What Does Days to Maturity Mean on a Seed Packet or Vegetable Starts?

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What Does Days to Maturity Mean on a Seed Packet or Vegetable StartsI just got a question from reader, Emily, about how to read the days to maturity number on vegetable starts.  I decided to answer both her question and throw in a bit about starting from seeds, just in case you’ve ever wondered.

Emily asked,

“Quick question you might know the answer to: are the “days to maturity” on the tags for vegetable starts counting from the day I buy the plant or the day it’s seed was planted?”

What Does Days to Maturity Mean on a Seed Packet or Vegetable Starts

On starts that you buy at your local nursery, there is some contention about when to start the days to maturity count.  The most widely accepted answer is to start the count the day you plant it in the ground.  So, if it says 60 days to maturity, count forward 60 days from planting, and that is a rough estimate of when you can expect to have a harvest.  The same goes for any transplants you started from seeds indoors.

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If you direct sow seeds into your garden, start the days to maturity count when the first true set of leaves emerge.  The reason for the difference is that all plants go through a little bit of a transition process when you transplant them.  It takes them a minute to acclimate to your soil, etc. and slows down the maturity process for a bit.  Directly sowed seeds will not have that issue.

In pretty much all the cases, remember that the days to maturity are just a guideline–it doesn’t mean you go out and pick the cantaloupe on the 110th day exactly.  It really just helps you choose the appropriate plant for you climate–if you know you only have a 3 month growing season, you will want to stick to plants with around a 90 days to maturity tag.

I hope that helps!

~Mavis

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Happy Friday everyone. :) Guess who was helping me find deals this morning? Lucy Puggle, that’s who!

Have a great weekend, and stay out of trouble!

Mavis

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Spiced Peas with Lime and Cilantro

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Spiced Peas with Lime and Cilantro

It doesn’t really matter what I do or what recipe I throw them in or how I season them, I can never make peas an exciting dish. I mean they’re fine, but fine is all they really ever are. Until now.

When I saw this pea recipe, the addition of lime and cilantro threw me off at first. But I decided to give it a whirl anyway. So glad I did. I just made peas exciting. Yep. That happened.

peas

Ingredients

2 cups of fresh shelled or frozen peas
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2-1 teaspoon curry powder {depending on your preference}
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Directions

In a medium skillet over medium heat, saute the peas, salt, garlic, and curry powder in the olive oil, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes {longer if frozen}. Remove from heat and add the cilantro and lime juice, and toss to combine.

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Starbucks Drinks – Do You Know How Many Calories Are in Your Favorite Beverage?

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starbucks passion fruit tea

Any Starbucks fans out there?  I have to be, when you live near its birthplace, you are contractually bound by law to like Starbucks.  My hands are tied.

Did you know that you can find out how many calories are in your favorite Starbucks drink?  In some cases, you may not want to know, but you CAN find out, if you are so moved.  I must admit, I am kind of fond of their Trenta Passion Fruit Iced Tea {sweetened, or course} and now that I know it only has 140 calories, I might treat myself a little more.  Sure, I could make it at home, but sometimes, when I am running errands, it’s a little luxury that makes me smile. :)

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Here’s a couple of popular drinks and their calories–if yours is one of those drinks that packs the caloric punch of a dessert, then I am sorry for potentially ruining your day:

  • Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha – 520 calories
  • Tazo Chai Fralppuccino Blended Creme {Grande} – 360 calories
  • Black coffee {for the hardcore} – 0, zip, zilch calories
  • Chai Tea Latte – 340 calories
  • Hot Chocolate {grande} – 340 calories
  • Starbucks Refreshers Strawberry Lemonade {1 can} – 90 Calories
  • Vanilla Latte {Grande w/2%} – 250 calories
  • Strawberry Smoothie {16 oz., 2% milk} – 300 calories
  • Iced Coffee w/Milk {Grande w/2%} – 120 calories

twinkies

Okay, now comes the part where I ruin  your day.  For comparison and depression purposes only:

  • Twinkie – 120 calories
  • McDonald’s French Fries {medium} – 330 calories
  • Goldfish Crackers {300 of ‘em} – 300 calories
  • 3 eggs, scrambled, 2 slices of bacon – 290 calories
  • Coca Cola {1 can} – 140 calories

It basically sucks how your morning cup of delicious can quickly turn into a caloric dumping ground on your thighs.  Did you know some of these bad boys packed so many calories?  I guess it’s time to forego our taste buds and drink black coffee and tea like the good ol’ days.

