It's already time for my first Back to Basics Challenge for Belinda. I'm still feeling a bit ordinary, and now seem to be coming down with something else (argh!), so it's a pretty slow week. Ah well, it's nice to see that I still have actually managed to get a few things done.
* This week I sowed seeds of coriander, rocket, salad burnet, amaranth, cumin, caraway and Lazy Housewife beans. I potted on Strawberry Spinach, tomatoes and eggplants, and planted out two Strawberry Spinach seedlings.
* This week I have been picking the last of the Tuscan Kale as it bolts to seed, and the last Mini-leprechaun cabbage (there is one left I am letting go to seed), as well as the last celery (the last two are bolting to seed, again I want to try and seed save). The leeks are producing nicely, but the asparagus has finished.
* Today I picked the first Golden Scallopini Squash and Black Beauty zucchinis (yes, I picked the zucchinis very small).
Planning for the future:
* Weekly meal planning.
* Ordered seeds from Diggers, mostly more salad greens.
* Ordered plants from Shipards Herb Farm (licorice, black pepper vine, curry tree, cinnamon tree and allspice tree). The licorice will go in the medicinal herb garden we are planning for the front yard, but haven't had time to start yet.
* Put money aside for ceiling fans for the lounge room and dining room (the only two rooms without fans) for the summer.
* Have been shuffling around furniture to make the house more workable, and have created a sewing nook for myself to stop the dining table being covered in my sewing machine and paraphernalia.
* Slowly getting a list of Christmas presents for kids and nephews and nieces organised.
* Turned an old change table into a storage shelf.
Working for the Future:
* Sorted through the pantry and rotated dried goods. Noted those that need using up so that I can base meal plans around them in the next couple of weeks.
* Gratefully received my FIL's old whipper snipper (ours has died), and fixed it up. Deliberating what to do with the old broken one as I don't like the thought of it all going into landfill, but it's beyond repair?
* Shopping at the local Farmer's Market and buying the rest of our fruit and veg requirements and the local organic grocer.
Learning a new skill:
* Nothing as such this week! Next week I plan to knit up some more dishcloths in a new pattern.