Here’s a few posts I prepared earlier, because winter happens every year and I’ve written about it before a few times!
If you haven’t read about our woodstove yet, here’s a few posts to get you started. I love our woodstove, it is one of the first really “self-sufficient” things we bought. And we have plenty of wood on our property (about 100 acres of trees), so we should be ok for wood heating for the rest of our lives. We use the woodstove for cooking all through winter and it keeps the house warm too. We even use the ash on the garden. If you don’t have a woodstove, maybe you can use Lavender wheat heat packs to keep warm this winter! And don’t forget the dogs…. Sewing dog coats.
Woodstoves for heating and cooking
Winter Woodfires: installing a woodfire
Winter Woodfires: cooking in a woodstove
Winter Woodstoves: using wood ash
Winter woodfires: how to light a fire
Winter woodfires: preparing firewood
Knitting (and crochet)
Knitting always seems like more of a winter craft. I don’t really like to knit when its 30degC and my hands are all sweaty, but come winter and the knitting addiction returns. Over the past few years I’ve been teaching myself to knit, and more recently, to crochet. Youtube has been a fantastic resource. I have even learnt to knit socks and am working on a lacey alpaca wool shawl at the moment.
Knitting - some people make it look so easy!
Knitting is a survival skill
Learning to knit from a pattern
Knitting - how to handle a hank of yarn
Easy knitted arm warmers
Knitting socks on four double-pointed needles
I'm hooked! Learning to crochet...
Finger-crocheted rag rug from old t-shirts
Even though we are in the sub-tropics, we still get the occasional frosty morning. Usually 5-7 per year. But you only need one to kill frost sensitive plants, so this really limits what we can grow over winter, but it also kills lots of bugs, including the flies that worry the cattle.
The main thing we do for winter is roll up the shade cloth on the sides of the garden, and move frost sensitive plants up to a table under the carport, where they are more protected from frost. I need to get another mini greenhouse because the last one has holes in it, the plastic doesn’t last well, I’d like to build something more permanent instead of buying more plastic.
Frost - what is it and how to manage it