Gardening Made Easy Card Set Only $5.95 + Get a FREE 7-Piece Gardening Tool Set!

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I know I usually cram all of the most awesome deals of the day in my Mornings with Mavis posts, but I just stumbled upon this deal and it was too great not to share. I ordered one and thought all my gung-ho gardening readers might want in on this action too! Here’s what you get:gardening cards

36 How-To Gardening Cards, Divider Cards and a handy dandy 3-Ring Binder to easily organize all of it. The set is valued at $47 but they are offering it today for only $5.95. Each how-to card is packed with step-by-step instructions, specialty tips and full-color pics. While I might know a thing or two about gardening, I’m always up for learning more and picking up helpful tips and tricks. I think this set would be especially helpful if you are a new gardener or if you’re trying to grow new plants this year.

In addition to the cards, you also get a cool free gift: a 7-Piece Houseplant Gardening Tool Set {a $25 value}.  Sounds like a pretty fine deal to me.  Here’s what a sample card looks like:

gardening-made-easy-card-insideHead on over and get in on this awesome Gardening Made Easy offer HERE!

If you get your kit before me, let me know what you think!

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Potato Tower Update – Almost Ready To Harvest

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potato towers

I thought I would give you an update on how the 3 potato towers we planted in late March were doing.

potato towers

Maybe you can’t see it from this angle, but the leaves on all of the plants are beginning to turn yellow.

potato leaves

This can only mean 1 thing, the potatoes will be ready to harvest soon.

compost

Even the potatoes in the compost heap are beginning to turn from a deep green to a greenish-yellow color. I’m actually pretty excited about this. I’d like to know how many spuds are in there.

I do think we’ll end up getting a larger harvest from the compost heap than any of the towers, but I could be wrong. I guess we will just have to wait a few more weeks until all the leaves die back and we tip the cages over to find out.

I hope I’m wrong though, but it would be really cool to discover those towers are loaded with potatoes.

Did you try potato towers this year?

Have you harvested your potatoes yet?

~Mavis

DIY How to build a potato tower

To find out how I built my potato towers go here: How to Build a Potato Tower

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How to Freeze Fresh Corn

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How to Freeze Fresh Corn

I never thought the shucking would end, but it finally did. Thanks to the Handsome Husband I now have enough corn to last us until next year.

How to Freeze Fresh Corn

If you ever find yourself with more corn than you know what to do with, here is a quick tutorial on how to freeze fresh corn. It’s easy, I promise. Obviously shucking the corn is going to take the most about of your time, so if I were you, I’d crank up the tunes, or listen to a good audio book to help pass the time.

Or pay a teenager to do it for you. ;)

How to Freeze Fresh Corn Ice Bath

How to Prepare Fresh Corn for the Freezer

Grab a stock pot, fill it about 3/4 full and bring the water to a rolling boil.

After shucking the corn and removing the corn silk boil your corn for 4 minutes. Then, using tongs, place the hot corn cobs in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.

how to cut corn corn of the cob for freezing canning

Once the corn has cooled, cut off the tips of the corn for easier cutting.

corn kernels

Some people prefer using a corn zipper, but I’m kind of old school and just like to use a sharp knife instead.

How to Freeze Fresh Corn

Then all that’s left to do is to place the corn kernels in freezer bags {I like to use quart size freezer bags} label them and place the bags in the freezer. *Corn can be frozen for up to 1 year.

Rhode island red chicken eating corn

And what about all those corn cobs? Our pet chickens LOVE corn, so we toss the corn cobs into the chicken run. If you don’t have chickens, you can always toss them into your compost pile.

How to Freeze Fruits and Vegetables

Want to learn more about freezing fruits and vegetables? Check out my guide on How to Freeze Fruits and Vegetables.

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How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog?

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How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog

So I have a question for all you dog owners out there. How often do you bathe your dogs? We’ve been giving Lucy the puggle dog a bath about once every two weeks, and let me tell you, it is a struggle.

