Preparing for Spring


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Manda Rasmussen-Clauson

Here in the midwest we have been patiently waiting for signs of spring. ANY signs. There is still plenty of snow and ice on the ground. However, the sunshine with an uptick in temp is always welcome. The past few days have been beautiful with a continued forecast of even warmer weather.

Although we are awaiting the big melt, there is plenty to do in preparation for spring. This year we have a massive To Do List in terms of working towards being self sustaining in addition to 100% self employed. Living the american dream!

We have officially started our vegetable garden (100% organic, non-GMO, heirloom seeds). For extra fun and year round gardening, we have herbs as well as flowers I started early that I hope will bloom in time for our Midsummer wedding.

A Green Thumb?

Herbs are off to a great start!

Our seeds are on their way, while we have prepared the seed starting soil and purchased containers. Right now, we are renting but are getting our hands dirty early on in the game to work out any kinks in our learning curve before we are off-grid. Once the snow is gone we will be able to map out exactly how big our garden is going to be. We tilled the ground in the fall but feel we will need to extend it.

In the fall a whole new set of skills will need to be learned. Canning and preserving our crop!

Making Room

As we have been busy with garden planning, we are preparing to weed through unused, unwanted items in the house to donate. Anything we cannot upcycle or reuse for ourselves will go. Not only are we reducing our ¨stuff¨ we are increasing our space to work and live.

Tomorrow arrives our 20 foot shipping container for seasonal storage as well as our small garage or workshop.

I have been so excited that I started reorganizing.

I took out my scattered art/craft supplies, emptied our second cedar chest and used it for my craft box! Everything fit PERFECTLY!

My crafts will all be organized for next fall when I start on Holiday gifts!

The excitement continues…

Manda Rasmussen-Clauson

Manda Rasmussen-Clauson

Despite working in many different industries, she has a true passion of doing anything outside. Homesteading is becoming Manda’s new reality, she has much to learn but is excited to do so.


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