Plant Something: I direct seeded the following outside:
- Rainbow Swiss chard
- Red Chard
- Dwarf Kale
- Summer Squash
- Dragon Eggs cucumbers
- French Breakfast radishes
I also transplanted more things outgrowing the seedling trays.
Harvest Something: 55 eggs
Preserve Something: I put ten more duck eggs and two Ameraucana eggs in the incubator. I did this since these are the last of the completely fertile eggs. Our ducks are now separated from the drakes, so all the eggs will now be unfertilized.
Waste Not: We make kefir smoothies every morning and the fresh fruit peels and other parts of the fruit go out to the chickens. We’ve found that our chickens aren’t fond of all kitchen scraps. They will just leave it. They do love fresh fruits and vegetables, kefir and yogurt.
I also used up almost all the extra pots from plants and trees I had saved over the last year to transplant our starts.
Want Not: We were gifted a big block of beautiful bees wax. It smells like honey.
Eat the Food: We’ve had pork steaks (we get all our meat from the local butcher) roasted chicken, black bean soup, salads, homemade coleslaw. I always forget everything we ate during the week. LOL
Build Community Food Systems: We’re currently preparing for the farmers market. Even though we may not have fruits and vegetables ready to sell, we’ll be able to sell different seedlings and starts, as well as The Perpetual Salad Bowl. The Perpetual Salad Bowl is a concrete bowl we make, fill with soil and plant different lettuces or herbs in. When we have our business website up and running, I’ll post a link to it.
Skill Up: Nothing new this week.
Organize: We separated the ducks from the drakes and brought much needed order to their lives.
Ooohhh…kefir smoothies! We really need to get some good kefir grains, the ones we got from the co-op sucked!
Now, what are you going to do with your block of wax???
We got our kefir grains from this company:
At first when we got the grains we looked at each other and said, “What? This much? Really? A teaspoon?!” I thought we’d been ripped off. But the great thing with kefir grains is that they double in size. One teaspoon is all we needed. We lost our grains two days ago when our mason jar exploded in the cabinet. Like some junky trying to get his fix, Dom attempted to wash the grains that exploded. If you was the grains, you lose all the beneficial bacteria. Now we need to get more. 🙁
We’ll be making candles and hard lotion with the wax. I was hoping to get our top bar done this year, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen. If we can get the bee hives done in the next month, I’m really hoping for great wax from the bees in the next year.
Oh man! Sorry your grains exploded! That sucks! Thank you for the link, though! I’m guessing we’ll both be making orders soon 😉
Ooohhh…hard lotion! Man, I need to get on my game! There’s so many things I want to learn how to make! In time, though, right? 🙂
Sometimes, there are so many things to do that I just want to take a nap and not do anything. 🙂
The hard lotion came out nice. Vicki made it last time, but when I make it I’ll write a blog about it.