Ask Mavis: Let’s Open Up The Hotline, Shall We?

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One of my favorite things about this blog is the sense of community we have and all of the comments people leave. I really believe I have some of the most amazing readers out there.

What I’ve also learned through the years is that you are all a bunch of smartie pants, and whenever I don’t know the answer to a question a readers asks, you guys always come through for me. Well guess what, you’re up again!

Here are a few questions and comments I’ve received on the One Hundred Dollars a Month Facebook page, in the comment section and via my  Mavis Hotline. I’m going to attempt to answer them, but I’m also hoping all you lovelies will take a look at the questions and chime in. I can guarantee the readers that asked these questions would appreciate all you geniuses out there taking a shot at them. I mean if two heads are better than one, than hundreds of heads will probably churn out some genius answers. 

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I ordered tri-star strawberries last year, per your suggestion and we have loved them. This year they have really taken off! Well last night, the kiddos and I went and picked a ton for dinner, but there was something weird about the berries. They felt like they were full of water and soggy. They looked perfect, but felt all wrong. Upon further inspection… my husband spotted a couple of tiny white worms on them. I cut one open and it had even smaller white worms inside the berry. Do you know what this might be and how to fix it? I was planning on our family eating berries for another 2 months! Please help!?! Thanks!!!

~Jen

Okay Jen, I think what you’re describing is a Spotted Wing Drosophila. There are are a number of videos on how to identify and trap the flies on YouTube.

As far as treatment goes, cleaning up the infected fruit is important, along with setting apple cider vinegar traps. You can also use Spinosad, which is available at Home Depot, etc. It will need to be re-applied weekly during the rest of the growing season. Neam and pyrethrins are other organic pesticides that might work.

Eliminating any fruit that has fallen on the ground and any infested fruit remaining on plants in the garden can help kill off flies that might infest next year’s crops. You’ll have to place your infested fruit in a sealed plastic bag to destroy the eggs and larvae {gag}.  You can also place a fine netting over all your plants, but you have to make sure the net is applied before the strawberries begin to ripen so that flies won’t be caught inside the net. Also, an easy way to keep those pests out is to make sure you begin harvest as early as you can and continue to remove fruit as soon as they ripen.

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Hello! My name is Omar and  would like to follow up with you concerning purchasing OneHundredDollarsAMonth.com.

~ Omar

I do have to commend your persistence. Last time I explained the site wasn’t for sale, unless you wanted to cut a check for $50 million. I’ve decided to renegotiate the terms of that deal. I’d like $50 million AND Ina Garten’s home and garden in the Hamptons. If you can swing that, you’ve got a deal.

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Hi Mavis, I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now, and I always look forward to it! Your combination of strong work ethic, frugality and joie de vivre are truly inspirational. There is a topic I’d love to see covered in your blog … You admit that you have OCD tendencies and any shots of your house and garden are always immaculate. I’m wondering if you have a cleaning routine in the house that you’d care to share? Do you do it all yourself, or do you have anyone in to help you? 

~Kate

Every night I go to bed dreaming about hiring a maid, but then I remember that I would probably follow them around all day while they cleaned inspecting their work and redoing most of it anyway. Always seems like a big fat waste of money, so I just do it myself.

Obviously, there are chores I don’t mind and some that I loath. One trick is I always start with the chores I hate. Once I bust those out, the remaining ones don’t seem that bad. I’ve learned that whenever I leave the worst for last, I lose motivation fast! I will say there is not much in life I love more than a perfectly clean house. Makes me so happy!

The Girl Who Thinks She's a Bird

I know you have a great relationship with your daughter, and you are sad about her going to college, so I hope this does not make you sadder. My daughter is eight, and I want to have a relationship with her like you have with your daughter when mine is a teenager. Any tips to help me create that awesome bond you two seem to have?

~Laura

I’ve screwed up a few things in my life, but somehow, that wasn’t one of them. My relationship with my daughter is one of the things I’m most proud of. She really is my buddy, and growing up, I have really always treated her that way. I’ve always tried to incorporate her into my passions and hobbies, and really take an interest in hers as well. The result is that we really enjoy so much of the same stuff and just have so much fun together. While it’s not always roses with a teenager, I’ve really tried to emphasize the “fun” in life. I have also really made it a point to spend quality time with her.

