Garden Photos from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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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 these gorgeous photos Jodee sent in of her backyard garden.

Here’s what she had to say:

Hi Mavis,

I subscribe to your blog at work and look forward to it every day! I live close to downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and I am doing my best to grow as much food as possible on my little spot. I am always working on something around my house (currently a better coop for my three “girls”), but the main project this year was growing more food. This spring, I took out most of my lawn to add growing space. I started my seeds in my spare bedroom towards the beginning of March and started enough for my brother’s garden, too.

garden beds

Instead of digging up the existing grass, I laid down newspapers and layered them with alfalfa, leaves, three kinds of compost and some top soil. I then planted two apple trees and planted potatoes, cabbages, peppers, sweet potatoes, eggplants, pumpkins, zucchini, acorn squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon and broccoli. Of course I had to fit some flowers in there, too.

garden beds

I honestly wasn’t planning on putting EVERYTHING in my front yard, but I thought the spring rains had drowned my first little plants, so I planted more… nothing died and the zucchini gifting has begun!

sunflowers in raised beds

In my raised beds on the side of the house I have tomatoes, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, and sunflowers that are about 10 feet tall right now. I have three chickens that give me eggs pretty much every day and when I finish their new coop, I will send you pictures of that as well.

Hope you enjoy my yard – I have really enjoyed yours over the last year.


Holy cow Jodee, your raised garden beds are beautiful. Everything is so lush and green. Keep up the good work!


garden-boxes18 Amazing Garden Boxes from New York


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

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  1. Patty P says

    Love how you worked your gardens right into your yard! I want to make some new flower beds in my yard, and I may just use the newspaper and mulch technique that you described! (It will be much easier than how I typically make a flower bed, which typically involves blisters!)

  2. Nancy D says

    Beautiful! I have a side yard I’d LOVE to turn into this! Simple yet artistic….love that metal art sculpture piece in the flower bed!

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