How to Grow Radishes {Start to Finish}

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radish seeds botanical interests

This morning Lucy and I went out to the garden and planted 5 different kinds of radishes. Last year was my first year growing the French Breakfast Radish and it was so good, I decided to expand my radish crop this year and plant some unusual varieties.

Here are the 5 different kinds of radishes I am planting this year:

If you have never grown radishes before, I promise you, they are super easy to grow.

what do radish seeds look like

Brief description:  Radishes are a quick-growing hardy vegetable with a crisp mild flavor.

Where to Plant Radish:  Radishes can be planted in raised beds, garden beds and containers.

how to plant radish seeds

Planting Seeds:  Sow seeds 1/2″ deep.  When foliage appears, thin to 1″ apart.  Radishes are best planted with cucumbers, spinach and squash to repel as they repel unwanted insects.

french breakfast radish

Growing Tips:  Radishes prefer cooler weather.  You can sow them outside 4-6 weeks before the last frost, and sow more every 5-10 days for a continuous crop.  You can sow them again in the late summer for a fall crop.  Water regularly.

Crimson Radish picture

How to Harvest:  Harvest radishes when they are small {1-1/2 to 2″}.  If you let them get much larger, they start to split and taste a wee bit tough.

Radishes’ Literary Debut:  In the novel, Gone with the Wind, it was a radish that starving Scarlett O’Hara eats {the only food she can get}, and then declares, “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”

regional planting guides

Are you ready to start your garden but you’re not sure when you should plant your seeds or set out your transplants? Head on over HERE and you’ll be taken to a handy dandy chart that is broken down into what vegetables should be planted {or transplanted} each month in your area.

Anyone can do this. Dirt + Seeds+ Water = Food!

~Mavis

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Tips for Picky Eaters

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tips for picky eaters{The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird,  Monkey Boy & a friend about 10 years ago}

Last week, while talking to a friend with young children, she mentioned her frustration with having picky eaters.  She said she would love to grow a garden, but her kids wouldn’t eat anything she grew.

What?

I started thinking back when my kids were young or even about my recent battles with Monkey Boy over milk, and wondered, what causes kids to be picky-eaters?   I mean, I get the struggle, with so many options for brownies, cakes, soda and treats, the prospect of a big plate of broccoli is kind of a hard sell.

broccoli

I stumbled onto an article that suggested that finicky eating was a genetic protection mechanism–that if little cave children put anything they saw in their mouths, the results would be disastrous.

And while being picky is completely normal, there’s still a ton of things to try to broaden your wee one’s {or your  Handsome Husband’s} tastes.

Here’s a few that I found and/or used myself:

  1. The No-Thank-You-Bites.  Put a bit of food on the plate.  Tell your child that they don’t have to eat it all unless they like it, but they do have to take 3 bites, just to make sure it’s not their new favorite food.
  2. Presentation is everything.  A friend of mine gave me this tip years ago, and seriously, it worked wonders on my kids.  She told me to get an ice cube tray, toothpicks, fun plates, etc.  Put the new foods, mixed in with some favorites, in each space of the ice cube tray–the fun of the presentation takes over, plus the amount of fruits, veggies, etc. doesn’t seem so overwhelming.  I also used toothpicks to make kabobs out of everything–fruit, veggies, even little bits of fish or chicken.
  3. Lead by example.  Your kids might be disgusted by what you put in front of them, but repeated exposure and visually seeing you eat your greens matters.  Think about how much what your parents ate impacted your eating habits as an adult.
  4. Don’t turn it into a power struggle.  Keep meal time calm.  {Easier said than done after  you’ve spent so much time to prepare it!} Praise them even if they just have a taste and move on.
  5. Your child will not starve themselves.  They are smart and have inherent life-preserving instincts, so try not to get too hung up on how much they’ve eaten of their meal.
  6. Set your personal limits.  Are you willing to make considerations for each child?  Are you going to provide snacks after a meal for kids who chose not to eat their meals?  Choose what works best for you and stick to your guns, that way you don’t have to dread the meal time battle too.
  7. As far as gardening goes, allow your child to pick one thing to grow.  Help them plant it, water it, etc.  The studies I read said that children who have a hand in their food tend to be more interested in trying it.  {The same goes for them helping to prepare it.}

Do you have picky eaters?  What do you do?

