Spring 2017 Garden Tour and Harvest

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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Garden Tour, Harvesting & Garden Issues

Sharing a tour of the garden and some of our gardening issues this year.

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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It’s a new gardening season

We had the most beautiful weather this past weekend and the week has been gorgeous too. While I was away visiting grandma’s house Sunday, hubby was putting in the work in the garden.

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Couple weeks ago we mapped out our gardening plans and made preparations.  Planted some seeds indoors in a small greenhouse we purchased to help give us a headstart.

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Got our tomatoes planted and hubby color coded the support cages to distinguish the different varieties. This year we “ONLY” planted 8 tomato plants.  Unlike last year we went overboard and planted 12.

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The seedlings we planted are in the ground and we also have all the hoops up and some of the plastic that covers the hoops.  For those days and nights the temp drops we cover the beds up to keep them safe.  Living in the Chicagoland area we’re  known for experiencing 4 seasons within 15 minutes.  

Have you began your gardening season yet and is the weather  cooperating in your area?

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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Amending the soil, but first coffee

The past couple weeks we’ve been getting the garden ready for this coming gardening season.  In between cold and warm days, that is. 

This morning hubby came up with a brilliant idea of holding on to our used k-cups. For what you ask? For the garden of course. Before switching to the Keurig we saved coffee  grounds from the coffee maker and totally didn’t think about holding on to the k-cups until now. 

One thing you must make sure of when saving coffee grounds.  Allow them to dry out if you’re not using them right away.  If not, your coffee grounds will grow mold.  In the case of the k-cup, if I’m not using them right away I’ll punch a large hole in the lid. This gives it air to breathe and they’ll dry.  Otherwise,  if I’m going to use them right away… I’ll punch a hole in the lid and use it.

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The benefits of coffee grounds in your soil? It ammends the soil and a great cost effective fertilizer. The grounds provide phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper.  Sprinkle on the grounds and mix them into the soil.

Last year we heard that Starbucks will give free coffee grounds. Well, we went to Starbucks to check it out. Sure enough they handed over a bag of coffee grounds.   Great for those of you that may not drink coffee. 

So, if  you’ve switched from a traditional coffee maker, don’t fear! Put those used k-cups to use.

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: Garden Update 7/21/13 – 7/27/13

Seriously, these horny beetles Japanese Beetles need to get a room!

Japanese Beetles

Let’s stroll through the garden and try not to scare off the birds.

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beans in the garden

cucumbers

cucumber and banana pepper harvest

tomatoes

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cucumbers and beans

Happy gardening

 

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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