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

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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Growing Vegetables in North Vancouver, Canada

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potatoes grown in burlap sacks

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 Trixi from North Vancouver, Canada sent in.

Previously Trixi had only planted broccoli and Brussels sprouts in her garden over the winter months, but she wanted to try and grow more .

orange flowers

Well take a look at her garden photos from this year!

I think my favorite photo might be those potatoes she has growing in burlap sacks at the top of the page.

broccoli

Trixi says it’s colder here in North Vancouver and since they she lives on the side of a mountain it been harder for her to grow a lot of different vegetables. But now that she has greenhouse, she plans on growing more.

heirloom vegetables

Trixi, I think you have done an outstanding job with your garden this year. Keep up the good work.

~Mavis

container-herb-garden2Garden Apartment in Harlem, New York

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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Megan From West Virginia Sends in Photos of Her Parent’s Garden

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harvest pictures

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 all the photos, reader Megan from West Virginia sent in:

strawberry pallet garden
Hey Mavis!
I wanted to submit some photos of my parents garden this year. It is totally ROCK STAR! Since having my baby in May this year, I haven’t had much time to keep up with the garden….hence, no photos of my own garden. My greenhouse is doing great, but that is another story=).
My parents recently went on a 10 Alaskan cruise and asked me to look after their garden. Mom was afraid that if I didn’t pick beans, the plants would stop producing. Well, yesterday I drove the 45 minutes to their house, enlisted my sister to hold the baby, and pick a bagillion veggies. I was shocked at how great their garden is doing this year.
gourds
I picked a huge bag of green beans and plan on processing them today. I’ll get at least 6 quarts from this one picking. Several of their tomatoes were ripe, but it looks like the tomatoes have gotten a blight of some sort. All the leaves on the bottoms are yellow or completely brown and dead. But the tops look great and they are still growing!
The cucumbers are crazy as well! I canned 4 quarts of pickles last night and will probably get 4 more today (using fresh dill and garlic from my own garden. :)
wooden sign
My dad is a crafty and resourceful man. He has used reclaimed items to build the “structure” of his garden. Old pipes and whatnot are strung with heavy duty cattle fencing as trellises for the beans, gourds, and other viney things. He even used an old mailbox to store his twine, gloves, shears, etc. in! Super cute. Even the electric fence was thrifted at a yard sale.
He even  made a sign that shows where each of his kids live and how far away they are. We are a close family, even if we are miles apart most of the year!
pea vines
The man HATES to weed (who doesn’t?!?) so last year and again this year, he put down super thick black landscaping plastic and cut holes for the plants as he planted them. I don’t think I saw one weed while I was up there yesterday.
corn stalks
The corn was at least 8-9 feet tall! And the crazy part is, it was all knocked down during a big storm earlier this summer. But within a few days, after propping them up (ie leaning them the opposite direction) they were all standing at attention again!
growing potatoes in tires

These are of his trial garden this year. He planted in pallets (like you) and got an abundance of lettuce and onions earlier in the season. He planted in tires as well. Some tires had onions while one has a tomato! He also constructed a strawberry garden complete with cage to keep the birds and other critters out.

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Megan, please tell your parents their garden looks great! I am so jealous of those gourds, I don’t think I’m going to get any this year. :( Too bad I don’t live closer to West Virginia or I’d try and barter with them.

Take care,

Mavis

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Bob and Sherle From California Share Their Vegetable 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.

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Botanical Interests Trial Garden Tour

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While we were on our epic road trip to St. Jude last week we had the opportunity to stop by the Botanical Interests trial gardens just outside of Longmont, Colorado for a private tour.

curtis garden shed

Take a look at the inside of Botanical Interests Co-Owner Judy’s potting shed! Isn’t it lovely? Look out HH, because I totally want one of these now. ;)

curtis garden beds

Judy and Curtis are co-owners of Botanical Interests and let me just say this, their garden was AMAZING! Not only were there oodles of garden beds in every direction, but the sheer assortment of vegetables they were growing was intoxicating. It was almost as if they had planted at least 5 different seed varieties in each bed.

curtis garden basil

Look at all that basil! What can’t I get mine to look like that?

curtis garden curtis

Here’s Curtis talking to us about his garden.curtis garden dog

And Buddy the dog chowing down on a fresh picked carrot. I have a feeling Buddy and Lucy the Puggle Dog would be best friends if we lived closer.

curtis garden cucumbers

Last year Curtis’ wife Judy made this elevated cucumber trellis. It’s hard to see in this photo, but you plant the cucumber starts at the base of the trellis and they then vine up towards the top and leave cucumbers dangling below.

