Mavis Mail – Front Yard Garden Edible Garden Photos From Everett, Washington

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food not lawns front yard garden

Local author Yvonne and her family decided to get more serious with their attempt at growing vegetables and keeping chickens.

Here is what she had to say:

Last year we dug up our front yard (my husband hates to mow the lawn so he was happy) and got good soil delivered. It was a very busy year because we also got 5 chickens!

We practice organic, pesticide free gardening. So far this year the potatoes (4 different varieties) are looking great in their potato growing bags. I tried to do the potato straw tower thing last year and was not successful. Maybe it was all that rain last Spring!

rasied garden boxes
A bunch of carrots and peas are looking good. Lettuce has just been harvested and now I am waiting for the cucumber plants and tomatoes to grow taller so I can grow more lettuce in their shade. I thought it would be cool to grow strawberries in cinderblocks around one of my veggie patches. So far so good! The tomato plants are still really small but some have flowers already.

This year I am trying to grow corn. Right now I have 1 inch seedlings. Typically corn is hard to grow here but I have nothing to loose and it would be so cool, if it worked out! The artichoke plants from last year (grown from seed) finally have a good production of nice artichokes going. I have to fight my girls for them!

raised garden bed pictures
Pretty much everything in the front yard is edible. I do grow a lot of wild flowers for the bees and last year I also build a willow structure that is being enjoyed by many little birds and my girls like sit under the willows in the shade.

My biggest challenge so far is to successfully grow any kind of brassica, beets and believe it or not radishes!! None of these plants ever bulk up or give me a cauliflower or a broccoli head. Very frustrating! Possibly it is too hot in the front yard..?

chicken coop pictures

We have our chickens in the backyard. We started with 5 but have 2 chicks waiting to join the big ladies so soon we’ll have 7 laying chickens.
Someone said, chickens are the gateway to adding more and more birds of any kind to your garden or even bigger life stock, such as goats. Well, so far I have caved and surprised my husband with 2 ducks! They are 10 weeks old and should start laying in 4 to 6 weeks. Ducks grow incredibly fast, need much less care than chickens, are funny as can be and are super, super stinky ; )

My chickens like to hang out in the compost bin. They are SUCH good workers! I hardly ever have to turn my compost. The coop is a little small, next year we’ll have to upgrade but their run is big all though for the most part they free range in the backyard. The eggs have huge, deep orange yolks!

Currently we are collecting palettes which my husband will work into a big fence for a new fenced area (and chicken free) in the backyard. Next year we will start planting veggies there as well as in the front yard. The backyard gets more shade and I am hoping to be able to start growing a bigger variety of vegetables and fruit.

felted fox

In addition to taking care of garden and animals, I needle felt and since I am a Illustrator by profession I also paint.

Needle felting is when you take wool roving and stab the roving with very sharp, barbed needles over and over. The barbs knot the fibers together and your can sculpt the wool. It is so addictive! {Check out Yvonne’s Etsy Shop} My hobby got a bit expensive and I am now selling my animals and things on etsy to support my addiction and to be able to buy soil and seeds : )

A Pig Cannot Drive a Tractor

A Pig Cannot Drive a Tractor by Yvonne Herbst {How cool is that?} :)

Wow Yvonne, your garden looks great and I love that you have ducks. I’ve thought about getting a few myself but my husband and kiddos said no. Ha! Keep up the good work.


wood pallet garden picturesGarden Photos from Fairfax, Virginia

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!

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:

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Mornings with Mavis – Purex Laundry Detergent Coupon, iPad Cases, Canon Camera Deal, Macy’s $10 Coupon

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Meyer Lemon Blossom

Wahooo the weekend is finally here. Check out the blossoms on Lemon, my Meyer Lemon Tree. Isn’t she a beauty? I wonder how many baby lemons are hiding beneath those flowers?

I bought her earlier this spring and have been housing her in the greenhouse and so far so good. Do YOU have a lemon tree? I’d love to know if you had any lemons your first year.

My fingers are crossed.

Have a great Friday everyone,


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Norpro Cut-N-Slice Flexible Cutting Boards, Set of 3 $5.27

Have you tried these flexible cutting boards yet?  My husband LOVES them, and he doesn’t even cook. Ha!  They are super handy and easy to clean, my kids even like them too.

