The Weekly Digs #171

by Becky

Being so involved in growing most of our food is always eye opening. If it’s not bugs eating the food, then it’s something else. I’ll tell you about this week’s garden foe in a minute, but for now, I need to be grateful the blister beetles are pretty much gone! I’ve seen a few here and there, and only today did I see a cluster of them but thankfully they were outside my garden on the grass. I’m so grateful for that miracle.

My kids have been noticing some animal nibbling happening in their gardens, and Dax, who has Montana Cudu corn which is close to the ground, had entire ears getting eaten. I told him it was likely a rabbit, since I’d seen one in my strawberries a few weeks before. 

So he took it upon himself to set up a trap, placing a fresh ripe ear of corn in it. The next day, we were picking cucumbers and he said, “Mom, I caught the rabbit!” He then paraded the rabbit (still alive in the cage) around and showed each of his siblings his catch. 

Rabbits always look sweet, even though they can be formidable in the garden. So we opted this time to drive the rabbit 3 miles down the road and let it go. We picked a spot with water flowing nearby, no neighboring gardens or even houses nearby, and tree cover also. It looked to be a perfect spot for a rabbit to thrive.

We set the cage out and opened it up, feeling good about our choice. Then the rabbit slowly, cautiously, exited the cage. Out of nowhere a stray dog appeared and saw the rabbit immediately. 

The rabbit bolted, scurrying across the water, and the dog followed. At first the rabbit was out maneuvering the dog even though the dog was faster. Then the chase led them back over the water.

The rabbit lost its footing in the water and the dog caught up, catching the rabbit and dispatching it in one swift motion. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the rabbit, it was hard to see it die so quickly.

My boys are less emotional about things like this and Cruz, who was with me, said, “Well, we get an “A” for effort.” 

lemon squash

In the Garden

  • Harvesting summer squash (finally!), tomatoes, celery, dill, cucumbers, onions, green beans.
  • I did a fair amount of weeding and tomato trellising. It’s still hot here 95ºF+ and I am finding it more difficult to get things done outside. I’m not naturally a morning person but shifted my schedule this week and got up at 6am everyday so I could get a few things done in the garden before the oppressive heat set in each day.
  • The kids started some soil blocks for the family garden. More sunflowers (the oil seed type), basil, celery, and cilantro. 
Cucumber Kimchi

Preserving

  • Canned 16 pints pickles
  • Made 4 gallons of cucumber kimchi. It was about 40 lbs of cucumbers!
  • We are in the middle of dicing celery. I think we will freeze dry some, and the kids say they want me to make some chicken noodle soup and then freeze dry that. I’ll update on what we actually decide to do next week.

House Projects

  • We finished painting our bedroom, and I love it. It’s much darker because we painted the ceiling too. I’m not a fan of dark rooms in general but in this case it has been so nice for sleeping!

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17 comments

Wendy July 17, 2022 - 6:06 am

The story with the rabiit is so funny (not for the rabbit) and I love the remark of your son. Bedroom looks great, beautifull nightstand-lamps by the way.

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Michelle Forry July 17, 2022 - 2:10 pm

Hi Becky. What a wonderful Blog this week and every week I look for your suggestions and all the good food you are putting up. I too am an HR FD as a matter of fact insisted that you got the credit for my sale. I am freeze-drying not only for my Harvest to Harvest food pantry but also for my husband and I in retirement. I would love to have 20 years’ worth of food put away so that when we retire in 18 years we have the food to travel with. I am so excited to see more recipes from you I have made them all and your pantry tour. Thank you again for sharing your tips, experiences and downfalls it helps me to understand that I can’t always get it right and that is ok. Have a great week ahead.

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Joanna July 17, 2022 - 3:02 pm

I always forget it’s Sunday and I can read your blog!! 😂 As far as the bunny goes, maybe next time you should dispatch it and put it in the freezer 👍 Has Cam gotten the irrigation set up yet? I see this coming up week you are supposed to have regular temperatures into the 100’s 😩 And that’s not even with the heat index! I feel so bad for you

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theseasonalhomestead July 24, 2022 - 3:26 am

Thank you Michelle! That is an awesome way to use your freeze dried food and what a good goal. That is such a smart idea to freeze dry food for retirement. I love it!

