The winter has been a little longer and colder which means my vegetable garden has been producing very slowly. This is my first winter garden and it seems to be going ok. Lessons I have learned:
My swiss chard did not survive as something ate that – not sure what. So, next time I may have to place little wire cages around them
Next year, I will invest in some recycled windows to create a cover so I have a mini hot house
Two surprising things happened with this crop:
My plants survived the snow and ice. I will definitely get a crop of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and cabbage (respectively in photo’s below)….and a little bit of spinach.
And my parsley which had died out came back to life and is flourishing.
In the meantime, waiting for this crop to grow, we are buying our veggies (still within the $70 budget). Here is our meal plan for this week – it will be similar to last week (its better not to even talk about it :-)). I have decided to cook most of the meals in the weekend to see if that it is easier to stick with the plan.
I have to admit, I have not been doing a great job the last couple of weeks. So, I am re-assessing and to try and stay as much on track as possible, a couple of allowances have been added. This is to ensure I am keeping to the right food options, at least 80-90% of the time (that’s the goal anyway right :-), allowances are denoted with the ^).
I have also added my exercise commitment for the week.
This week was a challenge that’s for sure. We started the week with my son having strep throat and then just when we thought we had that kicked; the pipes burst in our master upstairs bathroom leaving our kitchen ceiling with significant damage.
We made it through, waiting for the workers to come back Monday and put our house back to normal. In the meantime, this is our meal plan for the week:
Oatmeal with Banana and Almond butter
Fruit Salad with Flax seed
Quinoa Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce
Whole Grain Cereal with Soy
Pizza (using FlatOut Bread instead of Whole Wheat Pita)
Oatmeal with Grated Apple and Sultanas (Golden Raisins)