Mavis Mail – April From Louisiana Sends in Her Garden Photos

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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!

Check out this story and pictures April from Louisiana sent in for a little garden inspiration:

using milk bottles as water jugs

Howdy!

I’ve been following your absolutely wonderful blog for about a year now and I love it! My husband has been after me for a week to take pictures of the garden and I have finally done so.

greab beans growing in a garden

I started my garden in February this year. I planted from seeds into empty eggshells. This is my first year doing that, learning from Pinterest. I also have old rotisserie chicken containers that I used as small greenhouses. I transplanted in the middle, late March when the weather was nice. Then had two really cold spells. Go figure.

cucumber plants

Anyways, I transplanted them, crushing the eggshells for added calcium, and some I just tossed, halved. I have my bell pepper {not from seed} garden bed, green beans and peas, lettuce, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash {with marigolds to attract some pollinators}.

corn in raised garden beds

Then my corn, first year planting them. Then some strawberries and a few herbs. Some kind of way I forgot that my herb bed is in full sun so I will be transplanting them tomorrow. I have a flower garden along side my patio and got my first lily this morning! I am hoping the others bloom quick.

using tires for gardening

And I thought I’d send in my tires just for the heck of it. The painted tires are along my driveway, for when I get the holes filled in they will keep the rocks in the driveway and not my yard. It’s was a idea that combined two things that I liked on Pinterest.

The old tree trunk that was carved out and had flowers in it, and the painted tire pyramid with flowers. Hope you enjoyed my little garden! I learned so much from you and your readers.

water jugs

Oh, I forgot. The jugs in the garden are for watering. I water the plants and fill the jugs up. I have noticed a difference, especially with my tomatoes. Last year my tomato roots were on top of the soil, due to shallow watering, this year they are well below due to the watering jugs.

~April

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  • 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.
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If All My Tomato Plants Die, It’s Totally My Fault

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Yesterday I woke up at 2 am. Crazy, I know, but I had to pick Hulda up at 6:30 so we could catch the 7:20 ferry to Seattle for our segment on New Day Northwest and there was a lot to get done before we left.
garden dirt

So when I got home around 2pm, it was no surprise that I totally crashed for a couple of hours.
tomato plant

And when I woke up, all I could think about were the heirloom tomato plants sitting in the greenhouse waiting to be planted. So what did I do? I planted 8 of them in the garden even though I know it’s totally too early to be planting tomatoes outside.growing tomatoes in the garden

I don’t know what came over me. running with dogs

What is it about this time of year that has me so hopeful?
lucy the puggle dog

It’s like I have no self control and I have open all the seed packets I’ve been staring at all winter long and get them into the ground before my heart explodes. lucy puggle dog

I love this time of year. And who’s to say tomatoes, beans and cucumbers need to all be planted on a particular day? What if this is the year we’ll have a perfect summer and it will pay off to get those plants and seeds into the ground a few weeks early?

lucy the puggle dog

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand it anymore.

I going to get all my seeds in the ground this weekend.

All 52 million packets of them and hope for the best.

~Mavis

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Using Marigolds in the Garden to Control Pests

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Use Marigolds in the Garden to Control Pests

I love the idea of using natural gardening methods to deter pests.  One, because I am too cheap to pay for expensive chemicals, and two, because I don’t want chemicals on my food anyway.

The thing that  you have to remember with organic gardening is that it kind of takes a little more patience and tweaking than just obliterating the problem with a quick solution of chemicals.

One of the ways you can control the pest population in your garden is to use plants and flowers that naturally deter and/or attract the pests.  While there are lots of potential plants you can use, Marigolds are kind of the gold standard.  They both deter some pests from even entering your garden, and attract others {kind of like the Pied Piper of flowers, leading the pests away from your edible vegetables}.

slugs cabbage leaves

If you want to use Marigolds in your garden as pest control, make sure you get a highly scented variety.  The smell is what offends most pests.  Also, it’s kind of important to integrate the flowers right into the garden beds, not just in pots on the front patio.  In All New Square Foot Gardening, the author suggests integrating Marigolds right into one of the square foots of the garden.  That way, they are on the front line.  **Remember, though, that Marigolds are a much less intensive way to control pests, so it won’t eliminate them entirely, just deter them.

marigolds in garden

Marigolds attract pests like snails and spider mites–which can be problematic, if  you want your Marigolds to be purely for aesthetic reasons.  When I use them, I kind of use them like the sacrificial lamb of the garden.  I know that they will attract certain bugs, but it keeps them off of my edibles, so I am okay with them being under attack.

