Jul 29, 2011

Foodie Friday # 19 - Most Clicked of The Week


Why is it when I am already behind in my week I decide to add more fuel to the fire??  Somehow, while spending an entire day doing evacuation drills and CPR at recurrent training, I figured it may be a great time to pick up a new foster puppy on the way home from the airport.  You know, just to have a few relaxing weeks with a new puppy.  Oiy!  What was I thinking!


Although Chico is as cute as can be (Seriously - ain't he the cutest) he is also a handful.  This little chihuahua wants to be held CONSTANTLY.  Weighing in at 3 months old and 4 lbs heavy he is a force to be reckoned with.  When he isn't being held he enjoys yelping to be held, sleeping, and humping Bubba whenever she gets too annoyed running away from him and decides to plop on the ground in utter exhaustion.  For the next two weeks I will be in puppy rearing madness...  

Here are your most clicked of the week...





Watermelon Yogurt Pops - A Mom Not a Professional Nor A Perfectionist.  Aren't these the cutest way to cool off this summer?  These are SUPER easy to make and a great candidate for my Popsicle molds at the back of the cabinets!!


Margarita Kabobs - Hungry Homebody.  These looks so fresh and colorful that even a non meat eater like me is drooling over them!!  for you veggies - use portabello mushrooms to soak up that marinade and you got your selves a delicious meat free alternative!  :)



Beef Bourginon Burgers - Adventures in Dinner.  This is a super gourmet twist on a classic.  all the flavors of Beef Bourginon wrapped up into a delicious patty!  Pop on over to meet one of our newest peeps to the party and make sure to wish her well with no A/C in this heat...poor girl!!


Apple Fritter Bread - Flour Me With Love.  Doesn't this look scrumptious??  What a beautiful bread to serve at brunch or pack along for a party.  I mean, come on, anything with a nice thick coating of glaze has got to be delicious!  check out the way she cut and layered the dough.  YUM!!

Make sure to pick up a button if you were featured!!  :)

NOW ON WITH THE PARTY

*Here are couple rules before we get this party kickin'...*
  • It would be super nice if you Followed LBR, your hostess with the most-est...while you're at it, leave a comment if you so desire!
  • Your link MUST be a food related item, duh! It can be a recipe, a specific dish you are craving, a new foodie product you just found, a specific restaurants specific dish...it can be a picnic you had - I really don't care! Just make me want to eat it!
  • {mandatory} Please post my button or a clickable link in your post so others can join in - they are located on the bottom of the right sidebar...Walnuts or Garlic? I dig em' both!  If you don't know how to do this just email me and I can help you out...
  • Try not to post and run - check out another recipe and see what's cookin' elsewhere! You may just learn something! :)
  • Please DO NOT link up your linky parties.
  • FYI - By linking up your are giving me permission to use your recipe, blog, and or photos in an upcoming feature.  No worries - Ill always link back to you and your blog!!  :)

*** FYI - Linky Tools had some new options that I am trying out this week. If you have any troubles linking up, please double check the rules and make sure you got it all down. If that isn't the problem feel free to email me and Ill see if I can help on my end. ***


Let the mouth watering, drool inducing, stomach grumbling fun BEGIN!! I'm Hungry...
LET'S EAT!!


Jul 21, 2011

Foodie Friday #18 - Hot Hot Hot


Holy crap - can it get any frickin' hotter?? E and I had to join Lifetime Fitness and jump in the pool just to get a break from the searing heat wave that has scorched Chicago and most of the country. It is BRUTAL out there. I am praying for anyone without A/C and more power to the folks who are conserving energy by only running fans - I mean, I am all for being GREEN but this is ridiculous...

With the heat wave in full throttle I have no energy to write a super fun post with giggles and winks threaded throughout. I am officially wilted (similar to my plants and flowers in the garden) so I am sticking to last weeks format and featuring the most clicked of the week.

First Place -



New York Crumb Cake - Cats and Casseroles. This crumb cake with an extra thick layer of crumb may actually be worth firing up the oven for! Well, you all must think so because you made this crumb cake the most clicked recipe of the week...did anyone give it a whirl? I'd love to know if you had any leftovers because judging by the looks of it this wouldn't last a full day in our house!



Tied For Second...



Lemon Drop Cupcakes - The Lady Behind The Curtain.  These lemony sweet cupcakes are the perfect treat to add a bit of zing to your day!  The glazed lemon slices on top give these babies an extra special touch.  Sheryl (um, aka The Lady Behind the Curtain) has graced our "Top Clicked" list 2 weeks in a row...will she make it a triple??  Stay tuned for next week!