~Mavis

FYI: This Food Face Plate is AWESOME for picky eaters. Umm, and it’s totally fun too.

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Ask Mavis – How to Maintain a Chicken Coop

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black australorp chicken{Mavis and Black Fatty}

Kathy in Chicago writes:

Mavis – you obviously love your chickens… but I don’t think I’ve ever have seen you blog out the mess they make & what you need to do in terms of cleaning their pen… I would love to have chickens, but no one ever seems to talk about… scooping…. Is there a delicate way you can discuss how you need to maintain their cleanliness for their health? Perhaps show what really needs to be done? 

taking care of a chicken coop

About once a month The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird or I go out and give the chicken coop and chicken run a good cleaning. One of the ways I am able to garden without using chemicals is by using chicken fertilizer to enrich my vegetable crops. It’s not pretty, but I think it’s worth it.

pine shavings chickens

Pine shavings. I love them. Here in the Pacific Northwest it can get pretty muddy in the winter and spring months. Since our chicken run is uncovered, about once a month we spread 2 bags of pine shavings in the chicken yard.

Not only do the pine shavings help keep the chicken yard from becoming one giant mud pit, but they entertain the chickens for a few days as well as they work the pine shavings into the soil.

pine shavings chicken bedding

I also use pine shavings in the chickens nesting boxes. When the shavings get dirty, I just toss them out and add clean shavings.

fresh eggs

That is how I am able to keep our eggs so clean.

1 gallon water for chickens

We place the chickens watering cans on a little bridge in the center of the chicken yard. These typically get filled every 5 days or so, and each time we fill the watering cans we clean them as well.

chicken feed

Chicken feed. Because we have so many chickens now, we fill up their orange chicken food bin about every 3 days. The chickens also feast on free produce scraps from the local grocery store and every few days I like to give them a little cracked corn for an afternoon treat. We keep their feed in mini trash cans {that have super tight lids} outside near the coop.

mavis butterfield raising chickens

It can be a messy job {especially in the winter} but it’s worth it. We have a happy, clean flock and they lay some pretty awesome eggs if I do say so myself.

Let me know if you have anymore questions and I will try and answer them in the comment section below.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

~Mavis

If you are thinking about getting a flock of your own, check out the book Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock. Amazon currently has the book in stock and ready to ship.

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Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, Lodge Cookware, Suncadia Resort, Roper Boots,Vogue Magazine + More

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mavis butterfield one hundred dollars a month

Little Miss Lucy was up at the crack of dawn so I put her to work looking for deals. Her bff pink piggy is totally no help though. Oh, and I’ve totally become one of those people who wears black and has animal hair all over them. I used to stare at those people at the grocery store and be like… C’mon people, don’t you know what a lint brush is?

And now I’m one of those people. It’s freakin’ hilarious!

Here are the deals of the day. Be sure and check out The Commonsense Kitchen. It is s super amazing kindle cookbook and it is available for $3.99 today. It’s awesome! Trust me.

~Mavis

kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The Commonsense Kitchen: 500 Recipes Plus Lessons for a Hand-Crafted Life $3.99
Container Gardening $1.77 {Awesome reviews}
Growing Juicy Delicious Tomatoes FREE
Food+Heat: Tex-Mex Favorites FREE
Pomodoro Penguin Makes a Friend FREE
The Working Chicken $0.99
SMART FAMILY BUDGETING GUIDEFREE

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

Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned 5-Quart Dutch Oven $30.54 Shipped!

Amazon also has the Le Creuset Stoneware 1-1/4-Quart Baker and 16-Ounce Baker for $35.99 shipped! There are lot’s of colors to choose from. I have these in red and use them all the time for casseroles and side dishes.

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Zulily has Alegria shoes, boots, and mules on sale for up to 50% off today. These look comfy!