In addition to repelling certain bugs, Marigolds do their fair share in helping with feeding the beneficial bugs.  They provide nectar and contribute to the overall pollination of your garden.  The bugs that they provide nectar for, in turn, prey on pests you don’t want in your garden.  It’s the circle of life all in one little flower.

Do you use Marigolds in your garden?

~Mavis

Pictured above is One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Anastasia’s mother in her Glazov, Russia garden. You can see more photos of her parents garden HERE

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DIY Hanging Flower Basket Made with Chicken Wire and Moss

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Cone Shaped Hanging Basket

One of my favorite things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the moss. Weird, I know. So when I was asked to do a Mother’s Day segment on New Day Northwest I was reminded of a moss lined hanging basket I saw earlier this year at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The vendor was charging $99. I made mine for a fraction of that {under $10!}.

Luckily we have about as much moss as one could ever want growing in our backyard, so putting together a few moss lined hanging baskets was a snap.

Moss Lined Hanging Flower Basket Made Chicken Wire

Supplies

  • Chicken Wire {Home Depot sells it}
  • Wire Cutters
  • Garden Gloves
  • Moss
  • Potting Soil
  • Flowers
  • Pattern Piece {Draw out a large circle, make an X in the center and cut it in to 4 pieces}

Moss Lined Hanging Flower Basket Made Chicken Wire

Directions

Put on a pair of thick garden gloves. Place your 1/4 circle pattern piece on top of the chicken wire and cut along the edges {give yourself about an 1″ allowance}.

cone shaped basket made from chicken wire** Notice how I left the edges squared off? If you do that you will have a little extra wire to work with. You don’t have to do it but I find that shaping the basket is a little easier when I do. chicken wire hanging basket for mothers dayFold chicken wire into a cone shape.

cone shape chicken wire basketTuck the pointy bits of wire over one another to create a cone shape.

moss lined chicken wire hanging basketStuff wire cage about 2/3rd full with moss.

moss lined hanging basket cone shapedAdd a wee bit of potting soil to the center and then tuck small bedding plants {alyssum and lobelia work great} out of a few of the chicken wire combs.

making a cone shaped chicken wire basketAdd a larger, more showy flower to the top {geranium, gerber daisy, etc} and viola!

Cone Shaped Hanging Basket
An inexpensive but awesome looking masterpiece!

Now, how easy was that?

~Mavis

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Greenhouse Gardening – Planting Heirloom Tomatoes

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magnum glass greenhouse garden

Over the weekend The Girl and I planted a few more tomato plants in the greenhouse. We’ve still got another week or two before setting them outside in the garden beds {we’ve had lot’s of rain lately and it’s just not warm enough outside yet}. Our greenhouse tomato plant count is now up to 7!heirloom tomato plants in the greenhouse

I absolutely LOVE growing tomatoes in the greenhouse and I think later on this week I’ll go around and plant basil seeds around the bases of all the tomato plants. I don’t know about you, but basil and tomatoes are one of my favorite things to harvest each summer.
lucy the puggle dog

Inspector Lucy.

growing lettuce in containers

The lettuce we grew in the giant stock tanks has all been harvested. Now all that’s left is one giant pot of mesclun lettuce and 2 pots of romaine.
growing lettuce in gutters

We’ve also got another batch of lettuce growing in a galvanized gutter as well.slugs

Slugs! Grrr… have they found their way into your garden as well? tomato flowers

Our first tomato flowers.

growing vegetables in a greenhouse

I can’t think of a better hobby than gardening. With the exception of pulling weeds, gardening has got to be my hands down favorite thing on earth to do. Well, I take that back. Eating fresh baked pies and travelling are pretty high up there on the hobby list too. ;)

Gardening is RAD, no matter how you do it.

How is YOUR garden doing these days? Have you planted any tomatoes yet? If so, what kind are you growing this year?

