Florida Couple Forced to Dig Up Front Yard Garden or Face Fines

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Florida Couple Forced to Dig Up Front Yard GardenReader Amy recently sent me a link to this article, with the following note attached,

Hi Mavis,

I thought you’d be interested in this article.  A couple in Florida was forced to dig up their 17-year old vegetable garden just because it was in the front yard.  They would have been fined $50 a day by the city if they had kept it.  Apparently the law does not allow veggies because of “aesthetic” reasons, but lets people put whatever other decorations they want in the front of their homes!  That is ridiculous!

I hope you can use this.  I really enjoy your blog!

–Amy

First off, thanks Amy!  Second, I immediately popped over to read the article.  The long and short of the article is that the neighborhood ordinance specifically does not allow front yard gardens.  After a complaint {the article does not state from who}, officials responded to the house and gave the owners, Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll a date to have the garden pulled up, or they would face a $50 per day fine.

The owners have responded by suing, stating the ordinance violates their rights under the Florida State Constitution.  Now, here is the kicker:  They are suing for $1.  Yep, all they really want is the right to grow their vegetable garden again.  Under the same ordinance, they can have yard art {read: flamingos, gnomes, etc.}, but not veggies.  They want the right to grow their own local, organic veggies in peace.  Aw, the humanity!

I mostly want to know what you think, but here’s what I think:  When did being self-sufficient stop being beautiful and start being an eyesore?  Are people so removed from their food that a squash plant with it’s big yellow blossoms is no longer beautiful?  {On the flip side, I guess I could get it if it wasn’t a well-maintained garden, and more like a jungle–but the article shows the garden.  It looks well-maintained and planned out to me.   If she had planted only flowers in the beds, would people have really been happier?  I have to be honest, I have seen some pretty poorly maintained flower beds–I’d take Hermine’s garden to look at over those any day of the week.

I say, garden on.  What do you think?

~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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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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Friday Night at the Movies – Doc Martin

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This weekend, I am going to start up watching Doc Martin.  I’ve seen a few of these episodes in the past but now that hot cocoa and foot pajama season is upon us, The Girl and I thought now was the perfect time to watch the entire series.

It’s about a surgeon, who develops an aversion to blood, so he moves out to the country to practice medicine in a town where he is the only doctor.  It is classic British humor–which at this point, it is no secret that I love all things British.  Plus, bonus:  it is FREE with Amazon Prime.  Yippee!

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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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How to Grow Your Own Food – 11/21/2013 Garden Tally

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beets blue potatoes carrots broccoli

This past week I was able to harvest just under 5 pounds of produce from our backyard garden. Technically not a whole bunch of food, but man oh man is it gorgeous or what?

Fresh beets, crunch carrots, purple and white potatoes and a head of Romanesco Broccoli. Giddy up! Gardening in the fall is RAD, isn’t it?

I’m not sure what I’m going to make with all of my yummy vegetables yet, so if you have a good recipe for beets or broccoli please leave your suggestions in the comment section below.

Keep Calm and Garden On,

~ Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

We’ve got basil growing under the grow lights. In the past we’ve enjoyed making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam with it.

beets

Beets – 134 pounds 14 ounces

We’ve got plenty of beets to dig up, and I don’t know about you, but I think winter beets are the best!

organic gardening bok choy

Bok Choy – 7 pounds

We didn’t end up growing too much bok choy this year, but it’s on the list for 2014.

Broccoli Romanesco

Broccoli – 2 pounds

Finally! I can’t wait to harvest some more.

head of cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

We are still waiting to harvest our fall cabbage. I feel like I keep saying that, but cabbage totally has a mind of it’s own. Plus, apparently it’s frost hardy too, so why rush things, right? :)

carrots
Carrots – 44 pounds 3 ounces

I’m looking forward to pulling up carrots all winter long.

chives

Chives – 2 pound 8 ounces

We regular chives and garlic chives growing right now.

burpless-cucumbers

Cucumbers 9 pound 6 ounces

 I’ll be buying hothouse cucumbers at Costco until next summer.

chicken scraps

Egg Count – 2,245

We actually remembered to count eggs this week! Only 48 eggs, and I’m pretty sure the count will be dropping each week now that the weather is getting cooler.

