Payday has come and gone and I have re-funded all of my envelopes, funds, and sinking accounts. I had money left in my grocery envelope, quite a lot actually, so I started my savings for the next beef, hencetofore to be known as "Beef Envelope" because I am fancy like that, with $208. We just didn't buy that much. Part of that was bad sales at the grocery stores both weeks, part of that was picking up our hog, part of that was having a lot of produce to go through from the previous pay cycle, some of it long lasting, like cabage, and melons. There just wasn't too much need. Based on how much it cost in July of 2021 to buy a whole steer, which was $2,955.64, I need to save up at least $3000. And since that was 2 years ago, I probably need to build in an additional raise of .50/lb on the farmers side of things and .10/lb for the cut and wrap and $10 added to the kill fee, just to be on the safe side. That was what it was for the hog. So I need to set aside $3500 total for the steer.
On top of that I have raised the grocery budget by $100 to $500 a payday with the new raise DH got and with most of our meat taken care of now we had a lot more freedom at the grocery store. Maybe I didn't need to do that, but it gives me plenty of money to put in the Beef Fund.
The only meat I have to buy now is chicken, turkey, deli meats, and fish, unless he ever gets to go fishing again this summer. Work has been crazy and the last fishing trip was unsuccessfull for the guys who coud make it because the fish were still too small. DH couldn't, because we were all down with something so bad he was afraid to leave us alone in case someone needed to go to the hospital (nobody did).
They didn't go out over the holiday weekend because the guy who own's the boat, his mother had hip replaement surgery earlier in the week and was coming hom the friday before. Those first few days after are a 2 person job/challegne/nightmare. Then it calms done enough that one person can handle it. And if not than he can work from home for the bad times. They are very flexible with hours as long as you meat goals on time, show up for meetings even if on Zoom, and do your walk downs at the right time. So hopefully, next weeked we can still get coho salmon. It is my favorite.
Anyway, the garden is doing very well. Last night I harvested 10.4 pounds of tomatoes from the garden bringing the tomato total up to 14.4 pounds for the year. There were 3 more zuccchini, briging the weight totoal up to 3.8 pounds. They were nowhere the size of the frst one, more like normal sized. I weeded the zucchini finally and I'm sure it will appreciate not having to fight for light. There are lots of healthy litle zuchchini on most of the plants. I did have to take a couple of dead ones off one plant that had been completely shaded out by weeds, so now maybe it will flower again. I also transplanted the nasturtiam away from the cucumers, and one day later they are liking it already. I did pick my first two cucumbers. They are small, pickling cucumbers, so their weight was .7 pounds. I was starting to think I'd get nothing off those vines at all.
I think I am going to transplant my pepper plants away from the tomato plants and give them a batch of rabbit manure and see how they do with full sun and not fighting the tomatoes for resources. I just have to hear back from the rabbit rescue place about rabbit manure. The other two bunny farmers I've called ghosted me after a couple of days, so trying to find something more reliable now. If not, I guess I'll just have to go with stinky fish emulsion or try to find a stables that is open this weekend for manure removal. It was so much easier when cow manure was available in the stores instead of having to hunt sources down on my own.
If worst comes to worst we are off to the beach to harvest as much dead seaweed as will fit in the back of the truck to dry out, break up with our hands, and bury in the garden beds. The nutrients in that will feed the beds for a couple of years. That is included in his gathering license for shellfish, and they really don't care if you are just collecting the dead stuff if you have one or not, but safe side so he'll have it on him. I'll just go to keep him company and to have some time away from the kids.
I really hope the fertilizer industry gets back on its feet soon so they stop taking up all the organic stuff because that is all that is left. It makes it really hard for us gardners. And then they have huge crop failures and we can't make up for it the way we might, because we don't have the inputs that were available to us before because big ag took it all.
I'm sorry if this comes off all fragmented. I think the hamster on my brain fell off his wheel today. Anyway, I am going to put as much aside as I can within limits to save for the beef to meet that goal, put as much aside as I can to refill the EF, and extend my garden season as long as possible while preparing the beds for next year.