March 5, 2016

Spring 2016 Gardening Calendar for the Homestead

We've just returned from a horse-drawn sleigh ride.  It started out at -10C today but next week we're expecting above 0C weather and I'm thinking about gardening again.  Happy times are ahead on the homestead.  I have a few plans to improve on last years efforts and some of these require planning.  But planning is fun when it comes to gardening!  I thought I'd share my gardening planning calendar with you.  But first here's a picture of little red flowers growing in the moss of a boardwalk at a local park.  I took this photo at the end of January.  It's amazing that the plant life continues in the below freezing temperatures.



March 2016
Week 1
Received organic heirloom seeds through the mail from Heritage Harvest Seed in Manitoba.  Set-up maple syrup spout and bucket.  Start sweet potato slips.
Week 2
Move current hens to outdoor coop.
Week 3
Start gathering lasagna garden materials (hay, cardboard, wood chips).
Week 4
Order day-old chicks from TSC in Smiths Falls, Ontario.


April 2016
Week 1
Move chain-link fence to expand vegetable garden into side-yard (keeping dog,chicks and children secure).
Week 2
Create new lasagna/no-till gardens.  Lay down cardboard, spread hay, lay woodchips for paths.  Spread winter compost and wood ashes over gardens.
Week 3
Thin trees around the garden to let in more sunlight.
Week 4
Receive day-old chicks from TSC raise in house till warmer outdoor temperatures.

May 2016
Week 1
Start indoor seeds, set out in sun-room.
Week 2
Add chicken coop expansion for pullets.
Week 3

Week 4


June 2016
Week 1
 Plant seedlings.
Week 2

Week 3

Week 4


START YOUR OWN HOMESTEAD THIS WEEKEND, BE SELF-SUFFICIENT