When is the Right Time to Transplant Rosebushes?

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digging-up-rose-bushesRoses are beautiful, but when it comes to rose bushes, there definitely can be too much of a good thing. That’s what I discovered at our new house. And in my latest eHow article, Fall is the Time to Transplant Rosebushes, I’m talking all about the 15 rosebushes I had to deal with.

I’m not sure if the people who lived here before us got a sweet deal on miniature pink roses or what, but there are just a few too many of them in my new garden for my taste. So my goal for this week is to dig up, transplant, and give away some of the 15-plus rosebushes that are currently residing in my backyard garden.

But figuring out the right time to transplant rosebushes can be confusing if you’ve never transplanted them before. For starters, rosebushes need to be transplanted while they’re dormant, to reduce shock to the plant. Read the full article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Adventures in Babysitting

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Holy 80′s awesomeness, people.  Do you remember Adventures in Babysitting?  If you haven’t seen it, let me tell you, it’s a hoot.  It’s about a girl, who had planned on a special night with her boyfriend, but instead ends up babysitting.  The night gets silly when her best friend calls needing her help–and the babysitter, the kid, and oddly enough, a-way-too-old-to-have-a-babysitter brother load up into the car and head into the big city to rescue the friend.  {It’s a great one to watch with a little bit older kids, due to some cussing and one or two “scary” scenes}.

adventures in babysitting

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?

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Mavis Mail – Genevieve From South Florida Sends in Garden Pics

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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!

~Mavis

This week we travel to South Florida with reader, Genevieve, who shows us that container gardens can yield some crazy good crops:

gen1Hi Mavis!

I have been reading your blog for a while now and I have been meaning to send in some pictures of my garden. For most of the country, the garden season is winding down, but here in South Florida the best growing weather is just starting!

We just bought our first house in January this year and I couldn’t wait to fill all the spaces with edibles!

[The picture above] is a little space in the back of my house. There used to be a basketball hoop there from the former owner {which the HOA wasn’t very fond of} but now I have it lined with City Picker planters, an Earthbox and a bunch of SmartPots. The two trees on the right are a tangerine {foreground} which has a few almost ready and a Hass avocado. On the left is a lychee tree and behind it is a dwarf peach {that I am desperately trying to keep alive in the wrong zone. Haha}.

gen2Alllll my tomatoes! I have several heirloom varieties including Old German and Yellow Jubilee, and a bunch of small bushy patio varieties since they grow so well in the City Pickers. I even had a couple volunteer tomatoes that just sprouted out of the planter from nowhere, back from the dead after a brutally hot summer.

gen3My lychee in the foreground and my sad little Bonanza Dwarf Peach trying to make it to winter :(

gen4My latest project. Hubby and I ripped out a ridiculous jungle of landscaping {it took a pickaxe and chain saw to get a palm tree out!} and made this nice space for me to plant more veggies. For me, its more cost effective to use planters and raised beds than plant the soil here, which is full of rocks and very sandy. Here I used SmartPots and a SmartPot Big Bag Bed which is 13 cu ft of growing space! Its full of peppers and a couple bush variety tomatoes and a broccoli plant {which I’ve never grown and am very excited about!}. I like to grow things you don’t see in the grocery store, so I have purple bell peppers, Cherokee Purple tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes, Black Krim tomatoes and a volunteer cherry tomato transplanted from the back patio. :) The big climbing vine is a passion fruit vine. After a vicious battle with caterpillars on it, its finally thriving and I’m looking forward to its wild looking flowers and delicious fruit in the spring and early summer.

gen5The second part of my front yard garden. Since both hoses are on the back of the house, I put a rain barrel up front so I can water the garden. Those three pots used to have Southern Highbush Blueberries, but they didn’t make it through the summer so I put cauliflower and broccoli there, which are doing great!

The last thing I will put up front this winter is my beloved strawberry jars for some delicious Florida strawberries in January! I had a lot more planned for my garden, but its beginning to be too hard to bend over being 7 months pregnant! And I can’t make poor hubby do it all. :)

I hope you enjoy my garden pictures! I love reading your blog, good luck with your new garden and the beautiful renovations to your new house!

