Darren and I have enjoyed plenty of time out in our garden this week. The weather has been mild some days so we tried to make the most of it and plan / plant for Spring / Summer harvest. Due to the tighter lockdown restrictions I am unable to work for at least the next two weeks. Thankfully I have plenty of projects on the go around our home to keep me busy.
Here's what we've been up to this week -
* Saved a few Penstemon seeds from our garden. I think I was a little late in collecting them so I've cut off a few almost dry seed heads and put them in a paper bag to collect more.
* Baked lots of ANZAC biscuits using dough from the freezer.
* Dried all the washing on the line or clothes horses.
* Juiced more lemons and froze the juice.
* Made up a bottle of surface spray, shower cleaner and toilet cleaner using various ratios of diluted kitchen detergent and water.
* Wrote out a menu plan for the next 6 weeks. I was on a roll and kept on planning.
* Baked choc, choc chip muffins for a family in need and froze some for ourselves.
* Gratefully received some food blessings from friends and a family member.
* Planted Aster and Alyssum flower seeds. These will fill in a few gaps in our garden.
* Added 7 premade meals to the freezer. I'm really enjoying the 'cook once, eat three times ' approach to meal preparation.
* Replanted 20 new strawberry plants I grew as runners last season. Strawberry plants generally produce fruit for 2 - 3 years and should be replaced accordingly. This is why I encouraged runners at the end of last Summer.
* Planted 4 more sprouting potatoes I found in my pantry.
* Darren fed the compost bins with lawn clippings and kitchen scraps.
* Planted lettuce seeds and spaced out a few silverbeet seedlings.
|Sprouting potatoes from the pantry.|
|Our potato plants are looking healthy|
|Lettuce in abundance|
|New strawberry plants.|
Here is my monthly grocery shop so far. I'll be buying milk and a few veggies weekly for the next 3 weeks. So far I've spent just under $60. Please keep in mind we are picking greens from our garden, have corn cobs and broccoli frozen from last summer as well as a few packets of green beans in the freezer.