Instead of new year's resolutions, I have spent the first half of January making lists of things I would like to try. It's quite a list, but I thought I might share some of them here...
Before Spring I'd like to:
- Tap maples here at our place, and up at Roheryn Farms, to make maple syrup.
- Build a new hay trough for the sheep, to reduce waste hay.
- Purchase a soil blocker for starting seeds this year, to eliminate waste from pots.
- Fix up the seed starting shelves, and add at least one shelf.
- Muck the sheep stall, composting the bedding.
- Visit a friend's parents' alpaca farm to tote several buckets of alpaca poo home for veggie beds.
In the food gardens, I'd like to:
- Grow only open-pollinated heirloom veggies.
- Try growing potatoes (in straw), garlic, asparagus and shallots for the first time.
- Grow every veggie bed using companion planting.
- Expand the raspberry beds by 100%.
- Begin phasing out most of the june-bearing strawberries to be replaced with Mara des Bois.
- Grow "ground cherry" or "cape gooseberry" plants for the first time.
- Try dwarf fruit trees in pots, including fig and olive (with plans to bring them onto the porch during the winter).
- Grow enough produce to have left overs for bartering and possibly for marketing.
In the flower gardens, I'd like to:
- Grow lavender! My goal is to replace anything struggling with heirloom lavenders, or other useful perennial herbs.
- Eradicate the fleabane from the native prairie bed.
With the critters I'd like to:
- Develop a sufficient field rotation for the sheep and their lambs, starting by grazing them on the site for the new veggie bed to fertilize.
- Discuss the possibility of chickens with the land lady, both for meat and eggs. Heirloom breeds of course.
- Build a poultry run off the side of the barn, if not for chickens, then for the ducks.
Around the property I'd like to:
- Build a wood shed on the north side of the barn.
- Clear up much of the dead fall from the apple orchards.
- Create an outdoor living space out in the orchards, complete with mosquito netting :)
- Find a way to weave or crochet vegetable storage bags.
- Make use my antique ice chest for storage of fresh veggies.
Do you have goals for the new year? Do you plan to try anything new?