Gardening in the Pacific Northwest: 2013 Backyard Garden Plot Picture Recap

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As the 2013 growing season comes to an end, it’s obvious that I didn’t quite reach my goal of growing 2 tons of food in my little ol’ backyard garden. And many people would be totally bummed about that. Not this girl. I’m freakin stoked! I grew 1,500+ pounds of food! And not to toot my own horn, but in my book that makes me a gardening rock star.

harvesting potatoes

It took a lot of work, but I’d much rather roll up my sleeves and dig in the dirt to feed my family healthy, organic produce than overpay for it at the grocery store. Knowing exactly where my food came from makes me happy. It’s not feasible in our family to always eat local or organic, so growing my garden makes me feel like I’m doing my part.

Now does it take 1,500 pounds of food to do your part? Nah. If you’ve grown a garden that produced only a carrot or two, my hats off to you. You’re growing something, and that is awesome!

Now check out what my garden looked like over the past 12 months. It’s so cool to see a garden in its various stages of producing almost a ton of food!

January 2013:

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February 2013:

raised garden beds

March 2013:

raised garden beds

April 2013:

RAISED GARDEN BEDS

May 2013:

wooded backyard garden

June 2013:

raised bed gardens

July 2013:

kitchen garden ideas

August 2013:

organic garden pictures

September 2013:

raised garden beds

October 2013:

winter gardening garden boxes

November 2013:

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December 2013:

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And there you have it folks. One awesome garden over the course of 12 months. Now to start planning for next year…

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 51 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 51 of 52

garden bench snow winter

We had our first snowfall in nearly 2 years at our house on Friday and even though the snow didn’t stick around for long, I was able to snap a few pictures of our backyard garden while it was covered in a blanket of white.

thermometer snow winter

As long as there is snow, I don’t mind the cold.

lucy the puggle dog

Lucy the puggle dog had a blast chasing after snowballs and munching on snow. She would have stayed outside all day if we would have let her.
kale snow

Even the kale tree didn’t seem to mind. raised garden boxes winter snow

Isn’t it pretty?

magnum glass greenhouse winter snow

The greenhouse and cabbage patch {to the right}.

rosemary plant covered in snow winter

All the plants looked so beautiful, including this rosemary bush.

wooded backyard covered in snowThe view from the back deck.

chickens snow winter

The chickens didn’t want to come out of the coop at first but finally decided to get their feet “wet” after staring at the snow for about 2 minutes. :) Chickens can be so funny sometimes.
snow on raspberry plantsI love, love, love the way snow looks on tree branches.

lucy the puggle dog snowAhh Lucy, she had a blast. We all did actually. The kids went to school 2 hours late, I was able to stay in my pj’s a little longer and Lucy the trouble puggle was so tuckered out by around 2 pm she had herself a four hour nap.

Life is good.

~Mavisbotanical interests coupons

This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2013 Garden Seed Catalog HERE, or visit my online boyfriend Ryan’s blog HERE.

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 50 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 50 of 52

swiss chard hard frost

The last couple of weeks here in Western Washington have been a bit of a roller coaster. We woke up to nearly 2 weeks of temperatures below 30 degrees, with pretty much everything frozen solid in the garden. For awhile there I thought it was never going to warm up around here.

A few plants in the garden didn’t make it,but lucky for us, the Swiss chard did. ;) Once the outer leaves are trimmed away we should be back to making Swiss chard smoothies and picking leaves for our backyard chickens to snack on.

winter garden boxes

Lucy puggle will show you around.
turnips

The turnips. Yep, they survived. Apparently they can handle being frozen solid. Who knew?

red winter kale

I guess they don’t call it winter kale for nothing because it survived as well.

magnum glass greenhouse winterThe fruits and vegetables in the greenhouse however, are a totally different story.

growing lettuce in winter

Our 3-tiered pot of lettuce didn’t survive, but the young lettuce starts we started from seed in the galvanized tubs did.

meyer lemon hit by frost

All 8 of my Meyer Lemons died.

