Growing Vegetables in the Greenhouse

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Things are seriously picking up in the greenhouse. In just a matter of a few more weeks I have a feeling the whole place will be filled with pots and we’ll have tomatoes and peppers all over the place.

Chive flower seed heads

Check out the chives! These babies are getting ready to flower. I planted a bunch more seeds over the winter and they are about 2 inches tall right now. It will be cool to get a fall crop this year.

Greenhouse Gutters grow food in gutters

Got gutters? Holy cow, they vegetables are growing like crazy. Click HERE to see what the gutters looked like one month ago. It’s nuts!

grow spinach in gutters greenhouse

A spinach salad is on the menu tonight.

swiss chard seedlings

Swiss chard. We will be thinning this soon. We will keep a few in the greenhouse and move the rest to the garden beds.

grow lettuce in greenhouse gutters

The mesclun lettuce also needs to be harvested. I’ll have to call Francisco and see if he wants to do a barter with me.

romaine lettuce leaves

Cesar salad anyone? Yes please!

does lettuce grow back when you cut it

Last week I cut the lettuce, and now the lettuce is growing back. Pretty cool!

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My neighbor will be over today to help me pot up the rest of the tomato seedlings and hopefully some peppers too {if we have time}. I’m excited to get all the seedlings out of the trays and into pots.

tomato plants

The tomatoes will be planted outside in another 2 weeks or so. I think it’s still too chilly to set them out right now.

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I think there must be about 75 – 100 tomato plants in this flat.

basil leaves organic gardening

And last but not least. Basil. Basil. Basil. Who knew you could growfresh basil in April?

No matter how you do it, gardening is awesome!

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day, I’m off to go play in the dirt.

~Mavis

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Looking for a great gardening book? Check out Carrots Love Tomatoes. I own it and use it all the time.

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Food Waste in America – This Little Piggy Saved None

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Mr. Produce Guy had 2 boxes of reclaimed produce waiting for us when we stopped by the local market this week. There was more lettuce than you could imagine along with grapes, pears and corn.

puggle dogs like produce

Inspector Lucy learned she lives celery.

ear of corn

As for the rest of the produce, well, we decided to sit this one out. If would have had the extra time, I could have cut out the good parts out of the corn and froze it. But I didn’t.

rotten grapes

I also didn’t bother with the pears {too mushy} or the grapes.

It’s kind of weird in a way how we’ve become accustomed to getting so much great produce over the past year. If we were truly needy, or this were the depression era or even if I was living in The Glass CastleI would have saved every ounce of the produce.

And now after looking at these pictures again, I feel bad The Girl and I didn’t pick through the boxes and save any of the fruits and vegetables.

chicken scaps

It’s pretty rare around here that all the free produce goes to the chickens, but this week, they got it all.

~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 – Pineapple Corer, Paper Towels, Cast Iron, Cowboy Boots, Coupons

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Today is going to be a busy day around here. My neighbor is coming over to help re-pot tomato seedlings this morning {I hope I can resist the urge to plant some in a garden box} and I have a meeting scheduled with Andy the Plant Whisperer as well.

Komo tv weather forecast

I also just checked the forecast for this week and there is sun in the forecast for the next 7 days! Looks like I might have to break out the shorts! Wahoo, I am excited!

 ~Mavis

Easy Tool Stainless Steel Fruit Pineapple Corer Slicer Peeler Cut

Do you have one of these? Amazon has the Stainless Steel Fruit Pineapple Corer, Slicer on sale for $4.36 shipped. The reviews on this are pretty awesome too!

Sparkle Giant Rolls

Running low on paper towels? Amazon has Sparkle, Giant Rolls, Print, [2 Rolls*10 Pack] = 20 Total Count on sale for $19.61 /$0.98 delivered when you clip the $1.00 off coupon below and use the subscribe and save option at check out.
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Looking for a super awesome dutch oven? This 5-Quart Lodge Logic Cast Iron Dutch Oven is only $30.54 shipped!coupons for cowboy boots

Zulily has Cowgirl Boots on sale starting at $41.99. Get ‘er done!

