Spring is the second busiest time of year at 15 Acre Homestead. It is when all the maintenance projects happen. Completing my annual spring homestead chores allow the rest of my homesteading year to run more smoothly and efficiently.
It is a time when all the repairs that need to be done are accomplished. All of the maintenance issues get addressed. I take the time to do all of the things that I just can’t squeeze in during the rest of the year.
Fortunately for us, living in central Florida, our spring season starts about the middle of February and goes through the end of April. We do plant during this time, but we do not do a large amount of gardening until about August. This allows us almost 3 full months to do what needs to be done.
I have compiled a list of my annual spring homestead chores on my homestead. Many of these are general tasks that could very easily serve as reminders for projects you may need to accomplish also.
My Annual Spring Homestead Chores
Chicken Coop Overhaul
One of the first projects I take on is a complete overhaul of the chicken coop and run.
I replace all the bedding, check the walls and roof for damage or any areas needing maintenance, I clean and redo all of my nesting boxes, I clean out the cobwebs and rake out the run. I will repaint the exterior if needed, at this time
The next areas I routinely check are the animal pens. They may be goat pens, hog pens, or rabbit hutches depending on what animals we have at the time.
I go through each pen and make sure they are clean. I also check any fencing, electric wiring, and gates for possible issues. This is when I may paint, or seal wood, or repair latches and locks also. Depending on the animals in the pen, holes may need to be filled in, or feeders and waterers may need to be replaced also.
I will make a list of any changes I need to make or additions I need to add to my planner. Later, I will assign these new projects a due date so they can be planned for. This fits in with my overall homestead plan for the year.
Buildings and Structures
This involves checking the sheds, potting areas, greenhouses, carports and other building or structures that we have on the homestead.
I check for leaking or damaged roofs and/or windows and whether the structure needs pressure washed or painted. I include any bat houses and bird feeders in this category also.
As with the previous tasks, I will add any notes of things that I would like to add or change to my projects list unless they need to be done immediately.
Maintenance on the house may include cleaning gutters and downspouts, replacing porch boards, cleaning exterior windows and doors and checking the screens, pressure washing, painting, and any small repairs that need to be done immediately.
The air conditioning is checked as well as the hot water tank, and the filter on my refrigerator’s ice maker is replaced. I also do a safety check on my gas stove and gas line.
Any major projects are added to my project list for later.
General Property Maintenance
When inspecting the property I make sure all the barbed wire and wire strand fencing is tight and undamaged. I check all the turnbuckles and any electric fencing at this time for needed repairs. I also check any gates to make sure they are swinging properly and freely.
Any low hanging branches and dead limbs are removed from the trees. Hurricane season comes fast here and damaged and dead limbs can be pretty destructive here. There are usually a lot of bonfires that happen in the spring here.
All of the dusk to dawn lights and solar lights are also checked for burned out bulbs and replaced as needed.
Garden and Potting Areas
Spring is when the first fertilizing of the year happens. It is also when I propagate many new plants. I add compost and other goodies to my future garden beds, lay plastic over beds as needed, and weed and mulch my flower gardens.
My herb garden and my kitchen garden are really the only two gardens in full swing this time of the year so a lot of attention is paid to their upkeep during the spring. I add new herbs, cut and preserve the existing herbs, and grow veggies like tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, peppers, and carrots during this time.
I also reorganize and clean my greenhouse at this time along with making necessary repairs.
Equipment and Tools
Spring seems like the best time for me to overhaul all the tools and equipment on the homestead. This is one of the most important annual spring maintenance chores here on the homestead.
During this time I have all the gardening tools cleaned and sharpened, replace any old fuel in the mowers, weed-eaters, chainsaws and other power equipment, check all belts and spark plugs, and check any hand tools like shovels and spades for repairs needed.
This is also when we overhaul the larger equipment like the zero turn. We also make sure all the generators are in running order before hurricane season.
Seasonal and Business Planning
This is the most important task of my annual spring homestead chores. It involves planning for not only the growing season but for my business as well.
This is when I plan my late summer and fall gardens and make my seed order list. I also plan any new beds that need to be prepared.
Most of my business planning also happens during the spring season. I plan any new products I want to launch. And I plan any future events that I would like to host in the upcoming months.
A Better Prepared Future
Even though my annual spring homestead chores seem like a lot of work, the effort is well worth it. With all the maintenance that is taken care of in the spring, it lessens the burden of unexpected maintenance problems throughout the rest of the year. I can enter the summer season prepared, and I can concentrate on planting which takes most of my time during the summer.
Take some time to write out an annual spring homestead chore list that works for you. You can make it in the form of a checklist or just a written list in a planner. Keep notes as you perform each chore as to what other tasks or chores may need to be done on future dates. You will be better prepared to go into the next season, you will feel less stressed, and it should make your homestead journey that much more rewarding.
Do you plan annually or by season? What tasks do you include? Please share your comments in the box below.
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