The Weekly Digs #136

by Becky

The last few days have been cold and rainy. We started our new wood burning fireplace for the first time and huddled around it to get warm. We are heating the house exclusively with our fireplace and also the wood boiler. 

Cam hasn’t quite finished hooking up the wood boiler so for now the fireplace works well enough. 

Next week we will get our first frost! I don’t have much that needs to be harvested luckily. It’s only the peppers that are left that will freeze. So I’ll be doing some major harvesting and preserving.

Homesteading Projects

The driveway is done! And even after lots of hard rain it is staying put and not draining into the road anymore! Yay! 

Preserving

We’ve been drying apples all week. I also had Cam pick me up some more apples from a local farm stand. They had to bring in apples from a few hours away this year since all the local orchards had the late frost kill them off.  

I think we are up to 20 half gallons of dried apples. Each half gallon has roughly 10 apples per jar. Last year I did 16 jars and they were gone so fast. We all love them as snacks in winter.

Jonagold apples at the top, I also got Jonathan and Fuji. My selections are limited at the farm stand but I like Jonathan for applesauce and drying, fuji we will save to eat fresh, and the Jonagold I am going to can as slices for Apple pie.

Hopefully by next year our own apples will start producing! I have the crabapples and enterprise apples that are mature enough to have a crop. I will be praying we don’t get a killing frost on all the fruits next year. Not just for me, but also for all the local farmers.

In the Garden

It feels weird but I’ve hardly been in the garden all week. The weather has been awful! But at the same time, I am relishing the slow pace and enjoying having time to reflect on the year.

I still need to get a cover crop planted once it dries out a bit and would like to get some spinach planted before I really call it quits for the year.

I did get out there on Friday and harvested the majority of the cabbage. It was ready and it had cabbage worms on it. I was able to peel the outer layers away and get them all off though. We still had a really good harvest despite the feasting that the bugs did.

I made sauerkraut with them and it was late at night that I was hurrying to get it done so no pictures. I have a new favorite ingredient in my sauerkraut, fresh dill. I put it in there on a whim late time and it was so good!

Cabbage harvest Friday October 29

New Blog Posts Coming Soon

Thanks to the rainy weather this week, I had time to write a new blog post about my secrets to preserve tons of food and also another about my mistakes I made through the year and how I’ll improve on them.

I haven’t published them yet because I need to add some pictures but hopefully I’ll get at least one posted this week. Look out for them!

I hope you guys had a great growing season. I really appreciate all of you reading. I still plan on posting the weekly digs over winter but obviously they are a little more brief since it’s a season of rest. Hallelujah!

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12 comments

Laura October 31, 2021 - 12:05 pm

Thank you for your posts. They are so inspiring to me.
I would love to hear more about your plans to heat your house with wood.

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Jen P November 1, 2021 - 1:28 pm

Me too!!! We have a wood burning fireplace and it heats the main area of the house really well but the back bedrooms are freezing.

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theseasonalhomestead November 1, 2021 - 10:13 pm

Thank you! I will share more about the wood heating soon!

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Wendy October 31, 2021 - 12:45 pm

Those cabbages look big and healthy, I can imagine the Sauerkraut tastes good. We like to cook our sauerkraut with some kummel-seeds and a laurel leaf. Have a nice weekend.

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theseasonalhomestead November 1, 2021 - 10:13 pm

That sounds delicious Wendy. I’ll have to try it sometime.

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Laurel M. October 31, 2021 - 11:01 pm

Thank you for your posts! You are encouraging and inspiring. Its really incredible what you’ve done. I’m going to put in a winter crop of spinach this week, too.

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theseasonalhomestead November 1, 2021 - 10:14 pm

Thank you!

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Joanna Kowalewski November 2, 2021 - 5:46 pm

Hi Becky- My name is Joanna. I subscribed to your YouTube channel the other day and am IN LOVE with it!! I have never followed a blogger and I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing. I want to read everything from the before. Can you help me to lead the way?

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theseasonalhomestead November 4, 2021 - 3:43 am

Hi Joanna! Thank you so much! In the Weekly Digs, I write about what has happened during the week. It’s like a homestead journal. If you want read what I wrote before, you can start at my first one and go from there here is a link https://www.theseasonalhomestead.com/category/the-weekly-digs/page/14/ Start at #1 and just keep going up in number. After reading you’ll click the back button and it will take you back to the weekly digs list and then you can go to #2 and so on.

I have more informational blog posts too. They are all categorized in the menu bar on my homepage under gardening, or self sufficiency, etc.

I hope that helps! So glad to have you here! -Becky

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Anna Himes November 3, 2021 - 12:23 am

Love these posts! So inspiring.

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theseasonalhomestead November 4, 2021 - 3:32 am

Thank you so much!

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Elise November 4, 2021 - 3:54 pm

I’d love to hear more about apple chips: how do you make them and store them? And do they stay crisp or are they more like just dehydrated? I’ve purchased apple chips and sometimes they’re crisp and sometimes not.

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