Central/Midwest Region Planting Guide

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Central Midwest Region Planting Guide

If you live in the Central Midwest Region and are unsure what seeds you want be starting right now, or when your transplants should be set out in the garden, this regional planting guide should help you out.

Don’t live in the Central/Midwest? Find your regional planting guide HERE.

Central/Midwest Region Planting Guide

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When to Direct Seed

When To Start Seeds Indoors

January

N/A

N/A

February

Mache

Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mache, Onions, Radicchio, Scallion, Shallots, Spinach, Chives, Fennel, Marjoram, Parsley, Sage, Savory, Thyme

March

Arugula, Beets, Carrots, Endive, Fava Beans, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mache, Pac Choi, Parsnip, Peas {snow, shell, snap}, Potatoes, Radishes, Radicchio, Sorrel, Spinach, Turnips, Chives, Cilantro, Parsley

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Pac Choi, Peppers, Radicchio, Scallions, Tomatoes, Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Marjoram, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Thyme

April

Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Chard, Endive, Fava Beans, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Pac Choi, Parsnips, Peas {snow, shell, snap}, Potatoes, Radishes, Radicchio, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach, Turnips, Chives, Cilantro, Parsley

Eggplant, Fennel Bulbs, Peppers, Tomatoes, Basil, Marjoram, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Thyme

May

Yard Long Beans, Snap Beans, Dry Beans, Lima Beans, Broccoli, Cantaloupe, Carrot, Chard, Corn, Cucumber, Edamame, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Parsnips, Pumpkin, Radishes, Scallion, Winter Squash, Watermelon, Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Savory

Tomatoes, Watermelon, Basil

June

Yard Long Beans, Snap Beans, Dry Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Chard, Corn, Cucumber, Edamame, Okra, Southern Peas, Pumpkin, Scallions, Squash {summer and winter}, Watermelon, Basil Cilantro

N/A

July

Snap Beans, Dry Beans, Beets, Carrots, Chard, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cucumber, Edamame, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard, Okra, Parsnips, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Scallion, Squash {winter and summer}, Turnips, Basil, Cilantro, Parsley

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce

August

Arugula, Beets, Carrots, Chard, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard, Peas, Radish, Sorrel, Spinach, Turnips, Cowpeas, Mustard, Sunflower

Lettuce

September

Arugula, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Endive, Lettuce, Mache, Mustard, Parsley, Peas, Radish, Sorrel, Spinach, Turnips

N/A

October

Garlic, Mache, Shallots

N/A

November

N/A

N/A

December

N/A

N/A

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North Central and Rockies Region Planting Guide

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North Central and Rockies Region Planting Guide

If you live in the North Central and Rockies Region and are unsure what seeds you should be starting right now, or when your transplants should be set out in the garden, this regional planting guide should help you out.

Don’t live in the North Central and Rockies Region? Find your regional planting guide HERE.

North Central and Rockies Region Planting Guide

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When to Direct Seed

When To Start Seeds Indoors

January

N/A

N/A

February

N/A

Cabbage, Celery, Endive, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mache, Onion Bulbs, Radicchio, Scallions, Spinach, Chives, Marjoram, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Thyme

March

N/A

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Mache, Onions Bulbs, Peppers, Radicchio, Scallions, Spinach, Tomatoes, Basil, Chives, Fennel, Marjoram, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Thyme

April

Beets, Carrots, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Mache, Peas {snow, shell, snap}, Potatoes, Radish, Scallions, Spinach, Turnips, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley

Celery, Chard, Eggplant, Leeks, Lettuce, Peppers, Radicchio, Tomatoes, Basil, Cilantro, Fennel, Marjoram, Rosemary, Savory

May

Arugula, Bean {snap}, Beets, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Chard, Corn, Cucumbers, Kale, Lettuce, Melons, Parsnips, Peas {snow, snap, shell}, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radicchio, Radish, Scallions, Squash {winter and summer}, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley

