Lisa’s Garden Photos from Tasmania, Australia

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giant tomato from australia

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!

rainbow
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!”

wild garden flowers

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

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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Beautiful Raised Garden Bed Pictures from Austin, Texas

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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 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

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

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}.

isle of man

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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Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew Garden

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kew gardensLast time we went to the Royal Botanical Gardens, I showed you tons and tons and tons of pictures, but I never really gave you the history of the place.  Shame on me.

orchids growing on tree stumpThe Kew Gardens take up about 300 acres of land in southwest London.  They are a combination of outdoor gardens and glasshouses {uh-mazing glass greenhouses}.

kew gardensThe whole of the gardens house the world’s largest collection of living plants.  They are are more than 30,000 kinds of living plants.  Be still my beating heart.  And while it has amazing gardens, at it’s heart, it is dedicated to preserving and studying all horticulture.  There’s about a million ways to experience it, from tours to classes.

kew garden orchidsThey also host events throughout the year, depending on what is in season/bloom.  It really is impressive. Right now the orchid festival is going on and it is freakin’ fantastic.

kew gardens birdgeThe first part of the gardens opened in 1759.  The collection of plants kind of grew chaotically and without much planning at first–and over the years more land was added to the overall conservatory.

kew gardens cottageThe MANY buildings, like Queen Charlotte’s Cottage and the Princess of Whales show the extensive royal influence over the development of the gardens.

tea cupcakeThe Orangery, originally designed to be a greenhouse, now functions as a cafe/restaurant.  In it’s prime, it was the largest glasshouse in England.  In true British fashion, it overlooks the perfectly landscaped grounds.  The menu changes daily and time around we enjoyed tea and cupcakes.

kew gardens gift shop

And let’s not forget about the gift shop. There is everything from Burgon and Ball enamelware, garden books and tools plus a nice selection of potted plants both inside and outside the gift shop.

Hands down Kew Gardens is one of my favorite stops in England.

How about YOU? Do you have a favorite place in the world? What is it?

~Mavis

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Bob Bowling Rustics – Recycled Garden Sheds and Art

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bob bowling RusticsWhen my friend El Presidente and I went to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show the other day I was so hoping local artist Bob Bowling would be there with his AMAZING rustic garden cottages and primitives. And Oh Happy Day, he was.

rustic primitive garden shed Bob Bowling

In a nutshell this guy’s stuff is one giant display of rusted awesomeness times 10 million.
bob bowling lending libraryOne of my favorite things he makes are these little Lending Libraries. They run about $425 and are made with old wood and found objects and man are they cool.

bob bowlings garden sheds

Check out this white washed tool shed. Ain’t she purty?

antique cherub

I loved the rusty old door knocker he used on this shed.rusted funnel garden art

If you’ve got an old rusted funnel, SAVE IT! Turned it into a planter.
bob bowling rustics garden shed

More funnels, parts to a chicken feed and who knows what else was used to make this faux primitive light fixture. And check out the wooden pegs holing up that shovel. It’s oozing with cool.
bob bowling Rustics

This garden table / work station  complete with antique windows and galvanized planter is pretty amazing as well. He even hung a chandelier in there too.

rusted rooster coppolaAnd last but not least, check out the rusted tin roof complete with a rusted weathervane and rooster.

I love this stuff!

How about you, is this your style?

~Mavis

 

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Southern Virginia Garden Tour – Vegetables, Kids, Pigs and Chickens!

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garden girl

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 these photos and the stories behind them Amanda from Virginia sent in:

kids and garden vegetbales

Last spring/summer we decided to turn our bare backyard into our little “Half-Acre Home on the Range” and I wanted to share some of the pictures of our journey. Our little backyard garden and farmyard is a labor of love for our little family. My husband is the builder. He built our garden boxes, chicken coop, and pig house/pen. He leaves it to the girls and I to fill them with living things! I am really so thankful he goes along with all of our crazy ideas!

This was our very first gardening adventure. Which seems kind of silly to me. My dad is a farmer, and I grew up on a farm, so I really have no idea why it took me so long to start a garden!

There was not a lot of planning this first year. My focus was on letting the girls enjoy and be part of every moment. They helped dig in the dirt, and I let them plant the seeds. Naturally, the first harvest belonged to them ;) I loved that they wanted to be outside, right beside me, breathing fresh air and growing fun things.

kids in garden boxMy big girl named our garden the “Happy Foods” Garden, so we had to make a sign…of course!

