Garden Tours and Projects of 2013

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I love my garden, but sometimes I really get sick of looking at it. So I decided I wanted to see yours! When I asked you guys to send in your photographs and stories of your garden, I had no idea the cool responses I would get. Your gardens blow me away. Here are some of the coolest ones I’ve seen:

curtis garden basilBotanical Interests:

One of the coolest backyard gardens I’ve ever seen. So much diversity in one garden. Of course, I would expect nothing less from the owners of Botanical Interests Seed Company!

Harlem Garden ApartmentSquare Inch Gardening” in New York

Harlem, New Yorker, Holly, proves space isn’t an excuse when it comes to gardening. They have a tiny back porch off of their apartment and they put every last square inch to good garden use!

backyard-garden-photosBob and Sherle From California Share Their Vegetable Garden Photos:

I was so impressed with how Bob and Sherle completely transformed a plot of space loaned to them for gardening. They took it from drab to gardening fab with just a little elbow grease!

straw bale gardenGardening in Alaska:

Ted gives new meaning to raised bed gardening, uses hay bales and shows us how much produce a garden in frigid Alaska can actually yield. I was shocked.

bean garden trellisAmazing Bean Trellis and Garden Box Photos:

I don’t like to pick favorites, but this picture might be my favorite of all your submissions. That bean trellis is simply gorgeous. I totally want one. But even more I love how Heather’s daughter is so content under it, chewing on beans that it produced. Love it!

cinder block garden cute chicken coop designTexas Cinder Block Garden:

Lindsey’s unique cinder block garden totally caught my attention. What a great idea for garden bed containers! Plus she has some beautiful chickens and a chicken coop I’m envious of.

Strawberry tower made from fence boardsVertical Fence Board Strawberry Tower and Garden:

April invented the coolest vertical gardening tower ever. Using old fence boards she grew a successful strawberry plant vertically. Perfect when you’re short on space.

Check out the rest of the garden tours and pictures on my Garden Tour Pinterest Board.

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Friday Night at the Movies – The Paradise

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Tonight, The Girl and I are going to start The Paradise.  My friend Jen told me about this series, and I figured while we wait for Downton Abbey to return, it would be the perfect time to start watching it.  It’s is about a girl who heads to the big city and gets a job at The Paradise, Britain’s first high brow department store.

The girl, of course, catches the eye of the store’s owner {I smell a love interest brewing}.  It’s a Masterpiece Classic, so I am sure I will love it.

the paradise

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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Gardening in the Pacific Northwest: 2013 Backyard Garden Plot Picture Recap

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mavis butterfiled heirloom tomatoes

As the 2013 growing season comes to an end, it’s obvious that I didn’t quite reach my goal of growing 2 tons of food in my little ol’ backyard garden. And many people would be totally bummed about that. Not this girl. I’m freakin stoked! I grew 1,500+ pounds of food! And not to toot my own horn, but in my book that makes me a gardening rock star.

harvesting potatoes

It took a lot of work, but I’d much rather roll up my sleeves and dig in the dirt to feed my family healthy, organic produce than overpay for it at the grocery store. Knowing exactly where my food came from makes me happy. It’s not feasible in our family to always eat local or organic, so growing my garden makes me feel like I’m doing my part.

Now does it take 1,500 pounds of food to do your part? Nah. If you’ve grown a garden that produced only a carrot or two, my hats off to you. You’re growing something, and that is awesome!

Now check out what my garden looked like over the past 12 months. It’s so cool to see a garden in its various stages of producing almost a ton of food!

