The Weekly Digs #143

by Becky

In the Garden

This week I spent a lot of time doing a seed inventory. My sister Amy gave me a printable chart she made so I could test it out! It was good motivation for me to get going on finding out what I have and what I need to buy. 

Now is the time to order seeds if you haven’t yet! I had many ask me when I shared about my seed inventory on Instagram what companies I buy from.

Right now I buy from High Mowing Seeds, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. I do my best to buy organic seeds when it’s a plant that gets easily diseased. Examples include tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and beans.

If the seed is organic, it is grown from an organically grown plant. The organic plants develop natural resistances to disease because they aren’t sprayed with synthetic chemicals. This resistance is passed down in the seeds.

Since I don’t spray at all, this is a very desirable trait and worth the extra dollar or two for the organic seed pack because the end yield will be more.

I will definitely do an updated list of what seeds I’m going to use this year when I finalize the details!

Harvesting this week: We have carrots, radishes, chinese cabbage, kale, lettuce, cilantro, arugula,  and baby bok choy.

It’s been so mild this December, with a couple of cold snaps here and there. Today it didn’t get above 45ºF. 

I don’t like the cold so I was freezing when I went outside today to help the kids build the chicken coop. Even though I grew up in upstate NY, I’ve become accustomed to the warm temperatures here!

Homestead Projects

We are now working on building chicken tractor #3. I’m pretty sure at this point my kids are better builders than I am. Cameron has been teaching them and they like it so I let them take the reins. I did help a tiny bit today while Cameron was out running an errand. 

Cameron is also still working on the counter for our pantry. It evolved from just a walnut butcher block countertop to now having walnut support legs too, rather than plywood and trim supporting it. I will be so excited when it’s done!

In our last home, we spent the entire 7 years we lived there fixing it up. We were always in the middle of some project or another. I was so glad when we had someone else build our current home and thought that was the end of the home projects!

Well, I’ve learned that the projects will never end 🙂 Luckily, the major house things are done, and Cam is just working on custom finishing touches. Cam loves woodworking so he is happy to do these types of projects.

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Joanna Kowalewski December 23, 2021 - 1:29 am

Have you given the Canada Crook Neck squash a thought yet? They are a butternut type squash and are Very disease resistant. I think you can get them at Bakers Creek but not for sure sure in that. Also, if you plant your watermelon away from plants that get squash bugs, do example cantaloupe and squash, you will more than likely have better luck next year. Love you and your YouTube channel ❤️

theseasonalhomestead December 31, 2021 - 1:45 am

Hi Joanna! I just checked it out and it looks like Baker Creek doesn’t have them. I’ll have to look around! I will definitely take your advice and grow my watermelon separate from my squash next year.


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