Am I washing her too much? Not enough? Does it get any easier?

This is my first dog so I’m really not sure.

Thanks for your advise,

Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Uggs 50% off, Maxell Batteries, Scott Tissue, Kraft Cheese Coupons, Kindle Books

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Good morning everyone it looks like it is going be be another humid day here in the Pacific Northwest. It rained again last night so I don’t have to water today. Wahooooo!

Here are a few deals I spotted for you.

Have a great day. :)

Mavis

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is 50% off all Diesel Clothing and Shoes

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

Simple Sourdough $.01
The Berry Bible: With 175 Recipes $.99 or FREE with Amazon Prime
Fix, Freeze, Feast: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family $2.51
Homesteading (Back to Basics Guides) $3.99

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

stars and strip scraf

Get a Stars & Stripes scarf for only $9.95 shipped with the coupon code FALLSCARF.

white puffy coat

Zulily has some really cute coats and tops on sale today in the Looks for the Season Sale.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

ugg sale

6pm has Uggs on sale for 50% off today! Hot diggety, I better not show this to my daughter.

urban farm magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Urban Farm Magazine  for only $8.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 8/29/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

Fels Naptha Laundry Bar

Get a Fels Naptha Laundry Bar and Stain Remover for only $1.04 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

DIY-DIY-How-to-Make-Your-Own-Laundry-Detergent

I use these bars in my homemade laundry detergent recipe.

Scott Bath Tissue, 1000 Sheet Rolls

Amazon has Scott Bath Tissue, 1000 Sheet Rolls 20 count pack on sale for just $10.82 shipped when you clip the $1.50 off coupon {must be logged into your account to see it} and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

maxell batteriesRight now you can get the 48 pack box of AA Maxell Batteries for only $12.15 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at check out.

If you need the AAA size you can get a 36 pack box of Maxell AAA Batteries for only $9.97 shipped with the subscribe and save option. This is a great price for batteries!

deals on ear buds

Amazon has JBuds Hi-Fi Noise-Reducing Ear Buds only $5.99 each – 8 Colors to choose from.

ebates-logo

If you do any shopping online you’ll want to make sure you are signed up for Ebates first.

Ebates offers cash back from any of 1,500 stores any time you start your shopping trip at Ebates.com. There are no points to redeem, no forms to mail in, and no fees. Stores pay Ebates a sales commission for sending shoppers their way, and Ebates uses the commission to pay you cash back.

If you are new to Ebates, you will also score a FREE $10 gift card to Target, Macy’s, Walmart, Kohls, or Ebates.  How cool is that?  Simply sign up HERE and you will receive the gift card of your choice in the mail after your first $25 purchase.  We use Ebates ALL THE TIME in our house, even our kids use it.

Kraft cheese coupons

Print a coupon good for $1.50 off (2) KRAFT or CRACKER BARREL Cheese

Find More Printable Coupons

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1 Year Subscription to Urban Farm Magazine Only $8.99!

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urban farm magazine

If you missed this deal last time, it’s baaaack!

DiscountMags is offering a 1 year subscription to Urban Farm Magazine for only $8.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. I love this magazine! Learn how to grow you own food in the space you have!

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Urban Farm Magazine is guide for those in cities or suburbs looking to become more self-sufficient by growing some of their own food and treading lightly on the environment in the space they have. Articles include how-to projects, gardening basics, composting, beekeeping, roof-top gardening, preserving and freezing, and time and money-saving ideas.

Go HERE to order Urban Farm Magazine.

*This special rate will be live through midnight 8/29/2013 (EST). You can purchase this deal as a new subscription or to renew your existing subscription. You can also purchase additional subscriptions as gifts! This is such a wonderful magazine at an amazing price.

cherry tomatoes

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Heirloom Tomato Sauce Recipe {Big Batch}

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Heirloom Tomato Sauce Recipe

Mama Mia!

