Pallet Gardening – An Abundance of Strawberries!

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Last night after I watered the pallet garden I snapped a few pictures so you could see how it’s coming along. To be honest, I think I get more bang for my buck with the pallet garden in the spring and fall.

Using the pallets to grow cool weather crops like lettuce is not only a space saver but it looks better too. And you know when your’e a gardener living in suburbia, you gotta have that cool factor. ;)

pallet garden strawberries

I’m not sure what happened, but the strawberries are growing like crazy all the sudden.

wood pallet garden strawberries

This is just one strawberry plant and as you can see it’s loaded.

strawberries in wooden basket

I ended up picking a little more than a half quart of juicy berries. They may not look as good as the ones they sell in the grocery stores, but let me tell you Bob, they taste a heck of a lot sweeter.

pallet gardening celery

After a little pruning, the celery is starting to come back to life. This won’t be picked until fall anyway so it still has plenty of time to grow.

pallet gardening swiss chard

And the Swiss chard I transplanted from the greenhouse last month is looking good as well.

pallet garden

And last but not least, the green beans! I should be picking them by this time next week!

Yee-Haw, backyard gardening is cool.

How about YOU? Have you ever tried growing anything in a wood pallet before?

~Mavis

heat treated wood pallet

Want to learn more about wood pallet gardening and how I put mine together? Click on the pallets above and it will take you to my first pallet garden post of the year. You’ll also learn what to look for when choosing a pallet.

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Mornings with Mavis – Baking Mats, Stylus Pens, Rain Boots, The North Face, Hot Camera Deal + More

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lucy puggle puppies

Yesterday I was in the backyard watering and all the sudden I noticed 3 pear cores on the ground and Lucy munching on one of them. I asked The Girl if she new anything it and she said “Ya, I wanted a snack so I picked a few pears.”

What a stinker! The pears aren’t even ripe yet and she’s picking them because she misses eating them. Ha! Well now I know Lucy likes them too. Kids and dogs are funny. :)

 ~Mavis

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Vornado 154 Whole Room Tower Fan on sale for $59.99 shipped.

baking mats

Nordic Ware Bakers Half Sheet, 13 by 18 by 1 Inch $10.97 {I use these ones!}
Artisan Silicone Baking Mat Set {2pk.} $16.78
USA Pans Mini Loaf Panel Pan, 8 Wells $22.44 {perfect for mini loaves of zucchini bread}
Kitchen Supply Paper Loaf Pans $15.29 {Perfect for gift giving!}

stylus-pens

Need a new stylus pen? Grab 5 silver and black stylus pens for only $1.52 shipped.

children's rainboots

Zulily has kid’s rainboots on sale for as low as $8.99 in their Puddle Lover’s Sale. Perfect for this fall!

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

Pearl Izumi Aurora Lightweight Hoodie

REI Outlet Deal of the Day - Woman’s Pearl Izumi Aurora Lightweight Hoodie on sale for $39.73 {was $85}

The North Face Sale

There are lot’s of deals on The North Face clothing this morning in the 6pm Outdoor Explorer sale. Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

eating well magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Eating Well Magazine for only $7.50 a year as well as Arts & Crafts Magazine for $6.99 when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 7/25 at midnight EST.

DIY Living wall sedum succulent planter

Are you as obsessed with succulents as I am? Check out my DIY Sedum and Succulent Living Wall Planter.

Testing the pH Level of Soil

Have you tested your soil lately? Amazon currently has the Luster Leaf 1612 Rapitest pH Soil Tester on sale for $6.47.

Testing the pH Level of Soil – See my results.

groupon deals

Groupon has some great deals today, here are my favorites:

Andis 1″ Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron $24.99
Hot Wheels Mega Loop Mayhem Track Set $29.99 shipped {Beats Amazon by $6}
Samsung 14.2 MP 18X Zoom WiFi Smart Touch Digital Camera $149 shipped
400-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton Comforter Free shipping

New to Groupon? Join Groupon Here!

photo mug

Get an 11 OZ Custom Photo Mug for just 99¢ {Save $9} When you use code: 99MUG at checkout

#StJudeorBust

Last night we opened more packages for our road trip to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be uploading the pictures this morning. Only 14 days to go. Can you believe it?

This week you can expect to find 2 coupon inserts  in your Sunday paper. 1 Smart Source and 1 Red Plum. See all the coupons that should be in the inserts HERE.

