Just when I was beginning to think that our mild autumn days would never end, the forecast came in – not for our first frost – but for a hard freeze. We spent all day Saturday getting ready for winter.
My first order of business was to rehang the dining room curtains.
|Closed at night for added protection against the cold.|
|Open during the day to let the sunlight and warmth in.|
It's almost a shame to cover up those pretty new windows, isn't it? But increased energy efficiency come before being able to admire our handiwork.
Next I moved into the garden. We don't have much growing there anymore, but a freeze would certainly bring an end to the little we were getting.
|I got a good amount of green tomatoes. Some I'll let ripen, but we
had to have yummy fried green tomatoes with our Sunday burgers. ð
Dan helped me cover the hoop house.
This year we added a door! Don't laugh! It's the old door from our original chicken coop. Not a perfect fit but pretty close.
|Where our chickens used to live.|
Our chickens used to share the old shed with the goats. Chickens on one side, goats on the other, with the milking room and feed storage in the middle. We saved their door when we built our current chicken coop.
I just hope I don't regret reusing last year's polyurethane on the hoop house. It's just utility grade, which means it's cheap, but it doesn't have UV protection. That means the sun will dry it out and deteriorate it faster than plastic with UV protection. Greenhouse grade would last longer, but I haven't found that locally yet, and the cost of shipping nowadays often prevents me from buying better products than what I can find close to home. We plan to upgrade this as soon as we can.
I had only one winterization job for the goat shed, to cover the remaining original window.
|Nails in strips of cardboard hold the plastic in place.|
You may recall that the Little Barn is actually built onto the original goat and chicken shed. Dan made window covers for the newly built part, but not the old. This old window gives light and allows in lovely breezes during summer, but it creates cold drafts during winter. Eventually we'll re-side the old section of the shed and build in new windows, but for now I covered it with an piece of old shower curtain, doubled. We still get the light but not the cold air.
While I did that, Dan filled the wood box.
On my way back into the house, I brought in my three potted plants.
|Aloe vera, Meyers lemon, and ginger.|
The Meyers lemon and aloe vera will do okay on the unheated back porch, but the ginger plant will need to be brought in where it stays a bit warmer. It doesn't much like temperatures below 50°F (10°C).
The next morning the temperature was well below freezing. The odd thing was that there was no frost. That's how dry we are. I was happy to see that the Little Barn remained about 10 degrees warmer than the outside air.
The only thing I forgot to do was to find my winter gloves. By the time I got in from morning chores, my fingers were freezing. That made the fire in the cookstove all the more welcome.
I know quite a few of you in North America have been getting snow! Any of you in that camp? How about the rest of the world?