12 September 2021

Gathering the Fragments 12/9/2021

Sunday, inbetween rain showers, we worked on filling the veggie beds. They are big, and will take a lot of fill, and we are on a budget so buying in what we need isn't happening. This means as we put one new bed in place, we add cardboard and tree prunings to the bottom, then add sugar cane mulch, then we mix the soil from the old beds with compost, and with the soil we are digging out of another area we are working on, and using all that to fill the beds. We are buying the sugar cane mulch, but as we need it so we don't end up with too much. I found a couple of open bags of sand left from Thomas' fish tank experiment, so that was mixed in too.

Made more fruit cakes for Wayne and the boys. I think fruit cake is their favourite cake at the moment.

Started some lettuce, silverbeet and cucumbers in peat pots.

Had a double-up baking morning on Thursday to fill the cake tins and freezer.

Pizza danish and nutmeat rolls for lunches
Dried oranges to use later.

Dried frozen veggies to make room in the freezer.
Two kilos peas/corn/carrots dehydrated fit into 1-1/2 500g jars
 Dried strawberries - they've been cheap and plentiful the last couple of weeks. They'll be powdered to use in baking and icings and smoothies.

Had half a chicken fillet left from dinner one night, so I chopped it up, added some onion, garlic powder and condensed cream of chicken soup and make a chicken pot pie that we had for dinner last night with salad and wedges.

With the wind this week the washing has been outside on the line to dry. Nothing beats the smell of line dried washing.

Have six tea towels waiting to be hemmed then trimmed. The plan is to crochet the trim; it not only makes them prettier but strengthens the hems too so they last that little bit longer. And they'll go into the present box, to add to some other little things for gifts.

Started a stockpile shopping list. I've been restocking as things are used this year, but I have a few things I'd like to get ahead on. Having them on a list helps me keep track so things aren't forgotten.

To add to our preps the first aid pantry has been tidied and an order put in to restock what is missing.  
What fragments did you gather this week?

1 comment:

  1. Cath, I just came across this and I'm assuming no one will read it but you...so here goes. You are absolutely right about filling garden beds. We built two small raised beds when we moved here three years ago. I discovered online that it can cost $200 USD to fill one bed. I thought, NO WAY, but then I read the rest of the article and discovered it could. Their assumption was that it would cost that much if you bought garden soil in bags or had to pay to have topsoil delivered. Well, we do have a pickup truck, but it has a small bed and would take several trips. Also, we are in our 70s and we would have to unload the soil and get it to the backyard. H'mm. The article suggested that you could fill a bed for about $20 if you had some native soil, compost (half-finished OK) and a few bags of garden soil to spread on top. We live on a city lot with NO extra dirt, but we were getting ready to have a fence installed. When the fencers asked what I wanted them to do with the dirt from the fenceposts, I directed them to the area where we planned to build the beds. Wasn't much...but. We then built the beds around the piles of soil. I happened to have a lot of half-finished compost from our other house, so we brought it over and mixed them together. Then I bought a few bags of garden soil and spread it on top, and voila--I had filled the beds for about $20 each. We did this in the fall and didn't plant until the following spring, by which time we had beautiful soil. The only down side here is that as the compost rots, the soil settles a lot. Each year I add whatever compost I have to one bed. In this way I have been able to keep the depth good for vegetables. I planted strawberries in the other bed, and this has been a problem because I can't add soil every year. This year, after 3 years, I realized the depth was only about half of what I'd started with. As a result, this fall I was forced to take out all of the plants, add all of the compost (half-finished, of course--mine never seems to get done) and another $20 worth of bagged soil...then replant 68 strawberry plants (and compost several hundred more). It was a lot of work, but I also realized that I had created really beautiful soil from the fencepost dirt and compost. Also, there were a lot of worms, so that's good, too!


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