Growing Vegetables in the Greenhouse

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Things are seriously picking up in the greenhouse. In just a matter of a few more weeks I have a feeling the whole place will be filled with pots and we’ll have tomatoes and peppers all over the place.

Chive flower seed heads

Check out the chives! These babies are getting ready to flower. I planted a bunch more seeds over the winter and they are about 2 inches tall right now. It will be cool to get a fall crop this year.

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Got gutters? Holy cow, they vegetables are growing like crazy. Click HERE to see what the gutters looked like one month ago. It’s nuts!

grow spinach in gutters greenhouse

A spinach salad is on the menu tonight.

swiss chard seedlings

Swiss chard. We will be thinning this soon. We will keep a few in the greenhouse and move the rest to the garden beds.

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The mesclun lettuce also needs to be harvested. I’ll have to call Francisco and see if he wants to do a barter with me.

romaine lettuce leaves

Cesar salad anyone? Yes please!

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Last week I cut the lettuce, and now the lettuce is growing back. Pretty cool!

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My neighbor will be over today to help me pot up the rest of the tomato seedlings and hopefully some peppers too {if we have time}. I’m excited to get all the seedlings out of the trays and into pots.

tomato plants

The tomatoes will be planted outside in another 2 weeks or so. I think it’s still too chilly to set them out right now.

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I think there must be about 75 – 100 tomato plants in this flat.

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And last but not least. Basil. Basil. Basil. Who knew you could growfresh basil in April?

No matter how you do it, gardening is awesome!

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day, I’m off to go play in the dirt.

~Mavis

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Looking for a great gardening book? Check out Carrots Love Tomatoes. I own it and use it all the time.

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea – Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots

If you’re trying to come up with a craft project for your kids to make for Teacher Appreciation Day next week, these chalkboard painted pots should do the trick.  Not only are chalkboard painted pots easy to make, but your kids will love making them for their favorite teacher as well. Plus, the teacher will be THRILLED it’s not an another apple. Ha!

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Supplies

  • 4 Terra Cotta Pots
  • Fresh Herbs {I chose Basil, Chives, Rosemary and Oregano}
  • 1 Quart Chalkboard Paint
  • 1 Paint Brush
  • Potting Soil
  • 1 Piece White Chalk or Chalk Pens

Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots

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Instructions

  • Paint dry pots and let them dry for 2 -3 hours
  • Add moistened soil to the bottom of the pot, add herb, add additional soil
  • Label each pot with chalk and water

Teacher Appreciation week Gift Idea Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots

Personally I think these pots look great outside sitting on a potting bench.  If you would like to give them as indoor gifts, I would suggest purchasing little terra cotta saucers to place underneath the pots to allow for drainage.

I’ve tried several different brands of chalkboard paint over the years and Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Brush-On is my favorite.  You  might be able to find it in your local hardware store, but if not, Amazon has it too.

Another great thing to have on hand are Chalk Ink Markers. Amazon has these, but you can probably find them for less at the craft store with a coupon.

 

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Square Foot Gardening – Grow More in Less Space

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The weather here in the Pacific Northwest was great this weekend. I was able get some kale planted in the square foot garden. I also pulled a few {tiny} weeds as well. I must admit I do like the idea of a square foot garden and it will be interesting to see how much food this 4×8 area produces.

square foot gardening strawberries

Strawberry Gnome Guy is doing a fantastic job of keeping the slugs away. I’m sure once the slugs find out the strawberries have been planted they will make their annual appearance.

square foot gardening grid radish

The radishes have popped up but I noticed one of the seeds did not germinate. Oh the horror! I’m going to totally plant another today so the 12 -inch box looks perfect. Blame it on the OCD {I bet Martha, or one of her people, would totally do this too!}.

lettuce seedlings

The mesclun lettuce seeds have broken through the soil as well. In another 30 days we should have enough spring lettuce for a salad. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that seeds + soil = tasty food.

square foot gardening kale

So far we have 19 squares planted and 13 left to go. Tomatoes, beans and cucumbers will be filling up the remaining squares. Hopefully those will be planted in the next few weeks.

Gardening is cool, no matter how you grow it!

~Mavis

Are you thinking about putting together a Square foot garden? See the how I built a square foot garden grid HERE.

All New Square Foot Gardening

For more information, check out All New Square Foot Gardening.  It is an amazon bestseller and the author, Mel Bartholomew is basically the king of square foot gardening.

