Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Independence Days Challenge Week 1

I've joined this years Independence Days Challege over at Casaubon's Book! I'm not sure if these are the same questions from last year in total, but I really liked the old questions so maybe I'll pop over to one of your blogs and get those to add. My first report and at least it isn't completely empty.

Plant Something: Yes! Another run of radishes, Chinese red noodle beans for the Three Sisters Garden, Sugar Baby pumpkins for the same, replanted some losses in the squash bed, transplanted many things including herbs and veggies.

Harvest Something: Just getting rolling on that! Radishes, leaf lettuces, beet greens, early carrots, green onions (just thinning my Juane bulb onions), various herbs for flavoring the salads.

Preserve Something: Trying to harvest and ready for storing my rosemary seeds, but nothing major this week. Mostly I'm working on getting all my stuff ready for harvest season.

Reduce Waste: Not much there either, just tossing veggie waste where it will recycle into dirt for me.

Preparation and Storage: Definitely! Mostly odds and ends to keep my stocks at the level I've determined I need. Store what you eat and eat what you store, ya know. But also increased some areas and bumped up rechargable batteries (with car adapter), water containers and other things for hurricane season, which is just around the corner!

Build Community Food Systems: Given very strong plant starts of heirloom veggies to two new gardeners and one returnee from last year that I converted!

Eat The Food: Oh yes, I'm enjoying a great many salads fresh from the garden and using up a good deal of my canned veggies from last year's harvest. I'm going to be sad to see the last of the corn and tomatoes.


fullfreezer said...

Hurrah!!! Welcome to the IDC. You've been busy. I envy your fresh salads. Mine just got in the ground but soon....

Erin said...

I know what you mean...I have one freezer bag of green beans left from last year and 2 containers of greek stifado sauce I made from Brandywine tomatoes...I can't bear to use them up until more comes in!!!