Harvesting Vegetables in the Snow

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

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

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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!

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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~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:

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

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

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 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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  • 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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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:

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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

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  • 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.

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Lisa’s Garden Photos from Tasmania, Australia

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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 a ton of AWESOME photos} from Lisa who lives in Tasmania, Australia:

giant watermelons grown inTasmania, Australia

Hello Mavis!
I have been following your blog for a while now…really enjoying, and mostly its because you get such a kick out of what you are doing!
I think your enthusiasm must rope in heaps of first time gardeners and spurs on the more experienced ones!

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We {husband & myself} are from Tasmania, Australia. We have been here nearly three years now. I must tell you the soil here is a delight… its like you throw seeds at it and it says “Here! Food!”

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Yes… there is a bit more work than that involved, but the rich red soil is completely scrumptious!
Our seasons are opposite so its great to be watching my North American friends’ gardens while ours are more dormant.

garden plot Tasmania, Australia

I really didn’t garden that much before coming here. Because I didn’t go back to work when we moved here, I have thrown myself into gardening, cooking, jam making, sauce and relish making. I am lucky enough to have a large number of cousins in the area of varying ages to learn from, not to mention my amazing 97 year old Aunt Ruby, who is a gardening whizz, a wonderful cook and incredibly knowledgeable on all sorts on things so as a much younger person, it pays to keep your ears open!!

yellow tomatoes

We live on about 3/4 of an acre, in an old Federation style house, just a little way out of town. Its a beautiful lifestyle, lots of gorgeous beaches close by and fantastic places to hike and explore.

chickens
We got ourselves a few chickens, and love the free entertainment that goes along with them (apart from the other benefits of scrap disposal, garden manure and eggs)

garden vegetables in wheelbarrow
The garden is an ongoing learning curve which I love!
We were lucky enough to gain, with the house two established apple trees and two massive old cherry plum trees which give out an insane amount of fruit each year.

Tasmania devil

Anyway, I have been going through the “one hundred dollars a month” inbox folder and clearing it out. Sometimes I don’t have the chance to read straight away, so I file them. hmmmm… they have accumulated somewhat… But its fun and I am saving all the ones that are useful for me.

wombat kiss

If ever you want a really different travel holiday, I recommend Tassie! You’d be welcome to stay… we have had probably 30 plus house guests since we moved here, half of those international!! I am getting VERY good at knowing where to take people around this part of the world!!

december harvest Tasmania, Australia

Cheers and thanx for the fun and information of your blog, it really is wonderful

Take care,
Lisa

snake on towel rack
PS: There is a bit of a photographic mixture here… some scenery ones just in case you get all enthusiastic to visit Tasmania, vegetables of course, animals in knitted garments {because I can and the animals in question are calm and seem to put up with it} and the snake in the bathroom… well it was a talking point for a while. Its not often a 4 ft plus tiger snake gets into your bathroom and drapes itself over the towel rack. {hole in wall is fixed and no further snake incidents have occurred!}

farmers market photos Tasmania, Australia

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Beautiful Raised Garden Bed Pictures from Austin, Texas

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Check out this story and pictures Jana from Austin, Texas sent in for a little garden inspiration:

rasied garden boxes backyard set up

Hi Mavis!

When I was first inspired by your gardening adventures, we lived in Hillsboro, OR. A year ago we moved to Austin, TX and one of my goals was to have a raised bed garden in the tiny backyard of our new house. My husband built this whole 20′ x 30′ “urban farm” in early March. I had started some plants from seed, some were bedding plants, some seeds were sown directly and we planted it all before St. Paddy’s Day. We have 21 tomatoes, cabbage, onions, carrots, broccoli raab, snow peas, lettuce, corn, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, Blue Lake green beans, cilantro, basil and chives.

The growing season here is very different from the Pacific Northwest, some plants can be in the ground in January and the whole party is over by late June (too hot for most things by then). It is possible to squeeze in a second growing season starting in early fall, if you play your cards right.

