Giveaway – $100+ in WomansWork Garden Gear

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Did you spring your clocks forward last night? You know what that means??!!!! Spring is almost here. Wahooo!

Unless you are an avid snowboarder or skier, I’m sure you’re with me when I say I can’t wait for spring to get here already. Especially if you are a gardener! When the ground freezes and stops your gardening in its tracks, the countdown to spring is on.

The awesome peeps at WomansWork feels the same way and so they’re hosting an AWESOME Spring Forward Giveaway to get you all ready for your spring garden! I’ve been a big fan of WomansWork products for some time. Their Digger Gloves and Nitrile Weeding Gloves are my favorite. But I’ve recently discovered their spa products. Hallelujah! They are perfect after you’ve spent a long day in your garden.

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And guess what? The totally awesome Spring Forward Garden Gear Giveaway includes all of my favorites!

WHAT YOU WIN:

A Garden Gear prize pack worth over $100 that includes:

One pair of Digger Gloves
3-pack of Nitrile Weeding Gloves
One pair of Kidswork Gloves
Tube of Vanilla Bean Shea Butter Hand Moisturizer
Tube of Peppermint Oil Muscle Rub with Arnica
Vegetable Garden Wheel
Eco Watering Spout in Green

Pocket Stone for sharpening tools 

vegetable-wheel

HOW YOU WIN IT:

Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here. You have FIVE ways to enter: 1 required and 4 bonus entries. That means you can leave a total of FIVE comments below for FIVE awesome chances to win.

1. *REQUIRED ENTRY* What item in the prize pack would you be most excited about winning? The gloves? The muscle rub? The pocket stone? Leave a comment below letting us know your answer.

2. *BONUS ENTRY*  Do you like/friend/follow me yet? Pick one or all and like me/follow me/subscribe to me via one of these forms of social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, PinterestYouTube and/or Google+! Leave a comment below with the name of the site you followed, ie. “liked you on Facebook and Instagram.” Only 1 comment/entry regardless of if you follow me on all 6 sites. Which you totally should anyway.

3. *BONUS ENTRY*  Start spreading the news. Share this giveaway with your peeps via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and/or Google+! If you don’t do the social media thing, just send out an old fashioned email about this awesome giveaway. Leave a comment below letting me know how you shared it.

4. *BONUS ENTRY*  Head on over to my Facebook page and leave a comment on one of the posts or pictures there. Come back here and leave a comment below letting me know which post or picture you commented on.

5. *BONUS ENTRY*  Subscribe to my daily emailed newsletter. It’s an easy peasy way to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Plus, I’m way too busy gardening to spam you, so your email address is safe with me. Leave a comment below letting me know you subscribed.

THE FINE PRINT:

5 entries per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

This giveaway is only available to US residents.

This giveaway ends Sunday, March 16th at 6pm PST and the winners will be announced in the Monday, March 17th edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim your prize. If  you do not claim your prize within 48 hours the prize will be forfeited..

Good Luck! I hope you win.

Mavis

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Recipe: Dutch Breakfast Puff

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Dutch Breakfast Puff recipe

I was wanting something easy to make for breakfast this weekend when I remembered JJ’s Dutch Puff recipe. Not only did it look easy to make and I had all the ingredients on hand, but it looked like such a fun idea for breakfast. And when was the last time you made something for breakfast anyone called “fun?”

Everyone loved it. But of course I wasn’t surprised because JJ always has the best recipes!!

Dutch Breakfast Puff

Ingredients

8 fresh eggs
2 cups flour
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
5 tablespoons butter

Dutch Breakfast Puff recipe

Directions

Crack 8 eggs into a bowl and whisk well. Stir in the flour, vanilla bean seeds, cinnamon and then the milk and salt. Mixture will be slightly lumpy. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit on the kitchen counter overnight {about 8 hours}.

In the morning, place butter in the bottom of a 9×13 pan and put the pan into the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. As soon as the butter has melted, remove it from the oven and swirl the butter around to coat the bottom and sides of the pan.

Remove plastic from the egg mixture and aggressively whisk until there are no remaining lumps. Pour the mixture into the pan. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the puff has risen sky-high. The sides will rise quickly, but the puff isn’t done until the middle rises too and turns golden brown.

Serve with syrup, powdered sugar or fruit preserves. Enjoy.

