Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 39 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 39 of 52

vintage watering cans

We’ve been experiencing some cold and soggy weather here in Western Washington the past few days and I’ve been lazy and haven’t done too much gardening in the last 72 hours.

pallet garden

We’ve been harvesting Bok Choy over the last 2 weeks and now it’s starting to go to seed. I think I’ll try and get out there today and harvest a few more leaves before I toss the rest to the chickens.

The strawberry runners I transplanted a few weeks ago are doing great, but the beans I was planning to dry are not doing so well. I think I planted them a little too late because they are still green. :( I need the pods to turn yellow before I can harvest them so I think they may just end up rotting before they’re ready.

bean tepees

The bean tepees and squash vines are on their last leg. I’ll go ahead and leave the tepee poles as they are until it’s time to harvest all the squash, so I don’t disturb the vines.

glass greenhouse

I cleaned out the greenhouse last week, but I still need to re-plant the strawberries that I grew in gutters this summer and get the rest of the plants to the compost pile.

wooded backyard

I’m thinking about setting up a few garden boxes for next summer in the center of all that bark. There’s a pretty big slope to deal with but I think it might look kind of cool.

omlet chicken coop

The kale ans Swiss chard is doing great but I still need to get out there and put chicken wire over the top of the chicken run.

pumpkin patch

I think I’m going to wait until the last possible moment to harvest all the pumpkins and squash. If it keeps raining I’ll have to do it sooner than later, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

raspberry patch

The raspberry patch. It’s finally looks pretty decent over there. ;) Now the big question is, do I move the raspberryberry patch to another area in the garden, or keep it there? Hmmm. It’s something to think about.

How is your garden doing? Are you done for the year?

~Mavis

ryan 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 – The Greenhorns

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Tonight The Girl and I are back on the documentary train.  We will be watching The Greenhorns.  It’s a film about the new generation of people who are committed to bringing sustainable agriculture back.  I think it’s going to be one of those garden affirming sorts of movies, and who doesn’t love that?

the greenhorns

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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Potato Tower Update and Harvest

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potato towers

Yesterday I headed out the the garden with high expectations of harvesting a bumper crop of potatoes from our three potato towers {I’m saving the ones we having growing in the compost pile for this weekend}.

I tried growing potatoes in towers and burlap sacks last year, but failed miserably because I had them in bad spot and did not water them regularly.

potato towers

But this year, I gave them plenty of water.

blue potatoes

I planted potato tower #1 with 6 inches of dirt and added additional dirt {but no more potatoes} as the potato leaves began to pop through the soil. Final Harvest – just over 5 pounds. Boo!

potato towers

I planted the potatoes in  potato tower # 2 with 3 layers of dirt and potatoes.

potato towers

Lucy the puggle dog helped.

blue potatoes

Final harvest – about 8 pounds of potatoes. Double boo!

potato tower harvest

And last but not least, potato tower #3.

This tower was planted with alternating layers of potatoes, dirt, potatoes, straw, potatoes and dirt.

odd shaped potatoes

What do you see? I see a duck.

homegrown potatoes

Surprisingly, potato tower #3 had over 12 pounds of potatoes in it. I thought for sure tower #3 would yield the least amount of potatoes because when I had planted it, I packed so much dirt and straw in the wire cage, that I assumed the potatoes wouldn’t produce much. Boy was I wrong. Final Harvest – about 12 pounds of spuds.

potato tower harvest

Final potato tower tally – 25 pounds of potatoes. Not bad, but not great. Now the question is, should I try this again next year, and if I do, how am I going to change things up so I get a bigger yield?

Any suggestions?

~Mavis

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 9/25/2013 Garden Tally

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This year I’m on a mission to grow 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in my suburban backyard. In 2012 I was able to grow 2,028 pounds, and in 2013 I’m going double or nothing. I have absolutely no idea if I’ll be able to achieve my goal. But, as with any adventure, half the fun is getting there. ~Mavis

*******raised garden beds

It seems like we harvested a little bit over everything this past week in the garden. Everything from pumpkins and carrots to heirloom tomatoes and potatoes. Pretty stinkin’ awesome if you ask me. The temperatures are getting cooler though and before you know it there won’t be much left to harvest but carrots and kale, and let me tell you Bob, I’m not looking forward to that. ;)

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

We are currently out of fresh basil right now. Although we’ve enjoyed making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam this summer.

beets

Beets – 120 pounds 8 ounces

We’ve been eating beets and giving them away like crazy lately. I didn’t like them as a kid, but I sure do now.

organic gardening bok choy

Bok Choy – 12 oz

The bok choy we planted in the pallet garden is finally ready. It’s a nice change from kale and Swiss chard that’s for sure.

head of broccoli

Broccoli – 13 ounces

The slugs have not discovered our fall broccoli yet. I’m keeping my fingers crossed they’ll stay away.

puggle puppies cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

Still waiting to harvest our fall cabbage!

heirloom carrots

Carrots – 26 pounds 14 ounces

We are harvesting carrots daily now and we feed Lucy the trouble puggle the little ones.

herb garden thyme

Chives – 2 pound 1 ounce

We cut fresh chives as we need them.

lemon cucumbers

Cucumbers 9 pound 6 ounces

We pulled up all the cucumber vines this past week after harvesting the last of the lemon cucumbers. :(

How to Collect, Clean and Store Chicken Eggs

Egg Count – 2,018

We collected 51 eggs last week from our backyard flock of hens. Our baby chicks won’t stay laying for another 8 weeks or so, but once they do, look out world, we are going to have an abundance of eggs.

