Saturday, August 28, 2021

Blogging Tools I Use Daily | On The Creek Blog //

Here are 3 blogging tools I use every day!

I'm all about making things easier for myself.

When I first started blogging, I did many things the hard way.

For example, I used to use 3 different apps to edit my photos.  It would take me hours to edit pictures for a single blog post!

I didn't want to spend the money on more premium tools because I didn't see the worth in it.

Then I realized my time was worth something too.  If I have to pay a price to get back literal hours of my time, I'm willing to do it.

Over the years, I have perfected my blogging strategy & with that came the blogging tools I utilize daily.

Before I begin, I pay monthly for all 3 of these blogging tools, but there are also free versions available of the same tools.  I started with the free versions & when I outgrew them, I went to the premium options. 

So let me tell you about the blogging tools I love!

Thursday, August 26, 2021



Roma VF tomato harvest | On The Creek Blog //
Roma VF tomato harvest!

The garden may have been under water several times this year but the Roma tomatoes still produced a harvest!

Roma VF was the only determinate tomato variety in the garden this year. 

I've seed started Roma VF tomatoes for the past 2 years.  They are quickly becoming my favorite variety because they grow so well in our garden.

Because of the placement of the Roma tomato plants in the garden this year they were the last to get flooded out.  They were also almost done growing for the season so overall they did pretty well for what they had to deal with.

Despite the odds against the garden this year I managed to get 2 buckets of Roma VF tomatoes!

We have so much going on this year so the smaller amount was perfect.

Monday, August 23, 2021


garden flooding | On The Creek Blog //
Our 2021 garden story.

As you may have noticed, I didn't do monthly garden updates this year.

The truth is that we struggled a lot with keeping up with the garden this year.

Then when we finally got everything back on track, we had a series of floods which really impacted the garden.

Our yard will sometimes flood after heavy rains in the summer but it never really reaches the garden.

This year we had 2 really big floods in the yard which ended up reaching the garden.  The first flood spared a couple rows of tomatoes but the second flood left everything underwater.  

It also has been a very rainy season overall so the garden could never fully dry out from the rain.  I'm still having a difficult time mowing the lawn because it is just so wet & muddy.

Here are a couple pictures from the floods we had:

Monday, August 16, 2021



Melanoma Cancer Update | On The Creek Blog //
An update on my husband's cancer.

It has been only about a month since my last update but things have moved fairly quickly with James' cancer treatment.

This past month has been filled with lots of traveling to get the fastest treatment possible.

After receiving the initial melanoma diagnosis, James had an appointment with an oncologist to discuss options for treatment.

It was determined that the tumor in his arm area would be removed.  Before that could happen, James needed to complete further testing to see if the cancer had spread anywhere else.

With lots of help from his care team, James was able to make all the necessary appointments in a short amount of time & get scheduled for surgery.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021


Our Greenhouse's New Tin Roof Transformation! | on the creek blog //

Hey there, Besties! 🌟✨

I've got some exciting news from my little green corner of the world – our greenhouse finally has a roof, and it's absolutely fabulous! 🌱🏠

Our Greenhouse's New Tin Roof Transformation! | on the creek blog //

Choosing the Perfect Tin Roof for Our Greenhouse Dream

After much pondering, we decided on a tin roof for our beloved greenhouse. Why tin, you ask? Well, let me share a couple of reasons that sealed the deal for us:

  1. The Classic Silver Look: There's something timeless about a plain silver roof, don't you think? While traditional metal roofing offers a rainbow of colors, tin's singular shade was just the classic touch we were looking for.
  2. Budget-Friendly Roofing: All about savvy spending, we found that tin roofing was more wallet-friendly compared to metal or shingles. We wrapped up the entire project under $300, screws included! Talk about a bargain! πŸ’Έ
  3. Local and Convenient: Living close to a metal roofing manufacturer was the cherry on top. No long hauls for supplies, which was a huge relief!

The Installation Adventure

Now, you know we're all about DIY, but we called in the pros for this project. Metal roofing was a bit out of our DIY league, and let's not get started on my hubby's feelings about heights (especially with this surprisingly high roof!).

Our Greenhouse's New Tin Roof Transformation! | on the creek blog //

We hired a local expert, who, after a quick measurement session, had us all set for the install day. And guess what? My husband lent a helping hand, and together, they had our greenhouse crowned beautifully in just a few hours!