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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Grilled Plum Salad

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Grilled Plum Salad

Got plums? The Girl and I picked up some plums today at a local roadside stand. Luckily by the time we got home there were still four left in the bag so we could make this grilled plum salad.

If you have never tried grilled plums before, you are in for a real treat. This salad is not only easy peasy to make, but it’s good for you too!

Ingredients

1 tablespoon canola oil
4 medium black plums, halved and pitted
2 large limes, zested {reserve juice for dressing}
1 head radicchio, sliced
1 head butter lettuce, sliced
8 oz. jicama, sliced thin
2 serrano chilies, sliced thin

Lime Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons agave syrup
2 large limes, juiced
salt and pepper to taste

grilled plums

Directions

Oil the grates of your stove top or outdoor grill and preheat for 5 minutes on high. Sprinkle plums with a little salt and pepper and place cut side down on hot grill leave in place for a minute or two until your have some nice grill marks and then set aside.

Toss the radicchio, butter lettuce, lime zest, chilies and jicama in a large bowl and set aside. Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk together all the lime vinaigrette ingredients.

Pour dressing over salad mixture and toss until coated, add grilled plums to the top and serve.

132+ Delicious Salads, Dressings And Dips

Looking for more delicious salad recipes? Check out 132+ Delicious Salads, Dressings And Dips by Gabrielle Raiz, it has crazy good reviews.

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Sunset Magazine Headquarters Menlo Park, CA

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A few weeks ago my online boyfriend Ryan and my buddy Harriet and I went to San Francisco to tour a bunch of gardens. One of the many stops we made was to the Sunset Magazine headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

orange garden trellis

I guess I never really though about how garden magazines get their photos. I always assumed they had a team of photographers that toured all over the place snapping pictures in other peoples gardens. It never occurred to me that Sunset Magazine {or any magazine for that matter} would have their own garden.

sugar baby watermelon

Seriously. Not only did they have all sorts of plants, flowers and trees growing at the Sunset Magazine headquarters, but they had fruits and vegetables growing too!. How cool is that?

don't eat the berries sign

But if you think you can pick the fruits and vegetables they’ve got growing while on tour, you’d be wrong.

blackberry

The need them all ripe and juicy so they can take pictures for the magazine. :(

ryan schmitt botanical interests

Nerd Alert. This is Ryan, pointing out Gammagrass. If you have never gone on a garden tour with a plant geek before, brace yourself. It’s like taking a kid to a candy store.

gamagrass

I mean I like flowers and everything, but I certainly don’t go around calling them by their botanical name. {Okay, so maybe I don’t know their botanical name, but still}.

hollyhocks

Hollyhocks! I love these. More brides should use them in their bridal bouquets.

how to support cucumbers

And check out this rusty panel. It’s perfect for cucumbers {or other vining plants} to grow on. Note to self: Find some for next years garden.

garden containers

And look at this picture perfect head of lettuce growing in a planter. Now why didn’t I think of that? Don’t you think it would make a great hostess gift?

Sunset Magazine Headquarters Menlo Park, CA

Yep, Sunset Magazine headquarters in Menlo Park, California was an awesome place to visit.

Even if you don’t get to eat the berries.

How about YOU? Have you been anywhere cool lately?

~Mavis

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How to Peel Tomatoes

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how-to-peel-tomatoes-picturesIf there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s how to peel a tomato quickly. After all, when you grow boatloads of food in your backyard every summer, you tend to pick up a few tricks along the way.

How to Peel a Tomato.

Step 1 – Wash your tomatoes. If you bought your tomatoes at the store {Gasp!} then be sure and remove any pesky little stickers as well.

Step 2 – Bring a large pot of water to a boil

Step 3 – While you are waiting for the water to boil, score the bottom of your tomato {I cut the skin with a little x on the bottom of each tomato}

Step 4 – Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set it aside {I always put mine in the sink}

Step 5 – Once the water is boiling, with a slotted spoon, carefully place about 3 or 4 tomatoes in boiling water for about 30 seconds {or until the peel splits.

Step 6 – Once the peel on the tomato has split, using the slotted spoon carefully remove the tomato and place it in the bowl of ice water.

Step 7 – Let the tomatoes sit in the ice water for a few minutes to cool down, then core and peel the tomatoes.

