Independence Days Update: Say it Ain’t Snow!

Sharon April 27th, 2010

We’re expecting 3 inches of snow tonight.  This does not please me.  It does, however, make me feel a little less guilty about the things I haven’t gotten into the ground yet ;-) .  We had guests, then I  had a cold, then it was raining, and I’m going to be away this weekends, so things are slower than I’d like them to be.  But hey, if it snows, I’ll be vindicated!  Annoyed, cranky, cold, but vindicated.

At least it is precipitating – we have had two weeks of bone dry weather, and the soil was really too dry to plant outside the reaches of our hose – given our climate here, most of my garden is unreachable by any water other than rain, and we’ve never had a problem.  But it does mean occasionally waiting out a dry spell with delicate transplants.  But it is pouring now, at least.

It has been a quiet week here, with guests galore (my sister and her family, Stoneleigh) and not nearly as much work as I’d like.  The new raised beds are coming along slowly, and so is everything else.  

Asparagus and rhubarb are coming in – my first asparagus is just about tall enough to harvest, and down the hill in the valley, they’ve really got it in.  Love, love, love asparagus and rhubarb!

Plant something: lettuce, chard, beets, zinnias, clover, onions, rhubarb, pansies, hollyhocks, carrots, kale, marshmallow

Harvest something: Nettle, raspberry leaves, dandelions, sorrel, chives, rhusbarb, asparagus, eggs, milk.

Preserve something – dried some raspberry leaves

Waste Not: Dandelions galore going for rabbit food, the usual composting and feeding of things to other things.

Want Not: Ordered bulk pasta when I suddenly discovered I had only orzo and lasagna noodles in the house, but nothing in that critical medium size ;-) .

Eat the food: Asparagus wraps (fresh rice paper wraps with asparagus and fresh herbs with dipping sauce), rhubarb compote, stir friend asparagus and tofu .  Yum!

Build community food systems: Really cool new project in the workings, more on this soon!

How about you?

Sharon

24 Responses to “Independence Days Update: Say it Ain’t Snow!”

  1. Susan in Virginia says:

    First, thanks KC for the information on soapstone. I have some friends who frequent Nelson County – apples & such, I will ask them to see what they see if they can find some for me.

    Here is my update:

    1) Planting: Thanks to help from my daughter, the following got accomplished: planted sage, thyme, lemon balm,
    horehound, additional chives. Also, she finished cleaning out last year’s vegetable garden for me. Received the seeder I
    plan to use with the ground cover seed. So I hope to get the land worked this upcoming weekend and get in my
    tomatoes and pepper plants. And also ground cover (green maure) on the beds I will leave fallow. (there is a little
    competition for my time as I am also trying to finish a flower girl dress for my granddaughter)

    2) Harvest Something: Still chives & eggs.

    3) Preserve Something: no activity this week

    4) Waste Not: Shredded paper from work.

    5) Want Not: There is a program to help with the cost of energy efficient appliances. I plan on looking into it to see if
    a new freezer would qualify. Mine is old and probably fairly inefficient.

    6) Community: Discussion at family gathering on “do you know where your food comes from and how it was grown?” I
    share the eggs with my extended family, now some will eat no other eggs. They know my chickens are cage free and
    what they eat.

    7) Eat the food: Have learned to cook many egg dishes, since I got the chickens. Included fresh chives in my salads and
    other dishes.

    Take care, have a great week!

  2. Adrienne says:

    Here’s my first official try at this:

    1) Planting- oregano, basil, and parsley (plants purchased at the farmer’s market)

    2) Harvest- thinned out the lettuces and ate the resulting “microgreens”, if that counts.

    3) Preserve something- nope.

    4) Waste not- tore up brown paper and cardboard for the compost bin (I don’t have a yard, just a bin on the deck, so I run short on carbon materials)

    5) Want not- stuck some extra cat food in the “Zombie Apocalypse Closet” (as I call my food storage area).

