Jen from Northern Idaho Send in Her Garden Photos

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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!

Check out these beautiful pictures reader Jen sent in from Northern Idaho. Jen blogs occasionally at They Call Me Granola, has four children 4 & under and has a gorgeous garden.

mulch being delivered

Here is some of what Jen had to say:

I’m so excited to see all the things I have growing. The kids and I take a garden tour every morning to check on everything. Each day brings new and exciting surprises! I’m glad to see the kids enjoying the experience so much. I think they are most excited for the raspberries and the mint.

My children all (except the baby), enjoy munching on mint, chives, sage, oregano, thyme & sweet cicely straight off the bushes throughout the day! I know, weird! :) Once the lettuce is big enough, I’m sure I’ll be hard pressed to keep them out of those beds!

front porch

We’re kind of doing a “here and there” garden this year. It’s somewhat organized, but not entirely! I’m going to plop things in various places to see where it does best for next year (this is only my 3rd year gardening, and the first doing a big garden). We’re using the “Back to Eden” method as we did last year.

Our entire garden area is covered in a deep layer of wood chips which we reclaimed for FREE from a local tree trimmer! He delivered a dump truck load for $30 (for the delivery charge)! That price fit well into our rather scrawny budget!

raspberries

Last year we bought 10 berry plants at about 75% off because we purchased them at the end of the season. I’m glad to say they have all survived the winter and are doing quite well! The blueberry even has blooms already!

Hardening off plants

I did start a bunch of squashes indoors this year and made the mistake of planting a bit too early. Oops. So I’ve hardened them off and put them out in their homes already. I figured they’d die in the pots, die or perhaps live outside. We’ll see how they do. So far they’ve been out a week and seem to be making it.

onions growing in mulch

My onions are doing marvelous. I think I’ll plant some more of them this week. The Kale, Spinach, and various lettuces including our favorite, Arugula, are all flourishing in the mulched beds. We have the “garden” set up like landscaping all around the perimeter of the back yard, along the front porch, and in an island in the middle of the front yard.

I do have broccoli started in the front yard but I think I’m going to relocate him to the back, he doesn’t seem to be doing well in that spot. I have carrots and peas popping up as well.

rhubarb

I have already made jam from a HUGE rhubarb harvest from my monster rhubarb plants. It seems once the rhubarb peeks out in the spring, he just jumps out of the ground and before I know it it’s time to harvest! I disobeyed the seed packet with one of my plants and planted in a rather sandy/gravely soil, and then also placed one in well composted fertile soil.

The one in the sandy soil is doing 100x better! Who knew! The jam turned out sooo good by the way!

lemon balm

I really like to make my own tea so I have a pretty wide variety of mints growing in my garden. I have spearmint, peppermint, pineapple mint, and lemon balm. I dry them and mix them into a blend and store in a mason jar. I plan to plant some chamomile this year as well to add to my mix. The Sweet Woodruff is a sleepy herb (used with caution) that my husband likes to add to his tea on chilly nights.

comfrey

I have already started my homemade organic fertilizer made from Comfrey… super easy… pack a 5 gallon bucket with fresh leaves, fill with water, cover with a tight fitting lid, let it sit in the sun for 6 weeks. Is packet FULL of nitrogen for the soil… and I know what’s in it!

Still in my seed box to plant… beans, sunflowers, chia seeds, more peas in the fall, radishes, lots more spinach and kale to freeze, broccoli, cabbage, and chamomile. I also have 3 bell pepper and 6 tomato plants that I purchased at the farmers market last Saturday.

I hope we all have a successful gardening season this year! Happy gardening!

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Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Covers, Ice Cream Maker, Vegetable Slicer, Flexees, Vibram Toe Shoes, Elle Decor

Yesterday we

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Happy Friday everyone!

Yesterday Ryan and I were able to play seed fairies and give away garden seeds to 2 wonderful organizations:  John Bosco’s Church and The Family Renewal Shelter. We had a great time and later today we are heading out to do it again. Yee- Haw!

