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Spring Fever: The To-Do List

A photo of Staci Ducharme and her husbandI fall for it every year. We get a series of days in the upper 50s, and I start daydreaming of spring. I imagine the smell of the rain-soaked earth and the feel of moist soil on my jeans as I kneel down to prepare the garden beds that will provide so much abundance. The veggie seeds are in their packets just waiting to be planted.

I know, I know, it’s inevitable that we’ll have ice or snow again before the gardening season begins, but it’s still nice to dream. Along with dreaming comes the creation of the annual “Spring To-Do List.” Do you have a list? What types of things are on it? Here’s mine:

  • Rake up the leaves/yard debris leftover from fall
  • Take the mulch off the Strawberry and Asparagus beds and add to the compost bin
  • Top-dress the garden beds with a layer of compost
  • Start tomato plants to plant early using the wall-o-waters
  • Jay to build a Chicken Tractor (this is MUCH anticipated)
  • Dig new flower bed for chicken coop

Sunflower about to bloom

Sunflower starting to bloom

Sunflower blooming

  • Create walkway to chicken coop
  • Power wash and paint the house
  • Build flower boxes for barn, shop and chicken coop
  • Install gutters on chicken coop and barn for rain barrel collection
  • “Spring clean” the chicken coop – change the litter and wipe everything down
  • Clean the bird feeders and prepare the hummingbird feeder
  • Put up the clothesline
  • Pull out the raised salad greens beds and fill with soil
  • Finish installing the new kitchen lighting (before the summer sun heats up the attic)

I’m sure I’ll think of plenty additional projects to add before spring arrives. By the way, regarding the photos of the sunflowers above, the third photo was the last day of enjoyment I had with them. When I came home from work the next day some little critter left nothing but stems. Hope they were delightful!