Hello from da U.P., eh!

in homesteading •  9 months ago 

Hello, and welcome to my page!

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't written a post in almost a week now. With the change of seasons to cold weather, I no longer have a garden to write about, and my work on the pickup truck and the travel trailer have both been put on hold until we get some mild days. Since I don't have a garage to work in, I have to work on those projects outside, and I have no motivation to do that when it's 18 degrees F and the wind is blowing and adding wind chill to the mix.

I'm going to need to find something to write about for the winter months, and I'm not sure what that will be. I have a number of winter hobby projects that I work on at this time of year, but I'm not sure if those things would make for interesting reading. I will probably try out a couple of different subjects and see what happens. This past week and a half or so has been an adjustment period for me with shifting from outdoor activities to indoor activities. That's always a struggle for me because I end up feeling like I'm not getting anything done, but the reality is that there's almost nothing to get done outside now that winter is here.

It's been snowing a little bit here for the past couple of days and the ground is pretty much covered now. We don't get snow like the Lake Superior shoreline gets, we're too far from the big lakes to get lake effect snow, so we only have a little bit of snow right now. However, the ground is frozen hard now, the frost is probably already about a foot deep due to the really cold nights that we've had for the past week or 2.

We're supposed to get some mild weather for the next several days, so I'm going to try to finish insulating the winter pond fish tank in the greenhouse, I need to get a sheet of insulation to finish that job. I also want to make a bit more progress on the pickup truck project, but that depends on how mild the weather is.

I have a couple of pictures to show you of the garden from last week, before it started snowing. The first is the big garden at home, covered with mulch and ready for winter. I didn't get the chance to get the rest of the corn stalks removed, so they get to stay until spring. I still need to move the chipper to a better spot for the winter.

Here's the last 2 views of my community garden plots for the year. I managed to get some mulch onto the garden beds this fall. It would have been nice to have had more mulch to put on the beds, but I did what I could.


One more picture to show you. The deer like to eat the apples that fall out of the tree, so they come into the front yard pretty regularly. In the not freezing weather, they have to go around the front yard pond, but after it froze over, one of them decided to just walk across the pond. The problem is that the ice wasn't thick enough, so the deer fell through the ice and punched holes in the pond liner with it's hooves. Of course, most of the water leaked out of the bottom of the pond into the ground, so next spring, it looks like we get to replace the pond liner again. The deer also knocked one of the pickets out of the fence during it's escape from the pond.

That's all I have for this post, thanks for stopping by to check it out!


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We are starting to heat up as Summer is more or less here! - yay

I am sure whatever you post it will be great!

Bummer about the deer and the pond!

I feel for you, not having mulch for your gardens. That was us last year.

We've not been able to be outside much due to extreme cold (for November) and my being sick. I was just casting around for something to post about also!