That’s it. Wasn’t that easy? Now you know how to peel a tomato. :)

Canning-101-Heirloom-Tomato-Salsa-Recipe

Heirloom Salsa, it rocks! {You can use store bought tomatoes too } ;)

 

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 7/24/2013 Garden Tally

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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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organic vegetables

Now we’re farming! Last week we were able to harvest a little over 45 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables from our backyard garden. Peas, cabbage, beets, and raspberries were the big winners and we were also able to harvest our first beans of the year too. Life is good!

I’m hoping we’ll be able to harvest our first zucchini this weekend {the slugs set us back a bit} and we are all looking forward to more fresh beans and tomatoes. The chickens are loving all the kale and Swiss chard, and actually, I think I may be giving them too much because egg production has slowed down a wee bit. Does anyone have any insight on that? This is my first year counting eggs so I’ve never really noticed before if that can play a role or not.

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 9 ounces

I LOVE making fresh pesto.

mavis butterfield

Beets - 7 pounds 15 ounces

We harvested a huge batch of beets {this is only a few of them} the other day and I can’t wait to cook them up today. We still have plenty to harvest in the garden box and have planted more seeds for a fall harvest.

bok choy leaves

Bok Choy – 4 oz

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

head of broccoli

Broccoli – 13 ounces

Is it normal for puppies to eat all their vegetables? Why can’t kids be this way?

puggle puppies cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

We are done harvesting cabbage until fall. There are more heads planted alongside the greenhouse and I started more cabbage seeds for a winter harvest so we should be cook for a while.Here is my recipe for homemade sauerkraut.

carrots

Carrots – 3 ounces

This is a picture of carrots we harvested last year. We had to plant our carrots 5 times this year due to slugs. We are just now starting to see a row of green tops. I share a picture soon.

chives

Chives – 1 pound 1 ounce

We are picking about an ounce a week to use in recipes.

fresh eggs

Egg Count – 1,608

The chickens are slacking off again. We only collected 62 eggs. I’m not sure if it’s the heat or if they are getting old. ;)

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

If you have never harvested garlic before, be sure and read my How to Harvest Garlic post. It’s super simple.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We used these to make Garlic Scape Pesto. Yumm!

green beans wooden basket

Green Beans 10 ounces

I’ll be picking more today, this time I’ll be harvesting those skinny French beans {I forget the name}. If you have a favorite green bean recipe you think my family would like please leave the recipe or a link in the comment section below. I’m always up for trying new things.

curly kale

Kale – 7 pounds 1 ounces

I’m just not feeling the kale love right now, I just keep picking it and feeding it to the chickens so it doesn’t go to waste.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

All out spring kohlrabi has been harvested. Be on the lookout for a kohlrabi recipe soon!

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 34 pounds11 ounces

I plan on planting lettuce seeds towards the middle of August when we get back from our trip to St. Jude. I think it’s a little too hot to grow it right now and I don’t want to chance it bolting so I’ll just wait a few more weeks.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

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

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 6 oz

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

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 7 ounces

square foot gardening onions

 

Onion – 1 pound 7 ounces

We are using our onions as we need them. We harvested 2 more last week. :)

sugar snap peas

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

We harvested the last of the peas last week and pea season is officially over. I’ll plant more pea seeds on August 1st for a fall harvest, but for now we are pealess in Seattle. ;)

red white blue new potatoes

Potatoes - 15 pounds 12 ounces

Would you believe we still have a few potatoes left from last week’s harvest? Crazy, I know.

radish

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

I just planted more of these!

raspberries in wooden baskets

Raspberries – 16 pounds 14 ounces

We can’t pick the raspberries fast enough! This is what a typical daily harvest looks like. The blueberries should be next.

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

grow your own sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 2 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

strawberry-pie

Strawberries 9 pounds 6 ounce

The strawberries have slowed way down. I’m not worried though, production will pick up again in the fall. So far this summer we made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and homemade strawberry shortcake.

mavis butterfiled

Swiss Chard 8 pounds

Chickens love it! :) :) :)

cherry tomatoes

Tomatoes 3 ounces

Sun Gold tomatoes are the best cherry tomato on the planet. Nuf’ said.

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 244 pounds 10 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 1,608

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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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Salad Hands, Omaha Steaks, Emerald Nuts, Boots, Boots, Boots

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amazon packages on doorstep

Happy Wednesday everyone! This morning we will be opening packages!! Wahoo! Thank you so much for your support for our Send in the Gnomes Fundraiser for St. Jude. It’s hard to believe the trip is only 2 weeks away.