The HH and I made a HUGE and I do mean HUGE batch of heirloom tomato sauce the other day and no, I didn’t can it. Not this batch of sauce anyway. We have a giant pasta feed coming up, and I wanted to make sure we had enough tomato sauce on hand for the party so I went ahead and used up our first giant tomato harvest to make it.

If you have an enormous amount of  tomatoes on hand and your looking for an awesome heirloom tomato sauce recipe, this is the one.

tomato sauce

Ingredients

15 pounds heirloom tomatoes
5 {6 ounce} cans tomato paste {I like Cento brand}
2 pounds zucchini, chopped
8 ounces heirloom carrots, chopped
6 ounces Swiss chard
3 onions, chopped
1 head of garlic, minced
1 {12 ounce} jar red roasted peppers, drained and chopped
2 cups fresh basil, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 bottle Merlot wine {optional}

Heirloom Tomato Sauce Recipe

Directions

In a 12 or 16 quart stock pot saute the onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for a few minutes. Add carrots, chard, zucchini, red peppers and about half of the tomatoes and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add remaining ingredients, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 4 to 5 hours stirring the sauce every so often.

pasta sauce

Once the sauce has thickened up and turned a nice deep red color, remove the stock pot from the stove and let cool for 15 minutes.

Heirloom Tomato Sauce Recipe

Using an immersion hand blender, puree your sauce until nice and smooth.

This heirloom tomato sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days or packaged in freezer containers and stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.

*This sauce is not recommend for canning. Stay tuned for one that is.

vegetable cutter

This handy dandy Fruit and Vegetable Chopper saved me a ridiculous mount of time in the kitchen as I put this recipe together. I pretty much want to marry it I love it so much.

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 8/28/2013 Garden Tally

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harvesting potatoes

This year I’m on a mission to grow 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in my suburban backyard. In 2012 I was able to grow 2,028 pounds, and in 2013 I’m going double or nothing. I have absolutely no idea if I’ll be able to achieve my goal. But, as with any adventure, half the fun is getting there.   ~Mavis

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daily harvest

When it rains, it pours. Last week we harvested 142 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables from our backyard garden. That’s like harvesting a full grown adult. Geez, that is a lot of food!

Even though I don’t think I’ll make my goal of growing 2 tons of food this year, I think I’ll probably at least get a ton. And for a housewife with a full time job and teenagers, I’d say that’s pretty darn good, wouldn’t you?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go shuck some more corn. ;)

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 15 ounces

I LOVE making fresh pesto.

heirloom beets

Beets – 86 pounds 4 ounces

We pulled up a few more beets this past week and we have plenty more planted for this fall and winter. Yee-Haw!

bok choy leaves

Bok Choy – 4 oz

Check out this Asian Noodle Salad with Bok Choy I made. It’s pretty awesome.

Broccoli-Cranberry-and-Almond-Salad-with-Feta

Broccoli – 13 ounces

We have broccoli planted in our fall garden. Hopefully we’ll get a few good heads.

cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

We are patiently waiting to harvest purple cabbage!

carrots

Carrots – 2 pounds 10 ounces

We picked carrots twice late week. I really need to get out there and plant some for a winter harvest.

chives

Chives – 1 pound 8 ounces

I thinned out the chives this week. I’ll be posting about this tomorrow. ;)

burpless-cucumbers

Cucumbers 2 pound 15 ounces

The cucumbers are finally starting to come in and I’ve been making the HH cucumber and tomato salads practically every night this past week.

fresh eggs blue and brown

Egg Count – 1,834

We collected 64 eggs this past week. I’ve got a whole pile of cookies I want to bake this weekend so I know they’ll come in handy.

