Planting Perennial Vegetables

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Planting Perennial Vegetables

Remember those old Ronco infomercials? “Set it and forget it” was the theme I think…that’s kind of the way I feel about perennials, a little work up front and then you just forget about them.

Incorporating perennial vegetables into your garden is pretty simple.  The key is making sure that  you take care of the dirt.  The year after you plant, you want to add a little compost and mulch.  Do that yearly, and those bad boys will literally do all of the rest of the work for you.  The beauty of veggie perennials is that they have varying needs for sun, so if you don’t have a bright sunny spot, you may still be able to find one that will work.

fresh artichokes

Not sure which veggies are actually perennials?  Here is a quick guide of veggies you can choose from:

  1. Globe artichokes.  Yep, if you treat them right in the winter by cutting them back in the fall and then covering them with straw, they will produce year after year.
  2. Asparagus.  Asparagus is one of those plant it and then wait.  It takes a full 3 years to get a crop from them, after that though, they are rather prolific and you’ll have asparagus every spring.  {Remember to let them go to flower at the end of the year so that they have a chance to come back.}
  3. Rhubarb.  Rhubarb, once established will produce for you for a lifetime.  Seriously, I know people who got their rhubarb from their grandparents.  It just needs a sunny locale to be happy.
  4. Sorrel.  This is an herb, actually, but a lot of times you will get it in upscale restaurants in a salad.  It kind of has a lemony flavor.
  5. Onions.  If you don’t harvest all of the onions each year, you can leave them in the ground and they will survive some pretty cold conditions.  That way, you can juts pop outside and pull them as you need them.
  6. Horseradish.  As long as you only harvest the side shoots, horseradish will continue to produce year after year.
  7. Kale.  Gross Super healthy kale will literally keep producing all winter long.  It doesn’t mind the cold, and with regular pickings, you can get quite a few seasons out of it.
  8. Radicchio.  Like kale, radicchio can survive harsh winters and produce for several seasons, provided that you just pick the young new leaves.
  9. Garlic.  Most people dig garlic up year to year, but you can leave some in the ground and let them die back just as you would bulbs.  They will divide their own bulbs with time.

picking rhubarb

Just like all perennials, vegetable perennials can vary by region, so make sure to double check that your region can support whatever you choose.  Whichever perennial you choose, take a minute to celebrate that at least there are still some super reliable and simple food sources left in life.

~Mavis

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How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots

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How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots

{This post was first published in 2012 but I thought I’d post it again for those of you who missed it}

Have you ever made your own newspaper pots before? If you haven’t, they are are super easy to make. Some people use tin cans, but I prefer to use the Pot MakerI’ve found I can whip out a batch of 50 pots for my seedlings in about 20 minutes or less.

pot makerHere is a quick tutorial on how to use the Pot Maker.

newspaper

Cut newspaper strips 4″ by 9″ each. {20 pots = 20 strips of newspaper}how to make a paper pot

Cover pot maker with newspaper and roll.
make your own paper pot

Make sure your paper is wrapped tight around the pot maker.how to make a paper pot

Fold the bottom of the paper inward.how to make a paper pot

Place the newspaper wrapped pot maker in the stand that’s included with the kit and give it a little twist.how to make a paper pot

And a jiggle.how to make a paper pot seedlings

Then slowly remove the newspaper from the wooden pot maker. how to make a seedling paper pot

It’s that easy.
paper pot for seedlings

Add potting soil, seeds and a little bit of water and you’re good to go. DIY-paper-pot-seedlings

These pots are not only easy to make, but pretty thrifty too. Free newspaper √ Free labor √ {have your kids make them} Life is good! Bontanical Interests has the Pot Maker on sale right now for $12.98.

Do you make your own pots or just buy them at the store instead?

~Mavis

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Do You Have a Favorite Houseplant?

