2. Put 30 cloves of garlic and 4.7 lbs onions in cold storage. I figure that I saved $14.00 by growing the garlic and $2.04 by growing the onions. Both crops took up the same amount of space (half of a 4' x 4' square), but as you can see, the garlic was far more worth it. I think I will still try onions again, but next year I will use seeds (less initial cost) and take better care in mulching and weeding for a bigger crop.
3.Cleaned kidding pen and saved manure for the garden.
4. Did another TP experiment. We finally used up our fluffy 5-day-rolls of toilet paper. This time we bought the thin rolls of toilet paper. I marked the date in permanent marker on the inside of the tube, and put it on the holder. It took 12 days to go through a roll. Woah! My hunch was right that you use the same number of sheets regardless of how thick they are.
5. Picked up pop cans. One evening Hubs and I went for a walk. We took two grocery bags along, and came back with both of them full of cans.
6. Installed email pop-up on website. I found a free program called Mail Munch that you can use to install an email-collector pop-up on your website. The software works in conjunction with Mail Chimp. I really like the pop-up because it lets people know that I have an email newsletter (most of the time... last few months have been a little hectic!) but it only comes up once. If you don't subscribe, it won't come up again for six months.
7. Got four free roosters. A neighbor had four roosters that she was keeping (from another neighbor) and asked if I wanted them. I said yes. As it turns out, one of the roosters is a silkie! This is a very special breed that people use for showing and pets. I am definitely going to keep the silkie for breeding purposes. The other three birds were also beautiful black/green roosters. They are all young, so I am thinking about replacing some of my old barred rock roosters with these new ones. As always, the boys who don't make the breeding cut will end up in our freezer.
9. Froze three quart bags of broccoli.
9. Canned 15+ pints of tomato sauce and juice, and five pints of applesauce.
10. Water-rooted tomato cuttings. Earlier in the week I went through and pruned some of the tomato plants (mostly so I could access the fruits... it was a jungle out there). I put the cuttings in water. After they take root, I will put the cuttings in a pot of soil and the tomatoes will keep growing. When it gets too cold out, I will bring the pots inside until they stop growing (it is too cold with not enough light in the back room when it gets to be November or so). Then I will pick the green tomatoes, and they will ripen on their own in a few weeks. In this way, we will be able to have fresh tomatoes in November. I did this on accident last year, and it worked quite well.
11. Dried peppers for spice, and froze one quart bag of peppers for stir-fry/pizza. I had intended to freeze ALL of the peppers, but then I realized that the banana peppers were quite spicy. So I took some of them and dried them for spice.
12.Got a cookbook, vintage table linens, shirt and jeans from free garage sale. On Friday a local church was holding a "free" garage sale, where you bring a bag and take whatever you want. I went on the second day, but there was still some stuff left. I brought home a shirt and jeans for myself, a crock pot cookbook, some beautiful vintage table linens, and a pair of jeans for Hubs. I have a really hard time finding his size (32/32) at thrift shops or garage sales, so we normally buy Hubs' jeans brand new. I think his jeans were my best find.
13. Canned 9 half-pints and 6 pints of grape jelly. A friend of ours brought us a whole grocery bag full of Concord grapes that they weren't going to use, so I decided to make some jelly! It was my first time making grape jelly from real fruit, but it was actually easier than I thought it would be. I miscounted the sugar on the first batch, which turned out a little runny, but the second batch worked out great.
Jelly is a very frugal thing to make if you have free fruit. My cost for ingredients (sugar and discount pectin) was only about $0.10 per half-pint. For gifts and farmers market, I used new jars, lids and rings which brought the price per jar to about $0.75 each. Even with the added cost, it is still a really cheap gift for housewarming/thank you/birthday/etc., and I can make a 75%+ profit on each jar at the market. If there is time, I would like to make some more jelly with foraged fruit.
14. Built two new raised beds. This now completes my 12-square raised bed garden!! Hubs used scrap lumber and tools from his shop to build the beds, and I helped. One of the beds will have strawberries, and the other will hold vegetables (we put it where the onions and garlic were planted this year).
Before putting the frames in place, I put down some cardboard to deter weeds. Later this fall, I'll layer grass clippings, manure and dead leaves in the beds to make compost.
Goals for This Week:
I will spend a lot of this week preparing for the farmers market. I'll also continue putting up garden vegetables, working on my book, and doing dishes. :)
Til next time,