The Weekly Digs #165

by Becky

In the Garden

After last week’s tomato devastation, this week could only get better and thankfully it did! I pulled out the tomatoes that didn’t make it, and planted volunteer tomatoes from all around the garden to fill in the gaps.

Protecting tomato transplants from the hot sun!

I’m still missing some areas, but started a new tray of tomatoes as well just to experiment and see if I have enough time to get a harvest from them. 

I really, really wanted to quit altogether that day last week but I’m thankful for everyone’s encouragement and kind comments, it helped a lot. It helped me to find solutions and keep a better perspective. 

  • We are harvesting strawberries, peas (this was their first week of being ready!), garlic scapes, lettuce, and carrots. 
  • I started planting flowers along the borders of my garden. It was a longer process than anticipated and will take a few days.
  • I have on my to-do list an hour of weeding a day. I’m a bit behind. This is mostly due to the heavy rain we experienced thus far this spring. The only effective way I’ve found to weed with wet soil is to pick by hand. When it’s dry like it is now, it’s much easier.

Turkeys

Cam finished up the turkey tractor this week! It gives the turkeys so much more space. This is Cam’s first attempt at one and it’s working great but already he said it needs one modification.  He wished he’d put it on a chassis so the wheels would turn. 

Not a big deal for right now though. We put it in a location where it will be moved at least twenty times before it needs to turn around.

Since it was a well used carport, some of the canvas covering had already ripped. Cam sewed together what he could and put some duct tape on the large holes until he could patch them. 

We used a combination of hardware mesh, and chicken wire along the outside. I hope it is predator proof enough!

Preserving

We did another batch of freeze dried strawberries. They are so delicious!

I didn’t take a picture of strawberries so here is our first BLT of the season! My Mom and Step Dad came up to visit from Texas and brought a fresh tomato from their garden. Bacon and lettuce are from our homestead.

That’s it for this week, friends. I find myself so tired from all the work and need to rest 🙂

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9 comments

Jen June 5, 2022 - 5:40 am

You deserve the rest!!!!

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PamR June 5, 2022 - 10:30 am

Not much rest to be found this time of year. If it’s not the gardens needing attention, it’s food preservation needing done…

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Madeleine June 5, 2022 - 9:25 pm

I’m glad you find these solutions and I thank you so much you are sharing the bad days with us as well. When did you sow the carrots you harvested yet? It is interesting how different climate zones are. I planted a lot of flowers this week as well and I’m looking forward to seeing them flowering soon. Have a nice week and take care.

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theseasonalhomestead June 7, 2022 - 3:03 am

I sowed the carrots about March 15th but inside my caterpillar tunnel.

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Laurel M. June 5, 2022 - 9:30 pm

Beautiful peas and strawberries!! You and Cam are so innovative, I’m praying for your volunteer tomatoes!

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CaseyFromSeed June 6, 2022 - 9:37 pm

Those strawberries are beautiful! Taking those volunteer tomatoes and transplanting them is a great idea. It will be interesting to see what varieties they are. Hopefully you get a decent amount of paste tomato transplants! The turkey tractor turned out awesome! Using the old carport is genius.. I would have never thought of that, but it seems to work like a charm. Are you direct sowing flowers, or have you started seeds? Are they decorative, or medicinal, or both?

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theseasonalhomestead June 7, 2022 - 3:03 am

Thanks! We started seeds about 4 weeks ago in soil blocks then transplanted them. I’ve also got a lot of flower volunteers around the garden that I’m using too. They are decorative mostly, lots of zinnias and marigolds. I also grow sunflowers for our chickens.

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Blue June 10, 2022 - 8:29 pm

This is random, but do you know what paint your kitchen cupboards are painted with? I saw a old pic and it’s so pretty! God Bless!

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theseasonalhomestead June 12, 2022 - 3:29 am

Yes, it’s Benjamin Moore Advance paint in Ballet White. Satin is the sheen we used.

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