~Mavis

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Pallet Garden Pumpkin Trellis

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Pallet Garden Pumpkin TrellisA 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!

diy pallet garden trellis for squash

KK from Preppy Pink Crocodile sent in a few photos of a pallet garden trellis she  built for her community garden allotment last summer and I thought it was so clever I wanted to share it with you.

Here is what KK had to say…

I live in a city without much yard space, so I garden through an incredible community garden program here, Capital District Community Gardens.  My allotment is small, only about 200 square feet.  So I had to plan carefully to take the greatest advantage of the space.
diy pallet garden trellis for squash
I found a few wood pallets for free in an ally and planned to use them in another way altogether.  But then I decided they might make a nice climbing structure for squash and melon vines.

diy pallet garden trellis

I simply attached two hinges to the top so that I could fold and unfold the structure to my liking.  And once I liked the spacing, I nailed a scrap piece of wood to both sides to keep it solid and strong all summer.  In the fall, I just removed the nails from the scrap wood on the sides, folded it up, and easily stored it until this coming spring.

diy pallet garden trellis

I planted squash, and eventually beans too, along both sides of the structure.  As the vines grew, I helped them climb in and out of the pallets.  Not only did it save space in the garden, but it added a ton of interest too.  Sadly, I lost a lot of squash vines to nasty ole squash bugs last year.  But I learned a lot (like how to easily remove the eggs before they hatch) and will be better prepared this year.

DIY Pallet Garden Pumpkin Trellis

I actually re-used hinges from another project so the total cost was … FREE!  My favorite price!  It was also a lot of fun to be a little creative in the garden.  It was certainly an unexpected and much discussed piece in our community garden space last summer.
Wow, what a cool trellis KK! Thanks for sharing.

heat treated wood pallet
If you would like to build you own pallet garden be sure to read my Pallet Gardening 101: Creating a Pallet Garden tutorial.
~Mavis

Strawberry tower made from fence boardsVertical Strawberry Tower 

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Pictures 5/4/14

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raised garden boxes

I snapped a few pictures of our backyard garden this morning and was really surprised at how well everything is growing lately. I haven’t been able to play in the garden much this past week so it’s kind of reassuring to know all the fruits and vegetables are thriving. :)  pea plants

The peas, broccoli and radishes in this bed are getting so big! The peas have not started to cling to the wire cages yet but I’m sure they’ll start soon. potatoes in raised garden boxes

In years past we’ve tried potato towers but this year because we’ve got so much going on I decided to just plant a few potatoes in a raised garden bed. Once the potato plants get a little bigger I will cover the leaves with more soil.
pallet garden

The wood pallet garden. magnum glass greenhouse

We have a great view of the greenhouse from our family room window and I love when the sun is shining on it. The herbs alongside the greenhouse are growing like mad and almost all of the lettuce we overwintered has been harvested. Next on this list, tomatoes! 
growing cabbage in raised garden beds

Check out the cabbage plants. I’d say they’re doing really well, wouldn’t you?

cascadia raspberries

And last but not least, the raspberry jungle. We have 7 rows of Cascadia raspberries growing, and by the looks of it, we’re going to have a bumper crop this year.

How is YOUR garden doing these days?

What are you looking forward to planting next? Me? More basil and tomatoes.

Keep calm and garden on,

~ Mavis

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Monthly Garden Chores for May – 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 May garden plans for my Seattle, Washington garden HERE.

Monthly Garden Chores for May – East Coast Edition

May – whooooo-hoo! May is where it’s at! Not only did I get to put all my cold-loving plants out, direct sow a ton, but the garden has began to wake up and it’s rained a LOT, so everything is doing well!

organic-gardening-cucumber-seedlings

Seeds I’m Starting Indoors this Month

  • Chamomile
  • More Tomatoes
  • Delphinium
  • Echinacea
  • Cucumbers
  • Pumpkins {which in hindsight was way too early}

pea sprouts

What I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month

  • Butterhead Lettuce
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes started from seed in January, cozily under the Hoop House 
  • Brussels Sprouts {direct sow}
  • Kale {direct sow}
  • Swiss Chard {direct sow}
  • Broccoli {direct sow}
  • Peas {direct sow}
  • Carrots {direct sow}

marigolds

Plants and/or Bulbs I Plan to Purchase this Month

Marigolds, no one can ever have enough marigolds. I plan to thwart the chipmunks by planting marigolds in every box – they hate marigolds. I might even get vindictive and plant them in and around the rock wall buh-wha-hahaa!

raspberry leaves

Trees and Shrubs

I am very excited/relieved to report that the blueberries bushes I snagged last fall in a sweet end-of-the-season sale are loooooving their new homes under some large pines. I didn’t trim them this year as I didn’t know how well they had settled in and I didn’t want to stress them. Turns out they’re doing great and are covered in new green growth and flower buds. Hmmmmm blueberries!