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

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Amazon has my favorite Luster Leaf Twine with Built in Cutter for $9.57. This is what I use in the garden.

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6pm is having a great loafer sale and as always, when you shop 6pm your items are shipped for free. Below are my favorite deals {My favorite are the Naturalizer Rina loafers!}

Annie – Kana $16.49
Annie – Aldena $23.98
Naturalizer – Rina $31.48
Kickers – Kick Ballerina $58
Sebago – Docksides $37.99

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If you are a fan of Amazon’s one stop shopping and delivery services, {that would be me!} they have a Mother’s Day Shop set up where you can order everything from chocolates to flowers and have them delivered to mom just in the for Mother’s day.

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Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Rug Doctor Mighty Pro with 60-Ounce Bottle of Oxy-Steam Carpet Cleaner.

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine for only $4.49 a year when you use code 7398 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 4/30/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

Power Bar Sweepstakes

Anyone up for a free trip to France? Enter the Power Bar See You In France Sweepstakes for you change to win.

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who entered the Autographed Copies of The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook giveaway. If you didn’t win this time, no worries, we have lot’s of fun giveaways planned for this year so be sure and check back often.

The winners are…

Kim - I love to grow tomatoes and sweet peppers.
Patrick – Tomatoes are my favorite.
Tanya Jenkins - Hands down its tomatoes. There are so many varieties and NOTHING tastes like a tomato fresh from the garden. Cherry tomatoes for salads, romas with fresh mozzarella cheese, big beefsteaks on the summer barbecued hamburgers. I love em all!

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Freezer Meal Recipe – Chicken Cacciatore

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Freezer Meal Recipe - Chicken Cacciatore

After I picked up my Zaycon Chicken order a few weeks ago I put together a few freezer meals and stashed them away for a busy night  when I

Ingredients

3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts {I used Zaycon chicken}
1 {26 oz} jar of spaghetti sauce
1 zucchini, chopped
1 sweet pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped

Freezer Meal Recipe  Chicken Cacciatore

Directions

There are 2 different ways you can make this. You can load all the ingredients into a gallon sized Ziplock bag, lay it flat, freeze, and cook it in the crock pot at a later date or layer the ingredients in a foil pan, seal and pop in the freezer.

Crock Pot Cooking Method: Cook from frozen on high for 8 hours or until chicken is thoroughly cooked, or thaw overnight in the refrigerator overnight and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Oven Cooking Method: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Cook at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles if desired.

Fix, Freeze, Feast The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family

Looking for more freezer meals? Check out the book Fix, Freeze, Feast: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family. I think it’s pretty awesome!

 

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea – Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots

If you’re trying to come up with a craft project for your kids to make for Teacher Appreciation Day next week, these chalkboard painted pots should do the trick.  Not only are chalkboard painted pots easy to make, but your kids will love making them for their favorite teacher as well. Plus, the teacher will be THRILLED it’s not an another apple. Ha!

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots picture

Supplies

  • 4 Terra Cotta Pots
  • Fresh Herbs {I chose Basil, Chives, Rosemary and Oregano}
  • 1 Quart Chalkboard Paint
  • 1 Paint Brush
  • Potting Soil
  • 1 Piece White Chalk or Chalk Pens

Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots

chalkboard paint flower pots
Instructions

  • Paint dry pots and let them dry for 2 -3 hours
  • Add moistened soil to the bottom of the pot, add herb, add additional soil
  • Label each pot with chalk and water

Teacher Appreciation week Gift Idea Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots

Personally I think these pots look great outside sitting on a potting bench.  If you would like to give them as indoor gifts, I would suggest purchasing little terra cotta saucers to place underneath the pots to allow for drainage.

I’ve tried several different brands of chalkboard paint over the years and Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Brush-On is my favorite.  You  might be able to find it in your local hardware store, but if not, Amazon has it too.

Another great thing to have on hand are Chalk Ink Markers. Amazon has these, but you can probably find them for less at the craft store with a coupon.

