Spring Project Time at the Homestead
It’s clear that spring has sprung in San Diego and it’s time to get busy with projects on the homestead!
Right this moment though, I’m sipping stevia sweetened, organic earl grey tea with just a splash of organic, raw, grass-fed milk out of my favorite mug (because it’s gigantic), sitting at my patio table watching Penelope and Tillie (two of the homestead hens) preen themselves on the front porch. The sun is shining, bees are hovering all around my borage plants, somewhere a Red-Shouldered Hawk is calling out and all around me is the color green.
It’s moments like these that I take a deep breath and marvel at how far my sustainable little life has come and how grateful I am to be present right now, in this second… and then my mind starts spitting out projects for me to do, lol! I need to get a plan together and get organized.
It’s easy for me to get distracted when inspiration strikes and I’ve found that planning out what I want to accomplish helps me to have some structure that allows my creativity to run wild while still being able to get things done. I keep it flexible though so there’s room to play. Becoming more sustainable and learning new ways of doing things should be fun!
Having had some health issues over the last year that aren’t quite resolved, my energy is limited. Even at full capacity though, there are only so many “productive” hours in a day and having a bird’s eye view of the grand plan helps me to budget my energy more efficiently. Here’s how I plan and map things out. Hopefully my process will help you plan your own spring project list!
First, I consider what direction I want to move in and what I want to focus on. I call it my mission statement. My mission statement this season is: fine-tune what I have in place already.
I put a lot of work into making this micro homestead more self-sufficient but I need to make the projects I’ve already done more functional. This includes further integrating my backyard flock by chicken-proofing my garden so I actually have a garden to speak of, lol! Without barriers, this happens:
Seedlings won’t stand a chance, lol! I also want to re-do my trellises. The little wooden ones I have are cute but they just didn’t cut it last growing season for my vertical gardening. I’m all about vertical gardening since I have such limited space.
I need to take another crack at black soldier fly composting as well and see if this year I can successfully over-winter them. So, this season it’s all about making what I have more effective and efficient.
Make A Project List
Next, I list all the things I want to look into or accomplish, with their purpose and any notes or thoughts I have about it. The notes help when prioritizing and planning for the individual projects. Some project completions are dependent on others, like how my garden beds need to be screened in before I plant the actual garden.
I like to put pen to paper, typing it all out just doesn’t connect me to the project like making physical notes does, but do what works for you!
Prioritize the Project List
Next in the process is prioritizing. Remember those notes? This is where they come in handy to look at. For my projects, the importance line up is:
1- Chicken proof the garden
2- Re-do trellises
3- Get cuttings in trays to root over the next few months
4- Re-do strawberry tower
5- Re-build/reinforce compost bin
6- Plant garden
7- Build black soldier fly compost bins
8- Make chick brooder
9- Expand chicken run
10- Add ducks to flock??
So now I have a working list to tackle, one by one. Time to get busy!
As the projects are completed, I’ll link to the article pages.
So let’s talk about your plan. What would you like to accomplish this growing season? What direction do you want to move in? Are you just considering starting a garden and looking into what that entails? Are you an experienced but looking to take your garden to the next level by adding some chickens to the mix?
Here’s a helpful guide that you can use to get it all sorted out on paper.
I look forward to hearing all about your spring projects! Please leave me a comment on what you’re planning or what you’ve done so far!