Mavis Garden Blog – Planting Broccoli, Cauliflower and Checking the Chives

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chives growing in spring

Yesterday the weather was nuts. It was all sunshine and rainbows one minute and showers the next. And the wind, holy cow it was windy here yesterday.

The good news is, the chives I transplanted alongside the greenhouse last fall are doing great in their new home. I scattered a few chive seeds I collected last fall in the bare areas and hopefully this area will fill out nicely over the next few months.

what do broccoli transplants look like

Even though the weather was a total bust, I still managed to get some broccoli, and cauliflower starts planted.

seattle garden blog broccoli

It’s really hard for me not to fill all 16 of the raised garden beds right now.

artichoke 10 weeks

Check out the artichoke plants. I think they look pretty great considering Lucy the puggle dog likes to run through the bed every time we go out to the garden.

I’m not exactly sure how I am going to keep her out of the garden beds yet, so if you have any ideas {other than a fence} please let me know.

I’m hoping someone out there has a neat trick or knows something I can plant around the edges that will make the garden beds seem less desirable to her, and yet let her still roam around the backyard.

rhubarb in spring

The rhubarb crowns we planted about a month ago are finally starting to come up.

spring garlic

And the garlic! Did you plant any last fall? Our garlic is a little behind this year because the chickens got into it and I had to replant. I’m hoping for some yummy garlic scapes in about another month or two.

What’s new in your garden? Do you have anything popping through the soil yet? Do you  have any tricks on how to keep dogs out of the garden?

~Mavis

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 2013 Garden Tally

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organic vegetables{Late Spring 2012}

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


oregano growing in a container

It’s time to break out the banjo because I feel a song coming on.

Although I didn’t harvest one stinkin’ thing from my backyard garden this past week, spring is EVERYWHERE! The oregano is starting to fill it’s giant container, all 4 rhubarb plants have poked through the soil,  flower buds on the trees are starting to appear like a flash mob, and bees… Lucy and I spotted 3 bees in the backyard yesterday. Weeeeee!

Now all we need is less rain, more sunshine and some heat, and we’ll be in business.

This week I’ll be planting more seeds, working in the greenhouse and planting the rest of our potatoes. Also on the agenda, a few super cool garden projects, so be on the look out for those as well.

If you still have snow, or your garden is to frozen or muddy to work in, hang in there, hopefully it’s only a matter of a few more weeks until you can get out there and grow baby grow!

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

how to can beets{Heirloom beets pictured from last summer}

Beets - 14 ounces

Parisian Carrots{Tonda di Parigi HEIRLOOM carrots pictured from last summer}

Carrots – 3 ounces

egg count 2013

Egg Count – 402 {5 eggs per day average}

This week we collected a whopping 73 eggs. Holy crack!

microgreens
Lettuce
– 6 ounces
Microgreens 5 ounces

potatoes

Potatoes – 2 pounds 9 ounces

bean sprouts

Sprouts - 8 ounces

swiss chard

Swiss Chard 11 ounces

cut wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 5 pounds 15 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 402

Get out there and grow!

~Mavis

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse

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how to grow food in a greenhouse

What the heck happened to the rain yesterday? It was a beautiful day here in the Pacific Northwest. Lucy the puggle dog and I were able to get a boatload of things done and were able to stay nice and dry too.

I love spring days like that.
daffodils in a container

Now that the weather is starting to warm up a bit, I’ve been slowly moving vegetable starts out to the greenhouse. So far I only have out there, because my second table is still in the house with grow lights sitting on top of it. I hesitate to running a cord from the house out to the greenhouse to hook everything up because it’s still a wee bit cold for a lot of the seeds I am trying to germinate.

Well, that and the whole part about how the HH would totally flip out if he saw a giant bright orange extension cord across the backyard. What would the neighbors think {blah, blah, blah}. I’ve tried to point out the the neighbors don’t even come out of their house, so how the heck would they even see the cord… but then he just mutters something about how they have windows.