Don’t forget, the Mother Earth News Fair is this weekend in Puyallup, Washington so if you are a local, be sure and stop by. The Mother Earth News Fair is a great event for the whole family. The Girl and I went last year and came home with 2 chickens!

Have a great weekend,

 ~Mavis

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We are still collecting Garden Gnomes for road trip to St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee this summer. If you have not sent one in yet, please consider this Gnome Bird feeder. He’s on sale today for $10.96.

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Mavis and Ryan Visit St. John Bosco’s Church and The Family Renewal Shelter

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Over the next few days you’ll be seeing a lot of photo’s of Ryan and I traveling around town visiting local gardens to give away boatloads of Botanical Interest Seeds to charity’s and organizations we think are pretty cool.

square foot gardening

Ryan arrived in Seattle around 10 am this morning for the Mother Earth News Fair this coming weekend and by noon we were on the road.

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Our first stop was St. John Bosco’s Church in Lakewood, Washington. I had learned about St. John Bosco’s last fall when reader Michelle told me about their food bank garden.

square foot gardening

The church garden started 16 years ago and in the beginning only grew flowers for church services. A few years later, seeing the need in their community they decided to turn it in to vegetable garden.

square foot gardening grid

Last year they harvested {and donated} over 5,600 pounds of vegetables to their local food bank.

square foot gardening photos

The St. John Bosco’s Church garden is maintained by it’s members who come together one day a week for about 3 hours starting around mid February. Rain or shine they are out there every week working in their 20+ square foot garden beds.

john Bosco's Food Bank Garden Lakewood

Today we were able to donate over 500 seed packets to the St. John Bosco’s garden crew so they can continue on their mission of feeding their community. How cool is that?

family renewal shelter tacoma

We also stopped by the Family Renewal Center in Tacoma, Washington. The Family Renewal Center is a wonderful organization dedicated to bringing healing, hope and new life to victims of domestic violence. Not only does the Family Renewal Center provide transitional housing for victims for up to 18 months, they also have an incredible garden where the residents grow organic fruits and vegetables for their families.

Giving back is cool, now matter how you do it.

THANK YOU to the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company for donating all these seeds!

~Mavis

botanical interests

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Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad

Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad

I don’t know about you but I am a sucker for pasta salads this time of year. Not only are pasta salads super easy to make ahead of time, but pasta salads keep in the refrigerator for several days too {my favorite part}.

This recipe for pesto chicken pasta salad can be made with or without bacon, but really, who doesn’t love bacon?

Ingredients

16 oz bow tie pasta
2 chicken breasts, cooked, chopped {I use Zaycon chicken}
6 sliced bacon, cooked, chopped
2 cups fresh or frozen peas
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shaved
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons pesto {my spicy pesto recipe}
1/4 onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

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Directions

Prepare the pasta according to package directions, drain and cool. Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp. Blot excess grease with paper towels, cool and crumble.

In a large bowl toss the pasta, chicken, bacon, peas, celery and onion together. In a small bowl whisk together the pesto and plain yogurt.  Pour over pasta mixture and stir until the pasta is evenly coated. Add salt and pepper. Garnish with Parmesean cheese and refrigerate for 2 hours or until ready to serve.

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Travel Tip – How to Save on Airport Meals and Snacks

How to Save on Airport Meals and Snacks

It’s no big secret, I LOVE to travel, but have you seen the prices they’re charging at the airport lately for snacks?  It’s like shopping in another country! Seriously, where do they some up the these prices?

Plus, you pay an even higher premium if you want real, honest to goodness food, not just processed crap.

Well, enough is enough.  Mavis is saying, “no!”  No more stuffing the pockets of companies trying to take advantage of the fact that you are stuck in an airport, with no other options.  {Do I sound angry?  I am going for angry.}

If you are traveling by plane anytime soon, here’s a couple of plan-ahead tricks to save you cash and leave you feeling just the right amount of self-righteous {ha!}:

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First, always plan ahead…and expect delays.  Traveling by plane is like building a house, your timeline really doesn’t mean a whole lot.  Admittedly, a lot goes into making sure planes take off and land on time, and any delay, anywhere, can affect your flight. Remember those people that were stuck waiting on a plane for 8 hours not too long ago?  Not good on the old blood sugar, my friends, not good.