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I am in the market for a houseplant.   Just something green to set in my kitchen window.  On top of a little bit of color in the kitchen, houseplants have tons of air purification qualities.  One little plant can help you breath easier–and unlike humans, they love it when you breath in their face.  Plus, according to a study cited on Huffington Post, plants have a mood boosting effects–I’m pretty sure gardeners everywhere didn’t need a study to confirm this one.

I don’t have many requirements.  I want a plant that looks good, is low maintenance, and that has a reputation for cleaning the air…okay, maybe that is a lot to ask {might as well throw in that I wouldn’t mind if the plant could solve world hunger :) }.

I made a list…because I love lists.  I might one day make a list of all of the lists I need to make.  I digress.  I made a list of some of the plants I am considering.  I am sharing my list, because I’ve done waaaay more research than any one person should do on a houseplant, and now, you don’t have to. No need to thank me.

aloe plant

Aloe

I like Aloe because it thrives in a sunny location.  It doesn’t need a ton of water–in fact, it prefers a little neglect.  Best of all, when I burn myself in the kitchen, which I do like once a week, I can slice a little piece off and soothe my blisters.  It would be like having a little pal in the kitchen that requires almost nothing of  me, but gives, gives, gives.

english ivy

English Ivy

English Ivy is classic.  It screams classy, which hopefully will fool others into thinking that I am classy.  The only thing I don’t love about this one is that I prefers cooler temperatures–and with all of the baking/cooking I do, the kitchen tends to be quite a bit warmer than the rest of the house.  Still, it would be very Downton Abbey of me, and I may chance it.

spider plant

Spider Plant

Spider plants add a pretty big boost of green to where ever you set them.  They are one of the top air purifiers.  They are virtually impossible to kill and are fast growers.  The only thing I don’t love about them is that they are common.  It’s not that out of the ordinary to see one, so occasionally they fade into the background.

peace lily

Peace Lily

Peace lilies are another common choice for air purification.  I like these because they flower–which adds another element of awesomeness.  They have the same downside as English Ivy for me, though, in that they don’t do as well in higher temperatures…which it’s not like I am cranking out 70 plus degree temperatures on a regular basis, but like I said, I am really looking for low maintenance, and not giving it its preferred environment might mean more work for me.  Also, these ones are a little taller, and I don’t want the plant to block my whole view of the outside, just add a little splash of life.

purple orchidOrchid

Orchids are super popular right now.  They come in a ton of different colors.  Caring for them is pretty easy, once you know how.  The only thing is that they bloom for several months, then you’re done.  You have to start over.  They have HUGE visual appeal, though, and make any space seem graceful and feng shui.

jade plantJade Plant

Jade plants are succulents, and I have never met a succulent I don’t like.  They call to me, visually, what can I say?  I like this option because of the way they look, the fact that they aren’t bothered by normal fluctuations in room temperature, and wait for it…they thrive on a little watering neglect.  They also live forever {okay, maybe not literally}, but they do live for YEARS.  They grow slowly, so it’s one of those plants that you can grow attached to.  They’ll witness graduations, Christmas dinners, births, deaths…and there is something comforting about knowing that they’ll be there with you every step of the way {I might have an unhealthy relationship with plants, but I accept it}.

There are obviously a ton more to choose from, but those are the ones I am tossing around for the space that I have.  Do you have any other suggestions?

~Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures 2/1/2015

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raking up English ivy

This week was pretty stinkin’ productive. In fact, gardening wise, I think I got more accomplished this past week than any other since we’ve moved to the new house.

For starters, I finished pulling up all the English Ivy that was in the side yard. I actually LOVE ivy, but the people who lived here before us didn’t do such a great job of maintaining it properly, and the area was filled with weeds and scrappy looking plants that had clearly been choked out {by the ivy}. So I pulled it and planted a nice row of Leland cypress trees instead.

