Winter Freesteading chores

  • Winter Freesteading chores

    Posted by TagNBee on September 5, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Getting ready for Winter. We are putting firewood up and winterizing our infrastructure. Am I the only one already thinking about winter?

    SpagsUnfiltered replied 8 months, 3 weeks ago 17 Members · 24 Replies
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  • Toni

    September 5, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Not even at all. lol.

  • Ms.Farmer

    September 5, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Preparing for Winter here even though we have a few months. I feel like Fall will come sooner this year. Wood stacked. Boots ordered. 👩🏼‍🌾

  • NicoleSauce

    September 5, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    We start preparing for winter in August every year. Have the firewood ready – working out what to do about water for the sheep next.

  • FaintlyArtistic

    September 5, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    I’m feeling like it is coming sooner and harder this year. I’ve been canning, freezing and dehydrating like a crazy woman since the end of July.

  • TagNBee

    Community Leader
    September 5, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    I agree, I think it will be earlier this year. We only use wood for heat. I need 20 cords split and stacked by the end of October. Im 5 cords in now

    • Jypsy19

      September 5, 2022 at 11:25 pm

      We’re still on the August list, I hope winter isn’t early.

      Tag how many wood stoves are you feeding?

      • TagNBee

        Community Leader
        September 5, 2022 at 11:27 pm

        We have a Kitchen Queen Grand Comfort in the kitchen, Fireplace in the living room and a wood stove in the bedroom. The kitchen stove does the heavy lifting. I also have a wood stove in my shop.

  • HoneysGarden

    September 5, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Nope – Trying to get a roof on the barn, got one old horse I want to protect – and have a place to store feed and hay. Have several cords of wood split from last year that should be dry, more splitting to do as soon as I move the tractor over to the splitter to hook up the PTO. Thinking about blackout curtains or shades; they should also help with insulation. And need to find a round bale of grass hay . . . I’m sorta planning on making one corner of the barn into a coop, with a covered run off the back, don’t know if I’ll get it done in time to have chickens over winter. Anyway . . . keep moving, and smile – makes ’em wonder what you’re up to!

  • JNCaudill

    September 5, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    My husband started getting wood ends from a pallet making company in early spring. He went 2 weeks ago & only got left overs as now everybody else has begun to prepare for winter. So very, very grateful for a forward thinking man!

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  • Growwithme

    September 5, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    Zone five here in central New York, the winters can get really cold Sub-Zero at times. We will be splitting and stacking wood in the next few weeks in preparation of that cold. I will be preparing the garden beds for the winter time as well by jumping ground up leaves, and grass to hunker down for that blanket of snow that’s going to cover them.

  • HeavenlySentCutFlowers-NY-13135

    September 5, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    I to live in upstate N.Y and will be clearing out my beds and covering them by the end of the month. I am also starting cool flowers and will be putting them in the ground in a week or so. I have to clear out my raised garden beds and put good compost on them because the dirt that was put in them 2 years ago is settling that is a job in itself as I have 4 of them that are 10x 6x 4 feet.

  • culdesacgrocerygarden

    September 6, 2022 at 12:06 am

    A lot of what we do is getting ready for winter. Growing extra food and preserving and putting up food in our pantries/storage. But yes, winter is on my mind. With the cooler nights here now I am thinking about frost and winter weather. Zone 6a near Kansas City. They had wood stoves on sale at Menards and Orscheln’s this weekend for labor day and I was tempted but just didnt want to do anything rash. Im just not sure about putting a wood stove in this house with its fake gas burning firepace and chimney made of siding. So I need to keep researching.

  • TagNBee

    Community Leader
    September 6, 2022 at 12:37 am

    I didn’t know they were on sale. I’m going to check it out. Nice to know we are neighbors

  • Maytag

    September 8, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Winter storm that hit TX last year was an eye opener for a lot of us down here. Still, not a lot of prep to really do that isn’t already done. Pipes are insulated and generator is ready. Most winters here, a cat in the lap is enough to keep me warm!

    So in the meantime the heat index is 105 today here in south TX and it’s time to get the fall garden going soon! If I ever end up moving any farther north than NE TX it’s gonna be quite an adjustment lol

    • TagNBee

      Community Leader
      September 8, 2022 at 9:12 pm

      Hear we usually have

      1st winter Jan-Feb.

      2nd winter in march

      spring in April

      summer from may -sept

      fall in October

      3rd winter in Nov-Dec

      80 here today

      • Maytag

        September 9, 2022 at 10:23 pm

        Down here we have…

        Winter Jan-Feb

        Spring March

        1st Summer April – May

        2nd Summer June – August

        3rd Summer September – November

        Fall December


      • TagNBee

        Community Leader
        September 9, 2022 at 10:26 pm

        sounds hot

  • themacs

    September 8, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Unfortunately, no. We got most of our firewood done, the gardens are becoming bare from harvesting and I hate it! I wish it was spring again. Not looking forward to winter at all this year. It’s going to be a rough ride here in Canada…

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    September 9, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Not at all . We’re working on 4ct of firewood that’s in our driveway and, hopefully, getting a small wood burning stove in our Lrm installed by the end of this month. I actually can’t wait for winter (as crazy as it sounds knowing what lies ahead) I’m done with those muggy Long Island summers.

    • KramitDreams

      September 10, 2022 at 1:43 am

      I am looking forward to winter too. I hate the heat!

  • TagNBee

    Community Leader
    September 9, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    One of the many benefits of having community around you is winter chores. In a couple weeks we will have 30 people at the farm for the purpose of Firewood. we will be running 3 log splitters, 6 chainsaws and many stackers and haulers. We will put up many cords of firewood in just a single day.

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