10 Chores and Activities for the Fall to get ready for Winter
As fall approaches, there is a lot of chores we really HAVE to do for the upcoming winter, some we too often forget, and others that are just pure enjoyment. Wherever your cabin or cottage is, it is important to make a list for what needs to be done during this time each year, but also not forget that this is also a great time for some “rustic living” hobbies.
Late Fall, when the leaves have left the trees, is when you should be taking the compost that you have been creating over the past year and spread over your garden, wild flower areas, etc., and also the time to start next year’s compost by gathering up the old leaves to add to your other compost material.
If you’re ready to throw out the rule book and return as much as you can to the soil, Compost Everything is the book for you. It’s time to quit fighting Mother Nature and start working with her to recycle organic matter and create lush and beautiful gardens with some of the most extreme composting techniques known to Man!
Fall Care of the Lawn
This means applying a fall fertilizer (check your region for times and best types of applications such as crabgrass control, etc.), and aeration.
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Clean out the Gutters and Patio
Fix Leaks in Insulation
Clean the Chimney
If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace, inspect the chimney. You might need to get it cleaned professionally, but if not, you can use a product like Creosote Destroyer. You sprinkle some on as directed to fires and it works over time. Good to stock up now for the winter.
Prune Trees and Bushes
While the act of pruning is simple enough, knowing where and when to prune can confound even experienced gardeners. For more than half a century, Robert Sanford Martin’s How to Prune Fruit Trees has been the go-to guide for pruners of all levels of expertise. As one reviewer noted, “This book simplifies what other books complicate. It has a small amount of text paired with line drawings that help break pruning tasks down into something you can easily understand.” Martin has judiciously pruned his words to make his advice as clear and simple as possible. His guidance in the art of cutting back and thinning out has been responsible for the preservation of countless healthy trees and orchards. Maximize your fruit production-whether you are growing apples, almonds, plums, pomegranates, or any of over 40 varieties of fruit trees discussed in this book-by making the right cut every time.
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Clean Your Garden Tools
It only takes a few minutes, but many of us forget to properly clean our garden tools before putting them away for the winter!
Canning and Preserving
If you had a garden, now is the time to preserve what you have grown. This means canning, preserving, and pickling. There is a lot more to it than you might think, and it is becoming a very trendy practice in the food world, especially with pickling.
The art of canning and preserving food is an invaluable home cooking skill, often passed down from one generation to the next. For those who never had the chance to learn how to can in their grandmother’s kitchen, it’s never too late to start.
The Joy of Pickling, 3rd Edition: 300 Flavor-Packed Recipes for All Kinds of Produce from Garden or Market
Putting up pickles is a time-honored technique for stretching the harvest and getting the most out of fresh produce. But pickling isn’t just about preserving – it’s a way of creating mouthwatering condiments and side dishes that add interest and variety to the table. Making these salty, sour, sweet, and tangy tidbits isn’t hard – as long as you have this comprehensive volume to guide you. This new edition includes 50 new recipes, techniques for preventing yeast and mold growths on fermented pickles, as well as information on the science of pickling.
Among the tempting treats you’ll find inside: Lower East Side Full-Sour Dills, Cabbage and Radish Kimchi, Pickled Whole Watermelons, Quick Pickled Baby Corn, Cranberry Ketchup, Pickled Whole Cabbages, and much, much more.
Organize Those Closets
It is time to get out the winter clothes and to put away the summer clothes, but also the perfect time to finally get your closets organized.
Plant Garden Bulbs