The Weekly Digs #168

by Becky
This little farmer is doing amazing! All cucumbers are from his plants.

New farm additions

We got our pigs today! Cam drove about 3 hours to go and pick them up from a farm and we purchased six. They aren’t all for us, we intend on selling most of it. The guy we get them from raises his pigs on pasture, which is a must for us! They learn when they are young to root and dig around for food. In addition to that, if the sow and boar are on pasture, they give those traits to their offspring. 

I’ve seen this phenomenon first hand with our chickens. Our 4 week old Delaware chicks are voracious eaters of greens. This is our first year we have hatched chicks and I have never seen another chick eat grasses and chick weed the way they do! Our chicks from the hatchery were not like that, but in one generation they have already moved toward more greens, more scratching for bugs, and less grains.

New Pig Fencing

Some homesteading projects you fail at, and have to start over. Cam didn’t like the way his pig fence turned out last year and so he ripped the whole thing out. He put in a low welded wire fence as a permanent perimeter backup fence. 

First he trenched, then put in Tposts, then stretched the fence. Being that we are often behind, he completed the fence only last night. 

The problem is that the outer fence was never intended to be the only fence, Cam also wanted to string smaller electric paddocks all throughout this area so the pigs could rotate pasture. Unfortunately, he didn’t have time to do those before he left at 5am this morning. 

On his way back he came up with the idea to use the chickens electric fence from Premier1. After bringing the pigs in the permanent fencing, he set up the poultry fencing (basically like electric netting) and set it up. We let the pigs out.

Found a giant spider in the barn. Not my hand, this is Noelle’s. Cam sent me this picture and I was thankful I wasn’t near by. I would be screaming. This is the night they were finishing up pig fencing.

The electric fence wouldn’t shock hard enough and the pigs ran right through it, with a few getting tangled in it along the way. It was a big fail. Thankfully the outer fence held up while we figured things out. 

Cam decided to pound in more T-posts in 100ºF, heat index of 110ºF weather I might add, and set up an electric barrier with two aluminum wire strands like we did last year. Just past that, he also put up hog panels to ensure they didn’t get out. 

So now they are secured in a smaller area and so far they are staying put! 

In the morning while Cam was gone, I recorded a garden tour. It was wishful thinking to get it edited and published today, with the pig fiasco there wasn’t enough time but hopefully by early next week i’ll have it finished.

In the Garden

  • Spent many hours weeding everyday, it was hard because of the heat. But we are powering through it as best we can. 
  • Worked on harvesting the garlic and set it in front of fans to dry in the garage.
  • Harvested cucumbers (most coming from the kids gardens), cabbages, dill, and lettuce.
  • Spent many hours watering. It’s so dry here and I have one sprinkler for a quarter acre garden and all my fruits. It’s time consuming to drag it around and hand water inside my tunnel. Cam is helping me get a more permanent irrigation set up going with drip irrigation. It’s another to-do that we intended to finish last month but we’ve had a mountain of homesteading tasks that took precedence. I want to get that done as soon as possible, in the next week or two is the hope.


  • Cam and the kids picked blueberries at our local u-pick and froze them. It was about four gallon size bags.
  • We blanched and froze about 5lbs of snap peas. The peas are done for the year, but I still have a few more pounds in my refrigerator that need to be frozen.

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Joanna June 26, 2022 - 5:31 am

Hi, Becky- Just so you know, pigs need to be trained to electric fence. For at least 2 weeks or even more. It is going to take a lot of weed whacking all of the time to keep the grasses off of the fence because Cam will need to put the lowest hot wire pretty close to the ground due to the fact that they root with their noses. Probably about 6-8 inches above the ground 👍 Pigs also love rooting through the forests so it would be really good to have part of the rotation going into the forest.
I am waiting with so much anticipation for your garden tour video ❤️ We’re you able to make can any pickles for the kids yet? 😂 How about cucumber Kimchi?
I pray for the weather to get a bit nicer for you…I couldn’t imagine having to work out in that heat. We have very very similar weather as you do here in Corpus Christi. It feels like 110 every single day with dew points in the upper 70s 🥵
Have a great week

theseasonalhomestead June 30, 2022 - 8:56 pm

Hi Joanna! No pickles yet, I’m constantly amazed at how much our family eats. Haha, we have eaten every single cucumber out of the garden already. I’m building up a stash of pickling cucumbers so I can get at least some canned this year! And yes, will do cucumber kimchi too! Thanks for the prayers about the weather 🙂 Always appreciated! Oh and yes, Cam is training the pigs now 🙂 We learned that lesson the hard way last year, haha!

