So this list is mostly for me, but you can see what effort goes into it. This year, with last week's 16 inch snowfall (yes, on May 2nd), a lot of things didn't get done as timely as I would have liked.
Here's what we've got to get done:
***UPDATED May 13, 2013***
Get more compost (the site is only open Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoons - guess what I'm doing first thing Saturday.)
Fill raised beds
Weed, put down newspapers and/or cardboard, put down weed barrier, and mulch planted area on the back
Weed, put down newspapers and/or cardboard, put down weed barrier, and mulch the area for the kiwi.
Build/Install trellis for the grapes.
- Flowering cherries (two in front,
- Hazelnut (two in back)
Make an area of the yard acidic (yes, I know that I should have started this last year, but the area where my blueberries are does not get as much sun as I'd like, so I'll have to watch it closely as I have the plants that I need to plant now). The acidic bed is now in the 8x8 lasagna bed.
Move the blueberries.
Weed, put down newspapers and/or cardboard, put down weed barrier, and mulch around each of the above,
Put in compost on the backside of the house to direct water away from our foundation (water problem in the basement with the ice dams on the roof earlier this winter)
Dig up a gooseberry plant or few from my friend's house and re-plant at ours.
Set up a trellis between a couple of the raised beds for plants to grow vertically (melon, cucumbers, gourds, etc can be grown up so as not to have the fruits on the ground or sprawling everywhere, but make note of companion planting, as you wouldn't want your melons, cukes, squashes, gourds near each other, or you'll end up with something like the cucumber-tasting melon we had last year).
If we have time (well, when we make the time), we need to:
*add on to the chicken coop so that the girls have nesting boxes. I would also like to have a door on the bottom so that it's easier to get to their food and water.
*power wash and stain/seal the girls' playset
*build a hammock stand because we don't have two large trees close enough together and I want to use my hammock
Oh yes, and there's planting to do. Here's our list:
Lettuce (need to be replanted because of the snow storm, as nothing is coming up after a few weeks)
Peas (planted and coming up)
Beets (need to be replanted because of the snow storm, as nothing is coming up after a few weeks)
Carrots (need to be replanted because of the snow storm, as nothing is coming up after a few weeks)
Parsnips (planted, but nothing coming up yet)
Kale (need to be replanted because of the snow storm, as nothing is coming up after a few weeks)
st john's wort
Tomato (a lot!)
comfrey (I have someone who would give me a cutting, but my husband is still wary about it since it can easily take over. We're still thinking about actually planting it).
We've got plenty more that has been planted, or overwintered, or are perennials, but I'm excited to get things going.
So far, we have some asparagus coming up, along with rhubarb, onions & garlic. It will be so nice to eat right out of the garden again!