The garlic looked a bit sad, but this morning is perked up a bit more. The spinach is small, but still green, which is close to a miracle, while the parsley is holding it's own with a nice green color. The carrots and beets never made it and the radishes are trying hard to stay alive. Time will tell. I now know not to plant a winter garden but rather wait until March to plant. Something to write in my garden journal so I don't make the same mistake again.
|One thing that is new to me is the long needles that fall|
from the evergreen trees here. The parks use them as
mulch. If they do it, then I use them for the same
reason. My poor garlic. They need some TLC. Winter
was hard on them.
|Twenty two planting pods recycled from coffee pods.|
The coffee grounds were spread over the garden soil then turned in with the dried leaves that were already in there. In the spring I'll rake up what's left of the leaves and add a bit more organic soil. Some of the compost is read to use soon as well. The patio was swept and pots that still had soil in them were cleaned out. (The soil went into the garden.) I also gathered the sticks that flew into the yard and dried them in the sun to use on the rocket stove when I can this year.
Preparing to use the rocket stove is an ongoing thing. I've made fire starters from toilet paper rolls, dryer lint, and left over wax from the Scency burners. None of those items will go to the city dump, rather be used in a helpful manner. I guess I reduced my 'carbon footprint' by making these.
|This is the first time I've made these fire starters to use in the rocket stove.|
Time will tell if they will work.
|The beautiful Miss Marley just waking up. This is my bed, not hers. She keeps me warm at night!|
I found the rooting hormone I thought I lost. It was right where it was suppose to be - in the garden bin in the garage. I put some on the olive branch I cut off of the olive tree when it was transplanted in a larger pot. The best place I could think of to plant it was in the same large pot as the olive tree is.
The day ended with dinner at my daughter's house and play time with the grandchildren. The four year old likes to play a game I created when my kids were little. It's called "Stay still pillow". I lie down on a pillow that's on the child's lap. Then the child moves his legs and I say, "Pillow, stay still, I'm trying to sleep'. They laugh their little heart's out with this simple game. The baby thought this was hilarious and got into the game, too. I want as much play time as I can get with them when they're little because soon - time flies - they will want to go to movies and be with their friends.
What was the weather where you live? What did you accomplish this week? I'd like to hear from you. It's a way of learning new frugal hacks or learning about a different culture. Learning is one of my greatest joys.