I can’t believe it is getting close to winter time already! Where did summer go?
Fall is my favorite time of year, but here in Colorado we never know how long it will be until winter starts. We have had snow before Halloween, so we need to be prepared for anything.
Depending on your homestead and the animals you have, your list might look different. These are the things we think about and plan for when we get out homestead ready for winter.
8 Practical Ways to Get the Homestead Ready for Winter
- Pull up dead plants
- Unhook & roll up hoses
- Prepare boxes for next spring (compost, mulch, etc).
- Plant cover crops if needed
- Clean up any tools or trash left out
- Clean out the coop (move to compost pile)
- Add extra layers of straw or bedding to help keep them warm
- Make sure the water container is in good repair
- Fill laying boxes with fresh bedding
- Clean up run
- Repair fence if needed
- Cull any birds that you don’t want to feed during the winter
- Insulate windows with plastic covering
- Clean out hutch
- Move manure to compost pile
- Repair hutch and nesting boxes
- Add extra hay for bedding
- Cull any rabbits you don’t want to feed during the winter
- Make sure they have a wind barrier and roof for bad weather
- Put insulation paper on the bottom of hive.
- Add extra water area so they don’t have to travel far in the winter
- Add sugar water if necessary (depending on how much honey they have for winter)
- Decrease the size of the hole they enter/exit out of (to keep the hive warmer)
- Can and shelve your canned goods
- Freeze what you don’t have time to can right away
- Keep your squashes, root veggies and fruits in a cool, dark place
- Clean & organize you pantry
- Take stock of what you have
- Buy in bulk for winter
- Rake orchard floor
- Drain irrigation lines
- Put compost around trees
- Repair deer fences around trees if necessary
- Pick up and put away any tools that are left out
- Pull weeds in the landscaped area
- Fill the driveway with extra gravel
- Fill the landscaped area with extra wood chips
- Put the lawn furniture away for winter
- Make sure the rain gutters are clear
Wood Stove Heating
- Secure enough wood for the winter
- Clean out the stove
- Stack some of the wood near the house for easy access
- Gather cardboard, newspaper and other fire starters
Wow! That’s quite the list. We don’t have everything completed on the list, but we are getting there.
Our irrigation water just got turned off a few days ago, so the lines still need to be drained for winter. We will be moving the rabbit hutch closer to the house for winter.
We will also be moving our hens in a temporary pin (the one the meat chickens are in right now) for winter because we have a fox on the loose in our neighborhood.
I love the snow during Christmas time, but by February I wish it was gone. We know we have to prepare for it so it doesn’t catch us off guard. Once it starts snowing, I usually don’t like to go outside for very long. That’s why we are moving the animals in closer. I prefer to stay in the warm house.
Yearly maintenance items should not be forgotten, and getting ready for winter is one of these things. By taking care of the animals, garden, yard, pantry and other things we are being a good steward of what we have been given. We should not take that lightly.
What do you do to get your homestead ready for winter? Please let us know in the comments below. And if you found this post helpful, please share. Thanks!