Preparing for For Winter
If you’re homesteading in any capacity, winter is something you need to take seriously. The change in climate can affect any animals you’re rearing, any crops you’re growing, the heating of your home and much more.
That’s why in this article I’m going to be explaining how to properly prepare for winter and ensure that it doesn’t have a negative impact on your homesteading lifestyle.
Getting Your Animals Ready For Winter
If you’re raising animals, then you need to make sure they have everything they need to get through the winter safely and comfortably. The exact steps you need to take will vary depending on the type of animals you own but as a general rule, you’ll need to build them some kind of shelter such as a small shed. This shelter should protect them from the winter elements (such as wind, rain and snow) and also keep them warm and comfortable (either by having some form of heating or by containing plenty of hay for them to snuggle up in).
Getting Your Crops Ready For Winter
Certain fruits and vegetables are much more susceptible to the cold weather than others. Therefore, you need to determine which of the crops you’re growing will be able to tolerate the winter weather and which will not. Then you need to take the necessary steps to ensure that your crops which struggle with cold weather will be able to survive the winter. To do this, plant as many of them as you can indoors and if necessary, create a greenhouse to keep your fruits and vegetables at an optimal temperature during the cold winter months.
Getting Your Home Ready For Winter
If you partially or fully provide your own power to your home, then the winter weather is likely to have an impact on your ability to do this. For example, if you use hydropower, your water source may freeze during the winter months. If you use solar power, the lower levels of sunlight will reduce the amount of power you can produce. If you heat your home manually (using coal or wood), the drop in temperature will increase your requirements for coal or wood.
So before winter arrives, you need to carefully assess the exact effect the cold winter weather will have on how you power your home and take the necessary action. This could include buying a backup generator to account for the potential loss of hydropower or solar power or stocking up on firewood or coal to ensure that you have enough fuel to heat your home during the lower winter temperatures.
With a little planning and preparation, you can get through winter with minimal fuss. So take another look at the tips, implement the ones that apply to you and enjoy your winter.