I can’t win.

grow food in gutters

Yesterday we installed gutters in the left side of the greenhouse. So far all I have planted is a length of spinach in the top gutter. I’m hoping to get the other 3 galvanized gutters planted today.

grow strawberries in gutters

The strawberries I planted in the gutters last week are doing great.

strawberries planted in gutters

Last year I made the mistake of planting the strawberry crowns to close together. This year I planted the crowns about 12 inches apart to allow plenty of room for their roots to grow. In the fall, after the plants have fruited, I’ll remove the strawberries from the gutters and overwinter them in the garden.

grow food year round in a greenhouse

Seedlings, transplants, Lemon the lemon tree and onion and leeks.

magnum glass greenhouse

It’s looking pretty bare right now, but we all have to start somewhere. Right?

Do YOU have a greenhouse? Where are you starting your seeds this year? Inside, outside, at your MIL’s?

Mavis wants to know.

Thinking about growing food in a greenhouse but don’t know how to get started? Check out Elliot Coleman’s book Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long. I think it’s pretty awesome.

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Mavis Garden Blog – Daffodils, Peas, Potatoes, Lawn Moving and Planting Containers. Yee-Haw!

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red rain boots

This past weekend was pretty awesome. On Sunday afternoon the Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I walked around the garden and cut bouquets of daffodil flowers. We ended up filling 3 vases and placed them around the house.

daffodil flowers

I love, love, love this time of year! There is so much hope and promise in the air that it can take your breath away sometimes. Well either that or I’ve been inhaling too much bark dust and it’s making me light headed.

recycled planting containers

Do you save your plastic containers? I hope you do. Because between the ones I save, the ones my neighbors drop off on my front porch, and the freebies from the Home DepotI never have to buy any containers to start my plants. It’s pretty awesome if you ask me.

planting peas

The peas have been planted {we are growing 3 varieties this year}. We planted a bed of green arrow peas in the backyard, sugar snap peas at the base of the teepees, and I just totally forgot where we planted the snow peas. Yikes! I better figure that out soon.

planting potatoes

I was also able to plant all our blue potatoes, but I still have about 30 more pounds to go.

blue seed potatoes

Holy cow! I cannot believe I bought 90 pounds of seed potatoes. What was I thinking?

lawn mower

Lucy, Lucy, Lucy. What a nut. The Handsome Husband started mowing the lawn in the front yard and Lucy went to investigate. As soon as he saw her, he stopped the mower and let her run around in circles for about 10 minutes before finally giving up.

Ahhh, spring! It’s only 2 days away. Can you believe it?

~Mavis

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Is Having a Garden in the Front Yard Illegal?

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Ever wonder what it would be like to dig up your entire front lawn and plant an edible garden instead? Check out this video of  Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp’s beautiful 2012 front yard kitchen garden in Drummondville, Quebec.

front yard garden{photo credit}

There was actually a big controversy over the garden and the city had planned to make all front lawn vegetable gardens illegal. You can read the whole article about illegal front yard gardens from the Huffington Post. Talk about crazy!

What do you think? Is this an eyesore or eye candy?

~Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 12 of 52

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raised garden beds

Week 12 of 52 – Mavis’ Backyard Garden Plot

Although it rained quite a bit past week,  I was still able to get a few projects done. We planted a boatload of new seeds as well as cleaned up the backyard and moved some more pots out of the garage.

potting bench

The spring bulbs are beginning to pop up everywhere so I’ll have to have The Girl go out and pick a big bouquet of daffodils for the kitchen table later today to bring a little color in to the house.

raised garden beds

I know the raised garden beds don’t look too exciting right now, but in another month or so you’ll be able to see lots of green. I think waiting for seeds to germinate in the spring is one of the hardest parts about gardening.

recycled wood pallet garden

Endive was planted in the back left wood pallet and so far so good. Lucy, the squirrels and the slugs have all left it alone. If you are thinking about creating a pallet garden, be sure and check out this Pallet Gardening 101 post to help get you started.

bean teepees

See that box out there? It’s full of potatoes. Hopefully I can get the rest of the 90 pounds of potatoes planted later today. Fingers crossed.