Pretty genius if you ask me.

curtis garden zuchini

Does anyone know what kind of squash this is? I think it might be a Dirani Lebanese Squash but I’m not sure.

curtis garden gate

I don’t know about you, but I have always dreamed of a white picket fence around my garden.

I wonder if I could talk the HH into installing one for me this winter? The fence may not be able to keep the slugs out, but I’m pretty sure it would keep Lucy the trouble dog from using our vegetable garden as her own personal lunch buffet.

curtis garden squash

And let’s not forget about the cottage flowers. After all these years of gardening I’ve never really had a cottage garden,I’ve just grown vegetables.  I think if I could stick strictly to perennials flowers, I could manage the up keep.

What do you think?
curtis garden beansAnd last but not least, take a look at the bean trellis/ lettuce bed. Isn’t it beautiful? I need one of those too.

So basically, I think I should just pack up my garden tools and move to Colorado and live in Curtis and Judy’s garden shed. I loved being there and every single thing about there garden.

A girl can dream, right?

~Mavis

P.S. Have you ever walked though someones garden and thought “This is where I belong?” If so, where was it.

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Garden Photos from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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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!

hollyhocks

Check out these gorgeous photos Jodee sent in of her backyard garden.

Here’s what she had to say:

Hi Mavis,

I subscribe to your blog at work and look forward to it every day! I live close to downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and I am doing my best to grow as much food as possible on my little spot. I am always working on something around my house (currently a better coop for my three “girls”), but the main project this year was growing more food. This spring, I took out most of my lawn to add growing space. I started my seeds in my spare bedroom towards the beginning of March and started enough for my brother’s garden, too.

garden beds

Instead of digging up the existing grass, I laid down newspapers and layered them with alfalfa, leaves, three kinds of compost and some top soil. I then planted two apple trees and planted potatoes, cabbages, peppers, sweet potatoes, eggplants, pumpkins, zucchini, acorn squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon and broccoli. Of course I had to fit some flowers in there, too.

garden beds

I honestly wasn’t planning on putting EVERYTHING in my front yard, but I thought the spring rains had drowned my first little plants, so I planted more… nothing died and the zucchini gifting has begun!

sunflowers in raised beds

In my raised beds on the side of the house I have tomatoes, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, and sunflowers that are about 10 feet tall right now. I have three chickens that give me eggs pretty much every day and when I finish their new coop, I will send you pictures of that as well.

Hope you enjoy my yard – I have really enjoyed yours over the last year.

Jodee

Holy cow Jodee, your raised garden beds are beautiful. Everything is so lush and green. Keep up the good work!

~Mavis

garden-boxes18 Amazing Garden Boxes from New York

 

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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Dick and Jane’s Spot

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dick and jane's spot walkway

While The Girl and I were making our way to St. Jude last week on our Epic Road Trip Tourone of the stops we make was at Dick and Jane’s Spot in Ellensburg, Washington.

dick and jane's spot

It. Was. Awesome.dick and jane's spot house

Back in 1971 Dick & Jane both received a BA in Art from Central Washington University. They then went on to create an eclectic, one of a kind outdoor gallery outside their home.

dick and jane's spot fence

Most of the art is their own, but 35+ other artists also have their work featured on their property.

dick and jane's spot bear

Theft has never been a problem because Dick and Jane’s spot is located directly across from the Ellensburg Police and Fire Station.

dick and jane's spot sign

Life is but a dream. :) dick and jane's spot gate

Even the garden gate was artsy! See all the rusted bottle caps? How cool is that? There are over 10,000 bottle caps and thousands of reflectors on various pieces throughout the property.

dick and jane's spot statue

Hmm I wonder who placed the reflectors on this cheeky work of art?

dick and jane's spot backyard

Check out Dick and Jane’s garden. Isn’t it lovely? The top of the fence is covered with old glass insulators. How do they even come up with this stuff?

dick and jane's spot mavis

If you are ever in Ellensburg, Washington be sure and stop by. Dick and Jane’s Spot was seriously the most eclectic garden I’ve seen yet.