    6) Eat it- spinach, mesclun, and green onions from the farmer’s market (our market only allows truly local stuff; this applies to everything, including the plants mentioned in #1)

    7) Community- had a horrible conversation with my Mom & her BF who had watched Food, Inc. on PBS last week. They said it was hard to watch, but then said they’re not going to do anything differently because of it. ::banging head on wall::

  3. Gabrielle says:

    Our area was finally blessed with some rain. Unfortunately after the first rain, my husband realized that our daughter had left the spigot to the rain barrel open. (She loves to water and adores making mud pies). Luckily the next rain came before we needed to water anything, and the rain barrel is full again. Everything looks lush and green, and the seedlings are stretching out to the sky.

    Plant—2 Amish Paste and 1 Brandywine tomato and 1 Italian Parsley, organically grown/seeded and bought at the farmers market. Nothing else made its way into the ground this week. This next week, I’ll shoot for planting the watermelons, beans, and potatoes if they come.

    Harvest—Shitake mushroom from my mushroom log, spring onions, broccoli raab that needed thinning

    Preserve—A few green onions were put in the freezer. Whenever I’m chopping and end up with too many onions, I throw them into a container in the freezer. When I’m making omelets or an egg scramble these help to make the prep work a cinch.

    Waste Not/Reduce Waste— Since my dad is living with us until he finishes some work on his house, he has been helping with the composting and recycling. I’m thrilled because as far as I know, he has never really done either of these before.

    Want Not/Prep/Storage—We’ve helped my dad with his new place—moving things in, cleaning, washing windows, and starting work on some of the home improvement projects. We’re making an effort to use what we have, and when we need to make purchases we’ll try and shop at secondhand shops when we can. Since my dad has worked in construction for almost his entire life, we won’t have to purchase much new. Hubby has been working on the playhouse for our daughter. Progress has slowed on that with the rain and helping my dad.

    I picked up some Vitamin D at Walgreens this week to add to storage. I found a great deal on canned veggies and picked up 6, the limit that the store would let me buy. Kroger had their organic chickens marked down, and I picked up 2 for the freezer.

    Building Community Food Systems—I went to the farmers market for the first time this season and purchased some lettuces, bok choi, plants, and of course cookies from a local bakery. Made up a list of things that I need to purchase at the farmers markets or at pick your own farms in the next few weeks.

    Watched Food Inc again. I decided a while back that I need to either read or watch something in that genre to reinforce for me the importance of purchasing local products. I liken it to going on a diet. At first, I’m gung ho and ready to change my ways. Then with time, I become somewhat complacent and revert back to old behaviors, foods, and purchases. Sometimes this occurs because of being lax, sometimes because of a tighter monthly budget, sometimes because it is too easy to do otherwise, sometimes it is because I need reminders and motivation, and sometimes it is because it is too difficult to find local products (in the dead of winter, for instance). Regardless of the excuses/reasons, a little tune up of information reinforces my dedication.

    Eat the Food— I went to the garden early one weekday morning last week and thinned the broccoli raab. Knowing that the leaves and stems were edible, I cleaned and chopped them and added them to an omelet scramble with some green onions, ham and zucchini (home preserved). I served it with locally made salsa and some cheese toast using the buttermilk cheese from Sweetwater Valley Farm, our favorite local cheese.

    The entire family enjoyed the steak dinner that I prepared over the weekend. The venison steak was from a deer that my brother-in-law took this winter. I brine the steak for about 24 hours and then marinade it for an hour or so. We grilled it with the shitake mushroom and served it with a salad from locally grown lettuce.

    I had the pleasure of enjoying a dinner party with some friends from work late last week. My friend, the hostess, made some yummy gumbo with Gulf shrimp. Since it was a potluck, everyone brought something.

  4. AnneT says:

    Rain that was supposed to come on the weekend never did. Maybe this weekend? Cold blustery wind today but no snow in the forecast for southern Ontario.