January 2013:

raised garden beds one hundred dollars a month

February 2013:

raised garden beds

March 2013:

raised garden beds

April 2013:

RAISED GARDEN BEDS

May 2013:

wooded backyard garden

June 2013:

raised bed gardens

July 2013:

kitchen garden ideas

August 2013:

organic garden pictures

September 2013:

raised garden beds

October 2013:

winter gardening garden boxes

November 2013:

mavis garden blog

December 2013:

winter gardening

And there you have it folks. One awesome garden over the course of 12 months. Now to start planning for next year…

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 51 of 52

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garden boxes in winter

Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 51 of 52

garden bench snow winter

We had our first snowfall in nearly 2 years at our house on Friday and even though the snow didn’t stick around for long, I was able to snap a few pictures of our backyard garden while it was covered in a blanket of white.

thermometer snow winter

As long as there is snow, I don’t mind the cold.

lucy the puggle dog

Lucy the puggle dog had a blast chasing after snowballs and munching on snow. She would have stayed outside all day if we would have let her.
kale snow

Even the kale tree didn’t seem to mind. raised garden boxes winter snow

Isn’t it pretty?

magnum glass greenhouse winter snow

The greenhouse and cabbage patch {to the right}.

rosemary plant covered in snow winter

All the plants looked so beautiful, including this rosemary bush.

wooded backyard covered in snowThe view from the back deck.

chickens snow winter

The chickens didn’t want to come out of the coop at first but finally decided to get their feet “wet” after staring at the snow for about 2 minutes. :) Chickens can be so funny sometimes.
snow on raspberry plantsI love, love, love the way snow looks on tree branches.

lucy the puggle dog snowAhh Lucy, she had a blast. We all did actually. The kids went to school 2 hours late, I was able to stay in my pj’s a little longer and Lucy the trouble puggle was so tuckered out by around 2 pm she had herself a four hour nap.

Life is good.

~Mavisbotanical interests coupons

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 – It’s a Wonderful Life

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 I love this time of year–there’s magic in the air, seriously.  Tonight The Girl and I are going to kick off winter break by watching one of my all time favorite Christmas movies:  It’s a Wonderful Life.  I have loved this movie since I was a little kid and my daughter has been the same.  I think we’ll each grab a blanket and some candy canes and let the spirit of Christmas wash over us–wahoo!

it's a wonderful life

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 50 of 52

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winter garden

Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 50 of 52

swiss chard hard frost

The last couple of weeks here in Western Washington have been a bit of a roller coaster. We woke up to nearly 2 weeks of temperatures below 30 degrees, with pretty much everything frozen solid in the garden. For awhile there I thought it was never going to warm up around here.

A few plants in the garden didn’t make it,but lucky for us, the Swiss chard did. ;) Once the outer leaves are trimmed away we should be back to making Swiss chard smoothies and picking leaves for our backyard chickens to snack on.

winter garden boxes

Lucy puggle will show you around.
turnips

The turnips. Yep, they survived. Apparently they can handle being frozen solid. Who knew?

red winter kale

I guess they don’t call it winter kale for nothing because it survived as well.

magnum glass greenhouse winterThe fruits and vegetables in the greenhouse however, are a totally different story.

growing lettuce in winter

Our 3-tiered pot of lettuce didn’t survive, but the young lettuce starts we started from seed in the galvanized tubs did.

meyer lemon hit by frost

All 8 of my Meyer Lemons died.

Can you believe that? After nurturing Lemon, the Lemon tree for eleven months, all her little lemon babies died. I haven’t had the heart to pluck them yet, but they are all soft and mushy so I know they are total gonners.

Perhaps a proper burial is in order?

wooded backyard

A view from the back deck.

red cabbage

Are you still thinking about poor Lemon? I am. :(

I guess to everything there is a season. And if we lived in Florida, I’d have a boatload of lemons on my tree right now. {Or if I would have had enough common sense to bring the freakin’ tree indoors that might have helped as well}. So is life.

raspberry canes winter

I guess all we can really do is learn from our mistakes, and try again next year. Right?

Are you trying to grow any citrus fruit this winter? How are your trees coming along?

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 – Elf

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I don’t know about you, but around here, we have a list of must-see-every-year-Christmas classics. When Elf, with Will Ferrell came out, it quickly made the list.  It’s one of those movies that we own, but if you don’t want to buy it, it’s available on Netflix too.

It is hilarious, quirky, and fun–if you haven’t seen it, I totally recommend that you do.  Tonight, the whole fam is going to sit down and watch it together.  I swear, we watch it every year and it never gets old.