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

Our garlic has been harvested for this year and I am using it in practically every dish now.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We used these to make Garlic Scape Pesto. Yumm!

green beans

Green Beans 16 pounds 14 ounces

We didn’t get as many beans as I had wanted from of tepee poles this fall but there are still a few beans left t pick.

curly kale

Kale – 28 pounds 14 ounces

Feeding it to the chickens every chance I get. {Shocking, I know}

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 36 pounds 13 ounces

We have enough lettuce for one big salad before we’re out of lettuce. I’ll be planting more in the greenhouse pretty soon though so it won’t be too long before were have more.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

My favorite way to eat microgreens is with egg salad sandwiches.

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 13 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam and also harvested some mint for tea.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 1 pound 9 ounces

I been using fresh oregano for my heirloom tomato sauce.

onions

Onion – 25 pounds 6 ounces

We still have a few onions left to harvest. Note to self- get out there and pull them up before they rot.

pear butter recipe

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

Pear butter is AWESOME!

growing peas in a greenhosue

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

We’ve got peas growing in the greenhouse and in a garden box. I’m keeping my fingers crossed we’ll start to see tiny white flowers soon.

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter

Potatoes - 263 pounds 15 ounces

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter.

We donated some potatoes to the food bank last week and have been using them like mad around here. Just for kicks I think I might wrap some up and give them to my Husband for Christmas since he loves them so much.

french breakfast radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

Note to self- Plant more radish seeds.

bucket of raspberries

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

Raspberry season is officially over in our backyard. Boo!

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

Rhubarb is rad! I think we have about 5 or 6 rhubarb plants sprinkled around our yard. I’ll have to dig up the crowns this fall and move them all to one location.

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

pumpkins squash

Squash 48 pounds 15 ounces

We harvested a few pumpkins this week and set them on the front porch to cure. We still have more pumpkins, sweet meat squash, Butternut squash to harvest. Hopefully it will stop raining soon so they don’t rot on the vine.

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.

Strawberry and Nutella Crepes with Bananas

Strawberries 23 pounds 14 ounces

Besides eating them fresh, so far we have made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and homemade strawberry shortcake. There are just a few left to pick and then we’ll be done harvesting berries for the year.

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 40 pounds 12 ounces

Chickens LOVE chard. ;) Me? Not so much. But it sure is pretty. :)

heirloom tomatoes

Tomatoes 206 pounds 0 ounces

Mama Mia! That’s a lot of tomatoes.

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

zucchini

Zucchini – 55 pounds 8 ounces

Can someone please explain to my why I didn’t see these before they grew this big? Holy cow, it’s looks like a few hundred loaves of vegan zucchini bread are in my future.

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 1095 pounds 8 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 2,018

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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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Fall Clean Up

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growing vegetables in a greenhouse Yesterday I spent the afternoon outside cleaning up the plants in and around the greenhouse. garden gutters I removed all the gutters I had installed in the spring and set them outside.  I plan to re-plant the strawberries elsewhere, and then add the soil from the reaming gutters that held basil, peppers and chard to the compost pile. magnum glass greenhouseThe greenhouse looks  kind of naked now. :( Luckily I still have a few pots to move in there for my winter garden. I’m not sure what I’m going to plant yet so if you have any suggestions, that would be great. I’m thinking lettuce and a couple root vegetables like carrots and beets might work well. tomato tree Our two green zebra tomato plants are now 10 feet tall and look like those giant tomato trees you see in cheesy magazine ads promising you 20 foot tall tomato plants for just $2.99 with shipping. green zebra tomatoes I wonder how long the tomato plants will keep producing? growing tomatoes in a greenhosue I think I’m going to plant some lettuce seeds at the plant base later this week. meyer lemons in greenhouse   In case you were wondering, Lemon the Meyer Lemon Tree is still hanging in there.growing peas in a greenhosue And the sugar snap peas are growing like crazy!

growing lettuce in a greenhosue

And check out the 3 -tiered stack planter. Doesn’t it look cool filled with lettuce?

It shouldn’t be too much longer before it;s ready to harvest.

Keep calm and garden on. ;)

~Mavis

gardening-books-the-winter-harvest-handbook Are you planning for a winter harvest? The Winter Harvest Handbook By Eliot Coleman is a great book!