There is a difference between being with your kids and being present. I make a conscious effort to focus on her and not allow myself to become distracted or sucked into work or other projects. Connecting like that one-on-one has really helped us form a relationship that, I think, transcends the typical mother/daughter relationship. I just really adore the heck out of that kid, and I go out of my way to show that!

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You are my favorite blogger and I like to look at the pictures of your garden on FB. My question is — how did you start it? What do you have on the ground between the raised beds that has no weeds? Weeds have taken over my garden this year completely and I’m determined to make mine look like yours this fall. It’s just too hot to deal with in the summer I’ve decided (I’m in AL). Please post some hints.

~Mary

This a two-part answer and I already know you’re not going to like part 2! First, I’m 100% obsessed with landscape fabric. OBSESSED. That alone cuts down on so many of the weeds in my garden. Part two requires a little elbow grease. Roll up your sleeves and work. Pulling weeds is an inevitable gardening chore that I sure don’t love, but it is necessary and totally unavoidable. Now how often you weed depends on whether or not you have perfectionist tendencies. If you’re not OCD, you can probably let those weeds stick around for awhile or at least but blinders on when you’re near them!

potato tower harvest

Hi Mavis, I was doing research on watering and hilling schedules for the potato box I built this year when I found your 2 posts from last year. However I can’t find a post on how they turned out. Which method worked best? 

~Jeff

First let me say, I personally believe the best way to grow potatoes is in the ground in a traditional trench method. But my results from my potato tower experiment were interesting {and surprising}. The tower I planted with straw and dirt produced the most potatoes {although still much less than the traditional method of planting has in the past for me}. I thought for sure it 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.

~Mavis

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Joy From Michigan Sends in Pictures of her Garden and Garden Shed

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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!

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Remember that time my friend Amberlina and I survived the Tacoma City Marathon with our favorite soldier, Nick?

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 Well his grandmother, Joy, is an avid reader from Michigan and today she is sharing pictures of her adorable garden. I’m totally in love with her cute garden shed!

joy5She is just beginning to enjoy her homegrown veggies.

joy3Check out this picture of her flower garden. {I mean tell me you wouldn’t absolutely love the view from Joy’s chairs! That is like the perfect relaxation spot.}

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Joy- I have total shed envy! Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your cute garden.

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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.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Mavis Mail – Kim From Michigan Sends in Pics of her Certified Monarch Butterfly Garden

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Garden pictures July 2014 030A 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

Check out the pictures reader Kim send in. She took action when she realized the Monarch Butterflies were in danger. See what she did to make a difference:

Garden pictures July 2014 021Hi Mavis,

I started gardening many years ago when we lived in a mobile home. We were extremely financially strapped and lived off of mostly canned food from a food donation center. I craved fresh food like no tomorrow.

I found a book by Mel Bartholomew, Square Foot Garden, and realized I could grow at least something fresh to eat. I took literally a few pennies from our very meager budget and bought 3 packets of seeds that first year: tomatoes, bush beans and cucumbers. It was life changing the day I picked my very first home grown vegetable: a green bean!

Garden pictures July 2014 022Fast forward 32 years and I continue to grow as much of my own food as possible. I have a very small yard and 1/3 is all raised beds. This area floods every single time it rains and the raised beds is the only way I can grow food here.

Garden pictures July 2014 023This year I built a new bed just for the butterflies after hearing that Monarchs are becoming endangered.

Garden pictures July 2014 024Once established, I applied for certification through Monarch Watch and now have a nationally certified and numbered garden.

Garden pictures July 2014 032 I have not had a Monarch visit yet but have a large population of black swallowtail butterflies that visit on a regular basis.

I am hoping that you will let your followers know about the plight of the Monarch and encourage them to plant a small area in their yard to help them find their necessary food sources. I have just a small 3ft x 8ft area and have already seen the impact it can make.

