Bob and Sherle From California Share Their Vegetable Garden Photos

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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 the amazing backyard garden photos Bob and Sherle from California sent in:

tomatoes in greenhouse

Hi Mavis,

This year we decided to grow 2,000 pounds of produce in our garden. This meant that we needed to expand the garden somehow, our current garden being about 20′x25′. We started all our plants in our little greenhouse again this year. We love being able to save so much money and grow exactly what we want.

kale leaves

In the front yard we took out the flower patch, except for the roses, rosemary and oregano, and put in peas, three different types of kale, swiss chard, 2 varieties of lettuce, 2 varieties of cilantro, ten sunflowers and 3 genovese basil. The area isn’t very big, not quite the length of a garage and about 6′ wide, and we were quite surprised at how much we could pack in. Everything is growing beautifully and we have picked quite a lot of greens and peas.

homegrown vegetbales

In the main garden, plus one row, we have planted 6 varieties of tomatoes, cayenne and jalapeno peppers, zucchini, yellow summer squash, pickling cucumbers, green beans, broccoli, baby pumpkins, and more basil. I’m a little behind on the sweet potatoes, but they’ll go in by this weekend.

grow potatoes in tires

Since we had three old tires sitting around that we had used in prior years to grow potatoes and since we needed to expand my garden we decided to plant in them. We divided up the space in the tires and started planting. Since we still had more plants in the greenhouse and wanted to start some other plants my husband and I went on a small adventure to get more tires. As you can see our tire garden has grown quite a bit from the three we started with. The tire garden has beets, carrots, radishes, garlic, onion, tomatoes, melons, squash, cucumbers, dandelion greens for the bunnies, dill, parsley, and pepperoncini peppers. My son just brought home three more tires as we have more broccoli that needs to be planted and some other goodies.

filed of dreams

Some friends of ours from church have a rather large field that they aren’t doing anything with and invited us to start a garden there. We would love to have even more gardens put in, but we can’t afford all the irrigation that will be needed as of yet.

garden plot

We are putting in corn and peanuts. Corn because it’s easy and we don’t have to be there every day to make sure there’s nothing needing to be picked and peanuts because we’d like to give it a try and they provide the nitrogen that the corn is very busy removing.

corn growing in a field

Our neighbors bring us grass clippings for our compost bins and newspaper to put down under the straw. We lay newspaper and straw down because it gets pretty hot here and we need the “mulch” to help the water not get leached away by the sun, plus there are no weeds, which since we hate weeding, is very nice. Also the plants seem to like the color of the straw and they grow happier.

pickling cucumbers grown in cages

We still have pumpkins to put in the front yard. We will be prepping the area this weekend and then we have to figure out how to build some raised beds for the plants. I don’t think we can use tires in the front yard, not sure what our neighbors would think so we have to come up with something else. I might be able to scrounge up some old wood from somewhere.

grow peas on wire cages

So far this year we have picked 3.5 lbs of peas, 10 pounds of greens (kale and chard), and ¾ of a pound of radishes.

You can see more pictures and read some how to’s in a little book Sherle made through Shutterfly, though this is a digital version at: http://www.gospellearningcenter.com/resources/Garden/Garden.asp

Way to go Sherle and Bob! Your garden is magnificent!

~Mavis

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Sylvia From Salem, Oregon Shares Her Garden Photos

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10 Shade Tolerant Edible Plants

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10 Shade Tolerant Edible Plants

Got shade?  A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine was saying that she only has a small area in her backyard for a garden, and it is not ideal because it’s mostly shady.  She wanted to know what I thought she could grow in the shade.

While it’s true, most edible garden plants prefer full sun, there are a couple that will give you yummy produce and tolerate the shady areas in your yard.

