Friday, August 14, 2015
Green and Thrifty
This week I became a dumpster diver! On Tuesday Posy was in a foul mood, so I made her come out to walk the dog with me, because I am mean like that. We stopped at the corner and picked up her buddy to make fresh air and exercise more bearable. At the halfway mark there was a skip full of fascinating building detritus, including a window, which I have been looking out for because I want to make a cold frame, or possibly a tiny green house. Anyway, because this is Launceston, of course the house with the skip turned out to belong to Posy's buddy's cousins, so we went and asked and were given permission to take away anything from the skip, PLEASE, so that is how I ended up walking home with two girls, a dog, and a rather large window, which was quite excellent exercise, actually.
I spent an hour in my gumboots in the rain climbing around the pile of 'may come in handy one day' building-left-overs behind the shed to find Useful Things to build a chicken palace. I found old fence palings and a door, and random bits of wood, plus hinges and door handles and latches in the shed, so when the nice man came to start building we worked out I only needed to buy posts, wire and concrete, so that is an excellent outcome. Thought. Do the chickens need a window?? I have a window..
On the food front Posy made flapjacks for school snacks. Half of the recipe just fell apart when she cut it, as flapjacks often do, so she crumbled it up for granola instead. Yum!
I have been soaking and cooking masses of dried beans which I store in the freezer in recipe-size portions until we want to use them.
A colleague at work is selling eggs from her chickens each Monday, so I have been buying my weekly two dozen from her. At $4 they are $2 cheaper per dozen than the farmers' market eggs, so that is a very green and local saving of $4 a week.
I was given a dill seedling which I stuck in a teacup on the side of the sink, oh, about three weeks ago now. Yesterday I finally took two minutes out of my day to plant it in the front garden. I hope it survives:)
It is a very quiet time in the food garden, because I didn't do a lot of autumn planting. The great thing about gardening is that there is always the complete conviction that next year's garden will be brilliant. This week we have eaten lemons, warrigul greens, parsley and rosemary from the garden.
Tell me what thrifty things you have been up to.