Giveaway – Enter to Win a Botanical Interests Seed Collection

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Last year my friends and I were given a special behind the scenes tour of the Botanical Interests Seed Company in Broomfield, Colorado. It was really awesome to meet everyone who works behind the scenes and to hang out with Owner Curtis Jones and my on-line boyfriend Ryan.

botanical interests seed collections

Ryan recently sent me seeds for my 2014 garden and tucked inside the box were some extra goodness for me to giveaway. Wahoooo!

Who wants to win some seeds?

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment below and let us know which seed collection you would like to win. Just answer that one question and you’re entered to win. Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here.

botanical interests garden seeds root

Root Renaissance Collection

  • Beet Gourmet Blend Organic (2.5 Grams)
  • Carrot Carnival Blend Organic (700 Mg)
  • Carrot Cosmic Purple (800 Mg)
  • Parsnip All American (1 Gram)
  • Radish Watermelon Mantanghong (500 Mg)
  • Rutabaga American Purple Top (2 Grams)
  • Turnip Purple Top White Globe Organic (4 Grams)

container garden seeds

Container Vegetable Collection

  • Carrot Tonda di Parigi (1 Gram)
  • Cucumber Spacemaster (2 Grams)
  • Kale Dwarf Blue Curled (3 Grams)
  • Lettuce Mesclun Farmer’s Market Blend (1.5 Grams)
  • Onion Bunching/Scallion Tokyo Long White (2 Grams)
  • Pepper Sweet Cherry Blend (30 Seeds)
  • Spinach Lavewa (3 Grams)
  • Tomato Bush Better Bush (24 Seeds)

botanical interests garden seeds baby

Baby Vegetable Seed Collection

  • Bean Bush Tavera Organic (15 Grams)
  • Beet Early Wonder Organic (2 Grams)
  • Carrot Baby Little Finger (1.5 Grams)
  • Cucumber Homemade Pickles (1.50 Grams)
  • Lettuce Mesclun Gourmet Baby Greens Organic (1 Gram)
  • Radish Easter Egg Blend (4 Grams)
  • Squash Summer Baby Round Zucchini (3 Grams)

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Rules

1 entry per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

This giveaway ends Sunday, February 16th, 2014 @6 pm PST and the winners will be announced in the Monday, February 17, th edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 48 hours, the prize will be forfeited.

Good Luck! I hope you win!

Mavis

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Giveaway – Womanswork Gloves, Gardening Books, Seeds and More

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I was working in the garden the other day planting more seeds for my fall and winter crops when I had the idea for this giveaway.  Maybe it will motivate some of you to get out there and try planting a fall garden this year.

This garden giveaway not only includes some of my favorite things, but it has a retail value of over $150!

the best gardening books

This giveaway includes:

womanswork gloves

If you have never tried on a pair of Womanswear garden gloves before, they are awesome. I especially like how the elbow length cuff has a stretchy pull cord at the end for cinching the cuff around your arm or shirt sleeves. It comes in handy when your pulling weeds or moving plants with creepy crawly bugs all over. Plus the palm is made of a durable synthetic leather and are making them easy to work with.

national heirloom exposition ryan

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite thing about gardening is.

Just answer that one question and you’re entered to win. Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here.

Rules

1 entry per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.
This giveaway ends Sunday, September 15th, 2013 @9 pm PST and the winners will be announced in the Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 48 hours, the prize will be forfeited.

Good Luck! I hope you win!

Mavis

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Giveaway – THREE Botanical Interests Seed Collections

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This is Ryan, my online Horticulturist boyfriend, and his new bride, Devra. Me, my online boyfriend & his WIFE all in one pic? Talk about Awkward Family Photo! Actually, the more I look at it the more I think we could be models for the next Old Navy mannequin family. We even have the dog!

But let’s forget about photos for a minute & get down to business. We have some seeds to giveaway. Wahooo!

