Independance days July update

I am back from a long vacation and catching up on everything.  We worked like crazy finishing projects before we left. It seems that we should go away more often so we can get things done.

Two cool things that happened on our trip were getting to meet Sharon Astyk of Causabon’s Book and Danielle from Touch the Earth Farm.

 Here is what we got done.

PLANTED- 15 feet of okra (60) plants

HARVESTED- lots of tomatoes and peppers, six eggplant, two seminole pumpkins, black eyed peas and some green beans. After returning I harvested 16 cayenne peppers and a pound of pineapple tomatillos. Everything is looking sick and near the end.

PRESERVED- Froze tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. Made 3 batches of blueberry jam and one of raspberry jam at friends house.

STORED-eight more boxes of pasta, four boxes rice/couscous mix. One jar raspberry jam, one jar cranberry vanilla jam(thank you Sharon).

PREPPED-Built yard onto our chicken coop

MANAGED-Put older hens in with teenager hens. Cleaned all animal cages. Let turtles return to wild. Mowed yard and garden paths. Helped weed friends gardens, helped Danielle trellis her tomato plants in her market garden whew!

COOKED-nothing new

LOCAL-nothing new

REDUCE WASTE-Took seven garbage bags of clean clothes that I retrieved from a dumpster to a thrift store that doesn’t charge for clothing only asks for donations.

NEW SKILL-Learned to make tortillas and a soft set cheese from Danielle.



  1. Danielle said,

    August 1, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Yay Cindy! Sounds like you got a pretty good haul considering how long you were gone.

    I’m all set to use my pressure canner this weekend. My plan is to can both chicken stock and black beans. I’ve been working like crazy in the gardens, yanking stuff and getting fall stuff in, but it’s supposed to rain tomorrow… so I should have plenty of time. Just gotta remember to get those beans soaking tonight.

  2. wasteweardaily said,

    August 3, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Sounds like you might beat me to getting to use the pressure canner first. I am planning on doing it Tuesday or Wednesday.

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