I’m going to cover your garden, compost, livestock, tools and even inside the homestead. So let’s get to it!
Get Your Backyard Homestead Spring Ready – The Garden
- Finish harvesting anything left from your winter garden
- Make Your Seed Order – Give Seeds Now a Try (use code Save10Now for 10% off)
- Start Some Indoor Seeds for Transplanting (See What to Plant in March)
- Amend Your Soil – give your tired soil a boost with some soil amendments
- Check your watering system for leaks, clogs and additions needed (See Conserving Water)
- If you use raised beds, it is a good time to check them for any damage (See Benefits of Raised Bed Gardening)
Get Your Backyard Homestead Spring Ready – The Compost
- Troubleshoot Any Problems – too wet, too dry, etc (See Trouble Shooting Your Compost)
- Make a new compost bin for more black gold! (DIY Compost Bin)
- Consider starting a worm farm for vermicomposting
- Add a Bokashi Bucket for amazing indoor composting (See Kitchen Composting)
Get Your Backyard Homestead Spring Ready – The Animals
- Give the coop a deep cleaning and take down any winterizing (if it is warm enough)
- Order your spring chicks for delivery (See A Simple Guide to Raising Chicks)
- Add some new stock to your rabbitry for spring breeding
- Considering getting quail as an additional meat and egg source (great if you can’t have chickens too)
- Update or create a First Aid Kit for your livestock (See Livestock First Aid Kit)
Get Your Backyard Homestead Spring Ready – The Tools
- Get your tools sharpened, oiled and ready for the spring work ahead (See 7 Things Grandpa Did to Make His Tools Last Longer)
- Make a list of new or replacement tools you’ll need this season
Get Your Backyard Homestead Spring Ready – Out Buildings
- Give your sheds, barns, greenhouse and garage a good cleaning.
- Get things organized
- Think about having a yard sale
Get Your Backyard Homestead Spring Ready – Inside
I know I like to can my harvest abundance; so this is a perfect time to get your canning supplies ready.
- Dust off those canners or is it time to buy a new one?
- Test your pressure canner gauge (see video here)
- Get new lids and consider Tatler Reusable Lids
- Do you have an outdoor canning stove? This is a great time to be sure it is functional. If it uses propane, this would be the time to get yourself a new tank so you don’t run out.
Gearing up for spring is a great time to give the ‘ol pantry a clean out.
- Take everything out and wash down the shelves (I use my trusty Envirocloth for this job)
- Check canned goods for lids that have come loose or any signs of mold
- Check the dates on any pre-packaged items, like spices
- It is a great time to purge the junk (summer is right behind spring folks)
- Make a list of the staples you’re going to need (See How to Stock a Pantry)
- Donate any unopened items that you are not going to use