Sunday, 27 January 2019
Saturday, 19 January 2019
I have about 500 packs of organic seeds and have spent considerable time planting, with positive results all round. But this little lot here are seeds I’ve saved, part of a stash from supermarket foods and garden bits and pieces that went to seed.
Let’s see, we have peas, capsicum, pumpkin and peppers. I am addicted to seed and like to plant and plant and plant. Today I am going to plant these and see how they compare to my other sourced seeds. How do supermarket pumpkin seeds compare, growth and fruit wise with my heirloom seeds?
I just love seeds so much, it makes me feel wealthy to have them, dry them, plant them.
Watch this space.
Tuesday, 8 January 2019
Saturday, 5 January 2019
I’ve started a little book where I weigh the veg I collect each day. So for example 500g of green beans, 3 chicken eggs and 1kg of pumpkin. At the end of each week I am going to tally the total weight and cost it out, as if I was buying it from the supermarket. This way I can get a rough estimate of how much in weight and dollars we are producing.
Since we still buy some things from the supermarket and our aim is to be 100 percent non-reliant, this will be a big incentive regarding how much we are saving and still spending, and also where we are still spending at the big retailers.
Plus, I love statistics and graphs!
Thursday, 3 January 2019
Hello there, thanks for stopping by. Welcome to new followers, I can't tell you how happy it makes me to know someone, somewhere is reading.
Here is an example of our vegetables in the (for the freezer) packaging. I picked the beans and blanched them, then bagged them up in recycled plastic and elastic bands. I don't believe in throwing anything out that will be used again in the way of bags etc, this way we don't need to re-buy anything. This was just a small harvesting as the hot house was so hot, I lost focus in the heat after a small effort.
I had an old pair of stinky rubber gloves that needed chucking, so I cut them across ways in order to create rubber bands for future bagging. We have a small container that all the useful bits are put in, so there's no worries if we ever need to find something like a rubber band, paper clip or button.
A lovely reader asked what a tallow tree is from a previous post. Considered a weed in many places, a tallow tree is a tree that produces an ingredient found in candles, soap and oil. It is mostly an ornamental and more info can be found HERE .
This morning I planted 20 more purple bean plants and 3 Madagascaran beans. Yesterday we worked on passionfruit vines and climbing roses. It's all go, but everything seems to be taking this year, going mad, growing like triffids. There's a lot of freezing and bagging in my future!
I need a rest.