Prepare Now For Winter

| 8/20/2014 12:18:00 PM

Lee AnnBrrrrr, it's COLD! ... That doesn't sound anything like what I am hearing around One Ash these days, but we know that winter will hit us eventually, and from what we are reading it's forecast to be a cold one for South Carolina. Last year, we had one of the biggest ice storms in history, and we have seen snow regularly for several years now. I know, if you live a little farther north this all sounds like child's play, but it's all relative. Getting prepared for your winter, no matter where you live, is something we all need to think about. Here are some of the things we are doing to prepare – what are you doing around your homestead to prepare for winter?

Prepare for Winter


~The Wood Pile – We use a lot of wood for heating, and for the wood cook stove. This is the time of year to make sure you have plenty, get it chopped, split and stacked, and clean up the old pile. Cover it up so it's dry and aged when you are ready to use it.

~The Fireplaces – We need a place to use all that wood, so now is the time to make sure your fireplaces are cleaned out, and that the chimneys are free from creosote. Chimney sweeps often work at a lower cost in the summer when few people are thinking about keeping warm!


8/22/2014 5:44:01 PM

Lee Ann, wow, sounds like a lot of work to get ready for Winter. Since I don't heat with wood, I don't have to worry about that. I do like to stock up on sale food items and grow a few vegetables to store up in my specially built semi cold room in the basement. It's been an extremely bad summer here in Nebraska for gardening and not much will be harvested. Store bought sale items will have to due for this Winter. I've focused on garden structure for this year and really would like to get my 60X90 foot garden area fenced in from the animals. It's been a two year task and hopefully will be finished before Winter this year. ***** Have a great Winter prep day.