April 2016 Homestead Update

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This is our second year on our homestead but it’s the first year of having a “real” yard. We have so much work to get done, it seems like we will never have enough time to get it all done! We have such a blank slate, in both the house and the garden that it leaves quite the lengthy to-do list. If you want to see a list of some of our homesteading goals, check it out here.

Landscaping-Mulched

Herb Garden-Mulched

Things we have already accomplished:

  • Finished painting the basement walls and floor. (This was a huge, time-consuming project. We are so glad it is done!)
  • Made progress with running water lines out to our shed & garden area.
  • Cleaned up our landscaping-removed all leaves and dead branches, trimmed bushes.
  • Added new mulch to our landscaping.
  • Added more “deer repellent” to our fruit trees. (More about this below!)
  • Removed all of the blossoms from our fruit trees-I have to admit that this was a little painful since they are so pretty, but when fruit trees are young, it is good to remove the blossoms so that the tree puts its energy into the tree itself rather than trying to produce fruit.

Pear Tree

More on the deer repellent for the fruit trees: So we added four new fruit trees to our backyard homestead at the end of the summer last year-two apple and two pear. We were a little concerned about them because we have a lot of deer that come through our backyard everyday. My dad gave us the idea to use Irish Spring soap as a deterrent. So we gave it a try! We took one bar of Irish Spring soap, cut it into quarters, and drilled a hole through each piece. We tied a string through the hole and then we attached one to each tree. This kept the deer away from our trees all winter! So, I don’t know if it’s just coincidence or if it really worked. I’m sticking to “It worked!” So we are going to continue using this method unless something changes. It is super frugal and has been effective this far.

Deer Repellent

Goals that still need accomplished:

  • Plan out the area for our garden-measure and stake out where exactly it’s going to be.
  • Build our garden fence.
  • Finish running water out to the shed & garden area.

To be quite honest, the month is quickly coming to a close, so some of these tasks may get pushed into May. But as long as they are ready for Memorial Day weekend, we’ll be in good shape. That is when we plant our garden every year! I can’t believe it’s almost May already!

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Take a look at our new strawberry plants! They already have little strawberries on them! Friends of ours were thinning their strawberry patch and we were the lucky recipients of the leftovers! I also just planted some more strawberry seeds. So hopefully we will have a nice little strawberry patch in our new garden!

Strawberry Seeds

At the end of the day, the most important thing in accomplishing a large volume of tasks, whether around the homestead, in your homemaking or at your 9-5,  is to ensure that you have a plan in place and clearly set goals. We definitely have both of these when it comes to our homesteading goals, it’s more just a matter of having the free time to get everything accomplished.

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What projects are you working on around the house and yard this spring? Share in the comments below. I always love to hear from my readers!

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