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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Pictures 7/22/14

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fallen tree on garden

Over the weekend a tree fell smack dab in the middle of our pumpkin patch killing two plants. Luckily we were all inside when it happened. Living in a wooded area has it’s perks, but falling trees, isn’t one of them. growing green beans on a trellis

The rest of the garden is doing really well though. The second round of green beans should be ready in a few more weeks and I just planted our third and final round last night. onion braids

Onions. We harvested all of them. Our winter leeks are still growing like mad and with a little luck the chives we have planted alongside the greenhouse should be okay thru the middle of October or so. For some reason plants seem to hang on a little longer in that spot. Not sure if it’s because of the shade or what, but I’m not complaining.
cabbage plant

We are harvesting about a head of cabbage a week. Grocery shipping in your backyard is cool!zucchini plant

Zucchinis. Are yours growing like crazy this year too?harvesting beets

And last but not least beets. We harvested a tray full of beets last night and planted new seeds in the same spot for a late fall harvest. Call me crazy, but I think a 4′x8′ garden box should be just enough to last thru the winter. What do you think?

How is YOUR garden doing these days? What’s your favorite thing growing in your garden right now?

Mavis Wants to know.

This years garden is being sponsored by the folks at BotanicInterests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2014 Garden Seed Catalog HERE.

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 7/19/2014

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Chocolate Zucchini Waffles

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Zucchini waffles? Where have I been? Have you guys heard of these? Have you been making them for years while I live under a rock? I’ve made all sorts of zucchini baked goods: cakes, muffins, breads, etc. But never waffles. My family couldn’t get enough of them and have requested breakfast for dinner so I make them again. Tonight.

zucchini plant

Ingredients

6 tablespoons {3/4 stick} butter, melted
3 cups buttermilk {How to Make Buttermilk}
5 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
4 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda {15 Cool Uses for Baking Soda}
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini, juices pressed out

zucchini waffles recipe

Directions

Combine butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients together before mixing wet and dry ingredients just until combined. Stir in the zucchini, and mix just until incorporated. Let mixture sit and rest for at least 15 minutes. Preheat waffle iron {medium heat if you have an adjustable waffle iron} and grease with butter if necessary.

Pour 1/2 cup of mix onto each square, close and let cook until no longer doughy in the middle & nice & golden brown. Serve with butter or syrup or powdered sugar or butter and syrup and powdered sugar. You decide the level of sugar high you want. ;)

zucchini waffles

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Monthly Garden Chores – July

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Monthly Garden Chores - July

Holy cannoli’s people… can you believe it’s July already? This year is flying by and the weather here in Western Washington has been perfect for gardening lately. Hot and muggy pretty much sums it up if you ask me. ;)

We are almost done harvesting strawberries for the season and are looking forward to the next best thing… RASPBERRIES. Wahooo! Gardening is rad, isn’t it?

cabbage seeds

Seeds I’m Starting Indoors this Month

  • Broccoli Raab {time to get ready for the fall garden!}
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cauliflower

See the full list of seeds I’ll be planting this year

What I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month

Everything is already outside this month.  I plan on just watering and watching it all grow. :)

bucket of raspberries

What I plan to Harvest This Month

  • Strawberries
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Cucumbers
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Beans
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Mint
  • Onions
  • Baby Red Potatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Sun Gold Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

sun gold tomatoes

Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs should be pretty low maintenance this month, other than needing a bit more water.  All trees and shrubs benefit from deeper, less frequent waterings, rather than a daily light sprinkle.  Watch for pests, fungus, and diseases this month and stop them before they take hold.  Mulching is important this month.  It will help your plants deal with the stress of the heat.

slugs eating cabbage

Weed and Pest Control

Weeding is especially important this month, because weeds will compete in your garden beds for valuable nutrients.  Continue to keep an eye on pests, especially on the tomatoes.

lawn mowing tips

Lawn Care

Try raising the blade on your mower this month.  The longer cut grass will protect the roots of the grass from the heat.

These garden chores are based on my Zone 8a Seattle/Tacoma WA location. Find your garden zone HERE.