 

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Square Foot Gardening – Grow More in Less Space

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The weather here in the Pacific Northwest was great this weekend. I was able get some kale planted in the square foot garden. I also pulled a few {tiny} weeds as well. I must admit I do like the idea of a square foot garden and it will be interesting to see how much food this 4×8 area produces.

square foot gardening strawberries

Strawberry Gnome Guy is doing a fantastic job of keeping the slugs away. I’m sure once the slugs find out the strawberries have been planted they will make their annual appearance.

square foot gardening grid radish

The radishes have popped up but I noticed one of the seeds did not germinate. Oh the horror! I’m going to totally plant another today so the 12 -inch box looks perfect. Blame it on the OCD {I bet Martha, or one of her people, would totally do this too!}.

lettuce seedlings

The mesclun lettuce seeds have broken through the soil as well. In another 30 days we should have enough spring lettuce for a salad. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that seeds + soil = tasty food.

square foot gardening kale

So far we have 19 squares planted and 13 left to go. Tomatoes, beans and cucumbers will be filling up the remaining squares. Hopefully those will be planted in the next few weeks.

Gardening is cool, no matter how you grow it!

~Mavis

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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Hello Monday!

If you are still in your pajamas, it’s OKAY. So am I!

Laurie sent in some gnome pajamas for me to wear for the Send in the Gnomes fundraiser, how cool was that? How did she even know I like pajamas? I’ll have to break them in before I pack up the pj’s for the road trip to St. Jude this summer.

As far as grocery shopping went, it was a pretty slow week around here due to my splurge and Costco and Winco last week.

Some weeks you buy a ton of food and others you get by with just milk.

Here is what I purchased:

target milk market pantry alfredo sauce

Target $7.18

All I really needed this past week was milk. I was walking by an end cap and spotted Alfredo sauce for a $1 a jar so I grabbed two of them. Has anyone tried this brand? Is it any good?

I have a recipe I’ve been wanting to try and it calls for Alfredo sauce, which is not something I normally buy so hopefully the Market Pantry brand will taste okay.

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Vitacost – FREE

I had some Vitacost credit and then shopped through ebates to score a 6% rebate on my purchase.

If you’ve never made a purchase from Vitacost before you can get a $10 credit just for signing up, plus earn a $10 credit each time you refer a friend and they make a purchase. Plus, right now Ebates is offering a 6% rebate on any Vitacost purchase so it’s like double dipping. Pretty cool if you ask me. Also if you are new to Ebates, you can score a $10 gift card for signing up to their website as well.

fresh cut watermelon

Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

Thanks to Mr. Produce Guy we had free watermelon coming out of our ears last week.  The best part about the reclaimed produce we pick up every week is we never know what is going to be in those boxes. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt.

Only having to go the grocery store for milk this past week was pretty rad. Let’s hope I can have a few more weeks like that to keep my budget in check.

How did YOU do this past week? Did you score any super awesome deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $7.18
Total Spent This Year $918.05
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $805.57 {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.

Go HERE to read more Shopping Trip Stories.

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Mornings with Mavis – Mad Libs, Bird Feeders, Flower Press, Skechers + Coupons

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Happy Monday. Today is going to be a little crazy around here. I switched servers over the weekend because it was taking an awfully loooooong time for my blog to load {something about way to many pictures. HA!}. In the process everything I posted on Saturday and Sunday has temporarily vanished. So if the site seems a bit wonky today and error codes are popping up, that’s why.

Hopefully you’ll notice a faster load time and everything should be back to normal by the end of today. Fingers crossed.

In the mean time, here are a few deals I spotted for you this morning.

Have a great day,

 ~Mavis

coupons for flowers

Sending mom flowers on Mother’s day? Amazon local has a deal:

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Save 50%  at The Body Shop with a $10 for $20 to spend at The Body Shop Groupon.  I LOVE this deal! New to Groupon? Join Groupon Here!

Already have a Groupon Account? Go HERE to get your Body Shop Groupon!

Birdscapes garden feeder

Amazon has the Birdscapes Clear Window Feeder on sale for $8.45. What a great way to bring sweet little birdies to your windows.

mad libs for kids

Totsy has a 5 pack of Mad Libs in their Kids Bundle sale for only $5.99. These are about $3 EACH on amazon so a great deal if you ask me.

