Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Growing Challenge

Well, I have done it. I have signed up for my first online/blog oriented challenge! I don't know what made me do it (well... it could be that I needed a distraction from yesterdays events) but I am looking forward to following along on this challenge and having the accountability that comes along with that.

So, you ask, what is this challenge? It is "The Growing Challenge" started by Melinda over at Elements of Time. The basis of her challenge is to get everyone to grow just one more thing from seed then they have in the past. The second aspect of the challenge is that each participant needs to blog at least once a week about their own efforts in gardening and/or the consumption of the outcome of that garden.

Personally, I think this will do me a world of good as far as my garden goes in 2008. I will have no problem growing one more thing then last year as I purchased many more types of seeds that never got planted last year. Plus, I hope to get the beginning of our fruit orchard in this spring.

Keep a look out for posts associated with the challenge... they will all have the label "Growing Challenge" so they should be easy to follow.

On a separate topic, I pulled my neglected sourdough starter out of the back of the refrigerator last night. It has been months since I have used it (shame on me). There was quite a thick layer of dark hooch on the top. I poured this off and collected some of the starter from the center of the crock. I washed up the sourdough crock, replaced the starter and fed it with a cup of flour and a cup of water. I gave it a stir and put it in my oven with the light on to see what it would do overnight. I was a little worried that I had killed it off by not feeding it for months.

This morning I peeked into the crock to see this:

Life! Lots of gas bubbles breaking on the foamy surface. I hadn't killed it after all! I fed it again to get it going really well. I will be making something with it tonight or tomorrow for sure!


Melinda said...

Hi Diana, welcome to the challenge! I'm excited to hear about - and see - your garden. What a lovely spot you have! I'm so jealous of your animals. I wish we had space for some. Someday...

I laughed when I read about your starter. We have neglected ours for a month or two at a time in the past. We were so scared when we finally pulled it out of the fridge after the holidays. But it came back to life, and after a few days of nurturing it was fully alive and kicking.

Melinda, Elements In Time

Blessed Wife and Mother said...

I like sour dough! How do you make Sour Dough bread? I didn't realize there were organisms in there.