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Raised Garden Beds – Cabbage, Beans, Tomatoes, Potatoes and Garlic

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raised garden beds cabbage

Lucy and I snapped a few pictures of the raised garden beds this morning and I thought I would show you what’s growing in them. 17 heads of cabbage were planted and so far 2 of them are bolting.

I always think it’s weird when you plant something in the same soil and the conditions are the same but one or two of plants decide to do their own thing. It’s kind of weird if you ask me. I mean I get how the whole bolting thing works, but still. I think it’s odd.

cabbage head

This fat head of cabbage looks perfect though.

raised garden beds green beans

Remember the two garden beds where I couldn’t get anything to grow? Well knock on wood because after several attempts, we have green beans and beets coming up in one of the beds.

planting potatoes and corn together

And potatoes and corn in the other. I don’t know if I’ll actually get any corn to harvest since I only planted a few seeds, but the stalks will still look cool on the porch this fall when it comes time to decorate.

raised garden beds tomatoes

A sea of tomato plants.

growing garlic and artichokes

Artichokes and garlic. I’ve stopped watering my garlic because the leaves are starting to die back a bit. We typically harvest garlic around the end of June or early July. The garlic plants are looking pretty good considering they got a bit of a late start.

The artichoke plants were started from seed in January and for their first year, I think they look great. This was the first time I had ever started artichokes from seed and for being such a large plant, I’m amazed at how well they are doing.

winter squash seedlings

Squash. Finally! I planted some butternut squash seeds up by the pea teepees early last week and they are just now starting to pop through the soil. I LOVE winter squash and I planted a bunch of seeds so we’ll see what happens.

potato plants

And last but not least, the potato patch. The HH has been laying grass clippings in the potato beds each time he mows. So far so good. I haven’t noticed any additional slugs.  Let’s hope it stays that way.

Did you plant potato plants this year? Are you using any type of mulch?

Mavis wants to know.

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The Best Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

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The Best Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Did you know tomorrow, June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day? It sure is! Last night I made the best strawberry shortcake I’ve ever made and guess what? I’m going to share the recipe with you. The secret is in the “shortcake” or biscuit rather.

This recipe for strawberry shortcake is so good, you may want to serve it for dinner tomorrow night instead of dessert. I mean really, why would you wait for dessert? ;)

strawberries with sugar


4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled {this strawberry huller works great}
1 tablespoon sugar

For the Shortcake
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
2/3 cup granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup for the top of the shortcakes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Addition fresh whipping cream for the topping

strawberry shortcake recipe


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread 1/4 cup granulated sugar on a dinner plate and set aside.

Place hulled strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the top of them and set aside. If you like your strawberries sliced, then go for it.

strawberry shortcake biscuit recipe

To make the shortcake dough, mix together the flour, 2/3 cup of sugar, cornmeal, salt and heavy cream. Shape into 6 to 8 balls, flatten and place on the sugar lined dinner plate. Coat the bottom of the shortcakes with sugar the best you can.

Bake shortcakes on a lined cookie sheet {I use a silpat} for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Cool slightly then slice.

Place a sliced shortcake on a plate, add fresh whipping cream and strawberries and serve.

Oh, and be prepared when people ask you for seconds. This recipe really is that good.


rustic fruit desserts

This recipe was adapted from the book Rustic Fruit Desserts. If you don’t already have this book, it rocks!!

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How to Make a Bucket List

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How to Make a Bucket List

I don’t know if it is because my kids are getting older or what, but I have had this urge to start crossing things off my proverbial bucket list.  I think now that they don’t need me in the same way, or as much for that matter, as they used to, I’ve had time to start thinking about the things I would like to experience.


The thing is, for me at least, a bucket list has always just been a running tally in my mind–like, I’ve always wanted to see New York at Christmas time.  It occurred to me the other day, though, that I should write them all down in an attempt to help them materialize.  {I’m going to admit, I probably just want to write them down so I can highlight them when I’ve finished.  Oooh, I love to highlight.  It’s one of those little things that is soooo gratifying.  Ha!}

ireland coastline

I feel like when people start to actually DO the things they’ve always wanted to experience, you can totally tell.  I don’t really think it actually happens all that often, when people actually start to live {that is not meant to sound as cheesy as it does}.  We get so busy raising babies, paying the mortgage, etc. that all of those things get put on the back burner.

church mission tripPhoto Credit

The thing is, when you meet someone who has actually decided that in between all of those things, they are going to start doing a couple of those bucket list items, you immediately like them.  Why is that?  I think it is because they are happy, and you know it {so clap your hands}.  Since happiness and contentment are contagious, I think we should all start a bucket list, and aim to highlight at least one thing a year.


