Sunday, June 7, 2009

independence days - year 2 week 6

this year i'm feeling very challenged about gardening and everything else...too much going on and not enough time for it all! i restarted the id challenge to get me going and guilt me into being busy in ways i need to be.

want to play along? visit sharon (the creator of this great challenge) to read all about it!

prepping for festivals all week.

1. plant something
~gooseberries (got from a freecycle run, i was picking up pots and ended up with gooseberries and scallions too)

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

3. preserve something:

~rose petal 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
~continued digging water pond

6. build community food systems:
~sold eggs, yogurt & milk to local people
~worked on july issue of herbal roots to teach children about using herbs medicinally and for food
~worked on willoughby farm master naturalist intern project, locating plants and grant writing
~bartered milk for produce at market

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, mint, lemon balm, carrots for salads
~zucchini and summer squash

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