Pick travel friendly foods, like dried fruit, trail mix, protein bars, etc.  the bulk bins at WinCo are awesome for travel food.  {Fruit, like bananas and apples, tend to get bounced around until they’re nearly inedible, so sadly, it’s best to avoid them.}

If possible, wait to get a beverage on your flight–most flights still offer a complimentary beverage service.  If you have really honed in on the art of simplistic living, bring an empty water bottle and ask to fill it up at one of the airport restaurants or water fountains.  I’ve asked tons of places if they mind, and excluding one McDonalds, they have all been willing to let me fill mine, and my families water bottles.  I’m pretty sure I heard them mumble “cheap-skate” under their breaths, but whatever.  It’s no tea, but it’s free–and it leaves money to spend on the actual trip instead.

Travel Tip - How to Save on Airport Meals and Snacks

If you have to get a snack at the airport, avoid the meal type restaurants {i.e. sit down and/or fast food chains}.  The mark-up on the meals is offensive.  Stick to snack items, like pre-packaged sandwiches that are sold at smaller little kiosks.  They are usually cheaper, and they will probably be healthier anyway.

How about you, do you pack your own snacks when you travel?

~Mavis

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Potting Bench Made from an Old Wooden Rack

wood pallet potting bench

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!

Beverly a former Girl Scout from North Carolina, who’s mother was named Mavis {!!}, who has a HHH {Handy Handsome Husband} and a PUGGLE {!} sent in these awesome  potting bench photos and I just had to share.

storage rack

Here is what Beverly had to say:

I saw this wooden rack at work, and wondered what I could do with it, then realized I needed a potting bench (saw one online for $279. that I liked but would not spend the money on). I came up with the plan and my husband did the rest.

how to make a wood pallet potting bench

Well, I did hold it still while he did some of the sawing/drilling.

DIY wood pallet potting bench

The rack itself was due to be trashed at work, and I bought it for $.53 which included tax.  (The rack came pre-loaded with plants from a vendor, and when those were sold the rack had to go.)  My husband used a few screws to hold it together after he re-modled it, and I got a great potting bench for under $1.00!

DIY wood pallet potting bench how to

The grid he attached to the front face was a shelf from a metal rack from my green house that I was not using, and it makes a great place to put S-hooks to hang tools.  The lumber is rough and untreated, so it will probably only last 3-5 years out in the weather here, but that’s ok with me.

I am just tickled with the result and had to share it with you, because I usually can copy things but can’t come up with the idea, and this one actually was my brainstorm. (I am a little proud of myself right now!)

Thank you for all of the neat informational, fun, and interesting stuff you put on your website.  And for the links to the great deals, too, I have taken advantage of a few of them and really appreciate you sharing them.  I look forward to watching your garden harvest tally grow each week.  I am sure you will reach your goal! I wish you the best of luck for the Garden Gnome project, it is a good cause.

~Beverly

Wow Beverly! Thank you for all your kinds words and if you lived closer I think I’d be asking your husband to make me a potting bench too. Tell him he did a great job!
~Mavis

Strawberry tower made from fence boardsApril From Santa Cruz, California Sends in Her Garden Photos

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  • 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.

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DIY Potato Towers and an Update

DIY Potato towers

Back in March I put together 3 potato towers {How to Build a Potato Tower} and with all the rain we’ve been having lately, the potato towers have really taken off. Potato tower # 2 in the center seems to be doing the best.

potato tower

Potato Tower #1 – I covered the potatoes with 6 inches of dirt. My plan with tower #1 is to add additional dirt {but no more potatoes} as the potato leaves begin to pop through the soil.

So far I have added one layer of dirt {about 4 inches} to encourage new growth.

potato towers

Potato Tower #2 – I covered the potatoes with 6 inches of soil, then added 5 more potatoes. I ended up doing this 3 times. Someone had suggested I try this method to see if it would grow more potatoes.

do potato towers really work

Much to my surprise, this tower is doing the best. Instead of adding soil to top of the tower when the potato leaves reach about 8 inches, I’ve been adding grass clippings about once a week. Kind of weird I know, but it seems to be working.
potato tower pictures

Potato Tower #3 – This tower was planted with alternating layers of potatoes, dirt, potatoes, straw, potatoes, dirt. Again, someone suggested this growing method because it had worked for them.

