Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Pictures 4/21/14

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Last week we had a ton of rain here in the Pacific Northwest and it’s in the forecast for this week as well.

After a heavy rain I always find myself raking the barktopia we’ve got going on in the backyard and it makes me tired. Why couldn’t we have just planted grass all over the place like all the other neighbors? It’s pretty much the only time I feel silly for having a bunch of garden beds and vegetable patches scattered throughout our property.

carrot seedlings

Carrots. Seedlings to the left, winter carrots to the right. pea plants

Sugar snap peas and broccoli. growing strawberries in pallets

Strawberries growing in pallets. Have you tried this yet? If there is one thing I like growing in pallets, it’s strawberry plants. Not only do the pallet gardens help keep the berries off the ground, it helps deter the slugs as well. poppies and rhubarb

Poppies and rhubarb. The rhubarb should be ready to pick in a couple of weeks! :)greenhouse garden

Ahh the greenhouse garden. I love it! If you look closely you can see the cabbage plants growing in the bed to the right of the greenhouse. I plan on transplanting my gutter lettuce out to the garden this week to make room for some other seedlings.shasta daisy

The shasta daisies are growing like bonkers! They’ll reach about 5 feet tall by the end of summer.

cascadia raspberry plants

And take a look at our raspberry patch. The seven rows of raspberries we planted back in 2009 are coming back in full force this year. I wonder how many pounds we will harvest?

terra cotta pots with a patina

And last but not least, our extra terracotta pots. I can never decide if I want to scrub the green patina off them or leave them as they are.

What do you think? Keep the patina, or clean them?

~Mavis

This years garden is being sponsored by the folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2014 Garden Seed Catalog HERE.

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Pallet Gardening – An Abundance of Strawberries!

pallet garden

pallet garden

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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Wood Pallet Garden Pictures- Lettuce, Strawberries, Celery and Lettuce

recycled wood pallet gardens lettuce

recycled wood pallet gardens lettuce

Did you plant a wood pallet garden this year? How is it doing? I was planning on harvesting my romaine lettuce earlier this week but now I think I’ll just harvest it tomorrow and make a big Cesar salad to go with our Father’s Day BBQ.

lettuce regenerating itself

When I harvested the endive lettuce, I decided to cut it off at the base of the plant and left the roots intact because I wanted to see if I could grow another head of lettuce. Have you ever tried this? Do you think it will work?

recycled wood pallet garden

Check out the strawberries! Do you see the runners starting to form at the end of the pallet?

recycled wood pallet garden celery

And last but not least, the celery. The celery won’t be ready to harvest until fall, but it sure is fun to watch it grow. Our pallets sit in a shaded area of our garden, and if there is one thing celery loves, it’s shade.

Wood Pallet Gardens

It doesn’t matter if you are gardening in a traditional plot, containers, a greenhouse, towers or wood pallets, gardening is cool. Anytime you can get outside and get a little dirt under your fingernails, it’s a good day

~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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Wood Pallet Garden – Planting Dried Beans

wood pallet gardens

wood pallet gardens

Lucy the garden dog and I worked in the wood pallet garden yesterday harvesting lettuce and re-planting the pallets with some cool seeds. The weather here in the Pacific Northwest has been gorgeous lately and I’m having a hard time staying inside. Especially with Lucy, she want’s to go outside all the time now and check the gardens or sun herself on the back lawn.

What a life that dog has. What a life.

freckles romaine lettuce

We harvested the last of the Freckles romaine lettuce {it tastes just the same as regular romaine but looks cooler}and I’ll definitely be planting it again in the fall. We also harvested the rest of the endive as well.

grow dried beans

After harvesting the lettuces, we were left with 2 naked wood pallets, so we went ahead and planted them with bush beans. Tiger’s Eye  and Calypso Beans {or Orca Beans}. How cool are these beans going to look in some homemade soups this winter? Pretty stinkin’ cool if you ask me!

dried orca beansLucy inspecting the beans.

wood pallet garden lettuce

As far as the other wood pallet crops go, the romaine looks like it might be ready to start harvesting next week.

wood pallet garden celery

The celery is coming along nicely too.

wood pallet garden spinach

And I think we have about another week left before the spinach will need to be pulled.

DIY Wood Pallet Gardens

Not bad for a couple of wood pallets a little soil and some seeds. Gardening is awesome, no matter what methods you use. Have a great weekend everyone.

~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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DIY Wood Pallet Garden

DIY Wood Pallet Gardening slugs

DIY Wood Pallet Gardening slugs

Oh no! Lucy and I noticed the baby slugs this morning when we went out to water the wood pallet garden. I know everyone has to eat, but come on! I’m not growing this lettuce for the slugs.

DIY Wood Pallet Garden lettuce

The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird informed me we are hosting a pasta feed for her team this weekend. Oh joy! In addition to pasta I will be serving salad. Fresh from the garden and the greenhouse. I hope the kids like it.

DIY Wood Pallet Garden strawberries

Strawberries usually ripen towards the end of June around here. We have strawberries growing in wood pallets, in greenhouse gutters and along side the house. By the looks of the berry blossoms everywhere we should get a bumper crop this year.

DIY Wood Pallet Garden celery

Lucy inspecting the celery.

