The Weekly Digs #202

by Becky

In the Garden

We got a huge task done this week, planting potatoes. I knew it was a job that I wouldn’t be able to do alone at this point because of how much digging is involved and it’s getting harder and harder for me to do physically taxing labor. 

As a family, we all went out together and planted 180 row feet, which is our amount we need for the year’s supply. The boys and Cam did all the digging and everyone else helped to measure and plant. We plant them 12 inches apart in the row and since we set aside the smaller potatoes for seed, we don’t cut them and plant whole potatoes.

As far as a seed goes, we used the last of the potatoes from the pantry minus a few larger ones we set aside for eating. I really like the Kennebec variety because they do well in our climate. Several years ago we bought seed and it was so expensive! It was even more expensive because I wanted to do organic due to the resilience it naturally has.

It has turned out to be worth it over time, since we grow organically, yields were higher than they had been when I bought conventional. If for some reason the potatoes start to get smaller or we have issues, I’ll start over with some new seed stock, but for now saving our own is working great the last few years.

We also got our first harvest of asparagus this week. I was so excited we ate every single asparagus before I got a picture! I’ll have to remember next week 🙂

Huge Seed Starting Day

We did a really big seed starting session. The kids planted a bunch of what they wanted in their gardens in soil blocks, lots of tomatoes, cucumbers, and flowers is what they like.

After they finished I got to work planting some things for the family garden in the soil blocks.

I sowed tomatoes of all kinds:

  • Roma
  • Kellogg’s Breakfast
  • Amish Paste
  • San Marzano II, I was done planting this type, but Cam always wants me to do a few. They are not quite as productive as Roma and are more prone to blossom end rot. But Cam prefers the flavor or these over other paste tomatoes.
  • Eva Purple Ball
  • Sunrise Bumblebee
  • Peacevine Cherry
  • Cherokee Purple

We made enough soil blocks that I ran out of soil! I need to make some more. I got more trays made than I actually planted last night because it got dark. I need to finish that up soon.

Transplanting Day

We also transplanted the majority of what we had already growing in the soil blocks. We got the cabbage, celery, and lettuce all out in the garden beds. 

Turkeys

Both this year and last year, we saved a pair of turkeys for mating. But once they reach maternity,  the Tom both times has ended up scratching the hen behind her wings when he jumps on top.  This is a different set than last year but we have the same issue. 

It’s a little frustrating because I’m not sure what to do about it. We made a sleeve sort of thing that covered the hens wounds last year so they could heal. This year, the boys decided just to let Tom roam freely during the day. 

I’m not sure how I feel about that since he will likely become food for some predator if we keep letting him free range. Still trying to figure this out since I would like our hen to have fertilized eggs to sit on.

Final Thoughts

I think that’s about it for what we’ve been up to. Our kids had a lot of things going on outside the house this week, so we were out and about more and it was hard to get tasks done at home.

But I actually think due to our working together on a couple of projects rather than me just doing it solo like usual, we were able to get about the same amount done. 

Still lots to do, and only a little time before end of May and June when the baby arrives!

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3 comments

Joanna April 9, 2023 - 4:39 pm

Happy Easter 🐰🐣 It always amazes me how sprig pops up and you are getting food like Asparagus and stuff. I don’t know why. You do such a fabulous job on your homestead/farm ❤️ I wonder if there is any way you could have one of those protectors (the fabric ones like the chickens had) for the female turkey 🤔
Have a great week!! Love you, girl

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Laurel M. April 10, 2023 - 1:33 am

I’m glad your family is so helpful in the garden. Take care of yourself and baby boy. ❤️

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theseasonalhomestead April 24, 2023 - 3:42 pm

Thanks!

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