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 18 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 18 of 52

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The backyard vegetable garden is starting to fill up with my favorite color… GREEN!

The potting bench and it’s flowers is beginning to look a little ragged these days so I’ll have to try and spruce it up this week. I transplanted mint and strawberries to the whiskey barrel a few months ago and once I remove all the spent flowers we should be able to see them.

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Just a few more weeks and all the raised garden beds will be planted. I am still trying to decided what to companion plant with my tomatoes. What do YOU plant alongside your tomatoes?

DIY Wood Pallet Garden

All the spaces in the wood pallet garden have been planted. You can see what’s been planted HERE.
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The sugar snap peas are climbing up the teepee poles. Only about 5 weeks to go until we start to harvest them.

Greenhouse Gardening, Grow food in a greenhouse

All of the tomato plants have been moved to the greenhouse. The cucumbers have been started and I think I’ll try and get some pumpkin seeds planted in pots and store them in the greenhouse until the weather warms up.

DIY Potato Towers Wood Pallet Compost Bin

Still no sign of life in the potato towers. We should start to see some green leaves poking through pretty soon {fingers crossed}.
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A view from the deck.

kale fava beans

The whistling gnome is keeping a good eye on the kale and fava beans. The Swiss chard I planted there a month or two ago is still struggling so I may replant it this week. We’ll see.

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The pumpkin patch will be planted the first week in June.

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Raspberries gone wild. I’m hoping for a bumper crop this year!

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Here is the view of the raspberry patch from my kitchen window. Isn’t it lovely?

container herb garden

And last but not least, the container her garden {and two rhubarb plants}.

Now that the weather is starting to warm up and it’s staying light out much longer, I’m spending all my extra time out in the garden. Yes growing your own food can be a lot of work, but you know what? It’s also pretty rewarding.

Working with your hands is cool.

Get out there and do something you love!

~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 boyfriend Ryan’s blog HERE.

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Planting a New Raised Garden Bed – Cabbage and Cauliflower

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red cabbage seedlings

Pretty much all of yesterday was spent in the garden {big surprise I know}.

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I had the Handsome Husband pick up a truckload of garden soil so I could finally fill the giant empty space next to the greenhouse.

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Lucy loved playing in the dirt. She was having so much fun digging that I had to bring her in the house until I could get it all leveled out and planted.

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At first I was going to plant green beans in the space, but then I figured I’s need to wait 2 more weeks before planting bean seeds {it’s still a bit too chilly at night} so I went ahead and planted some red cabbage and cauliflower starts I had in the greenhouse instead.

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According to my companion chart, Swiss chard looks like a candidate to plant in the center rows. I’m sure the chickens will be thrilled when I tell them. Ha!

How has YOUR weekend going so far? Please tell me you don’t still have snow on the ground.

~Mavis

If I could only have one gardening book on my bookshelf this would be the one. The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla. This book is loaded with growing methods of practically every vegetable the backyard gardener is going to grow in their garden.  I received this book several years ago and it’s still the one I use when I have questions.

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Container Herb Garden – Growing Basil, Sage, Parsley, Rosemary and Thyme

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Container Herb Garden

This morning I headed out the the garden to snap a few pictures of our herb garden. I decided to grow the majority of our herbs in pots this year so I could save the space in the raised garden beds for growing vegetables.

We do have basil growing in the greenhouse, chives alongside the greenhouse and mint in a container next to the fence as well.

Container Herb Garden oregano

If there is one herb that always grows well for me, it’s oregano. I love that it comes back every year and it’s so easy to maintain.  Over the winter I dug up the raised bed herb garden and when I moved the oregano to a pot I also included a few strawberry plants as well.

Container Herb Garden sage

We also moved the sage to a container as well. At first I was worried it would not survive the  move but it seems to be thriving.

Container Herb Garden parsley

I started parsley from seeds this year. So far so good.

Container Herb Garden thyme

Thyme. Another herb we started from seed. This is my first year growing thyme from seed and I transplanted 3 plants to a outdoor pot a few weeks ago. We use a lot of dried thyme in our cooking so hopefully we will get a good crop and I won’t have to buy it anymore.

Container Herb Garden rosemary

And then there is the rosemary. It’s not looking too hot and I am totally blaming the guy who’s looking after it.

Do YOU grow your own herbs?

If so, what are your favorite ones to grow?

