Fall is on its way and the humid summer days are almost gone. Some leaves are already beginning to turn. This is an excellent time to start preparing for the coming harvest season. It is also a great time to start prepping your plants for winter and the soil for next spring. Below are three essential areas for fall homesteading chores.
Homestead Garden Chores
Fall is the time of year to purge your garden. Pull all the dead and dying plants to add to your compost. There will be some fruits vegetables that are still yielding. You can include these in your compost pile after your final harvest. You should also divide any crowded perennials and plant new bulbs to sprout in the spring.
Consider plating new crop of greens, root vegetables, and herbs to harvest before the first frost. Beets, turnips, and radishes do well in the fall. Spinach and collards also thrive during cooler months. Garlic, chives, and mint will come in handy during cold and flu season.
Homestead Livestock Chores
Fall is a good time to inspect your livestock shelters. Repair any damages to ensure your animals will be warm when winter comes. Clean the chicken coops well and freshen any bedding. While harvesting your hay for bedding put some up for mulching and protecting young plants in the spring. At the beginning of fall, you should check your fence line to ensure your animals do not roam too far. Complete any fence repairs needed. This will also detour predators and keep your livestock safe.
Homestead Preservation Chores
Autumn is the preservation time. September begins the harvesting season in most regions. Now is the time to freeze or can your fresh produce for winter and early spring. In the past, this was the time for culling the herds. The sick and lame were slaughtered and preserved for food through the cold months.
There are many chores which must be completed in the fall to keep your homestead running smoothly. Don’t forget to celebrate your harvest once all your hard work is finished. How about a bonfire with music, family, friends, and feasting?Photo by Harshal S. Hirve on Unsplash