See where I’m standing? I think I am going to put in a {curved} row of blueberry bushes there. I have 6 on order from Raintree nursery and they are scheduled to arrive sometime in March. The raspberry and strawberry plants I ordered will need a little more sun, so I’m still on the hunt for the perfect spot for those. 
mapping out a garden hedge

I also flagged off the area where I plan to plant some sort of manicured hedge. We have a circular driveway and I thought it would look nice to have either a 2′ – 3′ boxwood, laurel or viburnum hedge to separate the driveway from the planting area. I’m leaning towards a dwarf laurel. I’ve seen a few other laurel hedges in the neighborhood and they really look nice. Clean, simple, and easy to prune. Plus, when I plant 2,000 daffodills and tulips this fall in that area, a green hedge will make a nice backdrop for them. anemone

While I was cleaning out the garage this week I found a bunch of anemone bulbs.

patch of dirt

And planted them outside the office window. Pink, purple and white!

botanical interests seed packets

I also started broccoli, cabbage and kale seeds under grow lights.

lettuce seedlings

Remember the lettuce seeds I planted a few weeks ago? It won’t be too long before we’ll be eating some homegrown salad.

basil seedlings

And basil too!sage seedlings

The sage I started from seed is looking pretty darn good too. I think this is only the second time I’ve grown sage from seed and it always amazes me how easy it is to grow your own herbs. I plan on installing a herb garden later this spring and so far I have sage and oregano started in the house under lights.

growing seedlings under grow lights

How is YOUR garden doing these days?

Is it covered in snow, or are you able to get outside and put around a bit?

~Mavis wants to know.

botanical-interests-seed-packets-beets

This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2015 Garden Seed Catalogor see the seeds I’ll be growing in my garden this year HERE

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How Do I Keep My Vegetable Starts Watered While I’m Out of Town?

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tomato seedlings

One Hundred Dollar a Month reader, Kristin, recently sent in a question about keeping veggie starts watered if you need to leave town and can’t convince someone that seedlings are enough reason to pop over to your house each day.  It’s actually something I’ve learned to deal with myself, as the HH cannot always be trusted to water in my absence.

dead tomato plants

Kristin writes,

“Hi Mavis – I enjoy seeing all of your progress and have learned so much from your blog. But, now I have a question! I live in NE Indiana, so I start my garden seed inside mid-Feb, and plant in late April. This year, however, I am required to go out of town for a week in March. Dosen’t the world know I have a garden to start? Anyway, I have grow lights on timers, but how can I keep my new little starts watered?! I have no access to a “plant-sitter”. Do you, or your readers, have any suggestions? Please help! Kristin”

seed starting trays{lettuce seedlings I started last week}

First, you want to start with the right supplies, plain and simple.  You want to have a grow tray AND a plant tray underneath your seedlings, then you can fill the tray underneath with water and the seedlings will suck up the water as needed–just like they would in nature {I like these ones, because they don’t have holes in the bottom}.  I like to cut out one square out of my growing trays, so that I can easily pour water into the tray without having to lift the grow tray up every time.  Afterall, I don’t want to disturb my precious babies seedlings, and it doesn’t really hurt that it makes it waaaaay easier to water.  It’s also nice to be able to see exactly how much water is in the plant tray, so that it doesn’t come sloshing out over the sides.

This method should buy you a week–unless the humidity is you house is impossibly dry.

I hope that helps!  If any of you have any other suggestions, make sure to leave them in the comments below.

~Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures 1/18/15

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pulling up ivy

I don’t know what the weather is like at your place, but it has sure been a couple of wet and windy days around here. Luckily, I like working in crappy weather. No one else it out, there are no annoying leaf blowers to listen too, and I feel like a real gardener when I work outside in the rain and cold. Weird huh? Maybe I belong in Maine.

weeded side yard

Operation pull up all the ivy from the hillside is in full swing. I am honestly still baffled as to why everyone hates ivy. I LOVE it! Just not where it’s currently residing in my landscape. :)  I’m hoping to have it all pulled up from the hillside by the end of next week. This is the first place we have lived where I’ve had to pull up ivy, and you know what? It’s not that bad.