    Plant: started peppers, asparagus (from old seed — we’ll see if any germinates), Malabar spinach on the heat mat. Started some early potatoes under hay. The usual sprout.s

    Harvest: dandelion greens, dandelion blooms for wine, garlic and regular chives, red sorrel, the usual sprouts.

    Waste Not: Got some discarded all wood wainscoting I can use for the walls of my “cold closet” in the basement and a hefty pallet I can use for the floor. Found some very inexpensive shelves I can use for it. Found some beads at a yard sale that I’ll use for making gifts.

    Want not: Stocked up on local, fresh ground peanut butter.

    Community: nothing this week

    Eat the food: eating through a local, grass-fed beef roast this week; made some really good bumbleberry bars — becoming a DH favorite.

  5. aimee says:

    Plant – runner beans, and pumpkin, cucumber, and zucchini seeds sprouting on the sunny shelf

    harvest – radishes and salad greens, milk, eggs

    waste not – giving away the whey from cheesemaking to a friend who uses it for something, composting and saving scraps for chickens

    want not – bought a 25 pound bag of basmati rice

    community – attended the opeing of the local farmer’s market! Trade network networking!

  6. Plant something: Planted cos lettuce. Baked bread rolls.

    Harvest something: lettuce (radiccio, cos, mizuna), parsley, basil, chillis, spring onions, nasturtium leaves, collards, tuscan kale, 3 snow peas.

    Preserved something: jerusalem artichoke relish

    Waste not: usual composting, worm-farming & recycling. Good use of left-overs, and items hitting their use-by dates.

    Want not: Continued to sort through freezer & pantry (we’re planning to buy a house in a couple of months, & I don’t want to pack & move a huge stockpile)

    Build Community Food Systems: Signed up for a 4 week trial run with a CSA fruit & veggie box.

    Eat the food: ‘Not meat’ pastries with pantry & freezer odds & ends; lots of homegrown greens in sandwiches; veggie & bean soup with jerusalem artichokes, collards & kale, and homemade rolls; last bits of last years’ pickled beetroot & onion jam (with soy dogs & salad); apple/plum crumble; homemade lime juice cordial, home-brewed beer & ginger beer to drink.

  7. Evey says:

    I finally got up to the WV farm last weekend.

    Plant something: in garden-25 lbs potatoes for fall, summer potatoes in last month, more carrots & beets, cabbage plants, fennel from my starts & seeded some, celery for the first time ever- more every 2 weeks, misc cole starts

    I’m continuing to seed starts inside here in NC- various salad greens&reds, basil, fennel, celery

    Harvest something: overwintered leeks, kale, argula, onions

    perserve something- nope, but talking with farm family about crocks for pickles

    waste not- taking apart $1 Irish wool sweater-Thanks for Ravelry website!

    eat the food- made roasted frozen green bean, garlic, leek dish. The only way we like frozen green beans.

  8. Gina says:

    So, another IDC week floats away into yonder world. I didn’t accomplish as much as I hoped due to a very rainy weekend (and busy work week), so I will have to push it into overdrive the next two weeks…The rain fall this weekend was 2.06″. This brings the total for April to 3.08″.

    I helped some senior friends of mine move some things from their rented storage shed to their newly built garage and I witnessed something interesting. A couple of ladies (one was 84, the other not too far from that age) were moving boxes and boxes of full and empty canning jars into a rented storage space. These are huge spaces. My friend K. went over to help them and found out they are preparing for a “National Disaster”. They canned cases of sirlion soup and chili and were stockpiling bought canned meats and such as well. I am not sure if they are preparing for a natural national disaster or one of civil unrest. I have no idea what they will do this winter as these are not heated storage spaces.

    I guess I can relate to their need for preparedness…!

    Planted: Purple green beans (forget name already, but they supposedly do well in cooler soil temps); beets; fava beans; basil; parsley; garlic chives; avocado seed (we’ll see what happens); transplanted more of the Rutgers tomato seedlings to bigger pots and transplanted a pineapple top that has been growing in water for the past six months (finally!)

