Growing Lettuce in Gutters

growing lettuce in a greenhouse

growing lettuce in a greenhouse

Yesterday I spent the afternoon transplanting lettuce starts in the greenhouse. For the past two springs I have grown lettuce in my greenhouse gutters with great success, so I figured hey, why not do it again. Why mess with a good thing, right? 😉

growing lettuce in gutters

You don’t have to have a greenhouse to try this. Nope, if you have a fence or some type of wall you can attach a gutter to, you can grow lettuce in gutters. It’s super easy, I promise. Simply line your gutters with a wee bit of pea gravel, add potting soil, then add your seeds {or lettuce starts} and water as you normally would. {See how I installed gutters in my greenhouse.}

winter lettuce container

Check out this stock tank filled with lettuce. Holy cow man, it’s really taken off this past week. My guess is the conditions for lettuce are pretty ideal right now. Rain one day {making the greenhouse nice and humid} and sunny the next.
organically grown lettuce containers

We are harvesting fresh lettuce about every other day right now.

lettuce seedlings

And the lettuce seeds I planted about 10 days ago and starting to pop though the soil. Yee-Haw! Looks like we will be enjoying lettuce until it warms up around here. {Ahem, that means July}. 😉

magnum glass greenhouse

Gardening is cool, no matter how you do it. Wouldn’t you agree?

Are YOU growing lettuce this year? Got a favorite variety?

Mavis wants to know.

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Free Kindle Books, Science Deals, Beauty Deals, Crock Pot $15, Cast Iron Set $24.85 and More

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lucy the puggle dog

Lucy the puggle dog went to doggy daycare for 4 hours yesterday and when she came home she was all tuckered out. She pretty much stayed in her chair until the HH came home from work. I’ve been taking her to play about once a week for the last month or so and she LOVES it. :) :)

Ahh Lucy, you are the best!

Have a great wednesday everyone, and be sure and check out those free kindle books below. If you are a gardener hurry and snatch up The Season’s on Henry’s Farm. It’s a good one.

Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

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

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Need a Crock Pot… or an extra one? Hurry and snag this Crock Pot Slow Cooker for only $15.

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Looking for something to make for dinner this week? Try our favorite Southwest Chicken Chili. It’s made in a crock pot! Yay! 😉 Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Do your kiddos like science? Here are a few educational deals:

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Copy Cat Panera Black Bean Soup

Copy Cat Panera Black Bean Soup

Copy Cat Panera Black Bean SoupMy love affair with Panera is old news, but my love affair with their black bean soup I can now make at home, well that is breaking news. And really delicious news. This copycat recipe is perfection and it really is just as good as the original. And I’ve eaten so much of it at Panera I should know. Now if I can just figure out how to make sandwiches at home that are just as delicious as theirs, I’ll be in heaven.

Ingredients

1 small yellow onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1/4 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 {15 oz} cans black beans {do NOT drain}
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

Combine the first six ingredients in a large pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Add half a can of beans, salt and cumin, and cook for 5 more minutes. Puree soup slightly in a blender {I used my Blendtec}, then return to pot. Add the rest of the beans.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the cornstarch with 1 1/2 tablespoons of water. Add the lemon and the cornstarch mixture to the soup, and cook until thickened.

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How to Get a Price Adjustment from Amazon

How to Get a Price Adjustment from Amazon

How to Get a Price Adjustment from AmazonYou know how it’s great to know an accountant during tax time, a personal trainer when you’re trying to lose weight or a stockbroker when you’re looking to invest? Having an expert at your fingers tips to give you insider tips is awesome. And I’m here for you. Not as a gardening expert today, but rather an Amazon expert.

I feel that the sheer number of purchases I make on Amazon each year totally qualifies me as an expert. So I’m here today to share one of my very favorite Amazon expert tips: Amazon price adjustments.

cast iron tea potHave you ever bought something on Amazon only to see the very same item drop in price the next day? It’s so frustrating knowing if you would have held out to buy it, you could have saved some cold hard cash. Well Amazon is so awesome, they’ll refund you the price difference if you ask. No, seriously.

Now before I let you in on this rarely known secret, there are a few things you should know.

