Before the boys went to their father’s place this weekend they cleaned their room and brought out the washing. I was in the kitchen when Ryan17 said, “Coming through!” I turned around to see this.
A patient and placid dog is a wonderful thing.
Yesterday I collected the scraps from the fruit shop and left the chooks to pick at them before I put them in the compost bin. When I came out a little later the gerls came running up, thinking that the camera in my hand might be food. Stoopid chickens!
She accepted the situation fairly gracefully, nonchalantly pecking at insects and grass over near the fruit trees while the other gerls ate their fill. But where’s Hazel, you might ask?
She’s still broody. Here she is, broodily surveying the yard just before I lifted her out to give her a gallop.
Later on the two pure-bred gerls were able to sneak over and enjoy some greens. Lizzie noticed after a while and chased them off but I think they enjoyed themselves up until then.
OK! Now onto the Independence Day Challenge.
Seeing as today is my first week and I only began 3 days ago, I don’t know how impressive this will all be. Evan15 gave me a 2012 diary for Christmas to use as a gardening workbook… one of the ways I’m trying to get myself to get better with the ‘follow-through” so I’ve decided to adapt the book to use for the challenge.
Here’s how I’ve divided it up. I’ll see how it works. The book may not be big enough to do this and record my gardening things adequately, but I’ll give it a shot before I race out and buy something else. (Hmm… maybe I should put that in the ‘waste not” category? Or maybe that’d be cheating…)
Independence Days Challenge Week 1.
1. Plant something: Spring onion seedlings. (They died.)
2. Harvest Something: Beetroot, radish, beans, silver beet, peas, strawberries, 2 tomatoes, spring onions, warrigal greens, squash, 20 eggs.
3. Preserve Something: Plum jam x2 batches; dried apples, lemon verbena and mint.
Waste not: Lettuce going to seed was fed to chooks; sewed up a rip in Tom20’s shirt instead of throwing it out; used a zest-less lemon languishing in the fridge for my first batch of jam; saved 2 lemons left on a cut-off branch from my neighbour’s tree to make my second batch of jam; warmed up Evan15’s sponge cake in the microwave and poured runny strawberry jam over it for a dessert. (yum)
Want not: ordered two books on gardening and urban farming. Bought a 5kg packet of red lentils.
Eat the food: Beetroot, strawberries, silverbeet,beans,radishes, 2 tomatoes (the Amish paste was delectable), eggs.
Build community: gave jam away to my neighbour and to Ian; gave advice to Liz about starting a herb garden near her kitchen and on growing a citrus tree; hosted the January Gardening POD meeting.
That’s all I could think of. I bought some more plums to make jam but I think I’ve run out of jars, which is a bit of a problem.
(My second batch of plum jam with the basil and watercress labna.)
Speaking of jars, does anyone have a quick way to remove labels? I’ve been using an old bottle of ‘Big Kev’s Goo Remover’ which smells weird and takes forever to use. I’d like to be able to remove a label from a jar in under 10 minutes. It’s far too time-consuming; particularly as the holidays are running out *sob*.