wooded backyard

Future perennial flower garden.

poppy foliage

See the green at the base of the tree? Those are the poppies I planted last year. I’ll be planting more poppy seeds this year and we also have artichokes and rhubarb in this area as well. The rhubarb shoots have just begun to pop through the soil. I placed wire tomato cages near them so I’d remember not to plant anything to close to them.

magnum glass greenhouse

The greenhouse. Hopefully I can write more about what’s going on in there later this week.

wood pallet compost bin

The potato towers are on my list of “things to get planted” today.

daffodils planted in a natural setting

Remember all those bulbs I planted last fall? I can wait for this area to bloom.

wooded backyard garden

I still need to carve out another large garden plot towards the left.

omlet eglu cube

Happy chickens.

garden path

Lucy the crazy puggle dog running all over my newly planted kale plants.

suburban backyard garden

Future pumpkin patch.

raspberry patch

Raspberry and blueberry patch {the blueberries are planted just behind the raspberry canes towards the left}.

backyard garden

And last but no least, the future herb garden. We are planning on dragging out a few more large pots to this area pretty soon and filling then with herb starts.

I need more time people, more time!

Well, it looks like it might be a pretty decent day outside today, so I better get dressed and get out there.

Have a wonderful day,

~Mavis

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1 Year Subscription to Urban Farm Magazine Only $4.99!

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It’s Baaaaack!

DiscountMagsis having a St. Patrick’s Day sale with 36 magazine starting at $4.99 for a 1 year subscription. My favorite deal is Urban Farm Magazine for only $4.99 a year. I love this magazine! Learn how to grow you own food in the space you have!

Urban Farm Magazine is guide for those in cities or suburbs looking to become more self-sufficient by growing some of their own food and treading lightly on the environment in the space they have. Articles include how-to projects, gardening basics, composting, beekeeping, roof-top gardening, preserving and freezing, and time and money-saving ideas.

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*This special rate will be live through midnight 3/17/2013 (EST). You can purchase this deal as a new subscription or to renew your existing subscription. You can also purchase additional subscriptions as gifts! This is such a wonderful magazine at an amazing price.

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How to Grow Radishes {Start to Finish}

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radish seeds botanical interests

This morning Lucy and I went out to the garden and planted 5 different kinds of radishes. Last year was my first year growing the French Breakfast Radish and it was so good, I decided to expand my radish crop this year and plant some unusual varieties.

Here are the 5 different kinds of radishes I am planting this year:

If you have never grown radishes before, I promise you, they are super easy to grow.

what do radish seeds look like

Brief description:  Radishes are a quick-growing hardy vegetable with a crisp mild flavor.

Where to Plant Radish:  Radishes can be planted in raised beds, garden beds and containers.

how to plant radish seeds

Planting Seeds:  Sow seeds 1/2″ deep.  When foliage appears, thin to 1″ apart.  Radishes are best planted with cucumbers, spinach and squash to repel as they repel unwanted insects.

french breakfast radish

Growing Tips:  Radishes prefer cooler weather.  You can sow them outside 4-6 weeks before the last frost, and sow more every 5-10 days for a continuous crop.  You can sow them again in the late summer for a fall crop.  Water regularly.

Crimson Radish picture

How to Harvest:  Harvest radishes when they are small {1-1/2 to 2″}.  If you let them get much larger, they start to split and taste a wee bit tough.

Radishes’ Literary Debut:  In the novel, Gone with the Wind, it was a radish that starving Scarlett O’Hara eats {the only food she can get}, and then declares, “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”

regional planting guides

Are you ready to start your garden but you’re not sure when you should plant your seeds or set out your transplants? Head on over HERE and you’ll be taken to a handy dandy chart that is broken down into what vegetables should be planted {or transplanted} each month in your area.

Anyone can do this. Dirt + Seeds+ Water = Food!