Here is an overview of the six 4′ x 8′ beds and one 4′ x 4′ bed, all made from 2″x 6″ cedar with heavy duty landscape cloth on the bottom and a mixture of garden soil, compost, sand and riverbed soil. We are in a new neighborhood, so we recycled old survey stakes and built supports which can be used again next year for the tomatoes. I tied bamboo poles together to make teepees for the Oregon snow peas.

tomatoes growing in a garden box
These are Campari tomatoes, lettuce, bell peppers and protective marigolds (I swear they and the ladybugs repelled a multitude of bugs). One day in March, on a whim, I took an egg carton, planted a tomato seed in potting soil in each cup (taken from my Costco Campari lunch tomato) just to see if they would grow. Lo and behold, they not only grew, they thrived and now we have 8 Campari’s with little tomatoes!

corn growing in a garden box
We have 27 white corn stalks. Today I saw the first corn silk on several plants, so we should have corn soon. The toughest thing about growing corn in a Texas spring was all the WIND. Several of the little corns were blown completely out of the ground and we’ve had to prop up some of the bigger plants after being blown over.

beans growing in a garden box
Jalapenos do very well in this hot, dry climate. This bed also has brussel sprouts (which I planted too late and will probably not get sprouts), Blue Lake green beans, which have tons of little beans on them and spinach, which has done well.

cabbage and onions growing in a garden box
This bed has cabbage, onions and carrots. You can see the 4″ x 4″ cedar posts my husband used in the corners of each raised bed for stability. He also screwed them together versus nailing as he wants them to last a long time!

huge tomato plants in garden boxes
These are the heirloom tomato plants. We have Ox Heart and Cherokee Purple. Also, there are 4 Italian Roma tomato plants, 1 Sun Gold and 1 Supersweet 100 cherry tomato, 4 New Girls, 2 Celebrity tomatoes and the 8 Campari’s. All of them are covered in flowers and there are mature tomatoes on each just turning red.
garden planter
Here is my garden craft project. I made this planter from the last bit of cement in the wheelbarrow when hubby was building something else. I used a shoebox, lining it with wet cement which I hollowed out, let cure and popped out of the cardboard after it had dried. Makes a nice, although rather shallow planter for English Daisies on the patio table.

Hope you find my garden interesting enough to use in your blog. Come visit Austin sometime. It is a blast and a world traveler like you would love it!

~ Jana

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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.

Go HERE for the official rules.

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Mavis Mail – Send Pictures of Your Garden For a Chance to Win a $20 Amazon Gift Card

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Send Pictures of Your Garden For a Chance to Win a $20 Amazon Gift Card

Alright lovely readers, who has some garden pictures you’ve just been dying to share with me? And who wants a $20 gift card to Amazon? I realize your gardens might look a little shabby right now {all of ours do, it’s just that time of year!}, but that’s no reason not to snap some pics and show me your progress {and a $20 Amazon gift card is a great incentive, right?!}.

I want to see what you are doing in your backyards {or indoors even!}. I love my garden, but sometimes I really get sick of looking at it. So I want to see yours! Here are some of the coolest ones that have been submitted by you guys:

Harlem Garden ApartmentSquare Inch Gardening in New York

Harlem, New Yorker, Holly, proves space isn’t an excuse when it comes to gardening. They have a tiny back porch off of their apartment and they put every last square inch to good garden use!

bean garden trellisAmazing Bean Trellis and Garden Box Photos:

I don’t like to pick favorites, but this picture might be my favorite of all your submissions. That bean trellis is simply gorgeous. I totally want one. But even more I love how Heather’s daughter is so content under it, chewing on beans that it produced. Love it!

cinder block garden cute chicken coop designTexas Cinder Block Garden:

Lindsey’s unique cinder block garden totally caught my attention. What a great idea for garden bed containers! Plus she has some beautiful chickens and a chicken coop I’m envious of.

Strawberry tower made from fence boardsVertical Fence Board Strawberry Tower and Garden:

April invented the coolest vertical gardening tower ever. Using old fence boards she grew a successful strawberry plant vertically. Perfect when you’re short on space.

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.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com {take some deep breaths and contain your excitement}.

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Things to keep in mind when you send me your stuff:

  1. I have major OCD. You do not have to be a professional photographer, but your photos do need to be clear and well lit or I won’t be able to use them.
  2. All photos must be original, and they must have been taken by YOU.
  3. I won’t be able to use or get back to everyone–but just assume that whatever you sent in was awesome.
  4. Be sure to include a little information about yourself, like how long you’ve been gardening, raising chickens, ect. Also, please include your name and what state or country you are from.
  5. If you have a blog and would like me to link back to it, please let me know, I’d be happy too.
  6. Ideally I’d prefer at least 5 pictures per submission, but the more the merrier just in case I do not select them all.

Okay, peeps, that about covers it. Whether you submit something or not, I think you’re all amazing just for being part of our little One Hundred Dollars a Month family. Thanks for reading, sharing, commenting and emailing. I could have never imagined when I started this blog back in 2009 it would have turned into what it is today. You.Are.Awesome.

~Mavis

Send your garden, and chicken related pictures with stories via email to onehundreddollarsamonth @ gmail.com {remove the spaces} and be sure and put Mavis Mail in the subject line. Thank you. I’m looking forward to your submissions.

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