So I know it’s been a while since you’ve seen an Independence Days update. Since October I think. Well we’ve still been working, just nothing consistent over the winter, and no planting since that last post either.
My friend Annie has been keeping track through the winter and I am so impressed by her. I thought I’d finally update what we’ve had in the last two weeks or so. Also – I’ve totally lost count of the weeks (somewhere in the 40’s, I’m sure). So going forward no more counting… just updates as they come.
Plant something – nothing yet.
Harvest something – eggs! Some of the hens have started up laying again. Hooray! Two eggs last week, so far, another eight this week. Yippee!
Preserve something – turkey stock – that’s all.
Waste Not – compost and recycling, scraps to chickens, etc. Kept up the meal planning – 6 weeks straight now! Made some turkey stock from the bones of a turkey and some rather limp veggies from the bottom of the fridge. Went through the boys’ clothes and toys again. Also sorted through Rick & my closet. With a small house I just don’t have room to keep this stuff around. So some other lucky kids will benefit from the Goodwill donations. I did pull about 8 jackets and sweatshirts that I’m going to take to the used kids clothing shop to sell. They usually buy that stuff, and for some reason, this season we ended up with a kajillion jackets for each kiddo.
Want Not – ordered seeds! Hip hip hooray! – More on this below. Also we got black-out/thermal drapes for the boys’ room. They have old wooden single pane windows back there, and although we put up storm windows and the plastic, they were still freezing cold. We hung up one set of curtains on one window and put a quilt over the other window (we’re waiting to hang the second set until we move their room around when E leaves the crib soon). But just that little change has made a huge difference in the temperature of their bedroom.
Build Community Food Systems – Our neighbor ordered potato seeds for us to share and we got the corn and beans and carrots he wanted. Plus we ordered veggies for our space, and based on some hopeful swapping with some friends, even modified what we were going to plant in some areas.
Also blogged about Non-GMO seeds and that sparked a conversation on Facebook with a friend who is working on her first garden at her home. A little something.
Eat the Food – Turkey from the freezer. Chiles, corn, jalapeño powder, pickles, frozen tomatoes, peaches, plums, elk, grouse, pheasant, beans and jams all getting used. We’re really working through the freezer this year. Our onions, garlic, potatoes, winter squash, strawberries and raspberries are all completely gone already.