I spent a lot of time working in the garden last week. I was able to transplant both the grape vine and the pomegranate tree that I was needing to transplant this month. I won’t know until April if they’ve survived the transplant, when they should both start to leaf out. I don’t expect grapes this year, as the vine has a lot of other growing to do, and the one that I moved last year didn’t make any grapes for me last year (it should this year!). I did a pretty strong pruning on the pomegranate, but pomegranates, unlike most other fruit trees, produces fruit on the current year’s branches, so it remains to be seen whether or not it will fruit this year. At any rate, neither were fruiting as they were not getting enough sun in their previous locations.
I planted around 130 bulbs last week. I still have several hundred left to hopefully finish planting this week.
I accepted a box of expired food from a friend whose son received it from a neighbor. (I don’t know the gleaning group that his neighbor belongs to, but her son didn’t want the food.) We had several meals from it. Gleaning groups usually pick up just expired or about to expire food, and it is still edible. There were enough bananas for me to make two loaves of banana bread. There was a pound of breakfast sausage and some buttermilk (both had dates of 12/27 and they were fine), so I made pancakes the next morning and we had sausage with it, along with some oranges from the box. There were some sausages and hotdogs that we used for lunch, and a bit of cheese that we had as part of our afternoon snack. Most gleaning groups that I know of don’t pick up meat very often, so this was unusual. There was also a loaf of bread and some peppers.
I picked a small amount of arugula from the garden.
I thinned and transplanted the thinned seedlings of lettuce, mache, parsley, and oregano in my front yard garden.
We took the children downtown at night on New Year’s Day to see the fountains at the Bellagio and to see the Christmas display inside the conservatory as well. This was their first time going downtown after dark. They really enjoyed the fountains, which they had never seen before (we have been to the conservatory in other seasons during the day).
I did not buy any food last week.
What did you do to save money last week?