January Through April 2018 - The Plan

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I don't have a crystal ball. Do you have one? 

No...dang it. I guess we'll just have to make a plan and see what happens. Because you know that old saying, right? Those that fail to plan, plan to fail. 

Me and my planner....

Me and my planner....

A few weeks ago I shared that The Homestead Management Binder is what I'm using to get organized for 2018. You can read that post here, and snag a copy of the printable binder here. In a nutshell, I really need to see what's coming up so I can make sure I've ordered the supplies we need, and done the tasks that need doing to accomplish everything. Easy peasy, right? Not really. Figuring what to do when is kind of tricky. I used The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner, which we read in the book club to determine what should be done when, so we aren't fighting mother nature. I think I have a solid blueprint for how my homesteading time should be spent.

So, what does my January through April look like?

March looks a little daunting, but there is a lot fun in there too. Mushroom hunting!!

Not too scary. You can see that as the weather improves there are more tasks, which is to be expected.

In case you can't read my chicken scratch, here's what it says:

January: Order seedling supplies, start getting goat ready, order seeds

February: Start seedlings, work on goat fence and shelter, prune orchard, order chicks (3 white leghorns) check orchard for pests (tent caterpillars), bird proof orchard(?), do we need more fruit trees(?).  I put a question mark down if I'm unsure how to do that or if it's needed.

March: Build meat chicken tractor, Order meat chickens (30), check chick brooder, continue seedling starters, test soil, build garden, mushroom hunt, finish goat prep, order meat chicken brooder supplies, plant new fruit trees if they were needed, fill beds with soil and prep for planting, mulch ornamental trees and beds. As you can see I wrote some things a bit out of order. I consider this "Annual Schedule Page" to be where I dump all of my ideas. I'll organized them better on the calendars. 

April: Leghorns in garage brooder, more seedlings start, begin cold hardy planting, prepare frost warning barriers, butterfly/pollinator garden, spring/summer prep coop, meat chickens in bard brooder.

There are some unknowns in there. For example, I don't know what breed I want our meat chickens to be, and I don't know when our goat kids are going to be born. Those things will be filled in as we find out.

Here's how I'm using the calendar pages:

"Order Seedling Supplies" has 3 tasks associated with it: Seed starting research, order seeds, order starter supplies. That list might grow as I get into to it, but all of those tasks are added to full month calendar, then added to the weekly calendar.

"Start getting goat ready" has 3 tasks associated with it as well" muck barn stalls (which I was supposed to do last week, but I moved it to tomorrow since it has been so stinkin' cold out!), goat fence research, plan where fence and shelter will go. Those are also on the full month schedule, then added to the week I hope to accomplish them.

I put the list of tasks on the weekly planner page, then put them on the day I think I will be able to devote the time to it. If it doesn't happen, I cross it off and move it, when it's done, I check it off. If I don't know where it goes yet, it stays in the task list until I decide. I use a separate planner for my work, so I take that into consideration before deciding what homestead tasks to do when. 

Yes, I scheduled when I'm going to update the binder. If I don't, I won't do it!

I know, January looks so EASY! I'm only adding my tasks to the actual calendar as the month starts, because right now, I don't know what February, March, or April is going to look like, or when I'm going to do those tasks. When I decide though, I'll snap a picture of them and send it out in the weekly newsletter so you can keep up to date. Subscribe here!

I just realized one thing is missing. I need to get duck ready this spring as well. I've suddenly decided I want to raise Nigerian goat kids, a few egg laying chicks, meat chickens, and ducklings in the same season. 

Shhhh...don't tell Jared. He's already worried it looks like a lot. I think we can handle it though.

Now I'm going to enjoy some ice cream on the porch because the cold snap is over (for now)!

Caramel ice cream bars are my favorite!

Caramel ice cream bars are my favorite!

Cheers!

Bev

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