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How to Care for Baby Chicks

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How to Care for Baby Chicks

I was at the feed store yesterday when I noticed several bins full of adorable baby chicks. If you have been thinking about getting chickens, I highly recommend it.  I love my little ladies–they make great pets, plus they provide uh-mazingly tasty eggs.

baby chick

I won’t be getting any new chicks this spring because we have 12 hens right now!?! but I’m telling you, it makes my day when I see them running toward me to say hello and nose around in whatever I am doing–plus their run is still so funny to me, I don’t know if that will ever wear off, but I hope not.

chick feeder

The first step in backyard chickening {that’s a verb, right?} is to decide what type of chicken you would like and order them online {I recommend mypetchicken.com or purchase them from your local feed store. .  Next, prepare their home.  While they are chicks {the first 4-5 weeks anyway}, they will need a super warm place to grow.

how to care for baby chicks

Here is what you will need:

  • A brooder {a place to keep the chicks}.  This can be a simple as a cardboard box, a Rubbermaid container, a stock tank {that’s my favorite thing to use}, or an old children’s swimming pool.  Just make sure whatever it is, it doesn’t allow too much of a draft and the sides are nice and high.
  • A warming light and thermometer
  • Absorbent bedding {chicks are pooping machines, so you will want to change this frequently}
  • A feeder
  • Waterer
  • Feed
  • Grit
  • Netting or chicken wire for the top to prevent escapees

4-5 weeks flies by, so have their outdoor home ready too.  It will make your life easier in the long run.

baby chicks under heat lamp

To prepare your brooder, line whatever container you decided on with newspaper.  Then place bedding material over the top {typically pine shavings or pellets}.  Turn on warming light, new chicks will need a temperature of 95 degrees to start, and you can drop it by 5 degrees for each week of age, until you get to 70 degrees, then you can keep it constant.  Sprinkle some feed {a chick-starter feed is best for the first several weeks} on the ground to encourage scratching.

how to care for baby chicks

When your baby chicks first arrive, they may be worn out–depending on how long they had to travel to get to you.  Make a sugar-water mixture and dip their little beaks into it.  This is like baby chick Gatorade–it will give them a little much-needed energy while they adjust to their new digs.  Then, put the remaining mixture into their waterer.

Make sure to put the water on the opposite side of the brooder as the warming light.  From here on out, food and fresh water is CRUCIAL to baby chicks.  They will self-regulate their hunger and thirst, so make sure they have access 24/7 to both food and water. Also, be prepared for them to eat a ton–seriously, they will put a teenage boy to shame.

After 4 weeks, begin transitioning your chicks to the outdoors.  Start by opening windows, or placing their brooder in a doorway where they may get a breeze or at least be subject to fluctuating weather.

broody-chicken

Depending on your climate, you can begin allowing the birds to be outside in the day around 5 weeks, by 8 weeks {again, as long as the weather is warm enough} they should be big and strong enough to live in their outside coop full-time.

Hens typically start to lay around eggs  around 20 weeks. :)

If you are thinking about getting a flock of your own, check out the book Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock. Amazon currently has the book in stock and ready to ship.

Will YOU be getting baby chicks this spring?

~Mavis

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Monthly Garden Chores for March – East Coast Edition

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This is a guest post written by my buddy Heather from Massachusetts.  I thought it would be fun this year to post Monthly Garden Chores from both the West Coast and East Coast. You can see my March garden plans for my Seattle, Washington garden HERE.

Monthly Garden Chores for March – East Coast Edition

Aaaaahhh March. Even though it’s just March, it’s March, which kinda feels like the light at the end of the dark, dark, winter tunnel. Literally, the sun is out earlier and staying out later which makes a huge mental difference and makes me want to plant things – any thing!

My New Year’s promise this month to make one “new” dinner a month is chugging right along. This month I made Mavis’s Homemade Pizza, Ritz Cracker Chicken, Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas, and the Chicken Tortilla Casserole.

