Here we are beginning of January and I’m already dreaming about spring while planning the garden, fencing, and spring animals. This will be our first spring here at the new house, and true to form I have about a zillion plans that I’m itching to execute. It isn’t as easy as rototilling some ground for a garden, or throwing up fencing for animals, as we have a lot of overgrowth. The previous owners of our 200+ year old house as well as the owners before them (dating back to 1967) did not maintain the property in terms of any kind of a lawn, or the fields, and who knows how long before that. What used to be pasture, lined with stone walls, is now new growth forest. Luckily for us, it is newer growth and although there are a lot of trees, they are smaller making them easier to clear. We don’t even have much in terms of a “yard” as brush was allowed to grow and creep in, then take over. The area that I had pegged for my garden (as it was the only area that was clear-ish) ended up being partly used for the leech field for the new septic put in before closing. After moving in, we spent a lot of time pushing brush back away from the house, and started to reclaim some of the land. We also dropped trees close to the house for firewood for next winter. When you have that much overgrown and neglected land, every little spot that you open up makes a huge difference. With that being said, big plans are still underway and I look forward to the challenge ahead!
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