Another update in our Independence Days challenge
1.) Plant something: Sweet potatoes are the only thing I’ve planted. Everything else is in the ground. I’ll need to replant for things that didn’t sprout but that won’t be for a little while yet. I may be renting another garden plot to grow more vining veggies, and if I do that I’ll be busy planting again.
2.) Harvest something: We harvested some lettuce to augment a salad. It wasn’t enough to fill the salad but things are coming on now. We’re running about 10 degrees below normal for this time of the year so growing is a little behind.
3.) Preserve something: Nothing.
4.) Prep something: Prepped the three sweet potato beds, although they were mostly prepped. We built the chicken coop. I would post a picture but it’s too embarrassing. Thank God that chickens don’t have housing codes and code inspectors. Our coop might be deemed unfit for chicken living. They are coming next weekend so this week will be busy finishing their run area and buying supplies.
5.) Cook something new: Didn’t cook anything new. I was looking forward to trying Kohlrabi soon, but the rabbits got it. They seem to like it so much more than my other stuff I might plant it to for them in the future just to distract them. They ate my peppers too. I guess they needed something a little spicy. I didn’t think in a million years they would touch the pepper plants.
6.) Manage your reserves: Most of my reserves are used up. I keep pushing applesauce on anyone who comes over for dinner. I have a ridiculous amount of canning jars ready for the summer.
7.) Local food system: I built two 16 sq ft garden beds at the low income hub I’ve talked about before. We also planted these beds. (I didn’t count these beds in #1 because they aren’t for me) I’m excited at the opportunity to talk to the kids about local foods and talk about healthy foods. I just have to figure out how to make it interesting to them. While working on the bed a bikers was hit by a car, and we didn’t even see it even though it happened right around us. We had 4 police cars show up and we were wondering what the hell was going on. I did also inform a neighbor that the compost at the dump is free if you take a truck to pick it up.
8.) Reduce waste: I took more newspapers from work to use in the gardens above, so they went into the soil instead of the recycling bin. I also procured more lawn refuse to use in the garden so it wasn’t trucked to the compost facility.
9.) Learn a new skill: I’m getting really good at weeding since my compost was full of seeds. I guess I’ll have to do a better job at turning it in the future or something. I think most of the plants coming up at tomatoes, which is interesting, if I didn’t already have so many other tomato plants planted. This is a skill I’d rather not learn or get better at.