Mavis Garden Blog – Growing Pumpkins and Winter Squash

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Last night as I was doing a little trimming in the garden I accidentally snipped a big, fat, juicy vine that held 6 green pumpkins on it.  Boy was I mad at myself.  The pumpkin was a Howden pumpkin which tend to grow in the 20 -25 pound range at their peak. The orange pumpkin you see on the top stem weighed in at 30 pounds.

The green pumpkins collectively weighed in at 31 pounds 7 ounces.  And YES, I am counting them towards my goal of 2,000 pounds of garden produce.

A few of you mentioned on Facebook last night I should try and make a green pumpkin  ”apple” pie like Ma did in the Little House on the Prairie series with my unripe pumpkins.  So later today I’ll give it a go and let you know how it works out.

All in all I am pretty pleased with how the pumpkin is coming along.  Although  Handsome Husband however is freaking out because  he can’t mow the grass.  The pumpkins have invaded his territory.

Oh well, he’ll get over it {I hope}.

Next year though, I think I’ll move the pumpkin patch somewhere else though.

Here are a few pictures of my favorite pumpkins so far…

 Golden Hubbard Squash

This sucker probably weighs about 30 pounds right now.  All I have to do is keep him happy for a few more weeks so I can fatten him up.  Then it’s off to the butcher!

See the orange pumpkin in the center?

I still can’t figure out what it is.  We must have about 5-7 of them growing, and if I had to guess they all weigh around 30 pounds or so.  I guess well have to wait until they fully ripen before we figure out what variety they are.

Jarrahdale Heirloom Pumpkin

Coolest pumpkin ever.  My boyfriend Ryan over at Botanical Interests Seed Company sent me these seeds.  It’s actually an Australian heirloom pumpkin.  I’ve grown them before for Monkey Boy’s pumpkin pies and they are a nice and meaty squash.

Here’s another look at the mysterious pumpkin.  If you know what the name of it my be, let me know.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

I’ve got a pie to bake.

Have a great day!

 Mavis

 

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How To Grow Your Own Food – Mavis’ Vegetable Garden Tour

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Even though the mornings are starting off a wee bit cooler lately, our backyard garden is still chugging along like the Little Engine that Could.

The pink geraniums are hanging in there, and the ornamental cabbage and pansies are thriving.

Call me crazy but I think I’ll try growing cucumbers in the greenhouse this winter.  I’m thinking about purchasing a small heater for the greenhouse.  If anyone knows of a good one, please let me know.

I planted a few potatoes not so long ago and they are moving right along.  Hopefully there will be some “new potatoes” there in a few weeks when we harvest them.

The chives got a much needed haircut.

The raised garden beds are beginning their transition from tomatoes to fall crops.

This raised garden bed has 2 different kinds of acorn squash growing in it.  The leaves are starting to get a while powdery substance on them.

The Thanksgiving beets are finally recognizable.

And the broccoli, well let’s hope we are able to grow enough in time to enjoy them in a few stir fry dinners before the frost hits.  I think we have 3 beds planted with broccoli now.  Yee- Haw!

Rainbow Swiss Chard.  You can’t kill it.  Trust me, I’ve tried.

If you look closely you’ll notice most of the heirloom tomatoes are still green.  I’ve been picking them as fast as I can at the first sign of color.  I want to be able to harvest as many as possible before they stop growing.

And the zucchini.  My dear, dear, zucchini.  I think I’m going to see just how big I can get these suckers to grow.  Who knows, maybe my next harvest will beat the last.  I’m hoping for at least 100 more pounds of zucchini before the summers over.

Well that’s what’s happening in my garden, what’s going on at YOUR place?

Are you happy with how your garden turned out this year?

What are you going to do different next year?

Peace Out Girl Scouts

~ Mavis

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$1.00 off Reach Floss Coupon = FREE FLOSS at Walmart and Target!

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If you have teeth, you’ll totally want to print this coupon good for $1.00 off any REACH Total Care Floss.  This floss is $.99 at both Walmart and Target so with the coupon that means FREE FLOSS for YOU!

Go HERE to Print Reach Floss Coupon

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Sunday Coupon Insert Preview 9/16/2012

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This week you can expect to find 2 coupon inserts in the Sunday paper.

  • 1 Red Plum
  • 1 Smart Source

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.

Here is a sneak peek at my favorite coupons coming in this Sunday’s paper.