At that same sale, I picked up three raspberry bushes that were labeled a “container” variety, which I figured would be perfect for the raised bed I planned to put them in. I just saw new growth today, so alls well in the raspberry container. Hmmmmm raspberries!

Add hair to your garden to keep deer out of your yard.

Weed and Pest Control

Hair Around the Garden: Free

After being the “weird chicken-lady” in the neighborhood, plus worms in my basement, plus the elaborate garden and canning… it’s all just very not-very-suburbanite. I figured, what the heck – might as well be that weird lady that picked up hair from the local hair place.

I used to host a huge Hair Cutting Party for my son’s LaCrosse team right before the season ending jamboree {a tournament} to give them all mohawks they would spray their team colors for the jamboree. Alas, they have out grown this tradition I had to find a new source of hair to sprinkle around my garden, which keeps bunnies and deer away (they don’t like human smell). To get the hair I needed, you guessed it, I called the local hair place in the morning and after awkwardly explaining why I needed the hair and if they would save it form me. It turns out, I’m the THIRD person to call and ask.

One lady used it for her garden and the other lady crammed her rock wall with hair because the chipmunks don’t like it either. Yes, I can hear what you’re all thinking, and you’re right it is disgusting. Desperate times… and chipmunks, call for hair bombs. *gag*

Another trick I’ve used for years is hanging a bar of soap in an onion bag near the garden. Get a stinky brand like Irish Spring, deer don’t like the smell of soap.

Lawn Care

Let the fussing over the yard begin! Luckily this is not my arena. I have the HH to fertilize and seed and I have a teenager to mow. Yesssss.

chicken tractor

Chickens

The babies are now in their awkward teenager phase. For the last two or three weeks I’ve put them in the chicken tractor next to the outside pen so the big girls could see/hear/smell the babies but can not get at them.

Yesterday I cleaned out the pen, did a little rearranging and generally cleaned up so I could start the next phases of putting the babies and the big girls together. Today I was able to put the babies in the chicken tractor inside the outdoor pen – the big girls were not psyched about this new development but they’ll get used to them or the next couple of weeks.

fresh eggs

Houston we have a Broody Hen. I don’t spend a lot of time watching the chickens, and honestly the two black ones look the same and the two red ones look the same. Also, I couldn’t really tell if the same black hen who was always in the same nesting box, or if it was the other black hen, or, maybe I just kept catching them at egg laying time. Either way, I just wasn’t sure until I saw her tail all drooped down in the nesting box. So when I put the babies away for the night I put Ms. Broody in the tractor with some food and water. She was a bit put out but happily ate and drank.

“Mom, why does my chicken have a waddle already?” Hmmm, that’s right I’m pretty sure we have a roo. My plan to have an even number of chicken breeds is now shattered and I’m rattled. First, we can’t keep the roo. Second, now I’ll have two Black Sex-Links, two Rhode Island Reds and one Barred Rock. Hmph

hoop houses

Big Projects

The rubber mulch is still the unsightly blemish on my back yard. But it’s JUST SO MUCH. And like regular mulch you shovel and shovel and shovel, it’s just never-ending! So, the pile is a work in process. I know have about 25 bags filled {up from 14 last month}, unfortunately it seems that I still have half of a giant pile.

periwinkle

A couple of months ago the HH was watching hockey and I was on the couch simultaneously reading the three garden books laying around me and perusing Pinterest at the same time when I blurted “I’m gonna dig up those pokey bushes in the front that I hate and plant flowers for the bees ok?” His response? “Sure wifey.” Saaaweeet.

