We have stayed on track and the May 2021 goals have been 100% completed. It was a very busy month for us in the gardens. By setting monthly, more manageable goals instead of yearly, we are reaching our goals and keeping up the momentum. Click HERE to see why we set monthly goals instead of yearly and what our categories are.
May 2021 Goals: finance
Our #1 ongoing monthly goal is to put a minimum of $1360 towards our outstanding debt. This months focus was to pay off our Hen House mortgage. We had purchased a Tuff shed last year. I am happy to report as of May 27th, it is 100% paid off.
As of now, 2 credit cards to get paid off and then our main financial goal of 2021 will be complete. I wanted to get all of our debt besides my truck and the house paid off. We are getting so close.
May 2021 Goals: HOme
The first project I wanted to complete, was to shampoo the carpets in our house and deep clean the floors. We have 5 indoor dogs that love to track in an incredible amount of dirt on their paws. Now that it is springtime on the homestead, all the dirt comes in. A few times a year, I like to deep clean all of the floors and it helps keep the stress away.
The other task I focused on in our home was to keep up on the basic housekeeping. My main areas are the kitchen and bathrooms. Wiping them down every night before bed and making sure the dishes were taken care of and not left for the next day. I was not perfect at this, but I have made a conscious effort and it has paid off.
I have found that I have a smoother morning if I wake up to less mess.
may 2021 goals: Personal
My #1 was to limit caffeine. I have an embarrassing addiction to Sugar Free Rock Star energy drinks and I was drinking 2 a day. I am happy to report that I have cut it down to only one a day. My hope is to eventually get rid of them all together. One step at a time.
I am seriously struggling with high blood pressure and I am doing everything that I can to lower it and cutting down and eliminating caffeine, is just a small but crucial step to getting that number lower. I am also watching the amount of salt that I consume in the foods I eat and making sure I am staying physically active.
may 2021 goals: farm and garden
The big focus in May was to get all of the gardens planted except the squash market bed. That is a total of 4 of 5 gardens. The 5th will be planted the first week of June. I took an entire week off of work to get the gardens planted.
I was able to get both of the kitchen gardens completed and the soaker hoses laid down. Click HERE to read about how to effectively and quickly lay down a soaker hose.
After I got the hoses laid down, I was able to get the straw spread out around every plant in the squash/tomato kitchen garden. This will help keep moisture in the soil and help keep the weeds down.
I am trying 2 different approaches to gardening this year. The tomato kitchen garden, I laid down a thick layer of straw. The other kitchen garden, I am leaving it uncovered. I have a few tools that I acquired this year and I want to see which garden is easier to take care of. Even with the straw, I will still have to weed around the plants, just not in the open areas. I am determined to do this myself this year and not hire a garden helper, unless I absolutely need the help if I get behind.
The week that I took off, I was able to get the sunflower/zinnia bed completely planted and turned half of it into a specialty squash bed. We sell a lot of squash in our farmstand in the fall. Plus, I have a slight seed obsession with squash, so I need to make sure I plant a lot to make it worth the money I spent.
In the market gardens, the corn market bed has been planted the last weekend of May and has already sprouted up. The irrigation in both of the market gardens has been set up and is working out perfectly. I will not have to drag a 200ft hose around the property this summer, we have it all on a timer. It is very self sufficient. Moving a 200ft hose around the property is not sustainable and the beds did not get the water they needed last year. I will only have to visit the beds once a week and weed.
I also started some seeds in trays about 2 weeks before I planted the sunflower bed. The reason behind starting seeds, I wanted to have some sunflowers that were a few weeks ahead of the ones that I would plant in the ground.
I am loving having these monthly goals instead of yearly. I am finding that planning monthly, it allows me to get excited each month. Keeps the goals fresh and allows me to hit milestones, even if they pertain to a larger goal. By setting the monthly goals, I am able to break a larger goal and work on getting closer each month to completing it.