Cantaloupe, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Peppers, Pumpkin, Squash {summer and winter}, Tomatoes, Basil, Fennel, Marjoram

June

Arugula, Bean {snap}, Beets, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Chard, Corn, Cucumbers, Kale, Lettuce, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radicchio, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Squash {summer and winter}, Watermelon, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley,

Squash {winter and summer}

July

Arugula, Beet, Carrots, Kale, Lettuce, Radicchio, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Spinach, Turnips, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley

Arugula, Beets, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach

August

Arugula, Beets, Kale, Lettuce, Mache, Radish, Spinach, Turnips

Arugula, Beets, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach

September

Arugula, Lettuce, Mache, Spinach, Pea {winter}

N/A

October

N/A

N/A

November

N/A

N/A

December

N/A

N/A

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How to Grow Lettuce {Start to Finish}

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mesclun lettuce seed packet botanical interests

This morning I started a flat of  Valentine Mesclun Lettuce and placed it under a set of grow lights in the office. The cool thing about lettuce is you can grow it year round, and you can grow it inside too. Which is awesome in the winter time when the weather pretty much stinks.

picture of lettuce seeds botanical interests

Lettuce seeds are super tiny, and if you are careful one packet of seeds should be enough for an entire season of salad. But, if you are a salad freak like I am, then I would grow as many varieties as I possibly could.  My favorites are Romaine, Buttercrunch, Mesclun, Gourmet Baby Greens, and Oak Leaf lettuce.

romaine lettuce starts{I started this flat of Romaine lettuce I started about 7 weeks ago}

Where to Plant Lettuce:  Lettuce can be planted in garden beds, raised beds, or pots.  It likes cooler temperature and can be planted in a shady area.

recycled wood pallet garden

Planting Seeds:  Plant 1/8″ deep, with 1/4 to 1/2″ seed spacing.  Space rows 6″ apart.

Growing Tips:  Lettuce thrives in milder temperatures, so it is best planted in early spring.  It can be started indoors anytime of year.

picture of lettuce grown in a garden

How to Harvest:  Snap off mature leaves, but careful not to pull up the whole plant.

recipe bbq chicken salad

 My Favorite Lettuce recipeBBQ Chicken Salad with Cranberries, Pecans, and Apples

Did you know the average American eats 30 lbs of lettuce per year?  Holy cow!  How do you think you compare to the average?

Looking for more delicious salad recipes? Check out the book Super Salads: More Than 250 Super-Easy Recipes for Super Nutrition and Super Flavor By Reader’s Digest.

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Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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reclaimed produce

This past week Mr. Produce Guy gave us 3 banana boxes filled with produce. Since we are still swimming in lettuce from last week,  I decided to give all but a few leaves to the chickens.

fresh produce

This time around we salvaged lettuce, watermelon, strawberries, apples, broccoli, carrots, and blueberries. Holy cow man, there was a little bit of everything. Does anyone know what the retail value on this would be? I’m thinking somewhere in the $20 range.

chickens at the garden gate

Happy chickens waiting for their treats.

chicken scraps

Typically I try and divide up the scraps so the chickens will get one fat, juicy container every 2 days or so.

chickens

I’m not sure how many chickens out there get to dine on fresh produce scraps year round, but our birds sure do love them. And you know what I love? The money I save on chicken feed.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past 8 1/2 months?

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

If you would like to learn more about raising chickens and all the fun and excitement it brings… Check out The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit By Jennifer Megyesi.  Amazon currently has it in stock and ready to ship.

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Skippy Peanut Butter, Bosch Tools, Hunter Boots + More

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I am going bananas sign{See link for I am going bananas below}

Happy Tuesday,

Here are a few deals I spotted for you. As always, I’ll update this list as I find more deals throughout the morning so be sure and check back.