My Favorite Line in the whole movie –  ”We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” 

elf

If you want to make a whole day of it with your kiddos, start off my making these fun candy trains, that you can then turn around and eat during the movie.

how to make a candy train

 Peace out Girl Scouts & I hope you’re having an amazing holiday season,

~Mavis

maple syrup

Christmas just isn’t complete without Buddy the Elf’s favorite food group: Maple Syrup

 

 

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How to Make Your Poinsettias Last Longer

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How to Make Your Poinsettias Last Longer

If you have never taken the time to look up how to care for poinsettias {please imagine me raising my hand here}, here’s a quick and dirty guide to making them last much longer–maybe those pretty pink, red, and yellow leaves can actually sustain you through the long dreary lifeless winter. Ha!

Poinsettia Care Basics:

  1. Make sure to start with healthy plants.  Pick the best out of the bunch.  Look for full leaves and deep colors.
  2. Keep your poinsettias in a warm spot {not too warm, though}.  If you set them next to the door, watch out for repeated cold drafts.  They are not huge fans of temperatures below 50 degrees {we have that in common}.  They are happy to be in a cooler spot {between 55-65 at night, so don’t worry if you drop your temperature at night}
  3. Watering.  Allow your plants to drain {you may want to punch additional holes in the bottom of your container}.  Poinsettias are like tomatoes, they do not like wet feet.  Water thoroughly when pot looks dry.  {You’ll know if you are overwatering because the leaves will turn yellow and fall off}
  4. Poinsettias do best in bright, indirect light.  {Seems like an oxymoron, I know, but keep them in a well-lit room, away from the window}
  5. If you really want them to last {6-8 weeks or so}, you may want to consider fertilizing them after they bloom.  {Little tip:  the colored red, pink, etc. parts are actually the leaves.  The flower is typically compact and green.}

With a little care, you can get the most out of your poinsettias–maybe pacify you until the Valentine’s Day Chocolates roll around?  Ha.

*** Did you know the Aztecs used Poinsettia sap to cure fevers and the red leaves {called bracts} to create red dye?  Yep.  I would not lie about such a useful bit of information. They didn’t really become a popular Christmas decoration until the 19th century when a U.S. Mexican Ambassador brought them back to the states.  They bloom in December, so they were an ideal choice for the holidays.

the legend of the poinsettia

Need something a little different to read with the kiddos this Holiday Season?  Try The Legend of the Poinsettia

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 49 of 52

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raised garden beds in winter

Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 49 of 52

frozen fava beans

Sometimes it’s so cold, just thinking about walking outside to take a few photos of your garden will send a shiver down your spine. I went outside over an hour ago to take these photos and I am still cold! And my house is 70 degrees inside and we have a fire going.

will carrots survive a frost

Holy crackers. Seattle never gets this cold. Not for this long, not without some sort of freezing rain or snow. I honestly don’t know how people in places like Minnesota, or Wyoming, or the beautiful state of Maine endure such cold temperatures for months on end. As much as I think I could hack living in s place like Maine, I don’t think I could.

magnum glass greenhouse garden

Everything in the garden is frozen solid. Plants, leaves, mounds of dirt. All frozen. frozen lettuce

The lettuce we have had growing in the greenhouse even threw in the towel. {Will lettuce come back to life after a hard frost?
wooded backyard

It’s suppose to hit a low of 17 degrees tonight and snow is in the forecast for Monday. {Yay, I LOVE SNOW!}potato mounds

But as far as me and my garden tools are concerned, we are officially on winter break. At least until the ground thaws out enough to turn over some dirt. frozen swiss chard

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods? If it’s above 50 degrees, can I come for a visit?

Pleeeeease? :)

~Mavis
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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 – A Christmas Story

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Tonight The Girl and I are going to watch A Christmas Story.  It’s pretty much a holiday staple at our house, in fact, we usually watch it more than once over the holidays–and then continue to quote it all year long.  It’s one we own, but you can also get it on Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Now don’t shoot your eye out!

christmas story leg lamp

Okay, time to fess up. How many times have you seen A Christmas Story?

Peace out Girl Scouts & Merry Christmas,

~Mavis

P.S. I think one of these Christmas Story Leg Lamps would look awesome in my office, don’t you?

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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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