A garden frog awaits. The next bean beetle will become a has-been beetle. One sees much more of this kind of activity in a garden that has not been blanketed with poisons. There are also hummingbirds nesting in the garden, in one of the plum trees. So much going on!
For Independence Days,
1. Plant something - A few Egyptian onions
2. Harvest something - potatoes, dandelions, elephant garlic, radishes, onions, yellow zucchini, turnips, turnip greens, favas, peas, chard, mustard, lettuce, spinach, strawberries, broad beans, basil, chives, rhubarb, stevia. Thrashed kale seeds.
3. Preserve something - made pickled onions, bok choi stems, and peas in the pod, which turned out really well. Froze spinach, three containers. Dried mint.
4. Reduce waste - bringing home bottles, boxes, used newspapers, bubble pack, and yogurt containers for assorted projects.
5. Preparation and Storage - drying fava beans and kale pods for seed. Garlic, potatoes. Drying basil. Beloved bought quite a lot of blueberries from a nearby farmer and cooked some down which we will have with yogurts, and froze the rest.
6. Build Community Food Systems - selling duck eggs; giving away Egyptian onion bulbils at work.
7. Eat the Food - From frozen: pear sauce, chicken broth. From poultry: duck and chicken eggs. From storage: wheat, oats, rye, molasses, vinegar. From garden: bok choi, turnips, turnip greens, potatoes, zucchini, favas, elephant garlic, onions, kale, chard, dandelions, peas, lettuce, spinach, chard, strawberries, mint, basil, chives, stevia.