Sunday, June 14, 2009

independence days - year 2 week 7

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!

don't even know where this week went to...very busy with everything but the garden it seemed...tuesday gone on errand day, wednesday had volunteer work at the farm and then study group that night, thursday was playday with tons of kids all running amuck (one of them ripped the top of my flowering mullein plant off....grrrr!), friday more friends came over to do soap making, saturday was market and then more errands with greg...

1. plant something
~sweet potato slips (37) finally! i hope it's not too late
~echinacea pallida seedlings from a friend

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, basil
~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:


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:
~bought 15 bags of feed (while i was in a far away town picking up my kids)
~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
~sold cherries at the market
~gave a friend 1 gallon frozen cherries leftover from last year's harvest
~taught herbal study group/did plant walk/gave away plants from the garden
~taught some friends to make soap (and got some of the fresh soap in my eye....OWWW!...stupid blond moment)

7. eat the food:
~lettuce, radishes, chickweed, kale, chard, dill, mint, lemon balm, carrots for salads
~zucchini and summer squash

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