1. This is not a formal Amazon policy, so your experience might be different than mine.

2. I’ve personally done this multiple times and it’s worked.

3. I’ve only ever tried it with items shipped from Amazon, so it might not work when you make purchases from an outside seller.

4. I’ve only ever received a price adjustment in the 1st week after buying, so I’m not sure how long they will honor it.

5. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

bob's red millHere’s how it works:

1. Scroll to the bottom of the Amazon homepage and click on the “help” button, which will take you to the Amazon help page.

2. Click on the yellow “Contact Us” button on the right hand side of the page.

3. Sign into your Amazon account.

4. Click on the “An order I placed” tab and find the purchase you’re requesting the refund on.

5. Under the “Tell us more about your issue” section, select “Payment issue” from the 1st drop down menu and “Price change on website” from the 2nd.

6. Select how you would like to contact them: email, phone or live chat. I always use live chat because it’s easy and fast.

7. Then simply explain the item you bought dropped in price, and you’d like a refund for the difference.

8. Amazon refunds your money. Wallah!

Like I said, it might not work every time, but it’s certainly worth a shot. Let me know if you ever try it and if it works for you.

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – The Birds Ate My Peas!!

pea sprouts

mavis garden blog planting peas

Lucy the puddle dog and I were out in the garden yesterday when we noticed not a single pea we planted a few weeks ago had broken through the soil yet. pea sprouts

Instead, all of the peas had all been pulled up by a vicious flock of birds and either gobbled up or left to die a miserable death on top of the garden bed. {I suspect the robins did it}.soak peas befor eyou plant

So we had to plant the peas again. planting peas lucy puggle

That Lucy, she’s the best garden companion on the planet. lucy puggle peas

As long as she gets a sample.

lucy the puggle dog peas

Have you planted your peas yet? How are they doing? Have you experienced any gang activity from the wildlife in your backyard this season?

Mavis wants to know.

 

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Books for Easter, Canning Deals, Campbell’s Coupons, Vacuum Deals, The North Face, Board Games

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mornings with mavis

Happy Tuesday everyone, here are a few deals I spotted for you. If you are a canner be sure and stock up on the canning jar deal. 

Have  a great day today. :)

Mavis

Seven jeans

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Canning season is just around the corner…

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Here are a few books for the kiddos Easter Baskets:

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Headed to a Birthday party soon? These games would make a great gift.

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I’m not sure what I’m going to make for dinner yet tonight but I woke up craving these Vegan Bean Fajitas. Lucky me I think I still have some sweet peppers in the freezer. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 10 of 52

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Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas week 10

Even though I don’t make a traditional weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from.

Here are a few recipes for you to choose from this week:

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Breakfast Ideas 

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Slow Cooker Ideas  and Freezer Meal Ideas 

Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas

Soups, Salads and Main Dishes

cookie recipes

Cookies, Snacks and Desserts

carrot cake jam

Canning Recipe of the Week 

Carrot Cake Jam. Have you tried it yet? Oh.My.Stars. it’s good! {Pin it for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

Looking for more recipes? Check out my recipes boards on Pinterest

Also, be sure to check out:

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Remove Wrinkles in Clothes Without Ironing

ice cubes

Remove Wrinkles in Clothes Without Ironing

If you are like me, you probably have a husband who has never used an iron before in his life. Why?  Because why take the time to pull the iron out and set up the ironing board when you can just pull out another shirt and wait for your wife to fix the problem. 😉

Well, don’t tell the HH, but I don’t get the iron out very often either.  I prefer cheater methods–and with so many of the fabrics being wrinkle resistant these day, cheating works like a charm.

ice cubes

When I need a quick wrinkle relaxer, I toss the shirt, pants, cape…whatever into the dryer along with 2 ice cubes.  I dry it for five minutes and presto! wrinkle free magic.  I don’t have to lug out the ironing board and then wait around for the iron to heat up…and then cool, and the HH goes to work pressed and professional.  I am not saying I am a homemaking wizard, but let’s face it, this one is about as close as it gets.

**If you don’t want to try the ice cube trick, you can always wet a washcloth and toss it in the dryer with the wrinkly culprit.  You can also spray the clothing with a water bottle, smooth with your hands, and then hang to dry.  However you choose, the point is to avoid setting up the ironing board at all costs.  Ha!

~Mavis

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