Raised Garden Beds – Growing Cabbage, Garlic, Tomatoes and More

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DIY raised garden beds

The backyard is finally starting to look like a real backyard garden again. Out 16 4×8 raised garden boxes are really starting to fill in and it won’t be too long before they are overflowing with yummy vegetables to eat.

DIY Raised garden beds cabbage

I still think the cabbage and radish bed looks the best.

french breakfast radishes

Do you have any great radish recipes? Someone said they are good sauteed, like in a stir fry. We will have a bunch to harvest over the next 2 weeks and I need to find a few good recipes for them.

DIY Raised Garden Beds garden gnome

Radishes, onions and kohlrabi.

kohlrabi plant

If you look closely you can see the kohlrabi bulbs starting to form at the soil line.

square foot gardening

The square foot garden. We added 3 tomato plants to it a few days ago. Next on the list are beans and cucumbers.

DIY Raised Garden Bed Swiss Chard

Check out the bed of Swiss chard.

swiss chard plant

The chickens will be so excited!

how to grow garlic

I’m kind of surprised there are no signs of garlic scapes yet. I love using them in stir-fry dishes and it seems to me they should be popping up by now.

The year started off pretty mild but lately the weather has begun to really warm up for this time of year {I think so anyway}.  Since we didn’t get any snow this past winter, I think the vegetables might be a  little behind. Either that or I’m the one who is behind. I’m not sure which is which.

If there is one thing I have learned over the years about gardening is that it’s better to wait to until the weather warms up a bit to get all your seeds planted. Otherwise they just end up rotting in the ground because your’e to stinkin’ excited to start gardening and you plant them too early.

beet seedlings

Thinning the beets is on the agenda this weekend.

heirloom tomato plants

Be still my heart. Tomato plants.

organic gardening

Here is the view from the garden gate. Pretty neat-o if you ask me.

If you find that I am posting less than normal this weekend, it’s because I plan on spending most of it getting caught up in the garden. My online boyfriend Ryan from Botanical Interests is coming to visit me in a few weeks when he’s up here for the Mother Earth News Fair and I want to get everything looking in tip top shape for his arrival.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, Have a great weekend!

~ Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Gottex Sun Hats, Herb Scissors, Butterfly Garden, ibotta, Kashi Coupons

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Happy Friday everyone! Today I’m hoping to go through my seeds and see what still needs to be planted, clean my house, get a few weeds pulled and read a few more chapters in This Life in in Your Hands by Melissa Coleman {Eliot Coleman’s daughter}. What an interesting book!

I hope you have a great weekend, stay out of trouble and have a great Mother’s Day.

~Mavis

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Zulily has Gottex sunhats on sale today. Great for the beach, working out in the garden or strolling around the farmer’s market.

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REI Outlet has the SportHill Truckee II Shorts on sale for $30.93. These are great for working out.

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Have you ever tried Herb Scissors before?  They’re pretty awesome.  I own a pair and use them all the time.  Amazon has these herb scissors on sale right now for $9.95.

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Amazon currently has the Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer on sale for $21.25 shipped. There are over 800 reviews on this and they are awesome!

Lysol Cling Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Country Scent, 2 – 24 Ounce bottles $3.57/$1.79 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at check out.

Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? The Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden is on sale on Amazon.com for $15.10. 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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  • 1 P&G

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Martha Stewart Living Magazine 1 Year Subscription Only $14.99

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DiscountMags is offering a 1 year subscription to Martha Stewart Magazine for only $14.99 a year when you use code 4427 at checkout. 

*This special rate will be live through midnight  5/10/13 {EST}. You can purchase this deal as a new subscription or to renew your existing subscription. You can also purchase additional subscriptions as gifts!

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Mavis Send in the Gnomes Fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Garden Gnomes Mavis St. Jude FundrasierGnome Drawing from Isaac – Age 6 1/2

Lucy and I opened a bunch of packages last night and we wanted to give everyone an update on our Send in the Gnomes Fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Together we have raised $2,290 dollars and collected 229 garden gnomes towards our $10,000 / 1,000 garden gnome goal.

