Monday, May 11, 2009

independence days - year 2 week 2

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 do nothing.

thanks to gina for prodding me back into this challenge! i believe sharon (the creator of this great challenge) is starting up again too at her blog.

1. plant something
~transplanted 8 jewelweed plants from woods to closer to our house
~rattlesnake pole beans
~amish pie pumpkins
~ eggplants
~6 tomatillos
~280' sweet corn
~juilette and something else tomatoes
~lipstick pimento pepper

2. harvest something:
~eggs (chicken and turkey)
~various leaves for making my morning tea: sage, bergamot, thyme, oregano, echinacea, motherwort, dandelion, lemon balm, peppermint, spearmint
~grass from the lawn to feed to the sheep and goats
~radishes, lettuce, spinach, chickweed, dandelion leaves, kale, mint, lemon balm, cilantro, dill, borage, lamb's quarters for salad

3. preserve something:

~dandelion jelly

4. Reduce waste:
~use canvas bags at grocery store
~re-use egg cartons for our nest run eggs
~use plastic shopping bags for trash bags

5. Preparation and Storage:
~mulched paths

6. build community food systems:
~sold eggs & milk to local people
~started writing june issue of herbal roots to teach children about using herbs medicinally and for food
~met with the director of willoughby farm to discuss my master naturalist intern project, installing a woodland medicine garden using native plants and trees; walked the site and picked a tentative location to create said garden
~a friend gave me 2 more tomato plants (juliette and something else) and 1 lipstick pimento pepper
~farmer's market opening day!

7. eat the food:
~weeds from my garden, using lamb's quarters sprouts by the handfuls (we let a lot go to seed last year)
~spinach, lettuce, radishes, chickweed, kale, chard, asparagus, dill, cilantro, borage for salads


Ron said...

Wow! As always, Tansy, you have an incredible amount of things going on. I'm wishing you good weather this year!

Also, glad to hear you got some truck-loads of mulch. I'm hoping I can flag down the electric guys this year and get them to dump some here.


Wendy said...

I had to laugh at the transplanting jewel weed ... mostly at myself.

Somehow or other we ended up with jewel weed all over the yard, and for years, I was pulling this stuff up and trying to get rid of it. It's tenacious! Then, we figured out what it was ;).

Anyway, I think it's cool that you're putting it in your yard, and I think it's my shame that it took me so long to appreciate it volunteering in mine ;).

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