WHAT WE HAVE TO GET DONE THIS YEAR- and I mean before snow flies in November.

Seriously we have a lot.

  • Garden harvest – ongoing and ever changing- probably don’t need much of anything as we already have lots of freezer space and canning stuff.
  • Chicken coop and fence overhaul- redo inside of chicken coop, put nesting boxes lower and both roosting bars on non-window side with new dropping catcher board underneath, take out feed pipes replace with feed bucket, switch “my” door to the one outside of run. Rebuild fence with frame work and posts with roof. We should only need some lumber for this as we have a lot of fencing already.
  • Rain barrel setup – finish gutter system, clean barrels, drill holes and hook up spigots and lines. Setup this whole shenanigan on the only tin roof we own which is the chicken coop. We need a few small things for this job, but nothing crazy. Maybe some lids to keep the nastiness out. But probably not, because its primary function is to water plants.


  • Finish clearing the back area up to line and start to take down other trees. We need nothing but time and gumption here. Sometimes those are the hardest things to get tho. At this point it amounts to cutting up 2 or 3 more trees, raking up the last of the brush and then setting it all on fire for an epic birthday bonfire for my sweetie.
  • Trailer- insulate the bottom of our trailer and then call the company we bought it from to come put the siding on before cold hits again. This is a big, and sort of expensive job.  We have blue board insulation to buy to the tune of a 72′ x 14′ building- and a lot of cutting to fitting to do after that. Yea!
  • Strawberries – we finally got 3/4 of the patch cleaned out ( a combination of mowing and weeding around the plants) but we need to figure out how we’re going to over winter them this year.
  • Finish addition on shed for over winter tool and equipment storage – this is another big project that is just barely started. We need lots of supplies and time to get this finished and its a MUST as we have two mowers(push and rider), a weedwacker, garden cart, power tools, wood chipper and other assorted STUFF that needs an indoor home over winter. But we got the floor frame built and realized that we should probably have a permit for it. So that project is on hold until after the planning board meets and approves our permit application.


  • Look into getting back acreage cleared with the exception of the maple and apple trees and a good size lot for firewood.
  • And if we have time- Build wood stove shed- for the shed… so we don’t have to deal with the barrel, line or heater anymore. They’ve been a bit of a pain. But at this point, we know we are really pushing it.

holy, we have put a lot on our plate this year.

Until next time, have a wicked good day!



Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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