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Spring is here and that means the snow is melting, the flower are blooming and soft breezes are blowing. It also means yards need raking, spring cleaning is here and that list of projects you made last fall is ready to be tackled! Spring brings with it a list of chores that seems daunting to most, if not all, of us. And while being able to open the windows while you are doing your spring cleaning is nice, many of us dread all the extra work the season brings. So, we are asking you to share with us your least favorite springtime chore. Also, if you have some ways you make it more bearable, please do share those as well! We'd all like to make our chore list as short and sweet as possible.

I'll begin with my own. While I love gardening, I tend to dread cleaning and preparing my garden in the spring. I'm usually not disciplined enough to leave it in good order in the fall, so the task usually falls to me in the spring. Part of how I've dealt with it in the past was to just do part of the cleanup in the fall. For instance, I'll clear all the dead plants from the space in the fall and give myself a head start in spring so that I only need to tidy up the edges and do some cultivating before I get to the fun stuff like planning and planting the garden. Also, laying a thin layer of compost in the fall lets me just pull out my rototiller (which is another great way to save effort) and work it into the soil. Finally, I just try to focus on how wonderful it's going to be to have fresh flowers and vegetables in the coming months. This year, I'm taking part in a CSA program, so I'm thinking that I will be focusing my garden on flowers and letting my weekly CSA share take care of most of my fruit and vegetable needs. However, I just can't resist at least a few different varieties of tomatoes! See? I'm already looking forward to what is usually a nasty chore!

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