~Mavis

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How to Make Polka Dot Easter Eggs

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How to Make Polka Dot Easter EggsYou know all of those stickers that come with Easter Egg Dye Kits?  They seem like they are going to look super cute, but they always leave you wanting?  Here’s a new way to put them to use:  polka dot Easter eggs.

How to Make Polka Dot Easter EggsYou’ll need:

Round stickers
Hard-boiled eggs
Easter Egg Dye
Cups

How to Make Polka Dot Easter EggsDirections:

Place round stickers on the eggs, in whatever pattern you choose.  Make sure to push them down completely, so that no dye can find it’s way underneath the stickers.  Dip the egg into whichever color you choose and allow it to marinate until desired color.  Pull out egg and allow it to dry completely on a paper towel.  When egg is dry, carefully peel off stickers to reveal your polka dotted egg.  If you want the polka dots to be a color other than white, give the whole egg a dip in a different color.

How to Make Polka Dot Easter EggsEasy pleasy, right?

Happy Easter,

Mavis

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The Early Bird Gets the Worm – How I Wake Up Early Everyday

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How I Wake Up Early Everyday

I must admit, I am a total early riser.  I get up at 4 a.m. everyday.  Weird, right?  I wasn’t always that way, but once I had kids and they needed my immediate attention when they woke up, I realized that the only way I was going to get some things done {and a little bit of quiet and solitude} would be to get up before anyone else.

I’ve heard some people say that you are either a morning person or night owl, but I totally think you can train yourself to be either.  I swear, I get more done from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. than the rest of the day.  So, if you need to add a little personal quality time into your day {or just need to add more hours to an already busy day}, I think you can get into the practice of becoming an early riser.  It will be painful, at first, I’m not going to lie, but eventually, you will just wake up naturally…heavy emphasis on the eventually.

Here are a couple of tips to get you started:

  1. First, you have to get into the habit of going to bed earlier.  I always used to think I would do the things I needed to get done in the evenings, after the kids went to bed, but really, by then I was exhausted.  I ended up piddling around the house and then plopped down to watch t.v.  I would’ve been better just going to bed.  The point is that if you are exhausted when the alarm goes off, you won’t be super unmotivated to get up.
  2. Put the alarm on the other side of the room so that you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.
  3. Before bed, make a list of all the things you would like to accomplish in the early hours.  It sounds cheesey, but it gives you a bit of motivation to get up.
  4. Eat breakfast right away, it will give you a boost of energy and wake you up.
  5. Exercise.  For a lot of moms, this might be your only chance.  In the summer months, go for a walk outside.  In the winter months, do some stretching, etc. indoors.  It will wake you up, and then “exercise” won’t hang over you like a looming to-do all day.
  6. Build personal time into the morning.  Yes, I like to get stuff done when I get up, but I also have some tea and I usually get to see the sunrise.  It’s one of the simple things in life that most people totally miss.  In those quiet moments, I usually am able to sort out all of the thoughts buzzing around in my head too.
  7. For the first little bit, make things easy for yourself.  Set out your clothes the night before.  Make the kids lunches right after dinner, etc.  It will make the morning more zen-like–which will push you to want to experience it daily.
  8. Stick with it.  It will take at least a month for it to become habit {kind of like when the kids go back to school–the first month is brutal, and then, you get into a routine}. I guess what I am saying is power through the pain of getting up.

Are you an early riser?  Any tips for night owls hoping to change their ways?

~Mavis

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The vinca is in full bloom and Lucy the Puggle Dog can’t seem to keep her sniffer out of them. I suppose it’s just a reminder we all need to take time to smell the flowers. :)

Have a great Thursday everyone,

Mavis

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Bacon Wrapped New Potatoes

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Bacon Wrapped New Potatoes

A two ingredient recipe that tastes like a million buck is totally my kind of recipe. It’s so simple even a kindergartener could make them {although I don’t recommend letting them, as I’m sure they’d turn the toothpicks into weapons and someone would lose an eye and then someone would sue me. So if you let your kindergartener make these, be prepared for the carnage. There’s your warning!}.

The problem with these is you can easily pop one after another after another in your mouth and consume them all before the dish ever hits the dinner table. So I recommend doubling or quadrupling the recipe. And then I recommend heading outside for a run to burn off the umpteen calories you just swallowed!

new potatoesIngredients

8 bacon slices, cut in half
16 small new potatoes
Toothpicks

Bacon Wrapped New PotatoesDirections

Preheat oven to 400 F. Take each potato and wrap with a half slice of bacon. Secure bacon in place with a toothpick. Place all wrapped potatoes on a baking dish and bake about 45 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Enjoy!

