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by Erin Weaver

Spring can be one of the most beautiful seasons on the farm. The sun is coming out again, flowers are popping out of the ground in bursts of color, and baby animals are on their way. However, equally, spring can strike fear into the hearts of even the most optimistic farmgirls. If you haven’t planned ahead, it can easily become a three-month-long struggle of breaking up hard ground, sowing new crops, and birthing a seemingly endless stream of livestock.

There are several simple things you can do to get ahead before spring hits your farm. Put these spring organization tips into place on your farm so you can enjoy the fair weather without the associated stress.

Inspect The Premises

Take a proper walk around your farm and make note of any buildings, fences, or pieces of machinery that need some attention. This is the perfect time to pinpoint potential repairs or replacements before the hustle and bustle of spring takes over. You can sort these issues out over the quiet winter season, or make plans to get them sorted in the months ahead.

Test Your Soil

You’re probably preparing for spring sowing, so now is the time to test the pH and nutrient levels in your soil. This will help you plan out potential crop types and fertilizers so you can avoid over-fertilizing and help your soil to stay healthy, fertile, and well-managed.

Start Weeding

Weeds can seriously hamper new crops, so take the time to plan out a weeding process or even get started with the weeding ahead of time. You might be weeding manually by hand or using a cultivator. Whatever the case, breaking up the ground and making it fresh is important for the health of your future crops.

Make A Crop Plan

Take some time to plan out what crops you’ll be planting, where you should plant them, and when. Some crops take far longer to grow than others (think corn and tomatoes), while some are super quick. You can maximize your space and pave the way for a good harvest by planning out your crops ahead of time.

Get Up-To-Date On Animal Health

Birthing season is on the way and you want your animals to be in good shape throughout. Have a vet check the health of your livestock and make sure that all of their inoculations are up-to-date. This will set you up for a healthier and less hectic season ahead.

Prepare For Newbies

Use the winter to get your farm ready for all the new animals that are going to arrive in the spring. Make sure that you’ve got all the necessary bedding, feed, water, and supplies necessary for your new arrivals to make birthing season less hectic.

Be the farmgirl who’s ready for spring by doing some smart organization ahead of time. You’ll thank yourself later on when you’re not running around in a frenzy for the rest of the year.

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How To Use Beeswax

Bees are an amazing addition to any homestead. Their honey is the perfect natural sweetener that does wonders in home baking. Honey production also creates beeswax, an all-purpose material for frugal, natural living. Instead of tossing your beeswax, put it to work! Here are a few useful ways to make the most of beeswax around your home.

Beeswax Wraps

Cling wrap is so 1998. You can make a reusable, eco-friendly version of cling wrap with beeswax. Cut a natural cotton cloth or muslin into your desired size and shape. You can easily cut the fabric using a sheet pan as a guide.

Preheat your oven to 120 degrees. Lay your cloth over a sheet pan (you might want to use an old sheet pan–this gets messy). Generously sprinkle grated beeswax over the cloth. Let the cloth bake in the oven until all of the beeswax melts. Use an old paint brush to slather the melted beeswax evenly on the cloth. Hang the cloth dry on your porch or clothesline. The beeswax will harden within 20 minutes.

Use this waterproof cling wrap to cover bowls, raising bread, and even to pack lunches.

Candles

You haven’t lived if you’ve never smelled a beeswax candle. An easy way to put beeswax to work is to create your own candles. You can even use essential oils like citronella to make bug repellent candles.

To quickly DIY beeswax candles, tape a wick into the bottom of a clean leftover tin can. Melt beeswax in a double boiler and pour into the can. Stir in essential oils if desired. You’ll need to prop up the wick with popsicle sticks while the wax sets up.

Pomade

Never buy hair gel again. With beeswax, coconut oil, and essential oils, you can DIY a pomade that’s better than store bought. Simply heat equal parts beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler. Pour into a container and allow to briefly cool; stir in essential oils if desired. Use a small amount of pomade each day for fabulous hair. It’s also great for your skin!

Beekeeping provides an endless supply of honey and wax, two essential materials for luxurious, frugal homesteading. Instead of tossing your beeswax, make it work for you in a variety of easy household applications.


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