    Harvested: grass and dandelion greens for rabbits; garlic mustard (plus whacked more of it down since it is taking over the forest); eggs, so many eggs…We really need to get to dandelion blossoms and nettles this week and maybe I can find some morels in the woods (Oh, how I wish…!!!)

    Preserved: Nothing other than freezing some sale items I describe below

    Want Not: Found some things at a yard sale: several shirts for hubby and one flannel one for me; large, tin containers for flour and other dry goods storage; two enamel ware pans (one square and the other deep, rectangular); set of corelle dishes in box, never used (not exactly my style, but they are so durable); a large basket (love these for easy harvest); linen tea towels (another love); large pickle jars (also for storage); two jackets for eldest boy; jelly jars. Bought a few boxes of canning lids (I have a lot, but like to keep replacing the ones I use). Found awesome sale at grocery store (this is actually technically this week, but I’ll forget to add it): a cart full of organic mark-downs! I found Newman’s Fair Trade, organic coffee for a $1/lb(!); several Seeds of Change organic Indian simmering sauces (low sugar content) $1/each; Knudson’s organic, sugar free juices (many different kinds) $1/ec; rice milk (large containers) $1/ec; and 13 bean soup mixes $1/ec. They also had fresh mozzarella marked down to $.25 each. I bought eight and plan to use them in the next couple of weeks and I froze a few.

    The chickens, goslings, quail chicks and ducklings are doing well. I lost one quail chick (a late hatcher that was weak from the get-go). I am ready to rotate first batch of chicks to the outside brooder (clearance chicks from feed store), the Polish and Mille Fleur to the garage brooder and divide up the 25 misc. egg layers into the empty basement brooders. I have one egg still in the incubator (one of our own that will join the three that already hatched) and then in goes the Bourbon Red and Bronze turkey eggs (with our own eggs to round out a full incubator-hate to waste the electricity on less-than-full). We are going to have plenty of egg layers and I have 25 broilers coming in June.

    Still working on health and weight loss, but I am losing steam. It’s been a stressful week and I took it out on my system with less than ideal diet. I have suffered too, but realistically I cannot stay on strict diet forever; I must transition to a “normal” diet soon. I am still working out almost every day, but the weight loss has really tapered off (in fact, I found 5 pounds this weekend).

    Received case of the Maryland hemp seed ginger granola I love so much. I really need to learn to make this one. Anyone have a great granola bar-ish recipe they will share (I like it to come out in chunks rather than the loose type)?

    Waste Not: Saved cardboard for between rows in garden; saved frozen dinner trays from work (co-workers’ meals) for chick feeders; scraps to animals or compost; recycled; line drying clothing (and they received a really nice rain rinse this weekend!:)

    Eat the Food: chicken and asparagus stir fry and leftovers were placed on a really yummy pizza; lots of eggs: boiled, scrambled, frittatas (hopefully this week I will get around to harvesting some of the wild onions in the woods and add to eggs); fried turnips; corn (our frozen) and green beans (canned)…funny, I know we ate more than this stuff (I really need to write our menus down). Husband has been doing most of the cooking lately, so I am stumped. Oh, I think we had locally obtained steaks one night. I can’t wait to have fresh veggies from the garden, even a salad would be nice.

    We plan to do another “Eat from the Pantry” only challenge next month (no grocery shopping at all-not even milk since I have plenty of soy and rice milk stored away). We really need to use up some dated goods. I want to restock this summer (Goal). This means I will also need to make bread for Sr’s lunches and use up the huge store of wheat berries I have on hand.

    Community: Researched creating a “People’s Garden” at work. I won’t go into details, but it is a Guv initiative to grow gardens at our office spaces and donate the food to local food bank(s). I am trying to combine forces with near-by Guv offices. Also, continue to buy my hay from neighbor farmer.

