The Weekly Digs #95

by Becky

In the garden:

We found a trap that is catching the voles! I was very skeptical when Cameron brought home a trap built for rats. I wasn’t sure if it was going to cross over and work for the voles since the traditional mouse traps didn’t work at all.

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I didn’t put this picture on Instagram because I was nervous they would flag it for the dead animals. It’s nice to have my own website, I can show you that these actually work, even though it is kind of gross!

But they work great! We’ve caught three voles already within a couple days. The traps won out over letting nature balance naturally over time. I have really been wanting to get some more crops in the ground but was worried about the voles. Cameron bought the traps from Tractor Supply, HERE is a link.

Last week I mentioned I made some seed starting mix, I just finished the video for that, it can be found HERE

I added some more hairy vetch seed and started to lay compost over the top. My hope is that it will germinate soon and take off in spring. I was reading in THIS BOOK that planting hairy vetch before a crop of tomatoes will help lower chances of disease in the tomatoes. 

Planting more hairy vetch

I have followed hairy vetch cover crops with a tomato crop in the past. I didn’t notice the disease prevention as much but now that I think back on it, it did help. Hairy vetch also adds nitrogen and keeps the plants well fed. No need to add additional fertilizers. 

I ordered some more fruit trees this week. 

  • Era RedLove Apple
  • Akane Apple
  • Shin Li Asian Pear
  • Large Korean Asian Pear

I like to order the majority of my fruit trees from Stark Bros, but I have a friend who recommended One Green World for some more unusual varieties. I purchased these from One Green World

House Progress:

The roof is finished! It is such a relief to finally have that done. After the inspector comes out again, they will move on to insulation and sheet rock. 

Our back doors and one more window is in the back wall. The door will be painted black to match the windows. 

Cam and I are finalizing cabinet plans this weekend.

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Linda Rhode January 23, 2021 - 12:01 pm

I have these traps and LOVE them. I have both sizes… the size for rats and the size for mice. I just can’t stand setting the traditional traps as I’m afraid I’ll snap my fingers!

theseasonalhomestead January 23, 2021 - 12:37 pm

Yes, we tried the traditional mouse traps and we don’t like them for that reason either! 🙂

elodie January 23, 2021 - 8:25 pm

why not get a cat for the voles?

theseasonalhomestead January 26, 2021 - 1:31 pm

Unfortunately, I’m allergic to cats.

Nicole Brent January 30, 2021 - 4:13 pm

What did you use as bait for the voles?

theseasonalhomestead February 1, 2021 - 12:37 pm

Peanut Butter! Seems to have worked well so far.


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