Mavis Garden Blog – Moving Rocks and Transplanting Tulips

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new garden area

Yesterday I finished clearing the {future} herb garden area. Digging up sunken stones and raking all the pea gravel out of the growing area wasn’t the funnest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s done.

new-garden-area

I still need to pull the boxwood shrubs near the air condition unit forward {see arrows} and then figure out what I’ll plant in the awkward corner between the left side of the house and the air condition unit. I need something tall {about 5 ft or so} that is not bushy.  Any suggestions?

Japanese maple

This dwarf Japanese maple I removed will be going to Mrs. HB’s garden.wheelbarrow with rocks

Rocks! I have a bunch of extras and have nowhere else to use them in the garden. If I had this problem at our old fence, I’d just heave them over the back fence. But I can’t do that here. So I thinking maybe I’ll stuff a rock or two in my pocket every time I take Lucy for a walk and deposit them somewhere in the neighborhood. You know, kind of as a random act of garden kindness gesture or something.

tulips popping through soil

My tulips are popping up… Are yours?digging up dirt

Remember all that dirt I deposited on the side of the house a few weeks ago thinking that was where the new garden beds were going to go? Ya well, I need to move it. And quick!tera cotta pots

I think I’ve come up with a pretty good solution.

terra cotta pots planting tulips

After transplanting a bunch of tulips to the base of a tree in our front yard, I covered the area with a fresh layer of dirt.
planting tulips at the base of a tree

When we bought the house last fall I noticed there were about 9 hosta plants in the side yard. As soon as those pop up, I plan on transplanting them to the lower 1/3 base of the tree where the tulips are. I’ve seen hostas planted at the base of trees before in shaded gardens and they look fantastic. Once the grass gets reseeded, I think this little area on the side of the house will look nice.

Progress. It’s happening.

~Mavis

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Great Aunt Ruby’s Garden in Tasmania, Australia

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This past summer Lisa from Tasmania, Australia sent in pictures from her garden. Well, she’s back, and this time she is telling us about her Great Aunt Ruby… :) :) :) :) :) :)

aunt ruby

Meet my Great Aunt Ruby!

Ruby turned 98 last September, still lives by herself and tends to this amazing garden.

tasmania beach
She lives in a little town called Wynyard in Tasmania and her home is a stones throw from the beach.
Ruby trained as a nurse and has spent a lifetime taking care of people.

Right up until the last few months, Ruby has pretty much sorted out the garden by herself, with a bit of help here and there from her daughter Margaret who lives almost next door. This season she decided that she may need a bit of help with the heavy digging, so that’s where I come in!

using wire guards in the garden

This plot Ruby dug herself and planted carrot, beetroot and lettuce seeds, then used the high tech method of cat-digging prevention by covering the area with any and all wire guards!

vegetbale garden

And it worked! A few months later there was a lush garden happening. The peas were well on their way as well as the potatoes (destined for the Christmas dinner table).

beets

In her garden there are usually potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, beetroot, carrot, lettuce, peas, beans, cabbage, broccoli, artichokes, parsnip, strawberries, pumpkin, cucumber, silver beet, garlic and herbs. Plus probably other stuff I have forgotten!! Enough to feed a small army if one happened on by!!

aunt ruby sitting on milk crate

Often when I go to visit, I’ll find Ruby sitting on her milk crate, wearing her gardening hat and pulling up weeds.

weeds in garden

The before…

weed free garden

And after efforts of the other days weeding! Not bad for someone who is almost 100 years old!!

aunt ruby in the garden
If she is pottering about the garden she will most likely be using an old mop to lean on, not as keen on the walking stick because if people see that, they might think she is “old.”

ripe tomato

There is always a bit of a competition for the first ripe tomato of the season. I thought I may have been first past the post this year, but nope… here is Ruby “skiting” (as she would say)(boasting) about the first red tomato in her hothouse!

aunt ruby in kitchen

Ruby is very used to feeding herself out of what she grows. There is always a big feed of vegetables and fruit on the table. Because she is nearly blind, it gives her a lot of independence to be able to go up into the garden and get what she needs rather than continually having to rely on someone else to shop for her.

aunt ruby scones
I might add that her scones (I think you call them biscuits in North America) are superb! (home-made jams to go on top of course!!)

