The Weekly Digs #196

by Becky

In the Garden

February is an interesting time of year because you’ll get a warm, sunny, 65ºF day and it will be followed by a 32ºF and cloudy day. That was what happened this past week! 

We took full advantage of the warm weather and spent almost the entire day outside. We have been rigorously doing homeschool each morning and on Wednesday when it was warm, I called it an unofficial Spring Break day off of school! I love homeschool flexibility!

The garden after a day of clean up

I carried the camera around with me the whole day and documented it all on video HERE. Long story short, we did a ton of garden cleaning. The kids got a lot of outdoor play time too in addition to the garden clean up. After a full winter of wind, snow, and pounding rain, all my row covers, netting, sandbags, and other items were strewn about the garden.

With the garden being my happy place, every time I entered it and saw all the stuff on the ground, I did not feel happy. We finished about half of the clean up and still have the other side to do. There is another nice day in the forecast next week so it’s on the schedule to get done.

Second half of the garden that we will clean next week.

Spring feels far away, and yet I know my early plantings of peas on March 15th signal we are at the beginning of another garden season. 

On my list before then I hope to:

  1. Finish putting away all the extra stuff in the garden
  2. Move the pea trellises to their new location
  3. Finish fixing the drainage issues by taking soil from walking paths and putting it back on garden beds (not planning on doing this by hand, I will use the BCS tractor and rotary plow. )
  4. Add compost
  5. Add mulch back to walking paths

That is A LOT to accomplish in the next month. Especially considering this time of year we get days and days of endless rain then the garden is soaking wet and completely unworkable. I’m just going to have to do the best I can! And of course, it will go faster because I have good helpers at home.

Sprouting kale

Seed Starting

I checked off sowing some Winter Density lettuce and Echinacea Purpurea in soil blocks. I also direct sowed Napoli carrots, Astro arugula, and Mesclun Mix.

Other Homestead Projects

Cam is still working on the kitchen wood project.  But aside from that, he started a new wood shelving project in the garage.

There is a reason for the spur of the moment garage shelving project. I had a meltdown at one point this week over the fact that I could not find a small tool I needed for the garden. All my garden stuff is shoved on one small shelving unit, and what didn’t fit was in boxes and piles beside and in front of the shelves.

It has been such a point of frustration to not have it organized and have any space to put things other than in a pile. I called Cam at work this certain day and said I was desperate to find this tool, but have been searching and couldn’t find it anywhere. I was in a hurry and by this point crying (thank you pregnancy hormones).

I finally found my tool under four boxes but was so upset about the waste of time and energy because I didn’t have a place for my things. This is also not the first time I’ve had to spent digging and searching for something in my pile of garden stuff.

The result of my phone call was Cam came home the next day with a load of 2×4’s and plywood to build some shelves in the garage for all my garden supplies. 

One of my favorite things about Cam is if I even mention something that needs to be done, especially a wood project, he is working on it as soon as he can. I am SO grateful because I don’t think I could handle it much longer. I think on his end, he doesn’t want another phone call like the one he got when I was frantically looking for my tool, haha.

So the garage shelving for garden materials is in progress, but should be quick to complete since it doesn’t need to be fancy looking, it is totally utilitarian. 

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Laurel M. February 19, 2023 - 7:26 pm

Good thing Cam is so handy! I think I’ll try direct sowing carrots this week, too. They don’t need heat to germinate? My winter sown onions have not appeared yet, but maybe we haven’t had enough warm days. Utah is also having a false spring. It will snow again soon. 😊

PamR February 20, 2023 - 11:13 am

The weather here in Western Mass has been bizarre this year. I’ve live here since 1983 and have NEVER been able to do anything in the gardens as they are usually under lots of snow. But last week we dug parsnips and cleaned up the Big garden.

I also do not have the energy to search for tools and have a 16’ x 16’ garden shed to keep all my stuff in. Usually by spring it needs a good hoeing out so I can find things during the coming season.

Glad to see regular blog posts again!

Casey February 22, 2023 - 9:27 pm

Those shelves will be so helpful. I feel like organization and storage space are such game changers. I am hoping to be able to start some seeds next week, but still waiting for my seed shipment to come. We’re in Ireland for at least 2023, and will be gardening at a friend’s allotment since we don’t currently have space (until we move back to the States). Lots of new varieties to try, and a brand new climate to deal with. Should be interesting!

theseasonalhomestead March 3, 2023 - 12:00 am

Sounds like a fun adventure!

Bethany February 25, 2023 - 12:51 am

To be able to find what you need when you need it is so nice. What a sweet husband he is. LOL you gotta love pregnancy hormones. I once cried over wanting a chief salad and glared at my husband when he ate one of “my” apples.


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