Here are some of the contents from the latest round of boxes {you can see all the gnomes HERE}

garden gnomes mavis St. Jude Fundraiser

Girl Scout Troop 389 from Mt. Olive North Carolina sent me a pickle festival t-shirt and a gangster gnome. I like that  this gnomie has a phone on him in case he sees any trouble going in the backyard. Nice work girls!

garden gnomes mavis St. Jude Fundraiser

Holly from Yelm, Washington sent in her garden gnome on behalf of her friend Max or Jedi Max as she likes to call him. Jedi Max is in a fight for his life against brain cancer. His goal was to go to the Eiffel Tower but due to a downhill slope in his health his doctors do not think he is stable enough to make the trip.

give max the world

Give Max The World!
Jedi Max
P.O. Box 690309
Killeen, TX 76549

So instead a family friend started a facebook event called Give Max the World and is asking people from all over the world to send him a souvenir or postcard from where ever they are from by July 1st {his 9th birthday}. Pretty awesome if you ask me!

garden gnomes mavis St. Jude Fundraiser

I’m not sure who sent these knitted gnomes in but they sure are cute. I had to quickly put them up high so Lucy the Puggle Dog didn’t run off with them.garden gnomes mavis St. Jude Fundraiser

A hot pink gnome statue, a book about beans, garden seeds, bubble bath and candy? Holy cow!

Thank you everyone for your support! You. Are. Awesome.

~Mavis

Mavis butterfield gnome St. Jude's wish list

If you have a gnome, send it to Mavis by August 1st to:

Mavis Butterfield
P.O. Box 2083
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

 * A maximum of $10,000 will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

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Container Gardening Idea – Grow Salad in a Pot

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Container Gardening Idea - Grow Salad in a Pot

Do you want to grow some vegetables but just don’t have a lot of space? Try container gardening. You can grow everything from tomatoes to salad mixes in pots of all shapes and sizes.

Trust me, anyone can have a garden and you don’t have to have a giant backyard to do it. If you have never gardened before, start with something easy, like salad greens.

How to Grow Salad in a Pot

Supplies

Directions

Fill a container with moist potting soil. Press seeds into soil and cover with 1/4 inch potting soil. Keep moist. Seeds should germinate in 5-10 days and depending on the variety and  your lettuce should be ready to harvest in 30 – 45 days.

You can do this!

~Mavis

If you would like to learn more about growing vegetable container gardens, check out The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible By Edward C. Smith.

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DIY Wood Pallet Garden

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DIY Wood Pallet Gardening slugs

Oh no! Lucy and I noticed the baby slugs this morning when we went out to water the wood pallet garden. I know everyone has to eat, but come on! I’m not growing this lettuce for the slugs.

DIY Wood Pallet Garden lettuce

The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird informed me we are hosting a pasta feed for her team this weekend. Oh joy! In addition to pasta I will be serving salad. Fresh from the garden and the greenhouse. I hope the kids like it.

DIY Wood Pallet Garden strawberries

Strawberries usually ripen towards the end of June around here. We have strawberries growing in wood pallets, in greenhouse gutters and along side the house. By the looks of the berry blossoms everywhere we should get a bumper crop this year.

DIY Wood Pallet Garden celery

Lucy inspecting the celery.

Diy Wood Pallet Garden spinach

Spinach.

DIY Wood pallet garden bok choy

It appears the slugs got the the bok choy as well. I guess I’ll have to harvest it soon if I expect to get any.

DIY Wood Pallet Garden lettuce

And last but not least, the romaine lettuce. Come to mama! Doesn’t it look great. After I harvest the lettuce for the pasta feed {in the other pallet} I think I’ll plant some more romaine. For some strange reason romaine lettuce thrives in our pallet garden.

Have you tried pallet gardening yet?

~Mavis

heat treated wood pallet

Want to learn more about wood pallet gardening and how I put mine together? Click on the pallets above and it will take you to my first pallet garden post of the year. You’ll also learn what to look for when choosing a pallet.

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Garden Photos and Drawings From the Netherlands

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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!

garden potting bench

Aafke from the Netherlands {who blogs at xlovettes.blogspot.com} sent in some lovely photos of her bunnies and gardens. I had no idea there were teenagers out there who love to garden this much! Pretty cool if you ask me.

bunnies

Here is what Aafke had to say:

I love gardening and being in the nature. I have been gardening about 2/3 years now and have always helped my dad.

