Friday Night at the Movies – Bletchley Circle

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A HUGE thank you to Melissa from Facebook who recommended The Bletchley Circle.  I watched the 3 part mini series last weekend and it was awesome.  It’s about a group of women {one of whom spent her days during WWII cracking Nazi codes} that reunite to track a serial killer before he strikes again. Netflix has it for free!

bletchley circle

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Looking for more movies?

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How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots

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How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots

Have you ever made your own newspaper pots before? If you haven’t, they are are super easy to make. Some people use tin cans, but I prefer to use the Pot MakerI’ve found I can whip out a batch of 50 pots for my seedlings in about 20 minutes or less.

pot makerHere is a quick tutorial on how to use the Pot Maker.

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Cut newspaper strips 4″ by 9″ each. {20 pots = 20 strips of newspaper}how to make a paper pot

Cover pot maker with newspaper and roll.
make your own paper pot

Make sure your paper is wrapped tight around the pot maker.how to make a paper pot

Fold the bottom of the paper inward.how to make a paper pot

Place the newspaper wrapped pot maker in the stand that’s included with the kit and give it a little twist.how to make a paper pot

And a jiggle.how to make a paper pot seedlings

Then slowly remove the newspaper from the wooden pot maker. how to make a seedling paper pot

It’s that easy.
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Add potting soil, seeds and a little bit of water and you’re good to go. DIY-paper-pot-seedlings

These pots are not only easy to make, but pretty thrifty too. Free newspaper √ Free labor √ {have your kids make them} Life is good! Bontanical Interests has the Pot Maker on sale right now for $12.98.

Do you make your own pots or just buy them at the store instead?

~Mavis

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How to Grow Onions – Start to Finish

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Yesterday I planted a  packet of Yellow Granex Onion seeds and thought I would repost this little how to grow onions tutorial for those of you have never grow your own onions from seed before. Not only are growing your own onions super easy to do, if you plant them now they should be ready around the same time your tomatoes are ready to harvest.  And you know what that means right?

Homemade Salsa and Heirloom Tomato Sauce baby!

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Brief description: The Yellow Granex Onion is mild, sweet, and great for storing {also known as Vidalia Onion}. If you are from Washington State, and like Walla Walla Sweet onions, my dad told me these taste just like them.

Where to Plant Onions:  They thrive in warmer climates with 12 hours of sunlight. Onions can be sown directly outside starting in late fall for a late spring harvest. Or started indoors in early January {like I’m doing} and transplanted outside in early spring when the weather warms up. Onions do well in a sunny location/raised beds/or even a greenhouse.

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Planting Seeds:  Plant seeds 1/4″ to 1/2″ deep, with 2 seeds every 4 inches apart.

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Growing Tips:  Water throughout growing season, including winter.  Onions can withstand a freeze if they are sufficiently hydrated.

How to Harvest:  Harvest when their necks feel soft and/or the tops have fallen over. When 50% of the tops have fallen over and are lying on the ground, go ninja and knock the rest over. Then about a week or two later when much of the foliage has dried, carefully dig the onions out and dry them in the garden in the sun for a couple of days.

After drying, remove the roots, clip the stems so you are leaving about 1″ of the neck.

Have you ever thought about storing your onions in pantyhose? All the cool people are doing it! Go HERE to learn how.


Favorite Recipes with Onions - 

French Onion Soup – Perfect for chilly winter nights.

Favorite recipes with onions 

Rainbow Salsa – Homemade salsa is the best stuff on earth.

Will YOU be growing onions this year? Do you have a favorite variety? Do tell!

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Making Progress

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raised garden beds

I’ve been making some pretty good progress with my backyard garden over the past few weeks and thought I would share a few pictures of it’s current state.

Last year we started off the growing season with {16} 4×8 garden beds. We are now down to 10. This seems much more manageable to me. We’ve got a busy summer planned and the last thing I want the garden to feel like this year is a chore. I love gardening but I don’t want to overextend myself with it like I did last year. Maybe you think I’m crazy, but 10 garden beds seems doable.

lasagna garden

The lasagna garden I started last fall is now about 10 inches high with compost and soil. I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to plant there yet but I feel like there is enough depth in there for whatever I choose to plant.

magnum glass greenhouse

Check out the greenhouse! Lucy the puggle dog and I like to wander out there daily to check on the lettuce we have growing in a couple of old stock tanks. winter lettuce greenhouse

It shouldn’t be too long before we can harvest some lettuce greens.garden plot

My next project: building up the garden space that sits alongside the greenhouse.

backyard garden

I plan to remove the soil from last years pea patch {and cover it with the surrounding bark} and move it up the hill to the garden plot alongside the greenhouse. Then, I’ll need to pull up the {dead} kale border along side the chicken run and spruce up the area in front of the coop.

pumpkin potato patchI plan on using the soil from last years pumpkin/potato patch to do that.

