Saturday, March 24, 2012

Top 20 Tasks That Have Been Keeping Me Busy

1.  Shovel dirt to fill the four new raised beds in my kitchen garden section.
2.  Cover the strawberries with bird netting after realizing the berries I stepped outside to pick were gone!
3.  Shovel dirt.
4.  Move perennials from the kitchen garden section to other parts of the yard to create a clean slate and to clean up the mess created when one flower overtakes another.
5.  Shovel dirt.
6.  Spend five minutes staring at the cute baby bunnies.
7.  Shovel dirt.
8.  Inventory my seedlings and start to plan what is going where.
9.  Shovel dirt.
10.  Dehydrate dill for future pickle-making.  I'm actually proud of myself on this one.  My dill always goes to seed before the cucumbers are ready to pickle, and I have to resort to purchased dried dill to make them.  That is senseless and wasteful when I grow dill every year.  I'm stoked to have my homegrown dill dried and ready for pickling season.
11.  Shovel dirt.
12.  Spend five minutes staring at the cute baby bunnies.
13.  Sand and paint old windows for a trellis project.  Three down and three to go.
14.  Shovel dirt.
15.  Start to direct seed some veggies into the garden.  Normally I don't put any summer items out until the first week in April, but this year has been so warm that I'm taking a chance.  I don't see any frost potential in the next week or two, so I'm jumping the gun by a few weeks.
16.  Shovel dirt.
17.  Research irrigation ideas for the raised beds.  This is what I think I'm going to do.$8.16%20Do-It-Yourself%20Garden%20Irrigator.htm
18.  Spend five minutes staring at the cute baby bunnies.
19.  Shovel dirt.
20.  Wonder with all of the dirt shoveling going on why those blasted beds aren't full yet.

Happy homesteading,



  1. Your list looks a lot like mine, particularly the "shovel dirt" part. I'm also planting early except for the tomatoes and peppers. Last year I started them the 1st week of March and couldn't get them in teh ground till May. It was a jungle in my kitchen! This year I swore I'd wait till the end of March to start and now LOOK at this weather!

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one, but dirt is a part of gardening, right? Bummer for your tomatoes and peppers this year, but I am in the same boat with you. I could have started my eggplants and peppers sooner this year, but didn't. Oh well, they will get put in the ground soon enough.

  2. I found you through Leigh's blog and am so glad I did! I'm looking forward to following your homesteading journey.

    Have a great day!

    1. Hey, Poppy! Thanks for stopping by and welcome. It's a carnival ride around here, so I hope you enjoy it.

  3. Must be something in the air, we have been shoveling alot too! Looks like you have been very busy, glad you found a few minutes to hang out with those sweet babies. Have a great week!

    1. I just keep chanting to myself, "One more wheelbarrow, and then you can go see the babies for a few minutes." They've just started eating hay, and it is so freaking cute!

  4. Hmmm. Why is it I get the impression you need to shovel some dirt???

    1. That list is my weird sense of humor popping out. And, I actually do have to shovel more dirt! Though, Nate likes to point out I brought it on myself by adding so many raised beds. I do enjoy it because each wheelbarrow full brings me closer to having a bed I can fill with veggies.