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Spring Fever: The To-Do List

| 3/30/2010 11:13:53 AM

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!

Cindy Murphy
4/2/2010 7:20:34 AM

Hi, Staci. That's quite the list you've got fact YOUR list reminded me of some things that I need to put on MY list! It seems spring as sprung here in Michigan this past week; in fact, it might seems as if we skipped spring altogether, and went directly to summer. A few days of very unseasonably warm days has made the world outside suddenly come to life again. It'll be short lived, I's way too early, and a snow/rain mix is in the forecast for next week. Before that happens, I hope to get more of the outside spring clean-up done, get my mustard greens and spinach seeds planted, move a couple of shrubs while they're still in a semi-dormant state, and dig enough starts off a couple suckering shrubs to start in pots so they'll be big enough to donate to a Master Gardener fund raising sale in fall. That's my plan anyway - a partial list of the much longer spring to-do list before summer REALLY sets in. Enjoy the day. Cindy ~ A Lakeside View

4/1/2010 5:13:26 PM

Dave, Yes, there's plenty to add to a "to do" list and just not enough time to get it done in. Spring is my favorite as well. I'm not too fond of the East Coast humidity in the summer. I'm still not used to it. I may have to add the small patio around the fire pit to our list as well. much to do.

Nebraska Dave
3/30/2010 1:28:03 PM

Staci, I have a huge todo list that probably won’t all get todone this year. I want to expand the raised bed gardens from three to four, build a side yard patio, and make a water feature that will automatically water my garden and maybe someday be home to fish. I also need to finish painting the house and think about how I can save rain water. That should keep me busy and out of trouble for this year and maybe next. Oh yeah I almost forgot that I want to build a small patio and fire pit where I removed a tree stump. It makes me tired just thinking about all that. That’s just outside. On the inside I would really like to have a nice basement storage area cleaned out from the junk and walled in to stay cooler than the rest of the basement. I’ve already hauled a load to the dump with more slated when the mood hits me. It’s all a work in process. I’m really glad to get out and watch my yard micro culture come to life. The crocus finally are in bloom and the tulips and daffodils are starting emerge from there Winter slumber. Spring for me is always a refreshing time and although I like all the seasons, Spring is definitely my favorite. There’s a good chance we could hit 80 one day this week. The windows will be open and the warm breeze will be wafting though the house. Our last frost day is around Mother’s Day in my area so I know I have to enjoy the day while I can because cold weather just isn’t quite done yet.

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