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A Slice of Winter Homesteading Life (with Videos)

Mark pulled out the camera this week to share a few short videos about our winter garden and goats.

I feel like this first video should have come with a warning label. Don't let your spouse watch it if you don't want him or her to succumb to goat mania! Our mini-Nubian is just too darn cute for her own good.

Next up, check out this tour of our cold frame. The video prompted some of our regular blog readers to suggest that we install a automatic vent opener from Harbor Freight. At the moment, we're remaining low-tech and depending on our quick hoops for the majority of our winter-garden protection. But the cold frame does have an important niche, providing extremely late salad greens and extremely early seed starting.

Finally, this last video shows why and how to top brussels sprouts for extended winter harvests. Brussels sprouts are our favorite crop in the fall and early winter garden, and we highly recommend you give them a try next year.

Mark has several more videos coming down the pike, so you might want to subscribe to his YouTube channel to catch them as soon as they materialize. Specifically, stay tuned for a tour of our goat barn and a primer on quick hoops.

Perhaps you'd like to hear about something entirely different, though? If that's the case, leave Mark and we'll do our best to oblige. Thanks for watching!

Anna and Mark live in a mobile home that they found for free and fixed up themselves. They're firm believers in living within their means and love the freedom the mobile home gives them. Anna's first paperback, The Weekend Homesteader, was published by Skyhorse Publishing in November 2012 and her first novel, Watermelon Summer, came out from Wetknee Books in December 2013. Find them online at The Walden Effect, and read all of Anna's and Mark's MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.

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