Easy Pizza Sauce - Alli-N-Son.  Perfect timing to have a pizza sauce grace this here blog!  My tomatoes are out in full force and just beginning to turn orange.  Perhaps another week and Ill be mixing up my own organic version of this sauce!!  This is the second week for Allison on the most clicked as well...if you haven't popped over to see these fine ladies ya' don't know what you're missing.  That's right - go on - check 'em out and I'll wait here for you to get back...

And in Third Place with a 4 way tie...



Homemade Fudgesicles - Simply Sweet Home.  Now this is right up my alley.  4 simple ingredients that we all have and only 2-4 minutes in front of the stove.  I just found my Popsicle molds from last year so I am prepping to make a batch tonight.  I'll let you know how it goes though I am wondering about the 3/8's cup measurement for sugar...eh - I'll figure it out!!  I hope they work with vanilla soy milk...


Gwyneth Paltrow's Mom, Blythe's, Cranberry Muffins - 5 Minutes Just For Me.  Natasha was new to Foodie Friday last week and she hit it out of the ball park on her first shot.  Yeah, Natasha!!  I have been dying to get this book so I was so happy to see this link go up!!  Natasha took Blythe's blueberry muffin recipe and adapted it to what was on handy...you know what a fan I am of last minute swap outs!  Sometimes they create the most magical dish.  These look fabulous but I bet the tasted even better!!  Make sure to pop over and send Natasha some love!!



Thumbprint Cookies - Chameleon Girls.  Sticking with the dessert trend these cookies fit in perfectly.  A nice fruity blend with a shortbread bottom.  I love how the girls mixed strawberry and fig to get a fabulous taste combo!  Make sure to pop over and see the recipe for both the cookies and the jam!!  I so agree with these girls and the motto at the bottom reading "A Balanced Diet is a Cookie in each Hand"!  :)




What's With The Meat Green Beans - KB and Whitesnakes Home.  Well - I myself would wonder what's with the meat as well but in my meat eating days I never once questioned Bacon being added to anything.  Yes, I was a bacon lovin' freak often gobbling down a full pound like nobodies business.  Nowadays my husband longs for bacon and can be seen ravaging the bacon platter at any brunch or buffet where it is served - I know, I am so mean to deprive him.  Judging by the clicks this recipe got I am guessing ya'll love you some bacon too!  This is a simple and quick way to jazz up some ordinary green beans and make them baconlicious.  



NOW ON WITH THE PARTY


*Here are couple rules before we get this party kickin'...*
  • It would be super nice if you Followed LBR, your hostess with the most-est...while you're at it, leave a comment if you so desire!
  • Your link MUST be a food related item, duh! It can be a recipe, a specific dish you are craving, a new foodie product you just found, a specific restaurants specific dish...it can be a picnic you had - I really don't care! Just make me want to eat it!
  • {mandatory} Please post my button or a clickable link in your post so others can join in - they are located on the bottom of the right sidebar...Walnuts or Garlic? I dig em' both! If you don't know how to do this just email me and I can help you out...
  • Try not to post and run - check out another recipe and see what's cookin' elsewhere! You may just learn something! :)
  • Please DO NOT link up your linky parties.
  • FYI - By linking up your are giving me permission to use your recipe, blog, and or photos in an upcoming feature. No worries - Ill always link back to you and your blog!! :)



Let the mouth watering, drool inducing, stomach grumbling fun BEGIN!! I'm Hungry...

LET'S EAT!!


Jul 18, 2011

I've Been Sent To My Room...


Or, in this case....the Garage.  Due to constant half started projects I have been granted "permission" to use our 1.5 car garage as a staging/constructing/refurbishing area.  I get to make it my own little workshop!!  It all seems great, in theory, but when I actually went to take a peek at the garage today I realized why it is that we don't use it for it's given purpose...






Ughhh....I have my work cut out for me!  The garage has good bones but needs some desperate help...any volunteers??  After having seen this as a big reminder of how gross it is I immediately ran inside and jumped on Pinterest to get ideas for my space.  Here are a few ideas I am hoping to work in:


Pretty colors and a potting station...

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Shelving in and orderly fashion...


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Ohhhh - Spray Paint and Caulk storage...may not be ideal for our adverse weather conditions but perhaps I could use it as a tool cubby instead...