purple hydrangea flowers

What I love about Ruby’s garden is the way she has pretty flowers here there and everywhere right throughout. You are never really sure what to expect to see blooming at different times of the year.

using seewee mulch
This plot of flowers is now covered in a seaweed mulch. Advantages of living by the ocean!! The council here allows residents to collect what they need from the beach, and apart from being free, it doesn’t introduce any unwanted weeds! In her younger years, Ruby would just take the wheelbarrow across the road and help herself!

old mother Hubbard

Ruby is adored by all her family, she is a wealth of information on gardening and cooking among other things, has great stories , she has a great sense of fun (for example: dressing up as Mother Hubbard for me when I needed a ‘Nursery Rhyme’ photo) and is always happy to put the kettle on for a cuppa when we drop in and I might add its nearly impossible to escape without an armful of food of some kind!!

aunt ruby

Well… there you go.
Cheers,
~ Lisa

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  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

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Garden Tours and Projects of 2014

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While I love hearing from you guys, some of my very favorite emails are when you share your gardens or gardening projects. I love my garden, but sometimes I really get sick of looking at it. So seeing your garden is a breath of fresh air! I asked you to send in your photographs and stories of your garden, and for yet another year in a row, your gardens have blown me away. Here are some of the coolest ones I’ve seen:

Alison2Alison Sends in Pics of Her Very Colorful Harvest:

We were lucky enough to get a glimpse {through gorgeous pictures!} of Alison’s amazing garden in Pennsylvania. Wow! Those tromboncino squash alone made me love her garden! She also has a pretty amazing broccoli house I’m totally jealous of.

garden-girlVegetables, Kids, Pigs and Chickens! Oh My:

When Amanda from Southern Virginia send in her photos, I thought for sure they had come straight out of a magazine. I mean seriously, does that photo above not look magical! Her whole backyard does really. They call it their “Half-Acre Home on the Range,” which I love. I also love how involved her kids are in the whole process. Pretty lovely setup they have.
growing-vegetables-in-tiresBob and Sherle From California Share Their Vegetable Garden Photos: Take 2:

Bob and Sherle have one of the most amazing gardens on the planet. This is our second rodeo with them and let me tell you Bob, they continue to impress! Last year Sherle sent in photos of their garden {see them HERE} and shared pictures of her husband standing next to their tomato plants that were over 10 feet tall. Wowza! Their pictures this year were just as spectacular. I hope I can have a garden that will look as good as hers someday.

jane7My Friend Jane From Thy Hand Hath Provided Finally Shows us Her Garden:

My dear friend Jane from Thy Hand Hath Provided {you know, the one with the AWESOME cookbook}, shared her amazing garden pictures after months of me begging. She said something in her email to me that I love and refer back to a lot: “We love trying new projects like Shiitake mushrooms, honeybees, fruit trees, and selling sunflowers, but it’s taken a little while to learn that it is only possible to do many different things IF we lower our standards and live with some weeds and things not looking perfect all the time.” Something I need to always remember.

Pallet-Garden-Pumpkin-TrellisDIY Pallet Garden Pumpkin Trellis:

KK from Preppy Pink Crocodile sent in a few photos of a pallet garden trellis she built for her community garden allotment last summer and I thought it was so clever! She only has about 200 square feet to work with so she has to plan carefully to take the greatest advantage of space. She’s pretty resourceful, too, getting the pallets for this project for free!

rainbowGarden Pictures All The Way From Tasmania, Australia:

Lisa and her husband have been living in Tasmania for 3 years and are enjoying gardening in a new climate. I was enjoying seeing all her gorgeous pictures! Here’s what she had to say about the soil there:

“I must tell you the soil here is a delight… its like you throw seeds at it and it says ‘Here! Food!’”

rasied-garden-boxes-backyard-set-upBeautiful Raised Bed Garden Pictures From Austin, Texas:

When Jana sent in her pictures of her raised bed gardens, I immediately had garden envy! Her garden is just so pretty and orderly and organized; just how I like it. Plus, she’s growing stuff like mad. So far they have have 21 tomatoes, cabbage, onions, carrots, broccoli raab, snow peas, lettuce, corn, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, Blue Lake green beans, cilantro, basil and chives. Wow!