Bosch Tool Set

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Bosch 12-Volt Lithium-Ion 3/8-Inch Drill/Driver with 2 L-BOXX Cases for $93.99 shipped. This is a saving of 53%.

  • Compact drill/driver with compact height and head length
  • Has 265-inches-per-pound of torque and up to 1,300 RPM
  • Suitable for most applications with two speeds and 3/8-inch chuck
  • Comfortable locking clips for user ease and fast access to tools
  • Includes 13-piece Exact-Fit accessory insert trays

Go HERE for the Bosch Tool Set

free kindle booksFree Kindle Books

Locavore U.S.A.: How a local-food economy is changing one community
Weight Watcher Whiz Luscious Chocolate Points Plus Recipes Cookbook
Cook With Ed: Amazing Pie & Crust Recipes

Green Tea: Not Only Delicious, But Also Beneficial For Your Health – Including Some Green Tea Recipes 

The prices on Free Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while they are free!

skippy peanut butter

Amazon has the big 40 oz jar of Skippy Peanut Butter on sale for only $5.87 shipped when you use the subscribe & save option at checkout. Go HERE to get this deal.

two story fire escape ladder

Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder $29.97 shipped

Available in 13-foot and 25-foot models, Kidde Escape Ladders offer a quick and easy escape from two- or three-story homes. These life-saving ladders store compactly, deploy quickly, and keep you prepared for the possibility of fire and other emergencies.

Go HERE for the Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder

sponges

Amazon currently has a 10-pack of Scouring Pad Sponges on sale for $0.93 shipped. Go HERE to get this deal.

Round-Table- pizza

Amazon Local TACOMA is offering $20 to Spend on Food and Drink at Round Table Pizza. Wow that’s a great deal!

cool signs

 

One Kings Lane has a bunch of deals on cool signs {like the one you see at the top of this post}. Head on over HERE to check them out.

New One Kings Lane members can get a $15 credit off any $30+ purchase just for signing up.  With savings up to 70% on some items, One Kings Lane is totally worth checking out!

Go HERE to get a $15 credit of any $30+ purchase.

Already have an Account? Go HERE 

Phinaes and Ferb tickets

Got any Phineas & Ferb fans in your house? Gold Star has half price tickets. Yee-Haw!

amazon free music mp3

Right now you can choose from over 2,000 Albums for only $5 each on Amazon.com. Head on over HERE to see them all.

hunter boot sale

6pm is having a Hunter Boot and Welly Socks sale. There are Welly socks as low as $12 shipped and Short Hunter boots for $59 shipped. Go HERE to check out these deals.

David's bridal sale

Looking for a wedding dress? Check out the David’s Bridal Gown sale going on right now.

handyman magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Family Handyman Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code 0570 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 1/8/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

$1.00 off Dial Liquid Hand Soap Refill$1.00 off (1) Package of El Monterey Taquitos $2.00 off 2 Milo's Kitchen home-style dog treats

There is a new coupons available for Dial Hand Soap, El Monterey Taquitos, and Milo’s Dog Treats.

Alright, I’m off to go make some breakfast.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit.

♥ Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Seed Starting Trays

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seed starting trays

The weather today pretty much stunk. So I stayed inside and made a batch of lemon marmalade, caught up on some emails, and washed 3 loads of laundry. Then, needing to get at least a little bit of gardening in, I went outside and fetched all my seed starting trays from beneath the potting bench.

seed starting trays picture

Even though I have a good stash built up, without fail every year I end up buying a few more. It’s like an addiction. And Home Depot is my crack house.

wooden deck chairs

Who knew a few empty black plastic trays  could so much hope and possibility.

