The Winter Homestead Lifestyle

The first snowfall covers everything in white frosting

The first winter snowfall covers our homestead in white frosting.

Well, it’s been a quiet winter so far here on the homestead. Nowhere near the spirit-crushing amount of snow and cold temperatures we endured last winter. Yet. Thank goodness. That was a challenge. We’ll see what February brings.

Still, this season does bring a change in daily life that we both look forward to and dread at the same time. Fire building we look forward to – constantly carting wood into the house, we dread. Snow is really great for skiing and snowshoeing; blowing it off the driveway is not so enjoyable. Walking the dog takes on new meaning. However, we all agree that snow days are awesome.

 

Snowfall in January blankets the hoop house.

Snowfall in January blankets the hoop house.

 

It’s our first winter with the hoop house. Paying attention to snow accumulation is the new pastime. We’ve only had one large snowfall followed by warming temperatures that made us a bit nervous. Heavy snow is the enemy. By pushing up and out on the plastic from inside the structure, the snow is persuaded to let go and slide off. I use a special broom with curved bristles (that I already owned) and a step stool for this job. I also use muscles that have been dormant a long time.

 

Clearing the solar panels is a daily job in the winter

Clearing the solar panels is a daily job in the winter. Pretty isn’t it? Not a lot of watts being generated, though.

 

Winter around here means less sunlight which in turn means less power. The days are short and often overcast. The solar panels need to be cleared each time it snows. Our backup generator gets a workout.  Not so much the vacuum and washing machine. And now it’s snowing again.

On the plus side, all of the seed catalogues have arrived! So I’ll pour another cup of coffee and settle in by the fire to plan next season’s vegetable selections. Then I’ll strap on the snowshoes and walk the dog.

Walking the dog on the Bruce Trail in winter

Walking the dog on the Bruce Trail in winter. Yes, I am wearing snowshoes and many layers. 

 

 

Comments

  1. Hi Erin,
    Had some of your delicious lettuce in the summer. Just wondering if you would consider doing some kind of share or weekly box order?

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Joanne! I’m really missing those greens right now.

      I’d be open to custom orders if it works for both of us. If you could let me know any specifics, that would be helpful. This year I will also be selling produce at the Wiarton Farmer’s Market Fridays 10am – 2pm from May long weekend to Thanksgiving as well as DeJong’s.

      Either way, I’m looking forward to connecting directly with you!

  2. Hi Erin,
    Do you grow arugula? My friend and I both love it and there was a lack of it in our CSA share this year.
    Thanks
    Joanne

    • Why yes I do, Joanne. I absolutely love it.
      I grow a variety called Astro that stays mild (for arugula) even when it gets more mature. I’ve already got my seeds.
      It was so warm in the hoop house this weekend I almost started planting! Thanks for asking.

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