Spring Chores Around the Garden


| 4/13/2018 9:24:00 AM


The Texas Pioneer WomanNo one had to tell me that spring had sprung. It seemed like it happened overnight. One bright sunny morning I woke to birds chirping, clear skies and a yard full of blooms. Lighting the way from my front door to halfway down the driveway were azaleas with sparkling colorful blooms. It made my house seemed gorgeous. Out the back door, I could also see cascading roses accentuating the outside of my greenhouse and along my garden posts.

It was perfect. It was as if I lived in a picturesque English countryside cottage instead of my 1970ish brick ranch styled home in badly need of an update. I felt all was right with the world and I lived in a beauteous garden. Life was blithe and full of hope. I took a deep breath of the spring air as I sipped on my morning coffee. Yes, it was spring and life indeed was perfect!

I turned and walked inside the house to my kitchen sink overflowing with last night's supper dishes and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. It was spring! I have a lot to do! Spring is a time for spring-cleaning, to clean the cobwebs and dust that has accumulated and to get my house and yard organized. Spring is also a time to simplify, to reduce what I have and make what I have be useful for me. Springtime also means that I have sundry list of garden chores as well.

At the start of every season, I make a goal list of what I want or need and then work backwards from there to make it become reality. For example, I want to have herbs such as mint to make fresh tea from and herbs such as basil, dill, thyme, sage, oregano and cilantro to flavor my home cooked meals. I want to have my own vegetables growing in my kitchen garden so that I can serve nutritious vitamin-packed side dishes with my homegrown grass-fed beef and pork. I also want to have fresh fruit drizzled with honey for dessert.

Now that I have the end in mind, I can make my spring chore list. I start out by identifying my goals. In my example, my three goals include herbs, vegetables, and fruits. After identifying my main goals, I then make a list of things I need to do to help facilitate that goal to become a reality. I would also like to mention that I am frugal and love to re-use and repurpose items to save on the bottom line. Here is my own spring chore list.



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