small leland cypress

Removing the ivy and getting all the leaves and twigs raked up on the side yard will give those Leland cypress privacy trees a good chance at putting on a little weight {and height} this summer. Mrs. Active Wear and I both planted Leland cypress trees between along our property lines in our last neighborhood and I was amazed at how fast they grew. With any luck, the side should have a full on privacy screen in about 5 years.
raised garden boxes

I’ve just begun toying with the idea of installing 3 large garden boxes alongside the side yard instead of creating one huge garden plot up above. One the plus side there would be easy access to a garden hose, the garden a few feet from the door and I could actually see everything I am growing in those boxes from my kitchen window.
galvanized bin I plan on purchasing a garden bench this summer {there’s a guy at the Farmer’s Market who makes them} and setting it up right where I have the giant galvanized bin right now. So, having my garden boxes just steps away would be super convenient and it would also tie the whole area together.

container garden

Plus, since I plan on growing all my tomatoes, cucumbers and beans along the back of the house {where we get the most sun} I really don’t have to worry about the garden boxes being in a semi-shady spot. The side yard gets the same amount of sunlight as the upper lawn, so I think at this point, maybe it should be about aesthetics. future herb garden

I’ll also be growing my herbs, potatoes, lettuce and onions along the back of the house, so really it just comes down to how big do I want this garden to be? These are things I never really thought about until I actually started to look around and work outside in the garden {which really, has just bee the last few weeks}.

seedlings under grow lights

Spring is right around the corner, and if I don’t get this garden plot figured out here pretty soon, I’m going to be stuck with a garden I  may not like. Help! Do you think it makes sense to have a garden just off the kitchen? Or should I put it up on the hill where it will be out of sight?

Opinions welcome!

~Mavis

botanical interests

This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2015 Garden Seed Catalogor see the seeds I’ll be growing in my garden this year HERE

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My Goals for This Year – Week 3 of 52

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messy garage

1. Get Organized. Guess what my project is for this weekend {well, besides gardening}? It’s organizing the shelving unit in our garage. When we first moved in EVERYTHING got crammed into the garage … and then the workers came so I couldn’t really get out there and organize anything in the garage because they were using the space to store their tools and run their saws on rainy days. Which was totally fine, but I never got around to cleaning up the space after they left. So hopefully, next week I’ll be able to show you a picture of a neat and tidy shelf. Ha!

lettuce turnip the beet

2. Run, walk or crawl a Marathon, half marathon, 10k, and 5k race this year. Fact: Normally I don’t post pictures of myself standing around with my pants unzipped. I bought those awesome corduroy pants like 6 years ago and do they still fit? NOPE. And how about that totally RAD Lettuce Turnip the Beet shirt… well it doesn’t really fit me either. HOWEVER, I’m hoping by the end of summer, they will.

iPhone timer

Don’t you think if I keep walking like a mad woman and do a marathon, half marathon, 10k, and 5k this year I’ll be able to fit into them? Well I sure hope so! ;) And thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions on phone apps last week. I tried 2 and basically got creeped out so I’ve just decided to time my walks until I get my pedometer fixed. I just didn’t like the idea of a phone app mapping out my exact route. Too much technology can be a BAD thing. But then again, maybe I’m just weird.

3. Remodel our Master Bathroom, Master Closet and Monkey Boy’s Bathroom. Chino and his crew will be here in early spring and the goal is for them to be out of here before The Girl comes home for summer vacation. {Since we will be staying in her room during the remodel.}

4. Finish Every Room in Our House. I finished up the bathroom last week {okay, so I still have to paint the door and buy a mirror for over the sink} so the next room I’m going to work on is my office. Mostly because I feel like I have everything {read: it won’t cost me a penny} to decorate the room. I just need to put stuff on the walls and move my computer/printer/chair to the room.