Kim

  • Garden pictures July 2014 026Your 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.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Ginger From Mississippi Sends in Her Garden and Chicken Pictures

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mississippi1A 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

Check out reader Ginger’s fun little piece of land!

mississippi6Hey Mavis ~

Thought I’d send you some pics from my little place in the country.

mississippi7The sweltering heat has taken it’s toll on what the little garden is producing, but thought I’d share pics of my “girls” & fruit trees. My peach tree is producing many small peaches. mississippi9This is the first year for the thorn-less black berries & they have been delicious!

mississippi5My granddaughters, Kylie & Abby (both aged 6) love the chickens, and thought up wonderful names for each of them, photo shows them holding Goldie, but others are named Rainbow SnoCone, Nemo, Lulu Snowflake, Golden Mustache, Ringer & Lemon Drop.

mississippi4My chickens include brown egg layers & Easter eggers. They love to hang out on the deck of my vintage travel trailer that I am renovating. The laying box was a piece that had belonged to my mother.

mississippi2The custom art work of Abby’s hangs across from Grandma’s laying box to inspire good egg production, an idea that came from Vicky, on your blog back in Feb. I just LOVE it! mississippi8A cast iron urinal, reclaimed from military barracks destroyed during Hurricane Camille in the late sixties makes a perfect water trough. Carpenter bees are a real problem here. You can see two homemade bee traps hanging beside the hen house. mississippiiAn antique bathtub is the home for my fish & various water plants.

I enjoy your blog & I hope you enjoy these pics.
Ginger
Saucier, MS

mississippiIf 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.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Mavis Answers Your Burning Questions

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One of my favorite things about this blog is all of the comments people leave and the sense of community we have. I really believe I have some of the most amazing readers out there. But somehow I’ve tricked you into thinking I’m totally smarter than I am. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been around the block a time or two so I know a bit about gardening and a thing or two about frugal living and becoming more self-reliant. But all that knowledge was gained because of some serious trial and error, so I try to share as much as I can to keep you guys from having to go through it yourselves. Essentially I’m Mavis the Guinea Pig. You’re welcome.

Recently, I spotted a few comments on the One Hundred Dollars a Month Facebook page as well as my Mavis Hotline. I’m going to attempt to answer them, but I’m also asking all my lovely readers to take a look at the questions and chime in. I can guarantee the readers that asked these questions would appreciate all you smarty pants out there taking a shot at them. I mean if two heads are better than one, than hundreds of heads will probably churn out some genius answers. No pressure. And go…

wonder grip gloves for kids

Mavis, I thought maybe you or your readers might be able to help. I’m trying to find some gardening gloves for my toddler. She’s almost two, and everything we’ve found that says “toddler” would fit a 10 year old! Do you know of anywhere that sells them?

~Tara

It’s been a long time since I’ve had toddlers helping me in the garden, so I asked around. I have a friend who said these Wonder Grip Nicely Nimble gloves are great for toddlers because they come in x-small and xx-small. Hope that helps!

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Hi Mavis, I just discovered your blog and I am very interested in growing food for my family. I started a garden this year, about 80 square feet and so far I have lots of healthy tomatoes, peppers, carrots and beans. I would be very interested to hear more about your daily routine in your garden so that I can gauge just how much time it would take to grow so much food. Thanks for sharing!

~Olivia

This is such a hard question because I’ve been all over the map. I’ve had years {like when I was trying to grow 2 tons of food!} when I spent at least a few hours a day in my garden. It can consume you and run your life if you let it. But if it’s something you love, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just about striking a balance, which I’ve done this year. I have a great garden, but it doesn’t feel like a full-time job.

I spend about 5-6 hours a week in the garden. That also changes depending on the season. Sometimes it will require a full day of weeding, planting, hauling, etc., and other times I’ll go a week or two without stepping foot in my garden. Then, of course, you’ll have the occasional weekend project where I’ll spend all weekend getting a project done, but those are few and far between.

How much time it requires obviously depends on how much you want to grow. The more plants and the more variety, the more time your garden will take. Seriously though, it’s the most rewarding work. So keep at it!

Adding Chickens into Your Existing Flock

Howdy! I’m wondering how you merge your new chicks with older flock. I have a 15 week old Dark Brahma that is in a 6×8 dog kennel retro chicken pen. Also have separate in a chicken tractor about 4-6 feet away, 6 Rhode Island Reds that are 7 weeks. We will be finished with my new chicken coop (8×8 shed with 300 sq ft fenced in pen). Should I merge them together at the same time since they would have technically an even playing field neither have been to yet. What’s you thoughts.

~Terri

Would there be anyway you could put them in the new pen but separate them by chicken wire or something for the first week {or maybe they are close enough to see each other now?}. Allowing chickens to see each other and grow accustomed to each other without allowing them to attack would really help the integration process. If not, you’d probably still be okay throwing them in together into the new coop. I suspect the timing would be great because they’ll all be so distracted by their new surroundings, they’ll be less focused on finding a new pecking order!

