Friday, May 23, 2008

independence days - week 4

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.

slacking a bit this week. most planting is done for now. waiting for field to be plowed for corn...

1. plant something:
sat: 29 sweet potatoes / 25 genovese basil / 3 ft. spinach / 8 spaghetti squash / 8 sweet meat / 6 table queen squash
sun: 133 okra seeds, 1 paprika pepper, 5 cayenne peppers, 6 celery plants, 8 different kinds of lettuce; transplanted lots of escapee sunchokes, cosmos and fennel, planted more thyme, cilantro and amaranth, elecampagne, butterfly bush
mon: 20 edamame seeds, 3 yellow scallop seeds, 3 yellow watermelon seeds, 5 raspberry plants, moved around a bunch of volunteer seedlings: dill, fennel, comfrey
tue: none
wed: 29 thai basil, 39 spicy globe basil
thu: none- on a field trip
fri: 36 cucumber seeds, bushing variety

2. harvest something:
^harvested eggs
^yellow dock root and leaves

3. preserve something:
^yellow dock root

4. prep something:
^weeded beds and paths, preparing to lay more cardboard and mulch over pathways to cut back on weeds
^weeded strawberries and more paths
^did i mention weeding???
^found local source for hay seed mix

5. cook something:
^yellow dock leaves

6. manage your reserves:
^cleaned and organized 2 shelves in basement, made note of another area to do the same with
^ordered 10 lbs of chunk sea salt
^looked at new goats for homestead

7. work on local food systems:
^signed another person onto our chicken cooperative
^ordered round 2 of broilers
^sold eggs and jellies at local farmer's market
^received a free vendor booth at the horseradish festival to sell plants (i'll have a mix of herbs that are edible and medicinal)

8. reduce waste (was compost something):
^use canvas bags at grocery store
^re-use egg cartons for our nest run eggs
^grocery shopping (i rarely do any other kind than this) less, reducing amount of waste coming into the house
^using smaller bags for garbage to encourage less waste

9. Learned a skill:

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