5. Turn Spare Bedroom into a Cozy Home Office Space for myself. :) See above.

side garden pulling weeds

6. Create a Vegetable Garden. This past week I’ve been busy pulling weeds, ivy and doing some basic tidying up outside. It’s too cold to plant and vegetables outside yet {it’s possible we could still get snow!} so I’m keeping busy with the boooooring stuff while I wait for spring to arrive.

7. Build a Path into the Hillside for Easy Access to the Upper Garden.

clara clark bed sheets

8. Limit my personal spending to $100 a month.

I ordered a new set of my favorite Clara Clark Sheets for our master bedroom last week. Technically the old sheets were just fine {and I’ll still use them as back up} but I’m going for a more grey and white look for our new bedroom. My parents gave the HH an Amazon gift card for Christmas which he so graciously let me use on a new comforter, and so now our bedroom is pretty much done. Which is RAD, because once the master bath gets remodeled that whole section of our house will be done. Yay!

I also scored a sweet deal on a pair of Saucony Running shoes. This is my favorite brand of running/walking shoes because it fits my wide toe box.

Last week I bought frozen yogurt and 2 Christmas Wreaths that were 90% off a Target. I think it will be interesting to tally all this stuff up at the end of the year and see if regretted any of my purchases.

Total spent so far this month $66.51.  Still have $33.49

thrift store donations

9. Purge… Weekly. Find 10 things each week to donate to the thrift store.

This week I got rid 2 anchor hocking glass containers, 1 uneven thrift store cake stand, 1 Le Cruset mixing bowl that I got as a gift 3 years ago but have never used {sorry Mom!}, a pair of curtains the people who lived here before us left behind, 1 rubber duck {where did that even come from?} 1 iPad case {I have no idea where it came from either} 1 Southern Living sugar bowl {remember those parties?} the rack from my roasting pan that I’ve never used before yet have stored for the last 5-7 years, and 1 stoneware Papmered Chef cupcake pan I bought at a neighbors garage sale for $5 2 summers ago.

the wild truth carine Mc Candless

10. Read 1 book a week. – The Wild Truth. I loved it. It was real, and it was her story. Good for her. I read some of the comments/reviews on Amazon, and didn’t get why people went on about the book being too much about her because after all, it was HER version of her upbringing and how it made her feel.

primitive hooked turkey rug

11. Slow Down. – I worked on my Thanksgiving rug {that was suppose to be finished last November} a few nights this past week. I’m heading out on a road trip next month and my goal is to get it completed by the time I come home.

blueberry lemon jam recipe

12. Canning – I added another homemade jam to my pantry last week. Would you believe I have already gone through 2 jars!!! I’ll post the recipe soon. :)

Did you set any goals for this year? If so, how are they coming along?

~Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – 1/11/14

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garden plot

I’ve started to re-think my 10′ x 45′ garden plot. I wonder if it’s too big for the space. I may reduce it to 8′ x 45′ so I have adequate room to walk around the sides of it properly. I really like the idea of a garden plot right smack dab in the middle of grass. The Girl and I eyed some excellent examples at the Gothenburg Botanical Garden when were in Sweden a few years ago and the idea of being able to stroll around the vegetable patch seems pretty appealing. What do you think?

dead arborvitae tree

On the “to do” list for today is to dig out the dead arborvitae tree and plant a new one. I absolutely LOVE using trees as privacy screens. They make for such a nice backdrop. pulling weeds on hillside

I’m nearly finished weeding Mt. Barktopia. It may not look like a large area, but holy cow it is. I’d say I have about 2 more afternoons of weeding before I’m done.

back of house

I think I found the perfect master bathroom layout. If we decide to put in a window it will go just left of the red wheelbarrow. Do you think a long skinny window would be best, or a wide one similar to the kitchen window that’s next to the BBQ?

water cabbage

Have you ever tried growing water cabbage before?

