Doing: Picking strawberries, silverbeet, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and blueberries.
Ordering more fruit trees from Daley's Nursery! Re-inspired by re-reading Lawns Into Lunch, I figured I'd just get in early and buy my own Christmas presents, so I ordered myself some fruit trees, LOL. Looks like that umbrella tree out the back is coming out! Shhhh, don't tell DH, 'cause he'll have to do it ;-) I've ordered two Pinkabelle apples (what the hell, I'll give 'em a whirl even though I don't have a Granny Smith pollinator[not cold enough here]), two dwarf coffee plants, a red paw paw, another mandarin (a mid-season to compliment the early-season Emporer I bought last year) and a chinese water chesnut (last year's corms didn't survive the winter in storage, sadly). The water chesnuts will be going into my watercress bowl that my youngest DD turned into vegetable "soup" recently. At least that means I can reuse the organic potting mix she tipped in there (along with the dozen lettuce seedlings that were growing in the mix).
Making: Wholemeal bread. Dog food. Dishwasher detergent.
Dinner: Baked cheese polenta with silverbeet, and garden salad.
Challenge/s: Dealing with the onset of summer pests and diseases with organic gardening principles. The state of my potatoes is abysmal, but the disgusting things eating holes in my lovingly tended tomatoes, chewing every bean plant down to the ground and making lacework of my capsicum leaves, is moving me almost to tears. Having said that I'd rather just not eat any of the vegies than spray them with anything non-organic.
Solution/s: On Scarecrow's advice, I might try Annette McFarlane's molasses spray, one of her Do It Yourself sprays. Annette claims chewing pests "would rather starve than eat leaves sprayed with this mixture" - I hope she's right!
Transgressions: Ordering more fruit trees. On the credit card. *Ahem*
Reading: The ice cream maker instruction manual.
Utilities for November: Gas 38.3MJ/day; water 332L/day; electricity 11.9kWh/day.
Contemplating: Ripping out even more ornamental plants and trees.