Offgrid Winter

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Standing By

Winter on an offgrid homestead is a time for repairs, maintenance, reflection, and planning.
The many repairs I couldn’t get to in the summer get done at this time. Handles get replaced as needed. Hoes, rakes, shovels, axes, and mauls, all can get cracked or broken handles.
Equipment needs to be maintained and repaired. Tractors, tillers, mowers, vehicles, and generators need to be tuned up, greased, and oil changed. Any worn out parts need to be changed out.
Fences are always needing constant attention. Wires get loose and need to be re-stretched, posts need replacing, and this is a time for building new fences if you need them.
Winter is a time of reflection while sitting around the fire with a cup of coffee. Time to reflect on the past season, what worked well, what didn’t work so well, and how can you improve on it for the coming year. You may want to abandon some projects as not being worthwhile or start new ones with hopes they will work out well.
It is also a time for planning. What changes do you want to make? What improvements? How are you going to lay out your garden this coming season and what are you going to plant? It is time to order your seeds so you will have them by planting time.
Much goes into having a successful season. A well thought out plan will give you a much greater chance of success than if you just blunder into the season with no plan at all. Having your equipment and tools maintained and ready to go will go a long way towards getting things done with a minimum of aggravation and delays.
Remember that dog that followed you around last summer and laid patiently waiting for your days work to be done so he could follow you back to the house at the end of the day? Now is the time to give him a scratch and throw the stick or ball for him for being such a faithful companion. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself, too.
Yes, there is work to be done in all seasons and an offgrid winter is no different.
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