Strawberry-TowerEmily From Washington Uses Self-Watering Planters:

Emily had one sunny spot in her yard that gets pretty hot in the afternoon sun. In years past, they had tried using regular pots to grow tomatoes, but with little success. The soil dried out extremely fast, leaving crispy plants by the end of the day. She was determined to find a solution so she scoured the internet and found many self-watering planter DIYs. She showed her husband one of the YouTube videos, and he and a buddy took the basic idea and modified it to work in rain barrels. Pretty brilliant idea if you ask me!

unnamedAnn From Eastern Oregon Gives Us a Glimpse of Her Garden:

Ann lives in Eastern Oregon, which is not the green, lush Oregon most people think of when they hear Oregon. In rural Eastern Oregon they have wide open spaces, beautiful rugged mountains and an abundance of wildlife, cattle and farm land. Ann is growing and harvesting like crazy, crops that include: a variety of produce {both wild and domestic}, a bumper crop of huckleberries, bing cherries, sour cherries, apricots and {soon} apples!

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Harvesting Vegetables in the Snow

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winter garden mavis

I woke up on the east coast this morning to a backyard {and garden} full of snow!  It.Was.Awesome.

winter garden

Harvesting vegetables from under 8 inches of snow is totally new to me.

harvesting winter vegetables in the snow

And to be totally honest, I was’t sure any of the vegetables I planted last August would be any good.

winter vegetables with snowWhat was I thinking?

carrots beets turnipsI’ll have to add roasted vegetables to the Thanksgiving menu now. Gardening in the snow, it’s awesome.

Have yourself a merry little Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to eat your veggies. :)

~Mavis

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Bob and Sherle Share Their California Vegetable Garden Photos

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beans growing in a cage

Bob and Sherle have one of the most amazing gardens on the planet. Last year Sherle sent in photos of their garden {see them HERE} and shared pictures of her husband standing next to their tomato plants that were over 10 feet tall. Wowza!

Well we are all in for a treat because Sherle just sent in photos from this year garden and let me tell you, they are just spectacular. I hope I can have a garden that will look as good as hers someday.

Here is what Sherle had to share…

compost surprise

Compost Surprise: We dug up and flipped the compost bin this spring to get planting soil and when we turned it we realized we hadn’t watered it well enough to cook everything down so we still had bits in there. After putting what hadn’t cooked down back in the bin things began growing.
pumpkins growing in the compost heap
I didn’t hold out much hope for the plants but they took off and I have pumpkins growing everywhere. There is also purple sweet potatoes growing from the bin. We’ll have to dig up the bin this fall to see if we get any sweet potatoes.
tomato plants
Garden #1: This is the main garden at the house, where we are growing 7 varieties of tomatoes, zucchini, tatuma squash, cube o’ butter summer squash, jalapeno’s, pickling cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, potatoes, tomatillos and sweet potatoes.
purple tomatoes
Everything is so tall and I have to climb a ladder just to get some type of a picture. Sometimes I wish I was comfortable enough on the roof to get a picture from there.
growing vegetables in tires
Garden #2 Tires: This is my raised bed garden. Since I couldn’t afford any wood to make my raised bed garden and since my sons work had tires to spare and I had read about using them I decided to give it a try.
growing vegetables in tires
I gave it a go last year and it wasn’t as productive as I had hoped it would be. This year I tried a couple of different things and having drip irrigation has helped a lot.
green beans
I still need better soil in the tires, but it’s producing really well. I will be planting more beets very soon, for a winter crop.
watermelon
I’m growing or have grown, garlic, beets, watermelon, three types of green beans, 4 or 5 different types of peppers, (some hot, some sweet,) eggplant, and an unknown melon (I think), from the compost used in the soil that popped up amongst the yellow green beans.
corn
Garden #3: We grow our corn here, planting each row one week apart. I don’t know exactly how effective this is, but it works great when processing the corn. We gather just enough to get them processed in one afternoon with all four of us working. This year, HH calculated how we might try for two crops in one year.
cork stalks
We planted in the holes we pulled the corn from, definitely not the best idea, since the nitrogen is a bit poor, but with a nitrogen supplement we have hopes for something reasonable. It’s an experiment, the corn looks great, so far and we’ll see what the end result is.
white summer squash
Garden #4: This garden is, in part, a thank you to the folks who let us garden at their place. We planted summer squash, tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, zucchini and some plants that popped up in the compost. It turns out that these seem to be a cross between zucchini and butternut squash, we call them zucchinuts, lol.
mulching squash plants
They cook up like zucchini but they have light orange flesh. We also planted winter squash out here, large pumpkins, sugar pie pumpkins, pink banana squash, sweet meat squash, honey boat delicata squash, my first time trying several of these, but I’m always up for adventure. Oh yeah, we have potatoes and butternut as well.
purple potato flowers
I tried sweet potatoes here but we missed a week of watering so they died before they could get started. There are two big problems this year with this garden, one being the soil needs treatment so we are going to try and solve that with horse manure and compost in the fall. The other issue is the ground squirrels or gophers. We don’t have a solution for those yet, if you or any of your readers have suggestions, I’ll take them.
pinto beans
Garden #5: This garden is actually a cover crop for the corn garden next year. Though we are still planning on picking a bunch of pinto beans when it’s time. The beans help to introduce the nitrogen into the soil that the corn will need.
pinto beans growing up twine
We had to build something for them to climb on, HH and son made the uprights and cross pieces while I and our daughter hung and tied all the strings for the beans to climb up. The beans have taken to climbing quite well, though I don’t have super recent pictures.
purple sunset
I’ve included a sunset picture that was particularly spectacular last month.
~Sherle

