Homestead ToDo’s for April

Spring is upon us and there are a plethora of chores to do around the homestead. Here are some of the things you may want to check and/or do around your place. This is my partial list that is timely for the weather that Oklahoma generally deals with.

  • Time to start airing out the barn. Get those windows & doors open during the day and get some fresh air in there.
  • While you are at it, start cleaning out the old bedding in the barns. All that poopy, pee soaked straw and hay makes a great addition to the compost pile… or a start of a new one.
  • Time to clean your brood box, feeders, and water dispensers.
  • If you have livestock of any form, birthing season is here. Now is a great time to make sure your birthing kit is well stocked, in date and handy to grab at a moments notice. Be sure to check the nipples on nursing bottles and check up on your general first aid kits as well.
  • Walk your fence lines (or ride them if you are big). Check for spots that need repair. This is a good time to look for any signs that predators are moving across your property.
  • Harden herbs, vegetables, and flowers in cold frames as weather allows.
  • Time to transplant cool season crops outdoors.
  • Plant potatoes, direct seed cool season crops in garden.
  • Plant perennials in beds.
  • Plant a new fruit tree!
  • Prune any over winter damage from trees and shrubs if you haven’t done so already.
  • Grow herbs and houseplants in sunny windows.
  • Fertilize your houseplants and re-pot if needed.
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