My to do list before spring. Gotta love that little widget. Before spring meaning, in my world, before it's time to start the garden. March 20th is totally irrelevant as far as marking spring goes around here. Heck, our frost free date isn't until June 8th! Although it is definitely warming up out there and the snow is melting fast, we're a long ways from seeing anything green yet. And it's snowing! So I still have a few weeks to get the last of my winter chores and projects done before we dive into spring- gardening, yard clean up, fencing, firewood and what not. -clean out & reorganize basement
-fix the wood slide/basement window so it will close properly
-refill firewood from wood shed
-clean out #3 & #4's room
-wash & polyfill walls
-put in new carpet
-get ready for the tax man
-clean out the feed room
I bought really big rubbermaid bins for feed. And the squirrels chewed through the lid of the oats bin THE FIRST DAY! Little buggers. 5 squirrels have met their doom in the squirrel trap since then. I never minded when they stole from the bird feeders. I don't mind when they clean up the stuff we spill. But the ungrateful little buggers that are causing damage are on the hit list.
-clean out chick brooder box
I decided on 50 non-sexed Columbian Rock X Reds
|and 25 Bronze Orlopp turkeys.|
They'll be arriving May 11th. I bought corn crib wire to fence in the garden, and we'll be building the new chicken coop/turkey pen at the end of the garden. With it all fenced in, I'll be able to open the gate between them at the end of the season/next spring, and let the birds browse, scratch, dig, fertilize, and control pests in the garden. Since I spend tons of time in the garden all summer, I think it'll deter the foxes and other predators. I'm hoping anyway. I've also got plans to make use of human urine. It's supposed to work well to keep deer and other animals away from the garden, so why not? Once the fence is up, the boys can start marking our territory.
-build & install door
The greenhouse has plastic. Lots of plastic.
We used 1X3s at the bottom of all four sides to hold the plastic down.
In other news- none of the eggs hatched from the electric frying pan. I'm too much of a wimp to crack them open to see how they were coming along. They already smell. There is a significant weight difference between some of them. I'm not sure what that means. The little gray hen is still broody and has managed to lay/steal more eggs than she can cover. I would think they should start hatching soon if they're going to.
No trees tapped. I've been procrastinating. Now looking at the weather forecast, I may have missed the opportunity.
Hubby got a new toy, an Arctic Cat 650cc quad. That should haul some serious firewood. We might be taking the pick up off the road- still not running. We'll see, I guess.