Friday Night at the Movies – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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Tonight I am going to watch The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  I have wanted to see it since it came out {in 2008, I am only a little late}, but never got around to it.  It is about the son of a German soldier who befriends a little boy on the other side of the fence of a concentration camp.  It is supposed to be excellent, though, with fair warning, it will probably be heart-wrenching.

boy in the striped pajamas

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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Mavis Garden Blog – End of August Garden Photos

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growing green beans in garden boxes

The weather has been crazy good here up in the Pacific Northwest this summer and it’s hard to believe gardening season will be coming to a close  pretty soon. Well, not technically coming to a close… we’ve still got plenty of things to grow around here in the winter months, but for things like fresh beans and tomatoes, we’ve only got about a month left to enjoy picking them fresh out of our gardens.

baby green beans

What will I do without fresh beans?

growing zucchini in a garden box

And zucchini? Well actually, to tell you the truth, my love for zucchini is pretty much seasonal thing. ;)  purple Cherokee tomatoes

But heirloom tomatoes? Now that’s something I wish I could grow year round. pumpkin patch

Check out the pumpkin patch? I counted 7 pumpkins growing on the vines. {Plus a few winter squash!}green cabbage with slugs

I think cabbage is going to be on the menu this weekend. I just have to pick off a few slugs first.  :)
Italian kale

And kale. If you can’t kill it, you might as well grow it, right?

Ahh summer. I’m going to miss you.

How is YOUR vegetable garden doing these days? Winding down? Just getting started?

Mavis wants to know!

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Garden Tip – Use Vegetable Cooking Water to Fertilize Plants

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Use Vegetable Cooking Water to Fertilize Plants

I just did this this morning so I thought I would do a little PSA and repost this handy tip! ;)

The next time you boil or steam some vegetables on the stove top, don’t pour the water down the drain.  Once the water has cooled, pour the vegetable water in your garden or planting containers to “fertilize” your plants instead of wasting it.

I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now I think it really helps keep my garden green.

Do you do this too? Please tell me I’m not a total weirdo.

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Thinking Ahead to Thanksgiving

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gardening with raised garden beds

What do you think was the very first thing I did after buying our vacation property on the East Coast?

hauling rocks

I started planting a new vegetable garden of course.

Forget about furniture, the bizarre flooring situation or the bathroom cabinets made for people who stand 5 feet tall, there are things called priorities. And growing food, is one of them.

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I don’t know how I did it, but last week I removed 10 million and 2 buckets of pea gravel from a former play area and hauled in 15 yards of garden soil {a custom blend of 1/3 topsoil, 1/3 compost and 1/3 potting soil}. One wheelbarrow at a time. In 4 days. ALL BY MYSELF.

No teenagers workers bees. Just me.

creating a new garden bed

Holy crap. Let’s just say I didn’t know I was so out of shape. It got so bad that I was popping about 8-10 ibuprofen a day. It’s a good thing I didn’t have an accident or get cut because I probably would have bled to death {ibuprofen and tea are natural blood thinners according to my dentist}.

new garden beds

That drama aside, I’m happy to report I was able to get the enormous and awkwardly shaped  garden box filled.making garden rows

And planted.

botanical interests garden seed packets

With enough vegetables for a proper Thanksgiving feast. Rutabagas, beets, carrots and Swiss chard. I probably should of planted some seed potatoes as well but I haven’t found the local garden center yet. Oh well. I suppose, if I have to, I can buy a sack of spuds like a normal person just this once. ;)

Life is good. {Even if I’m still hobbling}

~Mavis

Have you planted your Thanksgiving garden yet? What are you growing?

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Friday Night at the Movies – Second Hand Lions

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We are pretty busy around here, so no movie for us this Friday, but if you are looking for a movie the whole family {older kids, at least, it’s rated PG} can watch, I recommend you check out Second Hand Lions.

It’s about a little boy that has a less than desirable life with his flighty irresponsible mother.  The mother decides on a whim to drop him off to spend the summer with two uncles he has never met.   It is such a great story about a boy {and ultimately the uncles} getting what he needs, when he needs it most.  It’s one of those surprisingly feel good movies, with quirky humor.  It really is great.

second hand lions

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?

