Gardening Plans 2017 #GardenTalk

Let’s get our garden talk on!The weather here in the Chicagoland area has been amazing.We’re definitely aren’t out of the woods, but we certainly can’t complain.With the weather being so amazing this has giving us the opportunity to get some yard work done and begin making our garden plans for the year.

Check out the video below and let’s get our garden talk on!

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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This Week’s Garden Tour & Update (Video)

What’s going on in the garden this week.

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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End of Spring Garden Tour 2015 (Video)

Summer is soon approaching and I wanted to take you for the last Spring Garden Tour of 2015.  We’ve been getting plenty of rain and cool days.  It’s finally warming up during the day and cooler nights.  This has made it easy for our cold weather crops to take off well.  The lettuce, Swiss chard and greens look amazing.

I’ve had to make sure I incorporate a lot of salads, lettuce wraps, greens and Swiss chard in our meals.  Sunday I made a Swiss Chard Tartar Sauce and today I made Spaghetti Squash with a Turkey & Swiss Chard Sauce.  Creating new recipes with vegetables from the garden is so fun to do.  Oftentimes, we get so stuck with making the same meals over and over again.  However, to make eating and food enjoyable for our families we have to allow our creative juice to flow.

While taping this Spring Tour video I couldn’t help, but laugh at myself not being able to identify some of the plants.  Then I thought, that’s why they create plant identification tags, right.  There’s nothing wrong with not knowing the type of plant you’ve planted when it’s in it’s before producing fruit state and of course there are those that we can identify with our eyes closed.

Here’s our End of Spring Garden Tour 2015 embedded below.  Thanks in advance for watching.

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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Help Mama prune her petunias

One of my favorite things about gardening season are all the beautiful annuals.  I enjoy creating container arrangements, but the real joy is seeing a container flourish.

One of my very favorite annuals are the petunias.  I adore the beautiful colors and the vibrancy of the flowers when they bloom.

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For a while I was pruning them all wrong.  My arrangements would never get full and give me that commercial landscape show I was looking for.

Here’s what I’ve been doing to keep my petunias blooming.

Once or twice a week and sometimes on a daily basis when I see the blooms begin to fade… I’ll cut off the faded blooms.

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This includes the green leaf base it sits in and you can even take off approximately 1/2 inch of the stem as well if you want.

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I don’t like to give the blooms time to dry up before cutting them off, because sometimes they fall off and I can’t find where it fell from.  When that happens it will begin to set seed. Before long our poor little plant will stop producing beautiful blooms.

Are you a lover of the petunias like myself? If so, how often do you prune them?

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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