Once I’m done shoveling dirt, I hope to plant this area with periwinkle to match the hillside on the opposite side of the garden. It will take a few years to fully cover the area, but in the end I think it will look pretty grand.

Once those projects are finished… I plan to tidy up the raspberry patch.

Then… I’ll be ready to plant some seeds and get the 2014 garden season started.

Sheesh. I’m tired just thinking about it now!

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Clearing Garden Beds and New Seeds

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magnum glass greenhouse

Yesterday was surprisingly productive. :)

Once I had had my fill inside working on cleaning and decluttering, I went outside to dig.
rotting cabbage

Up this mess.

purple cabbage

Have you ever smelled rotting cabbage before? Well if not it ranks right up there with the smell of old basketball shoes worn by teenage boys who don’t change their socks regularly.  Holy cats! The smell is enough to knock you out.

mavis butterfield gardenSo after removing all the slimy cabbage bits I hauled in a few wheelbarrows of topsoil from a nearby garden bed I dismantled. I was about halfway done when I heard my hottie of a UPS driver roll into the driveway.

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My seed order. OH HAPPY DAY!!!

botanical interests seeds

Not only did my online boyfriend Ryan send me all the seeds on my 2014 seed order, he also sent along a bunch of loot for me to share {I smell a giveaway coming}. How cool was that? :)

botanical interests heirloom tomato seeds

Check out all the heirloom tomatoes I’ll be growing.
pineapple tomato seeds

Want to know which seed packet is my favorite? This pineapple pole tomato. I grew these a few years ago and let me tell you Bob, they are the best tomato on the planet in my humble opinion.

botanical interests flower seedsOh, and I almost forgot. I’m also pretty stinkin’ excited to be growing Moroccan Spice Sweet Peas too! Don’t they look pretty?

Hurry up Spring, I want to start planting.

What are you most looking forward to growing this year?

Mavis wants to know.

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Seattle Tilth Spring Plant Sale and Educational Classes

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unnamedI’m such a big supporter of the Seattle Tilth because their mission is simple and one I can totally get behind: to inspire and educate people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system. I’ve been to their plant sales, their chicken coop tour and their educational classes and I’ve been blown away by every event.

They have some great things up their sleeves this year. Here are just a few things I’m excited about:

March Edible Plant Sale

Stock-up on organic and locally grown edible plant starts perfect for spring planting, and find a huge selection of edible flowers, fruit shrubs, fruit trees, seeds, supplies and knowledge galore at their March Edible Plant Sale. It’s on Saturday, March 15th, 2014 from 9am-3pm. at the Pacific Market Center garage. Admission is FREE!

Their Classes

Make 2014 your best gardening year ever, by getting educated! Whether you plan on starting your own seeds indoors, adding chickens, bees and other livestock to your urban {or suburban} farm or supercharging your soil with homemade compost, they’ve got a class for you.

Check out their new offerings like Intro to Permaculture and Grow Fruit in Small Spaces classes, or choose from these other awesome options:

Urban Livestock Classes
Backyard Beekeeping 101 Thu., Jan. 23; 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Wallingford)
Backyard Beekeeping 101 Sat., Feb. 1; 10 a.m.-noon (Wallingford)
Backyard Beekeeping 101 Thu., Feb. 13; 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Wallingford)
Beekeeping 201: Start Your Hive Sat., Feb. 22; 10 a.m.-noon (Wallingford)
City Chickens 101 Sat., Jan. 11; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Wallingford)
City Chickens 101 Sat., Feb. 8; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Wallingford)
Raise Baby Chicks Sat., Jan. 25; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Wallingford)
Raise Baby Chicks Sat., Feb. 22; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Wallingford)

Veggie Gardening
Start Seeds Indoors Sat., Feb. 1; 2-4 p.m. (Mt. Baker)
Start Seeds Indoors Wed., Feb. 19; 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Wallingford)
Smart Garden Planning Sat., Feb. 8; 10 a.m.-noon (Mt. Baker)
Smart Garden Planning Wed., Feb. 26; 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Wallingford)
Organic Gardening 101 Sat., Feb. 15; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Wallingford)

Permaculture & Sustainable Landscapes
Prune Fruit Trees Sat., Feb 8; 1-5 p.m. (Wallingford)
Intro to Permaculture Sat., Feb. 8; 2-5 p.m. (Mt. Baker)
Composting 101 Sat., Feb. 22; 2-4 p.m. (Wallingford)
Grow Fruit in Small Spaces Thu., Feb. 27; 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Wallingford)

View their calendar of classes or see the full list.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Euphoria

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Tonight The Girl and I are going to watch Euphoria.  It’s a documentary that popped up on my suggestions list on Amazon Prime.  It’s about our pursuit of happiness–and whether or not it’s working, or even possible.  It’s kind of an interesting premise, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to check it out.  Plus, it’s FREE on Prime, so I am really not out anything.

euphoria

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Looking for more movies?