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Mavis Garden Blog – Today’s Harvest – Squash, Carrots, Beets, Tomatoes and Potatoes

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heirloom tomatoes

Can you believe it’s nearly October and the garden is still producing awesome amounts for fruits and vegetables? We had a less than stellar summer here in the Western Washington and I keep thinking we are going to get hit with an early frost or some sort of wickedly bad weather any day now.

pumpkins squash

I picked a few pumpkins and other types of squash today. I think I’ll go ahead and set everything on the porch to cure while I figure out what to do with it.
beets carrots root vegetables

I also picked a few fresh beets and carrots.

root vegetbales potatoes carrots beetsAnd more potatoes of course. A day doesn’t go by around here without some fresh potatoes being dug up. ;) The HH is Irish after all.

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Today’s Harvest

Beets, a pound of potatoes, fresh carrots, squash, squash and more squash, heirloom tomatoes and 3 giant zucchinis. Not to shabby for the end of September if you ask me.

chicken and roasted vegetablesDinner is in the oven.

So what are you digging up these days?

Mavis wants to know.

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Mavis Garden Blog – Trimming Hedges and Garden Clean Up

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Is it just me, or are you feeling a little overwhelmed these days with your garden chores? I really like having a large garden, but when fall rolls around and everything all the sudden is overgrown and dying, the little OCD monster inside of me starts to flip out just a little {okay, maybe a lot}.

lucy the puggle dog

In between bouts of rain, yesterday Lucy the Puggle Dog and I worked on trimming the hedges alongside the house.

strawberry runners

We also pulled up all the strawberry runners that had spread into the gravel pathway and trimmed the raspberry canes as well.

garden path

The strawberry runners were so prolific this year, I gave a few away to my neighbor Hulda, and then just tossed the rest on to the compost heap because nobody else in the neighborhood wanted any.

I would have re-planted them, but I still have four gutters full of strawberry plants in the greenhouse yet to transplant and I have no idea where I’m going to put those. Yikes!

garden path

Here’s what the side yard looked like after we trimmed everything back.

I still need to trim the giant wisteria monster and go through the raspberry patch and clean it up a bit, but for now, I’m just happy I can walk down the garden patch and not feel like it’s one giant mess.

Is it just me, or is your garden chore list seem to be growing each day too?

~Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 38 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 38 of 52

raised garden beds

You can totally tell things are winding down in the backyard garden. When I let the chickens out in the mornings there is a bit of chill in the air. I think I might have to double up on the long sleeved black t-shirts here pretty soon.

pallet garden

The Bok Choy is ready to be picked and the strawberry runners I transplanted a few weeks ago are doing great. Now, if I could get those beans to turn yellow so I could harvest the {for dried beans} I’be be one happy camper. bean teepees

We’ve harvested beans from the tepees a few times and a few of the squash should be ready to harvest soon as well. Last year I had nice big vines, this year, not so much. I guess it’s true, you really do need to rotate your crops.

growing vegetables in a greenhouse

I’m keeping my fingers crossed the evil slugs stay away from the purple cabbages just a little longer.

potato towers

What a mess! Harvesting the potato towers are on my to-do list for next week. I’ll post the results as soon as I do.

wooded backyard

A view of the backyard.

omlet chicken coop

I purchased some chicken wire and plan on securing it to the top if the chicken run this week. I want to make sure that when I put our baby chicks out there the coons can’t get in.

pumpkin patch in backyard

The pumpkin patch is hanging in there. We don’t have as many pumpkins this year, but we’ll have enough for the kids and the front porch.

raspberry patch

The raspberry patch. Yep, it still needs to be weeded. Maybe this week… or maybe not. ;)

Have a great day everyone.

~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 – How It’s Made

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Okay, so I know this is not exactly a movie, but How It’s Made is a ridiculously educational series from the Science Channel and you can get it free on Netflix or with Amazon Prime.  Each episode literally shows you how common things you’ve probably never even thought of before are made.  I know it doesn’t take much, but this show seriously blows my mind, and since we have people coming into town this weekend, The Girl and I can’t commit to an entire movie.

how it's made

Do you watch this series too? Do you have a favorite episode?

~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!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Picking Pumpkins, Another Raised Garden Box and Digging Up More Potatoes

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how to build garden boxes

Yesterday Lucy Puggle and I built another garden box. 2 down, 14 more to go. And, did I tell you, I think I might have a new boyfriend? He works at the Home Depot in the lumber department.

Twice this week I’ve walked in and asked him to pick out boards for me {I want to make sure I’m getting good ones}. After he selects the wood, he then rolls the cart to the back and cuts one of the boards in half for me.

Did you know Home Depot will cut your wood for you, for free? Hot dog, why didn’t I know this?

lucy the puggle dog

Lucy and I also dug up a few more potatoes. I’m thinking about making fully loaded baked potato soup this weekend. Have you tried it? Potato soup is delicious.

potatoes

Red, white and blue potatoes are awesome.

cherry tomatoes

We also picked a few cherry tomatoes to snack on too.

pumpkins white mildew on leaves

Did your squash leaves get white powdery mildew on their leaves this year? About half of mine did.

sugar pie pumpkinsLuckily it didn’t seem to bother the sugar pie pumpkins.

But I’m keeping my fingers crossed though, I’ve still got a lot more pumpkins to harvest in the coming weeks.

How is YOUR garden doing lately?

Have you harvested any pumpkin yet?

Mavis wants to know. ;)

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