Home & Garden: Gladiolus blooming and the veggie garden

I’d like to start this sentence off with, Gladiolus are my favorite blooms. But I’ve said that about many of my other perennials. Gladiolus are one of my favorites too 😉

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This one is the second one that’s bloomed and I would have had many more if it weren’t for those silly rabbits. 

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This white one is growing up through my Phlox.  I don’t know when and why I planted the Phlox in the same spot.  I’m still scratching my head on that one.

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My husband broke down the large raised bed this weekend.  So, now we have a total of 9 – 4×4 raised beds.  He was so anxious to break it down and now he has a head start for next year.

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I caught a glimpse of the Chocolate Bell Peppers today. Can’t wait to suff and eat them. 

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We’ve been harvesting tomatoes like it’s crazy! That round yellow thingy is some sort of cucumber. Not sure if my husband picked it to soon, but we’ll have to do some goggling before we pick the others.  Oh, speaking of cucumbers.  They have been doing awesome too!!!! Loving them as a snack with lime juice. I’m eating at least 2-3 per day after harvesting them.

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That’s pretty much it for this week. It’s hard to believe that summer will soon be coming to a close.  I saw some trees today with some orange leaves.  I’m not ready for it to end 🙁

Has there been weather changes in your area and if so, what changes have you seen?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Home & Garden: 10 ways to use those tomatoes from the garden

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We’ve been harvesting plenty of tomatoes and cucumbers. Oh…I’m loving my cucumbers with lime juice. A delicious snack. 

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I’ve also been thinking of the many ways we can use the tomatoes.

1. Salsa
2. Spaghetti Sauce
3. Chili
4. On sandwiches
5. In salads
6. Cherry tomatoes as a snack
7. In pasta salad
8. Fried green tomatoes of course
9. On a homemade pizza
10. Stuffed tomatoes

This Sunday my grandma and father came by.  My grandma is gangsta!  She came over and pointed out which of my Yucca plants she wanted a piece of. Remember me cleaning my Yuccas the beginning of the summer?  Her taking a couple pieces helped me thin them out a bit. 

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Back to the tomatoes….What other ways would you use tomatoes? 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Home & Garden: Pasta Water & Vegetable Water To Water My Plants

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I mentioned not to long ago how I enjoy Facebook groups more than Facebook as of late.  The great thing about it is you are amongst a group of people you have something in common.

I’m in an Illinois garden group I love!  Whenever I’m unsure of the name of one of my plants, I post a pic and someone is sure to know. 

Well, the beginning of summer someone posted about their sister using leftover pasta water to water her plants.  If I’m remembering correctly, the feed also spoke on using leftover veggie water.  Like when I blanch my veggies, drain the water off, let it cool and water plants. Same with the pasta water.

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So far the results are amazing! I will be continuing this method from now on. I love the fact of not letting the water go to waste.

Do you use an unique method to water your plants?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Home & Garden: Every blooming thing

Some of my favorite blooms and I’m still waiting on my favorite one of all.  My hibiscus plant hasn’t bloomed yet and I’m patiently awaiting it’s blooming beauty.

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Happy Gardening

Nicole

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Upcycled Thrift Store Lamp Turned Garden Ornament

Today I went to the Thrift Store for half off day.  I picked up a couple items, paid for them and went back twice for two other things or maybe three.

The first thing was this bell shaped ornamental lantern thingy.

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Bell shape looking ornament with a wrought iron hanging piece on top.  I knew I would hang it in the garden somewhere on a short shepherd’s hook.

The second or third was this lamp.  It was $18.99 regular price before the half off.  This was also to be used in the garden. 

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I kind of got the orb idea in the garden from some iron orbs I saw at Costco a few weeks ago.  I passed them up and when I went back the following week they were GONE!!!! 🙁 I snoozed.

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So, when I saw the lamp I knew I was going to place it somewhere amongst my plants. 

I removed all of the wiring…. and began to play with it in the garden.  So far this is what I came up with.

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I took the short Shepherd’s Hook I had and stuck it down the center of the glass ball.  Took the bell shaped ornamental lantern thingy and hooked it on the Shepherd’s Hook. It’s placed near the back of the fence in between some Daylillies. I absolutely love it!!!! I’m now on the lookout for more 1970 lamps to add to my garden. LOL The only changes I might make, would be spray painting the base of the lamp or I’m going to let nature take it’s course and age that baby.  Also, I will definitely bring this indoors to store for the winter.

What you think of my upcycled 1970’s lamp?   It may not be as old as me, but sure looks like that era.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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