Mavis Garden Blog – Peas, Potatoes and Herbs

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According to the weather forecast the clouds are suppose to roll in tonight and bring us rain for the next 6 days. And you know what? I’m pretty happy about it.

Someone asked me the other day on facebook how I water my garden.

organic potatoes

I was totally embarrassed to say that I water my entire garden by hand. Yep, just me and my little hose and a super powered nozzle.

organic gardening oregano strawberries

When we first moved here, our backyard had a decent sized patch of grass and the rest of the yard was wooded. There was no need for a ton of sprinklers. Then, the summer of 2009 I decided I wanted to grow a huge garden, so we cleared a bunch of brush, and well, the rest is history.

organic gardening flat leaf parsley

Even though we’ve carved out more growing areas over the years, we never really stopped to think about putting some sort of slow drip watering system in. Mostly because of the energy {the handsome husband} and the cost it would take to install them.

Plus, when we go to put our house on the market someday, I seriously doubt the next family who moves here is going to want to 10 million sprinkler hoses and raised garden beds galore everywhere. Let’s face it, having a large garden is a lot of work, and most people are not going to want one this size.

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So even though it sounds strange, I don’t actually mind hand watering my garden. I find it relaxing, and I can pull weeds out of the garden beds while I’m watering the plants too.

But when I have to water on a daily basis because the weather is in the 80′s for a whole week, well then it becomes sort of a chore.

organic gardening Herbs sage

So bring on the rain. I’m ready for a break!

~Mavis

P.S. How do YOU water your garden? Soaker hoses? Drip irrigation, a good old fashioned watering can? Mavis wants to know.

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Introducing New Chickens into Your Existing Flock

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Introducing New Chickens into Your Existing Flock

Last night The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I introduced our 3 baby cochin chicks to the older chickens. People have said introducing new chickens into your existing flock can be kind of tricky, but this year it was ridiculously easy for us. In years past we have placed the younger chickens in a fence off area alongside the chicken run for a few days so the birds could get acquainted, but this year we decided to do something a little different.

Lucy our puggle dog outgrew her pet fence weeks ago, so we took the 3 foot high fence outside and set it up within the chicken run around 2 pm. We placed our 3 blue cochin chicks inside the fenced area along with their food and water so the other chickens could get a good look at them.

how to Introduce New Chickens into Your Existing Flock

Our older birds don’t even flinch when lucy the puggle dog runs up to the coop anymore, so we figured they probably wouldn’t bat an eye if a couple of puff balls joined their clan.

Maroon, one of our Rhode Island Red hens immediately took to them. She hunkered down next to the fence and stayed their for a good 3 hours. We weren’t sure if she wanted first dibs on the chicks or if her motherly instincts set in and she was just watching over them.

Introducing New Chickens into Your Existing Flock pictures

Around 6pm we brought the 8 week old chicks out one at a time. Nothing happened. It was business as usual around the coop. The older chickens didn’t care one bit.

Pictures Introducing New Chickens into Your Existing Flock

Except Maroon of course, she followed the chicks around like a mamma hen.

Introducing New Chickens into Your Existing Flock blue cochins

Once the chicks had moved away from their food and water, the older chickens moved in and had themselves a little feast. At nightfall once all the older hens had gone into the coop to roost for the night, my daughter picked up the baby chicks and placed them inside the coop in the nesting boxes.

This morning when she opened the doors, the chickens and the 8 week old chicks all came out. Business as usual. Talk about an easy transition.

I don’t know about you, but I love it when there is no drama. Ha!

Do you have chickens?  What has your experience with introducing new chickens into you existing flock been?

~Mavis

If you would like to learn more about raising chickens and all the fun and excitement it brings… Check out The Joy of Keeping Chickens By Jennifer Megyesi. It will tell you everything you need to know.

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights

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Books, Books, and More Books from Amazon.com

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Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

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Mornings with Mavis 

Spinach and Basil  Pesto Farfalle

Recipes

how to grow green beans

Tips and Tricks

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Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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10 Pick-Up Lines For Guys

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10 Pick-Up Lines For Guys

Remember mom jokes?  Well, this week, here’s a little spin from Matchmaker Mavis:  Dad pick-up lines.  {Before you get creeped out, they are not pick-up lines for dads, but about them.}  Plus, you can use them anywhere the mood strikes, so get out there and make a love connection.