We stopped by Botanical Interests Seed Company on our Epic Road Trip to St. Jude to pick up some seeds they were kind enough to donate to the hospital. Of course they weren’t going to leave my readers empty handed. They are giving away not one, not two, but THREE Root Renaissance Seed Collections! Check out everything that’s included:

  • Beet Gourmet Blend Organic (2.5 Grams)
  • Carrot Carnival Blend Organic (700 Mg)
  • Carrot Cosmic Purple (800 Mg)
  • Parsnip All American (1 Gram)
  • Radish Watermelon Mantanghong (500 Mg)
  • Rutabaga American Purple Top (2 Grams)
  • Turnip Purple Top White Globe Organic (4 Grams)

Of course the seed packets themselves are gorgeous, and they package it all in an adorable gift box. Such a perfect giveaway for your fall garden!

botanical interests seeds

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite root vegetable is?

My favorite? Cosmic purple carrots of course!

Just answer that one question and you’re entered to win. Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here.

Rules

1 entry per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

This giveaway ends Sunday, September 1st, 2013 @9 pm PST and the winners will be announced in the Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 48 hours, the prize will be forfeited.

Good Luck! I hope you win!

Mavis

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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.

square foot gardening

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.

organic gardening

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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How to Grow Alyssum {Start to Finish}

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I don’t know when I first fell in love with alyssum, but I absolutely love using purple and white alyssum in my window box and hanging flower baskets every year. It’s delicate, yet very hearty.

Brief description:  Alyssum is a delicate mounding or trailing flower {depending on variety} that blooms throughout the summer.

Where to Plant Alyssum:  Alyssum can be planted nearly anywhere, but make great border flowers, thrive in rock beds, and in containers where they can trail over the sides.  They do best in sun to light shade.

alyssum

Planting Seeds:  To plant seeds, just press them into the surface of the soil.  Put a pinch of seeds in every pot, approximately 6″ apart.  There is not need to thin these clumping flowers.

Growing Tips:  Alyssum can stand quite a bit of abuse.  They are drought tolerant and deer resistant.  For best results, though, water 2 times per week during hotter months.

regional planting guides

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

Fun Fact:  While Alyssum is typically an annual, they will overwinter in some climates, popping up sporadically year after year.

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Botanical Interests Seed Company Tour

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As soon as we landed in Denver we hit the road and headed to Botanical Interests seed company in Broomfield, Colorado. When we arrived there was a huge welcome sign for us and two other people. Bill and Marty? Who the heck are Bill and Marty?

Because the sign was on an easel, and multiple sheets of paper had been torn off, we thought hmmm, they must give a lot of tours. But just as we were about to ask Curtis {He and his wife Judy co-own the company}how many tours they give a year, Bill and Marty showed up. With Ryan. My hottie of a horticulturalist online boyfriend.

Which was really awkward, because Bill and Marty were Ryan’s PARENTS!  And it get’s even better. Apparently Ryan’s fiancé works at Botanical Interests too!

Awesome. Almost Wet My Pants.

botanical interests seed company tour

After our little meet and great, Jim the warehouse manager took us on a behind the scenes tour.

bulk seeds

Jim was awesome. Not only did he show us around, but he pointed out large sacks of seeds, showed us where they test the seed that comes in from the different fields and where they lock up all the temperature controlled and specialty seeds. I didn’t notice a wedding band on Jim’s ring finger so if you are from the Denver area, let me know. I’ll try and hook you up.

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We also got up close and personal with the guys running the seed packet machines.

seed company tour

Botanical Interests sells over 600 different kinds of seeds. So you can imagine these guys pack a lot of seeds on any given day of the week.

seed packet machine

It’s pretty obvious guys are in charge of this area. How do I know that? Do you see the duct tape holding together the seed tray? Need I say more?

botanical interests seed company tour picture

Here is Jim explaining the date on the seed packets to Amber. Clearly Jim did his research and knew Amber needed all the help she could get when it comes to planting a backyard garden.

ellen botanical interets seed company

Oh and this is Ellen. I think she is pretty much in charge of everything. Including judging the new drawings that come in from various Botanical Interests artists. I can only imagine how hard it must be to critique artwork. Yikes. What a tough job.