  9. Sonrisa says:

    We have snow on the way too. Until then it’s 60mph winds. And we have a 22f low in forecast this week. Unfortunately, this is very normal here. The timing of this storm is perfect though, because my first batch of quail are six weeks old and ready for harvest. Butchering quail is so clean and easy we do it inside. I guess my poor bones could use a break from the heavy stuff anyway.;)

    Plant: Potatoes outside. Cukes, lettuce, and asparagus in flats. Radishes in the greenhouse. More transplanting than planting these days.

    Harvest: Lettuce, head of broccoli, green onions, eggs, milk, cashmere, and wheat grass for the critters.

    Preserve: It’s the time of year when it is getting too warm to settle cream without refrigeration, so I’ve switched from the settle and skim routine to making cheese daily. Without being able to chill it the milk gets an off flavor in less than 24 hours, if made into fresh cheese (usually Mozzarella) it will last up to a week, and hard cheese will last months to years without refrigeration. In other words, I’ve been preserving our milk by making cheese.

    Waste not- Can’t think of anything new.

    Want not- Ordered a “counter top” yogurt culture. I’m hoping to find one that I can use to make cheese as well as yogurt. I’ve done a lot of experimenting over the years and found that you can use almost any culture to make the different types cheeses, you just end up with a slightly different flavor or texture. I’d like to be able to have one culture for all of our purposes that doesn’t need incubating or refrigeration. I’m probably asking too much, but it never hurts to try.

    Community food- nope

    Eat the food- Egg salad sandwiches made with homegrown wheat, eggs, and lettuce. Pasta salad with cubed mozzarella, green onions, and broccoli. Waiting very impatiently for the first rhubarb pie. I keep trying to will it to grow faster, but “the force” must be weak in me.

  10. NM says:

    Planted: sprouting ginger
    Harvested: one parsnip. Better get to the others; they appear to be bolting. Also local eggs, csa vegetables.
    Preserved: started a batch of candied ginger.
    Want not: continuing permaculture class. Property search. Found one that looks terrific; chewing my fingernails off waiting for the listing realtor to return my e-mail … and phone call …
    Waste not: composting. Found all the little plastic four-inch pots that have accumulated over the years, will use to transplant vegetable starts. Continue to return egg cartons to egg farmer; people I’ve given jam to continue to return empty jars to me.
    Community food systems: Promised some of the parsnips to a friend.
    Scrambled eggs with leeks, scrambled eggs with leeks and mushrooms, omelets with corn (frozen last fall) and onions, citrus scones with defrosted freezer strawberries, for a breakfast strawberry shortcake (sans whipped cream), hard-boiled eggs, raspberry oat squares, oven pancakes with tart cherry topping (from the freezer), eggs with greens and onions, panettone, from the freezer. Did I mention eggs? Also disovered that water works better in oven pancakes for a milk substitute than soy milk, almond milk or apple juice.

  11. KC says:

    Blackberries blooming now (3 weeks ahead of last year). Fava beans are up , but the moth beans are stll hiding in the soil – waiting for warmer weather. Freeze warning tonite – so i put a cover over the squash and beans. Buckwheat is coming up here and there. My cover crops are heading up – I saw some heads on the wheat and lots of purple flowered vetch. Undecided whether to cut the wheat or let it go to seed. It is a very small amount.

    Plant: transplanted: basil, zinnia, sage. planted nasturtiums

    Harvest: lots of greens – lettuce, kale, parsley, vitamin green, and more. Also, more mullein and some violet leaves.

    preserve: nothing this week.

    waste not: whoops, a big hubbard squash started to go and I couldn’t save it. I guess that is part of the learning experience …seeing how long things will last over the winter. I will plan to have everything eaten or reconstituted into a more stable form (freeze or dehydrate) by April 15 next year. We are eating potatoes every day now. Just part of a bushel left and it is sprouting, but still firm. The sweet potatoes are still holding well – and we are eating them as fast as we can!

