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Oct 3, 2014

Independence Days Challenge

Independence Days Challenge-
A little review of the last couple weeks. With 4 days off work this weekend (no in-services for us lowly classified people) I'm doing projects galore!

1. Plant Something-
 Wrong time of year for me. Winter will be here soon...

2. Harvest Something-
Tomatoes, chives, lemon cukes, pickling cukes, Swiss chard, herbs, pears, squash, green beans, darn hens ate the kale :(  Low harvests this year sadly, so we will till next year and add a lot more nutrients.

3. Preserve/Store Something-
LOTS of nectarines. More dry and canned goods for the big pantry, coffee and teas for winter. Pantry is in good shape I think. 

Lots of nectarines, some canned too

 4. Manage Reserves- Get a Good Deal/Barter/Stock Up/Prep-
Breads, meats, butter for the freezer. Baking goods for winter and holidays like sugar and flour, dry and canned goods, coffee/teas, lots of tea biscuits from the grocery outlet! Hens are laying, so we'll be using lots of eggs and selling the rest. Looking forward to frittatas, cakes, bread puddings, etc. No fresh eggs here for a long time...

5. Eat the Food- Try New Foods/Recipe-
 Got free bananas from work, making banana bread with pecans today. Making some new stuffed crab sandwiches for dinner tonight from  Will modify to cut the grease :) Made some Curtido, and it's almost ready! I might try some tonite.


6. Build Community Food Systems-
Will sell excess eggs at work. Two buyers already.

7. Recycle/Re-Use-
Went thrifting yesterday, got some clothing, a new Starbucks water bottle, and some hangers for storage. Dropped off my daughters donations too. Ripping our squash and some other veggies for compost. Will move some rhubarb to that spot, hasn't been getting enough sun. Rotating my summer to fall/winter clothes, and mending/hemming what's needed. Sold some stuff on eBay, made $150.00 so far. All stuff I wasn't using :)

8. Skill Up-
Learn how to dress a flight feather cut on my hen with antibiotics. Cut the flight feathers a tad too short :( She healed up fine.

 9. Regenerate What is Lost/Salvage Something-
Painting my inside front door today, basic white. Will look all nice and clean! Caulking a bedroom window, to get a better seal. Caulking our old Dish/cable wall hole on the outside of the house and repainting that area. It's a good day to paint. We've done fine without Dish, and love Netflix!

That's it for now.


Kristina said...

This all sounds great! I just planted 90 cloves of garlic, in hopes for a much larger harvest next year. That slaw does look good.

Nancy po said...

I'd like to plant garlic, but we don't actually use that much. BUT we'll expand the veggie garden into the front next spring...

Lady Locust said...

Niiiiice! I am rather envious of all your peaches:)

Nancy po said...

Thanks, they're actually nectarines, sorry I forgot to post that...

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