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We learned so much from our behind the scenes tour it was awesome.We had no idea until the end of tour that they only give about 3 tours a year. Wowza! How cool was that? So a big thank you to Curtis, Ryan, Jim, Ellen, Judy, Buddy and the rest of the gang at Botanical Interests, we had a blast!

Thank You.

~Mavis

For more information on Botanical Interests, you can check out the Botanical Interests website, follow them on Twitter, Facebook  or visit my {online} boyfriend Ryan’s blog You can also order their new 2013 Garden Seed Catalog if you have not received one already.

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How to Grow Artichokes {Start to Finish}

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I started my artichoke seeds this morning under grow lights and I am super excited. The Handsome Husband LOVES artichokes, and I think it’s one of the most beautiful vegetables in my opinion.

Brief description: The Artichoke is a thistle-like plant, grown for it’s nutritious edible flower {which must be eaten before it blooms}.

Where to Plant the Artichoke:  In colder climates, start indoors 12 weeks before last predicted frost date.  In milder climates, sow indoors in early fall and transplant outside 6 weeks before first frost.   Once transplanted outside, choose a somewhat sheltered location where they can get full sun most of the day.

artichoke seeds picture botanical interets

Planting Seeds:  Plant seeds 1/8″ deep, with 3-4 seeds every 4-6″.  Keep rows at least 2-4′ apart.  These guys really like their space.

Growing Tips:  Fertilize once a week with a liquid fertilizer and make sure they have proper drainage.

artichoke

How to Harvest:  Harvest when buds reach full size, but are still closed {otherwise they will be like chewing on dried out leather}.  Cut off the buds within 2-3 inches of the stem.

Artichokes Stewed in Olive OilArtichokes Stewed in Olive Oil Recipe

Remember when I stumbled into the French Laundry Gardens last June?

The French Laundry Garden Tour Napa Valley, California

artichoke plant

Ever since then, I’ve wanted to recreate parts of that garden.  Growing these artichokes ought to do it.  I mean, how hard could it be?  I’ll hammer it out by the fall and move onto world peace.  Peace. Of. Cake.

Looking for artichoke seeds? Head on over HERE.

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Mavis Garden Blog – Sorting Seeds

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Last night I sat down and sorted all the seeds I intend to grow in my 2013 garden.  It took me about 2 hours. Thanks to my hottie of a horticulturalist boyfriend Ryan, I will be sowing tons and tons of Botanical Interests seeds in my garden this year. Ryan sent me every seed I could possibly want and more.

botanical interests seed company kale seed packets

He even sent me a bunch a kale seeds as well. Gee thanks Ryan.

starting seeds

I will be blogging about this years garden and my efforts to grow 2 tons of food in my Western Washington backyard in “real time.” But before you decide you want to follow along on this little journey of mine, you should know a few things about me first.

  1. I am not an expert. Not one bit.
  2. I am not a Master gardener and cannot answer your “tough” questions.
  3. I did not grow up in a farming family.
  4. I talk/write like a Valley Girl and can be incredibly incoherent at times.
  5. Grammar is not my best friend.
  6. I grow food for the sheer JOY of it.
  7. I don’t have a lot of help. I do most all of the gardening myself.
  8. My Husband and son lift heavy objects, cut wood, and curse at the chickens, but that’s about it.
  9. My daughter picks some of the vegetables, but mostly takes awesome photographs of the garden for me.

botanical interests seed packets

And one final thing.

Although I keep a tally of my garden expenses {soil, tools, materials, seeds, plants, etc.} I do not count them in my “food budget” because I GIVE MOST OF THE FOOD AWAY. Last year I spent around $560 on my garden and although we ate, canned, and froze all that we could, if I were to have added up the retail value of what we donated to the food bank, homeless shelters and random people on the street, it would have far exceed the cost of the materials. So in my mind, I consider the cost of the garden as a “donation” and the food we harvest for ourselves, the benefit of our hard work to help others in need.

We should all be so lucky to have a hobby that not only nourishes our bodies, but nourishes our souls and others as well.