See you back here in a bit for Weigh in Wednesday. :)

 ~Mavis

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

Locally Grown: Portraits of Artisanal Farms from America’s Heartland FREE {This looks good!!}
Economic Food Storage Strategies for Disaster Survival$2.99 or FREE for Amazon Prime Members
Making Soap From Scratch: How to Make Handmade Soap  $3.99
Kick the Sugar, Feel the Freedom FREE
Easy Slow Cooker Recipes Around The World FREE

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

amazon kitchen deals

Norpro 3-Piece Plastic Funnel Set $3.50
Fox Run Aluminum Scoop Set $6.02
Progressive International Stainless Steel Appetizer Tongs $4.97
Lipper International Salad Hands with Knob Stand $8.16

amazon local

Check out these National Amazon Local Deals:

$20 to Spend on Beauty, Health, and Household Essentials for $10
Omaha Steaks Bacon-Wrapped Top Sirloins, Gourmet Burgers, and More w/ Free Shipping Starting at $50

amazon grocery

Kraft Thick and Spicy Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce, 4-pack is only $3.44/$0.86 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
Emerald Blend Premium Trail Mix, 5.5 Ounce Pouches {Pack of 6} $14.76/$2.46 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
Emerald S’mores Trail Mix, 5.5-Ounce Bags {Pack of 6} $14.76/$2.46 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
Twizzlers Twists  16-Ounce Bags 6-pack $9.92/$1.65 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

zulily

Zulily has some sweet deals in their Fall Preview Sale. Everything from clothing to shoes to bags all in one place.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

short boots

6pm has a huge selection of short boots on sale starting at $17.90  shipped. Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

men's fitness magazine coupon

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Men’s Fitness Magazine for only $4.99 a year as well as Everyday with Rachel Ray Magazine for $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 7/24/13 at midnight EST.

Peach Ginger Glazed Grilled Chicken

Thinking about grilling this weekend? Here’s my recipe for Peach Ginger Glazed Grilled Chicken.

eight o clock coffee coupons

Amazon has Eight O”Clock Coffee on sale for a low as $4.78 a bag shipped when you choose the subscribe and save option at checkout. My husband LOVES this coffee. Here are a few deals I spotted:

Eight O’Clock Coffee, Ground Coffee, French Roast, 12-Ounce (Pack of 6) $28.39/$4.78 each shipped
Eight O’Clock Coffee, 100% Colombian Ground, 11-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6) $28.39/$4.78 each shipped
Eight O’Clock Coffee, Mocha Ground, 11-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6) $30.39 /$5.06 each shipped
Eight O’Clock Coffee, Original Ground, 12-Ounce Bag (Pack of 6) $28.39/$4.78 each shipped
Eight O’Clock Coffee, Ground Coffee, 50% Decaf, 12-Ounce (Pack of 6) $30.39/$5.06 each shipped

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 It’s Baaaack! Get 140 Custom Labels for only $5 shipped from Vistaprint!

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Having a baby? Win a new nursery valued at up to $1,000 from Womensforum.com! Enter for your chance to win.

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Green Beans with Toasted Almonds Recipe

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Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

I picked a nice big basket of fat Roma bush beans this morning and had to stop snacking on them so I would have enough for dinner tonight. This recipe is very simple, but it’s my favorite way to eat green beans.

And if you’ve never tried Roma beans before, put them on your list for next year. Trust me, they’re worth growing!

green beans wooden basket

Ingredients

1/2 pound fresh green beans
1/4 cup almonds, chopped and lightly toasted
1 teaspoon sesame seeds {optional}
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon olive oil
kosher salt to taste

Directions

Blanch green beans in a pot of boiling water and set aside. Dry and then in a large bowl, toss green beans with sesame oil.

Place olive oil in a hot skillet and saute the green beans for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add kosher salt to taste. Garnish with toasted almonds and serve. {My husband likes his beans warm, I like mine cold} :)

Tender A Cook and His Vegetable Patch

Looking for a great fresh veggie cookbook? Check out Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch By Nigel Slater. It’s one of my favorites.

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Fat Smitty’s: Big Hearts and Big Burgers

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As a special treat, on our way back from the lavender festival in Sequim, Washington the other day, The Girl and I stopped by a little burger shack called Fat Smitty’s. I don’t know how anyone could possibly NOT stop with all those cool hand carved statues out front. We figured we’d find your typical roadside burger and fry place, but when we stepped inside we were in awe.