As you see I have two bunnies named: Muffin {orange} and Krummel {white with black}. Muffin an almost 2 years old female from a market and Krummel is a 10 months old neutered male from the shelter. I give them all their needs. Muffin lost a front leg last year. A polecat bit it off, but she can run as the best one!

cool garden sheds

And this is my little atelier. It is not finished yet but it’s going really fast. I made my atelier from an old pigeon loft. I pained it and bought some furniture in different thrift stores. I love putting things together and making one big sweetness of it. Next to my atelier is standing my kitchen garden.

raised garden beds herb garden

Left are standing strawberries and right herbs. I just planted some seeds so I have to wait for them to come up. Thyme, lemon balm, mint, chives, parsley, arugula and maggie. And the radishes have yet to come up. The ground is compost and works really good! In our compost we put, leaves, bunny poop and things, left over food etc.

espalier tree

I just want to let you see out pear tree. It’s doing so great! I already can’t wait to eat the first pear from the tree this summer! Do you have pear trees? We also have apple, walnut and hazelnut.

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Hope you like the pictures.

I just want to say that I think that you have a great blog with lots of inspiring things.

Green hand shake,
Aafke

P.S. I don’t have any chickens, we had 5 but they are all ate by a polecat. Our wish is to have a few quails.

charocal bird drawing

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.

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: Amazon.com.

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Companion Planting: Tomatoes, Onions and Carrots

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puggle puppy dog

Last night Lucy the garden dog helped me get a little companion planting done in the raised garden beds. Typically I bring the squirt bottle out with me and zap her with it if she walks in the garden beds, {and it works!} but she is still on the mend and I didn’t want to startle her.

Luckily she didn’t munch on any of the vegetable plants,  so I was okay with it.

onion transplants

The other day my neighbor Hudla and I planted 66 tomato plants in 6 garden boxes {11 in each}. I was able to get 4 of the boxes planted with companion vegetables, 2 with onions and 2 with carrots.

purple carrot seeds

If you have kids and you have never grown purple carrots before, you should give them a try. Your little monkeys will think they’ve got the coolest vegetables on the planet when they pull those babies up.

companion planting tomatoes carrots onions

I think in the other two garden boxes I will plant a flat of leeks in one of them and maybe some fancy lettuce in the other. We’ll see. I have to go through my seed packets and see what I have.

companion planting tomatoes

Right now it looks like there are a bunch of string beans laying on the ground between the tomato plants, but no worries. In a few days they should perk right up and the garden beds will be looking in tip top shape.

How about you? Have you planted your tomatoes yet? Do you plan on doing any companion planting? If so, what will you plant beneath your tomato plants?

~Mavis

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Is this your first year gardening? Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens is filled with 24 garden plans for various types or home gardens, both big and small. The reviews on Starter Vegetable Gardens book are awesome!

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Kindle Coupon, Summer Sandals, Shari’s Berries Coupon, Pro Flowers Coupon

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Does anyone know what kind of plant this is? I have another one just like it growing on the other side of the greenhouse but I cannot remember what the heck I planted.

Does it look familiar to you?

~Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability FREE
Top 10 French Fry Recipes FREE
Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes FREE
Recipes With Honey – For All Seasons FREE

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

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Now is the time to stock up on summer sandals and wedges! Prices start at just $12!

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Living Social has my two favorite deals available just in time for Mother’s Day:

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Broccoli Cranberry and Almond Salad with Feta

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Broccoli Cranberry and Almond Salad with Feta

If you are looking for a great side salad or dinner salad for that matter {if you are vegetable freaks like we are} then this broccoli cranberry and almond salad with feta should do the trick. Not only is pretty to look at, this salad tastes great too!

Ingredients

1 pound broccoli florets, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles {mozzarella works good too}
1/2 cup dried cranberries {Traverse Bay are my favorite}
1/4 cup almonds, chopped

For the Dressing

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt

broccoli

Directions

Chop the broccoli into bite sized pieces and toss in a bowl with sliced celery, dried cranberries and almonds.

In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, sugar and salt until smooth. Pour over broccoli salad mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Looking for a few more yummy salad recipes? Check out Salad for Dinner: Complete Meals for All Seasons. Amazon has it in stock and ready to ship.

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