Red Plum -

  • $1 off Gain Detergent or Fabric Softener
  • $1.50/3 Mars M&M’s, Twix, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers or Snickers
  • $1/2 Newman’s Own Pasta Sauce
  • $3 off Gillette Disposable Razor, excl trial size

Smart Source -

  •  $1/2 Dannon Oikos Regular, Light and Fit, or Activia Breakfast Blend
  • $1/4 Hunts Canned Tomatoes, 11 oz+
  • $1 off Johnsonville Premium Cooking Sausage
  • $1 off Scott Extra Soft Bath Tissue, 12 rolls+
  • $1.50 off Wholly Guacamole

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

Please note that some coupons are regional.

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Bartering with Mavis – Trading Zucchini for Meat!

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Earlier this morning I stuck about 40+ pounds of zucchini on my porch.  After shredding 28+ pounds of the stuff yesterday, I had had it.  So I sent Girly Girl a text {I was desperate}.

Mavis – Boatload of zucchini on my porch.  You want it?

Girly Girl – What do you want?

Mavis – Ground meat.  And lot’s of it.

Girly Girl – Fine.  I’ll have Chino bring it over tomorrow.

So this afternoon when I came around the front of the house to place my green pumpkins on the porch, my zucchinis were gone and there was a sack of frozen meat in it’s place.

Clearly, Chino was the one who decided how much 40 pounds of zucchini were worth.

Because if it would have been Girly Girl, there would have only been 1 package.

40 pounds of zucchini for {5} 1.5 pound packages of organic ground buffalo?

Works for me!

Thanks Chino.

~Mavis

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Recipe – Homemade Pizza Sauce Using Heirloom Tomatoes

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Last night I fired up the crock pot and made a batch of homemade pizza sauce while everyone was sleeping.  When we woke up this morning the house smelled like a pizza parlor.  It was awesome.

Our heirloom tomatoes are trickling in at a rate of 5-10 pounds every few days or so.  And while there isn’t enough to break out the canning equipment just yet, there are plenty of tomatoes to snack on and to make a few batches of pizza sauce to use later this winter.

This recipe will yield 10 1 cup portions.  Depending on how thick you like to pour on your sauce, each bag should be enough for 2 homemade pizzas.

Ingredients

8 pounds heirloom tomatoes
12 oz tomato paste
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 mysterious hot pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

Toss all of the ingredients into a large crock pot {if you have OCD please take careful consideration to the placement of your tomatoes to best represent the color of your heirlooms}.

Turn the crock pot on low and cook overnight for 8 hours to 10 hours.

Remove lid and cool sauce for a bit.

Run the sauce through a food mill or a Victorio food strainer to remove seeds and peels and any excess pulp.

Pour 1 cup portions into freezer bags, and store in the freezer for later use.

That’s Amore!

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Amazon Free Kindle Books for Kids – Science Fair Projects, Lemony Snicket + More

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Easy Science Fair Project Ideas for Kids By Theresa Davis

If you’re in a hurry, this could leave you in a really stressful situation! To avoid this hassle, all of the science experiments included in my guide require materials that are available in your own house! Now you have no excuses – you already have everything that you need, all of the science projects, and all of the materials.

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In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn’t have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn’t be read. This is the first volume.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi By Rudyard Kipling {I loved this book when I was a kid!}

This is the story of a boy and his weasel, a bird and a snake, India and the British Empire. Rudyard Kipling’s dramatic tale, here excerpted from the greater volume of The Jungle Book, is the story of the loyal mongoose, Rikk-Tikki-Tavi, and the lengths to which he must go to protect his adoptive human family.

The Day I Met Dr. Seuss By Anne Emerick

The Day I Met Dr. Seuss tells the fictional account of Annie G. Magee, a young girl who wants to meet Dr. Seuss and find out what makes him so unique. Not content to simply write to Dr. Seuss, Annie travels to his house, summons her courage and knocks upon the door. Dr. Seuss is not at home, but Annie isn’t ready to give up quite yet.

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Ask and You Shall Receive – Reader Mika Sends in Her Free Produce Pictures

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Yesterday I showed you a re-cap of most of the food The Girl and I have been ale to recover from our local produce market.  Reader Mika left this comment:

 ”So my husband and I went this morning. I’m almost in tears at the bounty we brought home. 5 5-gallon buckets immediately went to the chickens..the rest is spread over my ENTIRE kitchen waiting for me to process.”

I asked her to send in her pictures and she did. Yay!

Zucchini, cucumber, grapes (in the freezer), 15 lbs.-ish of tomatoes (already in sauce), yellow squash, red onions, broccoli, sweet potatoes, asparagus, corn.

