Due to the cold wet weather this week our gardening time has been limited. We duck outside in between showers to get quick jobs done then head back inside to enjoy our beautifully heated home. We are very grateful for ducted heating that keeps our home evenly heated and for blankets that give us extra comfort.
Here's what we got up to this week -
* I poked some small holes in a plastic water bottle lid to make it easy to water seeds and seedlings.
* Made a bottle of surface spray from kitchen detergent and cooled boiled water. I use this to clean the kitchen stove, benches, sinks and cupboards. In the bathrooms I use it to clean the toilets, sinks and bath.
* Dried 95% of the washing on clothes horses in the main bathroom. We have a ducted heating vent in the floor so the washing is dried overnight. Only work uniforms and tea towels from the cafe were dried in the dryer because they were needed the next day.
* Juiced lots and lots of lemons I'd picked from our tree over a week ago. The juice was frozen into ice cube trays.
* Froze leftover tomato paste into an ice cube tray.
* Planted lots of sprouting potatoes from our pantry. I know it's not quite the right time of the year but the potatoes were too soft to peel or eat.
* Baked shortbread biscuits to have with cuppas this week. With just the two of us at home we don't go through as much baking. I still have scones, chocolate brownies and small whole orange cakes in the freezer that we eat every now and then.
* We had roast lamb for a combined birthday dinner for Darren and Jessica last weekend. This week I used the little bits of leftover sliced meat and meat off the shank to make a lamb stew in the slow cooker. I was able to get another 7 single serves taking the total to 12 for a very small roast. Lamb is very expensive so this was a very rare treat for us. The stew went into the freezer for future easy dinners.
* We picked lettuce and kale from the garden.
* Darren found some heavy duty clear plastic we could use to cover the newly planted potatoes. We are hoping this will help keep the soil temperature from getting too cold. It will also protect against frosts and heavy rains.
* Ate leftovers from the freezer a few nights. I quite enjoy cooking once and eating 3 or 4 times type of meals. Most weeks I only need to cook about 3 nights a week and getting dinners from the freezer for other nights. We still eat a good variety and a menu plan helps with this.
* Fed the outside compost bin with kitchen and garden scraps.
* Saved water in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry as per usual and reused it where we could.
* I picked oranges and mandarins from the trees at Megan's place. There is probably another 5oo + mandarins to pick.
|From Megan's trees.|
|In the veggie garden|
|Covering newly planted potatoes|