Can you believe that? After nurturing Lemon, the Lemon tree for eleven months, all her little lemon babies died. I haven’t had the heart to pluck them yet, but they are all soft and mushy so I know they are total gonners.

Perhaps a proper burial is in order?

wooded backyard

A view from the back deck.

red cabbage

Are you still thinking about poor Lemon? I am. :(

I guess to everything there is a season. And if we lived in Florida, I’d have a boatload of lemons on my tree right now. {Or if I would have had enough common sense to bring the freakin’ tree indoors that might have helped as well}. So is life.

raspberry canes winter

I guess all we can really do is learn from our mistakes, and try again next year. Right?

Are you trying to grow any citrus fruit this winter? How are your trees coming along?

Mavis wants to know.

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 49 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 49 of 52

frozen fava beans

Sometimes it’s so cold, just thinking about walking outside to take a few photos of your garden will send a shiver down your spine. I went outside over an hour ago to take these photos and I am still cold! And my house is 70 degrees inside and we have a fire going.

will carrots survive a frost

Holy crackers. Seattle never gets this cold. Not for this long, not without some sort of freezing rain or snow. I honestly don’t know how people in places like Minnesota, or Wyoming, or the beautiful state of Maine endure such cold temperatures for months on end. As much as I think I could hack living in s place like Maine, I don’t think I could.

magnum glass greenhouse garden

Everything in the garden is frozen solid. Plants, leaves, mounds of dirt. All frozen. frozen lettuce

The lettuce we have had growing in the greenhouse even threw in the towel. {Will lettuce come back to life after a hard frost?
wooded backyard

It’s suppose to hit a low of 17 degrees tonight and snow is in the forecast for Monday. {Yay, I LOVE SNOW!}potato mounds

But as far as me and my garden tools are concerned, we are officially on winter break. At least until the ground thaws out enough to turn over some dirt. frozen swiss chard

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods? If it’s above 50 degrees, can I come for a visit?

Pleeeeease? :)

~Mavis
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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 48 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 48 of 52

garden boxes

It’s hard to believe it’s December and our backyard garden is still alive and kicking. The fava beans we planted this past fall are doing great. We also have carrots, beets, Swiss chard, kale garlic, leeks and turnips growing in the garden boxes.

backyard

I know it doesn’t look like much, but our lasagna garden is coming along pretty nicely. Right now it’s about 20′ square and about 8 inches high. WHen it comes time to plant the area in the spring I’ll divide it up into 4 square garden beds and put in a nice walking path.

poppies in winter

I spotted a few poppy plants coming up nearby.

winter glass green house gardening

Right now we have lettuce, spinach, beets, peas and a lemon tree growing in the greenhouse. I went to The Home Depot to look for some citrus fertilizer for Lemon, the lemon tree but all I could find were fertilizer spikes. I might have to end up buying the citrus fertilizer online instead. wooded backyard

The view from the back deck.

shasta daisy winter

I guess it’s time to prune the Shasta Daisy bushes.

backyard garden

The potatoes. Yep, there still there.
potato mound

They look so cozy until all those little mounds of dirt… I don’t want to disturb them.

raspberry canes winter

And last but not least, the view from the back of the raspberry patch.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who would rather stay inside right now and plan next years garden then hang outside all day pulling weeds. That’s normal for this time of year, right?

