Some believe in Spring Cleaning, but this year I’m practicing Spring Planning.
Having moved into our new home, we’re getting our garden and animal husbandry plans done.
Quickly, I might add! Since everyday that passes is a day closer to the last frost.
We’re planning to get the chickens (Golden Laced Wyandotte and Bard Rock – Approximately 16-18 in total) at the end of April.
Only one downsize.
We have to order more than we originally planned for economic reasons and not be charged so much for shipping.
Of course, many will say “Caleb, that doesn’t make sense. You’re paying more for more ducks. Why not just pay the larger shipping price and then you don’t have to get some many and pay more overall?”
Well I say “They’re cute and that’s my excuse for ordering more.”
No, but seriously, we’re thinking it may be better to start out with more than our original 3-5 in case there are some deaths. Plus, if we get more we can decide to butcher a few after a few months have gone by!
So, we’ve ordered ten ducks and they’ll be here around May 24th!
Today, we also made our last orders for seeds and finalized our fruit trees. One of the things I’ve learned through some podcasts I’ve been listening to is that when you want to start a homestead, planting fruit trees in the first year is the wisest move. Then when you want to incorporate them in sales, preserving, or general food, you have the ability to because they are producing and ready.
In my next post I’ll be featuring some of my favorite homesteading podcasts and blogs. Later, I’ll be featuring my favorite environmental podcasts and blogs as well!
Project to Restore is expanding naturally. It’s beginning to include all of the things I love and have passions for; self sufficiency (homesteading) and the environment.
We’re also planning beyond this year by thinking about next year’s goals.
One thing I’ve begun realizing again is that small steps are better, at times, than giant leaps. So we’re making a plan and trying to stick with it.
While we’re getting more birds than we originally planned, we will still only have to worry about the poultry and the garden. After we’ve got a good handle on these two areas, we’ll begin expanding to include alternative meat and produce sources.
I’m learning in this experience that it’s okay to slow down at times and enjoy the process. I want to just be able to walk in an have everything “perfect”, but on a homestead, many things will continue to be in process.
It’s very much a lesson I will continue to learn and grow in as our journey continues.