So many of us are working our way toward a more self-sufficient lifestyle. With that in mind we wanted to share some general guidelines of what to plan for on a monthly basis. Whether you’re a gardener, a beekeeper, a forager, or you keep animals, hopefully our monthly guides will help you plan ahead for the month. Depending on your exact climate you may find you need to adjust your schedule plus or minus two weeks or more.
- Skip trimming shrubbery if you notice any nesting. Let those birds have some solitude!
- Plant annuals if you’re safe from frosts and trim back perennials if needed in warmer zones.
- Continue to transplant tomatoes, peppers, cucurbits and other warm weather crops.
- Tidy up bulb foliage if it begins to die back.
- Allow columbine and foxgloves to go to seed and collect some for next year.
- Trim back blooms on roses and day lilies to promote re-blooming.
- Keep shears and trimmers clean and available for deadheading and pruning.
- Set up and clean bird baths.
- Clean Patio Furniture.
- Clean grill.
- Repair/purchase water hoses and fixtures. If appropriate, make sure water barrel systems are in good repair and have no algae buildup.
- Make sure gutters are draining properly by watching them during a heavy rain. If there’s any overflow or tipping, you may need to have them cleaned or repaired.
- If needed, have your air conditioner checked. Clean any debris and trim back plants to allow maximum airflow.
- Start clearing paths to wild berries and keep them accessable until harvests are done.
- Consider weaning goats and sheep if necessary.
- It may not be to late to purchase chicks and other fowl from your local farmers co-op.
- Watch for hummingbirds to return. Be prepared with clean feeders and simple syrup (four parts water to one part sugar).
- Bees – make sure you can locate queens and that they are laying. Check for foul brood, varroa mites, and hive beetles. Is your honey coming in yet? Do you need to feed your bees? Watch for swarming.
- Look into stocking your ponds with fish now that the cold weather is gone.
- Change air filters and adjust thermostat a few degrees to save on electricity.
- Clean ceiling fan blades and shades.
- Invest in a good window/box fan.
- If you don’t already have one, prepare an emergency kit with 3 days worth of supplies and locate your safe place for severe weather.
- Locate and organize your picnic gear – get out there and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather at a moment’s notice!
What projects do you have lined up for this month?