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Laurel M. July 17, 2022 - 3:25 pm

Ooh! I love the moody green you chose for the bedroom, it’s gorgeous! I’m glad the lost rabbit wasn’t a traumatic experience for your kids. We are raising meat rabbits and I think it’s so important for kids to see the circle of life.

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PamR July 17, 2022 - 5:14 pm

I also am not a fan of dark walls, but I must say your bedroom came out beautifully!

Here in Mass it’s illegal to transport wild animals. The reasoning is they do not know the area and don’t have bolt holes for safety. They don’t know where the food is and the dangers of that area in searching for food. Plus if they are male, they are apt to be driven off by the resident males, making the search for food harder.

I can understand this reasoning, but there’s been a few raccoons transported from here to Horse Mountain….We only got caught once…

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Rachel July 17, 2022 - 7:06 pm

That is so sad about the rabbit, but understandable. We do the best we can, but even our best intentions come out badly. The weather runs about 10 degrees hotter over here in North Central Arkansas. It is brutal. I have been going out early in the mornings because that is the only time I can work. My garden isn’t doing as well as yours, but I am working toward not quitting and not leaving a space open. Plant something else! That’s my motto. I look forward to my fall garden.

Your bedroom looks great. I think for a room where you sleep, dark is good. My dining and kitchen is a dark red and I think it works okay because the rooms are big.

What is in your kimchi? I tried fermenting curtido once, but didn’t care for it. I did get several jars of fermented pickles made. Now if I could just get some green beans to grow.

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Martha July 17, 2022 - 8:47 pm

Wow! The cucumber kimchi looks amazing. I would love to try it with our cucumbers. Do you have the recipe posted somewhere? Also, loved your post last week. We should never underestimate the power of prayer! 🙂

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Cheryl July 18, 2022 - 1:14 am

I’d love a step by step video of you making various ferments. 🙂

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Donna K Baldwin July 20, 2022 - 6:47 pm

would it be possible to get the kimchi recipe please. THank you

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theseasonalhomestead July 24, 2022 - 12:26 am

I’m trying out a few different versions to see which type is better! I’ll share once I figure it out 🙂

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Susan Freeman July 22, 2022 - 11:27 pm

Love the way your bedroom turned out! It looks like you have lots of light in there during the day and it looks very inviting. I really hope you post your recipe for cucumber kimchi. I made a small batch yesterday with a random YouTube recipe and it’s just so so. Is yours fresh or fermented?

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theseasonalhomestead July 24, 2022 - 12:25 am

Mine is fermented so I can store it a longer time. I have been testing a few different versions because many have asked for a recipe. I still don’t really have an amazing version yet but my family doesn’t seem to mind. They often eat it as soon as it hits the jars.

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Abigail August 6, 2022 - 2:13 pm

Hello! Would you mind sharing how you store your cucumber kimchi? It is hard to find space in the fridge for all this delicious food!

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theseasonalhomestead August 6, 2022 - 9:32 pm

We store ours in our cold room. But a cold basement would work too. Anything about 50ºF and lower will stop it from continuing to ferment. Before we had a cold room, our basement was not cold enough so we had them in an extra refrigerator in the garage.

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Jenna Julianne August 9, 2022 - 4:27 pm

I could fall asleep just by looking at your bedroom photo! HOW RELAXING. So happy for you! WOW! Cucumber kimchi ??!! THAT IS EPIC. Did you ever say if you wanted more blue country plates or cups ? I have the same ones you have. LMK!

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theseasonalhomestead August 11, 2022 - 4:26 pm

Thank you! The blue plates and bowls I have are from my late Great Grandma, they have special meaning to me. I have plenty right now but appreciate the offer! That’s so nice of you!

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