horse tank with water

Well apparently I didn’t drill holes into my stock tank before I planted. Sheesh! How could I have forgotten to do that? I can’t believe the plants are still alive. I think I’ll drill holes in it today and hope for the best. I mean really, what else can I do?

leland cypress trees

I finally got the courage to trim the giant boxwood hedge in front of our house the other day. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be either. ;) I also picked up 3 Leland cypress trees at The Home Depot this week so I could finish planting my privacy screen on the side of the house. The trees were $6.99 each if anyone is interested in picking some up. We planted several at our last house and let me tell you Bob, they grow quick!

meyer lemon tree

I also planted my Meyer Lemon tree this week. Since our winters are pretty mild here in the Pacific Northwest I’ve decided to go ahead and keep it on my sheltered front porch. If the temps dip below 40 then I’ll move it in the garage for a few days. I plan on moving the lemon tree around to the back of the house in the summer months.

It’s been a busy week in the garden and next week I hoping to get even more done.

How is YOUR garden doing right now?

Is it under snow, frozen solid, or are your out there puttering around too?

~Mavis wants to know.

purple carrot seeds botanical interests

If you’re looking for some great seeds for your garden, Botanical Interests Seed Company rocks! I posted the list of the seeds I’ll be planting in my 2015 backyard garden HERE.

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Great Aunt Ruby’s Garden in Tasmania, Australia

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This past summer Lisa from Tasmania, Australia sent in pictures from her garden. Well, she’s back, and this time she is telling us about her Great Aunt Ruby… :) :) :) :) :) :)

aunt ruby

Meet my Great Aunt Ruby!

Ruby turned 98 last September, still lives by herself and tends to this amazing garden.

tasmania beach
She lives in a little town called Wynyard in Tasmania and her home is a stones throw from the beach.
Ruby trained as a nurse and has spent a lifetime taking care of people.

Right up until the last few months, Ruby has pretty much sorted out the garden by herself, with a bit of help here and there from her daughter Margaret who lives almost next door. This season she decided that she may need a bit of help with the heavy digging, so that’s where I come in!

using wire guards in the garden

This plot Ruby dug herself and planted carrot, beetroot and lettuce seeds, then used the high tech method of cat-digging prevention by covering the area with any and all wire guards!

vegetbale garden

And it worked! A few months later there was a lush garden happening. The peas were well on their way as well as the potatoes (destined for the Christmas dinner table).

beets

In her garden there are usually potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, beetroot, carrot, lettuce, peas, beans, cabbage, broccoli, artichokes, parsnip, strawberries, pumpkin, cucumber, silver beet, garlic and herbs. Plus probably other stuff I have forgotten!! Enough to feed a small army if one happened on by!!

aunt ruby sitting on milk crate

Often when I go to visit, I’ll find Ruby sitting on her milk crate, wearing her gardening hat and pulling up weeds.

weeds in garden

The before…

weed free garden

And after efforts of the other days weeding! Not bad for someone who is almost 100 years old!!

aunt ruby in the garden
If she is pottering about the garden she will most likely be using an old mop to lean on, not as keen on the walking stick because if people see that, they might think she is “old.”

ripe tomato

There is always a bit of a competition for the first ripe tomato of the season. I thought I may have been first past the post this year, but nope… here is Ruby “skiting” (as she would say)(boasting) about the first red tomato in her hothouse!

aunt ruby in kitchen

Ruby is very used to feeding herself out of what she grows. There is always a big feed of vegetables and fruit on the table. Because she is nearly blind, it gives her a lot of independence to be able to go up into the garden and get what she needs rather than continually having to rely on someone else to shop for her.

aunt ruby scones
I might add that her scones (I think you call them biscuits in North America) are superb! (home-made jams to go on top of course!!)

purple hydrangea flowers

What I love about Ruby’s garden is the way she has pretty flowers here there and everywhere right throughout. You are never really sure what to expect to see blooming at different times of the year.