Diy Wood Pallet Garden spinach

Spinach.

DIY Wood pallet garden bok choy

It appears the slugs got the the bok choy as well. I guess I’ll have to harvest it soon if I expect to get any.

DIY Wood Pallet Garden lettuce

And last but not least, the romaine lettuce. Come to mama! Doesn’t it look great. After I harvest the lettuce for the pasta feed {in the other pallet} I think I’ll plant some more romaine. For some strange reason romaine lettuce thrives in our pallet garden.

Have you tried pallet gardening yet?

~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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Wood Pallet Gardens – Lettuce, Celery, Strawberries, Bok Choy, Spinach and More

DIY Recycled Wood Pallet Garden

DIY Recycled Wood Pallet Garden

I thought I would share a few photos and update you how our wood pallet garden is coming along. As you can see the romaine lettuce we started from seed under grow lights is doing great. Lettuce is a great cool weather crop and is perfect to plant in the spring.

DIY Wood Pallet Garden Lettuce

The mystery deep red lettuce and bok choy are also growing well. I did notice a few little bite marks in the boy choy though. I’m not sure if it was Lucy the Puggle Dog or a squirrel.

DIT Wood Pallet Gardening Celery

We grew celery in pallets last year and it did great. It looks like this year is off to a good start as well.

DIY Recycled Wood Pallet Garden spinach

If I had to guess this spinach should be ready to start picking in another 2 weeks.

DIY Wood Pallet Gardening lettuce

The Endive lettuce is looking great as well. This is my first time growing endive so I’ll have to find out how big the heads get and when I’m suppose to harvest it. Does anyone know?

DIY Wood Pallet garden Strawberries

Our wood pallet strawberries are also doing great. Last year I planted strawberries in a vertical wood pallet. This year I am growing them flat on the ground. I wonder if there will be a difference in the yield because of this. What do you think? I think I’ll get more with the pallet laying on the ground because they’ll be more evenly watered. We’ll see.

DIY Wood pallet garden

This is my second year using wood pallets and although it’s a little different than your traditional garden, it’s still a lot of fun.

Have you ever planted a wood pallet garden before? How did it go?

Mavis wants to know.

heat treated wood pallet

Want to learn more about wood pallet gardening and how I put mine together? Click on the pallets above and they 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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Wood Pallet Garden Update – Lettuce and Strawberries

recycled wood pallet garden

recycled-wood-pallet-garden
It’s been a while since I’ve giving you an update on my wood pallet garden, so I thought I’d share a few pictures and let you know how everything is growing so far.

strawberry wood pallet garden

Yesterday I planted 16 strawberry crowns. Last year I grew strawberries in gutters, outside along the garden paths and also in a vertical pallet garden. I really enjoyed growing strawberries in wood pallets last year because it kept the berries off the ground away from the occasional slug.

wood pallet garden lettuce

Here is  a close up of a small head of romaine lettuce we have growing in a wood pallet.

wood pallet gardening lettuce

Here is another photo of some sort of red leafed lettuce {I forgot the name of this variety, sorry!}.

recycled wood pallet garden

I know the wood pallet garden doesn’t look too exciting right now, but in about another month or so the pallets should be filled out and pretty lush if the weather continues to warm up.

The one thing I love most about gardening, it’s that there are so many different ways to grow vegetables. It can be overwhelming sometimes because I want to try everything all at once, but I love it. Gardening keeps me out of trouble {Ha!} and I can’t imagine a better hobby than growing your own food.

Gardening Rocks!

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Growing Lettuce in a Pallet Garden

pallet garden in greenhouse

Now before you go and freak out and tell me not to use pallets because they are filled with toxic chemicals, I want you to know the pallets I am using are clean, and free of chemicals.  If you are going to try this, make sure you are using CLEAN pallets.  Not ones that have had chemicals stored on them or pallets that have been pressure treated.

Okay-

So last night The Girl and I transplanted a few our wooden pallets {from our previous pallet gardens} to the greenhouse.

After putting the pallets in place, we added potting soil, swept it into the groves of the pallet, and added water {in hindsight I should have moistened the soil first, but I was excited}.

Then we added our tiny Romaine and Butter Crunch lettuce seedlings we started from seed into the open spaces of the pallet and added a little more water.

And now all we have to do is wait about 45 days or so until we are able to harvest boatloads and boatloads of salad.  Wahooo!  I guess all that free salad dressing I’ve been able to score all summer will finally be put to good use.

Here is a picture of one of our earlier salad pallet gardens.  Pretty neat-o if you ask me.  So what do you think?  Is this a clever way of growing lettuce in the greenhouse all winter long?

~Mavis

If you you’d like to give wood pallet gardening a try, here are a few more posts about gardening with wood pallets:

How to Plant a Flower Garden Using a Recycled Wood Pallet
How to Make a Recycled Pallet Vertical Garden

How to Plant a Garden Using Recycled Wood Pallets

Looking for some healthy dinner recipes?  Check out Salad for Dinner: Complete Meals for All SeasonsBy Jeanne Kelley on Amazon.com. It looks divine.

*If you live in the Seattle / Tacoma area you can purchase brand spakin’ new {and clean} pallets from Girard Wood Products in Puyallup, Washington.

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