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Bouquets from my Cutting Garden 2018 (and a seed give away!)

It's that time of the year when I have to do the dreadful act of cutting back my cutting garden in order to have blooms in the fall.  All my flowers are annuals, so I deadhead (remove the dead flowers), cut about 25-50% of the stems off, fertilize, and water.  It's hard to see some perfectly good flowers coming off with the cuttings, but I know from experience that in about two weeks they will look amazing!

This year I tried some different flowers. I want to try different mixes until I find the combination I like best.  I have cosmos, zinnias, sunflowers, morning glory, yarrow, globe flower, daisy, purple cone flower and black eyed susans. The morning glory took off big time but didn't bloom. I have to figure that one out.  Everything else is getting buried by the morning glory.  I cut back the morning glory to see if the other flowers will catch up.  You can see some of my flowers below.

I still have had many different bouquets which pleases me so much. I love having my cutting garden to go out and pick flowers from.  My investment in seeds is less than $20 and I have already made several arrangements.  You can see some of my bouquets below.

Don't you want to have your own cutting garden?  It doesn't take acres of land. A big pot will do!  Don't you want to have your own cutting garden? It doesn't take acres of land. A big pot will do! Grab a couple of seed packets, sprinkle in the seeds, water and lightly cover the seed. You will have flowers by fall! To help you, enter the contest below to win over $30 in seeds! Pick your favorites and share some with friends. Follow the directions below to enter. Thank you to our wonderful Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for donating the seeds for the giveaway! You can find them on Facebook, too, HERE.

More garden stories can be found at the following blogs. These bloggers are true gardeners and offer fabulous advice on all kinds of topics!

Clarissa at Clarissa R. West  talks about garden basics.
Danielle at Spring Lake Homesteads talks about gardening with children.
Michelle at Midlife Blogger talks about her discouragement with gardening this year.
Janelle at Homestead in the Holler talks about fall gardening tips.
Kathi at Oak Hill Farmstead talks about figuring out planting times and the seeds to use.
Angela at The Inquisitive Farm Wife talks about gardening woes.
Michelle at Souly Rested talks about using egg shells in your garden.
Jennifer at Faithful Homestead talks about gardening in a drought.
Amber at The Farmer's Lamp talks about preparing for fall gardening.

Baker Creek is donating 1 package of 12 packets of seeds, perfect for planting in a fall garden.The value is approximately $30, and will ship the seeds directly to the winner. The giveaway starts at 6:00 a.m. Central Time on Monday, July 23rd, and ends at 7:00 a.m. Central Time on Monday, July 30th. We will announce the winner on Monday night, and the winner will have 36 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. 
Eligibility: Open to U.S. Residents 18+
Winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway tools. No duplicate entries. There is one "free" entry per person, plus 11 additional entry "points" possible, one for each task completed. 

Best of luck and let me know if you decide to grow your own cutting garden. I would love to track your progress and help you with any issues that may occur!  Happy gardening and good luck in the drawing!

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