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Planting Swiss Chard and Hostas

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puggle puppy tan

Lucy and I worked in the garden this morning spiffing up the walkway outside of the chicken coop. As you can see she is a big help. It’s pretty much 3 steps forward, 2 steps back when any sort of planting goes on, but she loves being outside, and I love having her out there.

swiss chard

I pulled up all of the Swiss chard that over wintered in the garden boxes and brought it around back to plant. My goal is to fill the garden area in front of the chicken coop / run with oodles and oodles of kale and Swiss chard for the hens to snack on all summer.

young kale plant

The kale and Swiss chard transplants that I set out last week are holding up great despite the rain and chilly temps.

minuteman hosta

While I was at the Home Depot yesterday picking up supplies for my latest project {just wait until you see it, it is going to be SO COOL}, I wandered over to the nursery section and spotted a table full of hosta plants.

I’m not really into variegated plants, and I had already placed some solid green hostas in my cart, but each time I would pass by the green and white hostas, they would state at me. Like they were giving me the evil eye or something.

It was eerie.

I’m not really sure what my issue with variegated plants is {to much color on one leaf?} but in the end I finally broke down and bought the more colorful hostas  instead.

I still can’t believe I put the solid green leafed hostas back. They were so pretty. So uniform, and so perfect looking.

garden path

So now I have neon orange bark, green and white hostas and rainbow Swiss chard all in close proximity of each other. Let’s just hope I’ll be able to handle all the color a few months from now when I’ll be too busy with other things to change it.

Hopefully it will all come together in the end and look great once the plants mature.

puggle dog pet chickens

Now, if Lucy could just convince those chickens that she just wants to be their friend, everything would be perfect.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m off to make dinner.

~Mavis

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 2013 Garden Tally

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heirloom winter squash picture{Winter Squash 2012}

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

terra cotta pots planting

This past week I harvested a whopping 5 ounces of Swiss chard.

Whop.t.do.

My kitchen, laundry room, and garage all look like a giant garden bomb went off and it’s getting a little tough to keep up. There is potting soil, seeds and containers everywhere, and I am waiting for the HH to make a crack about how he’s living in a garden center.

If I could just have one full day all to myself {no cooking, cleaning, talking, typing, walking} I think I could get caught up. I think.

I can dream right?

It might be time to plug in some headphones, make a giant list, and just power through a day planting, potting, tagging, and marking things off my list with a big fat sharpie as I go. I think that’s part of the problem. I need to get organized.

But first, do you have any suggestions to songs? I need some tunes first. Then I’ll make my list.

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

how to can beets{Heirloom beets pictured from last summer}

Beets - 14 ounces

I’ll be planting some more beets this week. I think I am going to try and grow enough to can a years worth of pickled beets. No one else in our house really cares for pickled beets, but I do!

Parisian Carrots{Tonda di Parigi HEIRLOOM carrots pictured from last summer}

Carrots – 3 ounces

I can’t wait to start planing carrots!

egg count 2013

Egg Count – 329 {4.6 per day average}

This week we collected 59 eggs. I have a lot of baking to do so I they’ll all be used and I won’t have any left over to trade with Girly Girl or Mrs. HB this time around.

microgreens
Lettuce
– 6 ounces
Microgreens 5 ounces

Microgreens are easy to grow anytime of year but they are especially fun to grow in winter as it is typically to cold to grow lettuce and greens outside. See those cute heart shaped leaves? Those are radish greens and they are super tasty too.

cool kitchen scale

Potatoes – 2 pounds 9 ounces

I was able to get 15 pounds of  potatoes planted last weekend, but I still have 75 more pounds to get in the ground. I need to schedule an entire work day in the garden here pretty so I don’t get behind on all my planting tasks.

bean sprouts

Sprouts - 8 ounces

I need to grow some more, I miss having them on my egg salad sandwiches.

swiss chard

Swiss Chard 11 ounces

Think of all the money brides would save if they used bouquets of Swiss chard instead of roses. Hmmm.

cut wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 5 pounds 15 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 329

Have you planned out your garden yet for this year? Are you feeling overwhelmed like I am? If not, what is your secret?

~Mavis

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