As Spring turns to summer, it will get hotter out and all of the outside activities seem to head into full swing. Summer is usually a very busy time on a farm.
Here are a few summer farm activities we do every summer:
- Taking care of animals. Yes, of course there are animals to take care of all year round. However, summer is when there are a large volume running around outside. During the summer, we have some baby goats still here who aren’t old enough to go to new homes yet, lots of chicks as we are in full hatching season, growout pullets and all of the normal animals. So, outside feeding times usually take much longer during summer.
- Gardening. Other than the animals, gardening is probably where we spend the must time on summer farm activities. We have already planned and planted and now it is time for harvesting, weeding and other gardening tasks.
- Preserving. This is an off-shoot from gardening. With gardening (hopefully) comes lots of fruits and veggies. Not only will we be using them for cooking and eating fresh, but many of them will get canned, frozen or preserved in some other manner. We like to make lots of salsa and pickles. We also like to freeze zucchini and other squash varieties so that we have a supply to last the whole year.
- Regular Maintenance. We always try our best to save big, planned out projects for the Fall when things are cooler and a little slower. However, things inevitably need regular maintenance throughout the summer. With the extra animals around and the gardening supplies being used regularly, things get a lot more wear and tear.
These are the things we will be working on here this summer. What summer farm activities are you planning?