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Mavis Garden Blog – Fresh Dirt

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greenhouse garden winter

I don’t know what it is about filling garden containers with fresh dirt that makes my heart sing, but it does. Maybe it’s knowing spring is right around the corner and pretty soon my backyard garden will be up and running at full speed again.

glass greenhouse garden

Some days I walk around the garden and shake my head at all that needs to be done.
dirt in pots greenhouse

Other days I just walk outside not knowing what the heck I’m going to do then somehow get a ton of garden chores done. I know I should make a list, but it seem less daunting {and more fun} to just head outside with Lucy the Puggle Dog in tow and pick up a shovel and start looking around for something to do.

lasagna garden

Yesterday I spent a couple hours in the garden digging up 2 old garden beds and moving the dirt to the new lasagna gardenraised garden beds kale

Originally I was planning on replacing all 16 of my garden beds this winter, but after a lot of thought the HH and I decided instead of expanding we would reduce the size of our garden instead.

Yep, over the next few weeks we will remove 6 of our raised garden beds. This will give us a total of 10 4×8 raised garden beds, 1 lasagna garden, 1 greenhouse garden and a few containers to work with this year.
painted steel drumsIt will be our smallest garden we’ve had to work with since moving here 8 years ago but with everything going on this year I think it’s time to pull back a little.

Now, what do you think I should do with these steel drums?

I was kind of thinking they’d make a cool fire pit. What do you think?

~Mavis

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Monthly Garden Chores for January – East Coast Edition

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This is a guest post written by my buddy Heather from Massachusetts.  I thought it would be fun this year to post Monthly Garden Chores from both the West Coast and East Coast. You can see my January garden plans for my Seattle, Washington garden HERE.

january garden choresHi everyone,

Our friend Mavis and I have often wished we were neighbors. We both have teenagers {and their busy sports schedules}, chickens, gardens in suburbia backyards, and we love DIY projects! The main difference is we live on opposite coasts and that means drastically different garden zones and garden season rhythms, plus it makes popping over for some tea, coffee and muffins a bit more difficult.

So she asked me to put together a garden update from the east coast. Here is southeast Massachusetts I’m in zone 5b, which means, for now, we have to be a little more patient for spring. But come spring and summer, absolutely everything blooms. The flowers, the bushes and the trees – the memory of spring in New England keeps me here all.year.long!

seed packetsSeeds I’m Starting Indoors this Month:

In years past I’ve started seeds in a windowsill only to have them grow spindly and pathetic in the weak New England pre-spring sunshine. I would usually struggle along with seedlings until Mother’s Day and then hit a local greenhouse like the sunshine-starved, cabin-fevered, pasty looking new englanders we are.

The last frost date is around the third week in May, but gardeners don’t dare plant until May 20th. This year Santa brought me grow lights and I am BEYOND excited, I’ve been stalking the UPS tracking website, *hopping up and down*, it should be here any day!!

ammending soild with horse manureWhat I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month:

Does snow count? Earlier in the fall I enriched my soil with horse manure, leaves and chicken poo. So for now, I gaze upon my snowy heaps and dream of the lush soil I’ll have come May! And of course, begin sketching out my garden plan.

eggs in handWhat I plan to Harvest This Month:

Eggs. My four girls are still pumpin’ out 2-3 eggs a day. We have four cold-hardy, good laying hens that we got last April. Two are Rhode Island Reds (Agnus and RoadRunner) and two are Black Sexlinks (Mr. Bubblesworth and Goldfinger). In the summer four eggs a day is enough for a dozen eggs for us and we sell the other dozen to a family in town.

potted meyer lemon treeTrees and Shrubs:

Our Meyer Lemon was brought inside in the fall and promptly produced 9 lemons! For some reason one little green lemon has gone into hybernation mode – it may or may not have something to do with the 68* house temp ;) . I’ll be ordering citrus fertilizer this month to help it prepare for spring.

Weed and Pest Control:

Last year we had a substantial problem with CHIPMUNKS. And not the cute adorable kind. The vengeful, tomato scarfing kind. One of the good things about a long cold winter is that is arrests the insects and gives us gardeners time to study up on a solution!

snow in bostonLawn Care:

The HH is really great about snow blowing paths all over the yard for me. One to the chicken coop :) , one to the shed, and one whole track around the house so our two greyhounds can get a lap or two in on those cold, snowy days.

**These garden chores are based on my Zone 5b Southeast/Boston MA location. Find your garden zone HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Patagonia’s Worn Wear Campaign

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A big thanks to One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Jen who let me know about Patagonia’s Worn Wear Campaign. When I was a teenager, I owned a purple Patagonia zip up jacket and let me tell you Bob, it was the coolest jacket ever. And I kept it for about 10 years before donating it to a local thrift shop so someone else could enjoy it.

After seeing this video though, I wish I would have kept it. {I think my favorite story is the guy with the board shorts}.

How about you? Do you have a favorite article of clothing that you just can’t seem to part with?

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Looking for more movies?

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