Chelsea Flower and Garden Show Gnomes

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Kathy from Facebook shared a link to the recent NPR article – Gnomes Crash Distinguished Garden Show In England. If you have a second go take a listen. I don’t know about you, but I could listen to British accents all day long!

In a nutshell, the 100th annual Chelsea Flower and Garden Show was held this past week and several  celebrities took the time to decorate garden gnomes to raise funds for the RHS campaign for school gardening.

So far, Elton John’s gnome has the highest bid at over 2,000 pounds! Wowza!

Can you guess which one is his from the pictures above?

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 22 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 22 of 52

peas growing along fence

Check out how tall the peas are getting. There are blossoms all over the place! We planted sugar snap peas along the fence and I cannot wait for some fresh peas.

wood pallet garden

The wood pallet garden is looking great. So far we have harvested endive and speckled Romaine lettuce. Next up will probably be the spinach.

raised garden beds

The raised garden beds are coming along. The beans I planted in the first box are finally coming up but the broccoli in the box behind the beans are not looking so hot.

I am becoming a little frustrated with those garden beds and I’m not quite sure what to do. Nothing seems to want to grow in them. I did have mint and oregano in those spots last year and am now wondering if it’s why I’m having problems.

pea teepees

I finally got around to tying the pea vines to the teepee poles. The weight of the pea vines was just to heavy this year and they needed a little help. Oh course had I not planted so stinkin’ many, they would have climbed up the poles easily. Oh well.

magnum glass greenhouse

The greenhouse. I’m still working on getting some more pots for my peppers.

potato towers

The potato towers are doing surprisingly well. The potato leaves are starting to pop out the sides of towers 2&3. You can read my recent post on them HERE.

wooded backyard

A view from the upper deck.

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I’ll have to try and get a close picture next time, but the fava plants are doing pretty well. They are not as big as I had hoped, but I did spot a few blooms on the plants last week so it looks like we will stay get a mini crop of beans.

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The raspberry patch.

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It’s a major jungle down there and the bees are buzzing around like crazy so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

container herb garden

And last but not least, the container herb garden. All our herbs — Oregano, Sage, Parsely, Rosemary, and thyme are doing great. Especially the thyme, it has really taken off.

How is your garden coming along?

Has the weather started to warm up yet in your neck of the woods? It’s stil raining off and on and the temps are in the mid 60′s. C’mon sunshine, I know you are out there somewhere.

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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 boyfriend Ryan’s blog HERE.

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Wood Pallet Garden – Harvesting Lettuce

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With the rain and cooler temps this past week, our pallet gardens have been growing like crazy!

Endive lettuce wood pallet garden

So far we have harvest 3 heads of endive lettuce.

It’s a little bitter {that’s normal} but it sure is pretty to grow. Kind of artsy if you ask me.

wood pallet garden endive

I think I’ll be replacing the endive beds with some Ruby Red Swiss chard once I get it all harvested.

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The strawberries are coming along nicely too. We have strawberries growing in 4 places this year. In the greenhouse, along side the house, in a hanging basket and in a wood pallet. So far the strawberries in the greenhouse are doing the best.

Last year I planted strawberries in a vertical pallet and I had it standing up for awhile, but eventually placed it flat on the ground so it would be easier to manage.

wood pallet garden spinach

The spinach is rockin’ too!

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Lucy the lettuce dog taking her job seriously. Sampling is her primary duty.

wood pallet garden celery

Have you ever grown your own celery before? Homegrown celery has a totally different taste. We don’t use any chemicals on our vegetables, so I’m guessing that’s why they taste a little different than conventionally grown stuff you get in the stores.

freckles lettuce

And remember the red speckled lettuce and how I couldn’t figure out what variety it was? Well, it’s actually a romaine lettuce and the variety is called Freckles. If you ever find the seed packet at your local nursery center, grab one. It tastes just like regular Romaine only it’s prettier. ;)

No matter how you do it, gardening is cool!

Have a great weekend everyone.

~Mavis

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Want to learn more about wood pallet gardening and how I put mine together? Click on the pallets above and it will take you to my first pallet garden post of the year. You’ll also learn what to look for when choosing a pallet.

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Friday Night at the Movies – David Vs. Monsanto

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Tonight The Girl and I are watching David Vs. Monsanto.  It’s a documentary about a man who goes up against the agricultural giant Monsanto when GMO seeds blow into his crops, causing Monsanto to claim proprietary rights over his crops.