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Seeds I’m Starting Indoors this Month

I’ve started 12 Italian Romo tomato plants and a flat of Romaine lettuce a flat of Butterhead at the beginning of February, which are doing great. I also had started some organic celery in water until it sprouted and then planted it, which surprisingly worked really well! Lastly, I started basil and cilantro in two glass bottles – terrarium style.

milk jug greenhouse

I’m also giving winter sowing a whirl this winter. For those of us in cold climates, it’s basically magic. I’ve started 29 winter sowing greenhouses so far (Perennial Bloom, Marigold, Hidcote Lavender, Chervil, Aubrietia, Bishops flower, Echinacea, and Lemon Balm as well as Broccoli, Kale, Swiss Chard and Brussel Sprouts). I’ll be using the perennials I grow in the winter sowing greenhouses to create a flower fence around my garden to encourage more bee activity.

indoor grow lights

March will be a busy planting month, now will be the time to start all my cold weather plants (broccoli, brussels sprouts, more lettuce) under the grow lights so I can put them out as soon as I can turn the soil (right now it’s still hard as a rock). I’ll also start peppers and eggplants under the grow lights so I can put them out first thing after the first frost in May.

What I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month

Odds are we’ll still get another major storm or two in March or April, so until May I’ll sneak downstairs and whisper sweet nothings to the plantlings under the grow lights.

Plants and/or Bulbs I Plan to Purchase this Month

Well, I don’t have any plans to buy more seeds or bulbs – but you know how that goes! Every time I walk into the feed store, I get trapped by that wall-o-seeds. I can’t be the only one, I mean they’re only a dollar or so and they hold such promise. ;)

regrowing celery

What I plan to Harvest This Month

My lettuce is only about 3” high so hopefully by the end of this month I’ll be harvesting some homegrown lettuce – even if just enough for a baby salad.

meyer lemon tree blooms

Trees and Shrubs

Last week I declared to the hubbahubba that I was going to rip out the front boxwood hedge along the front of the house. It’s scraggly, thin, and prickly and I HATE it. I must’ve caught him at the perfect moment because he said, and I quote “whatever you want wifely”. SWEET! It’s gonna be hard work, but the second the ground thaws I’ll be out there singing while I dig with my handy-dandy pick axe. I have plans to replace it with a Hidcote Lavender row.

Now’s also the time to thin the blueberry and raspberry bushes in preparation for new sprouts.

Weed and Pest Control

Alas, my lemon tree has absolutely been invaded and covered with scales. From what I understand I could use a chemical treatment (not likely) or non-chemical treatment (wipe down the ENTIRE plant with rubbing alcohol then spray it down completely with cottonseed oil, repeat until gone, wear gloves and try not to gag – those scales are nasty!) However neither treatment can be done until the weather is above 30*. Yikes – that won’t be for another week – I hope lemon can hold on that long.

diy chicken tractor

Chickens

Chickens are funny critters. I found that if I throw some pine shavings over the snow they’ll go out and hang out and hang out in the pen.

PS: the woodworking project went well, however I have to admit I choose the times to build in the living room very strategically (read: when the HH was not home). J Check it out – how do you like my chicken tractor?

snow blower winter

Lawn Care
Lawn Care this month is revolving strictly around re-arranging snow. Sure, you can call it shoveling or snow blowing but when you get right down to it – it’s just a hobby built around rearranging snow. :)

**These garden chores are based on my Zone 5b Southeast/Boston MA location. Find your garden zone HERE.

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 3/8/14

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Friday Night at the Movies – Google Me

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Friday Night at the Movies – Google Me

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With all of the time we all spend “googling” every thought that pops into our heads, I thought I’d better add Google Me to my watchlist.

It’s about a guy, who late one night decides to google his own name.  After a list of people pop up, he decides he to create a documentary of how he connects with all of the resulting people.  He travels all over the world to hunt down people and experience their lives with them.  There are seriously millions of ways to use google–this one is quirky and unique, so it might be a fun watch, we’ll see?

 google me

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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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!

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Picking the Right Tomato Seeds for Your Garden

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If you are planning on growing tomatoes from seed this year but don’t know where to start, check out my latest article on eHow about picking the right tomato seeds for your garden.

Should I Use Heirloom or Hybrid Seeds?

Hands down, heirlooms are better! Think about it, back in the day people saved the seeds of their favorite tomato varieties not only because saving seeds was the frugal thing to do, but heirloom tomatoes have always tasted better than the hybrid varieties seed companies and stores were selling. Sure, some varieties of heirloom tomatoes might look a little funky…

Go HERE to read the full article

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Chickens – What is Molting?