    want not: building more beds with recycled barn boards. I dug some peat out of an old tree stump to help lighten the soil where potatoes will be planted.

    eat the food: potato stew, fried potatoes, stir fries with potatoes… plus sweet potatoes almost daily ;-) .

    community food systems: not this week

  12. ctdaffodil says:

    I don’t know why I continue to do these challenges – I’m really kinda bad at them – but at least I’m making some progress

    Plant – still too cold to move my plants from the greenhouse to the garden – Maybe this weekend some will make it there. It was 34 degrees this morning – should be in the high 70s by weekend they say

    Harvest – tried dandelions and the verdict is yuck from me. I will leave those for the bunnies & bees that visit the yard – as long as there are plenty of them growing my garden benefits – the bunnies eat those and the bees still find the garden

    preserve – big sale on mangos – stocked up and sliced to freeze. Also froze some chopped peppers before they went south…

    Waste – see the peppers above – Compost bin gets daily additions now that its spring – I hope all my coffee grounds don’t kill it (at least its decaf)
    Also cleaning out the house – big box getting ready for the church rummage sale next month – I could probably fill another if I really get the motivation

    Eat the food – Figured out what to do with all the red lentils I bought over the winter – Red Lentil Soup (moosewood cooks at home page 38). Have made 2 batches – they are in the freezer for quick lunches for me – I blended it and can put it in a travel mug for when I’m on the go – Way healthier than the campbells tomato version or drive thru.
    Also have the kids on board with meatless mondays – Actually i haven’t made a meal all week with meat and to their surprise they are still alive.

    CFS – buying eggs from my neighbor, on the lookout for another copy of Moosewood Cooks at Home to give my sister. Hitting library sales and used book shops/C list…
    Farmers Market in town will open in June so I’m counting the weeks – As for the town pantry I haven’t really been to the store for more than milk so I haven’t stocked up on any loss leaders that the town pantry is in need of – I pay print up a bunch of easy bean recipies because they have a shelf of canned beans and the town social worker says the people using the pantry won’t take them because they don’t know what to do with them….and they are ‘poor food’ – yet healthy and filling-go figure

  13. Karin says:

    Sometimes life gets so busy I am so buys doing that getting it all down falls by the wayside but anyhoo..

    Here is my updatehttp://fleecenikfarm.blogspot.com/2010/04/back-to-workindependence-days-challenge.html

  14. Lynne says:

    Some cooler weather here, and a wicked frost, which is not too unusual. The potatoes survived with a nice covering of blankets, but I think the early strawberry flowers got pummeled. I’ve never seen that before, but I guess it’s because things are early this year….

    Plant: Early cucs and summer squash just this morning (in pots inside) I’m going to try an early and late planting of these this year; romaine lettuce, cilantro, potted up some perennials started from seed; more sweet potato cuttings – I’m so nervous/excited to try these; transplanted out parsley, fennel, more dill; more dill from seed….

    Harvest: First asparagus ever in my life from my own garden! What a great feeling :) also the usual kale, lettuce, spinach, eggs

    Preserve: nope

    Waste not: Usual composting, bringing own bags/containers to shop; shopping at 2nd hand stores which helps reduce packaging, etc…

    Want not: stocked up on pot barley (yum!); my husband got some tools

    Community: gave away some peppers, tomatoes to sister; accidentally got other sister drunk on rumtop topping I put on cake – she really liked it :) – I felt that helped build community

    Eat the food: the usual except experimenting with some wild greens – tasting dandelion and hops, very tentative. I’ve noted that some people have been mentioning their efforts to lose weight. I’m in the same boat. Using Michael Pollan’s Food Rules for help. My favourite is “It’s not food if it came through your car window”. Anyway, going to try more dehydrating and making fruit butters rather than jams and syrups this year as our fruit became a sugar delivery system last year :)

  15. Sue says:

    I love reading everyone’s notes. Seems like I hardly got anywhere this week

    plant something– got a few blueberry bushes in the ground but not a lot else.

