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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Week 6

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Plant something: More potatoes, lupine, zinnias, rhubarb. Moved the last summer things from the greenhouse.

Harvest Something: Peas! Lettuce, broccoli, spinach, garlic, beet greens, bok choi, mustard, onion greens, dandelions, cat's ear, plantain, pie cherries, Japanese knotweed (for stock feed, bean poles, mulch, and compost), algae (from the creek's annual drying up, for compost).

Preserve something: Drying mint, froze spinach.

Store something: Spinach, using the Ice Cube Tray system.

Manage Reserves: Moved firewood and straw bales, made kindling ahead. Firewood began arriving, four cords.

Prepped: Mapped next year's garden, to double again over this year as from last year, Heaven-Willing-And-The-Crick-Don't-Rise. This will involve retiring the Circle Garden, so we mowed the elephant garlic border in preparation for lifting all the bulbs, then will hopefully lay out six 100 foot beds right through the orchard and move the deer fence, next winter. We could not easily mulch that much but this will give us a chance to put fava beans and buckwheat into the rotation.

Cooked Something New: Made four loaves of bread instead of the usual one or two, as inspired by Sharon Astyk. Managed time poorly, let the bread fall, but it's good even so.

Worked on Local Food Systems: 2 out of 3 meals home grown (vegs, eggs, solar mint tea).

Reduced Waste: kept all the week's pasta water to use in bread; built an attic fan using found parts, turned off electric water heater, used solar only during heat wave. Grey water to fruit trees.

Learned a skill: using Japanese knotweed (I know, but not this year, not at our age and budget -- you want to eliminate it from our place, come and give it a try).

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