Independence Days Update

Independence Days Challenge Update. The original idea from Casaubon’s Book which can be found here. Link

You can find this weeks update here along with other updates in the comment section.

1.Plant something – more green beans, swiss chard

2. Harvest something – lettuce ( starting to bitter from heat), peppermint, cilantro, basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley, lemon balm, lemon thyme, chives, mexican marigold also known as (texas tarragon), dill, summer savory, lots of green onion, hot peppers.

The dill is starting to head.

We will soon have zucchini and cabbage. Nothing I like better than a cabbage stir fry.

3. Preserve something – chopped green onion for recipes in freezer. More dried herbs.

4. Prep something – I would think fixing our pond pipe, Link , would qualify as preparing since we must prepare to save our fish in that particular pond. Still weeding and watering.

5. Cook something – new! Lemon Tea Bread and Lemon Balm butter recipe from

Turned out great! Read about it here.

6. Manage your reserves– Thinking about canning shelving to hold more canned goods in an extra closet, but haven’t done anything about it yet.

7. Work on local food systems – Neighborhood fishing, which we allow because ponds can get overpopulated just like forests. We do have to monitor how often it goes on though.

We had one neighbor that began to just come and take fish anytime he wished and we finally had to tell him not to come without permission. Funny but he hasn’t been back since. That was several years ago too.

Our community is great. We have had neighbors fix our lawnmowers and patch our roof totally free of charge. All they want in return is to fish every now and again.

We also swap out garden veggies, like if our potato harvest is great but our green beans don’t fair so well, we will give certain neighbors potatoes for green beans and the likes of that. Just an example of the wonderful neighbors we have.

8. Manage waste- Still trying to remember to throw on compost heap and donated some old furniture to charity.

9. Learn something new – About Rhubarb diseases, mine has what is called Ascochyta leaf spot. See what that looks like here.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ty Huls
    Jun 21, 2008 @ 14:23:40

    Plants represent some kind of peace and we should make our target to grow atleast 1 plant on every Independence because in one or other way, plants and independence are related to each other because of the nature of peace.


  2. Sue (coffeepot)
    Jun 21, 2008 @ 19:14:45

    Hello Ty, yes and thank you for stopping by my blog.


  3. katie
    Jun 23, 2008 @ 15:22:36

    I am really missing my garden this year….Especially after looking at all your beautiful veggies! The markets are fine, but not like picking it fresh, I actually miss the hoeing and weeding, too…sigh!
    Next year!


  4. Sue (coffeepot)
    Jun 23, 2008 @ 18:03:40

    I hope you find your house soon katie


  5. chefledarney
    Jun 23, 2008 @ 20:05:05

    I’m so jealous, living in Tokyo I don’t have room for my garden anymore. A few herbs is all I can squeeze in there. Your dill and squash blossoms really bring back memories of sinking my toes into the cool black earth and watching the sun set.

    Great stuff.


  6. Sue (coffeepot)
    Jun 23, 2008 @ 22:05:39

    Thanks chefledarney, and also for visiting my blog. Hope you will return.


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