Spring is a mad dash around the farm. There’s winter clean up, like picking up branches, and there’s summer prep, like putting the mower on the tractor. And before we know it, we’re weeding gardens, cutting grass and deep in the routine of outside work. I have this feeling that if I don’t get the gardens, lawn, trees, flowers, patio, barn, tractor, equipment, what-have-you set up right now, I’ll be behind all year.
However, this year it’s been feeling a wee bit different. It’s almost calmer. Almost.
For the first time, I feel a bit like we’re maintaining, rather than building.
Our first five years at the farm have been about so much work–reclaiming the overgrown property, establishing flowerbeds, making the vegetable garden. There are still pieces of that, but I feel a bit like the main parts are in place, and the way we work on the property is a bit more normal.
I do have one big “building” project on my Home Goals list: clear the pond shore. When Matt broke his arm last month, we had to re-evaluate what we were going to be able to do this year. So the pond shore has been deferred. As the brush is already quite overgrown, I’m thinking it may be easiest to wait until next spring when it’s all died off again.
But good news, Matt gets his cast off today. And ready or not, summer has arrived.
It’s an ongoing battle to keep the farm somewhat civilized, but through a lot of work we’re in decent shape this year.
How’s spring going for you? How do you handle property maintenance at your house?