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I saw this a few years back on LifeHacker - this is perfecto for a small garage...

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Peg board LOVE:

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Pretty colors and nice storage...

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Organization Julia Childs style:

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And while I am at it perhaps Bubba needs a little spa corner of her own...

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Ahhhh - I feel better already.  Now I have to make some tough decisions on what will stay and what will go.  

Has the time come to let go of the Beast?? 


 Do we really need a high chair when we have no kids?

 

  Grandpas bike...restore or leave as is?  


Here are a few of the problems ailing our garage in it's current state:
  • Major leakage from the foundation.  Rain water comes in from the sides...unfortunately one of those sides houses our dog run.  Yup, poopy rainwater in the garage.  Time to fix the prob before  glam it up inside!!
  • Spiders, bugs, and other flying things!  Did I mention all the spider webs that go with those??
  • The garage door has no safety sensor to stop it from closing when things are in the way.  So far we have only lost a garbage can which was crushed to it's death but I would prefer not to loss anything else...fingers, toes, and what nots.
  • Insulation??  Oh...insulation would be a delight.  First I have to make sure the walls arent leaking (I don't think they are) and then I can move on to my next project...
  •  Walls.  Yes.  We need walls.  All that is standing now is the 2x4's.  I am hoping for something with a bit more wow factor like drywall, pegboard, or even plywood!  At this point I don't care!
I could probably come up with a bit more if I really took a good hard look but, as I mentioned previously, there are bugs and spiders in there!!  Today I am starting at square one.  PURGE.  I'll keep you updated on my progress.  If you don't hear from me in a few days I am sure it is due to the spiders having teamed  up to build a huge web which they have me stuck in.  Please send food, water, and Bear Grylls to extract me safely.

Click HERE for more Garage Inspiration as well as other ideas and things I am craving!!  This gal ♥'s to pin!

Jul 14, 2011

Foodie Friday # 17 - Featuring Most Clicked Of The Week



Hey all - thanks for popping in this week to check out my little birdies.  I just flew back from Buffalo, NY and am happy to report they are healthy and BIG...far too big to be living in that tiny nest together.  Ill make sure to post more pics next week as it may be the last chance before they fly off to their new lives...

Since I lobbied (Flight Attendant lingo for when we have then van leaves the hotel for the airport) at 3:45 AM I will make this post short and sweet.  I need every minute possible to play with Bubba, hang with Dino, and water my garden after 2 days away. 

A quick thanks to all who participated last week and helped make the click count higher for each entry.  It is nice to know you are linking up AND checking out other peoples links!!  :)  Here are your top clicks of the week...

First Place...



Garden Macaroni Salad - Lady Behind The Curtain.  What a nice presentation!!  This would be perfect for an impromptu gathering...provided you have the mold but even without it the recipe looks delicious!  

Since we had oh so many ties for second place and third I have decided to stop at second!  Here are your second most clicks of the week...


Mexican Chicken Eggrolls - Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks - I love anything fried and it looks like you all are with me on this one!  Don't forget to check out the Creamy Avocado Sauce that comes with these babies...I am sure I could eat that alone with a spoon!



Tasty Taco Pie - Talking Dollars and Cents.  In sticking with the Mexican theme from above this pie would pair nicely!!  Crescent rolls on the bottom and lots of filling and cheesy goodness on top?  Sounds perfect to me...wait, can we add the Creamy Avocado Sauce too??  OK - now that is PERFECTION!

Thirsty??


Watermelon Lemonade - Ms. Enplace.  This looks like the perfect drink to cool off in these hot summer months!  My watermelons got started a little late this year but I can't wait for them to bare fruit so I can make my very own fresh from the garden!!  Ya'll don't have to wait that long...watermelons are on sale right now!!

Ready for dessert??



Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake - Alli-N-Son.  This. Looks. Divine.  Vanilla ice cream, cookie dough, chocolate cake, ganache, and nuts??  This is almost too good to be true!!  For all you calorie counters out there you can use frozen yogurt instead of the ice cream but in my opinion when you are eating something as rich and decadent as this you may as well go all out and indulge a bit!!  