A Fellow Green Thumb,
Genevieve

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Winter Gardening – Growing Paperwhites Indoors

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Growing Paperwhites Indoors

I picked up some paperwhites at The Home Depot sale yesterday.  I plan on growing them in my kitchen window so that they will be ready for my holiday table.  They are super easy to grow indoors, and by the time the gray days of winter set in, it’s kind of nice to bring the outdoors in.

They also work as a fantastic last minute birthday or hostess gift if you are in a pinch, because you can simply take them off of your counter and hand them to someone {not that I’ve every done that before or anything}. ;)

planting paperwhites

You’ll Need:

  • A container {only about 3-4″ deep} with no drainage holes
  • Gravel or polished rocks
  • Paperwhites
  • Moss {optional}

planting paperwhites for December blooms

Directions:

Put about 2″ of gravel or polished rocks in the bottom of your container and spread it out evenly.  Set the bulbs on top of the gravel, pointed end up. I like to pack ‘em in there, because they end up looking better in a big bunch.  Add another layer of gravel on top, but leave the pointed tops uncovered. I always like to add a little bit of moss on top of the gravel/rocks because I think it looks kind of cool {and HELLO, I have oodles of it}.

planting paperwhites

Add water to the container–enough that the water reaches the bottom of the bulb.  Careful not to cover the bulb with water, though, or it will rot. Store the container in a cool dark place until they start to develop roots.  You may need to add water every so often.  When the roots form, move the container to a sunny window sill and let them bloom.  Once they have bloomed, move them away from direct light, and they will last longer–which is perfect, because that’s about when you’ll want to put them on the table.

chicken in grass

Happy planting,

~ Mavis

 

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The Urban Cultivator

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get totally discouraged at the whole idea of technology taking over our daily lives–pulling us away from the whole cycle of life happening out of doors, so when I found out about the Urban Cultivator on Treehugger, I kind of felt like technology was redeeming itself a bit.  I mean, if we are going to have appliances, why not have ones that allow us to become a little more independent with our food sources?

The Urban Cultivator is basically an indoor growing system–designed to provide the right amount of light, water, etc. so that you can grown your own greens year round right in your kitchen.  I know, you can do this in little pots near the window, but this totally amps up the process.  I like the idea that it fits under the counter–like a little mini-fridge.  The whole idea is in support of a zero mile diet.  You grow it, you harvest it, you eat it.  The energy used to keep the appliance going is far less than the energy used to truck your herbs and greens to your grocery store.  The one drawback is that they cost a small fortune {about $2500–yikes!}.

Maybe they will be like flat screen t.v.’s used to seem–totally out of reach, and then one day, bam! you can pick it up on a Black Friday deal at Walmart for a steal, and the next thing you know, everyone has one?

What do you think, would you want one of these bad boys in your kitchen?

~Mavis

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Indoor Gardening – Seeds to Sprouts in 5 Days or Less

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growing sprouts at home

One of the things I’ve been struggling with during this whole remodel process is the fact that I just can’t go outside and garden anytime I feel like it. And it’s starting to wear on my nerves. I’m getting cranky. Really, really, cranky.

For starters, it’s fall, which means the daylight hours for working outside are pretty limited to begin with. Basically, if I can’t get my garden chores done between 8 am and 4 pm they’re not going to get done.

Which wouldn’t be a problem under normal circumstances because I could just put them off to the next day, but I don’t have that luxury right now. When the workers are here I have to keep Lucy upstairs in the office with me {while I work on the blog}, or take her to doggy day care so I can help out with the remodel downstairs, and usually those are during daylight hours.

But even on the days when the workers aren’t here, getting outside to garden is a struggle as well. The whole house is torn up right now and Lucy can’t really roam around or watch me from the windows for more than 5 minutes at a time without getting into some sort of puggle trouble. Plus, there’s no where for her to lounge. We have no couches!! Yet, my list of garden chores keeps growing, and nothing is getting checked off the list.

