForward blog, I’m sharing tips for starting seeds for the fall garden with your kids!

Check out the post here, gather your supplies, and get ready for a fun and learning experience with your kiddos! It’s also a sneaky way to get them to help with some of your garden chores!

Happy Thursday, Friends! I hope you make it a great day today.

 

Nutrish For Cats – Review & Giveaway #MC #NutrishforCats #sponsored

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Nutrish for Cats. I received a sample of Nutrish for Cats to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

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Although I don’t share too often about our cats, they are important members of our family, and today I’ve got information about Rachel Ray’s natural new cat food called Nutrish. Since I’ve posted about the animals we have on our homestead – our chickens and our Great Pyrenees dog - it’s high time I share a bit about our cats, too!

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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 8/12/14

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a great week gardening. Here’s a quick look at what’s happening on my little homestead in Eastern Iowa and then the link up for THE Tuesday Garden Party!

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My garden is in full swing right now, but I feel like I’m kind of in limbo land, waiting on tomatoes. August has been relatively cool so far this year, with highs in the low 80s and lows in the high 50s! While I love the cooler weather, my tomatoes would really like it hot – there’s just no satisfying me, eh?  I have absolutely tons of green tomatoes in my garden and would love for them to explode so I can go nuts canning!

It’s also very dry right now. I really need to weed but I’m hopeful it will rain soon as weeding a dry garden is really a pain in the rear. I’ve I harvested all of my onions and shallots and my potatoes are finally dying back. I picked my sweet corn, but it was nasty. Either I waited too long to harvest it, or it cross pollinated with the field corn that’s grown commercially right next to my garden. I’m not sure, but it’s sad that we won’t eat any of the corn.

I’m still getting a lot of green beans and broccoli and I’ve got a couple more cabbages to harvest as well. My cucumbers are done – the dreaded squash bugs arrived in my garden and I’ve been stomping and killing eggs. I’ve got a ton of acorn and butternut squash that I hope will ripen up, a few fun ornamental gourds, and some pumpkins too. All in all, my garden is still doing quite well, despite the loss of the cucurbits, again!

That’s what’s going on here – now it’s time for the Tuesday Garden Party!

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