Alex My Wooden Flower Press

Let your kids press all those flowers they pick for you in their very own Alex My Flower Press. Amazon currently has it on sale for $11.49.

apple memo sticky pad

Amazon has cute apple memo pads available for $3.27. These would be great for Teacher Appreciation week next week.

GreenWorks 21212 4 Amp 13 Corded String Trimmer

Looking for a new trimmer? This Green Works Trimmer is on sale for only $38.99.

sketchers

6pm has Skechers on sale for up to 55% off today. Plus FREE SHIPPING!

garden gnome

Take a look at this cutie! This hiding gnome would be great to bring along on our trip to St. Jude’s in Memphis, Tennessee this summer. If you haven’t donated a gnome yet, I hope you’ll consider donating this one.

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Unlikely Friendships – Lucy and the Blue Cochin Chickens

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It’s been seven weeks since we brought home our trio of blue cochin chicks and we are having so much fun with Blueberry, Bluebell and Blue Cheese.

blue cochin chicks chickens

These are by far the most gorgeous chickens we’ve ever owned {well, besides Pablo — he was a true show bird if there ever was one}.

puggle puppy blue cochin chickens

The thing is, Lucy thinks these 3 chicks are her babies. Recently we’ve been keeping the chicks outside during the day {they live in the garage at night} to acclimate them to the outdoor temps before we move the chicks out to the big coop 24/7.

backyard chickens dogs

Once we get the chicks set up outside, Lucy lays down next to them for about an hour. I can’t tell if she’s just sunning herself or if she’s there for the company but the chicks come up to the fence and peck at her paws and she lets them. She’s even give them a kiss or two. How odd is that?

puggle puppy backyard chickens blue cochin

The big chickens want nothing to do with Lucy the puggle dog, but these babies are another story entirely. It’s a good thing the chickens are outdoor animals otherwise I’d have to buy them all chicken diapers so they could stay indoors and pal around with Lucy all day.

Do any of YOUR pets have unusual friendships with other animals?

~Mavis

Unlikely Friendships
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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 18 of 52

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Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 18 of 52

potting bench with flowers old watering cans

The backyard vegetable garden is starting to fill up with my favorite color… GREEN!

The potting bench and it’s flowers is beginning to look a little ragged these days so I’ll have to try and spruce it up this week. I transplanted mint and strawberries to the whiskey barrel a few months ago and once I remove all the spent flowers we should be able to see them.

how to build raised garden beds

Just a few more weeks and all the raised garden beds will be planted. I am still trying to decided what to companion plant with my tomatoes. What do YOU plant alongside your tomatoes?

DIY Wood Pallet Garden

All the spaces in the wood pallet garden have been planted. You can see what’s been planted HERE.
how to build a bean teepee

The sugar snap peas are climbing up the teepee poles. Only about 5 weeks to go until we start to harvest them.

Greenhouse Gardening, Grow food in a greenhouse

All of the tomato plants have been moved to the greenhouse. The cucumbers have been started and I think I’ll try and get some pumpkin seeds planted in pots and store them in the greenhouse until the weather warms up.

DIY Potato Towers Wood Pallet Compost Bin

Still no sign of life in the potato towers. We should start to see some green leaves poking through pretty soon {fingers crossed}.
wooded backyard

A view from the deck.

kale fava beans

The whistling gnome is keeping a good eye on the kale and fava beans. The Swiss chard I planted there a month or two ago is still struggling so I may replant it this week. We’ll see.

grass and dirt

The pumpkin patch will be planted the first week in June.

western washington raspberry canes plants

Raspberries gone wild. I’m hoping for a bumper crop this year!

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Here is the view of the raspberry patch from my kitchen window. Isn’t it lovely?

container herb garden

And last but not least, the container her garden {and two rhubarb plants}.

Now that the weather is starting to warm up and it’s staying light out much longer, I’m spending all my extra time out in the garden. Yes growing your own food can be a lot of work, but you know what? It’s also pretty rewarding.

Working with your hands is cool.

Get out there and do something you love!

~Mavis

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This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company.  You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2013 Garden Seed Catalog HERE, or visit my boyfriend Ryan’s blog HERE.

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