Here’s a few for her and you to try:

  1. Celery–try this one in the heat of summer, when most gardeners can no longer grow celery.  The shade can provide a cooler place for the celery to be happy.
  2. Asparagus–asparagus is a semi-shade plant, but I know lots of people who have been successful growing it in full shade.  Keep in mind, though, that it takes a couple of years before you get a crop.
  3. Mint–mint is almost impossible to kill.  A lot of gardeners avoid it all together because they say it is invasive, spreading like wild fire.  It makes a great edible ground cover for a shady area though.
  4. Bush beans–they actually prefer full-sun, but they can totally be grown in shade if you don’t mind lower yields.
  5. Spinach–spinach loves the cooler weather, and the shade provides it long after spinach season would otherwise be over.  Try the New Zealand variety for even more success.
  6. Arctic Beauty Kiwi–I really want these!  Apparently, it’s a vine that produces 10-15 pounds of fruit per year.   You’ll need 2 of them for pollination, but they are shade tolerant and cold hardy.
  7. Swiss Chard
  8. Kale
  9. Lettuce–this is another one to try in the heat of summer.  Since it will normally bolt in hot weather, the shade can provide it a cooler place to thrive.
  10. Honeyberries–I haven’t ever tried these, but apparently they are a cross between a blueberry and a grape.  You’ll need two of these for cross-pollination, though.

What do you grow in the shade?

~Mavis

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Food Waste In America – Saving Fruits and Vegetables From the Dumpster

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It was another fantastic week gleaning from the free chicken scrap boxes.

puggle puppy

Lucy discovered she likes watermelon!

food waste in america strawberries

There were so many strawberries to go through this week it was crazy! We made a few smoothies and ended up freezing the rest to use later in the year. If I remember correctly this is around the time we start to see a lot of those giant California strawberries start to hit the stores.

Lucky for us they have a pretty short shelf life so we are able to fill our freezer up all summer long with “seconds” to enjoy during the winter months.

spotted bananas

Spotted bananas. Who wants to buy those? No one apparently. But we love them. Here is a recipe for banana pancakes. Make a stack of those and they’ll fill you up until lunch.

corn on the cob

Check out the corn. We pulled the husks back and a few of them looked great.

mutant corn

Others, not so much.

food waste in america pictures

This is the food we kept for ourselves and the rest went to the chickens.   The hens will pretty much eat anything but they really love pecking and the corn and lettuce.

What a bounty and all for free thanks to Mr. Produce Guy.

If I had to guess, I’d save that’s about $30 of fresh fruits and vegetables for free. What do you think?

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Abe’s Natural Market, Wrap Dresses, SmartWool, Family Handyman, Rain Boots

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My heart goes out to the city of Moore, Oklahoma this morning. I’ve never seen a tornado before and I cannot imagine how frightening it must have been to all those around, especially the little ones.

What a tragedy.

~Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

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Asian Noodle Salad with Bok Choy

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Asian Noodle Salad

Tonight we are having Asian noodle salad for dinner. This dish is served cold and is great to make ahead of time {which I love!} for packed lunches. It’s one of the HH’s favorites.

Here is the recipe. I hope you like it, we sure do.

Ingredients

8 oz package linguine noodles
1 carrot, thinly sliced
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
5 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup bok choy, chopped
1 cup bean sprouts {learn how to grow your own sprouts}
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil {I like Zoe brand}
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
4 tablespoons unsalted peanuts, for garnish {optional}

shredded bok choy

Directions

In a medium stock pot, boil water and cook noodles until al dente. When finished, place noodles in an ice water bath to cool. Drain and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the sesame oil, vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin and extra-virgin olive oil. Mix thoroughly and then combine prepared vegetables, cilantro and noodles.

Garnish with peanuts.

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Ask Mavis – Help! My Tomato Leaves are Turning Yellow

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My Tomato Leaves are Turning Yellow

I have the most amazing readers, and most of the time, it is me learning from you, but every once in awhile, someone sends in a question that I think, “Hey, I bet lots of people would love to know the answer to that.”  So, I am going to try to feature some of your questions and answer them, the best I can.

Shell writes:

Hey Mavis, my tomatoes have yellowing on the leaves…is that a nutrient deficiency? I planted them with egg shells for the calcium. What is also good for them? No bugs, slugs, or other creepy crawlies on them either…I’ve been watching closely.

Good question Shell.  Unfortunately, the answer isn’t super straight-forward.  There could be a couple of different things going on, so you may have to read through these and see if any apply.

