8 Homesteading Winter Preparations to Begin in the Fall


| 10/6/2017 9:33:00 AM


 

Homesteading allows individuals and families to live a greener and healthier lifestyle. A self-sustainable lifestyle helps heal and replenish natural resources while providing a positive impact on the environment, but it also requires constant attention and preparation. As the summer months end and the fall weather begins to roll in, winter preparation is necessary for the future of your garden, pasture or ranch. Here are eight winter prep tips homesteaders should complete by the end of autumn:

1. Leaves

You can add the leaves you rake up during autumn to your compost pile. You can also shred the leaves and layer your field or garden beds.

2. Mulching

Speaking of leaves and biological detritus, mulching has a great effect on your soil and moisture retention because it keeps morning dew and water from escaping.

Mulching will also reduce the amount of weed maintenance you may end up doing after winter ends, while the process of mulching allows you to make use of perennial and evergreen plants you cannot harvest for food or fodder.



Make sure you use the proper equipment to make the best use of your time and resources. Some machinery and equipment will let you add mulching attachments that can handle branches up to 8 inches long.

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10/18/2017 12:04:39 PM

While I should be more diligent about it I always vacuum up my leaves and use most of them them as mulch on the garden. I will put a few into the compost barrel to give me a little more compost for spring.






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