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

We planted our garlic a few weeks ago and we have tiny shoots popping up now.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We use them to make Garlic Scape Pesto.

green beans

Green Beans 17 pounds 11 ounces

kale

Kale – 42 pounds 14 ounces

I have it growing alongside the chicken coop and I grow it mostly for the chickens. Because I think it tastes gross.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 37 pounds 13 ounces

Note to self – Harvest lettuce in greenhouse.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 13 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam this summer.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 1 pound 12 ounces

I used fresh oregano in my heirloom tomato sauce this summer.

onions

Onion – 37 pounds 8 ounces

I wonder if we have anymore onions hidden in the garden beds? Note to self: look in the raspberry bed.

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

Pear butter is AWESOME!

growing peas in a greenhosue

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

red potatoes

Potatoes - 321 pounds 2 ounces

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter.

french breakfast radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

We have some seedlings popping up. I’ll try and take some pictures.

bucket of raspberries

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

wheelbarrow pumpkins squash

Squash 230 pounds 10 ounces

After all was said and done we ended up with 230 pounds of pumpkins. Not what I was hoping for. My pumpkin crop totally failed this year due to poor crop rotation.

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I planted more in the greenhouse for a winter harvest.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

strawberries in wooden basket

Strawberries 23 pounds 14 ounces

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 52 pounds 4 ounces

Gag. Our backyard chickens love it and it’s great for trading. And smoothies too.

sungold tomatoes

Tomatoes 234 pounds 15 ounces

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

zucchini

Zucchini – 72 pounds 13 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 1460 pounds 9 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 2,245 {+more that we forgot to count}

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

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Urban Farm Magazine Subscription Only $8.99 a Year

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If you missed this deal last time, it’s baaaack!

DiscountMags is offering a 1 year subscription to Urban Farm Magazine for only $8.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. I love this magazine! Learn how to grow your own food in the space you have.

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Urban Farm Magazine is guide for those in cities or suburbs looking to become more self-sufficient by growing some of their own food and treading lightly on the environment in the space they have. Articles include how-to projects, gardening basics, composting, beekeeping, roof-top gardening, preserving and freezing, and time and money-saving ideas.

Go HERE to order Urban Farm Magazine.

*This special rate will be live through midnight 11/22/2013 (EST). You can purchase this deal as a new subscription or to renew your existing subscription. Plus you can also purchase additional subscriptions as gifts! Giddy up!

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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.

omlet chicken eglu

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

botanical interests

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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The Roo Garden Apron: The Tool Every Gardener Should Own!

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roo apronWhen you’re attempting to grow tons of food in your garden, there are a lot of gardening tools involved. And it doesn’t seem to matter how many I own or buy, I always find myself needing an extra set of hands. I’ll head out to the garden and weed; I need a place to put the weeds. I harvest a junk ton of zucchini every year; I need a place to put the zucchini. I pluck a bumper crop of pears off my trees and am left scrambling to push a box around to collect them all. And then I discovered the Roo apron. HOLY CATS! How have I gardened this long without it?

roo apron

The good people of Roo Aprons sent me one to try {Roo Apron, like kangaROO pouch. Get it. Clever, right?!}. I have to admit I was skeptical. How could a silly apron really store enough to be useful to me when harvesting? But then I used it to pick apples and let me tell you Bob, it was the coolest thing ever. Way easier than lugging around a bag or box to collect them in. I didn’t have to carry anything else around except myself. How awesome is that?

roo apron

I put the apron on and loaded that apron to the max. It was still comfortable. The straps weren’t digging into my shoulders and it was so stinkin easy to use. I piled all the apples I wanted into the pouch and then when I was ready, I simply pulled the cord and easily released the apples. Here are a couple of cool things about the Roo Apron:the roo apron

  • It’s made from industrial strength cotton so it’s tough as nails.
  • It has a water resistant nylon storage pouch so nothing will leak through to your clothes or poke you through the apron.
  • The plastic hooks allow for easy release of the pouch.
  • It has self adjusting straps that make for a comfortable fit for all sizes.
  • I can throw the apron I’ve dirtied into the washing machine with all my other laundry!
  • The Roo is very affordable and will make a perfect addition to your Christmas wish list!

the roo apron

Check out how to use the Roo apron in the video below:

They market it by saying it’s not an apron it’s a tool, and I totally agree.

