I feel like I’m sorta waiting at this time of year. I’m between the big garden planting push, but not yet to the big harvesting and food preservation push. I’m trying to just enjoy the little maintenance chores and get a few home projects out of the way before canning season really hits.
So, here’s my weekly list of accomplishments, recorded in the hopes that this practice will help keep me motivated and accountable.
If you want to join in, please feel free to list your own weekly achievements in the comments, or if you have a blog and want to do your own post and link it up, that’s great too. But! It’s not a race or a competition. We all just gotta do what we can, where we are, with what we have.
Planting & Maintenance
- Basic watering, weeding and training of stuff like tomatoes and cucumbers.
- Sprayed garden with Alaska Fish Emulsion to give plants a boost.
- My tomatoes are showing signs of potassium deficiency (it’s always something) so I side-dressed half the plants with kelp meal as an experiment to see if that helps perk them up.
- Sprayed Bt to control the second generation of cabbage moth caterpillar on my brassicas.
- Still haven’t planted the greenhouse. It just might not happen this year.
- Lettuce – man I have a lot of lettuce right now!
- Red Currants
- 1 single blueberry
- Summer squash – zucchini season is here!
- I began recipe testing 5 lacto-fermentation recipes. Recipes will go up on the blog eventually if they make the cut.
- Pressure canned pinto beans and black beans (second batch of beans in two weeks).
- Made several freezer meals as part of an ingredients-into-food push (see below).
- Made and froze chipotle honey butter.
- I feel like I have a lot of food in my larder for this time of year when I should be getting ready to fill it up. Does anyone want to do an Eat Down The Larder July with me?
- Big batch cooking to use up random bits and bobs in the pantry and fridge that were pissing me off. I made: a huge batch of Bolognese sauce (used up some carrots, onion and celery that were getting sad); a pot of chicken, veg and bean soup (used up bean broth from canning pinto beans and lots of random veg; some quick Chicken Mole (this used up a bar of Theo Chili Dark Chocolate that has been in the cupboard for at least 18 month; several meatloaves (used up the last of my Apricot Barbecue sauce).
- Made crackers with Oliver. This was super fun!
- Basic daily maintenance.
- Feed run to restock poultry feed.
Household and Projects
- Massive laundry push to clean and freshen all bed linens, comforters, pillows, etc. while (quite literally) the sun was shining. Line dried sheets are the best, people.
- Reorganized my pantry – it had slumped into “hot mess” status. This process was made slightly more interesting when our new kittens discovered my canning jar boxes.
- Reorganized and consolidated my spices which were at the “warm mess” stage.
- Cleaned the stove and vent hood – so far past “hot mess” we were closing in on “dumpster fire.”
- Finished moving and stacking firewood.
- Broke down all the cardboard we hoard for when we need it to mulch something.
Business, Finances and Frugality
- Crossed $400 per month of direct funding on my Patreon page. If I counted right, in the month of June I published 29 Patron-only videos, announcements, blog posts, Q&A chats, etc. The vast majority of that content is available to Patrons for as low as a buck a month, so it’s a pretty great content return on investment.
- We had to push to get caught up with our spending recording in GoodBudget yesterday. We’ve found it’s really important to be “square” with your entries before the first of the month, or else you throw off your current month’s budget lines and it’s a real pain to reconcile.
Energy Use & Solar Panel Production
- Total electricity used: 189 kWh (Gah! For this time of year, this is nothing to brag about.)
- Total solar energy produced: 241 kWh (= $129.49 in production incentive)
- Energy “sold back”: 52 kWh ($5.46 in net production)
- Total earned through our solar panels this week: $134.95
- Nothing this week beyond life! The kids still read, and Bella plays piano and does dance for fun, but no formal schooling this week. Do you guys “do school” over the summer?
- If you missed it, here is why we homeschool.
Planning and Research
- Wheat futures. All y’all prepper types might want to make sure you are topped up on wheat berries.
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