Fat Smitty's

It wasn’t the food that surprised us {I mean it was awesome and just like a Mom & Pop hamburger shop should taste}, it was the money. The dolla dolla bills, yo! There were dollar bills covering every inch of that place; every wall and every spot on the ceiling! The ritual began when a traveling salesman wrote his name on a single dollar bill and tacked it to the wall 27 years ago.
Fat Smitty's

That practice became what Fat Smitty’s was known for and before they knew it, people were coming from all over the state/country to pin their own bills to the restaurant walls. It was a pretty incredible site to see! Almost every bill has a note written on it and is addressed to Fat Smitty himself. Last year, Carl “Fat Smitty” Schmidt took down $10,316 in $1 bills from the walls and ceiling of the restaurant and donated them to charity, $3,000 of that going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital {how cool is that!}.

Fat Smitty's

It didn’t surprise me one bit to hear Fat Smitty was charitable. The entire diner screams patriotism and he even has a jar so people can donate money to pay for lunches of uniformed military personal, whom he feeds for free when they come in! He’s an all-American, support-the-troops-and-our-country kind of guy. I’ll give him my business any day!

Fat Smitty's

And just when you were thinking our troops were the only one Fat Smitty was hooking up, check out this killer deal. In the market for a new knife? Buy a Smitty Burger and get a knife for only $2. Of course you’ll probably never live long enough to use it because a Smitty Burger consists of two patties, three slices of bread, bacon, lettuce, tomato and sauce, plus a side of fries! Whew. I’m getting heartburn just thinking about it.

If you’re in the Discovery Bay, Washington area, I totally recommend putting “Eat at Fat Smitty’s” on your to-do list. Your wallet might be a few dollars lighter, but you’ll leave with a full belly and a full heart. Charity {and a big fat hamburger} will do that to ya!

~Mavis

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Mavis Mail – Michelle From Albuquerque, NM Sends in Her Garden Photos

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container gardening

Wow! Check out these awesome garden box photos Michelle from Albuquerque, NM sent in.
Here’s what she had to say:

Hi Mavis,

My name is Michelle and I live in Albuquerque NM.  I rent a house with my husband {who never gardens, but will water} and my best friend Buddy {my dog -who does garden, mostly picking!}

My dad always had a garden when I was growing up outside of Boston, but I hated having to water and weed.  I remember many family dinners forcing down salads and vegetables-now I am a vegetarian  Who knew that not only was he ahead of his time, using organic practices, but that I would inherit his love of gardening long after he was gone!

container garden

I start almost all my veggies from seed in Feb/March and keep them under lights on a metro rack in my guestroom.  Only my daughter from my New England family will visit during seedling time because the room smells like fish emulsion!  After planting my own garden I always have tons of seedlings left so I have a few friends who get them every year.  Last year I sold 50 tomato seedlings at a yard sale for .50 each.  The neighborhood was happy!

container gardening

Like so many other gardeners I am a renter so I started using buckets and containers for my tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and the rest of my plants.

Luckily we have a yard and it has a big cement slab that I put all my containers and raised beds on.  In the last few years I have found a treasure at my local Home Depot.  I found an empty semi-finished wooden bed used to hold and display metal lawn edging. I immediately asked if I could have it and proceeded to tie it into the back of my car.  Driving home was dicey with it hanging 2 feet out the back.  It is 8ft x 2ft.  I have “acquired” 3 so far and love them.  My husband just pops in a bottom and drills some holes and I am ready to go.  They aren’t cedar, but they are free!

I did purchase an 8ft x 4ft cedar planter for my perennials and herbs.  This spring, my daughter {the one to brave the fish room} built me an addition to the back of it so I could plant some taller Yarrow and Echinacea.  She used some cedar fence slats on sale for $1.36 each for a total cost of around 15 bucks!  Natural cedar is supposed to last longer but buying it is so expensive.

garden boxes

I have salad and greens almost every day-as does my dog-who loves veggies.  He “helps” me garden by chasing away the birds.  He also will dig his own radishes and eat tomatoes and beans off the plants-much to my dismay. Like Lucy, he loves to dig in the ”sweet” smelling composted soil.  I think he would eat it if I didn’t stop him.

I spend all summer canning, drying and freezing all my bounty.  I use many of my recipes for gifts and get “orders” from my friends and family all the time.   My pantry is full of dried fruits and veggies, jams, pickles, pickled veggies, tomato sauce and herbal vinegar. I buy fresh eggs from a friend and trade recipes with her all the time.  If only my dog would let me have chickens…..

dog

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!

~Mavis

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.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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