New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up

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Living Social has some sweet deals available, here are my favorites:

20-Page Hardcover Photo Book from MyPublisher  for $5 {40,000 purchased so far!}
1 or 2 Night stay at Suncadia Resort $199 {This place is awesome!}
$30 to spend at ProFlowers.com for $15 

Tretorn Skerry Rain Boot

The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is the Woman’s Tretorn Skerry Rain Boot for $36.98 {was $75} This is an execellant brand for boots!

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Headed to the rodeo? Well hot dang take a look at these boots! Roper and Lucchese boots are up to 60% off at 6pm today. Some of these boots are very reasonable, and some of these are over the moon expensive, but man are they pretty to look at.


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Cardstore.com is offering 30% off all Easter Cards & Invites. The coolest thing is that they will mail your cards for you! Wahooo!

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Vogue Magazine for only $8.99 a year when you use code 4269 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 3/14/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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Print a coupon for $1.00 off Naked Juice. Have you tried this?

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Want to win a trip to Scotland? OH.HECK.YEAH {we went in 2010 and it was AWESOME!}. Enter the VisitScotland Year of Natural Scotland 2013 Sweepstakes for a chance to win a 6-night trip for four to Scotland! Don’t forget your kilt!

$0.50 off one Woolite Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner$1.00 off Crayola Giant Coloring Pages$1.00 off any Folgers Gourmet Selections Coffee $1.00 off Stridex Conditioning Acne Scrub
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Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Orange Garlic Chicken

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Easy Crock Pot Recipes Orange Garlic Chicken

Tonight we had orange-garlic chicken for dinner. It took me all of 3 minutes to toss everything in to the crock pot and turn it on. Wouldn’t it be nice if every night was like that? Not only is this recipe for crock pot orange-garlic chicken yummy, there are only 5 ingredients. Wahoooo for easy dinners!

Easy Crock Pot Recipes Orange-Garlic Chicken

Ingredients

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts {mine were frozen}
3/4 cup orange juice
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon dried thyme

Directions

Add all ingredients in to the crock pot, stir, and cook on low for 5 hours or high for 3 hours. Serve over a bed of rice. Yum a licious!

slow cooker crock pot cookbook

My favorite Crock Pot – Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Portable Slow Cooker
My favorite Slow Cooker Cookbook – Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook

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Mavis Garden Blog – Planting Swiss Chard and Hostas

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puggle puppy tan

Lucy and I worked in the garden this morning spiffing up the walkway outside of the chicken coop. As you can see she is a big help. It’s pretty much 3 steps forward, 2 steps back when any sort of planting goes on, but she loves being outside, and I love having her out there.

swiss chard

I pulled up all of the Swiss chard that over wintered in the garden boxes and brought it around back to plant. My goal is to fill the garden area in front of the chicken coop / run with oodles and oodles of kale and Swiss chard for the hens to snack on all summer.

young kale plant

The kale and Swiss chard transplants that I set out last week are holding up great despite the rain and chilly temps.

minuteman hosta

While I was at the Home Depot yesterday picking up supplies for my latest project {just wait until you see it, it is going to be SO COOL}, I wandered over to the nursery section and spotted a table full of hosta plants.

I’m not really into variegated plants, and I had already placed some solid green hostas in my cart, but each time I would pass by the green and white hostas, they would state at me. Like they were giving me the evil eye or something.

It was eerie.

I’m not really sure what my issue with variegated plants is {to much color on one leaf?} but in the end I finally broke down and bought the more colorful hostas  instead.

I still can’t believe I put the solid green leafed hostas back. They were so pretty. So uniform, and so perfect looking.

garden path

So now I have neon orange bark, green and white hostas and rainbow Swiss chard all in close proximity of each other. Let’s just hope I’ll be able to handle all the color a few months from now when I’ll be too busy with other things to change it.

Hopefully it will all come together in the end and look great once the plants mature.

puggle dog pet chickens

Now, if Lucy could just convince those chickens that she just wants to be their friend, everything would be perfect.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m off to make dinner.

