Thursday, July 08, 2010

Early July homesteading tasks

...shelling peas, tying up tomatoes, mulching garden paths, laying black plastic around eggplants & peppers, planting out new lettuce starts, saving seeds (coriander, dill, spinach, lettuce), making comfrey healing salve, drying herbs, drinking red raspberry leaf & anise hyssop tea, making fresh basil and cilantro pestos for winter, bottling a new batch of crock pickles, first zucchini harvest, first new potato harvest, collecting eggs from the hens, cleaning the hen house, cooling our toes in the pond, fixing a rainbarrel, researching self-watering containers, making more soap, harvesting lavender, calendula & red clover blossoms, fresh mint sun tea, drying kale (kale "chips"), learning more about permaculture, watching bees pollinating, making current jam, picking raspberries, reading books in the back porch hammock...

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousJuly 12, 2010

    Regarding self-watering containers. A few comments. Lee Valley sells a adapter for a large soda bottle that will keep a plant watered for a few days. The downside is that they are pretty ugly and I have not been using mine.

    A solution for self watered garden beds is a setup of water barrel and drip tape from It was only after we set up our greenhouse we realized that it never rains inside! After a summer of lugging water from the barrels I installed drip tape in all my green house beds and, with good rains, virtually never need to water.