Welcome to the last Tuesday Garden Party of the 2013 gardening season! It was another great year of gardening and garden posts – it’s been so fun reading your tips, ideas and just being inspired by your gardens. When I started this link-up four years ago I hoped for just these things – plus to have a place to bounce things off other gardeners and ask questions. And it’s been all these things, as well as a place where I’ve gotten to know some wonderful gardening friends. Thank you to all who participated in our community this season!!
For this last TGP, I thought it would be fun to go back through some of the link-ups and find a few of my favorite ideas to highlight again. Well, I was wrong – it was HARD. You all have such great ideas and are so inspiring! Really – I’m not just saying that, I had a very hard time picking just 10 to highlight. And the only reason I limited it to 10 was because I didn’t have time to deal with more photos than that, ha!
So, without further ado, here are 10 posts from the 2013 season that stood out to me for one reason or another, starting last spring and working forward:
In march The Local Kitchener shared this easy hoop house that easily allows you to start seedlings earlier and grow things later in the season. I loved that it is also portable so you can move it where needed.
In April I was happy to read Shannan’s (Travelling Memories) review of overwintered mulch for her garden because it confirmed my assumption that using newspaper or cardboard under an organic mulch really does a great job of keeping beds weed-free.
In early July, Tracie from Fishtail Cottage shared pure garden eye candy – her beautiful garden full of June-blooming flowers. Sigh.
Also in July Jacqueline at Deep Roots at Home rocked my world by posting about jam that is thickened with chia seeds - yep, a couple tablespoons of chia seeds, some honey, and you’ve got a pure fruit jam that’s awesome! I know, ’cause I tried it with blackberries and I loved it. The chia seeds aren’t as noticeable in jams using fruits with seeds like blackberries or raspberries, but may work with strawberries if the texture didn’t bother you. I’m going to try it with more fruits next season, for sure.
Since in my dreams I am a year-around gardener, I’m always interested in reading about people who are actually gardening year around successfully – like Our Stoney Acres. Maybe one day…
In August Michelle (Simplify Live Love) shared the results of her no-dig potato planting method. Since it’s similar to how I plant potatoes, I was excited to read about her great harvest – it gives me hope that if I can find a way to keep the voles away I, too, might have a good potato harvest!
Mindy (RindyMae) always shares such wonderful photos of her inspiring gardens and August saw her sharing this color-filled spot – don’t you just want to sit on that bench and soak up the scenery for awhile?
In September, The Novice Gardener won the prize for surprising the heck out of me with this flower cupcake decoration that is actually a dried pineapple. I think this is so cool!
Shelly (Frugal Family Home) linked this post in September about freezing and drying celery which was like a light-bulb going off for me: why didn’t I ever think about doing this to be able to have celery whenever I need it?
And since we’re housing my brother-in-law’s bees, it’s made me interested in how beekeeping works and aware of bees more in general, so Angi’s (Schneider Peeps) post on how their bees are doing was a highlight for me. I loved how she was honest and shared the ups as well as the downs (just like our experience, too).
And if I were to pick a favorite from my own posts it would have to be this:
What about you – what was your favorite part of the last gardening season?