Heirloom Tomato Harvest

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purple Cherokee heirloom tomato

Mama Mia! Check out this Cherokee Purple Tomato I found yesterday while I was picking tomatoes.

This gorgeous heirloom tomato weighed in at 1 pound 5 ounces. Not too shabby if you ask me. After I spotted the Cherokee Purple tomato I ran inside and made the HH come out and take a picture of me holding it. Ha! And yes, he thinks I am a total nut.

But I couldn’t help myself. Heirloom tomatoes are beautiful.

Here are a few other tomato pictures I snapped:

speckled Roman tomato

Speckled Roman Tomato. Have you tried growing these? Speckled Roman tomatoes are great for making sauce. {And they look cool} I love, love, love these!
green zebra tomato

Green Zebra Tomatoes. You know these are ripe when they start to turn a wee bit yellow. Green Zebra tomatoes are a little tangy, but oh so good.yellow pear tomatoes

Yellow Pear Tomatoes. I grow these every year for The Girl, and because they are great in salads and add a nice color to salsa recipes too.

Principe Borghese

Principe Borghese Tomatoes. Oh my word are these good. You totally need to add these to your seed wish list for next year. This is my first time growing these and I’ll be growing them next year for sure.

red zebra tomato

Red Zebra. These are great too!ace bush tomato

Ace bush tomatoes are an excellent slicer as well as great for sauce.

Italian Roma bush tomato

Italian Roma Bush Tomato. These are just like the ones you’d get at the grocery. Well, not exactly, these ones taste 180 million times better because they were homegrown. ;)

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Here’s yesterday’s harvest. Pretty stinkin’ awesome if you ask me. Too bad we can’t grow vegetables like this year round in Western Washington.

~Mavis

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Friday Night at the Movies – Pretty in Pink

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Tonight The Girl and I are going to watch Pretty in Pink.  I was browsing through the Amazon Instant selections and saw it there.  It’s such an 80′s classic, and I haven’t seen it in years.  Maybe I’ll put on some pink lip gloss and play some Cindy Lauper while I assemble our movie night junk food–just for old times sake.  I hope The Girl can appreciate it!

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Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – The Squash Report

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Burgess Buttercup HEIRLOOM Seeds

Yesterday while Lucy and I were making our rounds outside, we also snapped a few photos of some of the squash and pumpkins we having growing in the backyard.

Check out the Burgess Buttercup squash. Believe it or not, these make the best pies! Better than pumpkin I think. We have a ton of these growing in the garden this year so I’m really excited.

Delicata Honeyboat Squash

Delicata Honeyboat. I tried growing this squash last year but someone {who shall remain nameless} ran over the plant with his lawnmower so I didn’t get any.  Luckily this year I have them growing out of the old oak barrel and along the bottom of the potting bench were I think they’ll be pretty safe.

howden pumpkin

Howden Pumpkin’s are your standard carving pumpkin. We grow these every year.

white pumpkin casper lumina

So far I only see one Lumina pumpkin growing this year. I’m keeping my fingers crossed there are more and I just didn’t see the others.

Waltham Butternut Squash

Waltham Butternut. My favorite!

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash or at least I think it is. Maybe not though because aren’t spaghetti squash suppose to be white?

Jarrahdale pumpkin

I think this might be a Jarrahdale pumpkin but I’m not sure yet. {I hope it is}

Jack O'Lantern Seeds

And last but not least, a good old Jack O’Lantern. We have quite a few of these pumpkin growing in various areas around the garden.

Are you growing pumpkins and squash this year?

If so, what kind?

~Mavis

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Harvesting Tomatoes

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growing vegetables in a greenhouse

Lucy the puggle dog and I were outside working in the greenhouse yesterday and thought we would snap a few pictures for you. As you can see, Lucy is full of energy. She likes running in and out of the greenhouse like a crazy pup, hoping I’ll drop a tomato or two for her to eat.

Silly dog. ;)

grow fall peas

The sugar snap peas and lettuce seeds I planted are really starting to take off. I used some empty tomato cages from the garden as make do as trellis. I think it will work out just fine once the pea tendrils take hold.

lemon tree in winter

Lemon, our Meyer Lemon tree is doing great. I counted 8 big lemons forming and lot’s more new buds forming.

meyer lemon tree bugs

Hopefully these pretty lemon flowers will turn in to fruit.

sweet cherry peppers

We also have sweet cherry peppers growing as well.  Since I planted both red and yellow pepper seeds, I’m not sure which color they will be yet. {I’m hoping for red though}.