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How to Care for Geraniums

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How to Care for Geraniums

I saw a whole row of brightly colored Geraniums when I drove passed Home Depot the other day.

Wahoo!  That must mean spring has sprung.  If you are planting Geraniums this year, here’s a quick guide on caring for them {remember, you can over-winter them, so they’re more like an investment}:

Geraniums basically need three things to thrive:  water, sun, and nutrients.  If you provide those three things regularly, your Geraniums will reward you with lots of bright flowers.

First, water.  Geraniums don’t love being left to dry out for long periods of time.  While no plant really loves soggy soil {it’s like have wet feet all of the time–no bueno}, Geraniums do prefer to have consistently moist soil.  In the hotter months, consistently moist soil translates to daily watering.  If you can poke your finger into the soil and it is dry 2″ down, they need watered.

pink geranium flowers

Second, sun.  Geraniums will give you brighter fuller blooms when they have full sun.  They will tolerate some shade, as they become more well established, but at first, they will need lots of blistering sun and warmer overnight temperatures.

Third, nutrients.  A good organic fertilizer will go a long way.  Ideally, they would love a feeding once per week.  They are needy that way.  If you don’t want to buy commercial fertilizers, you can add in some homemade compost.  The compost is a good idea, irregardless, if you are planting them in pots.  Work compost into your potting soil before planting.

DIY - How to Make Your Own Potting Soil

Make sure to deadhead the fading flowers to encourage new growth throughout the season.  If you plan on over-wintering your geraniums {i.e. plucking them out of the ground and into the house or garage to save them for next year}, snip them back about 2/3 of the way when the night time temperatures hit 45 degrees, and put the pots indoors in a location where they will get at least 4 hours of light.

You can water much, much more sparingly throughout the winter {once a week}.  When new growth begins to appear in the spring, it is time for the Geraniums first fertilization.  When it is time to put them back outside, make sure to harden them off by exposing them to the out of doors gradually.

Do you have any tried and true tips for caring for Geraniums?

~Mavis

Don’t forget to check out my DIY Potting Soil Recipe. It’s awesome.

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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 15 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

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1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I have cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room. Last week I cleaned the gazillion little crystals on my dining room chandelier. This week I’m going to work on cleaning the blinds. {Blech}.

omron pedometer

2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house.  - I can’t give up sweets. There, I said it. I tried last week and only made it 3 days before I made a blueberry pie and then ate the whole thing. I think if I could just give up sweets I could wear those stupid pants. But I can’t.

So I’m back on the pedometer wagon again. Lucy the puggle dog and I have been going on long walks practically everyday for about 2 weeks now. It’s amazing what walking around town for an hour or two will do for you mentally. Seriously, you should try it. Now, if I could just turn off the list making switch in my mind the walks might actually calm me down a bit. But that’s another story.

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3. Travel. I am 75% sure we are going to go to Victoria for spring break. After all, what’s not to like about walking around museums and drinking tea for a few days?

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing. I’ve pretty much given up on this one. Everytime I start to think about it I start bawling my eyes out.

5. Get 3 new teeth. – Nope, not yet. Although apparently my oral surgeon reads the blog. {Awkward!}.

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6. Pay off my car.  Done!

primitive hooked rug lucy the puggle dog

7. Finish the primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. – I made a decision. I don’t want to make a giant 4′x6′ coffee table rug anymore.  I seem to be hooking everything BUT this particular rug lately so I am going to pull the extra wool strips out,  trim the linen backing and just turn it into a 4′x2′ front door rug instead. All I need to do to finish it now will be to hook the two remaining stars and then fill in the background with antique wool strips.

It was a good idea, but I really just don’t want to waste my energy in making something I am totally not 100% in love with anymore. Does that make sense?

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8. Family Day. Do one thing together as a family every Sunday. – We were suppose to go to the Tacoma Rainiers baseball game on Sunday. But at the last minute the HH decided he didn’t want to go. So instead we all wandered off and did our own things. :(

9.  Secret Plan #1 – Working on it.

10. Secret Plan #2 – Still plotting away.

11. Secret Plan #3

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. I could dress up everyday in a colonial dress and give tours of our vegetable garden and home and he could hang out in the cellar/man cave with all the other men from the community watching tv and playing with their electronic gadgets.

lucy the puggle dog

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden. – What would I do without this dog? She is the coolest thing ever. Seriously. Having Lucy around in the garden makes everything so much better.

And yes, those are my husbands shoes I am wearing. ;)

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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