I have only a very few general goals for 2017 as a whole. We have a lot on our plate as it is, what with trying to jump through the permitting rigmarole of getting a house built on the farm and raising kids and such, and I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with lots of big-picture things that we couldn’t realistically get done. But every month there are lots of little things to do regardless of what else is happening, and I thought it would be nice to share those things with you.
- Getting the garden ready for spring planting: We’ve been able to get out and till some parts of the garden, but it really is a very big plot and we do only have a very small rototiller (what we really need is a small tractor, but that is a want/need for another year). So, we need to keep tilling the garden, and adding aged manure and amendments.
- Planting out and sowing seeds: This one is obvious, I know, but I’m putting it here anyway because it is something that needs to keep on being done. This is the month that the first cauliflower and onion seedlings I started will need to be hardened off and transplanted outside, and almost everything else (exceptions being cucumbers and watermelons) will get started either inside or out. An exciting month, to be sure!
- Burning stuff up: Oh boy, my favorite! We’ve got a couple of different slash piles started, and we’re just waiting on a nice dry stretch to put the torch to them.
- Moving the big chicks outside: Raising three baby chicks indoors is a lot different from raising 12 baby chicks indoors. It’s much less nice with 12, I have to tell you. They stink and they’re loud and they’re constantly tipping or clogging up their water thing with shavings and just making a general stinky mess. The good news is that at this number, they’re less like pets and more like livestock. So I don’t feel so bad giving them the boot to their outside pen.
- Deconstructing a shed: Sheds are great, don’t get me wrong. And this particular shed that we’re going to be taking apart is very well made with tree trunk supports and hand split cedar shingles. But for the most part it’s not very attractive; it’s long, rambling and unenclosed; our builder said it’s in the way of the trucks that will need to come in; and the fire department said it’s so close to the house that it would probably catch fire when they burn the house down. So Jasper and I are planning on dismantling it and then putting it back together as a chicken coop. Somewhere else.
- Clear around and amend fruit trees: We’ve already done the pruning (or tried to, anyway, being novices), but we need to keep clearing weeds, blackberries and trash away from the base of all the fruit trees. We also need to dump some manure around their trunks. I don’t know the last time they had any manure, and I’m sure they would appreciate it.
- Stick to meal planning: I always have really good intentions when it comes to meal planning. Every week I pour through my cookbooks and Pinterest boards, make a list, make a shopping list, and usually I get the first meal cooked. But then, life. Sickness and ballet practices running late and suddenly we’ve eaten Chinese takeout and pesto pasta four nights in a row. So. This month it is my goal to plan easy meals and stick to them. We’ll see, but I have my doubts. You guys know how much I love cooking.
- Save more money: We’re going to need it.
Well, it looks like I have more goals for the month of March than for the whole, overarching year, but like I said, these are all things that would be done anyway. Less like goals, more like a to-do list. Wish me luck and sunny skies.