So this morning I decided to start some sprouts, indoors, on my new kitchen windowsill. Sure the window area not be trimmed out and put together yet, but I felt like if I didn’t do something garden related, I would majorly freak out. {Deep breath.} In doing so, I unknowingly made a few menu plan decisions for this week as well. {High five!}

Indoor Gardening - Seeds to Sprouts

So this week I’m growing mung bean sprouts for our favorite stir fry dish, alfalfa sprouts for an egg salad sandwich, and sprouted garbanzo beans for a broccoli rabb and bacon dish. The cook top should be hooked up tomorrow and if not, I’ll just whip up the recipes in the electric skillet.

botanical interests seed sprouter

If you’ve never sprouted seeds before, it’s ridiculously easy. Simply soak your seeds in water overnight {about 8 to 12 hours} and then place them in your sprouting container. Rinse at least twice daily until sprouts have reached the length you desire {about 5 days for me}. I’ll share my progress each afternoon this week so you can see just how easy this whole sprouting thing is.

Garden therapy, I think we could all use a little right now. ;)

How about YOU? Are you into sprouts?

~Mavis

P.S. Most companies suggest that before you actually start your sprouts, to disinfect the seeds by placing them in a mixture of 2% bleach solution {1 cup water to 1tsp. bleach} for 15 minutes.  From there you simply rinse the seeds thoroughly and you are ready to go.

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Harvesting Beets, Turnips and Carrots from My East Coast Garden

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growing root crops in late fall

I was lucky and was able to score a free flight to the east coast this weekend {with my credit card points} so I took it , and boy was I pleasantly surprised when I checked the progress of my east coast garden I planted in last August.growing garlic in november

Garlic! It’s up and about 6 inches tall. Wahoooo! How about that. growing chives in november

I also planted 2 packets of chives seeds as well. I don’t expect to harvest any chives until next summer but it was still pretty exciting to see a full row of them.
growing lettuce in winter

A 12 foot row of lettuce. Pretty nifty if you ask me. There was just enough for a dinner salad.white flower root looks like a parsnip

Okay, does anyone know what this plant is? The roots resemble parsnips and the stem of the plant has a nice velvety feel to it. Even though I didn’t plant this, I’m enjoying the pretty white flowers everywhere. carrots at 60 days 8 weeks

The carrot seeds I planted about 60 days ago are growing like mad as well.growing baby carrots

Right now we just have a bunch of baby carrots, but I suspect in about another month I’ll be able to start harvesting some nice fat ones for roasting. growing turnips in raised garden beds

Turnips! I plan on roasting these too.
growing organic beets

Check out the size of this beet. 60 days seed to harvest. Not too shabby.

winter beets and turnips

I couldn’t resist harvesting a few of the root crops to bring home on the plane with me. If all goes as planned, we should have our oven back by the end of the week and I’ll be able to start cooking real food again. Won’t that be nice. ;)

homegrown organic beetsLife is good.

How is YOUR garden doing?  What have you been harvesting lately?

~Mavis

 

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Grow Some Privacy: Plant Some Evergreen Trees and Shrubs

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arborvitae-privacy-hedgeWho needs to put up an expensive fence when you can grow one for much less? Plus, trees and shrubs that give you great privacy also make for some awesome looking landscaping. That’s what I’m talking about in this week’s eHow installation: Need a Little Privacy? Plant Evergreen Trees and Shrubs.

For the past month or so I’ve been dreaming about privacy hedges and trees morning, noon and night. I know, it’s kind of weird, huh? The things is, we’ve always had a fence. But the house we just bought a few weeks ago doesn’t have one, and to be completely honest, I don’t think it would look good with one.

So that puts me in sort of a pickle.

I like privacy — a lot. But planting rows of privacy trees or shrubs around the perimeter of our property is going to be a big investment, so I want to get it right…the first time.