That's it for this week!!  Make sure to grab a button if you haven't already.  I have a family picnic this weekend so I will be on the lookout for quick, easy, and picnic friendly dishes this week - let's see what you've got!!  :)


NOW ON WITH THE PARTY


*Here are couple rules before we get this party kickin'...*
  • It would be super nice if you Followed LBR, your hostess with the most-est...while you're at it, leave a comment if you so desire!
  • Your link MUST be a food related item, duh! It can be a recipe, a specific dish you are craving, a new foodie product you just found, a specific restaurants specific dish...it can be a picnic you had - I really don't care! Just make me want to eat it!
  • {mandatory} Please post my button or a clickable link in your post so others can join in - they are located on the bottom of the right sidebar...Walnuts or Garlic? I dig em' both!  If you don't know how to do this just email me and I can help you out...
  • Try not to post and run - check out another recipe and see what's cookin' elsewhere! You may just learn something! :)
  • Please DO NOT link up your linky parties.
  • FYI - By linking up your are giving me permission to use your recipe, blog, and or photos in an upcoming feature.  No worries - Ill always link back to you and your blog!!  :)


*** FYI - Linky Tools had some new options that I am trying out this week. If you have any troubles linking up, please double check the rules and make sure you got it all down. If that isn't the problem feel free to email me and Ill see if I can help on my end. ***


Let the mouth watering, drool inducing, stomach grumbling fun BEGIN!! I'm Hungry...
LET'S EAT!!



Jul 12, 2011

Rise Up This Mornin' Smiled at The Risin' Sun...



Three little birds
Pitch by my door step light fixture...

Such a simple delight to hear Bob Marley in the summertime but to actually be living this song is beyond words for a animal lover like me.  Here is the progression over the past few weeks...

May 13 - Alberta?  Is that you??


I noticed the birds nest go up within days and a nice fat robin standing guard.  For the first few days she would fly out of the nest each time I approached but after a while she became content with the fact that I meant no harm and instead of flying away she would sit and stare at me.  It's as if we had a quick convo to express our intentions.  You don't fly at me and poke out my eyes and I won't mess with you and whatever you have under you in that nest.


I have been told I am not allowed to take any more pets into the house.  Last year we (OK - I)  brought home 2 baby birds that had been abandoned (they didn't make it) and just the other day my neighbor brought me an egg that had fallen from it's nest (also didn't make it due to another fall it had in our house...).  I know some will shame me for taking them and trying to raise them but once the bird is out of the nest they are subjected to all sorts of dangers besides these grubby little hands...cats, cars, bikes, and other predators to name a few.  Most of the times once they fall the mothers abandon them because they can no longer protect them and, though I am no mother, I can't leave anything helpless on it's own.  The good news for Alberta here (I always name my pets...even if they don't live in the house) is that she has built her own nest and is quite healthy.  I won't have to feed her or try to keep her warm in a shoe box.  I like to look out the window and see her perched there and when she is missing I wonder where she went off to.


June 3 - Signs of Life...

Alberta has had been in her nest a bit more than usual but one day as I went out to the garden I saw a different sight.  1 tiny little beak hanging over the side of the nest...


My curiosity got the better of me and by the end of the day I had to know how many were in there.  I took a step stool and my camera and carefully reached over the nest to take a picture of what was inside.  They say if you touch a nest or get your scent on it the bird won't come back for her babies so I made sure to be very very careful.  And there they were...3 little birds (though you can only see 2 here)...


Some might be bothered by such a thing - a new family taking up residence in your light fixture and possibly creating a fire hazard were someone to turn on said fixture and burn the garage down - but not me.  I could never be bothered by such a thing.  I get to see them each day and watch their progress.  This is such a treat!

June 6 - Gathering Strength

In a few quick days this particular birdie has grown enough strength to lift his head and flop it over the side which at times makes me wonder if the others are still alive.  We have been going through a heat spell and I haven't seen Alberta around for awhile.  Did my proximity to her nest scare her off?  Perhaps she is worried I will sell the pics to the paparazzi which I can assure you I would never participate in such a thing.  Where can she be??

 


June 8 - Hammock Time

I shared this with my Facebook friends this week but I feel compelled to show you all what a freak I am.  This weekend we were heading out of town and I was concerned for the birdies safety.  Alberta is back and doing her best to feed these hungry little beasts.  They seem quite ravaged all the time and it is no wonder why when I have seen how fast they have grown.  Dad has been swooping in as well which is nice to know that Alberta is not a single mom...I can only imagine how hard it would be to raise triplets on your own.  I have decided to staple fabric under the nest to create a hammock for the birdies in case they get pushed out by one another.  It took a few tries for the mom and dad to learn how to fly into the nest from the sides but with a few failed attempts came success and now it is second nature to them...