As a service to humanity {ha!}, here is a little jump start on creating your own bucket list:

  1. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will writing your bucket list.  Maybe you’ve never allowed yourself the luxury of asking what you reaaaallly want to do.  So, think of your list as a malleable {word of the day} thing.  Start with the big ones, maybe there is only one, and come back to it after you’ve thought more.
  2. Remember to think passed travel.  My mind immediately jumps to travel.  But, travel is expensive and time-consuming.  All travel would equal no highlighting.  Think about smaller items, like write a letter to each of my kids for when they turn 18.
  3. Ask other people what is on their list.  Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, don’t be afraid to copy.  This is not a test.
  4. Think in broader terms.  There will be a lot of specific items, but think about all of those things you may have daydreamed about, but have no idea how you would actually accomplish it.  You never know what life will bring, so your bucket list does not have to come with a operator’s manual.  Think:  do something that is newsworthy.   {Hopefully, this is not on the arrests page.  Ha.}
  5. Be accountable.  Show your list to your kids, your spouse, and friends.  First, it will help your kids start thinking in realms of their goals, and second, it will hold you accountable.  Got to show them what it is to attain your dreams, right?
  6. There is a nifty little bucket list creator website that can help you if you are really stuck.  You can create your list right on the site, and also choose from thousands of idea.  Just go HERE.
  7. Make sure to include some things that are easily attainable, but that you might not do otherwise.  For example, read War and Peace.
  8. Remember to think about skills.  {Napoleon Dynamite didn’t have any skills, and remember how sad that was?}  Include things you’ve always wanted to be able to do:  knit, play the piano, learn French.
  9. Don’t be afraid to get specific.  Maybe it’s not just that you want to go to France, but you want to try a fresh baked french croissant.  {And believe me when I tell you, you really, really do want to try a fresh baked french croissant.}
  10. Last, but not least, make sure to include the things you might have already done.  And HIGHLIGHT them!  Woohoo!  {Sorry, I really should see someone about my highlighting obsession.}  Maybe you have already graduated from college {goals are bucket list items}.  Maybe it’s get married and have a family.  Put it on there, cross it off.  Your bucket list should be a visual reminder of your life {embroider that on a pillow}.

Now go get busy.  And stay tuned, because I’ll show you mine, if you’ll show me yours!  Haha.



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Flip Flops, Father’s Day Gift Ideas, Seed Potatoes, Raccoon Traps, and Juniper Trees

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used flip flops

While out running errands last night with The Girl, we stopped by the Goodwill to see if we could find any treasures. Nada. Nothing. Zilch. We didn’t find anything good. But, we did notice a bunch of used flip flops for sale. Which made me wonder, who on earth would buy a pair of used flip flops? Aren’t they like a buck at Target and Old Navy?

I typically don’t wear foam flip flops {yes I am a sturdy sandal snob} so I’m not sure if I would have bought them. I’ve purchased used shoes and garden boots before, but flip flops? Hmmmm.

big hunk candy bar

If you are looking for a last minute Father’s Day gift, Bartell’s drug store seems to think a Big Hunk candy bar would make an appropriate gift.

deals on seed potatoes

While we were out, we also stopped by Wilco. I had to resist not buying more potatoes. I mean, do you really think the 90 pounds of seed potatoes I purchased earlier this year will be enough?

how to trap racoons

Ricky the raccoon is back and he’s been eyeballing my hens again. If I bought a coon trap,

1. What would I bait it with?

2. How would I get the coon out?

3. What would I do with the coon?

juniper hedges

And last but not least, Amber from Facebook sent in this picture of some juniper shrubs she dug up from her friends backyard 2 weeks ago. She carefully transplanted 10 of them in her back yard and fertilized them, but now a few of them are starting to wilt and change colors.

She has already fertilized them and is watering them daily. Amber want’s to know if the junipers are on their last leg, or if they are going to be okay. Since I have no experience with junipers, I thought I would ask YOU for your advise.