It was so much fun watching new things pop up in the garden!!

girl feeding a chicken

Then, we talked our guy into chickens!!! He worked hard to build us the cutest little coop.

handmade chicken coopOur big girl looked out over our backyard at the end of the summer and said that she loved our little home because it made all of our dreams come true :) As a mom, that was one of the best moments!

garden vegetablesWe had lots of rain, so the garden, the bugs, and the grass got a little out of control! Throughout the summer we harvested some squash, cucumbers, basil, cilantro, radishes, lettuce, swiss chard, and a few other things.

garden vegetablesMy tomato plants ended up with some kind of disease, and I didn’t plant nearly enough beans…I still have a great deal to learn! But we had such a blast together. ~ And the girls were always looking for a chance to play in water ;)

piggyAnd we added a pig! I have always wanted a little pet pig!! Someone in our community needed a new home for her pot belly pig, so the girls and I brought her home! :) It was love at first sight!! (And she likes kale!)

pig penOnce again, our guy went to work building our dreams. She has her own little pen to root around in the mud, and we hung her some bunting. Every girl needs a little bunting.

Our July babies have finally started laying eggs, and it’s so exciting to check the nest boxes each day! The girls have to take turns carrying the eggs back to the house. Chickens are just awesome!

chicken garlic shootsEverything seems so brown and dead this time of year, but we do have a few garlic shoots from the fall popping up!! It’s so fun to see the garden still alive through the winter!

We enjoy our little backyard farmyard so much! We are ready to dig in the dirt again and are preparing for spring! We hope to have a bigger, better garden this year. I have already received my first order of seeds, and I ordered a set of grow lights for myself for Christmas, YAY!! :) I write a little about our backyard adventures and share pictures of our day-to-day at mychaosandcoffee.

garden photos

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 Me Your Tips, Tricks, Pics, and Recipes For a Chance to Win a $20 Amazon Gift Card

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chickens isle of man{Betty & Margo, 2 hens on the Isle of Man sent in by reader Angie from The Cinnamon Coach}

I love to get mail from my readers. Lately, I’ve been getting some pretty awesome pictures, recipes, gardening stories and chicken goodness in the mail.  And you know what I’ve decided?  My readers are so fun and wise, I should ask for their help.  So, as things start to get busier out in the garden, I would like to feature some of your ideas to help ease the load. I can’t do it alone–I neeeeed you!

garden isle of man{I vote we all move to the Isle of Man and live with Angie. Her children are all grown and I’m sure we could help out around her place in exchange for seeing that awesome view every day.}

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 {take some deep breaths and contain your excitement}.

isle of man

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 about 5 pictures per submission, so 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, thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting, leaving comments, and sending me emails. 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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Garden Tours and Projects of 2013

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I love my garden, but sometimes I really get sick of looking at it. So I decided I wanted to see yours! When I asked you guys to send in your photographs and stories of your garden, I had no idea the cool responses I would get. Your gardens blow me away. Here are some of the coolest ones I’ve seen:

curtis garden basilBotanical Interests:

One of the coolest backyard gardens I’ve ever seen. So much diversity in one garden. Of course, I would expect nothing less from the owners of Botanical Interests Seed Company!

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!

backyard-garden-photosBob and Sherle From California Share Their Vegetable Garden Photos:

I was so impressed with how Bob and Sherle completely transformed a plot of space loaned to them for gardening. They took it from drab to gardening fab with just a little elbow grease!

straw bale gardenGardening in Alaska:

Ted gives new meaning to raised bed gardening, uses hay bales and shows us how much produce a garden in frigid Alaska can actually yield. I was shocked.

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.

Check out the rest of the garden tours and pictures on my Garden Tour Pinterest Board.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Garden in the Fall

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Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Garden in the Fall

We had an extra 2 hours to spare yesterday before we had to catch our flight home from Virginia, so we decided to drive to James Madison’s Montpelier estate. I was driving and The Girl was navigating. And somehow, we ended up at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello instead. ;)

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Garden in the Fall

I think it was meant to be.

gourds

I love, love, love Monticello.

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Garden in the Fall

I would pack up and move there tomorrow if I could be on the garden maintenance crew at the estate.

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Garden in the Fall

I may not have a degree in horticulture or know all the names of the plants, but I’ve got enthusiasm. And that has to count for something right?

