|The front yard containers each have a tomato plant|
with nasturtium and lettuces filling in the extra space.
* Fed the bunnies lots of weeds to stretch their pellets and improve our self-reliance. We do give them free access to pellets. One bunny chows down on the pellets, but the other two prefer the greens and will eat pellets when they are hungry, but don't have greens available.
* Harvested garlic scapes. I specifically plant a lot of hardneck garlic because it gives a scape about a month before you harvest the bulbs. This gives an earlier garlicky harvest when last year's supply is running short.
* Harvested 10 cups of greens, mainly kale with some lettuce.
* Weeded a garden bed one evening. Saw the first lightening bug of the year.
* Harvested 2.5 pounds of mulberries from trees in the neighborhood.
|Volunteer mustard with a bunch of weeds|
* Planted half a garden bed to White cucumbers and Homemade Pickle cucumbers.
* I found crackers on sale at the grocery store for $.36 (down from $3.60). I also got those little packages of yogurt smoothies for kids for $.39/4 pack. I wouldn't usually buy those items, but they were clearance-priced at such a good price that it was worthwhile. These will go into my work lunches.
* We found ground beef on manager's special for $3/lb so I bought a pound (if there'd been more at that price, I would have frozen some).
* We had some corn on the cob that I used to make fried corn. Fried it in bacon fat with pickled jalapenos. Served with some chili lime seasoning and creme fraiche. Delicious. It's a favorite side dish here.
* We walked 3 miles (round trip) to get ice cream cones. Cheap, fun date.
* Friday was National Donut Day. We stopped by Krispy Kreme Donuts for a free donut. Freebie date!
* Cheap coffee date with our travel mugs for reduced waste and cost.
* My friend came over for drinks and talking one evening. We had a blast, as we always do. I served mulberries for our snack. Mine were with creme fraiche (homemade). She is vegan, so creme fraiche was out. Fortunately, I had some soy creamer that I'd gotten on clearance, so I used that with her berries.
* We went on a 2 mile walk at one of our favorite parks.
* We walked around the reservoir one afternoon and ate a picnic lunch. We got up close and personal with a Great Heron.
* We signed up for the summer reading program at the library. If we complete 12 hours of reading, we get two entries into a raffle and a coupon sheet. The coupon sheet is for free food items at different restaurants and for free or BOGO entrance into local activities. We always do more than that much reading, so it's definitely worth signing up.
* Trucker was driving my car to work one day and noticed that the gas stations were all raising their prices. Then he drove by one location that hadn't yet, so he filled up at $.20 cheaper, saving $3.
* The night before Trucker closed at work (and would be bringing home more baked goods), we still had some sweets left over: 3 muffins, a cookie and a scone. I crumbled them all up. I'm planning on making bread crumb cookies sometime soon, so this will come in handy.
* I used up the last of two jars of pickles and one of pickled peppers. I dumped dehydrated peppers into two containers, and dehydrated green beans in the other. The veggies rehydrate in the brine, making them taste like pickles, even though they aren't pickled and don't have that perfect crunch.
* I worked 1.5 hours overtime this week.
* I packed my lunch each day at work.
* Trucker brought home a big bag of goodies: bagels, a few cookies and some scones.
* I went for frequent walks and runs.
* I discovered why I always break out really bad every single summer, all season long. The entire yard is poison ivy. I haven't mowed the back yard for a bit and it is carpeted in poison. I actually don't know what to do about it. I don't want to use anything that will kill surrounding plants (thus preventing food production) or kill insects (thus killing my friendly bees and preventing me getting hives next year). I may have to resort to covering up, slathering vasoline over all exposed body parts and pulling it all up by the roots. Maybe if I tackle it several times the next couple of years, it will be better later? Sheesh. Anyone with experience getting rid of major infestations of poison ivy and sumac is more than welcome to share your secrets.
* I gave the neighbor a half pound of mulberries that I foraged.
* I sent my friend home with some seeds that I wasn't going to use. I had way too many, and she is getting her feet wet with food production at her new home. I'm so excited for her to be starting a garden! I also sent her home with some baked goods from Trucker's job, as we always have extras.
* Had a few chances to share gardening resources with people who were interested. I always love helping people get involved in growing their own food!
* I got a couple of great responses from you wonderful people on how to deal with the poison ivy.
Nancy Tinney said: I moved into a new house with a VERY well-established poison ivy patch. tried commercial and home-made sprays, and the stuff just laughed at me. So i spent many days dressed in long pants and long sleeves and gloves, pulling the stuff out of the ground--some of the roots were 30 feet long! I used those shoes and clothes for that purpose only, and washed the clothes in hot water after every session, after showering of course. After the first summer, i just had to go on "poison ivy patrol" every couple of weeks to pull up the new shoots. If you leave even one hair-fine root in the ground, a new shoot can grow from it. Even after it's gone, if a bird's been eating the berries and happens to poop while flying over your yard, guess what will grow there? It takes constant vigilance, but after you get rid of most of it, the vigilance isn't a heavy burden.
* M Mccarthy shared: Perhaps you could layer newspapers ( many layers and keep them damp) over the whole area and kill off everything, then replant grass seed or whatever next spring.
Thank you both so much! I'm going to try to tackle it in the coming weeks.
How was your week?