June 12 - Bigger and Bigger Every Day

My 3 little birds are no longer little.  They have real feathers, their eyes are open, and they are squeaking for food constantly.  They sit and watch me walk by and only the runt of the bunch seems afraid.  They are so big that Alberta has no choice but to feed them then fly off for she can no longer sit on them...though sometimes I see her try.  I wonder where she goes to rest?  They must have a cozy 2 bedroom condo overlooking the nest.  I know Alberta is a smarty pants for picking such a prime location (not to mention a sucker of a landlord) in proximity to my garden.  I often find her taking baths in my water bucket and picking grubs from my garden.  More power to her.  

Ill keep you all updated of their progress.  I secretly hope that they will stick around and become my foster birdies once Alberta moves on but I won't hold my breath.  Like a good mommy (taught by the best) I know these birds need to spread their wings and fly...who am I to hold them back?  But just so they know, there will always be a nest waiting for them...right where they left it.  





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Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Jul 7, 2011

Foodie Friday # 16 - Sweet Sixteen Dedicated To YOU!

Hey all - This is Foodie Friday's Sweet 16 party and I am so happy to have ya'll as guests!  In honor of you, my loyal FF Linkers, this weeks features will be the most clicked from last week.  I think that is the best way to honor you all and the past 4 months we have been rockin' the house foodie style!



The Easiest Fudge Ever - Cats and Casseroles.  This was the most clicked recipe of the week for good reason...4 ingredients and done in minutes?!  Wahooo - sign me up for pound...er, make it 2!!

We have a 3 way tie for 2nd most clicked...


Mile High Lemonade Pie - Served Up With Love.  Lemonade in the summer is a perfect way to refresh yourself after a hot day but put it in pie form and it will transform your week!  This is a super delicious pie with a sweet tribute behind it.  Make sure to pop over and check it out!


Strawberry Shortbread Trifle - Flour Me With Love.  With strawberries at their peak this is a perfect recipe to indulge upon.  The layers of shortbread and cream blend so well with the sweetness of the berries.  Add in a perfect presentation and their is no wonder why this dessert made one of your favorites of the week!



Firecracker Cake - The Paisley Cupcake.  This 4th of July themed cake was timed perfectly for the holiday.  see all that red white and blue??  You guys proved to be a festive bunch by clicking on this baby to get your holiday weekends off to a great start!!

Thanks to all who linked up!  Make sure to grab a featured button if you haven't already. 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  I have decided for the next few weeks to let your clicks do the talking.  I LOVE the new feature in Linky Tools and am excited to be able to share some feedback with you all.  Please Please Please do your part to participate by visiting other links.  I found that a majority of those who are linking up are not popping in to visit other blogs...shame shame!  Don't you know food is best when shared with others??



NOW ON WITH THE PARTY


*Here are couple rules before we get this party kickin'...*
  • It would be super nice if you Followed LBR, your hostess with the most-est...while you're at it, leave a comment if you so desire!
  • Your link MUST be a food related item, duh! It can be a recipe, a specific dish you are craving, a new foodie product you just found, a specific restaurants specific dish...it can be a picnic you had - I really don't care! Just make me want to eat it!
  • {mandatory} Please post my button or a clickable link in your post so others can join in - they are located on the bottom of the right sidebar...Walnuts or Garlic? I dig em' both!  If you don't know how to do this just email me and I can help you out...
  • Try not to post and run - check out another recipe and see what's cookin' elsewhere! You may just learn something! :)
  • Please DO NOT link up your linky parties.
  • FYI - By linking up your are giving me permission to use your recipe, blog, and or photos in an upcoming feature.  No worries - Ill always link back to you and your blog!!  :)


*** FYI - Linky Tools had some new options that I am trying out this week. If you have any troubles linking up, please double check the rules and make sure you got it all down. If that isn't the problem feel free to email me and Ill see if I can help on my end. ***


Let the mouth watering, drool inducing, stomach grumbling fun BEGIN!! I'm Hungry...
LET'S EAT!!