    harvest something- eggs from my chickens and I am eying the rhubarb for some conserve or jam

    preserve something- nope

    waste not- am clearing out the freezer and using up canned foods. Made a potato corn chowder from potatoes on the verge of spoiling, a mixed fruit crisp from the half jar of pears, some canned plums that were sort of sour, some left-over strawberry rhubarb pie filling and anything else lurking in the fridge. It was great.

    want not- bought a couple of gallons of vinegar on sale for pickling days to come. Got 5 dozen canning jars on sale.

    eat the food– quiche, home baked bread, and checked out recipes for all things rhubarb

    build community food systems- nope

  16. Lise says:

    My latest update is here:
    http://inthepurplehouse.blogspot.com/2010/04/one-post-three-challenges.html

    Sharon, I’m eager to hear about the new project! (As if you don’t have enough projects on your plate!)

  17. Claire says:

    We got some rain, finally – still low for April, but we are likely to get more this weekend. A couple of weak tornadoes in parts of our county (suburban St. Louis, MO) last Friday, but nothing like the terrible tornadoes in the Southeast.

    Planted: bok choy, collard, and kale seedlings; carrot seeds and seedlings; beet seeds and seedlings; parsnip seedlings; and snow pea seeds. Even though it was very windy and warm today, the carrot, beet, and parsnip seedlings seem to be coming through transplanting OK (the others were planted several days ago). The parsnips were easiest to transplant since they were only about 6 weeks old – the carrots and beets were 8-9 weeks old and I didn’t get as good germination from them. Next year I will wait till March 15 to start all of these in flats, since I never get them planted till late April. I may be too late with the peas, but hey, it’s an experiment! ;) Also moved a few small Bronze Arrow lettuce plants that I am pretty sure overwintered in the open garden from last fall’s planting. I’m planning to let these go to seed – an overwintering lettuce would be a great thing.

    Harvested: asparagus, sorrel, garlic chives, a few arugula, mustard, and kale leaves from bolting plants, green onions, lambsquarters.

    Preserved: oregano, by drying.

    Waste not: the DH was going through his sweaters to sort out the ones too tattered to wear, and he found a much-too-small-for-him lambswool sweater that I laid claim too. It’s a bit too small for me (might have been shrunk in the wash), but tight sweaters look good on me, so I am keeping it. Came in handy this week as it was colder than normal. (Avoided turning the heat on, BTW – in fact, haven’t used any heat at all since April 1.)

    Want not: the DH found some excellent canisters at a garage sale and another one at his mom’s house. He got an abacus so we can do energy-free calculating (actually we are both old enough to be good at doing calculations with pencil and paper, but he’s enjoying learning how to use the abacus).

    Community food systems: nothing besides letting my Facebook friends know what I planted. Well, maybe I can count the ginger plant I divided and shared with my Zen teacher.

    Eat the food: a salad made with the sorrel, lambsquarter, arugula, mustard, kale, green onions, and garlic chives. A rice stew which included some of the lambsquarter. We drank (and shared with a friend) homemade elderberry wine. The DH mashed the remaining malted barley and used homegrown hops to make a batch of beer. During the process the tornado siren went off and we had to go to the basement to wait for the storm to pass by (it moved away from us as it turned out). He’s naming this beer Ale Storm.

  18. Rob says:

    1. Plant something: Some Chinese cabbage (Napa), some strawberry plants
    2. Harvest something: nothing
    3. Preserve something: nothing
    4. Reduce Waste (recycle, reuse, reduce, repair or compost something): Saved some large cans from the trash, got the “rototiller” for the community garden to start,
    5. Preparation and Storage: Still waiting to hear if we got a plot at the community garden .
    6.Build Community Food Systems: Volunteered time, tools, and labor to the new Community Garden;
    7. Eat the Food (cook or eat something new): Some local bacon in my potato skins and baked potato salad
     

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