Friday, May 16, 2008

independence days - week 3

since i'm struggling to get the garden in again this year due to my rambunctious toddler, i thought taking the id challenge would be a good moral booster for me. i try to practice this idea anyway during the growing seasons so it's a great reminder of how much i really do even when it feels like i don't.

1. plant something:
sat: farmer's market
sun: rained out
mon:direct sowed cilantro seeds
tue: rained out
wed: planted 28 strawberries, 80 haricot vert seeds, transplanted about 2 dozen yard long beans
thu: surprise, surprise...more rain
fri: 15 rattlesnake beans from the omelays, 28 white sage transplanted to medicine circle, 28 red rubin basil to medicine circle

2. harvest something:
^harvested eggs

3. preserve something:
^made and froze ~2 lbs of butter

4. prep something:
^ordered 3 mantles and chimneys for my aladdin lamp
^weeded raised bed to get ready to plant basil in
^greg continued to work on the chicken combine (don't laugh)
^continued correspondence with n-c sheep breeder

5. cook something:
^tried cooking goat in crock pot with excellent results twice: once with just water and seasonings, the next time with homemade barbeque sauce and ribs. yum!

6. manage your reserves:
^placed coop #2 order
^went through canned goods and discarded some OLD (from about 5 years ago) stuff. took note that i have a lot of apple sauce that the kids didn't care for (made last year and wasn't my best stuff) and made plans to start using it up making apple cake and bread and such
^used some dried onions i'd forgotten i had
^moved broilers to barn for more room until chicken combine is finished

7. work on local food systems:
^fed and watered broiler chicks several times a day (they go through food like crazy).
^stopped by local store to purchase asparagus that they grow and sell
^sold eggs and jellies at local farmer's market

8. reduce waste (was compost something):
^use canvas bags at grocery store
^re-use egg cartons for our nest run eggs

9. Learned a skill:
^learned more about navajo-churro sheep

1 comment:

Danielle said...

Ooooh, I love my Navajo-churros! How exciting!

And good lord, but how do you know exactly how many seeds you planted! Golly, it's folks like you that make me feel like I'm way to blase about things. ;)

Me, I toss some in and hope they grow!

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