May has arrived, and work outside has begun. Landscaping remains the biggest project at the farm, and the biggest to-do this year.
The plan for this month is to focus my attention outdoors. I have only a few months of nice weather, so if I’m going to continue knocking things off the landscaping master list, I need to take advantage of every day.
Here are some of the projects I’m considering this month:
- Weed the flower garden half (I gave up on planting flowers last fall and decided that half the turnaround can be grass for now)
- Spread wood chips on flower garden
- Make a top for the bird bath
- Put the bird bath in place
- Place the bench
- Continue to fill in the garden with more plants
- Edge the garden
- Transplant a few bushes, trees and other plants out of this bed and into some of the other gardens (especially the turnaround)
- Fill in the pit from the woodstove chimney
- Fix the downspouts
- Weed as I go
- Pick up fallen branches
- Cut branches to firewood lengths
- Split firewood
- Burn brush
- Add top soil beside the front stoop and seed
- Overseed in front of raised bed under the dining room window
- Rake solar trench smooth and seed
- Turn on water to exterior taps
- Install hoses at side and back of house
- Install a proper hose bib at the driveshed
- Shorten waterline
- Attach to waterline to wall
- Install a splitter so that I can someday add another hose bib at the opposite corner of the driveshed
- Reinstall tap on shortened waterline
- Install hose hanger
- Hook up hose
This list might be a bit ambitious for one month. Plus, I have to confess I don’t have sole responsibility for completing all of these tasks. When it comes to the tree clean-up, I’ll be relying on Matt and his Dad for their chainsaws and log splitter. Some of the transplanting will go easier with Matt’s help on the digging. My Dad will work with me on the plumbing for the driveshed waterline.
My plan is to focus on one area per week (or weekend)–weather, support crew and motivation permitting, of course.
Have you started outdoor work at your house yet? What’s on your gardening list? Seeding? Weeding? Transplanting? Watering?