Monday, October 05, 2009

Preparations


The winter wood is in. Always a fall milestone. There is a certain sense of ease and comfort that come with knowing the woodlot is full.

Our freezers, too, are jammed with local beef and the bounty from the garden is filling my external stand up cold storage unit.



It's a salvaged commercial stand-up cooler that sits just outside our basement, that I super insulated with foam and use a thermostatically controlled bathroom fan to pump warm air from our basement into the unit when it gets below freezing. Right now it is -3℃(26.6℉).
Were putting the garden to bed. All the vegies are in except for Carrots, Parsnips, and Sweet Potatoes. We've added double plastic covers to them to squeeze the last out of the growing season. We're still getting 21 degrees in those tires.
We got a pretty good load of Roma Tomatoes. We've been eating fried green tomatoes and I will attempt my first canning adventure to try and put away some Green Tomato Relish.

This week we are getting the place in shape for the first snows. Making sure all the hoses are in, tools put away, equipment moved to it's winter storage. Out of the way of the snow plow and the piles of snow it will make. If I have time, later in the week, I will be cutting an opening in one of our larger sheds to house the skidsteer and A.T.V's. Right now it is being used to store lumber and insulation, a bunch of junk— and a whole lot of Barn Swallow poop. It's a building I am considering siding in and fixing up. The main problem is that it doesn't have a foundation and I am not sure If I am technically up to pouring one around the building which would involve raising it up temporarily to get the footings in.

4 comments:

Rich said...

"...it doesn't have a foundation and I am not sure If I am technically up to pouring one around the building which would involve raising it up temporarily to get the footings in..."

If it is already almost winter there, how deep does a foundation have to be to be below the frost line?

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Art, so impressed with all your hard work to "get ready" for winter. Other folks just go buy gloves , but we eejits living and working with the land know there is a LOT MORE to getting ready for winter don't we ? We have to buy boots too.

Art Blomquist said...

Rich: Foundations around here should be at least four feet down. However foundation around the shed can wait for next season. I have the digging equipment and can still cut a hole to use the shed for storing my skidsteeer this winter. Stay Tuned. I will be doing some research on foundations and raising buildings. I have a couple of small ones to try before I attemt the big shed.

Art Blomquist said...

Donna: Speaking of boots, I have been scheming up the boot dryer for the hallway!