Saturday night I was out on the bike (it got down to 25 F at the end, but it was clear. Big day Sunday. We built a ton of hive frames and boiled the last of the sap down. We ended up with over a gallon. MUCH better than I thought we’d do with so few buckets and starting so late. Next year is going to be much better, now that I have a plan and some experience.
Then I looked at the weather. So much for the rest of my outside projects. SNOW! So there it ends. Hopefully next weekend is better. I have a trip planned that will leave me way behind the 8 ball if I don’t get shit done early.
It’s going to be a busy week. The To Do List:
-assemble bee hive frames
-paint the new hive
-treat the wood line around the top few acres for ticks, including tick tubes
-till, fertilize, and de-sod the garden and extension
-boil the last of the sap
-store maple equipment
If I can get through that I’ll be happy. I still need to build chicken tractors, install a ton of fencing, build nesting boxes, scratch and lay grass seed, change the hydraulic fluid and oil in the tractor, and start seedlings in the next 30 days. I’m running out of time.
It’s finally spring! The chickens are finally getting out into the yard. We’re boiling maple sap as fast as we can. The work load has dramatically increased.
We have big plans for the homestead this year. We’re adding a large garden, bee hives, and clearing land. We’re hoping to do two runs of broilers this year, 20 birds each. We’re going to add laying hens and maybe a few turkeys for fall.
Living in the sticks is a never ending work cycle, but raising and eating your own HEALTHY food is worth the effort.