  1. Is your Dad an astronaut?  Because someone took the stars from the sky and put them in your eyes.
  2. Is your dad king?  He must have been to make a princess like you.  {I always thought you didn’t want to be too much of a princess, so I’m not sure I’d find this very complimentary?}
  3. Is your Dad a baker? Because you’ve got a nice set of buns.  {Hmmm, this could go either way boys:  she might be flattered or it could land you a slap in the face.  You’ve been warned.}
  4. Is your Dad in the Air Force? Because you’re the bomb.
  5. Does your Dad own Snapple?  Because you’re made from the best stuff on earth.
  6. Is your Dad a shoemaker?  Because you just knocked me off my feet.
  7. Is your dad a lock smith?  Because you have the keys to my heart.
  8. Is your dad a photographer? Because I can picture us together. {Totally lame!}
  9. Is your Dad a traffic cop?  Because you got fine written all over you. {Awesome, just awesome.}
  10. Did you Dad write a dictionary?  Because you put meaning in my life.  {A little over-committed maybe, but I am sure the ladies will love it.}

Make sure to invite me to the wedding,

Mavis

 

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Friday Night at the Movies – Gandhi

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Tonight The Girl and I are taking a step away from our standard food documentary to check out Gandhi.  The documentary is a biography of Gandhi’s life.  It attempts to re-enact his life, so it watches more like a movie than a documentary.

I remember watching this a long time ago and feeling moved by the man Gandhi was, so I am excited to watch it with my daughter to get her take on it.

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Amazon Prime Members can watch Gandhi for free.

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.  Did you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to watch it over and over?

Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

 

 

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Information on Top Bar Bee Hives with Pictures

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Well, my friend Jane and her family have finally done it.

The got bees! After a long talk with the Handsome Husband about it, I’ve decided not to get bees. Mostly because I am a total afraid of getting stung and then there’s that whole part about me being allergic to them, so I’ll just have to get my bee fix vicariously through Jane.

Who knows, maybe she’ll even send me some of her Virginia honey for Christmas if I’m lucky {wink, wink}.

honey bee comb

So if you are interesting in getting some honey bees for yourself, head on over and check out her blog post Transferring Langstroth Nucs to Top Bar Hives. Jane and her family are documenting their bee keeping journey for all to see.

Buzz, Buzz.

Mavis

P.S. Do you dream of keeping bees too?

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Raised Garden Beds – Growing Cabbage, Garlic, Tomatoes and More

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DIY raised garden beds

The backyard is finally starting to look like a real backyard garden again. Out 16 4×8 raised garden boxes are really starting to fill in and it won’t be too long before they are overflowing with yummy vegetables to eat.

DIY Raised garden beds cabbage

I still think the cabbage and radish bed looks the best.

french breakfast radishes

Do you have any great radish recipes? Someone said they are good sauteed, like in a stir fry. We will have a bunch to harvest over the next 2 weeks and I need to find a few good recipes for them.

DIY Raised Garden Beds garden gnome

Radishes, onions and kohlrabi.

kohlrabi plant

If you look closely you can see the kohlrabi bulbs starting to form at the soil line.

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The square foot garden. We added 3 tomato plants to it a few days ago. Next on the list are beans and cucumbers.

DIY Raised Garden Bed Swiss Chard

Check out the bed of Swiss chard.

swiss chard plant

The chickens will be so excited!

how to grow garlic

I’m kind of surprised there are no signs of garlic scapes yet. I love using them in stir-fry dishes and it seems to me they should be popping up by now.

The year started off pretty mild but lately the weather has begun to really warm up for this time of year {I think so anyway}.  Since we didn’t get any snow this past winter, I think the vegetables might be a  little behind. Either that or I’m the one who is behind. I’m not sure which is which.

If there is one thing I have learned over the years about gardening is that it’s better to wait to until the weather warms up a bit to get all your seeds planted. Otherwise they just end up rotting in the ground because your’e to stinkin’ excited to start gardening and you plant them too early.

beet seedlings

Thinning the beets is on the agenda this weekend.

heirloom tomato plants

Be still my heart. Tomato plants.

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Here is the view from the garden gate. Pretty neat-o if you ask me.

If you find that I am posting less than normal this weekend, it’s because I plan on spending most of it getting caught up in the garden. My online boyfriend Ryan from Botanical Interests is coming to visit me in a few weeks when he’s up here for the Mother Earth News Fair and I want to get everything looking in tip top shape for his arrival.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, Have a great weekend!

~ Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Gottex Sun Hats, Herb Scissors, Butterfly Garden, ibotta, Kashi Coupons

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Happy Friday everyone! Today I’m hoping to go through my seeds and see what still needs to be planted, clean my house, get a few weeds pulled and read a few more chapters in This Life in in Your Hands by Melissa Coleman {Eliot Coleman’s daughter}. What an interesting book!

I hope you have a great weekend, stay out of trouble and have a great Mother’s Day.

~Mavis

designer sunhats

Zulily has Gottex sunhats on sale today. Great for the beach, working out in the garden or strolling around the farmer’s market.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

SportHill Truckee II Shorts
REI Outlet has the SportHill Truckee II Shorts on sale for $30.93. These are great for working out.

herb scissors

Have you ever tried Herb Scissors before?  They’re pretty awesome.  I own a pair and use them all the time.  Amazon has these herb scissors on sale right now for $9.95.

spiral vegetable slicer

Amazon currently has the Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer on sale for $21.25 shipped. There are over 800 reviews on this and they are awesome!

Lysol Cling Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Country Scent, 2 – 24 Ounce bottles $3.57/$1.79 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at check out.

Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? The Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden is on sale on Amazon.com for $15.10. The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird hatched butterflies for about 5 summers in a row when she was younger and loved this kit!

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DiscountMags is offering a 1 year subscription to Martha Stewart Magazine for only $14.99 a year when you use code 4427 at checkout. 

*This special rate will be live through midnight  5/10/13 {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 week you can expect to find 3 coupon inserts in the Sunday paper.

  • 1 Red Plum
  • 1 Smart Source
  • 1 P&G

Go HERE to view the entire list of coupons that will be available in this Sunday’s paper.

Don’t get the Sunday paper? Check this site for great deals for newspapers in your area. In many areas you will be able to subscribe to only the Sunday paper if you’d prefer.

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Ibotta users have earned well over $500,000 in just a few months. Before shopping, choose your favorite products and complete the tasks; the more you complete, the more cash you’ll earn. Go HERE to Sign up for Ibotta.

$2.00 off any TWO Kashi Cereals $0.40 off SIX Yoplait Yogurt $1.00 off THREE BOXES General Mills Big G cereals $0.75 off ONE Welch's Light Juice Beverage $1.00 off any 2 Kellogg's Cinnamon Jacks™ cerealBuy Spooners cereal, get 1 Spooners cereal free

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Martha Stewart Living Magazine 1 Year Subscription Only $14.99

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DiscountMags is offering a 1 year subscription to Martha Stewart Magazine for only $14.99 a year when you use code 4427 at checkout. 

*This special rate will be live through midnight  5/10/13 {EST}. You can purchase this deal as a new subscription or to renew your existing subscription. You can also purchase additional subscriptions as gifts!

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Mavis Send in the Gnomes Fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Garden Gnomes Mavis St. Jude FundrasierGnome Drawing from Isaac – Age 6 1/2

Lucy and I opened a bunch of packages last night and we wanted to give everyone an update on our Send in the Gnomes Fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Together we have raised $2,290 dollars and collected 229 garden gnomes towards our $10,000 / 1,000 garden gnome goal.

Here are some of the contents from the latest round of boxes {you can see all the gnomes HERE}

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Girl Scout Troop 389 from Mt. Olive North Carolina sent me a pickle festival t-shirt and a gangster gnome. I like that  this gnomie has a phone on him in case he sees any trouble going in the backyard. Nice work girls!

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Holly from Yelm, Washington sent in her garden gnome on behalf of her friend Max or Jedi Max as she likes to call him. Jedi Max is in a fight for his life against brain cancer. His goal was to go to the Eiffel Tower but due to a downhill slope in his health his doctors do not think he is stable enough to make the trip.

give max the world

Give Max The World!
Jedi Max
P.O. Box 690309
Killeen, TX 76549

So instead a family friend started a facebook event called Give Max the World and is asking people from all over the world to send him a souvenir or postcard from where ever they are from by July 1st {his 9th birthday}. Pretty awesome if you ask me!

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I’m not sure who sent these knitted gnomes in but they sure are cute. I had to quickly put them up high so Lucy the Puggle Dog didn’t run off with them.garden gnomes mavis St. Jude Fundraiser

A hot pink gnome statue, a book about beans, garden seeds, bubble bath and candy? Holy cow!

Thank you everyone for your support! You. Are. Awesome.

~Mavis

Mavis butterfield gnome St. Jude's wish list

If you have a gnome, send it to Mavis by August 1st to:

Mavis Butterfield
P.O. Box 2083
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

 * A maximum of $10,000 will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

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