Missed last week because we were away in the lovely, cool mountains. So this is for the past two weeks.
1. Plant something: No, 'fraid not.
2. Harvest something: Lots of zucchinis, lots of different kinds of tomatoes, lots of cucumbers, my first ever pumpkin, small but perfectly formed, and oh so ORANGE. (I think it was supposed to stay on the vine until the vine died, but Robert picked it while I was away, and I didn't have the heart to tell him. I think it will be OK). Many Ichiban eggplants which I am afraid are still sitting in the refrigerator looking at me every time I open the door because I am running out of eggplant recipe ideas. (I know, that is sad but honestly, I was never hugely enthusiastic about eggplants, and now I seem to be growing mountains of them). Lots of basil. (Can't ever get enough of that!)
3. Preserve something: No, not even the eggplants I am afraid. Can one even preserve eggplants? Does anyone know?
4. Reduce waste: Not good here. I feel as though we created more waste than ever during our week in the mountains with the way we cooked and ate, although I tried hard not to. Since being back I have of course done all my usuals, cloth bags, recycling, composting, etc, etc. We got the very last of our window shutters fitted which we have been gradually doing over the course of about 5 years, and I kept the old blinds which will work great I think for shading the chicken coop during the hotter months.
5. Prep and storage: Really not much except planning the chicken coop, and the usual browsing and reading I do constantly.
6. Build community food systems: I took some cucumbers, and tomatoes with us up to the mountains, and shared them with the lovely people we stayed with. They are only just now starting their veggie growing season up there.
7. Eat the food: Did well here. Have been eating lots of salads with cucumbers, and tomatoes. Ate a few eggplants in another veggie bake thingy, but still have pounds left I am afraid. Added basil to anything I could think of, and have been using zucchinis in bakes, stir frys, and as a side dish. I still have the pumpkin. I need to look at it for a bit longer before I make it into something. The good news is that I have at least six more growing on other vines now!
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