~Mavis

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10 Cool Uses for Epsom Salt

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10 cool uses for epson salt

While standing in the checkout line a couple of weeks ago, the lady in front of me tossed a carton of Epsom Salt onto the belt.  I stared at it as it traveled toward the cashier–I knew I had heard of it before, but for the life of me, I couldn’t remember what you used it for?

Since inquiring minds want to know, I went home and researched it a bit.  Well let-me-tell-you-bob, there are a ton of uses for it!

Here’s my 10 favorite:

  1. Use in the bath for relief of tension and sore muscles.  This is the most common use, I think.
  2. Draw out splinters.  Soak affected area in warm water and epsom salt, it will draw out the sliver.
  3. Exfoliate skin.  Mix 1/2 tsp. with your soap or face wash and gently massage into skin.
  4. Green up your grass.  Mix 2 Tbsp. epsom salt with water and sprinkle it on the lawn.
  5. Use as a fertilizer for tomatoes and roses.  Sprinkle epsom salt around your plants weekly for a natural boost.
  6. Make your own tile cleaner.  Mix equal parts dishsoap and epsom salt for a DIY tile scrub.
  7. Add a faux frost to your windows for winter time decor.  Mix epsom salt with stale beer and apply to windows with a sponge.
  8. Add volume to your hair.  Mix one part epsom salt with one part conditioner and apply to hair.  Rinse, style, and wow your neighbors.  Ha!
  9. Soothe sunburns, bug bites, and reduce the appearance of bruises by making an epsom salt compress.  Mix 2 Tbsp. per cup of cold water and allow a clean cloth to soak in mixture.  Apply it to affected area.
  10. Treat athletes foot and toenail fungus by giving your feet a daily soak in epsom salt and warm water.

Do YOU use epsom salts?

~Mavis

Epsom Salt

Amazon has a bunch of Dr. Teals Epsom Salt Soaking Solutions available. There is even a lavender one.

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 2013 Garden Tally

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heirloom winter squash picture{Winter Squash 2012}

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

terra cotta pots planting

This past week I harvested a whopping 5 ounces of Swiss chard.

Whop.t.do.

My kitchen, laundry room, and garage all look like a giant garden bomb went off and it’s getting a little tough to keep up. There is potting soil, seeds and containers everywhere, and I am waiting for the HH to make a crack about how he’s living in a garden center.

If I could just have one full day all to myself {no cooking, cleaning, talking, typing, walking} I think I could get caught up. I think.

I can dream right?

It might be time to plug in some headphones, make a giant list, and just power through a day planting, potting, tagging, and marking things off my list with a big fat sharpie as I go. I think that’s part of the problem. I need to get organized.

But first, do you have any suggestions to songs? I need some tunes first. Then I’ll make my list.

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

how to can beets{Heirloom beets pictured from last summer}

Beets - 14 ounces

I’ll be planting some more beets this week. I think I am going to try and grow enough to can a years worth of pickled beets. No one else in our house really cares for pickled beets, but I do!

Parisian Carrots{Tonda di Parigi HEIRLOOM carrots pictured from last summer}

Carrots – 3 ounces

I can’t wait to start planing carrots!

egg count 2013

Egg Count – 329 {4.6 per day average}

This week we collected 59 eggs. I have a lot of baking to do so I they’ll all be used and I won’t have any left over to trade with Girly Girl or Mrs. HB this time around.

microgreens
Lettuce
– 6 ounces
Microgreens 5 ounces

Microgreens are easy to grow anytime of year but they are especially fun to grow in winter as it is typically to cold to grow lettuce and greens outside. See those cute heart shaped leaves? Those are radish greens and they are super tasty too.

cool kitchen scale

Potatoes – 2 pounds 9 ounces

I was able to get 15 pounds of  potatoes planted last weekend, but I still have 75 more pounds to get in the ground. I need to schedule an entire work day in the garden here pretty so I don’t get behind on all my planting tasks.

bean sprouts

Sprouts - 8 ounces

I need to grow some more, I miss having them on my egg salad sandwiches.

swiss chard

Swiss Chard 11 ounces

Think of all the money brides would save if they used bouquets of Swiss chard instead of roses. Hmmm.

cut wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 5 pounds 15 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 329

Have you planned out your garden yet for this year? Are you feeling overwhelmed like I am? If not, what is your secret?