Right off the bat, I would want to know the climate in your area when you planted them.  If you plant tomatoes too early, the cold soil and weather will sometimes cause a shock that causes their leaves to yellow.  You could try to use a plastic mulch or black paper to warm the soil the best you can.

Next, if the temperature isn’t the issue.  I would check your soil for two things:  nutrients and pH level.  Check the pH level first.  Tomatoes like a pH level between 5.5-7.5, depending on the variety.  The reason I would check it first is that there is no reason to fertilize if the issue is the soil pH.  You can raise or lower your pH using sulfur {to lower pH} or lime {to raise pH}.  If you are good there, you may need to find an organic fertilizer or high quality compost that will add nitrogen into the soil.

Let’s see, what else?  Are the plants getting enough sunshine.  If just the lower leaves are turning yellow, the top might be shading the plant from getting enough sun.  You can try trimming back some of the top leaves–if your plant is big enough.  {Also, I am assuming you are watering enough, but not so much your tomatoes are constantly sitting in water?}

Finally, if none of those seem to be the issue, you could have a fungal or bacterial issue.  There is a whole host of tomato diseases that each require different types of action, so you may want to take a couple of the leaves to the local nursery and get their opinion if you think a disease or fungus is the problem.

Those are pretty much all of the basic problems that come to mind.  Let me know if any of these help.

Happy Gardening,

~Mavis


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Square Foot Gardening – Lettuce, Kohlrabi, Peas, Kale, Radishes and More

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Wowza! Take a look at the square foot garden. It’s growing like crazy.

I had absolutely no idea you could pack so many different vegetables into a 4×8 plot. The peas, carrots, radishes, strawberries, celery, onions, cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, kale, bok choy, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, cucumbers, Swiss chard, beets, and lettuce are all doing great together.

kohlrabi

Check out the kohlrabi. You can see the bulb starting to form and I think it looks really cool. Last year I grew these successfully for the first time and I think I may have harvested them too early.

So this year, I plan on letting them get a big as the palm of my hand.  I saw some pretty huge ones at the Puyallup Fair last fall so I’m going for it. The packet I planted contained purple and green kohlrabi varieties and I’m hoping for a couple of purple ones. We’ll see.

kale

Kale. Whop T Do.

Even though I’m not a big fan of this leafy green, it sure does grow well in the Pacific Northwest.

radishes

First radish harvest from the square foot garden. Yum!

bok choy leaves

The bok choy bolted here as well as in the pallet garden. I think I might have planted them a little too early, but I started another flat yesterday so we’ll try again.  I can still use the leaves in a stir-fry or salad.

beans sprouting

The green beans are breaking ground. Don’t they look like little aliens?

raised bed gardens lettuce

The lettuce should be ready to harvest by the end of the week.

square foot gardening pictures

Here is a view from 6 feet up. The sugar snap peas in the upper left corner are about 3 feet tall, the bare looking squares in the center are where the beans are breaking ground and in the front row of the square foot garden grid, there are cucumbers starts I transplanted last week.

Pretty neat-o if you ask me!

Are YOU square foot gardening this year? Have you been surprised with your results?

~Mavis

Read more about my adventures in Square Foot Gardening.

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

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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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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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I stopped by Albertsons twice this week to grab some deals. I’ll admit it, one of the things I miss about Extreme Couponing and Albertsons Double Coupons {do you think they’ll ever come back?} is being able to stock up on boatloads of stuff in one shopping trip.

Even though it was a lot of work to gather all the coupons, calculate the deals and wait in line, it was kind of fun to come home with a car load of food for under $5. But them again, we are eating a lot healthier now and growing more of our own fruits and vegetables so there is really a lot less to buy.

I only had 2 shopping trips this week:

albertsons english muffins

Albertsons – $2.39

English muffins were only $0.50 a bag so I grabbed two of them plus some sour cream for the Asparagus Salad I made the other day.
albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons – $13.77

I can explain. Ha!

I picked up 30 {yes 30!} boxes of cake mix and 9 boxes of brownie mix for a committee event. I have a $100 budget to provide dessert for 600 people and Albertsons had a deal that if you bought particular items in sets of 10, you could get them for only $.49 a box.

