The Weekly Digs #102

by Becky

Now that we’ve entered March, the slow winter days have moved into fast paced Spring preparations! I love this time of year. There is so much anticipation for what the future will bring. I have to carefully pace myself though in an effort not to feel overwhelmed.

In the Garden

This week I was able to indoor sow lettuce (little gem) and flowers (sweet alyssum). I also spent several hours pruning our fruit trees. It’s a little intimidating at first but once I get going all the sudden, I can really see where the trees need to go as far as shape!

Today we spent the entire day in the garden. I had made everyone a list of garden tasks and said once they finished they were welcome to do whatever they wanted. The kids and Cameron work really well off lists because it gives them an end point. Otherwise, I may just keep adding on more work for them, haha!

My sister and brother in law joined us for part of the day and they were such a big help. We moved away silage tarps and weeded in preparation for planting a cover crop of peas and oats. I met an unexpected new weed in the garden, wild onions! These were multiplier onions and they were everywhere and about twelve inches deep!

I didn’t plant green onions in this garden last year so I knew they were wild. My brother in law and I weeded for hours. Meanwhile my sister picked up rocks and took them out of the garden. 

Cameron told all our kids and our nieces and nephews that he would pay $1 per 5 gallon bucket of rocks collected and removed from the garden. Suddenly everyone wanted to work hard! It was amazing how fast they worked too. We now have a garden free of rocks- or at least until it rains and they all come up from the soil 🙂

I also direct seeded some bulb onions in my garden. (Which by the way, I had a really hard time doing after pulling out all those pesky wild onion plants) I’ve never tried this before and I’ve really wanted to experiment and see what happens.

House Progress

Lots happening behind the house with utilities. All the trenches were dug for propane, electric and water for the RV hookup and future shop, also a trench for piping for the wood boiler, and for propane to the generator. 

Sheet rock mudding continues on.

Short and sweet and I’m sorry there are not many pictures today. I’ll add them next week. Sometimes I get working so hard I forget to take photos. It’s been one of those weeks.

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4 comments

Jennifer March 15, 2021 - 5:53 pm

I love your blog. We just bought our little homestead of five acres in January. I have been following your blogs/posts. I am still fairly new to this. You have been a great help. I love the per bucket of rocks payment. Many years back I had purchased a house that was landscaped with all white rock. I paid my niece, nephew and son 5¢ per rock. Wow! That works miracles. Never seen kids work so hard. Haha.

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theseasonalhomestead March 19, 2021 - 12:54 pm

Thanks Jennifer! Haha, yes, what a difference a little monetary motivation makes!!

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Anya April 2, 2021 - 4:17 pm

weird question, but where do you find overalls like the ones you have here? I have been trying to some durable ones for my own gardening, but they are hard to find!

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theseasonalhomestead April 4, 2021 - 1:28 am

They are from Dovetail Workwear. I hesitated on buying them for a long time because they are expensive but they have been well worth the money. They are heavy duty and very comfortable! I recently bought a second pair. Here is a link to them: https://dovetailworkwear.com/collections/overalls/products/freshley-overall-black-denim

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