Almost There: Our Greenhouse Journey

We're still dotting the i's and crossing the t's on our greenhouse, but having a roof over it has me doing my happy dance. It's no longer just a structure; it's a haven in the making!

Stay tuned for more updates on our greenhouse adventure – where plants will thrive, and dreams will grow under our shiny new tin roof!

Our Greenhouse's New Tin Roof Transformation! | on the creek blog //

Happy Greenhousing, Besties! πŸŒΏπŸ’–

Friday, August 06, 2021


The difference between determinate & indeterminate tomatoes | on the creek blog //
 Hey Besties! 🌟

Today, let's dive into the world of tomatoes and figure out which variety best suits our garden's vibe. It's like choosing between two fantastic dance partners - Determinate and Indeterminate tomatoes. Both have unique rhythms and understanding their moves can elevate our gardening journey! I'll also spill the beans on the tomato varieties I'm grooving with this year.

πŸ’ƒ Determinate Tomatoes

Picture this: Determinate tomatoes, or bush tomatoes, are like a choreographed dance routine. They grow up to a certain height, strike a pose with flowers on top, and that's their final act. Imagine an entire troupe performing in sync - these plants bear fruit all at once, then take a final bow. Perfect for a canning flash mob, right?

They're ideal for compact garden spaces, growing only about 3-4 feet tall. Many Roma varieties fall under this category, making them the go-to for those neat and tidy garden spots.

The difference between determinate & indeterminate tomatoes | On The Creek Blog //

🌱 Indeterminate Tomatoes

Now, meet the freestyle dancers of the tomato world - Indeterminate tomatoes. These wild vining types don't follow any height script. They'll keep growing and grooving until Frost calls curtains. Producing tomatoes at different intervals, they're fab for fresh eating or small-batch canning.

But hey, they need space to show off their moves and a bit of guidance, as these plants can soar up to 6-8 feet tall. Surprising stars like Beefsteak and even San Marzano varieties belong to this group. They're the ones keeping the garden party going all season!

The difference between determinate & indeterminate tomatoes | On The Creek Blog //

πŸ… My Tomato Line-Up

This year, my garden is hosting three tomato guests: Roma VF, Big Mama, and SuperSauce. Roma VF is my solo determinate performer, while Big Mama and SuperSauce, both indeterminates, are my garden's dynamic duo, big enough for all my canning adventures.

Choosing the right tomato variety is like picking the perfect playlist for our garden party - it can totally transform the experience!

Keep dancing in your gardens, and remember, every plant has its rhythm. Happy gardening! 🌍✨πŸ…

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Tuesday, August 03, 2021


3 ways to support tomato plants | on the creek blog //

Hey there, Green Thumbs and DIY Dreamers! 🌱✨

It's Tiff here, bringing you another chapter from my garden diary. Over the past five years, my tomatoes and I have been on a journey, discovering the art of staying upright and fabulous. Gardening is my canvas, and today, I'm painting you a picture of three clever ways to keep those tomato plants strutting their stuff!

using tomato cages to support tomato plants | on the creek blog //

πŸ… Tomato Cages: My First Love

Remember my early gardening days? Tomato cages were my go-to. They're like training wheels for us gardening newbies - simple, no-fuss, and just pop them around your plant. Voila! Although, back then, my plants were more 'petite' before I introduced them to the magic of blood meal. For those who love a sprinkle of DIY, there are some snazzy, homemade cages out there. But hey, store-bought was my jam for keeping it easy-peasy!

using a tomato trellis to support tomato plants | on the creek blog //

🌿 Tomato Trellis: The Upgrade

Fast forward to when my tomato plants started throwing a growth party, and my cages just couldn't keep up. Enter the trellis system - my garden's version of a high-rise! We built these towering supports With stakes, wire, and a little help from my handyman hubby. It's like giving your tomatoes their own climbing frame, weaving them through as they reach for the sky!

using a tomato stakes to support tomato plants | on the creek blog //

🌳 Tomato Stakes: The Space Saver

Now, let's talk stakes - a method I'm currently flirting with. My parents swear by it, and I see why. Each tomato gets its personal stake, like a VIP garden club. As they grow, we tie them up gently with string. It's a space-saving marvel, keeping each plant in its lane neat and tidy.

So there you have it, my dear besties! Whether you're team cage, team trellis, or team stake, there's a method for every garden and every gardener. Remember, it's all about learning, growing, and having fun. Keep those tomatoes high and mighty!

Stay green and creative, my friends! 🌍✨🌼 

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