Monday, October 12, 2009
The challenge is a week long and each day focuses on a different area of Impact:
Saturday: Giving Back!
Here's a link to the No Impact Week Guide:
- The plants I orderd from Hartmann Plant Company in Lacota, MI came in!
- I dug up a space for the blueberry plants along my fence
- I accidentally uncovered a huge pipe that I mistakenly dug out of the ground..
- Planted 3 blueberry bushes
- Planted 5 raspberry plants
- Put some decaying leaves in the compost bin to add some "brown"
- Painted another coat of red in the basement
So projects are coming along nicely! If anyone is looking to get local(ish) plants and you live in the lower penninsylua, Hartmann's Plant Company is local! I don't know if they're very into organic practices (at all) but they are at least plants grown in Michigan. Sometimes you have to pick and choose! Here is their website:
I found out that they sell Wild Ginger plants which is WAY exciting because that's what I want to use as ground cover in the Pit of Despair! I've been looking for it, but I couldn't find anything that was grown in Michigan!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Well, the applesauce turned out well! As usual, we severely underestimated the amount of applesauce that half a bag of apples makes.
We got two quarts of out it.. not that bad. We still have a half bag to do tomorrow, as well as 3 pie pumpkins. I think I'm going to make homemade pumpkin pie filling and then freeze it for my Halloween party! That way I won't have to be baking pumpkins and peeling them and food processing them on the day of the party haha!
mmm mm applesauce!
Not so easy to make. Of course, when canning, Ashley and I never follow the directions to a perfectly. In fact sometimes we are quite liberal with our canning freedoms. But that is completely beside the point!! ..right?
We didn't have a cheesecloth, or a jelly bag thing or really any of the technical items needed to make jelly. But we did have concord grapes! So now we have grape soup-juice. But we're hoping if we magically let it sit overnight and try to boil it some more, that it will turn into jelly.
I think that sounds probable.
This is why I should stick to cooking. You can make shit up when cooking, and things still turn out pretty good usually.
We ended up making some attempt at jelly, and then I showed Ashes how to make my not-yet-famous-Butternut Squash soup. But it's really more of a stew. Basically you throw a bunch of stuff into a pot and then it tastes good. See- that works with cooking! So we cooked 3 pints and 1 quart of that.
I'm also cooking some apples now that will eventually be applesauce! a huge vat of applesauce.
yummm! Hopefully we'll have a few quarts of that. I might run out and get some pint jars. I just don't think a quart of applesauce is too practical. I'll never eat that fast enough before it spoils.
BUT a really exciting thing was that now that our compost bin is set up, we could compost all of the food scraps from canning!! See below:
Apple cores and peels, grapes skins, grape seeds, the ends of the squashes, etc. Very exciting. Before, all that stuff just went into the garbage! Now it can go back into my garden.... eventually.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
2 Wild Bergamots
2 Foxglove Beardtounges
2 Golden Alexanders
I planted some in the back garden, and added the foxglove beardtounges and some of the rudibeckias to the front garden. Also got mulch, but got way less than I needed, of course. So will need to venture out and get some more- weeds are growing like crazy!
:) Here's who I woke up to this morning:
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Then I am stopping by the Native Plant Nursery to chat with Greg, who owns it, and to buy some plants for that back area. I am psyched to get a whole little area done(ish)!