Jul 5, 2011

Pimp Your Garden...Sq Ft Style

Hey all!  Welcome back to our Adventures in Square Foot Gardening.   Last week we got our beds made and filled with B's Mix (aka soil) so today we are building our grids!  This is the easiest step to the Sq Ft Gardening method and the most inexpensive.  Consider this step "Organization" for the garden.  You can use a sq ft grid on any type of garden - raised or not - to simplify your plantings, make the most of your space, and add a bit of dimension to what would otherwise just be a patch of dirt!  :)




 You will need:

  • Wood Laths (ask at your local lumber store) 
  • 1 1/4 nuts and bolts
  • drill
  • measuring tape & pen - to mark hole locations
  • possibly something to cut the wood with and, if so, some clamps to hold still while cutting
  • Some tunes to keep your work flow movin'!


If you are doing 4x4 square boxes or grids then you don't need a wood cutting device as the wood laths are sold in 4 ft lengths.  Just measure and drill a hole in the center every foot.  I had to cut some of my pieces down as I was pimping my 2x8 and 3x8 squares...

Directions:

1.  If cutting wood, measure the width of your box and cut the wooden laths to size.  For an 2 ft wide by 8 ft long box I need (7) 2 ft crossbars.  I took 4 wood laths, clamped them together, and cut the laths in half to get 8 2 ft pieces.   Since I was too lazy to go downstairs I brought my Dremel out to cut them in half...



2.  Drill holes at 1 ft intervals for the nuts/bolts to attach.  QUICK TIP - You can do more than one at a time by stacking them...



 When you are finished you should have a pile that looks a bit like this...


Time to move to the garden...


The next part is very simple.  Take your hardware and screw the grids together...



For the 8 foot long boxes I added a large washer to secure two grids together...



Finished!  Here is the grid all put together...


When the summer is over you can easily collapse and store your grids for winter by pushing the ends inward to collapse them like so...


Now all you have to do is add your grids to your boxes by resting them on top.  If you would like, you can screw them to the actual boxes to keep them from moving though I skipped that part and they haven't moved much.

Now that your boxes are all pimped out you can get to planting...or, transplanting in my case.  below you can see our romaine lettuce, some caged tomatoes, and a bunch of not so flourishing pepper plants.  In the box behind it is more tomatoes and more peppers...we have 16 tomato plants in.  Overkill?  Probably so...


Some things NOT to transplant?  


Wop Wop.  Sadly, my zucchini which was once huge and full of nice strong leaves has since been reduced to a piddly 4 leaves and 0 flowers.  Boo...

Budget Breakdown:
  • Wood Laths - I picked up a whole bunch of them (50?) at HD - $11.97
  • Washers, nuts, and bolts - $7
Total w/ 9.5% tax = $20.77 for the 2 2x8 boxes & the 2 3x8 boxes with plenty of wood laths to spare!

Our total cost for the entire garden thus far (minus seeds and plants most of which were from last year) = 

Boxes and weed clock - $175.22
Soil - $251.44
Grids - $20.77

TOTAL = $447.43 which is equal to $5.59 for each square foot of gardening space or $22.36 per each 4x4 grid...  Remember what I said on Day 1 about what a 4x4 square foot grid could yield?  Here it is again to refresh your memory:



  • 1 head of cabbage

  • 1 head of broccoli

  • 1 head of cauliflower

  • 4 heads of romaine

  • 4 heads of red lettuce

  • 4 heads of leaf lettuce then 16 scallions after the lettuce is out

  • 4 heads of salad lettuce

  • 5 lbs of sugar peas

  • 8 bunches of Swiss chard

  • 9 bunches of spinach then 9 turnips

  • 16 small ball carrots

  • 16 beets plus 4 bunches of beet greens

  • 16 long carrots (you will need a deeper box for those - 12 inches as apposed to 6 in)

  • 32 radishes


  • Let's think about this...  If you were to buy each of these items in the organic produce section I can more than guarantee you the cost would be at least double (maybe triple!) the $22.36 cost per each 4x4 grid not to mention the fact that building these boxes is a one time cost that you would be able to benefit from year to year!  Yippee!! 

    From the first pic above you will see that my pimped out garden is also tricked out with home made trellises as well as PVC pipe bed covers.  I plan to share those tips with you in an upcoming post but, for now, I need a break from all the garden talk to sit back, relax, and enjoy my weed free garden plots for a bit!!

    So what have you guys been planting?  Anyone else going to do grids in their garden?  Feel free to leave a comment with your latest garden ideas and projects!  If you blog, make sure to leave a link so I can check it out!!  :)



    **Update**  See what started it all HERE, See how to choose a layout and build your beds HERE, See how to make Mel's soil mix HERE, and See how to grid your garden HERE!are f


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