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Mavis, have you ever made your own liquid dish soap? I’m looking for a recipe that works really well and is inexpensive to make.

~Coleen

That is one I haven’t tried, but I’m certainly hoping one of my awesome readers has and can share an amazing recipe that puts Dawn to shame. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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I would like to buy your blog. How much will you sell it to me for? 

~Omar

Oh dear, sweet Omar. This blog, these readers, and the community we built here is not for sale. Unless of course you’re offering like 50 million dollars or something. In which case, where do I sign?

hen and chicks

I was wondering if you could help me with this. I found some Hens & chicks in my garden, I also re-potted them and was wondering how to take care of them over the winter time?

~Lisa

Hens and chicks are some of the hardiest plants out there. They can survive pretty harsh winters and snowfall {unlike me}. I think anything zone 3 or higher and you can keep them outside. The two things I know will kill them is too much moisture and not enough sunlight.

I wouldn’t water them at all if there is rain/snowfall periodically. They need the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. They also need as much sun as possible, so if you have them near anything that could potentially block the sun, relocate them! They should survive the winter just fine then.

And now it’s your turn. If you know the answers to these burning questions, or of you have some insider information, please share. Sharing is caring. Also, you guys are the best!

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

Mavis

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Mavis Mail – Stephanie From Kentucky Sends in Photos of her Patio Garden

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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 mail2

Check out the pictures Stephanie from Kentucky sent in. I am totally blown away by her use of space. She has a full-on garden growing in a little patio area. Just goes to show that space issues are no excuse when it comes to growing your own food. Here’s what Stephanie had to say:

mavis mail3I grew up gardening, so while I always assumed I’d own a house with a large backyard plot, the practicality of a grad-student (and post-grad school) existence required a more pragmatic (read: dull as doorknobs) existence in an apartment complex with one of those ubiquitous 6x11ft patios. After a couple summers lusting after the gardens I saw everywhere, I finally decided to make due with what I had. This is my success story of gardening on concrete!

We chose an apartment on the southern exposure to get as much light as possible in the covered space and maximized our space by thinking vertically, rather than horizontally. I love cucumbers, so I ran bird netting around the rails of the patio and trained the cucumbers to grow along them. I must say, I was feeling pretty ingenious once I saw the cukes take off!

mavis mailOf course no Kentucky garden would be complete without tomatoes, so with the limited space we stuck to varietals that grew well in pots, mostly determinate varieties, although I couldn’t resist a few Black Krim!mavis mail1 The hanging tomato basket has seeds with “Hundreds and Thousands” – my new all time favorite cherry that is not only incredibly photogenic, it is prolific! Hanging the pot from the patio roof also freed up space on the ground.

mavisWe grew lettuce, herbs and other relatively shallow rooted plants in baskets along the rail. While we certainly don’t have the largest harvests – and aren’t able to grow enough to can or preserve – it’s certainly better than no harvest at all! My husband and I both get the satisfaction of growing (some of) our own food – enough to keep the two of us in good supply of fresh salad ingredients all summer long. To all your readers who think they need to have those beautiful big garden beds that make us all green with envy (in places other than our thumbs!) – just give it a go! A little dirt, sun, water and patience is all you need.

Cheers,
Stephanie

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.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Mavis Mail – Tamera From Washington Sends in Garden Pics

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tameramainA 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!
Check out this impressive haul from reader Tamera:

tamera4Hi Mavis!
I am a regular reader of your blog, an avid gardener, chicken and goat owner, and last year, we weighed every ounce of produce harvested and weighed in at 906 lbs and 12 ounces. We hope to break 1/2 a ton this year! We live in Monroe, WA.

tamI have been gardening for the last 20 years or so, but really started growing our own food as much as possible, about 4-5 years ago after reading Animal Vegetable Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver. Every year we make more progress in harvesting, preserving and keeping our own home grown food. We have also had chickens for the last 10 years.

tamera5My husband is a 4-H Poultry Leader, and our 3 girls have all been actively involved in the 4-H program. Not only do we have chickens for fresh eggs, but we also raise and exhibit show quality birds. We also have goats, but they are just pets for the most part. Eventually we would like to get a milk goat though and try out hand at goat milk cheeses.

goatsAnd bees. We would love to get bees, but that has to be my husbands job, and he has no time right now. But someday!

tameraWe have a separate facebook page for our Poultry, although it needs to be updated.