Finally I am starting to see progress in this tower. Although there are potato leaves popping out the sides, there is still no sign of anything growing beneath the straw at the top of the tower.

These potato towers are total experiment for me. Last year I tried growing potatoes in towers and failed miserably. But I think it was because I placed them to far away from the house and they didn’t get enough water. I am actually a little surprised at how well they are doing so far this year and I’m hoping we can get a decent crop out of them.

raised garden beds potatoes

If not, we do have potatoes growing in raised beds to count on.

Gardening is an adventure and it’s fun to try new things, even if they don’t always work out the way you had planned.

How about YOU? Are you growing anything in towers this year?

~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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Mornings with Mavis – FREE Kindle Books, Amazon Mom, Abe’s Market, Spanx, Garden Sprayer, The Melting Pot, Coupons

benadryl

Last night I went out the the greenhouse and totally forgot about the wasp nest that was in there. I noticed it last week and told the HH about it and he was going to remove it over the weekend but we totally forgot about it.  While watering the strawberries I got stung on the lip and let’s just say I know for a fact now I would never want cologen lip injections. Ha!

I popped 2 Benadryl and went to bed early. Good times.

In other exciting news, my online boyfriend Ryan is coming to town today and we will be heading out this afternoon to donate seeds to a couple of great organizations. I’ll try and post the pictures tonight if I get back soon enough.

Have a great Thursday everyone.

 ~Mavis

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Meet Mavis at the Mother Earth News Fair in 3 Days!

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Only 3 more days until I’ll be hanging with my gnomies at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, WA from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday June 1st. Is it on your calendar yet? It should be. And not just because you get to meet me and my online boyfriend Ryan from Botanical Interests.

It’s also a great way to get in on the Send in the Gnome Project. Not only will I be collecting gnomes there (saves money on shipping!), but you can also adopt a gnome right then and there and even make a cash donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Plus you get to hang out at this cool fair:

Mother Earth News Fair

The Mother Earth News Fairs are family-oriented, sustainable lifestyle events, packed with hands-on workshops and demonstrations on renewable energy, small-scale farming, green building, organic gardening and more.


Come on out and say hi, get all educated and maybe even get in on some charitable giving. I want to turn the Mother Earth News Fair into gnome man’s land! You with me?

mother earth news fair

See you there!

~Mavis

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Spinach and White Bean Soup

Spinach and White Bean Soup

If you have a bunch of fresh spinach in your garden and you are looking for an awesome recipe, this spinach and white bean soup is mighty tasty. I whipped this up the other night and served it with Irish soda bread and got rave reviews.

Here is the recipe. I hope you like it, we sure do.

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 {16 ounce} cans white beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups fresh spinach, rinsed and sliced thin
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Parmesan cheese for garnish

Spinach and White Bean Soup

Directions

In a large saucepan saute the onion and celery in oil for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender.

Add garlic, and cook for 30 seconds {just enough to brown it} and then stir in beans, chicken stock, pepper, and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 12- 15 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, remove 2 cups of the bean and vegetable mixture from the soup and set aside. With an imersion blender, blend the rest of the soup in the pot until well semi-pureed, then add the reserved beans and vegetable mixture back to the saucepan.

Bring to a boil, and then stir in the spinach and cook for 1 minute or until spinach is wilted. Stir in lemon juice and remove from heat. Serve warm with a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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How to Grow Pumpkins {Start to Finish}

How to grow pumpkins

Are you growing pumpkins this year? I’m hoping for a bumper crop to help towards my goal of growing 2 tons of fruits and vegetables in my backyard. The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird loves to grow them for her friends and I love to grow pumpkins for decorating the front porch with.

Pumpkins are super easy to grow, just remember you need about 90- 100 days of warm weather to  grow them. We typically harvest ours around mid October.

heirloom pumpkin pictures

Brief description:  Pumpkins are part of the gourd like squash plant.  Depending on the variety, it can be used for tons of things from jack-o-lanterns to pies.

