Monday, June 22, 2009

independence days - year 2 week 8

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!

lots of rain this week kept me out of the garden

1. plant something

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
~flowers to make pretty bouquets for the house
~sheared a sheep (2 down, 4 to go)

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:
~continued digging water pond
~mulched the plants with grass clippings

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, pulling invasives and id-ing trees
~bartered milk for produce at market
~accepted an intern to work with us this summer to teach her about gardening and help her get her hours in for school

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

1 comment:

Gina said...

We sheared one sheep this weekend too (the ram) and have one to go. Poor things-we are so late this year (as usual) and it is unusually hot for June up here.

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