The 411 on Succession Planting

The 411 on Succession Planting

The 411 on Succession Planting
After I wrote the title for this post, I wondered, do people even know what 411 stands for anymore?  Should I have called it the Google on Succession Planting?  Man, technology makes me feel old sometimes.

Anyway, moving on.  Succession planting–do you do it?  If you don’t you totally should.  It gives you a continuous crop of your favorite veggies, without overloading you with one massive harvest.

root vegetbales potatoes carrots beetsIn case you don’t know, succession planting is basically just staggering when you plant the same thing {instead of putting it all in the ground at once} to ensure that your harvest time will be staggered as well.  Does that make sense? Sometimes I feel like I am just mumbling through the computer?  Let me give an example, instead of having 5 ripe cantaloupes all at once, you stagger your planting, and have 2-3 for several weeks in a row.  It requires you to leave some empty space in your garden and plan ahead, but it is totally worth it.

growing green beans in garden boxesIf you’re interested in trying, here a basis succession planting schedule:

Green Beans – Plant every 10 days
Beets – Plant every 14 days
Cucumbers – Plants every 3 weeks
Kale/Colloards – Plant every 3 weeks
Lettuce – Plant every 10-14 days  {this is my favorite thing for succession planting.  It’s impossible to eat it all at once, so having different types of lettuce that will produce every couple of weeks is perfect}.
Melons – Plant every 3 weeks
Radish – Plant every 7 days
Spinach – Plant every 7 days
Summer Squash – plant every 6 weeks
Sweet Corn – Plant every 10 days
Carrots – Plant every 2-3 weeks {as weather allows, stop when it gets too hot and resume in late summer/early fall}
Cauliflower – Plant every 2 weeks {as weather allows, stop when it gets too hot and resume again in late summer/early fall}
Turnips – Plant every 7 Days

dinosaur-kaleDo you already do this?  What are your favorite crops to practice succession planting?

~Mavis

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France Makes Edible Grocery Store Food Waste Illegal

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The French  national assembly recently voted in a new law that makes it illegal for grocery stores {larger than 400 square meters} to throw away edible food waste.  Grocery stores will now have to sign a contract with a local charity for all of their excess unsaleable, but still consumable food.  The initiative is in response to “7.1 metric tonnes” of food waste in France alone each year.  The country is aiming to cut food waste in half by 2025.  It will also be illegal to pour bleach and other cleaners into the dumpsters along with thrown out food, as was the common practice until now {in an effort to deter dumpster diving}.

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In the interest of the pros and the cons, some opponents of the new legislation worry that charities are not equipped to sift through the MASSIVE amounts of donations they will now receive, not to mention, they do not have the proper refrigeration to store the food.  In addition, many of the grocery stores already have arrangements with local charities to take what they can manage.

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I am sure there will be bugs to work out, but still, at least the concept that food waste is a huge problem is coming to the forefront.  Leave it to Europe to take the first step toward grabbing the bull by the horns…

I found two pretty decent articles explaining France’s legislation {here and here}, if you are interested in more information.  Meanwhile, how would YOU feel about legislation here in the States for managing food waste?  Do you think it’s necessary, or should we be taking steps privately to manage it?

It is catching on, people!

~Mavis

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Have a great day everyone!

Mavis

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Check out the post on how we process so much Zaycon meat at one time.

 

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Spinach, Strawberry and Blueberry Smoothie

Spinach, Strawberry and Blueberry Smoothie

Spinach, Strawberry and Blueberry SmoothieThe Girl is working her way through our freezer trying to use up last summers fruit and let me tell you Bob, I am enjoying her efforts. Smoothies are her specificity and let’s just say we are all exceeding our daily quota of fruits and veggies around here.

Her latest concoction… a spinach, strawberry and blueberry smoothie.

Spinach, Strawberry and Blueberry Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 handful of spinach
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 cup cranberry juice
water if needed

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth {about 30-45 seconds}. Drink up!

Spinach, Strawberry and Blueberry Smoothie

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Penny Pinching Tip – Save Your Bacon Grease

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If you make bacon on any kind of regular basis, make sure to save the grease to use for things like hashbrowns, fried eggs, sauteed onions, roasted veggies, etc..  It makes your food taste amazing, and saves money you would have otherwise used on another store-bought oil or butter.

To save the grease, let it cool slightly after you cook the bacon.  Then, place a strainer or cheese cloth over a glass container and pour the grease into the container.  The strainer/cheesecloth will filter out most of the debris, and  you will be left with pure, usable bacon fat.  Throw the container in the fridge and use it as needed.

It won’t completely replace the need to buy other oils {unless you are consuming bacon at a pretty considerable rate}, but it is way better than throwing usable consumable money in the garbage.

Do any of you already to this?  Are any of you disgusted by the thought of adding bacon fat to your food?

~Mavis

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Just the Facts Ma’am…

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Fact: People are less likely to chat it up with a teenager staining an exterior fence with headphones on than a housewife with earbuds in. {Odd, but true.}
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Fact: I’ll never get tired of sorting seeds. Ever.

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Fact: Lucy takes her job as supervisor very seriously.

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Fact: Playing in the dirt is cool.

companion plantingFact: Companion planting is the bomb diggety! In this 5×10 garden bed I planted 6 tomato plants, 10 cauliflower plants, 12 romaine lettuce starts, 10 cucumber plants, 6 patty pan squash, and a couple of rows each of carrots, parsnips, and radish. I know what you’re thinking…. Amazeballs. Right?

creating a new garden bedFact: Even the most mundane garden chores like digging up grass to create a new garden bed, is FREAKING EXCITING when you’ve been cooped up indoors and afraid to go outside for 8 months.

:) :) :) Freakin’ exciting!!

Keep Calm and Garden On my friends… It’s time to dig!

~Mavis

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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum- Staunton, Virginia

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library birthplace

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Museum- Staunton, VirginiaDuring one of my recent trips back east, I decided to check out the Woodrow Wilson Museum.  Ever since our family tour of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum a few years back, I’ve kind of made it an unofficial goal of mine to tour as many as I can.

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It is fascinating to me to learn about our Presidents’ childhoods and private lives–it makes them seem like regular people.woodrow wilson library

I honestly didn’t know all that much about Woodrow Wilson when I went, so it was kind of cool to tour the grounds. In case you are in the same boat that I was, here’s the low down:  Wilson was our 28th President.  He was in office when the 19th amendment was passed {which gave women the right to vote} and also led us through most of WWI.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library limo

His picture is on the $100,000 bill–which for some reason I found to be the most interesting fact I learned.  The bill is no longer in circulation, but can you imagine pulling a crisp $100,000 bill out of your purse?  I guess that must be how the other half live, because I can’t even imagine it.

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The admission ticket was a replica of the 1912 Democratic national convention. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

The whole place is made up of a museum, a house {where Woodrow Wilson was born}, and library that basically houses information on anything you might want to know about Wilson.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library birthplace

They don’t let you take pictures in the house, but they did let me snap a few of the grounds and museum.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Museum Staunton, Virginia

I don’t care how nerdy this makes me seem, museums are cool.

~Mavis

Have you been to any presidential libraries? Do you have a favorite?

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Well hello there. Did you have a nice weekend? The puggle princess and I had a great time putting together our second garden bed yesterday and playing fetch in the back yard. Lucy still hasn’t grasped the idea of how fetch is played {she wants to keep the ball} but we are working on it. Any suggestions? 😉

Have a great day everyone, and don’t forget to get outside and PLANT something today.

Mavis

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