Now, you and I both know cupcakes and brownies taste better from scratch, but if you had to provide dessert for 600 people would you make them from scratch, or go the boxed route. Hmmm. It’s a tough one, I know.

Because I am being reimbursed for the items I buy for the dessert I am not including them in my total.

I paid $13.77 for 2 gallons of milk, 20 boxes of pasta {I think I’ve got enough now to last me the rest of the year} mustard for $0.19 and a free jar of pickles {Vlasic coupon NLA}.

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Mr. Produce Guy – Free

Last week I hit the jackpot. There was a little of everything. Bananas for power smoothies, broccoli for stir-fry and broccoli salad, plenty of fruit for breakfast, corn for the grill lot’s of other goodness. Between the garden, Mr. Produce Guy and my bulk purchases, I rarely have to buy anything these days.

Total Spent This Week $16.16

Total Spent This Year $962.06

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $893.99 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Mornings with Mavis – Cupcake Tower, Bob’s Red Mill,Quilted Northern Toilet Paper, More Cowbell, USB Cables

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Hello Monday.

We spent most of yesterday working in the yard. The HH and Monkey Boy pulled weeds and edged the driveway while I cleaned off the potting bench, pulled weeds and potted oodles and oodles of plants. The Girl elected to stay inside and do laundry. Yay! I don’t know about you, but I love it when my kids take care of the laundry.

As you can see from the picture above, Miss Lucy attempted to dig her way under the gate… but no such luck!

Have a great day everyone, only a few more days to go until the weekend.

 ~Mavis

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If you are fan of Cooks Illustrated you’ll want to grab The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook. It’s packed with 800 foolproof recipes. And when they say foolproof, they really mean it. Have you ever seen Christopher Kimball in action? Wowza. The guy knows what he’s talking about.

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Deals on Bob’s Red Mill Products

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Amazon has my favorite Traverse Bay Cranberries on sale for only $16.91 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout. This is the lowest price I have ever seen on these!

Amazon currently has Quilted Northern Ultra Plush, Double Rolls for low as $21.05/$.21 per single roll/$.42 per double roll SHIPPED when you use the subscribe and save option at check out along with the $1 off ecoupon you see below {you must be logged into your account to see the coupon}.

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Zulily has Crazy Dog funny t-shirts on sale today for both kids and adults. A few years ago we bought the HH a “More Cowbell” shirt and he still wears it to this day. Fun stuff!

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6pm has wedges, flats and sandals on sale on sale all for $39.99 or less shipped.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine for only $4.49 a year when you use code 5162 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 5/20/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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How to Make a Bean Teepee

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When Monkey Boy and The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird were young, I would build them a bean teepee every summer.  Back then, we lived on a .25 acre lot and because there was not an abundance of trees, I would purchase 6 foot bamboo poles at the Home Depot.

These days, we live in a more wooded area so we can make teepees a big as we want now.

If you have never built a bean teepee {or even thought about building one} for your kids, and you have the space, you should give it try.  Not only will your kids think you are the coolest parent ever, but if you space the poles far enough, your children will be about to walk into the teepee, giving them a unique summer “clubhouse.”

Lets get started.

First, you’ll need to decide how wide you want the inside of your teepee to be. I spaced my poles far enough apart so there was about 4′ of open space in the center, which is plenty of room for a child and their friend to sit down and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Next,  gather {6} 1o’ wooden poles and secure them together with twine, both at the top and the bottom.  Make sure you push the poles deep into the soil so they don’t fall over if it gets a little windy or Fido walks by.  Most pole beans grow about 6′ tall, so don’t feel like you have to haul 10′ poles home from the hardware store.  6′ poles will work just fine.

Once you have your teepee poles in place, rake the soil from the center of the circle to build up a nice mound of dirt around the teepee base.

Then, plant a generous amount of pole beans in the mound of dirt surrounding the teepee, and water as necessary.

You should have a fully covered teepee in about 60-70 days.

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Last year we planted squash at the base of the teepees and it did really well. So if you have the space, go crazy!

If you are interested in learning about the history of teepees, check out Tipis, Tepees, Teepees: History and Design of the Cloth Tipi by Linda Holley.  Amazon currently has the book on sale for $11.55.

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