This years list!
This years list!

I’m not sure how it happened – but somehow the mid-way point of the year has come and gone  – and summer will soon become fall.  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a year can roll by.

It is one of the reasons that for us, it’s so important to create our yearly “To-Do” list for the farm.  It’s allows us to zero in on our selected goals and focus on completing them.

Each December – Mary and I take a weekend to head somewhere quiet and plan out what we really want to accomplish at our little farm in the coming year.

For 2013 – we came up with 24 goals – with the plan to accomplish 2 per month. We have completed 13 so far – with another 4 in progress.

The honey bees arrived at the farm at the end of April - crossing off number 11 on our list
The honey bees arrived at the farm at the end of April – crossing off number 11 on our list
The new coop wa completed early in the year - a spacious and secure home for our girls.
The new coop was completed early in the year – a spacious and secure home for our girls.

I would have to say of the 24 – completing the new chicken coop, installing all of the vineyard lines, and installing our first bee hive have been the most exciting to cross of the list thus far.

Of those remaining – completing the sensory garden is our highest priority.  It is well on its way – the pathways have been installed and in the coming weeks – we will be building the hardscape structures in the center of the garden.

We are planning a planting/building day with friends and members of the community in the fall to jump-start the perennial garden beds before winter arrives.  With these tasks completed, 2 more of our goals will be complete.

The Sensory Garden Plan - already under way - we hope to complete the garden this fall
The Sensory Garden Plan – already under way – we hope to complete the garden this fall

Another goal that we want to cross off before winter is the installation of solar panels to the chicken coop.  The panels will power a couple of low watt light bulbs to provide the girls with extra light in the middle of winter. It will also have the added benefit of adding additional heat in the coop. This should help promote the continued egg production through the cold months.

Beyond writing out a list – there is no better way to get motivated to accomplish your goals than to host an event or party.  Nothing in the world will make you get to that “gonna do that some day” list than knowing you have guests coming to visit.

We have just the perfect motivation for that with goal number 12 – hosting a dinner party in the Vineyard.

The new vineyard pergola -which will be the setting for our first outdoor dinner party this September
The new vineyard pergola -which will be the setting for our first outdoor dinner party this September

With that scheduled for mid-September – we will be quite busy getting the rest of the goals accomplished before visitor arrive!

Well – I guess it’s time to get to the farm and enjoy a day with no rain and get cracking on that list. Between harvesting, mowing, and canning – this time of the year can get a little busy!

Happy Gardening!

Jim and Mary

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