It’s that time of year again…the time of year when I start writing massive to-do lists in order to get us prepped for winter.  Granted, I’ll never finish all of it but still I like to dream.

In no particular order:

  •  Fire wood, fire wood, fire wood.  A free (other than manual labor) way to keep us warm and cozy all winter…yes please!

  • Apples! Its time to pick them, eat them, can them, dehydrate them, and anything else I can think of.

  • I’ve got to get the garden turned over and garlic in the ground.  I tried growing garlic in containers last year but there just wasn’t enough drainage.  This year its going in one of the raised beds that we used for eggplant and peppers.  It will mean needing to build a new bed this spring but thats alright. 
Time to fill the pantry 
  • Chicken coop.  This is the big one! Those pesky ladies have hidden their nests for the last time.  They are getting a new coop with a big fenced in run so that I can actually find the eggs.
  • I’ve got a freezer full of random produce (peppers, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes) and it’s time to start canning it.  Hot pepper jelly, mixed berry jam, and probably tomato puree or salsa.
  • It’s time to give the house a good deep cleaning and get it ready for winter.  The thermal curtains need to be hung and the vents and fans need a good dusting.
Thankfully, the weather has been a nice mix of cool and sunny.  Perfect for getting massive amounts of work done.  Now, if it will stay like that for a few more weeks then we’ll be all set. 

What do you have to do to get ready for winter?
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