~Mavis

 

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Free Amazon Kindle Books – Cooking, Gardening, Self Help, + Children’s Books

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free kindle booksCookbooks

Pizza Recipes 101: Modern Pizza Recipes
Glycemic Index Diet
Smoothie Recipes
Top 10 Burger Recipes: How to Make the Best Gourmet Homemade Burgers 

free kindle garden booksGardening Books

Home Vegetable Gardening -a Complete and Practical Guide to the Planting and Care of All Vegetables
Weekend Homesteader: July
Garlic – Herbs and Spices 
Raised Bed Gardening – Ten Good Reasons For Growing Plants In A Raised Bed Garden
free kindle books for kidsFree Children’s Books

Sway
NO EXIT (The Apple Grove Gang)
My Dinosaur is Scared of Vegetables (Fun Rhyming Children’s Books)
Go Figure

free kindle self help booksSelf Help Books

Becoming The 1%: How You Can Instantly Supercharge Your Mornings
Knockout Interview Answers
The Daily Dose: 365 Inspirational Quotes To Achieve Your Ultimate Dreams in One Year or Less
Brilliant book of calm 

See more FREE eBooks


Don’t have a Kindle? No worries. You can have access to this from any pc or mobile device using Amazon’s FREE Kindle application.

Amazon kindle book prices can change at anytime. If you see something you like grab it quick.

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Canning 101 | Meyer Lemon Marmalade

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recipe meyer lemon marmalade recipe

I love eating fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season. So last week when I picked up 4 pounds of Meyer lemons from Costco,  I knew right away what I was going to do with the first 6 of them.

Make marmalade.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE marmalade. Especially on buttered toast.

This recipe is super easy to make, I hope you like it. We sure do.

Meyer Lemon Marmalade

Ingredients

6 Meyer lemons {1 1/2 pounds}
4 cups water
4 cups sugar

Canning 101  Meyer Lemon MarmaladeDirections

Cut the lemons crosswise and remove seeds. Place the seeds in a cheesecloth bag, or tea infuser and set aside. Quarter each lemon half and thinly slice the lemons into strips. Place the lemons, 4 cups of water and the bag/infuser of seeds in a nonreactive heavy pot and let mixture stand, covered, at room temperature 24 hours.

Once the mixture has sat for 24 hours, bring a boiling-water canner, 3/4 full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

When you are ready to make the marmalade, {after the lemon mixture has sat for 24 hours}, discard the lemon seeds and bring the lemon mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat, and simmer, uncovered, until your mixture is reduced to about 4 cups {about 45 minutes to an hour}. Stir in sugar and boil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally and skimming off any foam, until a teaspoon of mixture dropped on a cold plate gels, about 15 minutes.

Carefully ladle hot marmalade immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids and screw bands on. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. {Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.} Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 5 min. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary}. Yields {5} 1/2 pints.


See More of my Canning Recipes HERE

Looking for a few more awesome canning recipes?  Check out Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. Amazon has it currently in stock and ready to ship.

Need a canner? I used the Granite Ware 11-1/2 Quart Covered Preserving Canner with Rack. And if you need a tool kit, I use one similar to this one.

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Money Saving Tip – Make Your Own Foaming Hand Wash

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Make your own foaming hand wash

In an attempt to avoid the sniffles, I find winter time brings around more frequent hand washing.  Needless to say, hand soap goes pretty quick around here–and a girl could go broke buying those fancy-schmancy bath store soaps, so I say, why not make your own?  I make mine in a  foaming hand wash pumper bottle I bought years ago.   {I have found the Method pumps stand up to the test of time best.}

Foaming hand soap

To make, simply buy your favorite liquid hand soap.  Fill your pump 2/3 full with water {filling the water first prevents a wave of bubbles from spilling over}.  Then add liquid soap, leaving enough room to put the pumper back on.  Shake it like a Polaroid picture, and voila, you cut your cost by two-thirds.   {The first pump or two might be kind of soupy, but trust me, it’ll get foamy after a couple vigorous shakes.}

~Mavis

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

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Seriously, who buys this much mayonnaise?

Alright, let’s get this party started, shall we?

For those of you who thought I was going to bag the idea of couponing, and go Whole Paycheck on you, you were totally wrong. Believe it or not, I am going to try {for the third year in a row} to adhere to a grocery budget of $100 a month for my family of 4.