Where to Plant :  Plant pumpkins in a sunny location with good soil.  Pumpkins need a bit of space, so a garden bed works best.

pumpkin seeds botanical interests

Planting Seeds:  Mound surrounding dirt into little hills and plant 3 seeds, about 1 inch deep per hill.  Even though most seed packets say to space pumpkins 4-6 feet apart, I have always spaced them about 3 feet and never had a problem with crowding.  Make sure to place a plant marker right next to where you plant so you know where to water until seedlings emerge.  Once seedlings pop through the soil, you will need to thin them with scissors, leaving only the strongest one per mound.

grow your own pumpkins

Growing Tips:   If you have the space, I totally recommend growing a variety of different pumpkins.  They are super easy to grow and basically just need sun and water.  Plus, kids love them, so they are a great way to get them involved in gardening.

mavis picking pumpkins

How to Harvest:   Cut or twist pumpkin off of the vine, leaving enough of the vine for a stem.

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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

Here are a few of my Favorite Pumpkin recipes:

Thanksgiving Dessert recipes Individual Pumpkin PiesIndividual Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin Muffin recipePumpkin Muffins with Oatmeal Streusel Topping

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds recipeRoasted Pumpkin Seeds

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10 Tips for Having an Awesome Garage Sale

10 Tips for Having an Awesome Garage Sale

It’s spring cleaning time, and depending on how deep you want to dig, you may have enough for a garage/yard  sale.  Garage sales are a great way to clear out your unwanted items, and with a little planning, they can bring in some extra ‘seed money’.

Here’s a few tips to ensure that your yard sale is successful:

  1. Check the weather.  This may seem like a no-brainer, but nothing ruins a yard sale like bad weather.  Sunny days bring out the biggest crowd, so check and reschedule if rain looks likely.
  2. Try to go in with neighbors, if possible.  Nothing draws a crowd like a ‘multi-family yard sale’.  The more you have to draw the people in, the better chance you have at selling your stuff.
  3. Take the extra time to organize your items, especially clothing.  People don’t want to sift through boxes and clothes laying on blankets.  If you can, string a rope across your yard and hang clothes.  You will be amazed at how much more you sell.  It doesn’t matter if it’s in your yard or a store, people like organized treasure hunting.
  4. Individually price items.  You will be busy the day of the sale, and some people may not want to wait for you attention to ask the price on an item they are considering.  Also, price items to sell.  You may have paid a lot for the item, but now it is only worth what someone else will pay for it.
  5. Be willing to haggle.  Don’t take offense to people offering you less than your marked price.  Bartering for price is the name of the game when it comes to yard sales.  If the price they offer is too low, counter-offer.  If you can’t come to an agreement in the end, then the sale was not meant to be.
  6. Advertise.  Make clearly readable signs.  Remember, people might be reading them as they drive by at 35 mph, so make the letters bold, large, and easy to read.  Provide arrows leading your customers to your yard {Neon poster board is the way to go here!}  Also, use free advertising, such as craigslist.  List out the best items–draw the folks in!  Make sure to post your ad a day or two before the big event.  Serious yard salers are mapping out their day the night before.
  7. Remember to get change.  Get a box that you will keep your money in, and plan on having plenty of quarters, ones, and fives on hand.  Also, decide if you are willing to accept checks ahead of time, so you aren’t surprised when someone asks.  It is perfectly reasonable to ask for cash only, so long as you do it respectfully.
  8. Get the kids involved!  Let them sell muffins, cookies, donuts, coffee, tea–or whatever else you choose.  I always let them keep whatever profit they make, plus I am always amazed at how many people buy them.
  9. Keep a stack of newspaper and grocery bags handy so you can offer people a bag and/or wrap fragile items.  Remember, a lot of your shoppers will be your neighbors, so a little customer service goes a long way!
  10. Unless you would rather haul everything back inside, slash prices in the afternoon.  The bulk of your items will sell in the morning anyway.

What yard sale tricks have you learned over the years?

~Mavis

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