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

Our garlic has been harvested for this year. :)

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We used these to make Garlic Scape Pesto. Yumm!

roma beans

Green Beans 11 pounds 1 ounces

Bean production has slowed down a bit. Now we are waiting for the beans on the bean tepees to flower so we can get some more.

kale leaves

Kale – 18 pounds 7 ounces

I keep meaning to take a photo of the kale we have growing alongside the chicken coop. It has really taken off this past month and I have a feeling the chickens will be enjoying kale all winter long with the way it’s growing.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

lettuce

Lettuce – 36 pounds 9 ounces

While we were cleaning out one of the garden beds to plant fall seedlings we harvested a few heads of lettuce. Aren’t they pretty? I think the oak leaf lettuce is my favorite.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

My favorite way to eat microgreens is with egg salad sandwiches.

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 10 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam and also harvested some mint for tea.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 15 ounces

dry-store-onions-in-pantyhose

Onion – 12 pounds 13 ounces

All the cool people are storing onions in their pantyhose these days. ;)

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

We harvested the last 2 pears off the tree yesterday. Sniff, sniff.

garden peas

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

Aren’t they beautiful? I think they’ll be ready to harvest in early October.

potatoes red wheelbarrow

Potatoes - 111 pounds 13 ounces

I still have so many potatoes to dig up. Holy cow, what was I thinking when I planted all of them?

radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

Radishes have been planted for fall.

raspberries in wooden baskets

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

Raspberry season is officially over in our backyard. :(

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 32 pounds 3 ounces

I pulled up 2 more rhubarb stalks last week. So far this year we have made rhubarb vanilla jam, rhubarb walnut muffins, and strawberry rhubarb pies

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I’ll be planting more in the fall.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

I grew some sprouts this past week for my vegan neighbor Francisco. I really need to show him how to grow them himself.

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

mavis butterfield

Strawberries 23 pounds 9 ounces

The strawberries are producing again and Lucy the puggle dog loves to help pick them. We have them growing in the pallet garden, in the greenhouse and alongside the house. So far we have made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and homemade strawberry shortcake.

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 25 pounds 6 ounces

Ugg.

how to dehydrate heirloom tomatoes

Tomatoes 71 pounds 5 ounces

If you don’t see me in public for the next month, it’s because I am chained to my stove. Holy cow, tomato season has arrived.

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

squash

Zucchini – 15 pounds 11 ounces

I am shocked that we don’t have more zucchini yet this year. Maybe I need to go out there and check again.

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 711 pounds 2 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 1,834

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more on the topic of organic gardening, my #1 favorite book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

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How to Freeze Avocados

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How to Freeze Avocados

My local produce market recently had avocados on sale 3 for $1 so I stocked up!  I plan on freezing them so that I can whip up some fresh guacamole whenever the mood strikes.

I don’t know about you, but homemade guacamole tastes soooo much better {and is way less expensive} than anything you can buy.  Plus, since Costco sells frozen guacamole, I know that it doesn’t affect the flavor or texture to freeze it.

lakewood organic lime juice

To freeze avocados:

  1. Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop out the “meat” of the avocado.
  2. Put avocados into a food processor {it’s best if you don’t do more than 3 at a time} and add 1 tbsp. of lime juice {the lime juice will prevent the mixture from turning brown}.
  3. Pulse the avocado and lime juice to desired consistency, and then put the mixture in a freezer bag.

avocado peels

Easy right?  Seriously, how did the pilgrims survive without freezers?

~Mavis

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Growing Vegetables in North Vancouver, Canada

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potatoes grown in burlap sacks

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 these photos Trixi from North Vancouver, Canada sent in.

Previously Trixi had only planted broccoli and Brussels sprouts in her garden over the winter months, but she wanted to try and grow more .

orange flowers

Well take a look at her garden photos from this year!

I think my favorite photo might be those potatoes she has growing in burlap sacks at the top of the page.

broccoli

Trixi says it’s colder here in North Vancouver and since they she lives on the side of a mountain it been harder for her to grow a lot of different vegetables. But now that she has greenhouse, she plans on growing more.

heirloom vegetables

Trixi, I think you have done an outstanding job with your garden this year. Keep up the good work.

~Mavis

container-herb-garden2Garden Apartment in Harlem, New York

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: Amazon.com.

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