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

mavis butterfiled heirloom tomatoes

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:

raised garden beds one hundred dollars a month

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:

mavis garden blog

December 2013:

winter gardening

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

garden boxes in winter

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.

Up for a tour? Read about our behind the scenes tour of Botanical Interests Seed Company.

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

winter garden

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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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.

Up for a tour? Read about our behind the scenes tour of Botanical Interests Seed Company.

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

raised garden beds in winter

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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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.

Up for a tour? Read about our behind the scenes tour of Botanical Interests Seed Company.

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

winter gardening

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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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.

Up for a tour? Read about our behind the scenes tour of Botanical Interests Seed Company.

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