So I contacted my high-energy friend Hana who I’ve unloaded , er uuuuh bartered with before. Sure enough she wanted them all {thank goodness}. Not only did I not have to dig them up {Hana made quick work of the job} but she brought me periwinkle for the densely shaded side yard and some wicked cool curvy vines that I’ll use in the pen for new perches for the birds. Bartering is the deal. ;)

~Heather

**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 – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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A couple of weeks ago, The Girl and I watched State Fair.  It was just as fun as I remember.  One of my readers mentioned Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and I had totally forgotten about that one.  I probably haven’t seen it in 15 years.  So, tonight, I am introducing The Girl to get another classic.  Thanks Renay for reminding me about this one!

seven brides for seven brothers

Have already seen it.  Did you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to watch it over and over?

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend, ~Mavis

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Easy Worm Compost Bin Tutorial

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Easy Worm Compost Bin Tutorial

Vermicomposting? Worm Castings? Worm Farm? Yikes. Could I do it? Would it smell? Would the worms *gasp* escape? Would the HH not throw a fit about my worm bin in the basement?

Vermicomposting is the fancy name for feeding a bunch of red wiggler worms for the sole purpose of having them do what they normally do. Eat, sleep, make babies, and create castings {the fancy word for worm poop}. Worm castings are the stuff of garden soil legends.

You will NOT believe how easy vermicomposting is! If you manage kids, dogs, and/or chickens then managing a worm bin is a breeze.

worms

Do I have to touch the worms? ;)
Nope. They come in a bag and I could’ve just dumped them in but my two kids are known for collecting worms on a rainy day for my garden, so they played with them a bit as they spread them around the bin.

Does it smell?
No, it actually has the earthy-spring-soil smell. The key is to keep the scraps you’re feeding them under the other paper material in the bin {dampened shredded paper a handful of soil}. This will also keep fruit flies from developing.

Will the worms escape?
No – if you have created a wormy ecosystem they will stay put.

supplies needed to make a worm bin

Worm Bin Supplies

  • Dampened shredded paper {Soak the paper then squeeze it out well}
  • A handful of soil { worms use the dirt like chickens use grit – it helps them digest their food}
  • Kitchen Scraps {no meat, no dairy, no grease – just like a compost pile}
  • Worms – Red Wigglers love this environment best and are very fast producers
  • One dark bin with a lid {Rubbermaid containers work great for this}
  • One slightly larger bin of any color to use as a drip tray {no lid needed}
  • Drill
  • 1/16” drill bit
  • 1/8” drill bit

uncle jims worm farm

How to make a Worm Bin

There are a million different types of worm bins in just as many sizes, shapes and materials used. Deciding your needs will help you narrow down your choices.

how to make a worm bin

I knew that I wanted to keep my worm bin in the basement because our New England weather is pretty severe on both ends {up to 95* in the summer and down to the single digits in the winter} and I didn’t want to fuss with those details. I knew I’d use a plastic or rubber container because, well, it’s just so easy to pop into Target and pick one up. And finally, I knew I would start out small and who knows maybe I’d become a worm farmer HA!

First I went to Target and chose two storage bins. The bin the worms will live in should be dark colored, not clear. Worms like to be in the dark. Second, grab another bin that fits on the bottom, this bin will serve as a “drip tray” of sorts.

how to make a worm bin

Drill many holes in the bottom of the dark worm bin with the 1/16” bit. Next, use the slightly larger 1/8” bit and drill holes around the top edge of the dark bin. Because the holes are for ventilation, you can’t have too many holes.

pictures of how to make a worm bin

Do not put ANY holes in the bottom ‘drip tray’ bin.

making a worm bin

Now’s the fun part, which is a bit like making a soup – it doesn’t have to be terribly neat, just chuck it in. First, soak and squeeze out your shredded paper, toss in a handful of soil and your worms. When you add scraps make sure to put it under the bedding. Add worms.

easy worm bin instructions

Tips-n-Tricks:

  • As soon as the worm arrive in the mail they are most likely a bit dehydrated, pour a half a cup of water right into their bag/box to help rehydrate them.
  • Keep the worms under a light for the first two days to encourage the worms to explore their new home.
  • To collect the castings, move all the dark, rich castings to one side and add new dampened paper/dirt/food and the worms will migrate from one side to the other.

TA-daaah, you’re done. You are now the proud owner of a worm bin!

Easy Worm Compost Bin Tutorial

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