Summer Plans

June 12, 2017

field-summer-sun-meadowIt’s almost summertime, and the living is easy.

Right?  Or at least it would be if we weren’t responsible adults with jobs and kids and, like, things to do.  Instead, we’ll be as busy as ever with taking care of our garden and animals, building a house, working on the farm and keeping the children from going at each other’s throats.

Here’s just some of what we’re going to be up to for the next three glorious months!

0611 jasperDig some really big holes and trenches.  In the spirit of saving money, doing it ourselves, and hopefully getting everything up to code with the county’s public health department, we’ll be working on extending our septic drain field another 100 feet or so.  I’m hoping that I can convince Jasper to either rent or borrow an excavator from one of the neighbors when it comes time to do the trench and place the leaching chambers though, because he insisted on doing the test pits by hand, and then claimed it was fun from him.  It really didn’t look like very much fun to me.

Dig some more.  And probably get soaking wet while doing it.  We’re also going to be working on our water situation – cleaning up and securing the spring head, adding another cistern closer to the house and probably upgrading some of the pipes and shut off valves that are sprinkled throughout the property.  I’d also like to add lines for more spigots in the garden and future orchard.

And … well … more digging.  Are you getting the idea that me and my shovel are going to be becoming very close friends?  Because we are.  Anyway, fencing, y’all.  Lots of fencing.  The chickens need a run, the garden needs to be seriously fortified, and the goats I am planning on purchasing next year will need something to keep them in as well.  There’s a lot of post hole digging in my future.

pexels-photo-186572Plant a perennial herb garden.  There are two big raised beds in the garden which in years past have held oriental poppies, carrots and chard, but this year there are just weeds (and elephant garlic) in them.  They’re really the perfect spot for a perennial herb bed, so my plan is to get all the weeds out and start planting some herbs!  I’m thinking of chives, chamomile, thyme, rosemary, dill, oregano, lavender and lemon balm.  And maybe some kind of mint – in containers – to sweeten all those summertime drinks that I plan on indulging in.

Put by lots of tomatoes, pesto and applesauce.  I’m not growing much in the garden this year, and while the terrible spring weather we had is most to blame for that, a not-insignificant reason is because I didn’t want to have to preserve and store a lot of food in the teeny tiny kitchen that I have right now.  But, we do use an insane amount of pesto, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and applesauce throughout the year, and homegrown is definitely best.  So I’ll have to suck it up and sterilize those canning jars (without a dishwasher) and get to work later this summer so that I don’t run out in January again.

Add a new member to our family!  Yep, you read that right.  Our little family is getting bigger by one!  No, it’s not another human baby – we’ve got quite enough of those, thank you – we’ll be adding a Great Pyrenees puppy to the mix this summer!  Because we obviously didn’t have enough to do.  Exciting, or just insane?  Who knows.  In any case, we’ll be bringing her home in early July, and I’ll tell you more about our pup in a future post.

Ahhh, sweet relaxing summer!

Does anyone else have any exciting plans?


  • ruthsoaper

    June 12, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I don’t know if you have ever grown lemon balm before but it can be very invasive. Unlike mint lemon balm spreads by dropping seeds. The best way to keep it in check is to harvest any flowers that appear. I have found that German Chamomile will also self sow seeds.

    1. sproutandsprig

      June 12, 2017 at 11:54 pm

      Thank you for the tips! No, I’ve never had an herb garden before, so this is all new to me!

  • sbaskitchen

    June 13, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Have you thought of Lemon Verbena? It is just amazing, I think a far better flavour that lemon balm too.

  • Spring Lake Homestead

    June 13, 2017 at 4:24 am

    We are working on a lot of fencing this summer as well. We’d like to add a puppy to the mix, but we’re thinking we’ll do that next year when life slows down a bit. (Ha ha…like life will actually slow down…) I totally understand not wanting to work in a tiny kitchen, especially in summer, but that would be awesome if you could preserve at least the things that are your favorites! We go through plenty of applesauce ourselves, though last year we did not have nearly enough. It saddens me to have to buy it from the store 🙂


    June 13, 2017 at 10:45 am

    what a busy and happy life! best wishes for a beautiful summer!

  • bluestempond

    June 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I love that photo of the fencepost in the morning.

  • jennybakerbee

    June 15, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Yay! For a new puppy! Those Great Pyrenees puppies are the cutest, and you have plenty of room for him to grow and ruuuunnnnn!

  • Elizabeth

    June 19, 2017 at 3:32 am

    You’re definitely going to become close with the shovel! The plan for the herb garden sounds wonderful. I want to put in a separate herb garden here. I assume the pup is going to be, as he was bred to be, a livestock guardian. What a busy lady you’ll be all summer!

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