Laurel M. June 26, 2022 - 2:44 pm

Those are some good looking cucumbers, kid! I can’t believe Noelle put her hand that close to such an enormous spider!! You’ve got tough kids! Good luck with the pigs, I can’t wait for your garden tour video!

PamR June 26, 2022 - 7:20 pm

I agree with Joanna. We always trained our pigs the first 2 weeks and never had any escapes. Here’s a post I did on how we do it. The breeder had suggested it.

Sarah June 27, 2022 - 4:04 pm

I have the same zoning as you and am trying to start growing as much as I can in my backyard to supply for my family. It would be helpful to know when and what you start planting indoors/outdoors.

theseasonalhomestead June 30, 2022 - 8:42 pm

Hi Sarah! I have a planting chart you can find here

CaseyFromSeed June 28, 2022 - 9:40 am

That SPIDER!! 😳😳😳😬😬😬 Ummmm…. No. Gave me the shivers! 🤣🥴

theseasonalhomestead June 30, 2022 - 8:41 pm

Yep way too big!!

Nicole June 28, 2022 - 11:16 am

Hi there from New York! I just have to say that I found your channel on YouTube a week or so ago and I just love it, you and your family are just inspiring. I’ve learned so much about gardening just by tuning in. I currently have raised gardens but you have inspired me to do a garden re-vamp. I have been wanting to do it for a while, and now I have the time. I just want to say thank you for being a little bit of light for me ((and many others I’m sure)). I appreciate your real-ness. Sending good vibes and hoping for a bountiful harvest. 💪👩‍🌾

theseasonalhomestead June 30, 2022 - 8:39 pm

Hey thanks Nicole! I grew up in upstate NY, and miss the cooler weather but not the snow 🙂 I appreciate the kind words. Best of luck with your gardening!

Erin June 28, 2022 - 11:37 pm

Eek! That spider is terrible! I’ve been trying to talk my husband into moving to Missouri since farms are so affordable there compared to Idaho, and seems the climate is better for gardening. This might change my mind! Not only can you grow cucumbers by June, you also grow huge spiders!

theseasonalhomestead June 30, 2022 - 8:36 pm

Haha! True! The spiders are big, but luckily the ones we actually see are few and far between. 🙂

Aneta June 30, 2022 - 8:52 pm

Would you please share which size pressure canner you use? The “shop my favorite things” page links to the 21.5 quart, but I wanted to make sure it was that one and not the 25 quart. Also, thank you so much for everything you share and your YouTube channel. My whole family enjoys watching and learning.

theseasonalhomestead July 3, 2022 - 4:32 am

Yes, it’s the 921, 21.5 quart All American (holds 7 quarts, 18 pints max). If my stovetop would handle it, I would get a larger one (the 930 or 941 both hold at least double the quart jars) to save time and do more cans at once. I recently purchased a second, but got the same size because any larger and the weight would crack the glass on my electric stovetop. I also can outdoors over a camp stove which can handle any size, but wanted the versatility to choose either stovetop or camp stove to can. Hope that helps!

Ian June 30, 2022 - 11:34 pm

Have you all ever had any issues with Japanese Beatles or June Bugs? They are currently ravaging the pastures of the farm I work at.

theseasonalhomestead July 3, 2022 - 4:35 am

Yes, we get them. But generally not to an extreme. Some years are bad years, and I think this is one of them. I’ve noticed a lot on my fruit trees and raspberries. Our poultry helps to keep them in check, they love to eat the grubs and the beetles.


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