The Weekly Digs #22

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The garden is officially in full swing! These are the days when I wish I had a wagon or big basket with different compartments for all the produce. I always find myself in the garden not really planning on picking anything and then making my shirt into a pouch to carry a bunch of cucumbers or peppers or whatever I end up with!

Garden update from last week

Garden update from last week

In the garden:

  • Harvesting- Cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, green beans, blackberries, and blueberries.

  • Hardening off my Brussel sprouts to put in the garden. I had to do some rearranging of my previous garden plan so they will take the place of my onions when I harvest… at least thats the plan right now.

  • Cameron and kids picked another 14lbs of blueberries from the you pick farm. Thats 56lbs from the you pick this year. I don’t know what we got out of our garden as far as pounds go because we eat the majority straight off the bushes!

  • I did a succession planting of four tomatoes. I lost track of which variety was which eek! I had lucid gem, black cherry, and cherokee purple that I started.

succession planting of tomatoes

succession planting of tomatoes

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Chickens:

  • My chickens got a new fence last week! It’s an electric fence that’s portable so you can move your chickens to fresh ground as needed. The kids each shocked themselves on it already (some unintentional, some intentional — ahem— the boys) You can find it HERE. I was having them free range but had too many loses from loose dogs and was also worried because they were going up to the road a bunch. We technically aren’t even allowed to have chickens where I live. Its a POA ..ugh… I can’t wait to move to a place where there are less rules.

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In the kitchen:

  • Canned 11 half pints of blackberry jam. All blackberries from our home garden. I’m usually picking about two pounds a day and I put them in the freezer until I have enough to make a bigger batch.

  • Made 3 Jars of pickled hot peppers, mostly banana peppers with a few jalapeños in the mix.

  • 14lbs blueberries went to the freezer

  • Made and froze more pesto