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Chickens - What is Molting

My hens typically go through a soft molt every spring, which means lots of little feathers floating through the breeze, Forrest Gump style.  The first time it happened, back when I was new to the chicken game, I thought something was wrong, like my whole flock had gotten sick.  Luckily, I’ve gotten a little wiser {though, admittedly, only a little}.

Molting is, simply put, when chickens renew their feathers.  They usually stop laying eggs, and concentrate all of their efforts on losing and then regrowing their new feathers.  Most of the time, they do it in the fall to make sure they are equipped with full down jackets for winter weather, BUT, they also do it when they are done with a laying cycle {their bodies way of saying let’s take a break from all of this egg-laying business} or depending on when they hatched, they may always molt in just the spring. Some birds will molt in the fall and then, have a soft molt again in the spring.

fresh chicken eggs

Chickens should act completely normal when molting, except for the no egg laying part.  If they stop eating, drinking, etc.  something else is probably wrong.

During molting, they will need extra nutrients, so upping their protein intake will really reduce their stress.  Molting is actually extremely stressful for chickens.  Kind of like a man going bald, I imagine it is not very pleasing to the chicken to lose their feathers.  It’s best not to handle them during molting. They are extremely sensitive and would honestly prefer to be left alone.

Don’t worry if you see large bald spots on your hens during molting–it’s actually a good sign.  It shows that they are good producers–good layers molt and recover very quickly.  Poor layers take their time, molting very slowly and resuming egg laying after MONTHS.  Most molting should take only about 12 weeks.

Even though it’s kind of a bummer to lose egg production, there is a plus side:  a fully molted chicken is actually hardier and has an easier time resisting disease and sickness.

When do YOUR chickens molt?

~Mavis

 

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How to Grow Beets {Start to Finish}

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Yesterday, after the rain finally stopped, Lucy the Puggle Dog and I went outside and planted an entire 4×8 garden box full of beet seeds. Growing up I only liked pickled beets, but as I’ve learn to cook them over the last few years, I’ve really fallen in love with them.

The Handsome Husband and I both love them, but the kids? Well, they haven’t exactly acquired a taste for them just quite yet. But I’m sure at some point they will. ;)

botanical interests seed packets beets

This year I planted 4 varieties:

what do beet seeds look like

If you have never grown beets before {or just need a little refresher, here are a few tips:

Brief description: Beets are a sweet and delicious root veggie.

Where to Plant Beets:  Plant in raised beds and/or garden beds. 

beets

Planting Seeds:  Plant outdoors 2-4 weeks before the average last frost.  For best results, soak seeds for 8-24 hours before sowing–they will germinate faster.  Plant seeds 1/2″ deep {about 3 seeds every 4″}.  When seedlings are 2″ tall, thin to one every 4″.

heirloom beets

Growing Tips:  Beets are a cool weather crop.  They can be sown in early spring or late summer for a fall crop.  They like even moisture, so don’t let the soil dry out–mulching in the hot months will keep them cool and happy.   

picture of giant heirloom beets

How to Harvest:  Harvest when beets are 1-1/2″ to 3″ in diameter.   You can harvest the leaves for salads, cooking or garnishes.  You can also, obviously, harvest the actual beet.  You can either pull them out or dig them out–it’s really a personal preference, though, if you dig them out, make sure not to slice the beet with your shovel.  Wait to wash your beets until you are ready to use them, they will last longer that way.

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

Here are a few of my Favorite Beet recipes:

roasted Red Beet & White Bean HummusRoasted Red Beet and White Bean Hummus

Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and Walnuts

Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and Walnuts

 

easy summer recipes raw beet carrot slawGrated Raw Beet Salad

how-to-can-pickled-beets

How to Can Beets

Interesting Fact:  About 10-15% of all U.S. adults experience beeturia (a reddening of the urine) after consumption of beets.  This is important stuff to know, don’t you agree?  Ha!

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Free Kindle Books, OtterBox Cases, Travel Deals, Purex Coupons, Toilet Paper and More

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Happy Friday everyone!

Does anyone have any cool plans for this weekend? I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet, probably the usually though, clubbing, karaoke and a little base jumping. You know, the usual. ;)

Have a great weekend,

Mavis

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Zulily has Brooks and Columbia shoes and sportswear on sale today along with some super cute Seed Starting Kits for kids from Gifts that Bloom.

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Save up to 50% on select styles from Gymboree plus earn $25 GYMBUCKS for every $50 you spend.

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