Spring Cleaning

Well, it’s that time of year once again when we get into that “spring cleaning” mode. The weather is finally warm enough to be able to get outside early in morning, and it is staying light out late enough that you can get large projects finished up in one day.  It’s time to get into the barn with the broom and knock down all of the condo’s the spiders have been building all winter (although my vet told me that cobwebs were a sign of a healthy barn). I think this year I will be forced to apply a new coat of paint as well.  I will need to replace all of the fly traps to keep ahead of them this season. I am getting ready to move out all of the plants that have to over-winter in the greenhouse and get them to a suitable spring/summer location. I also like to toss a couple of large hens in there for a week or so to clear it of black widows and other insects that have taken up residence for the winter in there.

Although kitty has been vigilant about keeping the mouse population down to few and far between this winter (all hail Lucy – oh mighty hunter!), I need to get into the shed and clean the shelves off, rearrange the feed and garden supplies, and sweep all the way back into all the dark corners and reset some of the bait stations. I use a mixture of 1/2 flour and 1/2 plaster of paris for the rodents. It won’t harm kitty or the dogs but works very well on the mice and other little furry critters that get into the shed.

We found the first snake of the season last weekend (just a little garter snake) so it is now warm enough that they are coming out of hibernation and we should be watchful. In the nine years I have owned this land we have had only one rattlesnake that I know of  – and that was because a wood pile was left over the winter. We do have two red racers that come around every year and there has been at least one large king snake spotted in the back field, so it is always a good idea to clean up any piles of debris, like the tree branches that have been sitting in the driveway since December waiting for the chipper. My bad.

Then it is on to the inside of the house…….

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