~Mavis
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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 47 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 47 of 52

pallet garden

The strawberry plants we have growing in the wood pallets are still alive and kicking. :) As you can wee, the ones we grew last year in the pallets are nice and green while the ones we transplanted still look like little twigs and are hard to see.

winter garden boxes

For the most part the backyard garden is coming along nicely. I plan on harvesting beets, carrots and maybe some turnips today for my family as well as a few of my neighbors. I think it will be fun to get outside and get a little gardening done. Even if it is only pulling up vegetables. :) lasagna garden

The lasagna garden I started a while back is gaining height. My goal is to have a 12″ raised lasagna bed by spring. In the last few weeks I’ve added leaves and soil from the potato mounds in the side yard. I think if I keep at it I’ll have enough soil to work with.

winter greenhouse garden

Every morning I look out the window and the glass on the greenhouse is covered with frost. Luckily the glass clears up around 10 am so the light can shine in and warm up the plants a wee bit. Surprisingly the herbs we have planted along side the greenhouse are still hanging in there.

wooded lot

A view from the back deck.

winter potatoes

Last week I was able to dig up a few more potato mounds. I think Lucy and I might dig up a few more today. wooded backyard

And last but not least, a view of the raspberry canes and blueberry bushes. Some of the leaves on the blueberry bushes are still green but the raspberries? Forget about it. There’s nothing but naked canes left. I keep going back and forth on whether or not I want to transplant the canes to another area in the garden.

I’ve thought about moving them alongside the greenhouse, but I’m not sure.

Any ideas? I know we have a lot of options, but still, it’s hard to figure out where the best spot would be.

How is your garden doing these days? Is it put to bed for the winter? Or are you still harvesting?

Mavis wants to know.

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 46 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 45 of 52

garden boxes

Well, I have some good news and some bad news.

The good news is, next spring, my garden will be getting a lot more sun.

The bad news is, the owner of the property behind us sent a team of woodsmen through the forest to tape off a boatload of trees. To chop down. Yep. My neighbor Hulda says all the heavy equipment arrived last week and it’s currently sitting behind her property. {She’s a few houses away from me} I’m not sure how long it’s going to take the crew to cut down the trees, but one thing is for sure, the backyard garden will sure get a lot more sunlight.

I don’t know about you, but I think I’d rather have less sun, and more trees. :(

magnum glass greenhouse

Would you believe I have not been out to the greenhouse since last week?

What’s up with that? I need to get out there and check on my plants. But it’s cold out there, and it pouring cats and dogs today too. So I’m going to stay in side today and drink tea where it’s nice and warm. And think about all things I should be doing. Ha! ;)

wooded backyard

A view from the back deck.

Now that I think about it, won’t it look a little weird if there are no trees behind my fence? I wonder if the HH will want to take down all our pine trees to make it look more uniform. Ever since his chainsaw accident, he’s been a little gun shy about falling trees, so maybe I should find out when the property owner will be cutting them down and plan a family vacation for that time period.

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The chicken coop.

I wonder if they miss Java the Hut?

potato mounds

Yep, all the potatoes are still under the mounds. Maybe someday I’ll dig them up. ;)

naked trees raspberry patch

It’s official. My trees are naked and winter is almost here.

C’mon snow!!

Have a great Sunday everyone and stay warm. :)

~Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 45 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 45 of 52

raised garden boxes

Now that things have slowed down and we are pretty much in maintenance mode with our garden, the garden chores pretty much revolve around keeping the backyard picked up in between windstorms and working on small repairs these days.

garden beds

We had a stretch of sunny days this past week so every chance I had I peeled back the plastic layers on our little poly tunnel/greenhouse and let the sun shine down on our carrots. At night I pull the plastic back over the hoops and secure it in place. Once the rain starts though I doubt I’ll be doing this.

glass greenhouse

Thanks to a bunch of reader comments, I’m not freaking out anymore about our cabbage plants. I was thinking I’d have to harvest them all before the first frost, but apparently cabbage are pretty frost hardy so I can pick them at my leisure. Which makes me very happy. I was beginning to have visions of serving cabbage soup for weeks on end. ;)

wooded backyard

A view from the back deck.

I keep thinking I am going to do something with this big barked area but I still have not figured out what, if anything I’m going to do with it. At times I’ve thought about installing more garden boxes or a giant pumpkin patch but I’m just not sure what to do. {and if I’ll have the time/energy to work on another large garden bed.}

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The chicken coop.

