The Weekly Digs #160

by Becky

I find myself in need of a vacation this week. And luckily, I have one coming up! I am going to a family gathering in Maryland. It will be just me and Noelle and the boys will stay behind to care for everything here on the farm. So next week- no weekly digs. The next one will be May 7th.

We’ve had a lot of long days doing garden work this past week. We formed the garden beds for the kids’ gardens. I don’t know why but whenever we do this it’s usually a marathon of needing to get it done because of impending rain. 

I suppose that’s the reality of spring, we work around constant rain storms and weather in order to get ideal conditions for working with the soil. I worked on it from 2pm to 9pm. 

Whenever we make a new garden area, we use the rotary plow to mound up the soil and make a raised bed. From this point on, the soil doesn’t get plowed. But this one initial plow gives me a chance to work in lime, azomite (minerals), wood ash, and compost. 

Hopefully my boys will fill in the walking paths with mulch while I am away this week 🙂 

rhubarb
Strawberries coming soon!
Replanted Peas, popping up!

Here’s a list of other things we finished:

  • We harvested a lot of mesclun mix and gave some as free samples to our farm customers. The rest we have been eating each day. We also have been enjoying asparagus. We fry it in a pan with oil, garlic, salt and pepper. It’s delicious!
  • I made more seed starting mix.
  • I transplanted cabbages and my first succession of celery.
  • We harvested spinach and made more spinach pasta.
  • We started mulching our blackberries.
  • We have been working on finishing weeding the blueberry rows so we can mulch them too.
  • I replanted the rest of the shelling peas. The snap peas I replanted about 6 days ago are starting to pop up. Yay!
mesclun mix on right. Pea and oat cover crop middle.

Some of my family was under the weather this week, including Cameron. It makes life a little harder when you have less helpers, they do so much! Cam is usually the one who goes with our kids to deliver farm orders on Friday. Because he wasn’t feeling well, I went instead.

Mulching Blackberries
My helper!

After we finished all the deliveries, I got a flat tire on our van. Luckily I noticed before we got onto the main road.

I was grateful to have my boys with me, because Cam had taught them exactly how to change a tire just a few months prior when we had a flat on our truck. I basically got to watch my boys change it to the spare while I called Cam and told him what was going on. 

He told me to make sure they did a couple things just to be sure it was done right, but they pretty much knew it all. Having well-trained kids is awesome sometimes! I could tell it made them feel good to be able to do it! 

We took back roads home and made it safely. 

Blueberries.

Turkeys

Our new turkey poults with the mama hen are doing so well! After we lost those few initially the others have adapted and are thriving.

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5 comments

Joanna Kowalewski April 24, 2022 - 5:14 pm

Everything popping up is so beautiful ❤️ I bet it feels good (compared to 2020/2021) to have things more in place in regards to certain areas of the garden and orchard. You all are doing such a fantastic job! Such a well bonded family. Just think how it’s going to get easier and easier as the years go on

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Madeleine April 26, 2022 - 8:00 pm

Have an nice trip and I hope you could rest a bit. I had a few days off last week and took some of my seeds with me to sow cucumber and courgette. The moon was perfect and I didn’t want to loose time. Crazy, isn’t it? Try to garden with the moon and monitor if there is any difference. Found your blog quite recently and love to watch it on YouTube. Had a lot of problems with my healthiness and spot on food and gardening as well. Send you lots of greetings from Germany and looking forward to your next post. Madeleine

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theseasonalhomestead May 2, 2022 - 3:36 pm

Hi Madeleine! I haven’t tried planting by the moon but when I was at my sister Amy’s she had a chart and she was planting by the moon phases. Maybe I’ll try it too!

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PamR April 26, 2022 - 9:53 pm

I knew the kids planned to sell eggs, but I didn’t know you were selling things off the farm. I guess I thought the gardens were so big to have a year’s supply for the family. Hope that enterprise goes real well! Have a lovley vacation!

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theseasonalhomestead May 2, 2022 - 3:41 pm

Hi thank you Pam! It was a wonderful trip seeing my family. The gardens are only for us for the most part. My kids set up the egg website and I decided if we have bumper crops or excess it would be a good avenue to market and sell it, instead of giving it to the chickens. I haven’t been intentional about selling vegetables yet but perhaps in the future. I’m just dipping my toes in the water to see what it’s like 🙂

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