If you’d like to order one hop on over to The Roo Website and use code 100amonth for a 20% discount on the Roo. This discount is good until 11/23/13 at midnight.

It really is such a perfect invention and I think every gardener should own one!

Buy your very own Roo apron HERE!

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 11/14/2013 Garden Tally

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It seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve updated my 2013 garden tally so I thought I would share with you what’s been happening in our backyard lately.

In a nutshell, not much. ;) Besides the occasional salad harvest here and there, we are still in maintenance mode. Or lazy mode, I’m not sure which. Yes, there are still oodles of potatoes to dig up, and yes we have things like beets, carrots, leeks, turnips and some other vegetables growing, but for the last few weeks I’ve been taking a wee break from gardening to work on a few projects around the house instead.

grow lights basil

A few weeks ago we have planted our lettuce starts in the greenhouse, and right now we have 4 containers of basil growing under the grow lights on my desk in the office.

grow lights basil plants

Some of the leaves are ready to pick now, but I’m trying to hold off until Thanksgiving. I’ve never used fresh basil in any of my Thanksgiving recipes before so it will be a nice treat.

How about you? Are you in maintenance mode right now too, or have you already put your garden to bed for the winter?

Mavis wants to know.

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

We’ve got basil growing under the grow lights. In the past we’ve enjoyed making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam with it.

beets

Beets – 133 pounds 12 ounces

We’ve got plenty of beets to dig up, but I’m holding off until Thanksgiving.

organic gardening bok choy

Bok Choy – 7 pounds

We didn’t end up growing too much bok choy this year, but it’s on the list for 2014.

broccoli

Broccoli – 13 ounces

head of cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

We are still waiting to harvest our fall cabbage. I feel like I keep saying that, but cabbage totally has a mind of it’s own. Plus, apparently it’s frost hardy too, so why rush things. :)

carrot seedlings
Carrots – 43 pounds 11 ounces

I’m hoping these ones will be my Valentine Carrots.

chives

Chives – 2 pound 8 ounces

We regular chives and garlic chives growing right now.

burpless-cucumbers

Cucumbers 9 pound 6 ounces

 I’ll be buying hothouse cucumbers at Costco until next summer.

chicken scraps

Egg Count – 2,197

Sadly The Girl did not keep track of the egg count for the past 3 weeks!!!  so I can’t update it. Boo!!

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

We planted our garlic a few weeks ago and we have tiny shoots popping up now.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We use them to make Garlic Scape Pesto.

green beans

Green Beans 17 pounds 11 ounces

kale

Kale – 42 pounds 14 ounces

I have it growing alongside the chicken coop and I grow it mostly for the chickens.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 37 pounds 13 ounces

Note to self – Harvest lettuce in greenhouse.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 13 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam this summer.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 1 pound 12 ounces

I used fresh oregano in my heirloom tomato sauce this summer.

onions

Onion – 37 pounds 8 ounces

I wonder if we have anymore onions hidden in the garden beds?

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

Pear butter is AWESOME!

growing peas in a greenhosue

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

red potatoes

Potatoes - 319 pounds

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter.

french breakfast radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

bucket of raspberries

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

wheelbarrow pumpkins squash

Squash 230 pounds 10 ounces

After all was said and done we ended up with 230 pounds of pumpkins. Not what I was hoping for. My pumpkin crop totally failed this year due to poor crop rotation.

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I planted more in the greenhouse for a winter harvest.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

strawberries in wooden basket

Strawberries 23 pounds 14 ounces

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 52 pounds 4 ounces

Gag. Our backyard chickens love it and it’s great for trading.

sungold tomatoes

Tomatoes 234 pounds 15 ounces

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

zucchini

Zucchini – 72 pounds 13 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 1455 pounds 10 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 2,197 {+more that we forgot to count}

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

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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.}

omlet egg chicken coop

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

botanical interests

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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Friday Night at the Movies – Good Neighbours

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I’ve decided to put Good Neighbours {called Good Life in the U.K.} on my watchlist.  I started watching this series several years ago, but never finished it.   I figured it would be a great this winter when there is nothing to do but sort through seeds and watch T.V.  It’s classic British humor, and a sitcom, so it really only takes a 30 minute commitment.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I like to throw light-hearted shows like this on while I’m baking.

Happy times, I tell ya.

good neighbours

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

Looking for more tv shows and movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

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