The Weekly Digs #32

(If you were looking for my weekly digs post last week, sorry! I finished this post last Thursday but it didn’t publish and I just realized that today!)

Thankfully, I haven’t seen a bunny in the garden this week. Whew! But there is something else eating my fall seedlings and I think it might be crickets. There are black field crickets everywhere in the garden after it gets dark. I killed a few by hand but the numbers are huge this year. I can’t wait until I can let the chickens in the garden! Until then, Each fall seedling I’ve planted, I surrounded it with a plastic cup. We’ll see if that does anything!

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In the garden:

Harvesting cucumbers, peppers, cow peas, watermelon, lemon squash, butternut squash, tomatoes, herbs, and green beans.

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Indoor Seedlings:

  • I started a bunch of fall seedlings in soil blocks because it was 90 degrees all this week and too hot for many of those seedlings to germinate.

  • In mini soil blocks: Black Radish, vates kale, scarlet kale, tatsoi, purple bok choy, yellow heart bok choy, mizuna, rouge d’hiver lettuce, winter density lettuce, dill, cylindra beets, and cilantro.

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In the kitchen:

In an effort to achieve my goals to eat more local food, I bought a bushel full of sunbelt grapes to preserve for winter. It ended up becoming juice, fruit leather, jam, and soon to be jelly (hoping to finish tonight). It’s not really a whole winters worth of grapes, but I’m not a big believer in juice and I already have a lot of jam. Option #2 was to buy some grapes to freeze but unfortunately, I already missed the boat of the seedless grapes which I’m bummed about!

Preserved-

  • 6 quarts of Grape Juice

  • 3 Pints Grape Jam, made of just grape pulp, lemon juice, and maple syrup. It turned out delicious by the way!

  • 10 trays worth of fruit leather

  • I also dehydrated 3 lemon squash and a few tomatoes.