I usually get pretty worked up when I watch stuff like that {and for those of you that have been asking about my stance on GMO’s, I’m definitely working on it}, so hopefully I don’t turn my relaxing Friday evening upside down.

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?

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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Raised Garden Beds – Beans, Tomatoes, Beets, Carrots, Peas and Radishes

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It’s been raining all week at our house. All stinkin’ week. And you know what? The cool season crops like cabbage, radishes and peas are loving it. The vegetables are growing like crazy!

head of cabbage

Check out this gorgeous head of cabbage. Don’t you just want to give it a big kiss?

organic Swiss chard

The Swiss chard has really taken off too. If you have a favorite recipe that calls for Swiss chard, please leave your recipe or a link in the comment section. I think I’m going to need as many chard recipes as I can get this year with the amount we are growing.

tomato plants

Even with all the rain we’ve been having, the tomato plants are still looking pretty good. Water on tomato leaves is not ideal, but hopefully they’ll be okay. We’ll see.
bean sprouts

Beans! From now until the end of July I’ll be planting green beans every two weeks to make sure we have plenty to harvest {and preserve} throughout the summer. Do you do this too? These beans were planted 2 weeks ago. This weekend I think I’ll plant some Roma beans.

raised garden bed with garlic

The garlic isn’t anywhere near ready to harvest, but it sure looks cool.

Beet Seedlings

These are our beets. I thinned these bad boys last week, but with all the cool weather and rain we’ve been having, I may have to go out there soon and thin them again so they have some room to grow.

carrot seedlings

Carrots. Ugg. I’m not sure what happened, but not all of the carrots germinated. So last week I had to plant some more. Growing carrots takes a lot of patience and it’s a total crap shoot when you plant them super early like I did this year.

sleeping garden gnome

The napping gnome is doing a fantastic job.

potatoes in raised garden beds

The potatoes are looking great and before too long we’ll be enjoying our favorite fully loaded baked potato soup again.

DIY Raised Garden Beds

Here is the view from the back of the garden. Pretty cool huh?

Now, if we could just get the sun to come out I’d be happy.

How is YOUR garden doing these days? Everything growing as planned?

~Mavis

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David’s DIY Potato Tower

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Last spring David from Alabama shared pictures of a potato tower he and his wife Darcy built in their backyard using some recycled boards. This is such a great idea that I wanted to share it again for those of you who are planting your potatoes this spring.

DIY Potato Tower

Davis and his wife Darcy planted 6 seed potatoes at the bottom of the potato tower and as the potato plants grew, they added a little dirt every week.

David estimated he has emptied about 14 wheelbarrow loads of dirt into the potato tower and he’s hoping to harvest at least 50 lbs of taters in his tower the fall.

Way to go David! Your potato tower looks awesome! Let us know how many pounds you end up with.

~Mavis

DIY How to build a potato tower

Looking for more potato tower ideas? I built these potato towers last year behind my greenhouse. Go HERE for the easy peasy tutorial.

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse – Tomatoes and Peppers

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I was planning on lining the inside perimeter of the greenhouse with pepper plants like I did last year but when I went to grab the pots, I discovered they were all gone.

The Handsome Husband thought all my free planting containers I snagged from the Home Depot last spring were garbage and recycled them. Aww how nice. What a total stinker!

Now I have to go hunt down some more so I can get those pepper plants planted.

gutter gardening

This week I also pulled all the gutters from the left side of the greenhouse out. We have four total. I still need to transplant the Swiss chard starts out to the garden {but where?}.

growing vegetables in gutters

After harvesting the last of the spring spinach that we started in gutters we washed it out and filled it back up again with cucumber starts. I plan on trellising these up to the rafters of the greenhouse with netting or twine {not sue which yet} once they get going. We did this last year and it looked really cool.

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The side of the greenhouse. Ugg. I totally forgot I planted potatoes in the bed. So now we have chives, potatoes and lilies. What a great combo.

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Lucy hard at work.

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The tomatoes we planted in the old stock tank chick brooder has been planted with green zebra tomatoes and onions.

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Tomatoes and onions in a recycled pot.

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I can’t remember if these containers hold 10 or 20 gallons, but we planted 3 pepper plants in this one. Our pepper plants don’t get super huge, so I’m hoping there will be plenty of room for them to grow.