Read the full article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Top 10 {Kid Friendly} Halloween Movies

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Top 10 Kid Friendly Halloween MoviesIn honor of Halloween, go raid your kids candy stashes, curl up on the couch and pop in a classic Halloween flick. There are probably hundreds of slash-em-up Halloween movies filled with gore and terror. Those are so not for me. There are so many Freddy-free Halloween movies out there. Here are my top 10 favorites:

great pumpkin charlie brown1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Is there a better Halloween movie out there? I think not. This is such a classic that I have to watch it every single Halloween. It’s a tradition I’m not giving up anytime soon because it’s so adorable!

monsters inc2. Monsters Inc.: Sulley {John Goodman} and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski {Billy Crystal} are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc. in Monstropolis. If that doesn’t “scream” Halloween movie, I’m not sure what does!

casper3. Casper: Ahhh, Casper. Everyone’s favorite friendly ghost. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched this one, but I remember loving the war better the good ghosts and the bad ghosts. Plus, Christina Ricci looks practically like a toddler. That’s weird to see!

hocus pocus4. Hocus Pocus: I didn’t rank these in order, but if I had, this would have been right at the top. I know Bette Midler has done some great more serious work, but I think this is my favorite movie of hers. It’s so quirky and fun, I can’t get enough of it. It centers around 3 crazy witches that always leave me laughing.

ET5. E.T.: Anyone else get really weepy when they watch ET now? I don’t remember getting that way growing up, but apparently I’ve gotten all sappy as I’ve aged! I think it goes without saying that this classic deserves a spot on this list. It was wise beyond its years when it was made. Plus, what would we do without the “Et, phone home!” line?

nightmare before christmas6. The Nightmare Before Christmas: It might say Christmas in the title, but trust me, it’s all about Halloween. And it’s Tim Burton at his finest!

monster house7. Monster House: Just a little heads up about this one. I loved it, but it might be a tad scary for little kids. Maybe 8 and up, but it’s been awhile since my kids were that young, so I can’t really remember whether they’d be scared or not at that age. Still, for kids a tad older, it’s so good!

practical magic8.  Practical Magic: I love me some Sandra Bullock. She’s the best. So a Halloween movie with her in it? Sign me up!

beetljuice9.  Beetlejuice: I’ve loved this movie since I was a teen. The movie is dark without being scary and funny without being ridiculous. Great cast plus zany plot equals a great Halloween movie!

bedknobs and broomsticks10. Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Might not seem like the most obvious choice, but this movie has witches AND spells. Seems pretty Halloweenish to me! Regardless, it’s an awesome movie every kid should watch!

And there you have it. Have I missed any of your favorites? Have you seen any of these? Love them?

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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!

Here’s hoping your Halloween candy hangover isn’t too rough,
~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Pruning Rhododendrons, Planting Carrots and Planning My Winter Garden

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Pruning Rhododendrons

I know the rhododendron is the state flower of Washington state, and tons of people love them, but I despise rhodies with a every fiber of my being. And unfortunately the house we bought has like 10 million rhododendrons on the property.
chopping rhododendrons

I don’t know what the plant did to me in a previous life, but I aim to chop down every single one of them on my property by next spring. Sadly though I can only do it one yard waste bin at a time. :( At our other place I could just heave unwanted brush over the back fence… but not here, so it’s going to take some time.

blowing leaves

Another thing that’s a little different with this property are all the pine needles. Monkey Boy blows them into a pile for me to rake up at least once a week but it’s still not enough to keep on top of them.

We had tall pine trees all over our last backyard but they were spread so far a part I guess I never really noticed what nuisance they can be when you are trying to keep a garden path clear all the time.

I may have to rethink my brick and pea gravel walkway I had planned to build this winter and switch to a brick and mulch walkway instead. If I don’t I think I’ll  loose my mind trying to keep all the pine needles out of the pathway during the spring and summer months when I’ll be using it everyday.botanical interests seed tape

On a brighter note… my Botanical Interests Seed order arrived yesterday! :) :) :)

botanical interests seeds

I can’t wait to put all these babies to use in my winter garden. Our remodel should be done in just a few more weeks {and so will all my indoor projects} and then I’ll get to work on this years winter garden. There is SO MUCH TO DO before next spring!!! Holy cats people, starting over is hard work.jiffy pots under lights

Luckily though I was able to get a jump start on things indoors. I planted basil seeds a few days ago under the grow lights and plan on getting a few more things planted this weekend so when I do finally get going on the backyard garden, I’ll have something to put in the ground {the basil will stay indoors though}.

How is your garden doing these days? Are you done for the year, so are you just getting started?

Mavis wants to know.

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