September 23, 2013 by phicks2012
Now that Fall is actually here, already bringing with it cooler weather and bluer skies, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the sorts of things I need to start doing (aside from Fall Cleaning) before Winter sets in. In ages past people harvested their crops and preserved food, slaughtered livestock, and added to their larders in the autumn — and I’m still hoping some promised venison is going to come my way – but nowadays putting food by really isn’t all that critical to our survival. It’s NICE, mind you, but not absolutely necessary.
That having been said, while home agriculture is far less critical with super markets on nearly every block, it’s also likely that I’ll be doing a bit of freezing and canning, and also tilling the garden soil and engaging in other agrarian pursuits to get it ready for next year’s vegetables and herbs. After all, a little preparation can go a long way to assure a good crop of vegetables and herbs to grace my table next summer when I can relish the easy availability of fresh produce and home-made herb teas.
In addition to being agriculturally proactive, I’m thinking that getting some gas into the propane tank in my yard, and some cash into my savings account would be a good start for the winter season, and that stocking up on firewood wouldn’t be a bad thing either. Not one of my three antique chain saws works anymore to get firewood cut, so I’ll probably have to bite the bullet and buy a new one soon — this time a make with easily available parts and service — so that we can get out and put together a healthy pile of logs. After all, there’s nothing quite like an open fire on the hearth on a cold winter’s night, even if my latest batch of Mead won’t be ready to drink until Spring.
So now that fall has fallen I’m putting my list together, and would welcome other suggestions as well. What do you think would be a good fall project? Please feel free to make suggestions! I won’t promise to follow through on all of them, but if they prove to be intriguing enough I JUST MIGHT!