~Mavis

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Mavis Goes to the Dollar Store

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beach buckets

When was the last time you went to the Dollar Store?

Holy cow do they have a boatload of crap available for a buck! Some of it is better than others of course, and practically everything comes from China, but some of the stuff isn’t half bad if you were already planning on buying the same thing at Walmart or Target in the first place.

plastic easter eggs

Plastic Easter Eggs… 1 dollar!

paas easter egg color kit

Egg Coloring Kits… 1 dollar – Did you do these as a kid? I did, and I looked forward to it every year.

egg chalk

Egg Shaped Chalk … 1 dollar!

crappy garden tools

Crappy Garden Tools that will break after 3 days… 1 dollar!

bamboo pots

Now hold the phone. Biodegradable bamboo pots that will break down after 3-4 years, these are cool. And guess what? They are only 1 dollar!

grow bugs

And in case your garden does not have enough bugs, you can grow your own for, you guessed it, 1 dollar!

owl notebook

Okay, so these are a good deal. Notebooks, drawing pads and construction paper… all 1 dollar!

what does the dollar store sell

Look at all the crap I bought for 14 dollars. Where else can you find raffle tickets, toothbrushes, boot laces, Krazy Glue {now that was a freakin’ deal} 10 million combs, ring pops and glass candlestick holders all for 1 dollar each?

Cool beans if you ask me.

Have YOU ever been to the Dollar Store before? If so, what is the coolest thing you have ever found for 1 dollar?

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Win a Trip to Ireland, Kindle Books, Garden Tools, Kelty, Keen, Coupons + More

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Rise and Shine people. It’s Wednesday, and there are a lot of things on the to do list today. But first, I need some tea. Lot’s and lot’s of tea. I just grabbed the Kindle book I Just Want to Pee Alone. It. Sounds.Hilarious! Have you read it?

~Mavis

If you are a Woody Allen fan, today you can save 57% on some of Woody Allen’s most popular films. This is the Amazon Deal of the Day so be sure a take a peek if you are interested.

kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook $3.99
Indoor Salad Gardening FREE
Vertical Gardening and Container Gardening $2.99 AWESOME REVIEWS
The Anne Stories: 12 Books $0.99 
The Story Shell: A Tale of Friendship Bog FREE
I Just Want to Pee Alone $4.99 – Oh my This looks good!
The Herb Handbook: A Practical Guide To Using And Growing Herbs FREE

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

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Get 2 bottles of  Tide Original Scent Liquid Laundry Detergent , 50 Fl Oz for only $4.98 each shipped when you clip the coupon below and use the SubScribe and save option at checkout!

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the best garden gloves

Amazon has my favorite Atlas Gloves in stock and ready to ship. I use these everyday in the garden. They are very durable and I really like the palm grip. Amazon also has the Fiskars 3-Piece Softouch Garden Tool Set on sale for $12.92. The reviews on these tools are awesome!

car seat canopy

I’ve heard great things about these Carseat Canopys, and right now you can get one for FREE or save $50 off  a “Whole Caboodle set” when you use code ENBABY at checkout!

There is a shipping charge of $12.90 so keep that in mind. However these Carseat Canopys are so incredibly cute, and you can have them shipped directly to the recipient, so I think they are totally worth the shipping fee.

Head on over HERE for Carseat Canopys and make sure and use code ENBABY at checkout!

Orthaheel & Dr. Weil

Totsy has Orthaheel & Dr. Weil Podiatrist designed shoes on sale for as low as $25! This is a huge savings and there are a ton of cute styles available.

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The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is the Kelty Shadehouse for $109.93 shipped.

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6pm has some really cute Keen bags on sale with savings up to 60%  Plus they ship for FREE.


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