~Mavis

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Mavis Mail – Garden Photos From Western New York

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DIY Raised Garden BedsLiz’s new raised garden bed.

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!

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Check out these potato towers Liz put together. I think these are great! Liz’s potato towers look totally different than the potato towers I made. And if you ask me, that is one of the best parts about gardening. Everyone has a different method, but the end result is pretty much the same.

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Liz also made a small greenhouse to house the cantaloupe she is trying to grow. She started them in January because her area does not have enough gardening days of nice weather to grow them in a regular plot.

seedlings organic gardening

And check out the seedlings she is growing in natural sunlight. I’d say Liz is off to a great start. No matter where you live or what supplies you have access to, anyone can have a garden. The possibilities are endless. You’ve just got to get out there and grow!

Way to go Liz. Keep us posted, I would love to update this post with some more of your pictures throughout the gardening season.

~Mavis

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If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.

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Friday Night at the Movies – How to Live Forever

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Tonight, The Girl and I will be watching How to Live Forever.  It’s a documentary of one man’s quest to find out how to extend his life.  He interviews several high-functioning centenarians, trying to unlock their secret to a long healthy life.

The whole documentary kind of poses an interesting question:  How long would you want to live, if you could choose?  {Assuming a high quality of life, of course.}

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Amazon Prime Members can watch How to Live Forever for free.

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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Gardening Tips – How to Organize Seed Packets

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I thought I would repost this clever tip for those of you who didn’t see it the first time around.

If you are like me you probably have a bunch seed packets scattered all over the place {or you soon will!}. I like to place my empty seed packets in a mini photo album I found at the dollar store. The albums 4×6 inch pockets can accommodate practically any size packet and the photo album fits nice on a shelf for easy storage.

I don’t know about you, but I find myself find myself checking the back of my seed packets from time to time to make sure I planted everything right and that the germination process is on schedule so I like to keep them around instead of tossing them. How-to-Organize-Seed-Packets-photo-album_opt How about YOU? Do you toss you seed packets or keep them. ~Mavis

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Raised Garden Beds – Growing Cabbage, Onions, Radishes, Garlic, Broccoli and More

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The raised garden beds are really starting to fill up. It’s so nice to finally see green in those beds instead of soil. We have 16 raised garden beds and so far 10 have been planted. I’m saving the last 6 for tomatoes {which I’ll be setting out in a few more weeks}.

DIY Raised Garden beds Cabbage

Garden bed #1 has Chinese cabbage growing in it. We had to replace the broccoli raab that bolted and so far the cabbage transplants are doing great.

DIY Raised Garden beds Broccoli

Broccoli and radish.

DIY Raised Garden beds Cabbage

Cabbage and radishes.

Have you read Calvin & Hobbes? Well Lucy totally reminds me of Calvin. Ha!

Raised Garden Beds Radish Onions

I think out of all of the raised garden beds, this one with radish, onions and kohlrabi looks the best.

DIY Square Foot Gardening Grid

The square foot garden. I think this will look really cool {artsy?} when all the seeds have been planted. I’m excited to see what it will look like once the tomatoes are in and to see how much we can harvest out of this raised garden bed.

DIY Raised garden bed Swiss Chard

Swiss chard. My neighbor planted this yesterday. In about 2 weeks we will thin the transplants and move the extras to another bed {probably over by the chicken coop}.

DIY Raised Garden bed artichoke

Artichokes. These are not looking so hot. The ones I planted over in the perennial garden are doing much better and I’m not sure why.

DIY Raised Garden Bed Garlic

Garlic, Garlic, Garlic.

DIY Raised Garden Bed Beets

If you squint really hard you might be able to see some beet greens trying to pop through the soil.

beet seedlings

I’m not sure why, but beets always seed to take forever to come up. Does this happen at your place too, or is it a Pacific Northwest thing?

DIY Raised garden beds carrots

Ahhh yes. Carrots. These are notorious for taking a loooooooong time to germinate. Last week I thought I spotted a few delicate seedlings coming up, but now I think they may have just been weeds.

DIY Raised Garden Beds

Here is a view of our 16 raised garden beds from the back of the garden. There isn’t much to look at right now, but we are getting there. One seedling at a time.

How is YOUR garden growing? Have you planted anything yet? Is there one vegetable in particular you just can’t wait to grow?

~ MavisThe Backyard Homestead

Looking for a great gardening book? Check out The Backyard Homestead and learn how you can produce all the produce you need on only a quarter acre.

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