This year I am participating in Sharon Astyk's Independence Days Challenge. The information below is an update of what our family has worked on this past week.
Plant Something--This week we potted some plants for the front porch for when the pansies start to die. We planted our third succession crop of beets and planted zucchini where some did not come up. We added some cosmos to the asparagus bed.
Harvest Something--We picked a second round of strawberries in Corryton. From the garden we picked the first of the peas, lettuce, spinach, spring onions, beet greens, and various herbs.
Preserve Something--We made one more batch of strawberry jam and used the rest for strawberry buttermilk sherbet.
Reduce Waste--We cleaned out the refrigerator and sorted through the pantry. We continue to compost. We recycle at home and help the church with the plastics recycling.
Preparation and Storage--We trimmed the laurels in the front garden beds and continue to weed the gardens. My sweet hubby made a garden bench for the church. He is working on a stool from silver maple we had milled from our yard last year. We added nuts, organic cereal, and pasta to the stockpile/pantry this week.
Build Community Food Systems--I continue to work with our church food pantry. I spoke with one of the nurses at Interfaith Health Clinic this week about various needs they have there. I joined the Knoxville Permaculture Guild. We visit the Market Square Farmers Market each week to pick up our CSA and whatever meats and other goodies we need.
Eat the Food--With the arrival of the first basket from the CSA this week, we've been enjoying a wider variety of vegetables than we had been. How I looked forward to our first stir fry of the season!