Spring is in the air. I'm not holding my breath that it will stay warm but I did have some time this evening to work outside now that it is light for longer after I get home. Today is Monday so it's time for the weekly IDC update. I'm still running on the energy of the weekend so I'm doubly motivated to get outside and work.
Here goes my update for the second week of year 3.
1. Plant something- Yes, yes, yes!!! I planted sample pots of my saved tomato seeds to check viability and they're all up. (Hurrah!!) Let's see, I also planted eggplant and my litchi tomato seeds from Erin. Thanks Erin!! They haven't sprouted but it's early days yet. J15 and I also constructed a mini bed on the south side of the house and planted some early greens. I'll have to get out and put some chicken wire around it before it comes up or it will be a tasty snack for the bunnies in the yard. This week I plan to start the rest of my tomatoes, tomatillos, sweet peppers and the herbs/wildflowers that won't be direct seeded. Hopefully that will happen.
2. Harvest something- I did snack on a few of the chives on the windowsill. Yum! I can't wait to have little greens from the garden.
3. Preserve something- nope.
4. Waste not- Let's see. We reused some of the old cedar shingles from the porch roof to construct the sides for our mini greens bed. I just broke them into about 4 inch widths and we set them into the ground then filled in with some topsoil. I've also trying to be better about getting through the left overs in the fridge so we don't waste so much food. I also made a connection with a woman over the weekend who may want to use our old sink top and base.
5. Want not- Not much here. V did get several yard rakes and had the children out raking the gravel out of the grass where it had been flung by the snow thrower this winter. I'm probably going to be ordering my grain mill this week. We also discussed the need for a wagon to pull behind the garden tractor for hauling various items (soil, compost, wood, etc) around the property. And we've been cutting down enough trees and brush that I'm thinking it might not be a bad idea to invest in a chipper/shredder for turning brush into mulch. Hmmm....
6. Build Community- Yes, Yes and Yes!!!! I made some fabulous local connections this weekend and have names and email addresses of several people. We have tentative plans to exchange seeds/plants and labor.
7. Eat the food- Mmmm... we've had wonderful local brown eggs from Kalona, local cottage cheese and yummy homemade food. Of course- we also got some Girl Scout cookies- but who can resist Thin Mints!
I work tomorrow and then Wednesday I'm off to Davenport for a continuing Ed class. Most definitely NOT as fun as my weekend class but necessary. The children are on Spring Break this week so V has been working them outside while the nice weather holds.