Hello, friends. I was gifted these lovely flowers for my birthday last week. With several sprigs of eucalyptus, they smell as good as they look. I'm happy to be joining in with Frugal Accomplishments today. I shopped at the discount grocery store. Favorite finds were 1 lb organic raw cacoa powder for $3 ($18.90 on Amazon) & 1 lb. organic ground cinnamon for $4 (normally $18). Harvested cucumbers, tromboncino squash, tomatoes, eggplant, basil, oregano, chives, pawpaws, okra. Canned tomato juice and tomatoes. Gave the chickens holey chard leaves and tomatoes, and wild grapes I collect on my walks. The pups got chopped tomatoes, basil, boiled eggs and grated cucumbers with meals. Something was chewing on the last 2 winter squash in the garden, so I harvested them, cut out those parts, put the squash in the fridge and added the skins to the broth bag in the freezer. I saved the seed, and gave the chickens the other inner bits.
I purchased marked down seeds of green beans, peas and lettuce, as well as bagged manure, organic fertilizer, bean inoculant and potting soil. I bought Glide floss on sale at Walgreens, and got reward points for the purchase. Made yogurt and kefir. I colored my hair at home. Frugal fail: I found several cucumbers in the crisper that were no longer edible, and composted them. We grew 3 types of cucumbers this year. Two types died fairly quickly (Armenian & Muncher), but the asian cucumbers Suyo Long just keep bearing. Every year is different in the garden, but I'm impressed with them, especially since the second round of cucumbers never germinated. J ordered more of these seeds, and a few more that we needed this week, as well as garlic to plant this fall. When I began canning tomatoes on Sunday, I found a praying mantis in among them, and put him outside after I snapped this somewhat blurry photo. The cooled canning water went on plants.
|praying mantis brought in from the garden|