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Welcome to the 6h Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop where you’ll gather a TON of gardening tips and new recipes! What could possibly be better?

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Nothing. Not if you’re a gardener, anyway!

Now for my tip. Sulfur is best known for its ability to control insects and fungal diseases, but it may offer other benefits in the garden, as well. Not only is it necessary to produce enzymes, vitamins and amino acids, it reduces the soil pH of alkaline soil, albeit very slowly. It also promotes plant protein, and increases the nutritional content of the pepper.

green-pepper-beautiesNow for my tip: many gardeners swear by sulfur to increase pepper production and fruit quality. For a fun way to add sulfur to your soil, add a couple of match sticks to the planting hole instead of sulfur powder (available at your local garden center).

Match Sticks and Sulfur

I stuck a few matches around my pepper transplants and can’t wait to see the results.

Match sticks pepperSome gardeners bury a bunch of matchsticks in a hole, cover with an inch of soil, then put in their pepper transplant. Try both and compare! Epsom salts, which contain both sulfur and magnesium, can also be used as a fertilizer by diluting the salt at a rate of 2 tablespoons per gallon. Spray it on the leaves when the pepper plants first flower and develop fruit.

For my prize, I’m offering a two-tiered microgreens sprouting tray. Perfect for your kitchen and totally healthy for your body, this giveaway is all about your health. Microgreens are currently the rage at your favorite farm-to-table restaurant and for good reason. They pack a powerful punch of antioxidants.

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You are also eligible to win the grand prize ereader (value $200). To win the grand prize, you MUST visit each and every author/blogger on the hop. Some authors might offer more than one entry to win, ie. a “follow” on Twitter or a “tweet,” maybe even a visit to their Facebook or Pinterest page, however only one entry is required to enter. Don’t want to enter a particular giveaway?

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No worries. Simply enter grand prize giveaway here, then leave a comment in the author’s comment section of their Authors in Bloom post and you’ll remain eligible to win. Each site will post the links of participating authors, but please feel free to reference my site to find the author link list at any point in time.

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REMEMBER: If you choose not to enter a particular giveaway, please at least LEAVE A COMMENT on their giveaway/post. Only those visitors who visit EACH and EVERY stop are eligible for the grand prize ereader and gift card. Eligibility will be verified by hop’s end. Winners will be posted on here and our landing page, BloominThyme.com.

“Giveaway ends April 5th at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Prizes from BestForTheKids.com cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Rafflecotper.com and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that Dianne Venetta, host of the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop, is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.” VOID where prohibited by law.

Now get hopping, you have a bunch more chances to win!

 

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This month I’m joining an amazing group of authors & bloggers to bring you 1 fabulous prize!! Need a little cash for your Valentine? Here is your chance to win some! 1 lucky winner will receive $250 in Paypal Cash. Good luck!!

 

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Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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As I gear up for the garden season, I’ve been searching through my photos in an attempt to clear out the old and unwanted from cluttering my computer.  It is that time of year, right?  You rummage through your closet and if you haven’t worn an item in the last 6 – 8 months, you toss it out of your life and into the pile for Goodwill.  Someone will breathe new life into it.  God knows I’ve done the same thing for countless other items!  Crocs, shorts, purses–you name it!  (It’s one of the reasons I have to drop off at the back door, now.)  Can I help it if I’m an excellent bargain shopper?

But in the process of going through these photos, I discovered some really neat ones and just thought I’d share.  For many of you, it may be too cold for these lovelies to flit about your garden.  Not here in Florida!  Though it is a bit rainy today…  A fact my sprouts LOVE.

Caught this little fella a few weeks back, hovering about the broccoli flowers I’m currently drying in an attempt to save seeds.

This gal lost her way and wound up indoors.  My daughter wasted no time adopting it as her own.  Who knows?  She may start a new trend. Ladybug rings, anyone?

This beast is not welcome in my garden OR my yard.  Thankfully he was found in the school garden and not my own.  I’d have dispatched him by now.  The kids?  They love icky stuff like him so we oohed and aahed for a while before pitching him over the fence.  He’ll survive.  Just not on our side.

Happy to say I haven’t seen the likes of this guy in a while.  He gives Eric Carle’s The Hungry Caterpillar a run for his money!  Shoot, who are we kidding?  He’ll send that sweet little caterpillar running for the hills.

Gives my tomato sprouts the shivers just thinking about it.  So as not to leave you in the same condition, here are some brighter images!  I love these colors.

Just gazing at them brings a smile to my face.  Actually, something about them makes me think of Hawaii.  I ask you:  What’s not to smile about Hawaii?

And of course it is strawberry season here in Florida.  Delicate and white, this little bloom will soon turn plump and juicy and oh so delicious!

This is a peach blossom.  A friend of mine has her heart set on creating an entirely edible yard and this is but one contribution to the cause.  Pretty.

And these are my blueberry blossoms.  Located outside my actual garden, these are my contribution to an edible landscape.  :)  Unfortunately, I won’t see these babies until March or April.  Until then, I’ll simply have to dream…