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 25 of 52

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Even though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from. Here are a few recipes from my recipe collection I thought you might like:

vegan-zucchini-bread-recipe

Breakfast Ideas 

Vegan Zucchini Bread w/Chocolate Chips – Anytime I can justify chocolate anything for breakfast, I will.  {Pin for Later}
Blueberry Kale Smoothie – Start your morning off right with this nutrient packed smoothie.  {Pin for Later}
Peanut Butter Banana Granola – I love the peanut butter and banana combo–they just go together, kind of like milk and cookies.  {Pin for Later}
Easy Spinach Frittata – Perfect for Sunday morning.  {Pin for Later}

Freezer Meal - Penne with Marinara Sauce and Meatballs

Slow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Pot Roast – Hearty and delicious.  Enough said.  {Pin for Later}
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese – Make a big batch to last all week for lunches.  {Pin for Later}
Slow Cooker Fully Loaded Baked Potato Soup – A weekly batch of soup is essential at the Butterfield house.  {Pin for Later}
Penne w/Marinara Sauce & Meatballs - Perfect for your carb loading days :) {Pin for Later}

recipe pork egg rollsSoups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Chicken Quinoa Taco Salad – Adding quinoa creates a new spin on a family favorite.  {Pin for Later}
Ritz Cracker Chicken – Even the pickiest kids will go for these.  {Pin for Later}
Bacon Wrapped New Potatoes - You could pretty much wrap anything in bacon and it would taste amazing.  {Pin for Later}
Baked Not Fried Pork Egg Rolls - I could personally eat these as an entire meal, but if you have a little heartier appetite, they make an awesome side to any Asian themed meal.  {Pin for Later}

Easy-Recipes-for-Kids-Popcorn-in-a-Bag

Cookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Popcorn in a Bag – This is a healthier and cheaper way to keep the kids stomachs happy this summer.  {Pin for Later}
Roasted Garbanzos – These are easy, pop-in-your-mouth snacks.  {Pin for Later}
Spiced Pecans – Eat these as a snack, and save a few to throw on your salads.  {Pin for Later}
Baba Ganoush – It’s delicious and pretty rad to say.  {Pin for Later}

Blueberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam

Canning Recipe of the Week

Blueberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam – It’s almost blueberry season, make sure to whip some of this jam up before they are gone for the season.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Ample Harvest – What to Do With Your Excess Garden Harvests

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Do you have excess produce every year from your garden?   I know we sure do.  There are only so many calories in a day, and sometimes, we just can’t eat or put up everything we grow.  So, a big thanks to One Hundred Dollars a Month reader, Holly, for sharing a link to Ample Harvest.  Ample Harvest is an organization that helps connect local gardeners with participating food pantries.

It allows gardeners to share some of their excess produce and provides fresh, local fruits and vegetables to an under served part of the population.  I love this idea.  It helps to eliminate food waste AND it provides healthy options for people who might otherwise be faced with over-processed malnutrition.

planting green beans

For the past couple of years, I have planted a row for the hungry.  I have ample space, so planting a whole row dedicated to donation is no biggie for me.  I had to call around to find out which pantries would take my donation.  Ample Harvest makes it super simple, just click on the “For Gardeners” tab and find a local participating food pantry.

When you have excess harvest, you can box it up and drop it off.  The whole thing will take maybe an hour out of your day, but have a pretty cool impact on your community {shall we all hold hands and sing?}.

giant zucchini squash garden mavis

Even if I didn’t plant an entire row dedicated to donation, there comes a time in every gardener’s life when they can’t see, eat, shred, freeze another zucchini.  They comb the streets looking to dump them off on friends and neighbors, and for awhile, the friends are grateful.  Then, one day, they stop answering their door, because they too can’t see, eat, shred, or freeze another zucchini.  That’s when it’s time to box them up, and send them off  where they will get the appreciation they deserve.

heirloom tomatoes

If my relationship with Mr. Produce Guy taught me anything, it’s that there is PLENTY of food to go around, if you know how to get it where it needs to go.  So, go check out Ample Harvest, and make sure to leave a comment of what you donated {if you decide to do it}.