using seewee mulch
This plot of flowers is now covered in a seaweed mulch. Advantages of living by the ocean!! The council here allows residents to collect what they need from the beach, and apart from being free, it doesn’t introduce any unwanted weeds! In her younger years, Ruby would just take the wheelbarrow across the road and help herself!

old mother Hubbard

Ruby is adored by all her family, she is a wealth of information on gardening and cooking among other things, has great stories , she has a great sense of fun (for example: dressing up as Mother Hubbard for me when I needed a ‘Nursery Rhyme’ photo) and is always happy to put the kettle on for a cuppa when we drop in and I might add its nearly impossible to escape without an armful of food of some kind!!

aunt ruby

Well… there you go.
Cheers,
~ Lisa

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  • 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.
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Time to Order Free Garden Seed Catalogs

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seed catalogs{photo credit kissmyaster}

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to start thinking about ordering seeds for this years garden.  I added to last years list with all of your suggestions {thank you!}–it’s like Christmas all over again :) .

Botanical Interests Seed Catalog {These are my seed of choice!  I’ve visited their warehouse several times, and they totally care about the quality of product they put out.}

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds {Great place to get rare seeds}

Totally Tomatoes Seed Catalog {Best place to get tomatoes, but you can get other seeds here too}

Burpee Seed Catalog {HUGE company, the website says they are committed to selling only non-GMO seeds, though}

Ed Hume Seeds – {Specifically selected varieties for cool climates}

Gurney’s – {Large selection, website has tons of useful planting information too}

Seeds of Change Catalog {100% certified organic seeds}

Seed Savers Seed Catalog {Non profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds}

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange {Sells varieties specifically suited to grow in the Southern part of the U.S.}

Sustainable Seed Company {Certified organic heirloom seeds}

Territorial Seeds Catlaog {Untreated seeds.  Family-owned business from Oregon.}

Peaceful Valley Seed Catalog {Promotes organic gardening}

Uprising Seeds {Open pollinated, organic certified seeds}

Victory Seed Company {Rare, open-pollinated, and heirloom seeds}

Johhny’s Seed Catalog {Employee-owned company out of Maine.}

High Mowing Seed Catalog {100% organic seed, out of Vermont}

Gardens Alive {a great source for beneficial insects and fertilizers}

D. Landreth Seed Company {oldest seed house in America–catalog is not free, but it is available online}

Amishland Heirloom Seeds {Owned and operated by one woman.  She ONLY sells her OWN  seeds, and has signed the safe seed pledge}

Cherrygal Heirloom Seeds {Eclectic company selling non-GMO seeds and hand-crafted items}

Bountiful Gardens {Seed company out of California selling untreated open-pollinated non-GMO seed}

Pinetree Garden Seeds {Family-owned company promising to never sell GMO seeds or support anything that in any way supports Monsanto}

FedCo Seeds {Adapted to be cold-hardy, specifically for the Northeast United States}

Stokes Seeds {Carries a selection of treated and untreated seeds}

The Cook’s Garden {Seeds for gourmet gardeners}

Renee’s Garden Seeds {Heirloom, organic, and specialty seeds}

Annie’s Heirloom Seeds {Great selection of heirloom seeds}

Irish Eye’s Garden Seeds {Sells quality potato, vegetable, flower and garden seeds}

Hudson Valley Seed Library {Great seeds, beautifiul artwork on the packaging}

Seeds Now {They sell only 100% natural NON-Hybridized and 100% NON-Genetically Modified seeds}

Potato Gardens {Out of Colorado, good place to get potatoes, garlic, onions}

Seattle Seed Company {They encourage people to buy locally and to grow their own food when possible!}

Osbourne Seed Company {Out of Mount Vernon, Washington–seeds designed to thrive in the NW}

Heavenly Seed {Heirlooms, open-pollinated, organic seeds.  Good spot to get sweet potato plants.}

Did I miss one of your favorite seed companies?  Let me know in the comment selection below and I’ll add it to the list.

~ Mavis

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