It’s almost summertime, and the living is easy.
Right? Or at least it would be if we weren’t responsible adults with jobs and kids and, like, things to do. Instead, we’ll be as busy as ever with taking care of our garden and animals, building a house, working on the farm and keeping the children from going at each other’s throats.
Here’s just some of what we’re going to be up to for the next three glorious months!
Dig some really big holes and trenches. In the spirit of saving money, doing it ourselves, and hopefully getting everything up to code with the county’s public health department, we’ll be working on extending our septic drain field another 100 feet or so. I’m hoping that I can convince Jasper to either rent or borrow an excavator from one of the neighbors when it comes time to do the trench and place the leaching chambers though, because he insisted on doing the test pits by hand, and then claimed it was fun from him. It really didn’t look like very much fun to me.
Dig some more. And probably get soaking wet while doing it. We’re also going to be working on our water situation – cleaning up and securing the spring head, adding another cistern closer to the house and probably upgrading some of the pipes and shut off valves that are sprinkled throughout the property. I’d also like to add lines for more spigots in the garden and future orchard.
And … well … more digging. Are you getting the idea that me and my shovel are going to be becoming very close friends? Because we are. Anyway, fencing, y’all. Lots of fencing. The chickens need a run, the garden needs to be seriously fortified, and the goats I am planning on purchasing next year will need something to keep them in as well. There’s a lot of post hole digging in my future.
Plant a perennial herb garden. There are two big raised beds in the garden which in years past have held oriental poppies, carrots and chard, but this year there are just weeds (and elephant garlic) in them. They’re really the perfect spot for a perennial herb bed, so my plan is to get all the weeds out and start planting some herbs! I’m thinking of chives, chamomile, thyme, rosemary, dill, oregano, lavender and lemon balm. And maybe some kind of mint – in containers – to sweeten all those summertime drinks that I plan on indulging in.
Put by lots of tomatoes, pesto and applesauce. I’m not growing much in the garden this year, and while the terrible spring weather we had is most to blame for that, a not-insignificant reason is because I didn’t want to have to preserve and store a lot of food in the teeny tiny kitchen that I have right now. But, we do use an insane amount of pesto, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and applesauce throughout the year, and homegrown is definitely best. So I’ll have to suck it up and sterilize those canning jars (without a dishwasher) and get to work later this summer so that I don’t run out in January again.
Add a new member to our family! Yep, you read that right. Our little family is getting bigger by one! No, it’s not another human baby – we’ve got quite enough of those, thank you – we’ll be adding a Great Pyrenees puppy to the mix this summer! Because we obviously didn’t have enough to do. Exciting, or just insane? Who knows. In any case, we’ll be bringing her home in early July, and I’ll tell you more about our pup in a future post.
Ahhh, sweet relaxing summer!
Does anyone else have any exciting plans?