Throughout history various religions view spring as the time for new life, changes, fertilely and more. The entire world comes back to life during spring. That means that the homestead has a list over a mile long of different things to get done. Our homestead is no different.
Things To Do
While our lists for spring is not quite a mile long, it’s at least a foot of single spaced, 12 point font, and 3 columned. It’s pretty intense but I’ll give you the high points:
- Put the garden in
- Get ready for goat babies
- Get ready for canning season
- Order meat chickens
- Clear out basement
Everyone’s to do list for spring is different because every homestead is different. Some people focus on firewood during spring, others their garden is their only focus. But everyone can agree, spring is a busy time for any homestead.
For us, putting in the garden is the highest priority this year. We never got around to it last year and because we moved in May, we didn’t really have the time. Plus we didn’t know exactly where to put it. This spring we are focusing 75% of our efforts into the garden. We will be laying down woven ground cover. In Georgia, weeds will take over before you even have a chance to pull them, so WGC is the way to go. But in order to put it in we have to not only break up the soil but we have to even it out. We had 5 tons of soil delivered and the boys moved it for us…. into a giant pile…next to the garden.
We have also started sprouting our seeds indoors so that we can get a jump start on the garden. While we have a very long growing season, it is also very important to us that we have plenty of fruits and veggies. That means bumper crops and more seeds.
If you haven’t already, I suggest getting your seeds now. You can order online or you can stop by pretty much any big box store and get your seeds from them. Personally, I order my seeds from Territorial Seed Company and Baker Creek. I have also ordered from other sites but I prefer these two.
We’ve got two pregnant goats right now and they are due literally any day. The stress is getting to me! I want them to be born. Mainly because my girls look absolutely miserable. Obviously, I want those babies to cook for as long as they need to but I can’t imagine carrying multiples. We are also awaiting two new doelings that will be ready to come to the homestead in April. So it will be babies galore around here.
But we do have to prepare for this. We have to build two kidding pens for our girls. We don’t necessarily have to have two but having an extra allows for us to separate, quarantine, etc. Since we are planning on milking our girls, we also need to either buy or build a milking stand.
The next big thing on our list is meat chickens. We have made the commitment to raise our own chicken so that we can close another hole in our food security chain. This is a big deal for us, and something we don’t take lightly.
Because we are raising some chicken for friends and family, we are going to be raising 75 Cornish Cross and 75 Freedom Rangers to see which ones we like better. The flip side is that we realized with our last batch that we just weren’t feeding the crosses enough which led to them not gaining enough weight. That led to us having to wait to butcher them, making the meat tougher. This time we plan on moving them to a different area that is full of bugs, grass, and other yummy treats as well as feeding them all the feed they want.
The goal is to get all of this done before summer really kicks in but we will see what happens.
These are just some of the things we are doing this spring on the homestead. I would love to hear about what you are doing!
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