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Orchard

When we visited Monticello this past summer everything was so lush and green, but now {most of} the gardens have been to put to bed and only the super tough vegetables are left.

kale

Things like kale, and cabbage and garlic.

cabbage

What a gorgeous head of cabbage!

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Garden in the Fall

We also spotted the maintenance crew working on the asparagus bed. {I should have asked for a job application} ;)

bean trellis

Can someone please tell me why is it that in late fall, gardens look almost as pretty as they so in the summer time?

purple bean flowers

Maybe it’s the tiny hints of color {Hello, purple runner beans} or the muted tones of fall foliage, I don’t know, but it’s simple. And pretty. And I just couldn’t get enough of it.

monticello red brick path fall treesFall is awesome.

~Mavis

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Garden Photos From The High Desert of Nevada

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Christine Backyard Gardener

Christina, a freelance graphic designer from Nevada sent in a boatload of pictures of her garden recently and I thought they were super cool. So I asked her to give us a virtual tour:

garden beds

The Live Long and Prosper garden is about 15 by 25 feet and is located in a large area behind my five-acre family home in the high desert of Nevada. We are right next to a wilderness area and bird sanctuary, so we have to fence the garden off from rabbits and quail. Before the garden, the area was just a weedy, sagebrush area that took several years to clear.

the barn

It is located next to a barn, a wood shed and a small guesthouse. We did not fill in the entire area with veggies since we have to keep an open area to protect the house from wildfires.

corn garden bed

Before we built this garden, I had a small garden (about four beds) in another part of the garden where I just had salad greens, chard, tomatoes and some herbs. Our neighbors and good friends also had a small garden in their backyard and we all came up with the idea to use our spacious backyard (their backyard is lower and floods in the winter and spring) for a community garden. Nearly everything in the garden was re-used, found on Craigslist or given to us. The windows came from a friend who had been working on Leonard Nimoy’s house and the garden gate came from one of the barn stalls.

garden beds

Since the beds were built with old wood from the barn, they are different sizes. I think we tried to get them around the same size as the Leonard Nimoy windows, so they are either 4×6 or 4×8 in size.

barn manure

All the manure for the garden came from my family barn (we had cows, sheep, goats and poultry when I was a kid) and it took us some very long weekends and many wheelbarrows to drag it all out into the garden.

scarecrow

It also took several tools (shovel, snow shovel, pickaxe, rake and a pulaski) to get the 20-year manure out. It was one of the hardest jobs I’ve EVER done. :)

tomato plants

This year we grew corn, tomatoes, zucchini, pattypan squash, carrots, kale, cauliflower, green beans, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, fingerling potatoes, red potatoes, artichokes (they are in their first year), cantaloupe, watermelons, cucumbers and lemon cucumbers, green peppers and jalepeños. We got some stray pumpkins that came up too from some compost, so those are coming along now.

garden harvest

Everything grew like crazy, but we did get some aphid problems on the brassica plants and some strange black beetles on some of the squash. We also picked the corn too late (newbies!), so it was a little chewy. We also got an early fall and some really cold nights, which is rare for this area so we had to cover up the melons with the windows. We also use a straw bale cold frame for the artichokes and they seem to love it. We did have to pick a lot of the tomatoes green.

raised garden beds

For next year, we will rotate the crops and I’m building a pallet composter to amend our soil over the winter. I would love to also put in some raspberry canes, amaranth, garlic, rainbow chard and more lemon cucumbers ( I LOVE them).

protect artichokes from the sun

We have some wild, erratic weather here so we will try to start as many seeds as we can in cold frames or under grow lights. We’ve never done artichokes before, so I have no idea what will happen with those plants. I will continue to use my smaller garden for lettuce, arugula, spinach and herbs like chives, oregano, cilantro and some strawberry plants. For some reason, peas, beets and onions don’t do well here.

garden

I’ve only been gardening for about 3-4 years. The same for our neighbors. We are all still learning and make some silly mistakes, but it’s such a fun hobby. I love looking at seed catalogs and building things out of found wood or free objects. For other gardening tips, I’m a big fan of your site, GardenFork.tv, and the Edible Garden videos by Alys Fowler.

barn project

The barn project was really just a lark. We were just going to use the manure and then I really wanted to light a match to the place. :-) Then a co-worker of mine showed me some photos of a nearby barn she was going to be married in. It (the project) turned out really nice and we had a barn dance to celebrate the end of the project.

sunflower

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

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