Time Management on the Homestead – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#37)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an article full of ideas on how to get better at time management on the homestead. This is something I am sure we all struggle with, so read on for some valuable tips! Using a Planner to Better Manage Your Time One easy way to be more effective with your time management on the homestead, is to use a planner. I love my Day Designer Planner. It allows me to empty my brain of my plans, appointments and “to do lists” onto paper, which actually gives me time to work on things instead of fretting over what needs to get done. A little bit about how I use my planner. Each page has a To Do List on the right side of the page, and an hourly schedule on the left side of the page. I like to color code my to do list. Gardening stuff in green, Blogging stuff in purple, Household stuff in red, etc. Than I just carve out time blocks for those categories, in the hourly schedule. If I have a lot of blogging stuff to do that day, maybe the morning is marked Blogging in purple. After lunch, I might put an hour of Gardening in green and 2 hours of Household in red. I love how each page has a Top 3 section at the top, to help you prioritize things that MUST get done that day. There are also slots at the top to mark down if anything is due, your dinner plan, dollars and a don’t forget area. There is also a big section at the bottom for miscellaneous notes, and a smaller section for Daily Gratitude. This is the best laid out daily planner I have…

How to Disinfect Seedling Supplies and Plant Pots

Before you begin planting your seed, it is very important to disinfect seedling supplies and plant pots! When the holidays are over, I get that itch to begin gardening again. Browsing through seed catalogs on those slow winter days also stirs those gardening desires. After I place my seed orders, I set aside time to disinfect my seed starting supplies and later before transplanting, I will also disinfect all my planting pots. Related Articles You May Be Interested In: Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment The Best Way to Store Your Seeds How to Make Money Selling Seedlings Scroll down to see more related articles on starting seeds or seedling care, at the bottom of this post! Our favorite Homesteading & Gardening things in our Amazon Store! Why You Should Wash and Disinfect Seedling Supplies and Plant Pots It is super important to wash and sterilize your seed starting pots and supplies, so that your young tender seedlings don’t pick up any viruses or pathogens from them. If they do, that will weaken or kill your seedlings. After all the hard work that goes into starting your seeds, you don’t want all your efforts to go to waist because you used dirty supplies. Of course, buying new seed starting pots each year, would be the easiest way to avoid this step, but this is not an option when money is tight. Don’t forget to also wash and disinfect any planting trays or tools that you use for seed starting as well. Why You Must Wash the Pots Prior to Disinfecting Before you can disinfect all your planting trays and seedling pots and 6 packs, you must first remove any and all dirt or potting soil residue from them. This is important, because any…