~Mavis

 

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Mavis Garden Blog – Harvesting Carrots, Snow Peas and Strawberries

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dogs in the garden Lucy the puggle dog

Last night around 8 pm Lucy the Puggle Dog and I wandered out to the garden to harvest a few things. 8 o’clock! Can you believe it? I LOVE this time of year. I don’t know about you, but my favorite time to garden in the summertime is either really early {when the birds are all chirping and it’s still a wee bit chilly} or right before bedtime after all the dinner dishes are done.
mavis garden blog

Even though I’ve kind of taken the year off of gardening {okay, by that I mean I’m not trying to grow a TON of vegetables} I’ve still fallen behind on my planting a bit.

I don’t know how it happened, but I totally forgot to plant our zucchini seeds in early may.

watering raised garden beds

Oh well. I guess this just means they’ll germinate faster, right? ;)
harvesting snow peas

After planting 6 sets of zucchini seeds, we harvested the first batch of snow peas. And yes, it’s safe to say they didn’t make it in to the house and into the stir fry pan. Ha!

Maybe tomorrows harvest will.
garden fresh strawberries

And take a look at these beauties. Fresh, homegrown strawberries. Does it get any better than that?

They didn’t make it into the house either. ;)

Ahh June. I love you.

~Mavis

 

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 21 of 52

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Even though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from. Here are a few recipes from my recipe collection I thought you might like:

Farmers Breakfast Skillet with Sausage and Eggs

Breakfast Ideas 

Almond Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti – Dip these in tea, and you’ll instantly remember everything good about the world. {Pin for Later}
Rhubarb Walnut Muffins – These are perfect to pop in your mouth on the way out the door.  {Pin for Later}
Farmers Breakfast Skillet w/Sausage and Eggs - This is one of those hardy, stick with you all morning scramblers that would make your grandma proud.  {Pin for Later}
DIY Freezer Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie Bags – This is the perfect time to whip some of these up–that way, older kids can “make themselves” breakfast once school is out.  {Pin for Later}

Freezer Meal Recipe -  Cilantro Lime Chicken

Slow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Chili Verde Soup - This soup is seriously awesome.  {Pin for Later}
Freezer Meal Lime Cilantro Chicken – This is a perfect way to use up some of that cilantro that’s probably ready in the garden.  {Pin for Later}
Gourmet Spinach Blue Cheese Burgers – These are the perfect way to gear up for grilling season.  Get them ready, pop them in the freezer, and an impromptu backyard BBQ will be a breeze.  {Pin for Later}
Vegetable Soup with Beef - Lunch time will be quick and delicious with a big bowl of this soup.  Serve it with the rolls and some butter.  Yum.  {Pin for Later}

Creamy Avocado Pasta recipe

Soups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Baked Spaghetti Casserole – I love that you can make these in individual servings.  That way, if you have kids going in opposite directions, it’s easy to throw them in the oven individually for a nice hot meal.  {Pin for Later}
Creamy Avocado Pasta – Um, creamy avocado…do I really need to say more?  {Pin for Later}
Broccoli Cranberry and Almond Salad with Feta – This makes a great side dish, or I have been known to eat it for lunch all on its own.  {Pin for Later}
Best Tuna Casserole – Again, if you have a busy week, this is the perfect weekday meal.  You can fix it in the morning and pop it into the oven when you get home in the evening.  Dinner is served. {Pin for Later}

caramel apples

Cookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Oatmeal Rolls – I like to make a batch of these for quick PB&J rolls after school.  They make for bite-sized goodness.  Make extra to serve all week long with dinner.{Pin for Later}
Baked Zucchini Fries – These make a great afternoon snack.  {Pin for Later}
Dehydrated Mangoes – I noticed mangoes on sale this week, so it might be a good week to dry some for quick munchies.  {Pin for Later}
Caramel Apples – I am a huge fan of food on a stick.  It’s just the way I roll.  {Pin for Later}

Meyer Lemon-Ginger Marmalade Recipe

Canning Recipe of the Week

Meyer Lemon Ginger Marmalade – This makes everything taste better, including spoons.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Mavis Mail – April From Louisiana Sends in Her Garden Photos

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

Check out this story and pictures April from Louisiana sent in for a little garden inspiration:

using milk bottles as water jugs

Howdy!

