Producing more food for my family and becoming generally more self-sufficient has been one of my long time goals now, so I was excited to see the Independence Days Challenge is back on Sharon Astyk’s excellent blog The Chatelaine’s Keys. So each week on Thursdays I’m going to post what I’ve done in each category in the past week. I’m hoping that this will be the additional motivation I need to reach real food independence!
Here’s the recap from this week:
Plant Something: Oh yes, this happened, this happened lots. Several different legume varieties, spinach, french breakfast radishes, basil seeds germinating, and some tomatoes re-potted in quart size containers. It’s high seed planting time down here in the steamy south! I also saved the green onions from my last Food Waste Friday post by sticking them in a garden bed – we’ll see how they do!
Harvest Something: Some salad, that’s about it. We’re kind of in a lull for harvesting at the moment, and I expect to pull up the rest of my salad greens as soon as the arugula goes to seed, so this could be paltry next week.
Preserve Something: Nope
Waste Not: As I mentioned in “Plant Something”, I saved some green onions from the compost. I also used up some leftover pasta sauce by dumping in some cottage cheese, heating it all up and eating it with crackers. Kind of like a little mini lasagna snack!
Want Not: No bulk purchases this week. There’s not really much in season I have my eye on anyway.
Eat the Food: We make Smitten Kitchen’s Buttermilk Roast Chicken this week, and it was delicious.
Build Community Food Systems: Ehhhh, I feel like I’m seriously underperforming here.
Skill Up: I decided to use string instead of wood for my raised bed dividers, and so far I like it. Cheap and very easy to set up. I’m also planning to make paneer today, so that should be exciting (I consider cheese making more of a skill than a recipe per se).
Kind of lacking in a few categories, but I think all the planting this week more than makes up for it. It’s high time to get the garden in full gear!
I leave you with the beautiful Spanish Lavender plant the hubs got me for Valentine’s Day (brownie points for a living plant):