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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How to Grow Broccoli Raab {Start to Finish}

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Broccoli raab seed packet

Have you thought about your fall garden yet? This year I will be growing broccoli raab again. Why? Because it’s freakin’ delicious that’s why. ;) I don’t even really like broccoli, but broccoli raab? Oh heck ya, bring it on.

Brief description:  Broccoli raab is also known as asparagus broccoli, broccoletto, rapini, or rabe, .  It is grown for it’s asparagus-like shoots.  It can be used in salads and vegetable dishes or it can stand alone.

Where to Plant Broccoli Raab:  In a sunny location {though it will tolerate partial shade, but with lower yields}.  Plant in raised beds, containers, or garden beds.

brocolli raab seeds

Planting Seeds:   Plant seeds 1/8″ deep.  Thin to 1 every 4-6″ {or one per pot} when seedlings are about 2″ tall.

Growing Tips:  Broccoli raab uses up quite a bit of nitrogen, so regular fertilizing is best.  Manure and/or compost soil conditioners also help yields considerably.  Requires moderate, but consistent watering.

How to Grow Broccoli Raab {Start to Finish}

How to Harvest:  When plant reaches about 1 foot high, harvest buds and leaves just under buds with scissors.

Prep Tip:  Broccoli raab has a stronger taste than regular broccoli.  If the taste is too strong, you can tame it down considerable by blanching it.  {Blanch for 2-3 minutes in heavily salted water.}

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Are you ready to start your garden but you’re not sure when you should plant your seeds or set out your transplants? Head on over HERE and you’ll be taken to a handy dandy chart that is broken down into what vegetables should be planted {or transplanted} each month in your area.

Anyone can do this. Dirt + Seeds+ Water = Food!

~Mavis

Here is my Favorite Broccoli Raab recipe:  

broccoli raab salad
Chickpeas with Broccoli Raab and Bacon

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The Best Plants for Repelling Mosquitoes

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The Best Plants for Repelling Mosquitoes

Linda from facebook recently asked:

Mavis, what kind of plants have you found to be effective for mosquito repellent?

My first thought was GAP black long-sleeved t-shirts have worked as an AWESOME mosquito repellent for me for years, but then I realized, not everyone can commit to cutting-edge fashion as I have.

So, here’s the truth:  there is no fool-proof plant to completely repel mosquitoes.  There are definitely plants that have been shown to deter them a bit, though, when planted in areas that you tend to hang out most.  It’s like this:  Imagine a stinky locker room.  It may ruin your appetite a bit, but if you’re reaaaally hungry after a workout {also pretend I know what I am talking about when I say “locker room” and “workout”}, you’re probably still going to go ahead and eat it.  That’s kind of how mosquitoes roll.  They will go for blood.  Everytime.

thyme in a container

After all that, I do want to mention that that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s not worth trying.  It is.  Using plants to deter them is all part of the battle, and we are waging war.  So, here’s a couple of plants to try that have actually been shown to at the very least, ruin their dining experience:

  1. Lime Basil
  2. Catnip
  3. Thyme
  4. Garlic
  5. Citronella – This one is probably the most common and effective.  It actually masks the smell of food for mosquitoes, making it harder for them to find you.
  6. Beebalm/Horsemint
  7. Marigold – These flowers have tons of benefits to the garden.  Plant them irregardless.
  8. Ageratum
  9. Cedar
  10. Lavendar
  11. Lemon Geranium – Honestly, there are mixed reviews on whether or not these work.
  12. Eucalyptus
  13. Rosemary
  14. Tea Tree – This one is not a good idea if you have pets.
  15. Mint – Plant in pots on the patio, otherwise, mint will take over your beds, garden, grass, you name it.

lavender field

There are more, but they come with less desirable features, like they are considered weeds by most folks.  Plant several from the list, as they all work in different ways {omitting an offensive odor to the mosquito, masking the smell of actual food, etc.}.