And I DO have a plan.

Back in 2011 when I challenged myself to feed my clan for $100 a month, I was knee deep in Extreme Couponing. At the time I was very confident I’d be able to rein in my spending and still keep the cupboards stocked. What I didn’t count on, was that I’d be spending so much time clipping coupons, and running to the store constantly to find deals, that I would gain 10 pounds because I was stuffing my face {and my family’s mouths} with processed crap in a box that no great great grandmother on the planet would be able to recognize as food.

As I headed into 2012 I decided to dust off my garden tools, and try something new. I set a goal to grow 2,000 pounds of food in our backyard. I figured I could shed those 10 pounds of processed food that had stapled themselves to my backside, by spending more time in the garden GROWING food rather than SHOPPING for food at the first sign of deal. And it worked. Mission accomplished.

Now, as we head into 2013, I want to continue my goal to feed my family good, wholesome food. I have a few new things I’d like to try. First, I’d like to see if I can double what I grew last year by trying to grow 4,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables in the backyard garden. Secondly, I want to see if I can slowly transition my husband and son away from eating/wanting so much crapity crap food.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to take away their beloved Doritos, I’m just going to  trick  silently go about how I introduce healthier foods to them.

I don’t want to give away all my plans yet {in case the HH is reading this}, but I do want you to know, I have a “general idea” as to how I’m going to go about this.

So, I’m still here, I’m still on a mission to feed my family for $100 a month, and I’m still going to use coupons. I’m just to going to go about it a bit differently this year, I hope you’ll stick around.

♥ Mavis

Here is what I purchased this past week:

costco shopping trip

Costco – $219.59

Well, well, well, someone fell off the wagon, that’s for sure. I think I said everything I wanted to say about this purchase HERE.

grocery shopping trip

QFC$5.96 for 1 gallon of fresh, local milk. WOW everyone sure had a lot to say about this.
Local Produce Stand $4.80 for cucumbers, peppers, grapefruit, broccoli, and avocados.
Bartell’s Drug Store – $17.70 for pasta sauce, Nutella, dried prunes and apricots.
Fred Meyer – $2.01 for oatmeal.

reclaimed food
Reclaimed Food Scraps – FREE

I can’t even begin to guess how much money we’ve been able to save over the past 8 months on fresh produce. Produce that was going to be thrown away.

Target Shopping Trip

Target $2.84

I picked up some junk food for the boys. I gave them one box of the fudge covered Ritz crackers and hid the other 3 boxes along with the Pretzel M&M’s.

Total Spent This Week $252.90
Total Spent This Year $252.90
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $0

Go HERE to read more Shopping Trip Stories.

mavis one hundred dollars a month

Here are the One Hundred Dollars a Month Challenge Guidelines I have set for myself:

1. I will be keeping track of all grocery money spent this year. I do not include toiletries, medications, newspapers {because I don’t buy any} restaurant meals {we rarely go out} or money spent on vacation {because when we travel we use money from our “vacation fund.”

2. If I {or anyone else in my family} receives a gift card to a restaurant it does not count.  Why? Because the gift cards were a gift.  We did not have to pay for them out of our own pockets.

3. If I win a free gift card, redeem credit, or barter with my neighbors, the street value of the products don’t count because I did not have to pay for them out of my own pocket.

4. If I am able to score a free $10, $20 {ect.} catalina from the purchase of a gift card {ie: Amazon, Home Depot, iTunes ect.} the amount I spent on the gift card does not count towards my food purchase total.  Why?  Because we don’t eat lumber, music or books. But we do eat food, and if buying a gift card to a store I already know I’ll be shopping at within the next 6 months scores me some free food, I’m going to do it.

Okay, that’s it. I think I’ve covered everything. Any questions?

Will YOU be trying to reduce your grocery budget this year?

What is a realistic goal for your family?

 

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