Days Are Getting Shorter, Time To Get Ready For Winter

| 6/24/2013 10:45:53 AM

Being a native of Massachusetts it is never too early to prepare for the onset of Winter as far as I'm concerned. I catch a lot of flack from friends and family here when I say that, they remind me that our Summers are short enough as it is without rushing the next Winter. But, when a storm hits and power goes out for five days and the roads are a mess I like to be sure I have plenty of food, heat source and power source.

Our coop after the February blizzard of 2013.

Now that the gardens are providing their abundance I am gearing up for canning season. There are many folks who can year round but for me, I do all my canning in about a three month period when my gardens are producing and local farms are open selling the veggies I don't grow myself. I will go full tilt, sometimes starting at 7 am and finishing the days canning at 11 pm. 


For my husband and I the most important part of prepping for Winter is making sure we have plenty of firewood. Our house is less than 500 sq ft and the furnace that was installed is run on propane. For us it is very costly to heat with propane so we got a wood stove two years ago and heat with that 90% of the time. It has been a wonderful ease on our budget to heat with wood rather than an alternate fuel. Our home is surrounded by oaks and though we do not drop healthy trees occasionally a Summer storm or hurricane will blow through and fell a tree, so we take advantage of that and cut our own wood. When trees do not just drop in our lap, we buy cord wood in the Summer months when it is less expensive and stack and tarp it for Winter use.  

We also have a small generator to keep our fridge and freezer going in long term power outages, so year round we always have a five gallon can of gasoline available since hurricanes can take our power out for long periods of time as much as a Winter storm can. 

2/25/2014 7:00:13 PM

what a wonderful website, Susan. You're living my dream. But I aim to make my own dream come true when I have my piece of land in the not too far future. Chickens, veggies, fruit trees, here I come!

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