Thanks!
Tamara

tamera3If 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.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Jane From Thy Hand Hath Provided Sends in her Garden Pics

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Jane3A 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

Today my dear friend Jane from Thy Hand Hath Provided {you know, the one with the AWESOME cookbook}, shares her amazing garden pictures:Jane2Nine years ago we moved out of a development and onto 1.6 acres just outside of town.  We were both excited and overwhelmed when we thought of all the possibilities that lay before us.jane6

We started out with a small garden and tried to maintain the many flower beds while we tackled renovations on the 100-year-old farmhouse.

jane9Once the inside of our home met our humble standards, we turned to the outside.

jane7We love trying new projects like Shiitake mushrooms, honeybees, fruit trees, and selling sunflowers, but it’s taken a little while to learn that it is only possible to do many different things IF we lower our standards and live with some weeds and things not looking perfect all the time.

jane8We’re raising three children and care an awful lot about them and our relationship with God, friends and family.  Those things take priority.

jane5While it’s hard sometimes to see the work that still needs doing, I’m making peace with it and enjoying the fruits of our labor despite the imperfections. There is beauty in the weeds, too.

~Jane

jane4Jane’s perspective is awesome and spot on. Just one of the many things I love about her!

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.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Mavis Mail – Sarah From Prineville, Oregon Sends in Pictures From the Farm

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Picture2A 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!

Check out the amazing pictures of reader Sarah’s farm in Oregon. So. Much. Fun.

Picture1Dear Mavis,

I am attaching some recent pictures from my gardening/chicken coop/honeybee adventures. My name is Sarah and my little family and I live in Prineville, Oregon.

My husband Eric and I were married on his family farm in 2006. It was our intention to eventually move out to the farm and raise children someday. We lived and remodeled a historic home in Redmond the first several years of our marriage and I dabbled in gardening and raising chickens on our small 5000 square foot lot. Eric’s dad passed away in 2011 and the move seemed right. That is where the farm adventure began.

Picture3My first farm garden [was in] 2013. As we worked on the remodeling of the house … I tried my best to create the garden space I had always dreamed of.

Picture4We’ve been adding to our garden as we can. 20+ blueberry bushes, 75+ raspberries, red wiggler worms and most recently 75+ pumpkin starts down our long gravel driveway.Picture5We have a few animals around here too… our sweet elderly Ida Mae and our rambunctious Alice. They are two well loved yellow labs. We also have cattle, three pregnant heifers, a steer, barn cats, 18 hens and our most recent addition is the honey bee hive.

Picture6I have long known the benefits of having honeybees in the garden. This winter I enrolled in the OSU Master Beekeeper program to learn how to help these invaluable creatures. I’ve since become a member of a local beekeeping group and added this hive to our farm. Our children are fascinated with the bees and our little three year old boy is quick to point out whether or not he sees a drone flying through the yard or a worker bee.

Picture1Our children play a big part in the gardening experience around here. From digging, making seed tape, rototilling, to planting their own “seed babies,” they are involved each day.

Picture8I’m the crazy lady that takes pictures of each harvest, journals garden adventures and can’t let a single seedling die. My garden beds are planned out to the last detail with companion planting and crop rotation in mind. My rows are methodically lined up and the harvest dates for each plant are calculated with as much precision as possible.

I am proud to be a farmers wife, a mother of two amazing children and a lover of all things garden related.

~Sarah

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

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.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Mavis Mail – Reader Dale Deals with Flooding

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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!

Check out this story and photos from Dale who’s had a drainage issue in his garden:

After doing a lot of research on how to improve my garden, I decided to install raised beds. With lots of inspiration from your site and many others, I got the project under way this last February.
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As you can see from the first of these photos, drainage has been an issue in the past. This year’s record rain fall had me wading through 6 to 8 inches of mud while I set up the raised beds and got them filled.

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At the same time I constructed a seed starting station in my rec-room.

Dale2DaleAt this time I have {8} 4’ x 16’ beds, {2} 4’ x 14’ beds and a 2’ border bed around half of the garden.

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I installed irrigation to all the beds and can finally start enjoying the veggies coming out of the garden.

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Dale got busy planting over NINETY different varieties of seeds. To say he’s going to have a plethora to harvest is an understatement!

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.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

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