Sweet Italian Marconi Golden Peppers

The Sweet Italian Marconi Golden Peppers are looking pretty good too.

sun gold tomatoes

But my favorite thing growing in the greenhouse this week is the Sun Gold Tomatoes. If you have never grown these, you are seriously missing out. Put them on your seed list for next year.

sungold tomatoesNom Nom Nom.

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That’s the latest from our greenhouse.

How are your tomatoes doing this year and what is your favorite variety?

Mavis wants to know. :)

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I know I usually cram all of the most awesome deals of the day in my Mornings with Mavis posts, but I just stumbled upon this deal and it was too great not to share. I ordered one and thought all my gung-ho gardening readers might want in on this action too! Here’s what you get:gardening cards

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In addition to the cards, you also get a cool free gift: a 7-Piece Houseplant Gardening Tool Set {a $25 value}.  Sounds like a pretty fine deal to me.  Here’s what a sample card looks like:

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Potato Tower Update – Almost Ready To Harvest

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potato towers

I thought I would give you an update on how the 3 potato towers we planted in late March were doing.

potato towers

Maybe you can’t see it from this angle, but the leaves on all of the plants are beginning to turn yellow.

potato leaves

This can only mean 1 thing, the potatoes will be ready to harvest soon.

compost

Even the potatoes in the compost heap are beginning to turn from a deep green to a greenish-yellow color. I’m actually pretty excited about this. I’d like to know how many spuds are in there.

I do think we’ll end up getting a larger harvest from the compost heap than any of the towers, but I could be wrong. I guess we will just have to wait a few more weeks until all the leaves die back and we tip the cages over to find out.

I hope I’m wrong though, but it would be really cool to discover those towers are loaded with potatoes.

Did you try potato towers this year?

Have you harvested your potatoes yet?

~Mavis

DIY How to build a potato tower

To find out how I built my potato towers go here: How to Build a Potato Tower

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 8/28/2013 Garden Tally

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harvesting potatoes

This year I’m on a mission to grow 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in my suburban backyard. In 2012 I was able to grow 2,028 pounds, and in 2013 I’m going double or nothing. I have absolutely no idea if I’ll be able to achieve my goal. But, as with any adventure, half the fun is getting there.   ~Mavis

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daily harvest

When it rains, it pours. Last week we harvested 142 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables from our backyard garden. That’s like harvesting a full grown adult. Geez, that is a lot of food!

Even though I don’t think I’ll make my goal of growing 2 tons of food this year, I think I’ll probably at least get a ton. And for a housewife with a full time job and teenagers, I’d say that’s pretty darn good, wouldn’t you?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go shuck some more corn. ;)

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 15 ounces

I LOVE making fresh pesto.

heirloom beets

Beets – 86 pounds 4 ounces

We pulled up a few more beets this past week and we have plenty more planted for this fall and winter. Yee-Haw!

bok choy leaves

Bok Choy – 4 oz

Check out this Asian Noodle Salad with Bok Choy I made. It’s pretty awesome.

Broccoli-Cranberry-and-Almond-Salad-with-Feta

Broccoli – 13 ounces

We have broccoli planted in our fall garden. Hopefully we’ll get a few good heads.

cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

We are patiently waiting to harvest purple cabbage!

carrots

Carrots – 2 pounds 10 ounces

We picked carrots twice late week. I really need to get out there and plant some for a winter harvest.

chives

Chives – 1 pound 8 ounces

I thinned out the chives this week. I’ll be posting about this tomorrow. ;)

burpless-cucumbers

Cucumbers 2 pound 15 ounces

The cucumbers are finally starting to come in and I’ve been making the HH cucumber and tomato salads practically every night this past week.

fresh eggs blue and brown

Egg Count – 1,834

We collected 64 eggs this past week. I’ve got a whole pile of cookies I want to bake this weekend so I know they’ll come in handy.

