>Update- Oh, How My Garden Grows!!

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We have had a lot of rain in the past few weeks, but I think that my garden is still doing pretty good!! The wind knocked off one of the bell peppers over the weekend but other than that, everything else is still standing!!Here are a few pictures of what is growing this week. As you can see, we had to put the fence up. The darn rabbits were just eating too much and basically took up camp in our back yard. Since the fence went up, I have only seen 1 rabbit in the past 4 days. Maybe they got the hint!!

Can you see them? PUMPKINS!!! Last year we planted them too late and never got any, but this year, I think we will have plenty to carve and decorate with come October!!!

Lettuce is starting to sprout back through, maybe it will survive the wrath of the rabbits!!
Jalapenos!!!
Broccoli is coming back!!
Our cucumbers are trying to come back!!!
One lonely tomato!!

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>Farmer’s Markets- Garden Link Up!!

>Have you checked out your local farmer’s market yet? Well you should. Farmer’s Markets are a great place to meet other gardener’s, get fresh produce and learn about produce. I have not made it to one yet this year but last year we had stopped at quite a few and I always loved talking to other gardener’s. You can learn so many new things and how to grow different produce.

Most of the time Farmer’s Markets are people just like you and me trying to sell their extra abundance of produce. So the cost is usually cheaper than getting them at your local grocery.

Check out Ohio Proud- this is a place that you can search for Farmer’s Markets in your area!!

Here are few that I know of. If you have one that you want to share please leave it as a comment and I will add it to my list!!!

Hamilton, Ohio
Front & Court Street
May – October
Saturdays 7am-3pm

Fairfield Twp, Ohio
Bridgewater Falls Shopping Center
May- October
Saturdays & Sundays 10am-2pm

Springdale, Ohio
West Kemper Rd & Springfield Pike
June- October
Thursdays 3pm-7pm

Garden Update!!
There is not much change from last week due to all of the rain. So hopefully next week I can share more pictures and maybe even have something I can harvest!!

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>Finally- Real Growth in the Garden- Link up!!

>Yesterday was so busy and I forgot to put up my garden update, but here it is!! Thanks Tosha for putting up the link up!!

I finally have started to see some real growth in the garden. This week I will have to put up the fence around the garden again. There are more bunnies than ever and we saw one Monday digging to make another bunny nest. Really, they need to make birth control for these things, they are reproducing faster than I can blink. Give it a break already!!!

Here are the pumpkins- no pumpkins yet but the vines are growing great!!

Here is one little tomato that sprouted Monday!! You would have thought I told the girls that Santa was coming to eat dinner with us. They were so excited that we have tomatoes coming!!
Here is one of the jalapeno’s…..
Here is one of the green bell peppers!!

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>Fruit Trees Planted!! Oh, How My Garden Grows! Link-up!

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We finally have the apple tree and peach tree planted and ready to go. After many peoples advice and a few phone calls to local nurseries, we decided to plant one of each and see how they grow!! Hopefully in a few years we can get some fruit from them!! Here are a few pictures!!

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>Home Depot Garden Club- Join NOW!!

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Home Depot Garden Club

If you have not signed up for the Home Depot Garden’s Club, now is the time. I have received so many coupons from them lately, that I can not even use them all!! They send you ideas and tips on how to make your garden, landscaping and your lawn the best it can be. They have a new Online Journal that you can use to get instructions on how to care for certain plants, upload your progress (via pictures) and even ask experts for help. I think I may be asking for help for my apple tree situation!!!

Don’t forget that Thursday night, June 3, 2010 7-8:30pm at your local Home Depot is the Garden Workshop. Make sure to call your local store in case you need to register for the FREE class.

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>Silly Rabbits, My Garden is for me!! – Link up!

>Okay, so last week while cutting our grass, we ran over a bunny nest. Fur went flying everywhere. I know what you are thinking, the bunnies are fine. It was just the fur that the mama made the nest with that went flying. I took my shoe and collected the fur and covered the hole back again.

My girls were so excited that we had bunnies in the yard. I was not so excited. We no longer have our dog and so I was excited that I could finally take down the fence around the garden this year. But I guess I was wrong. This mama bunny has eaten almost all of our lettuce and I went out today to take pictures for this post and my poor broccoli that had 8 or 9 leaves on it, is now just a stick in the ground. See what I mean! I love nature’s creatures, but my garden is my new love. Please bunny stay away, I really do not want to have to wish bad things to happen to you.

We bought a apple tree and a peach tree this weekend at Meijer. The apple tree was $9.99 and the peach tree was only $6.99. The apple tree is about 5 feet tall and the peach tree is over 6 feet. I was told that you need 2 trees to produce fruit. But do they have to be the same tree to produce the fruit? I was talking to Tosha over at Savings Makes Cents today and we were trying to figure out if I had to have 2 apple trees or is it okay to have one apple and one peach tree. Can you help me?
Here are my tomatoes and a little bit of the pumpkins. The tomatoes are doing very well, I even have a few that have flowered. So I need to stake them this week and wait for our tomatoes to start sprouting!!
Here are the black beauty bell peppers that we got. My husband and girls love bell peppers, but they say that these dark purple bell peppers are the best they ever had. Little white flowers started blooming today so these should be here soon!! I can not wait to get something from our garden!!So have your own garden that you want to share? Have any tips, ideas, pictures or just anything you want to share showing you getting dirty? Add the link to your post below in the MckLinky, and if you want to share copy this button and add it to your post. Your readers will then be able to see others gardening tips, ideas and pictures!!

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Herb Cans- Oh How My Garden Grows- Link Up!!