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Strawberries in gutters = awesomeness.

meyer lemon tree blossom

 And last but not least, Lemon, our Meyer Lemon Tree. She’s blooming! Wahoooooooo. This is a good sign. With a little luck, we should have some fresh lemons to pluck from her branches next February. 

No matter how you do it, gardening is RAD!

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day,

~Mavis

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Gladys Moves In and Andy the Plant Whisperer Gets a Haircut

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Andy was pretty quiet last week–in fact, I almost sent the HH down to the basement to do a welfare check.  Just when I thought he’d disappeared for good, I spotted him out back whispering to one of the yard gnomes.  Turns out, he’d just been homesick for Gladys.  He said he’d spent the week in downwarddog trying to recenter himself.

Lucky for Andy, Gladys showed up later that afternoon.  And, um, well, she’s not quite what I expected.  To be honest, she looks like she has sin written all over her.  {Lucy looked a little scared.}

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Gladys had a real quick look around, and downed a can of what she called “the sweet nectar of life.”  Yikes.

Gladys

Then she turned all of her attention to Andy.  I didn’t take pictures of their reunion {you’re welcome}.  Gladys could see that Andy had really let himself go in his state of depression and lectured him for not maintaining his “gorgeous coif.”  She immediately opened her suitcase and pulled out a cape, scissors and hair clips to get Andy “back in the game” with a haircut.

Andy the plant whisperer gets a haircut from Gladys

I’m not going to lie, I really wanted to see what else was in her suitcase while her back was turned, but Andy looked so scared, I thought I better stay and offer moral support.  Guess Andy was right, Gladys is his “very own little hurricane.”

To be continued…

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How to Protect Your Strawberries From Birds

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If you are tired of walking outside to find your strawberries {or any other fruit or vegetable for that matter} with chunks missing, you might want to give bird netting a try.

Bird Netting is highly effective in keeping birds and other smaller critters out of the garden beds and away from the fruits and vegetables we all try to grow each year. Not only is it safe but bird netting can be taken down at the end of the season and reused the following year.

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For the netting be effective, you’ll need to give it a little support so it’s just not laying on top of the plant foliage.  You can do this by using wood stakes at either end of the row and draping the netting over the berries.  Be sure and anchor the bottom of the netting with rocks or something of the like. The main goal is to keep those pesky birds reaching the berries and to keep them from getting caught under the netting.

basket of strawberries

Unless of course your hoping to catch a bird for a nice pot of stew.

How do you keep the birds out of YOUR garden?

~Mavis

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Need some bird netting to protect your fruits and veggies?  Amazon sells it in various sizes or you can probably find it in your local hardware store too.

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 5/22/2013 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

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french breakfast radish

This past week we were able to harvest a little over 5 pounds of radishes, 4 pounds of lettuce, a wee bit of bok choy and some chives. Oh and eggs, let’s not forget about those.

It’s starting to get a little exciting around here with the summer planting almost done and the garden boxes filling up with shades of green. It won’t be too long before I’ll be hauling in buckets of peas and zucchini’s.

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited!

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh organic  basil

Basil – 4 ounces

beets

Beets - 14 ounces

bok choy leaves

Bok Choy – 4 oz

Check out this Asian Noodle Salad with Bok Choy I made. It’s pretty awesome.

carrots

Carrots – 3 ounces

grow your own chives

Chives – 8 ounces

fresh eggs

Egg Count – 1,171

We collected  80 eggs this past week. Do you have chickens? Do you have a fancy container to collect your eggs? We just seem to use whatever is handy. A box, a basket, a planting tray, sweatshirt pockets, whatever. Sometimes I think we need to have a designated container or something.

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Lettuce – 6 pounds 8 ounces

We basically had a salad every day last week. Homegrown lettuce has a totally different taste to it. Growing your own food is kind of weird that way. You learn what real food is suppose to taste like.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

I need to grow some more of these. My favorite way to eat microgreens is with egg salad sandwiches.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 2 ounce

potatoes

Potatoes – 2 pounds 9 ounces

french breakfast radishes

Radish - 6 pound 4 ounces

My favorite radish of all time is the French breakfast radish. The taste is very mild and they are fun to look at.

fresh organic spinach

Spinach – 3 ounces

grow your own sprouts

Sprouts -1 pound 2 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

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Swiss Chard 11 ounces

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 20 pounds 4 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 1,171

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

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