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

Our garlic has been harvested for this year. :)

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We used these to make Garlic Scape Pesto. Yumm!

roma beans

Green Beans 11 pounds 1 ounces

Bean production has slowed down a bit. Now we are waiting for the beans on the bean tepees to flower so we can get some more.

kale leaves

Kale – 18 pounds 7 ounces

I keep meaning to take a photo of the kale we have growing alongside the chicken coop. It has really taken off this past month and I have a feeling the chickens will be enjoying kale all winter long with the way it’s growing.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

lettuce

Lettuce – 36 pounds 9 ounces

While we were cleaning out one of the garden beds to plant fall seedlings we harvested a few heads of lettuce. Aren’t they pretty? I think the oak leaf lettuce is my favorite.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

My favorite way to eat microgreens is with egg salad sandwiches.

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 10 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam and also harvested some mint for tea.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 15 ounces

dry-store-onions-in-pantyhose

Onion – 12 pounds 13 ounces

All the cool people are storing onions in their pantyhose these days. ;)

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

We harvested the last 2 pears off the tree yesterday. Sniff, sniff.

garden peas

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

Aren’t they beautiful? I think they’ll be ready to harvest in early October.

potatoes red wheelbarrow

Potatoes - 111 pounds 13 ounces

I still have so many potatoes to dig up. Holy cow, what was I thinking when I planted all of them?

radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

Radishes have been planted for fall.

raspberries in wooden baskets

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

Raspberry season is officially over in our backyard. :(

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 32 pounds 3 ounces

I pulled up 2 more rhubarb stalks last week. So far this year we have made rhubarb vanilla jam, rhubarb walnut muffins, and strawberry rhubarb pies

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I’ll be planting more in the fall.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

I grew some sprouts this past week for my vegan neighbor Francisco. I really need to show him how to grow them himself.

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

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Strawberries 23 pounds 9 ounces

The strawberries are producing again and Lucy the puggle dog loves to help pick them. We have them growing in the pallet garden, in the greenhouse and alongside the house. So far we have made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and homemade strawberry shortcake.

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 25 pounds 6 ounces

Ugg.

how to dehydrate heirloom tomatoes

Tomatoes 71 pounds 5 ounces

If you don’t see me in public for the next month, it’s because I am chained to my stove. Holy cow, tomato season has arrived.

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

squash

Zucchini – 15 pounds 11 ounces

I am shocked that we don’t have more zucchini yet this year. Maybe I need to go out there and check again.

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 711 pounds 2 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 1,834

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more on the topic of organic gardening, my #1 favorite book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

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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

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 34 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 34 of 52

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Well I finally figured out what kind of squash plant is growing in the half oak barrel next to the fence, Delicata Honeyboat. Have you ever tried it before? So far I have 3 squash growing and let me tell you Bob, I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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If you squint real hard you’ll be able to spot lettuce growing in the pallet gardens to the right. My guess is that by the end of September it should be ready to harvest.

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The ornamental strawberry corn is a little over 2 feet tall now. I spotted a few little ears of baby corn growing so I’m pretty excited. I know I won’t get a bumper crop or anything but if I can get enough to use for Thanksgiving decorations I’ll be happy.

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The biggest challenge right now with the bean tepees, is watering them. The squash vines are taking over and it’s getting hard to find a place to stand and water them. YES, I know I need to jimmy some sort of sprinkler system up there, but right now it’s a bit out of the question.

You know, honey do lists, back to school, cooking cleaning, walking the dog. Someday I’ll find the time.

garden greenhouse

It’s magical isn’t it? I am seriously loving my greenhouse right now.

purple cabbage

Take a look at the HUGE Chinese cabbage there on the right. Wowie zowie if the slugs don’t get it, it will be the largest one I’ve ever grown.

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Boo… I still need to weed those potato towers. :( On the plus side, they’re still alive. ;)

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A view from the back deck.

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It’s looking like a sea of green down at the pumpkin patch but I’m not sure how many we’ll get this year {last year it seemed like there were more} but I’ll be happy with pretty much anything I can get.

And in case you are wondering, the HH did not mow over any pumpkins this week. ;)

raspberry patch

Just so you know, I’m waiting for someone to call the garden police on me. I know the raspberry canes are dying, but man does the pathway look like crap or what? I seriously need to make a checklist and get some garden chores done. Pronto.

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Luckily the rhubarb is still alive. Yep, I think it might be time for a strawberry rhubarb pie here pretty soon.

Who wants to make one for me?

Pretty please?

~Mavis

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