There are a lot of things that go into keeping a homestead in good shape, and there’s almost always work to do. If you’ve never lived in the country or ran your own homestead, you might be surprised at the extensive list of projects that your average homesteader keeps going in the back of their mind!
This month, we’ll get a sneak peek at the spring to-do list of longtime homesteader and forum member, Gina, who has a beautiful homestead in Southern Texas where there are always more projects and relaxing scenery to share!
It’s almost spring, which means time to get the homestead ready and clean the yard and pastures. We didn’t get any snow but we did get quite a bit of rain. The section of our drive leading across the gully is just dirt–not paved or graveled–so that needs to be grated and smoothed out.
The pasture needs mowing to remove the stink weeds that not even the goats will eat.
The garden needs the weeds killed then tilled up twice. We’ll need to rent a tractor to do the tilling and to grate the drive and mow the pasture. One weekend rental should do it all.
I can’t wait to get the garden planted. We’re enlarging the garden so my hubby will need to move the fence on two sides. I’m going to start the tomatoes, cukes, and few other veggies indoors so they’ll be ready to go into the garden by April first.
As far as critters are concerned, the geese and ducks need another kiddie pool, the chicken coop and goat pen needs raking out and snake-away needs to be put around perimeter of coop along with moth balls in socks.
The horses need de-worming.
Around the house I need to do some serious decluttering and move some things into the shed. The RV we use for storage also needs decluttering.
My daughter will be moving into her own apartment with her boyfriend in April so they can take the stuff she has stored in the RV, plus whatever else they need.
My best friend will be coming for a visit in April. She’s always lived in Rhode Island and has never been South, so I can’t wait to show her the bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush wildflowers and take her sightseeing.
Gotta get busy getting the homestead in shape!
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