Dick and Jane’s Spot
101 North Pearl Street 
Ellensburg, Washington 

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St. Jude Garden and Kay Kafe

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St. Jude Garden

Well, we did it!

What started off as a crazy idea turned into reality when we met Chef Miles at the St. Jude Garden yesterday in Memphis, Tennessee. We were able to donate enough gnomes so that each one of the 59 garden boxes would be able to have at least one gnome placed in it. How cool is that?

chef miles St. Jude GardenChef Miles, who prepares food for the Kay Kafe gave us a tour of the gardens and talked to us about the types of vegetables they grow at the St. Jude garden {squash, beans, tomatoes, greens, herbs} with the help of volunteers. Thanks to my buddies at Botanical Interests Seed Company we were able to pass along a HUGE seed box of seeds {250+ packets} to Chef Miles for next years garden. Garden gnomes, seeds and money, sounds like the perfect combination if you ask me.

St. Jude Garden Boxes

In case you didn’t know already, at St. Jude the faculty, staff and patients not only get to enjoy the fresh produce from the St. Jude garden, but the cafe tries to make sure all the food served in the Kay Kafe is locally sourced and comes from within 150 miles of the hospital.

St. Jude Garden Boxes

We were not only able to visit the gardens, but we were also to spend time with some of the patients and make a gnome craft, as well as get a private tour and visit the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Because of privacy reasons we did not take any photos but I can tell you we were all very impressed with the facility, the kids and the whole experience. It was a wonderful once in a lifetime experience.

A BIG thank you to everyone who donated a gnome, made a cash donation or wished us well on our journey. It was really a once in a lifetime journey and I am just so glad we were able to help.

I’ll write more later, but I wanted to share the pictures with you asap.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit.

Mavis

 

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Seattle Urban Farm School Tour

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I was going through some pictures last night and totally forgot to tell you about The Seattle Urban Farm School garden we stopped at while on the Seattle Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour last month.

cool garden ideas

The Seattle Urban Farm School is a “little farmhouse in the city where folks can see how much food can be grown in a typical 4,000 square foot lot in every part of the yard.”

walkway with creeping thyme

It just goes to show that you don’t need a huge piece of property to have a cool garden, a backyard flock of chickens and still manage to have a little seating area out back to hang out with your friends and neighbors.

strawberries in gutters

Stacy’s got it all at her place, including these strawberry plants growing in gutters! How cool is that?

chicken coop green roof

The path alongside her house leads to a couple of raised garden beds where she focuses on growing vertically to save garden space.

Buff Orpington

Her chicken coop with a “green” roof is just behind a small patio strip where she has deck chairs set out. You can’t really see it in the photo but it’s a great place to read a book or take a work break from the garden.

vertical pallet garden

My favorite part about her backyard garden, was the vertical pallet gardens she had growing along her fence. I made a strawberry vertical pallet garden last year and had a lot of fun with it.  Stacy’s pallets were filled with nasturtium flowers and herbs and looked ultra hip. She even re-purposed an old bbq and turned it into a herb garden.

The Seattle Urban Farm School was pretty awesome if you ask me. If you’re local, you can check out her hipster classes HERE.

You don’t need a lot of space to have a garden, just a creative mind.

Gardens Rule!

~Mavis

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Garden Apartment in Harlem, New York

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Harlem Garden Apartment

Wow! Check out this email {and all the juicy photos I received from Holly in Harlem, New York!

Hi Mavis!

