The Weekly Digs #203

by Becky

A Little Bit of Reality

I often go through phases of feeling really excited about the garden and preserving, then all the sudden feeling like I’m totally overwhelmed, or not able to keep up with it all. That has already happened so many times this season!

Usually, I just have to work harder or find a different solution in order to feel less overwhelmed and more excited again. But an interesting thing has happened this year, and that is I don’t feel so alone in my efforts. 

As it gets closer to the baby coming, my family has come to the rescue over and over to make sure we are still able to grow lots of healthy food. 

It had me reflecting on how homesteading used to be, with the family working together towards a common goal, survival. The whole family helped because they realized the consequences that would come if they didn’t.

Thankfully, it’s not life and death on the line anymore and we have a lot of modern conveniences to help us. But I have felt such a huge burden lifted this year each time we work together as a family. 

I wasn’t sure if I was going to get all my Spring crops planted in time, but with help, all of it got done. The peas, onions, and potatoes are all in and I can breathe a huge sigh of relief at that!

In the Garden

This week I spent several days weeding around my asparagus plants. There were a lot of perennial weeds that were deep in the ground, like dandelions and wild onions. Consequently, I had to dig them out with my soil knife before I could do any hoeing across the surface.

After the weeding was done, we covered the area with wood chip mulch. It’s looking so much better.

We also worked on setting up more irrigation, hallelujah! This is something we half did last year, because we started so late and the plants were too huge to lay down drip irrigation. 

We now have a lot more lines laid down and it has been such a time saver already. I need to work on getting them all taught and more secured to the ground, but any progress is good progress at this point!

I got all the peas weeded too, then we laid mulch around them as well. The goal this year is to keep things as easy as possible in the garden. That means lots of mulch so I have less weeding hours.

Cooking

We’ve slipped back into a lot of fresh produce now that spring is here and I am loving it! We’ve been harvesting lettuce, arugula, cilantro, and asparagus. 

I love to cook when I have fresh ingredients and can figure out what to make with them. This week we had savory crepes, made with chicken, arugula, pickled onions, lemon garlic sauce, and parmesan cheese. It’s a great spring meal because it uses lots of eggs for the crepes which are always in abundance during this season.

 We also had pulled pork sandwiches with lettuce and arugula, homemade BBQ sauce, canned pickles, and canned baked beans from last year’s harvest. 

I haven’t done much preserving lately. It’s been really good to have a break before the big preserving push. I need all the excitement and energy I can muster for when the time comes!

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7 comments

Joanna April 17, 2023 - 5:03 pm

I am always sad when I realize I forgot about Sundays blog until Monday 😂 I can’t wait for the next YouTube video!! I’m so happy the family is all coming together like this. The kids are getting older and are more able ❤️

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Jenifer April 18, 2023 - 1:30 pm

Bless your heart. So glad your family is so helpful. Take care of yourself and your mental health. Your family loves you and needs you. Rest when you need and it will all work out!!! Sending hugs.

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theseasonalhomestead April 24, 2023 - 3:42 pm

Thank you!

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Alyssa April 25, 2023 - 12:48 am

Thank you for such an inspiring article! I just found your blog and have loved all of the posts that I have read so far and found them all very helpful and motivational. This article felt especially relatable – our family created some big goals this year for expanding our gardens and adding animals before we found out I was pregnant with baby #3. A few weeks ago I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of the projects, but now I am very excited to see the fruits of our labor come together. Family help and support has been huge and I am so grateful for that. Best of luck to you and your family!

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theseasonalhomestead April 30, 2023 - 2:58 am

Thanks so much and congrats on #3! I’m so glad your family has come to the rescue as well!

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Elise April 18, 2023 - 6:59 pm

We need to talk about savory crepes with lemon garlic sauce! You can’t just mention something that delicious and not give the recipe! 🙂

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theseasonalhomestead April 24, 2023 - 3:42 pm

Haha! It was made up! I use the lemon garlic sauce all the time it’s so good. Half roasted garlic and half preserved lemons I chop them together in a food processor and add some olive oil. I freeze it in cubes and then we use it as a flavoring for pasta or in this case, the crepes. Preserved lemon recipe here https://www.theseasonalhomestead.com/how-to-make-preserved-lemons/ I’ll have to publish my crepe recipe sometime, it comes from a family who had two of their daughters stay with us as french exchange students. The rest of it was arugula, some canned and drained chicken, parmesan, and I can’t remember what else. It’s very adaptable, we just use what’s in season as far as the veggies go!

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