Improve Your Production During Winter

| 2/2/2017 10:01:00 AM

Megan WildWinter is a trying time for homesteaders and farmers, especially those who are new to the lifestyle. Not only do the severe weather and cold temperatures prevent you from planting and harvesting crops, but wintery conditions could damage your home or property.

Despite the pitfalls of the off-season, motivated and proactive farmers can still keep themselves busy. It might take a little bit of creativity and ingenuity, but there are ways to maintain productivity — and even increase it — during the winter.

Urban Farming & Gardening

Indoor farms and gardens are quickly gaining in popularity due to their low cost, compact nature, accessibility and aesthetic appeal. Considering that homeowners have been growing houseplants and even limited crops indoors for years, it only makes sense that this trend would catch on amongst homesteaders.

Growing crops indoors is also a viable option for those who have limited property to work with. Would-be farmers and homesteaders trapped within the confines of city life can try their hand at the trade before making a commitment and relocating into the countryside. And those who simply can't afford to move their families are still able to enjoy the hobby of gardening.

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Taking Care of Your Livestock

Most of us bring our cats and dogs indoors when winter weather becomes too harsh. Unfortunately, this isn't a viable option when your farm includes pigs, cows, horses and other livestock. While you certainly can't bring them inside, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure they're comfortable during this time.