I have been reading your blog since late winter/early spring of this year and I just love it. My husband Max (I call him Massimo!) and I bought our apartment in Harlem in NYC last summer. We live in 700 square feet, but the best part of the apartment is the deck out back that’s all ours! This was pretty much the selling point for the unit, and we LOVE it.

small space container garden

We’ve been in NYC 8 and 10 years respectively, and had never had outdoor space before or room for any gardens.  I spent all winter researching gardening and we have had a great first year trying it, with mixed success – I like to call it square inch gardening, as opposed to square foot gardening :)  I blog about it and cooking/DIYing/decorating at southernharlem.com.  I am a fellow couponer so I love your money-saving tips and tricks!

container herb garden

I also started some basil indoors from seed on a window sill using pots and plastic bags with holes punched in them.  This worked ok but the plants were leggy – I think they really didn’t get enough light. I think next year I want to turn our dining area into a seed starting area with grow lights in the spring if I can get Massimo on board. Of course, this is a hard sell when you live in 700 sq ft. since then we’ll just have to eat dinner in the bed (or outside, but in March that’s not so appealing..)

vertical pallet garden

Massimo built the pallet planter himself with a pallet a neighbor found and brought home for us on the subway (great neighbor!).  We used gutters to line it and drilled holes in them for drainage.He also built some of the planters (the one with the herbs in it, for example).  Next year we want to build planters all along the top of the wall surrounding the deck and also hang gutters on the walls for more planting space (at least one of us wants to..).

peach tree

We also have to leave room for actually using the deck, as Massimo likes to remind me.  I grew up on a farm in North Carolina, and I never really knew I had the farming gene in me until we got started here. Now I dream of raising a 4-H pig in my back “yard” and having a few chickens. Sadly, I don’t think our neighbors would go for that.

holly harlem

We signed Max’s parents up for a CSA in the winter and get their leftovers/get their shipments when they’re out of town and LOVE that as a way for urbanites to access fresh local produce.  In addition to our deck, we take great pride in our window boxes since all our neighbors see them.

murphy the dog

We also planted around the trees on our block, which has greatly cut back on the amount of litter. Our dog Murphy likes to help us – she actually eats potting mix with seedlings in it (got a good amount of our chives) – what’s with that?

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and providing a great platform for ideas.

Keep on being green,
Holly

garden boxes raised garden beds18 Amazing Garden Boxes from New York

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.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Sunset Magazine Headquarters Menlo Park, CA

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outdoor pizza oven

A few weeks ago my online boyfriend Ryan and my buddy Harriet and I went to San Francisco to tour a bunch of gardens. One of the many stops we made was to the Sunset Magazine headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

orange garden trellis

I guess I never really though about how garden magazines get their photos. I always assumed they had a team of photographers that toured all over the place snapping pictures in other peoples gardens. It never occurred to me that Sunset Magazine {or any magazine for that matter} would have their own garden.

sugar baby watermelon

Seriously. Not only did they have all sorts of plants, flowers and trees growing at the Sunset Magazine headquarters, but they had fruits and vegetables growing too!. How cool is that?

don't eat the berries sign

But if you think you can pick the fruits and vegetables they’ve got growing while on tour, you’d be wrong.

blackberry

The need them all ripe and juicy so they can take pictures for the magazine. :(

ryan schmitt botanical interests

Nerd Alert. This is Ryan, pointing out Gammagrass. If you have never gone on a garden tour with a plant geek before, brace yourself. It’s like taking a kid to a candy store.

gamagrass

I mean I like flowers and everything, but I certainly don’t go around calling them by their botanical name. {Okay, so maybe I don’t know their botanical name, but still}.

hollyhocks

Hollyhocks! I love these. More brides should use them in their bridal bouquets.

how to support cucumbers

And check out this rusty panel. It’s perfect for cucumbers {or other vining plants} to grow on. Note to self: Find some for next years garden.

garden containers

And look at this picture perfect head of lettuce growing in a planter. Now why didn’t I think of that? Don’t you think it would make a great hostess gift?

Sunset Magazine Headquarters Menlo Park, CA

Yep, Sunset Magazine headquarters in Menlo Park, California was an awesome place to visit.

Even if you don’t get to eat the berries.

How about YOU? Have you been anywhere cool lately?

~Mavis

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