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Jun 5, 2015

Independence Days Challenge, Colors At The Little Homestead, Greek Festival- Opa! School's Out!

Independence Days Challenge-
I haven't posted lately so it's time to catch up! 

1. Plant Something-
 Mint (in a pot), all my baby cilantro and basil. My mini greenhouse worked great this year!

Peach tree is doing well too-

Beans ready to plant tomorrow. Too hot last Sunday, our planting day. 

2. Harvest Something-
Kale, kale and more kale!  Collards and chives, and basil soon.

Rosemary, thyme, oregano are ready too-

 3. Preserve/Store Something-
I'll start fermenting more veggies soon, was waiting til school was over. A lot of apples are turning colors already!

 4. Manage Reserves- Get a Good Deal/Barter/Stock Up/Prep-
 We bought a nice $45.00 fence panel for $10.00 to use as a garden gate. Our is falling apart, so we spotted this (a special order return, missing parts) and will use instead. I'll paint it a dark green. We'll add it to the new garden gate post soon and will be all set!

5. Eat the Food- Try New Foods/Recipe-
Using up lots of frozen (buried in the freezer) fish- fish tacos, fish and chips, etc. Will try a new tomato and mint salad recipe like this when mine are ripe! They'll be early this year with the mild spring/early summer weather. With all of our eggs I'm going to try this soon, since it looks so good!

 6. Build Community Food Systems- 
Done selling eggs for now, will go to the kids, and more egg dishes for us (see above). Will hit a farmer's market later in the summer. They're not very good here so far, as far as my experience goes. Pretty inconsistent.

7. Recycle/Re-Use-
Got some used, FREE shower doors to replace some wood in our chicken "sun room" from Second Chance-

The store supports local sobriety programs. We found some used shower doors for sale, then the clerk said the other ones were free. Works for us!

Since we tore down our shed we have a lot of good lumber left over. Dave wants to replace our green metal stakes in our garden fencing with posts and add some 2 x 4's. It will look much better and be more sturdy. The rest will be donated. We also gave away a ton of leftover shed materials on Craigslist for free. Donated clothing yesterday, with more on the way. 

New fence posts soon!

8. Skill Up-
I just learned how to remove a laminate back splash with thin metal edging. Easy, just use a putty knife and a hammer. Comes off nicely! New back splash coming soon!!! 

9. Regenerate What is Lost/Salvage Something-
Regenerating the soil under the old shed, added lots of compost! Beans go in tomorrow.

Colors At The Little Homestead-
With all the monsoon type patterns lately, warm and rain late in the day, everything has gone crazy blooming! Here's a peek-

Greek Festival- Opa!
Every year we go to the local Greek which benefits the Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church. They have live music, dancing (missed that), and tons of very affordable, authentic foods. It's always fun and we needed a break last Sat. Weather was nice and had a great time! Opa!  

Nice church :)

School's Out!-
After growing quite a bit more gray hair (ha ha!) this year than usual I am just so glad it's OVER! More later...

Anya stole my chair! What a cute face :)


Jayne M said...

Wow, love all you are doing! I am doing Independence Days as well, after starting in 2012 and getting lost a bit with other stuff! Winter here, so I am doing completely the opposite things to you!
Second Chance looks amazing - I would so love to have something like that available here.
Love the new garden gate - look forward to seeing it installed.
Our farmers' market here is pretty hit and miss as well. It is only once a month which I find doesn't really encourage people to use it for their 'real' shopping. It means people just use it as a sort of outing rather than for food shopping. We used to live where there was a big weekly one and that was fantastic. I only had to buy staples from the supermarket, as all my fruit, veg, meat, milk and eggs came from the market.
Look forward to seeing more of your flourishing summer garden while mine is mainly hibernating!

Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

Thanks Jayne! We all do what we can :)

Mama Pea said...

Whew, good thing school ended! With all you seem to do, you can use a break for full-time working/playing/relaxing/enjoying at home.

I'm sure you earned every one of those "gray hairs" this past school year. From what we hear and read, our country's educational system is getting more stressful and difficult for teachers, aides and administrators. Too bad.

Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

Thanks. Working in a high poverty school there's a lot of micro-managing by some staff. It's VERY stressful...

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