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  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
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  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

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A Small Garden from Virginia Packs a Lot of Vegetables into a 6×8 Foot Raised Bed

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raised garden boxes

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!

growing squash in a raised garden bed

Check out these photos Susanne from Virginia recently sent in of her 6×8, 24″ high raised bed garden. This is her second year with it and it just goes to show you do not need a huge amount of space to grow some veggies.

Here’s what Susanne said about her garden:

Kale, romaine, spinach and radishes were first and are about gone now.

Basil, and chives… Both onion and garlic in opposite corners! All have been ready for a couple months at least. Chives were perennial and survived last years crazy Virginia winter. Many things didn’t make it through that normally do.. My fig tree and large gardenia are still in recovery.

growing tomatoes in raised beds

Currently, in addition to herbs, we have HUGE Beefsteak tomatoes, tons of cherry tomatoes, summer squash and cucumbers. My 4 foot PLUS marigolds are blooming.., FINALLY! There are only 3 tomato plants in this garden. Two Beefsteak and 1 cherry! I have topped all over and over. They just get bigger… AMAZING. I will need a ladder to get all the cherry tomatoes… Literally.

squash growing in a garden box

My greatest challenge is to maintain good airflow and keeping it open and inviting to bees. I started everything from seed except the tomato plants and brussels sprouts. The sprouts are a failure. I have since learned they should be a fall planting… I guess the “grower” missed that point too!

All are growing in topsoil from a natural pond/runoff in the back corner of our property. This great natural dirt is amended with chicken poop compost from my chickens. The chickens live in our backyard. This garden bed is in our front yard!

raised garden

The table and bucket on the side are to keep my dogs from picking squash! They are starting to grow outside the box so we will see if they can restrain themselves!

~ Susanne

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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!

~Mavis

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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Joy From Michigan Sends in Pictures of her Garden and Garden Shed

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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!

joy

Remember that time my friend Amberlina and I survived the Tacoma City Marathon with our favorite soldier, Nick?

joy6

 Well his grandmother, Joy, is an avid reader from Michigan and today she is sharing pictures of her adorable garden. I’m totally in love with her cute garden shed!

joy5She is just beginning to enjoy her homegrown veggies.

joy3Check out this picture of her flower garden. {I mean tell me you wouldn’t absolutely love the view from Joy’s chairs! That is like the perfect relaxation spot.}

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Joy- I have total shed envy! Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your cute garden.

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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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Ginger From Mississippi Sends in Her Garden and Chicken Pictures

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mississippi1A 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!

