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Independence Days Challenge – Update Jul 13th to Jul 19th

Posted by supermom on July 20, 2009

For Sharon Astyk’s latest post… Independence Days Update: Taking Credit Where None is Due. Make sure to check the comments section for even more updates.

1.  Plant something: Potted up another little strawberry shoot.  I noticed there are a couple more almost big enough to cut and pot… probably this week sometime.  At this rate, I may just have a full 4’X4′ strawberry patch by fall.

2.  Harvest something: Basil

Picked up the fruit and veggies from our CSA.

3.  Preserve something: Last Monday, we canned whole kernel corn and froze corn on the cob.

Then on Sunday, we canned the sauerkraut that we started three weekends ago.  It turned out great, if I do say so myself.

4.  Reduce waste: Dave made our regular trip to drop off the recycling.

Used water from canning to water plants.   We also save the water when we’re waiting for the hot water to come when we shower or fill the sink for dishes and use that to water plants as well.

All veggie matter got composted.

5.  Preparation and Storage: We collected some fire wood for using in our fire pit.  Last week, along different streets in town, people were putting out their downed tree branches for collection.  It was a great opportunity, so we drove along and collected the larger pieces (plus some smaller ones), brought them home and then Dave sawed and split them.  When our neighbour saw what he was doing, he offered to pick up some more firewood for us the next time he makes a trip out to his in-laws.  They had a bunch of firewood in their garage and decided they didn’t want it anymore, so they dumped it way in the back of their property and told our neighbour he could have whatever he wanted of it.

6.  Build Community Food Systems: Bought eggs from local farmer where we usually get our eggs.  They should have more produce ready for sale soon.

Since we were canning sauerkraut and collecting firewood this weekend, I didn’t get anything at the farmers’ market this week.

7.  Eat the Food: I cook most of our meals from scratch, so the food definitely gets eaten.  This is some of what I made over the last week:

We’re getting an abundance of onions from our CSA so I used several of those to make two large Zwiebel Kuchen.

Grilled pork chops and scalloped potatoes and corn of the cob (from CSA)

Last night we had sausages and sauerkraut (saved some out from the sauerkraut we canned), mashed potatoes and yellow beans (from CSA)

I’m adding one more subject this week…

8.  Learn something new:  Thanks to a post by Anais from Little Homestead in the City and her directing us to a post at Market Manila called Ubad/The Core of a Banana Stock, I now know that we can eat the core of the banana trees we planted in the back yard the first spring we lived here.

I missed having banana trees, so I took the chance and planted some outside our bedroom window that faces south. We use the leaves to wrap pork roasts to make kalua pork each fall.   They freeze off each winter, but new babies grow back each spring.

And then thanks to one of the comments in the comment thread, I now know that I might just be able to save at least a couple of the banana trees so that they will fruit for us.

Mark said:

” I’m in Dallas and I enjoy the tasty, free from pesticide fruit from my bananas. Before the first frost in late November or so, just cut the top of the stem off, leaving 5 or 6 feet of trunk on the banana. I then make an enclosure from plywood around the trunk and fill the enclosure with grass clippings. This protects the stem from freezing and next year you will have bananas.”

We’ll be giving that a try later this fall and wait impatiently for spring to see if they survive and set fruit.   It would be great to pick bananas right from the tree again.

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