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My mom’s birthday was yesterday (Happy Birthday again Mom) and I always have my girls make something for her. She never wants anything so I figure if her grand kids make it then it will mean more and she will keep it forever!!! So this year we made her a few herb cans!! They are very easy to make and of course very inexpensive!! ( I know I need a new camera- it is getting really bad!!)

First you are going to need a few things:

-Cans (we just used soup cans and vegetable cans- cleaned and air dried are best)
-Hammer
- One Nail
- Dirt
- Plant of Choice (we chose to use lavender and basil)
- Newspaper
- Decorative Paper
- Crayons (we tried markers but they smeared when we glued the paper, crayons are best)
- Bowl
- Scissors
- Paint Brush
- Bottle of Glue

First you will need to clean out your cans, peel off the label and then let dry. Next take a hammer and nail and poke holes in the bottom of the can for drainage.


Then take your decorative paper and measure out the actual width and length of the paper you will need to cover your can. Decorate your paper the way you want. My girls wrote messages to grandma, but you can draw pictures or whatever you want. Then you will need to pour your glue into a bowl, then take your paint brush and dip it into the glue. Then paint on the glue on the outside of the can. Stick the decorative paper to the can and then paint more glue over the paper. This will help get glue into the edges where the paper and can meet. Gluing the outside will help to keep the paper from getting wet when you water your plants.

Let your can dry, over night is best but a few hours will work. Once it is completely dry take a piece of newspaper and ball it up in the bottom of your can, add dirt and then add your plant. That is it, you are done!! Make sure you put these somewhere that can drain through the bottom or place something underneath if you want them inside somewhere.

Here are a few pictures of my garden this week. Here is our parsley- this stuff is growing like crazy!! Now I need to come up with some great recipes to start using it!!

Here is the carrots, lettuce and onions.


Here is the tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelon and cantaloupe!!

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>Update- Oh, How My Garden Grows- Linky Up!!

>If you have not bought a topsy turvey thingy for your tomato or strawberry plants, head over to Wal-Mart. I picked them up yesterday for just $4.00 each!! Hopefully next week I will have them up and ready to go and I will share. Here is what I have planted and have started to sprout!! They look so cute!!

Carrots
Green Onions
Lettuce

Parsley is looking good!
Cantaloupe
Raspberry Bush
Tomatoes

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>FREE Gardening DIY Workshop at Home Depot!

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FREE Gardening DIY Workshop At Home Depot

This is right up my alley!!! Mark your calendar and come to Home Depot June 3, 7pm-8:30pm to join in the fun of a FREE DIY Eco-friendly gardening workshop!! As much as our whole family is getting into growing our own produce in our garden and loving it, I would love to learn more!!

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>The Farmer’s Garden! Oh, How My Garden Grows-Link-up!

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Tosha over at Savings Makes Cents, had told me about a great place called The Farmer’s Garden. This is a site that is dedicated to gardeners finding other gardeners who want to share their harvest.
It is easy to use, you just add your information to their database of gardeners that want to share their produce. You can check through other gardeners and see what they have extra of and want to share. You can purchase or trade with other gardeners your produce!

Unfortunately there are not any local people from the Cincinnati Area right now but as soon as my plants start producing produce I am going to post some of mine on there. So if you are wanting to trade or sell your produce from your garden check it out and add your information!!

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>75% off Plants, Oh How My Garden Grows (link up)

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If you have a Lowe’s near you, check out their garden center as soon as you can. They are clearing out all of their spring blooming plants and marking them done 75% off. I got 2 Azalea Bushes for $2.50 each!! I loves these bushes, I think that they are just so pretty!! Don’t they look great, not really anything wrong with them.

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>Oh, How My Garden Grows!!

>Since I did not get much done with the garden this weekend due to our never ending busy schedule!! I thought I would show our Raspberry bushes that were so generously given to us by my friend Becky over at Saving Bits and Pieces!!

This will be our first year at having bushes and I am so excited!! We still need to get our Blueberry and Blackberry but I can’t wait to see some fruit sprouting. Becky had said that this year we will not see any fruit but next year we should see it!! So here is a picture of one bush, isn’t cute!!

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>Oh, How My Garden Grows! Link Up!!

>Every Tuesday I am going to share with you my garden pictures, tips or anything that may “come up”. LOL!! Last year was our first year at attempting a garden and it turned out pretty well. This year we are going even bigger. We are planting almost everything that we can, only things that we eat though. I will also try to incorporate some berry bushes into our landscaping instead of just staying in the garden!

Here are a few pictures of our growth so far with our indoor planting that we started about 4 weeks ago. We are going tonight to get our landscaping timbers to make our raised bed. This weekend was so busy and we just did not get around to it. I should have pictures by next Tuesday.

(Herbs, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, green onions, cantaloupe are all growing very well!!

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>New Garden MckLinky Starting April 13!!

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I will start a new Garden MckLinky next Tuesday!! I will work on a button this weekend and a name. So if you have a post about your gardening tips, ideas, pictures or just anything to do with a garden that you want to share, come back and link up!!

If you are looking for advice, tips or ideas, come back every Tuesday and check out mine and other bloggers gardening information!! Hope to see you back next week!!

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Ways To Save: Make Your Own Newspaper Pots


I started looking around at some other blogs to get some frugal gardening tips and to hopefully find a cheap way to start my plants inside.

I found at The Grocery Cart Challenge a creative way to use all those newspapers I have leftover each week from my couponing habit! Here is the video that will tell you how to make your own. Thanks The Grocery Cart Challenge for the great idea!!

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I also won a Burpee Seedstarting Greenhouse from LifeasMOM.com and I am so excited, this will help to get us started!!!

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