Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pantry Challenge #19 ... 2016 +other thrifty things we did this week!

Remember the rose bush cuttings I cut and my attempt at rooting them … well … I rooted 9 and I am thrilled to report that 6 of them are putting out green buds.  This means they are growing roots!  Yeah!!!

My to-do list from last time:

Plant more cucumbers and tomatoes.  Planted more cucumbers, but didn’t get the tomatoes planted.

Start harvesting spring onions. Done!  They are so good!  I’ve been enjoying them in salads!

Set out cockscone flowers I grew from seeds.  Done!

In Addition:

I planted 2 blueberry bushes that we got on sale.

I planted parsley seeds (from Annabel … thank you again) and nasturtium seeds.

I harvested lavender and sage from my herb garden and dried each in my oven using the oven light.

I planted soapwort plants that I grew from seeds.

I started setting up a bucket watering system for my raised beds.  When we get these completed, watering will be much easier and safer for the plants when our hot and humid summer weather arrives.

I stitched up a ‘princess’ pillow case for my youngest granddaughter.

I repackaged a bulk bag of cheddar cheese into smaller portions and froze them.

I did the same thing with ground beef we found on sale for $1.99/lb.

I made up some turmeric capsules.  I was out and I could surely tell the level of pain I was experiencing from my arthritis was increasing.  I’m thankful to say that the pain level is coming back down.  It will be a while before I let myself run out of turmeric capsules again.  This was a good reminder of just how much they help in my arthritis pain management.

My husband and I have been admiring a cluster of rose bushes along side a major highway and one day this week when we were in the area, we stopped and my husband cut a few cuttings for me to try to root.  

(cuttings on the right ... aren't those rose clusters beautiful!)

(rooted below ... they are now residing in the greenhouse while I keep a watchful eye on them for any  signs of growth.)

Here are some things I want to get done in the upcoming week:

Make more turmeric capsules

Make vitamin c capsules

Plant more tomatoes

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally this week?

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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  1. Just wondering about how you make turmeric capsules?
    And the dose you give yourself from them.
    Also what do you do with lilac?

    1. annie, I will get a post up on how I make turmeric capsules soon as others have asked the same question. The post should read lavender instead of lilac (I've made the correction), but I use lilac in sachets (I'm also growing lilac, it's just not ready to harvest yet.).

  2. We will hopefully find the time tomorrow to plant my tomatoes, jelepenos and banana peppers. We will be having a hard freeze tonight, sure hope that's the last of that for this year. We are going tomorrow to look at turning our 2014 CRV in for a new 2016 or 2017 so that will take up a good part of our day plus getting the oil changed in the CRV (the AWD part of it). I work Tuesday but am off Wednesday so I have a extra day this week to try to get things done like the gardening start off. We do container gardening I am excited. We just used the last of our tomatoes from last year last week that I had frozen in the deep freezer. We are not planting as many this year or at least not this week. Praying for a good harvest again.

    1. Anna, LOL, I do believe those are famous last words of a gardener ... "I'm not going to plant as much this year!"

  3. Hi just wondering how you make numeric capsules. we use them every day and they are expensive thank you Ann

    1. Ann, I'll be doing a post on this asap! Yes, they are expensive to buy but by making my own I save a bundle. I've only ever used the ones I make myself.

    2. Ann, I buy the empty gel caps at Vitamin World (I am sure there are other sources for them too), and a bottle of turmeric at the grocery store, and fill my own. I take one in the morning, one at night. I can really tell the difference. I have diabetes and also do 2 a day of cinnamon.

  4. I love that your rose cuttings took!

  5. Dear Patsy, I am also interested in the turmeric capsules. And why you take them (presumable for inflammation, arthritis??) and how effective you find them. And anything else you can tell me!
    You are having amazing success with the rose cuttings! I hope the road side ones take off too. How exciting!
    I really really hope the parsley comes up! It comes up very easily and fast here. But our climates are different. It likes deep soil. It just would be so nice to have something from my garden in yours! I add that parsley to so many things and all my stocks.
    Have anther really good week. I hope the weather shines some sun on your garden. With love

    1. Annabel, I just did a post on how I make turmeric capsules, I hope it is helpful. I am excited about my rose cuttings and am watching the area where I planted your parsley seeds very closely. As soon as they start coming up, I'll let you know. When it comes up, it will be called Annabel's parsley!!! Love, love, love that it is from your garden!

  6. I only started to grow my own at the beginning of April. I'm loving my greenhouse, a poly house really as made of wood and covered in polythene not glass.

    1. Louise, our green house was made using pvc pipe and polythene. It serves us well! Good luck growing things in it! We love ours!


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