The Weekly Digs #209

by Becky

I finally shared what I was working on in the garden on Youtube this week, our new garden shed! This is what we have been doing pretty much nonstop for the last 5 or 6 weeks. 

We are utilizing it for more than just tools. Cam already made a rack to hang our garlic to dry up in the rafters.

June is a crazy month for gardening and homesteading, even without a new baby in the mix. It feels like we finally got everything planted and now it’s time to pull out spring plants and ready to be pulled out and replanted with something new!

This week it was 100ºF with a 115º heat index. We picked all the garlic as you saw in the photo above and the bulb onions practically fried this week in the sun and heat, haha. They stop bulbing up and start drying once they hit a certain temperature and we hit it this week for sure.

It’s time to pick the onions too, but that will come next week. Some of them are huge and some are small. We always seem to get quite a range when growing onions from seed.

Here’s what we are harvesting this week: cucumbers, green onions, garlic, cherry tomatoes, lemon squash, kale, arugula, raspberries, and carrots.

We harvested 50lbs of carrots (this is the weight after the tops were removed) this week from my little add-on rows I planted around the peas! They are fairly small and misshapen because the soil is very dense and not well amended in that spot. 

But I’m still happy about the harvest. We bagged them and put them in the refrigerator to use for canning recipes and fresh too.

I think I missed last week’s Weekly Digs post because I haven’t talked about the pigs yet! Time with a newborn all seems to blur together. 

Our usual guy we get pigs from texted us super last minute and said he wasn’t going to have any pigs for us this year. But right before we heard about that, Cam met a guy would had brought his pigs to the butcher and raises pigs!

He lives super close to us (the other guy we were getting them from lived 3 hours away) and had a good mix of breeds. Cam got four pigs from him this year.

Sorry this post is kind of all over the place 🙂 I don’t have the time I usually do, but I figure something is better than nothing. Hope you have a Happy Independence Day this week and are enjoying this summer!

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Laurel M. July 3, 2023 - 2:53 pm

I’m glad you found some pigs! The shed looks awesome. Gosh, you’re all such hard workers!

Cheryl July 3, 2023 - 6:27 pm

Yes! Something is better than nothing. I look forward to your weekly digs. I’ve been harvesting loads of broccoli. My potatoes look awful. The bugs really did a number on them. Hopefully they’ll make it and give us a good crop.

Amy Andersen July 5, 2023 - 4:19 pm

I love your weekly updates, Becky. They bless me so much with encouragement and ideas. You are in such a busy season of life it’s a wonder you have time to do any updates at all. You are wonder woman! 🙂 Blessings to you, Cam and all the kids. <3

theseasonalhomestead July 16, 2023 - 4:36 am

Thank you! 🙂

Nat July 6, 2023 - 5:50 am

Have missed reading about what you are up to but can appreciate how busy things are for you right now. Your shed looks amazing – it will really help you this year especially now you are even more pushed for time.

Amy July 6, 2023 - 12:48 pm

Always enjoy your posts, but all of us totally understand you have a newborn on top of everything! Please do not feel bad or guilty if you do not post anything. Take time with baby. We will always be here.

theseasonalhomestead July 16, 2023 - 4:36 am

Thank you!

Ashley July 9, 2023 - 11:46 am

Hi there Becky,
I am just wondering what the variety of lettuce is that you have said a few times in your videos you like to plant because it is so cold tolerant? I am hoping to do a fall plant of lettuce or early spring (in Manitoba Canada) and would like to give it a try! Love all your videos, your garden is such an inspiration 🙂 take care.


theseasonalhomestead July 16, 2023 - 4:35 am

Hi Ashley! It’s called Winter Density lettuce. It’s awesome!

GardenLover July 9, 2023 - 3:47 pm

Glad to see a post, but also so glad you’ve just been busy with the baby and garden things! 💛 I didn’t find it too random at all to read, just fun! When you have time, can you let us know the plans for the chickens, what heater you think you’ll use now and whatnot? 😊

Andy July 18, 2023 - 9:39 pm

Would you recommend 1/2 inch soaker hose or 1/2 inch emitter tubing?


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