Gosh, this seems to come around fast each week, especially when I don't feel like I am getting much done.
1. Plant something: Despite my vow to give the earth, and our desert water supply a rest, I am afraid I did plant a few pumpkin seeds, and some basil. It is a little late for the pumpkins according to my low desert planting calender, and it has turned really hot again so I am not sure how well they will do, but I would really like a couple of pie pumpkins for the Fall. I imagine the basil will do well with the heat. We shall see.
2. Harvest something: The enormous funny looking pumpkin. I was worried about it in the 110 plus heat so I harvested it. Now to try to keep it stored until the Fall without it going soft on me.
3. Preserve something: No.
4. Reduce waste: Usual stuff, trying to reduce energy and water usage, as well as reducing overall waste. I haven't been good at going to the Farmers Market for local veggies recently I am afraid, and I have been buying more at local supermarkets again. I have at least been trying to buy stuff from California mostly which is still a long way from here, but not as far as another continent. I was interested to see that Trader Joe's are packaging much of their organic produce in compostable containers, some of which look exactly like plastic but which aren't apparently. I am not sure what they are actually made of because it doesn't say. I don't usually buy produce from there anymore because of the excess packaging issue, but I might be a tiny bit more inclined to in the future if I can compost it. I also feel as though my participation in Catalog Choice has fully paid off and I am now receiving only the catalogs I want, which are very few. It was a little frustrating at the start because it seemed like the catalogs just kept on coming, and I actually called a few of the more persistent companies to ask to be taken off their mailing list myself. However, now I really see the difference, and I very much appreciate the benefits of reducing the amount of junk mail I am receiving by signing up for this free service.
5. Prep and storage: Chicken book reading, general preparation and yard work for the Fall planting season. I have decided what seeds I am going to plant, and have them poised and ready to go. I am planting according to Greg Peterson's low desert planting guide from The Urban Farm , and I heartfully recommend it to all you low desert veggie growers out there. It has been so useful for me over the past year, and really does take the guess work out of desert veggie growing.
6. Build community food systems: Gave away the last of the cherry tomatoes to a friend. It didn't seem like I was getting that many as I picked a few each day, but they were definitely accumulating in the refrigerator!
7. Eat the food: Made Pumpkin and corn soup with a couple of the little pumpkins I harvested a few weeks ago. Of course the corn was bought, not home grown.