What do you think? Do you have any thoughts about the flip flops, potatoes or coop trap? Can you help Amber? Let us know in the comment section below.


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Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, New Printable Coupons, Crocs, Dansko, Yoga Journal, Butterfly Garden and More

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mornings with Mavis

I turn around for one second, and Lucy the trouble dog is licking the plates clean. HA!

Happy Thursday everyone. :)


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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…
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The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

These Gourmet Classics 12- by 12-inch Microfiber Dish Cloths {Set of 4} are on sale right now for only $6.38. I own several sets {in white of course} and I LOVE them! Prices start at $6.38 and they are worth every penny.

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids? The Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden is on sale on for $12.99 The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird hatched butterflies for about 5 summers in a row when she was younger and loved this kit!

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Sugar Snap Pea and Radish Salad

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Sugar Snap Pea and Radish Salad

Last night I made a simple {I mean REALLY SIMPLE} pea salad for dinner and it was delicious. Fresh sugar snap peas are one of those vegetables that taste best when they are super fresh. If you have some growing in your garden, or you’ve got a neighbor who’s growing them that you can barter with, try this recipe for sugar snap and radish salad, you’ll love it. We sure did.


1 pound sugar snap peas, stringed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil {ZOE is my favorite brand}
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
4 radishes, thinly sliced
3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

sugar snap peas


Bring a pot of water to a boil and black the peas {about 1 minute}. Drain peas and run them under cold water to cool.

In a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper. Toss in the peas and radishes and stir together until all the vegetables are well coated. Garnish with feta cheese and serve.

salad for dinner

Looking for more great salad recipes? Check out the book Salad for Dinner. It’s packed with all sorts of goodness.

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Foraging for Free Food – Where to Find the Good Stuff

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Foraging for Free Food – Where to Find the Good Stuff

Have you ever wanted to go foraging for food but didn’t know where to start?  Now, there is a map that shows you all of the places around the world that you can score free food.  NPR featured an article recently that told about how two committed foragers created a map of the world that leads you to places with public fruit trees, free veggies–and for the really brave, dumpsters with a steady supply of food. even allows locals to add to the map as they find free food sources.

At first, I thought this was going to be a dumpster diving sort of deal, but when I clicked on the map, there are tons of fruit trees on public land, blackberry locations, and really fun not-so-common scores, like currants.

And the best part?  It’s totally FREE.  Woohoo!

In the land of plenty, foraging just got a little bit easier.


Backyard Foraging 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat

Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat

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Growing Tomatoes, Basil and Cucumbers in a Greenhouse

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glass greenhouse

Just before watering the plants in the greenhouse this morning I snapped a few pictures so I could show you what’s growing. Last year I had a lot more tomato and pepper plants in the greenhouse around this time, but it was nuts. I packed way to many plants in there and could barely move around, so this year I promised myself I wouldn’t do the same thing.

After all, plants need room to grow just like humans do.

greenhouse gutters

Right now we have cucumbers, basil, Swiss chard and peppers growing on the left greenhouse wall.

garden gutters cucumbers

Once the cucumbers get a little taller I’ll wrap some garden twine around them and create little trellis so they can grow along the top eves of the greenhouse and dangle down. I did it last year and they looked pretty cool.

garden gutters basil

This is round two of our greenhouse basil. The first batch was grown in a flat. This time around I thought it might be fun to try growing the basil in gutters. Have you ever tried this? I think it will look cool once it gets growing.

growing food in a greenhouse swiss chard

And Swiss chard. You can grow this crap yummy delicious stuff anywhere.

strawberries growing in gutters

Check out the strawberries! We are harvesting juicy red berries from the greenhouse gutters every other day now. We had strawberry shortcakes last night and they were delicious!

greenhouse tomatoes

Here is a picture of my beloved green zebra tomatoes. I LOVE THESE TOMATOES!

Last year the plants grew so tall they were coming out of the top vent in the greenhouse. It was crazy. But I’m looking forward to it happening all over again because these tomatoes are delicious.

potatoes and chives growing alongside a greenhouse

And last but not least, here is  a picture of the potatoes and chives growing alongside the greenhouse.

How is your garden growing? Do you co-plant anything with your potatoes?


You can see more pictures of our greenhouse and the progress we are making, in my Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse Series.

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