I hope you’ll follow along this year on this crazy journey of mine. I’m really excited, and have so much awesomeness planned for this year, I can hardly wait to get started.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I hope you’ll stick around.

May the trowel be with you!

~Mavis

Word on the street is the new Botanical Interests Seed Catalog is in stock and ready to ship! Go HERE to get yours!

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Indoor Gardening – How to Grow Your Own Sprouts

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Last week I got a craving for an egg salad sandwich. But in my book, no egg sandwich would be complete without a thick slice of onion and some sprouts. So I decided to pull my Victorio 4-Tray Kitchen Seed Sprouter out of the cupboard, and get growing.

If you have never tried to grow your own sprouts before, you should give it a try.  Not only are sprouts SUPER easy to grow, but growing your own sprouts are ridiculously inexpensive as well.

how to sprout seedsDay 1

Before you can actually start your sprouts you’ll need to disinfect the seeds by placing them in a mixture of 2% bleach solution {1 cup water to 1tsp. bleach} for 15 minutes. From there you simply rinse the seeds thoroughly, and you are ready to go.

After placing about a 1/2 tablespoon of seeds on each tray, I stacked up the trays, added 2 cups of water to the top of the tray, and placed the tower out of direct sunlight. Then, I simply waited for the water to drain through the seed trays into the collection tray below.

I disposed of the water once it had drained, then repeated to “water” the seeds with fresh water every 12 hours until it was time to harvest them.

how to sprout seeds

Day 2

On the second day you can really see the seeds start to bust open.

how to grow sprouts

Day 4

By the fourth day the sprouts were ready to eat, but we were all out of eggs, so I let them grow a little longer.

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Day 5

On harvest day I weighed the sprouts and was surprised to learn that I could grow 5 ounces of fresh, organic sandwich sprouts with just under 2 tablespoons of seeds. I’m not sure how much they sell sprouts in the stores for, but growing your own is totally worth it! Plus, if you have kiddos in the house, it’s a fun “learning” project on these cold, rainy, winter days.

Have YOU ever grown your own sprouts before?

If so, what are your favorite kind to grow?

~Mavis

how to grow your own sandwich sprouts

Victorio 4-Tray Kitchen Seed Sprouter {I LOVE mine!}
Sprouts – Sandwich Mix

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Elf on the Shelf – Mavis & Ernesto Go to the Post Office

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So I have a story to tell, but I’m not exactly sure how to tell it.  So please bear with me.

I recently received an email from a man.

Dear Mavis,

My wife is a big fan of your blog. Would it be possible to
purchase an autographed picture or product for her for Christmas?

Wait. What? Go back and read that again.

Now, I’m not sure why someone would think I have a big stack of glossy 8×10′s of myself on my desk and a sharpie nearby to sign them with, or Mavis Butterfield bobble heads for that matter, but okay, moving along…

elf on the shelf pictures

So I re-read the email {like 20 million times} to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating, then called out to the Handsome Husband.

Mavis : Turn down the television, I want to read you something.

Handsome Husband : Oh My G..

Mavis : What am I suppose to do?

Handsome Husband : I don’t know, send him some seeds or something.

Mavis : But I don’t own a SEED COMPANY!

elf on the shelf post office

So I did the only thing I could think of.  I walked around the house and tried to find some loot to send this lady for Christmas.

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So if you wake up on Christmas morning to find a brand spankin’ new {as in I bought it for myself, didn’t get a chance to read it yet, but hey, Merry Christmas I hope you like it} copy of the book Kitchen Seasons: Easy Recipes for Seasonal Organic Food, 4 packets of Botanical Interest Seeds : Toy Choy, Gourmet Beets, Lizzano Tomato, and Lauren’s Poppy, plus a 10 year old Angel ornament off my Christmas tree, well HO HO HO, Merry Christmas!

Your husbands email was sweet, and most importantly, it made me smile.  I hope you enjoy your present.  I had more fun putting it together than you will ever know.

May your Christmas be merry & bright,

Love, Mavis

Peace Out Girl Scouts, Life is good!

P.S. I did not take his money. LOL. Instead he made a donation to someplace cool. 

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