~Mavis

Check out reader Ginger’s fun little piece of land!

mississippi6Hey Mavis ~

Thought I’d send you some pics from my little place in the country.

mississippi7The sweltering heat has taken it’s toll on what the little garden is producing, but thought I’d share pics of my “girls” & fruit trees. My peach tree is producing many small peaches. mississippi9This is the first year for the thorn-less black berries & they have been delicious!

mississippi5My granddaughters, Kylie & Abby (both aged 6) love the chickens, and thought up wonderful names for each of them, photo shows them holding Goldie, but others are named Rainbow SnoCone, Nemo, Lulu Snowflake, Golden Mustache, Ringer & Lemon Drop.

mississippi4My chickens include brown egg layers & Easter eggers. They love to hang out on the deck of my vintage travel trailer that I am renovating. The laying box was a piece that had belonged to my mother.

mississippi2The custom art work of Abby’s hangs across from Grandma’s laying box to inspire good egg production, an idea that came from Vicky, on your blog back in Feb. I just LOVE it! mississippi8A cast iron urinal, reclaimed from military barracks destroyed during Hurricane Camille in the late sixties makes a perfect water trough. Carpenter bees are a real problem here. You can see two homemade bee traps hanging beside the hen house. mississippiiAn antique bathtub is the home for my fish & various water plants.

I enjoy your blog & I hope you enjoy these pics.
Ginger
Saucier, MS

mississippiIf 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.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Mavis Mail – Stephanie From Kentucky Sends in Photos of her Patio Garden

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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!mavis mail2

Check out the pictures Stephanie from Kentucky sent in. I am totally blown away by her use of space. She has a full-on garden growing in a little patio area. Just goes to show that space issues are no excuse when it comes to growing your own food. Here’s what Stephanie had to say:

mavis mail3I grew up gardening, so while I always assumed I’d own a house with a large backyard plot, the practicality of a grad-student (and post-grad school) existence required a more pragmatic (read: dull as doorknobs) existence in an apartment complex with one of those ubiquitous 6x11ft patios. After a couple summers lusting after the gardens I saw everywhere, I finally decided to make due with what I had. This is my success story of gardening on concrete!

We chose an apartment on the southern exposure to get as much light as possible in the covered space and maximized our space by thinking vertically, rather than horizontally. I love cucumbers, so I ran bird netting around the rails of the patio and trained the cucumbers to grow along them. I must say, I was feeling pretty ingenious once I saw the cukes take off!

mavis mailOf course no Kentucky garden would be complete without tomatoes, so with the limited space we stuck to varietals that grew well in pots, mostly determinate varieties, although I couldn’t resist a few Black Krim!mavis mail1 The hanging tomato basket has seeds with “Hundreds and Thousands” – my new all time favorite cherry that is not only incredibly photogenic, it is prolific! Hanging the pot from the patio roof also freed up space on the ground.

mavisWe grew lettuce, herbs and other relatively shallow rooted plants in baskets along the rail. While we certainly don’t have the largest harvests – and aren’t able to grow enough to can or preserve – it’s certainly better than no harvest at all! My husband and I both get the satisfaction of growing (some of) our own food – enough to keep the two of us in good supply of fresh salad ingredients all summer long. To all your readers who think they need to have those beautiful big garden beds that make us all green with envy (in places other than our thumbs!) – just give it a go! A little dirt, sun, water and patience is all you need.

Cheers,
Stephanie

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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Mavis Mail – Tamera From Washington Sends in Garden Pics

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tameramainA 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 impressive haul from reader Tamera:

tamera4Hi Mavis!
I am a regular reader of your blog, an avid gardener, chicken and goat owner, and last year, we weighed every ounce of produce harvested and weighed in at 906 lbs and 12 ounces. We hope to break 1/2 a ton this year! We live in Monroe, WA.

tamI have been gardening for the last 20 years or so, but really started growing our own food as much as possible, about 4-5 years ago after reading Animal Vegetable Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver. Every year we make more progress in harvesting, preserving and keeping our own home grown food. We have also had chickens for the last 10 years.

tamera5My husband is a 4-H Poultry Leader, and our 3 girls have all been actively involved in the 4-H program. Not only do we have chickens for fresh eggs, but we also raise and exhibit show quality birds. We also have goats, but they are just pets for the most part. Eventually we would like to get a milk goat though and try out hand at goat milk cheeses.

goatsAnd bees. We would love to get bees, but that has to be my husbands job, and he has no time right now. But someday!

tameraWe have a separate facebook page for our Poultry, although it needs to be updated.

Thanks!
Tamara

tamera3If 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.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

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