Feather your Nest Friday, 1st July, 2022.
Welcome to July! It has been a good and busy week. I like having plenty to report! This week I went into town so I picked two bunches of celery to take to the swap tables.
Since setting up my container garden I can pick celery every day and not run out. In return I came home with seedlings!! All of these were in one tray.
As I had a new container to fill up I used that first then filled in some gaps in other areas. So happy with my trade!
While I was in town I went to the op shop (thrift store.) I found a size 4 little rain jacket with fleecy lining. It needed a good clean up but it came up as new. ($2.) Into my Grandkids stash I keep in my special set of drawers.
I also found a pure wool blanket for $4. As usual I found this in the "pet bedding" section. I have it in my homemade wool wash soaking. I am planning a blog post just on wool blankets... this is coming up. I also found brand new, in the packet, 1000 thread count sheets! ($10)
The stores were ok... the prices of vegetables are very high. A lettuce is $9. Cucumbers were $22 a kilo... $11 ish a pound. Broccoli is a crazy price. There are no eggs at all. Friends across Australia are telling me the same.
If you can possibly keep chooks do. They are food security and an easy way to keep up protein. Eggs make so many meals... chickens provide fertiliser for your garden and you can largely feed them household scraps and garden greens. I worked out beyond that I feed about 1/2 cup of grain per bird per day. And I keep a ridiculous number of chooks but I am wanting to provide this security to four families... Mum, our own household and both my daughters households (all my Grandchildren.) But really you can have three or four chickens and do very well. When you have excess eggs you have a very good gift of help for someone else or an item to trade. Important.
I got all the succulents from Adelaide planted into my garden.
I potted up all of the little Pencil Pines.
I have two trays like this and then two trays of Spider Plants.
The mirrors that I brought back from Adelaide (that had been used in Lucy's wedding) are now in the green house and also behind several big planters.
They really do work to add light into the greenhouse .
So pleased with all my potting up I said to Andy that now I will be a proper person with a proper greenhouse. He thought that was really funny but you know what I mean!
This week our biggest fruit trees have been pruned so that we will be able to cover them with nets again in summer. I am so pleased as this work meant we got great harvests last summer!
This is one of the Pear trees. It looks so bare now but between the two trees I had a whole wheelbarrow full of pears!
The lambs are both doing really well. They have the orchard yard to run around during the day and Andy made them a fox proof house for night time. We had this old water tank with a doorway cut in it which is a good and dry house. To make it fox proof Andy made me a door.
This is so good! Now I am set with babies that cannot be left out at night. Very small lambs come inside by the fire until they are strong. But once they are healthy and feeding well this is the next step.
I tested out my Dad's old bread maker and it works. I have pizzas planned. I can think of many good things to make with this. Also good as a back up because if bread was not on the shelves then I would make bread for the Grandkids.
I didn't get a big cook up done this week but I have some baking planned for the weekend.
How did you get ahead and add to your pantry or garden this week? How are you preparing for the season ahead?
Have a lovely weekend! xxx