Garden Update

The longer days and warmer weather are great for the garden.

The beets and carrots we planted a couple months ago are almost ready to harvest.

homegrown beets via it's jou life - homegrown carrot & beet greens via it's jou life - homegrown carrots via it's jou life -

Since beets grow partially out of the ground, you can easily tell when they are ready for harvest.  Beets can be picked small or large depending on personal preference.  Beet greens are also edible and are very nutritious as well.  To determine if carrots are ready for harvest, gently brush away the soil near the carrot top to check the carrot size.  Its always a surprise when pulling carrots because you never know whats hidden under the surface.

Our recently planted tomatoes are also growing strong and will hopefully provide us with plenty of tomatoes over the summer.

growing tomatoes via it's jou life -

Each tomato seedling is surrounded by a plastic ring made from recycled 1-gallon water bottles.  This is to keep mulch away from the base of the tomato plant to allow the stem to remain dry and helps to prevent disease.  When watering tomatoes, try to keep the leaves as dry as possible to help prevent blight.  Watering in the morning is also best so it give the leaves time to dry during the day.

{ bargain } get cash back with Ebates

We all love a deal. We all love cash. Get cash back on purchases made online through retailers like Nordstrom, Sephora, Orbitz, Amazon, Groupon, J.Crew, Macy’s, Bloomingdales and more through Ebates! As easy as that. No strings attached. Seriously! I heard of Ebates a while back, but recently decided to give it a try.  I was hesitant at first, but it’s straight forward and no funny business. Ebates is the pioneer and leader of online cash back shopping and pays members cash back every time they shop online as well as provide them with the best coupons and deals online. Just like almost every other online shopping center, Ebates get a commission from the stores when you make a purchase. Instead of keeping that money – like almost all other sites do – they share it with you! ebates1 I did some online shopping at Nordstrom earlier this year and received my cash back check in March!

Ebates also emails you hot deals of the moment– Coupon codes and free shipping codes to be used online. (Note below was the hot deal for 4/22/13, so may not be active at the time you read this) ebates_dealsIf you do decide to sign-up, please use my referral link – No pressure. I just wish I knew about this free program earlier, since I’ve made some online purchases in the past. So if you shop at its 1,600+ online retailers, you get cash back from just buying stuff that you need! Sign-up and get some pocket change while you’re at it.