Small deli containers of various cut fruit and veggies (17 total, some have been eaten already, some went into the spag. sauce), large containers of cut fruit and veggies (a couple had already been sent to my parents and his work, retail on the bigger ones is around $30!!!!), in the bowl was a batch of your chocolate brownie cookies..omg so good, bundles of spinach, romaine, kale, and a couple of bunches of radishes underneath.

Banana box FULL (halfway through these..some frozen whole for smoothies, others mashed for recipes), over 2 dozen bags of spinach and romaine hearts, 2 bags of red potatoes, 9 heads of lettuce.

Not pictured: a bushel of green beans (Yes, a full bushel), half a watermelon, 18 packages of mushrooms, 2 heads of cabbage, 9 bags of regular carrots, 10 bags of shredded carrots (TOTALLY making your carrot cake jam as soon as I buy some more sugar!), 3 bags of apple slices, 2 containers of salsa that weren’t even expired???, and…I think that’s it lol.  Thanks for letting me share!!!

Wahooo!  Way to go Mika.

Thanks for sending in your pictures.

Just remember, the worst thing anyone can ever do is tell you no.  So if this type of thing appeals to you, go for it.  You’ll never know unless you try.

Stay Frugal,

Mavis

 

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How to Grow Your Own Food – Weigh In Wednesday

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This year my goal is to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I can do it. With 16 raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a raspberry patch and a few more planting beds sprinkled throughout our property, I believe growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia, and my neighbors think I’m nuts. ~Mavis

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This past week I was more worried about garden clean up than I was harvesting vegetables.  However picking almost 70 pounds of zucchini was pretty neat-o if you ask me.  As far as the big harvests go; tomatoes, pumpkins and potatoes, I am left twiddling my thumbs.

The majority of the tomatoes are still green, and the colors on the pumpkins are changing daily. I suppose if I really wanted to I could harvest the potatoes, but why bother?  If I leave them be until right before the first, they’ll keep on growing {resulting in more poundage}.  So I think it’s in my best interest to wait.

Whatever the outcome, it’s sure been fun

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Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

Basil 1 lb 9 oz {how to make pesto}

Beans 21 lbs 3 {green bean salad, how to can green beans, dilly beans}

Beets 58 lb 20z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 4 lb 3 oz {mixed berry pie recipe}

Broccoli 4lb 14 oz {pasta salad with broccoli, carrots, and sun dried tomatoes}

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz {chickpeas with broccoli raab and bacon}

Cabbage 57 lb 0 oz {how to make sauerkraut}

Carrots 116lbs 14 oz {carrot cake recipe}

Cauliflower 4lbs 11 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 1lb 2 oz {chalkboard painted herb pots}

Cucumbers 42 lbs 4 oz

Hubbard Squash 37 lbs 14 ounces

Kale 2 lb 0 z {how to make kale chips}

Lettuce 14 lb 6 oz {bbq chicken salad}

Mint 4 lbs 12 oz {Fresh Pea Salad with Spinach, Feta and Mint}

Onions 31bs 2 oz {Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw}

Oregano 4 lbs 15 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}

Peas 38 lb13 oz {fresh peas and bacon recipe}

Pears 8 lbs 5 oz {how to make pear jam}

Peppers 4 lb 8 oz

Potatoes 40lb 8oz {potato soup recipe}

Pumpkins 24 pounds 3 oz

Radish 15lb 12 oz {how I bartered radishes for avocados}

Raspberries 2 lb 7 oz {how to make a raspberry buckle}

Spinach 2lb 5 oz {garlic spinach dip recipe}

Sprouts 10 oz {how to grow sprouts}

Strawberries 14lbs 10 oz {dehydrated strawberries are awesome}

Swiss Chard 22 lb 1 oz {rainbow Swiss chard recipe}

Tomatoes 27 lb 11{roasted corn salad with tomatoes and feta}

Zucchini 245 lb 1oz {how to make zucchini relish, zucchini salad, zucchini brownies}

Miscellaneous 8lb 2 oz {This means we let someone come and pick vegetables, or did not get a chance to weigh them individually, and this was the total weight of all the vegetables combined}

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So that’s what I’ve grown so far this year… How about YOU?

How is YOUR garden doing?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 891 lbs 14.25 oz

I have spent a total of $516.21 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

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Amazon – White Goose Down Feather Comforter $49.99 Shipped!

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If you are looking for a deal on a queen sized White Goose Down Feather Comforter, Amazon has one on sale right now for only $49.99 shipped!

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And if you are looking for a great pillow, my favorite is the Z by Malouf GELLED MICROFIBER Gel Fiber Filled Pillow.  Everyone in our home uses these pillows and we love them!

 

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