I have signed up for Belinda’s Back to basic challenge. I will try to post each week about what I have been doing and planning on doing.
The requirements are:
The Back to Basics Challenge for those who choose to accept is to report weekly or fortnightly on either their blog or in comments here on the topics of
Sowing seed or Planting
- Planning for The Future – meal planning, the next seasons garden plan, working out storage plans or more long term goals and projects like plans for digging root cellars
- Working for the Future – storing food, managing stores, preserving, building that home made cob or solar oven, adding house insulation, saving for manual grain mills etc
- Building Community – volunteering, donations, joining an existing community group, forming your own community group, taking a cake to a friend having a hard time, calling someone you just let drift out of your life, etc
- Learn a new Skill
So here we go….
Sowing seed or Planting – As seedlings come out of the propargation box more are going in. This week I have pak choy, cucumbers, yellow cherry pear tomatoes germinating. Later in the week I will be direct sowing pumpkin and watermelon seeds under the mulberry tree. And maybe get a few more fruit trees in!
Planning for The Future – How to fit more gardens in and keep the chickens out. Starting to think about Christmas gifts, especially cheaper options.
Working for the future – Will be putting on a home brew of beer, hoping to fix the soda stream machine so the kids can have bubbly lemon grass cordial over summer, picking and freezing the last of the mulberries. Figuring out where to store all the spuds we will be harvesting in a few months!
Misc – Finishing bed 4, need to find some more hose for the tops of the gardens, need to drill holes in raised gardens for drainage (more about that later) Finishing chicken fence and gate, so then I can plant the pumpkins…. Trying this new pizza base recipe I discovered (the story of this couple is beautiful and so sad, our prayers and thoughts are with the Nielsons)
Building Community – Helping to prepare for our daycare centres Christmas Fair.
Learn a new Skill – Building a gate for the chicken yard & a dirt sieve so I can finally finish bed 4, as my last one fell to pieces! I am hopeless with a hammer and nail so this will be interesting…