I’ve been following your absolutely wonderful blog for about a year now and I love it! My husband has been after me for a week to take pictures of the garden and I have finally done so.

greab beans growing in a garden

I started my garden in February this year. I planted from seeds into empty eggshells. This is my first year doing that, learning from Pinterest. I also have old rotisserie chicken containers that I used as small greenhouses. I transplanted in the middle, late March when the weather was nice. Then had two really cold spells. Go figure.

cucumber plants

Anyways, I transplanted them, crushing the eggshells for added calcium, and some I just tossed, halved. I have my bell pepper {not from seed} garden bed, green beans and peas, lettuce, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash {with marigolds to attract some pollinators}.

corn in raised garden beds

Then my corn, first year planting them. Then some strawberries and a few herbs. Some kind of way I forgot that my herb bed is in full sun so I will be transplanting them tomorrow. I have a flower garden along side my patio and got my first lily this morning! I am hoping the others bloom quick.

using tires for gardening

And I thought I’d send in my tires just for the heck of it. The painted tires are along my driveway, for when I get the holes filled in they will keep the rocks in the driveway and not my yard. It’s was a idea that combined two things that I liked on Pinterest.

The old tree trunk that was carved out and had flowers in it, and the painted tire pyramid with flowers. Hope you enjoyed my little garden! I learned so much from you and your readers.

water jugs

Oh, I forgot. The jugs in the garden are for watering. I water the plants and fill the jugs up. I have noticed a difference, especially with my tomatoes. Last year my tomato roots were on top of the soil, due to shallow watering, this year they are well below due to the watering jugs.

~April

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If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

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Monthly Garden Chores – May

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We are actually getting a few sunny days around here–and my depleted vitamin D levels are started to rebuild.  Since all of my plants can be moved outdoors throughout the month, I’ll be pretty busy planting this month.  {Make sure to check your last frost date first before you move your seedlings out.}

mung bean sprouts

Seeds I’m Starting Indoors this Month

Other than continuing my sprouts, everything will go outdoors now.  Wahoo!

See the full list of seeds I’ll be planting this year

green beans

What I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month

  • Beans {direct sow}
  • Cumin {direct sow}
  • Zucchini {direct sow}
  • Sunflowers {always brings the birds in at the end of the season}
  • Pumpkins {direct sow}
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Dill {Gotta have it to can my pickles and dilly beans!}
  • Squash {direct sow}
  • Strawberries
  • Flowers
  • Sunflowers
  • Ornamental Corn
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Ornamental Millet
  • Basil

tomato plants 6 weeks

Plants and/or Bulbs I Plan to Purchase this Month

  • Heirloom Tomato Plants {I usually buy several plants from the Seattle Tilth sale}
  • Brussels sprouts

endive lettuce

What I plan to Harvest This Month

  • Swiss Chard
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Microgreens
  • Sprouts
  • Over-wintered potatoes
  • Basil
  • Mesclun Lettuce
  • Endive
  • Bok Choy Leaves
  • Oregano

grape hyacinth muscari bulbs

Houseplants, Indoor Bulbs and Outdoor Bulbs

Houseplants should be on a regular feeding and watering schedule now.  If you plan on putting your houseplants outside for the summer, make sure to acclimate them slowly.  Start by placing them outside in the shade for only a couple of hours a day.  Don’t leave them out over night until late May, early June.

Spring bulbs that were forced should be deadheaded and then allowed to die back completely.  If you want to force them again next year, they will need to experience a freeze.  So move the pot outdoors and allow it to sit until December or January {continue watering occasionally}.

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Trees and Shrubs

This is a good time to prune evergreens.  Also, watch for a huge array of bugs on the trees and work with your local nursery to, well, nip it in the bud.  Losing a tree to an infestation stinks.  If you haven’t pruned the roses, make sure to do it this month.

sluggo for slugs

Weed and Pest Control

Weeding is the name of the game this month.  Weeds will be fighting for prime real estate in your garden and yard, so make a habit of a daily pulling or they can take over and become a massive chore.

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Lawn Care

It’s time to start mowing the lawn regularly–I’m sure the HH is sooo excited.  Ha.  Watering lawn deeper/longer with less frequency encourages deeper roots which equals happy grass.  Thatching is also a good idea in May, it will help remove some of the dead grass, making room for new growth.

These garden chores are based on my Zone 8a Seattle/Tacoma WA location. Find your garden zone HERE.

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