We had to spread pine shavings around the coop this past week because everything was turning into one giant muddy mess. Which is a total pain of course when you go to collect eggs or feed the chickens. Yuck!

pumpkin pathc

Yep, all the potatoes are still under the mounds. Maybe someday I’ll dig them up. ;) wisteria in fall

And last but not least, the raspberry patch. I’ll need to go through and prune the dead canes pretty soon and clean the beds a little, but you know what? It’s too cold outside to do stuff like that right now. Or maybe it’s just that I would rather take a few weeks off from gardening and stay inside and bake cookies instead. Call me lazy, but I’m tired.

Have a great Sunday everyone. Stay warm. :)

~Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 44 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 44 of 52

winter garden boxes

We had a huge windstorm yesterday that knocked branches down all over the place but luckily nothing hit our greenhouse or damaged our garden. We’ve got a lot of cleanup to do towards the back of our property but nothing major thank goodness.

poly tunnel winter garden boxes

For early November, I think our garden boxes are doing pretty well. We’ve got carrots, beets, leeks, turnips, radishes, chard, kale and peas growing. I’m not sure if the peas will make it, but we’ll see.

lasagna garden

Remember that lasagna garden I started a few weeks ago? Well I’ve been piling leaves and dirt on top of the heap every chance I get. Eventually I’ll divide the space up into four square but for now it’s just easier to toss everything into a big pile.

magnum glass greenhouse

Now that our fall greenhouse clean up is finally done all that’s left to do is keep the plants inside the greenhouse watered and look in on them every once in a while.  Because the temperatures are colder now, it will take everything a little longer to grow, but I think it will be worth it in the end.

potato mounds

So remember all those potatoes that I grew under the pumpkin mounds? Well, about 2/3rds of them still need to be dug up. I keeping thinking I’m going to go out there and harvest them but then I get side tracked and totally forget about it. Maybe this week?

maple tree

And last but not least, our giant maple tree is nearly naked. :(

Are your trees looking pretty bare these days too?

Well, that’s about it. Have a great Sunday everyone, and stay warm.

~Mavis

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This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2013 Garden Seed Catalog HERE, or visit my online boyfriend Ryan’s blog HERE.

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 43 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 43 of 52

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I snapped a few photos of our garden this morning and thought I’d share them with you.  The fava beans I planted about a month ago are about 6 inches tall now and looking really healthy.  I planted the fava beans as a cover crop to give the soil in this bed a boost next spring.

garden boxes

If you squint real hard you can also see tiny bits of green in the front garden box. Those are our winter carrots. I’ve never tried to grow carrots for a winter harvest before but I hear it lot’s of people do it so I figured I’d give it a try.

Our rainbow Swiss chard and kale tree we planted this spring are also doing well.

lasagna garden

Remember that lasagna garden I started last week? Well the leaves are falling faster than I get rake them up. I’ve been piling them into the garden space every few days but I need to mark the area off this week so I don’t end up with all the ingredients in the center. Do you think I should do squares, or rows? I can’t decide.

magnum glass greenhouse

I’m proud to announce the greenhouse clean up is finally done. It took me two days to scrub all the windows and rearrange the pots. Now all that’s left to do is get the lettuce seedlings planted in the stock tanks and purchase a small fan and stick it out there so I can get some good air circulation going on. Then, the winter greenhouse garden will be up and running.

omlet eglu

Over the weekend we put the baby chicks in with the hens. So far so good. I’ll write more about this later this week. :)

maple tree fall colors leaves

And last but not least, check out the giant maple tree in front of the raspberry patch. Isn’t it gorgeous? I don’t know about you, but I LOVE, LOVE LOVE fall.

Peace Out Girl Scouts I’m off to go make some cocoa.

Have a great Sunday,

Mavis

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This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2013 Garden Seed Catalog HERE, or visit my online boyfriend Ryan’s blog HERE.

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