Tuesday Garden Party – Highlights

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It was another great week at the last Tuesday Garden Party. Here are just a few things that stood out to me (among the many), plus a recipe from an April TGP that I was finally able to make – and it’s so good I have to share it again!

Lisa at Happy in Dole Valley shared how her family pitched in to help cut down on weeds by using newspaper and straw on her vegetable garden paths. Very similar to my favorite technique to keep weeds down in flower borders – layers of newspaper and compost/mulch. A girl after my own heart for sure!

Isn’t this a dreamy garden that Bella (Bella’s Rose Cottage) shared? Not only is it full of roses and lots of other flowers, but great vignettes like this – wow…that gazebo is something, isn’t it?

Athena at Minerva’s Garden came up with this terrific idea for a garden fence/structure: reusing old bi-fold doors. And the color? What a statement! It simply pops. I love a great re-use idea.

And Susan from Zentmrs & The Mr shared not only her vegetables growing towards their inevitable end in a salsa, but also her Corn Salsa recipe that sounds fantastic! I’ve printed it off to keep in my files until we have corn ready.

Since my plants are only about 8-inches tall right now, though, I don’t think I’ll hold my breath. {smile}

This last highlight is actually from a couple months ago and I finally got a chance to make it yesterday with our garden strawberries. Learning and Yearning‘s Susan linked this Strawberry-Maple Jam up in April and I have to say I made it out of curiosity – I mean, it only has two ingredients, berries and maple syrup – and I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely taste.

I’m a big fan of the fresh berry flavor of uncooked freezer jams, so really I had my doubts – but this didn’t have the cooked-to-death flavor (or I should say, no-flavor) of some of my past experiences (including a honey-strawberry jam from last year that was pretty blah). The maple imparts a subtle flavor that still lets the berries shine through. Being just two ingredients, it is pretty soft, but not runny, and would make a luscious syrup drizzled over ice cream, pound cake, or trifles as well.

I’ve got blueberries ripening, and I’m thinking Blueberry-Maple Jam would be just the thing.

Looking forward to seeing what you’ve got for me this week!

Comments

  1. says

    You made some wonderful picks from last week. The roses are beautiful. Minerva’s garden screen is a knockout in blue. I am envious of those garden beds. And the jam looks delicious. Hoping all have a happy week.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  2. says

    I think I am going to have to try the strawberry/maple jam…I am intrigued as well. Thanks for sharing the link.

    Always a pleasure to have something to share with the Tuesday Garden Party. Thanks for hosting. :)

  3. says

    Thanks for hosting! I shared my favorite photos from my garden produce. I’m also wondering if anyone has tips for dealing with cucumber beetles? I fought them last year and lost. Wonder if anyone has successfully killed them and if so, what you did!!! Thanks so much!

    • says

      Ugh, Michelle, I have a continuing problem with spotted cucumber beetles, too. Though in my garden they pretty much eat everything BUT cucumbers (go figure) – they especially love tender bean leaves. I wish I had something definitive for you, but I wage war every year and some years are better than others – probably due to nothing I do, lol!

      I pick them off and kill them whenever I’m in the garden. This works great during the years the infestation is light. I’ve also tried diatomaceous earth (not great results) and sticky traps (no results at all). When they’re bad, Neem oil has been the thing that’s worked the best for me. Good luck in your war against them. :-)

  4. says

    Hi Jami: Thank you so much for hosting the garden party today, and for featuring our garden fence! It was one of those projects where you have to get creative throughout the process, because things didn’t work out exactly as originally planned, like the post holes filling up with nearly 2 feet of rainwater and not draining! But we found some work-arounds and it came together in the end. I always enjoy having a chance to visit everyone’s garden–always makes my Tuesday special, so thank you.

  5. says

    That rose garden is beautiful and the strawberry (drizzle) sounds fabulous!! I am hoping to still get some good fruit this year for canning our own jellies. Not sure though… I’m not an expert canner. Hehe…

    Take care,
    Dee

  6. says

    Thank you so much for hosting! Now that I have jumped into the world of growing my own food and becoming a suburban homesteader, I just started exploring gardening blogs more. This linky party is a great way to find more really wonderful ones!

    I shared my latest vegetable garden update and will be happy as a clam if anyone wants to share advice through this crazy journey we have embarked on. You would think if I can make my own deodorant, toothpaste, medicines, and all our food from scratch, I could grow a simple garden. It’s hilariously difficult. ;)
    http://www.anoregoncottage.com/2012/06/tuesday-garden-party-highlights.html

  7. says

    Jami! I’m honored to be featured here today! What a surprise and delight — thank you. :) I don’t have a garden post to share this week as we’ve been busy with filling our freezer with meat chickens and other homestead tasks. I did just this evening publish a somewhat lengthy and photo-rich post (click here) detailing our chicken raising & processing adventure and included warnings for the squeamish. :)

    Many blessings to you in your garden this week! ~Lisa

  8. says

    Thanks for hosting! I think I might try the newspaper with straw idea in my garden. I’m very frustrated with our paths. We still haven’t found something that keeps the weeds out for more than a year or 2.

  9. says

    Great with all the inspiration offered at this garden party. I was particularly fond of Athena’s blue boundary. Color changes and can lift the plants and crops. I wish you a wonderful weekend! Zinnia

  10. says

    Thanks for hosting the party. I always love coming back every week to see how everyone’s gardens are progressing (and to steal their great ideas!) LOL

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