I'm happy to join in with everyone taking part in Frugal Accomplishments today. I cut a bouquet for the house, did all laundry with homemade soap and hung it on the line. Harvested raspberries and mulberries. Prepared ravioli with our garlic. Weeded lambs quarter and purslane from the garden, and chopped them up for the raw portion of the pups dinner one night. Other days, I weeded lambs quarter and wild lettuce, which I gave to the chickens. Washed plastic bags for reuse. J & I planted the last of our summer garden... okra, purple pole beans, crowder peas, a second round of cucumbers, summer and winter squash/pumpkins, tomatillos, sweet corn, and melons. We're glad to have that behind us. We finally got much needed rain, a little over half an inch.
|waiting for a treat|
|milkweed; smells so sweet!|
A couple of the women in our homestead group brought materials for a mason bee house for each of us to put together. I had missed the meeting, as it was the anniversary of our first date (which is the day we celebrate), but they were kind enough to give one of the kits to me. M put the house together and hung it near the pond a couple of weeks ago. They are excellent pollinators as well. One of the women who I attended the pollinator class with gave a presentation at our recent homestead gathering, and gave everyone a mountain mint plant, which also got planted. Our winterberry plant is blooming, and it is always covered with pollinators when I walk by. It's a lovely sight.
|dry canned oats ready for the pantry|