The Weekly Digs #36

Healy’s Pride. The first melon was so sweet but each one after that has had less and less flavor. I’ll be growing another variety next year!

Healy’s Pride. The first melon was so sweet but each one after that has had less and less flavor. I’ll be growing another variety next year!

On Sunday, we had 8-9 inches of rain in the space of 2 hours. It poured so hard. We were in the basement for a while, then came upstairs to eat lunch. One of the kids went back downstairs after lunch and said that the basement carpet by the stairs was wet. I looked down there and sure enough it was. Then I walked toward our storage room to go check the crawl space.

One step into the storage room and my foot sunk into an inch of cold water. An inch of water spread across the entire floor and the area rug was soaking wet. I called Cameron down and we went into high gear hurriedly cleaning up any cardboard boxes on the floor. Luckily the majority of our stuff was elevated on shelves or in plastic bins.

A look in the crawl space revealed the drain pipe to take out any water that gathers in there definitely wasn’t working. I could hear water running like a stream but couldn’t see it. We continued the mad dash to clean up and then I remembered to check my art room, whose closet lines the crawl space wall.

A puddle of water spanned across the entire closet. But here it was worse because I had a lot of art and frames in cardboard boxes directly on the floor. I quickly moved out all the boxes I could, but a few drawings on pictures on paper were not going to be salvageable. Most of the frames were fine.

We grabbed the shop vacuum and spent the rest of Sunday vacuuming up gallons and gallons of water. The rain picked back up again in the evening but thankfully the water inside the finished portion of the basement didn’t worsen. Cameron did go back into the crawl space and found 2 spots where the water was coming out of the ground like an under water spring! That was the sound I was hearing.

I was thankful it was Sunday because Cameron was home to help. We got the majority of the water up and place several fans and two dehumidifiers in the basement. There is definitely some drywall damage and we need to make some adjustments to the drainage in the crawl space so it doesn’t happen again!

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In other news, we are expecting a frost Friday evening! The temperature prediction keeps fluctuating between 34 and 32 degrees. I am getting everything ready just in case. Yesterday we pulled down all the dried beans and put them in the garage to finish off drying. We also started to put up the last 3 low tunnels I need to cover all our fall crops. The kids helped me sow hairy vetch into several garden beds as a cover crop. I also am finishing up planting the rest of the soil blocks.

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In the garden:

  • Harvesting herbs, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, lettuce.

  • Transplanted soil blocks

A bushel and a half of apples. I washed them and set them all out to force myself to get to work!

A bushel and a half of apples. I washed them and set them all out to force myself to get to work!

In the kitchen:

  • Canned 23 quarts of applesauce