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Sep 26, 2012

Independence Days Challenge, Early Fall In The Garden, 200th Post Blogversary Giveaway!

Vintage WW1 Poster

Independence Days Challenge-

It's been a busy/tiring couple of weeks, but I have gotten some things done, so here's the breakdown:

1. Plant Something- Just some new pansies in my north window box.

2. Harvest Something- Finally! tomatoes, peppers, herbs, collard greens, rhubarb, eggplants, eggs, compost, basil for pesto.

3. Preserve/Store Something- Dried herbs, froze peppers, made 6 qts. applesauce, froze more pesto, rain barrels got some water from the rain.

4. Manage Reserves- Get A Good Deal/Barter/Stock Up/Prep- Got some free apples, stocking up on all kinds of things for winter- canned soups (for those sick-icky days), batteries, teas, tea biscuits, cat litter from Costco, cat food, and misc. bath stuff. 

5. Eat the Food- Try New Foods/Recipes- Made new kinds of pizzas with the tomatoes.

6. Build Community Food Systems- Will start selling extra eggs next week, had to raise my price with feed bills going up.

7. Recycle/Re-Use- Still pulling out older clothes to take in, composting, going thru old fall decor to donate.

8. Skill Up- Getting better at preserving food in general, took care of my first case of egg bound chicken (warm bath did it!), and sour crop. I feel special :)  All that online research pays off!

9. Regenerate What is Lost/Salvage Something- Getting out the used winter clothes I bought in the spring. Doing some minor repairs and they're good to go, sewing buttons, etc. clothes. I had Dave prune our fruit tree branchs growing over the roof for better air-flow and to reduce winter damage.

Early Fall In The Garden-

Volunteer mystery baby pumpkin

Tomatoes still ripening

Cabbage heads still coming along

Basil just keeps growing

Fall color showing up on my Red Twig Dogwood

One of the girls on bug patrol, sun low in the sky this evening


200th Blogversary Giveaway!-

So here's my little fall giveaway- a cute felt basket filled with: Anna's Ginger Thins from Sweden, 1 box Bigelow Ginger Snappish Ginger Herb Tea (no caffeine) and 1 box Chinese Oolong tea & some Almond Chocolate Biscottis. Perfect for a cool fall day! To enter post something in the comments below about your favorite no-work fall pastime (with a link or your email). I'll pick a random winner and send it off to you! Good luck!


Michelle said...

My favorite no work past time is a good cup of coffee ,a cat on my lap and a great book.

a8383 said...

We love to go camping in the fall. It is just too hot in GA to go in the summer! Angela

Leigh said...

Your garden looks fantastic Nancy. Love that pumpkin. My favorite no-work fall pastime, is enjoying that first fire in the woodstove!

Kristina said...

Your garden looks great! What a cute basket for your giveaway also.

nancy said...

Thanks all! I for got- I'll do the drawing this Saturday...

Charlotte Boord said...

Favorite no-work fall pasttime is sitting on my back porch with my cat on my lap, listening to the birds and watching the raccoons forage in the back yard. Early morning is especially nice.

Candy C. said...

Your garden is still looking great! :)
Cute basket for the giveaway! My favorite fall pasttime is actually watching football on the TV on Sunday afternoon! LOL!!

Denise said...

Getting out the heavier yarn to make up some sweaters and sitting out on the porch enjoying the breezes. Fall just smells different.

fullfreezer said...

You have been busy! I forgot about dried herbs, I've done a few but I should dry some thyme. The herbs (except for the basil) survived the big freeze.
And what a lovely basket! Congrats on 200 posts! My favorite no-work fall pastime is taking a walk and crunching crispy leaves. I LOVE the way autumn leaves smell- and crunch!

nancy said...

Keep em coming!

Cori Niehoff said...

My favorite thing to do in the fall is make a big mug of hot Russian tea, snuggle in some blankets and read. Thank you for the opportunity! I live in Meridian. We are practically neighbors!

Charlotte Boord said...

By the way, where did you get your plant labels? They're really nice looking.