I hope that helps,

Mavis

 

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How to Get Rid of White Powdery Mildew on Squash Leaves

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How to Get Rid of White Powdery Mildew on Squash Leaves

I’ve received a bunch of questions recently from people wanting to know how to get rid of that awful powdery mildew on their squash leaves lately, so I thought I would go ahead and repost this cool trick reader Veronica sent in. 

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After I told you all about the powdery mildew on my pumpkin patch, reader, Veronica, wrote in about her success in getting rid of powdery mildew.  {I would totally try this if my pumpkin patch wasn’t so big, it would take hours to apply!}, but I thought it was an AWESOME tip that I would share in case some of you are dealing with powdery mildew.

Veronica wrote:

My zucchini plants got powdery mildew this year and I got rid of the mildew! As directed by my mother, I combined a tsp of baking soda with a quart of water in a spray bottle; shook it up real good so all the soda dissolved. Then sprayed each infected leaf each morning until the spots when away. My plants are now back to producing (albeit slowly) zucchini. I live in Mukilteo, WA, so it should work for you too, if you want to spray your pumpkin plants each morning. Good luck with that!
That’s awesome that you were able to save your plant, Veronica.  And thanks for sending in the tip!
white powdery mildew leaves
As a sidenote, powdery mildew can overwinter too, so make sure to clean up all the leaves and plant debris out of your beds in the fall.  Also, in the interest of prevention for next year, avoid overhead watering {i.e. sprinkling the leaves} and try making plant spacing less dense to increase air circulation.
Does anyone else have this problem? How did you get rid of the white powdery mildew on your squash leaves?
~Mavis

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Friday Night at the Movies – Chocolat

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Amazon just added Chocolat to their list of free movies Prime members can stream.  If you have never seen it, let me tell you, you really should.  It is about a woman who moves to a small village and opens a chocolaterie.  First of all, it’s about chocolate.  I really shouldn’t have to say more.  But, it is also a great story about the little french village and the people in it.

chocolat

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.  Did you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to watch it over and over?

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Looking for more 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!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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How to Care for Succulents

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How to Care for Succulents

I LOVE succulents.  If you maintain them, which is super easy to do, they always look great.  They make great centerpieces, for pretty much any occasion, they are excellent house plants, and here in my neck of the woods, they look great in outdoor landscaping.  {Does it sound like I am running for the Succulent Promotion Council?  I am having cards made up as we speak.  It’s all very official :) }

succulents

Like I said, maintaining them is a piece of cake, once you know what you are supposed to do.  Here’s the 411 on caring for succulents:

  1. Water.  Succulents have unique watering needs.  During their growing season {the warmer months}, they actually need consistent watering.  Allow them to dry out completely between waterings.  In the cooler months, cut back watering to just once a month.  They will go dormant, and just won’t need tons of water.
  2. Light.  Because cactus are actually a type of succulent, some people think all succulents love direct heat and sun, but not true my friends.  Afternoon sun can actually burn them.  They do, however, enjoy plenty of light.  How is that for conflicting information? :)  Your best bet is to place them in a south facing window, but move them back quite a bit in the dead of summer.  If you plant them outside, plant them in spot that they aren’t exposed to direct afternoon sunlight.
  3. Temperature.  If you only have succulents as houseplants, you don’t really need to worry about this one.  They are happiest in a range of about 50-85 degrees–which is actually a pretty significant spread, if you ask me.  Outside, they can tolerate higher and lower temperatures, but you may notice some signs of stress.sedum and succulents living wall frame
  4. Soil.  Because succulents tend to grow naturally in very sandy well-drained soil, make sure to choose a potting soil designed for cactus and/or succulents.  If you can’t find any, you can mix regular potting soil with perlite, to encourage drainage.
  5. Pots.  If you will be potting your succulents, make sure your pots have sufficient drainage holes.  This is pretty much a standard rule of thumb for all potted plants, but I thought I would mention it anyway.

That’s it.  If you take care of those 5 little items, your succulents should stay pretty happy.

~Mavis

Need a creative way to showcase your succulents?  Try making a succulent terrarium or you can try a  succulent living wall planter.

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