Winter. The cold and dark one. We cling on to the remaining warmth the sun provides us and start to prepare.
Winter clothes boxes come out. The smell of last year’s snow still lingers on coats, hats and gloves that were buried so deep in the closet.
Preparing the growing plot for winter is a matter of shutting it down. Burring what remains in the field will provide next year’s crops with nutrients. Tuck in the equipment by cleaning, sharpening and storing them.
Clean up any branches or downed trees so they won’t become a hazard during the depths of winter. Save some of the downed wood to burn when you need some extra wood. Cutting wood, the activity that warms you twice.
Winter isn’t going to be all that bad. Curling up in a warm blanket with a mug of hot apple cider is something to look forward to. Snow is a beautiful sight and fun to play in. Who knows, maybe you can get some extra sleep during the extended night.
What are you excited to do during the winter?
Jake Frazier is an outdoor enthusiast and the owner of Residential Ecology, a sustainable ecological resource management company. He uses existing natural systems to improve the quality of life for both humans and the Earth. Jake is interested in permaculture, living systems and exploring. Connect with him on LinkedIn.