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The first cool breeze of fall is here, and that means everything’s coming up hygge. Hygge (pronounced ‘hyur-guh’) always makes a comeback as fall and winter approach. This Danish word loosely translates to ‘coziness’ or ‘wellness,’ and is particularly important during dark and dreary winter months.

Winter is quickly approaching, and that means it’s high time to add some hygge to your homestead. Use these fun suggestions to add a little fun, warmth, and self-care to your homestead.

A Roaring Fire

Nothing says ‘cozy’ more than a fire. Ideally you’ve been chopping firewood since the spring months, but if you’re behind, never fear. See if you can barter with neighbors to build your firewood stores. You can always purchase firewood, too.

Thick Blankets

There’s nothing quite like cozying up under a fluffy blanket with a good book. Knit or crochet your own homemade blankets for ultimate hygge. Bonus points if you make the blanket from homestead fleece!

Burn Candles

Winter is the perfect time to turn down the lights and break out the candles. If you raise bees, whip that leftover beeswax into soothing homemade beeswax candles. Adorn them with dried herbs for a delicate scent and added comfort.

Bake!

Nothing is more comforting than a big batch of homemade cookies. Use eggs, milk, or honey from the homestead to bake delectable treats to keep you warm all winter. Tasty baked goods from the homestead also make fantastic gifts!

Homestead Potluck Parties

Hygge isn’t just about holing up in your house under a blanket. It’s about fostering a sense of community, too. Invite a few other homesteaders to a homesteading potluck party. Ask everyone to bring a food, game, or self-care item made with homestead materials. You’ll learn a few things and have a great time trading with each other!

The Bottom Line

Who says winter has to be dreary? Arm yourself with coziness to enjoy life on the homestead, no matter the weather.

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How To Get Organized For Spring On The Farm

by Erin Weaver

Spring can be one of the most beautiful seasons on the farm. The sun is coming out again, flowers are popping out of the ground in bursts of color, and baby animals are on their way. However, equally, spring can strike fear into the hearts of even the most optimistic farmgirls. If you haven’t planned ahead, it can easily become a three-month-long struggle of breaking up hard ground, sowing new crops, and birthing a seemingly endless stream of livestock.

There are several simple things you can do to get ahead before spring hits your farm. Put these spring organization tips into place on your farm so you can enjoy the fair weather without the associated stress.

Inspect The Premises

Take a proper walk around your farm and make note of any buildings, fences, or pieces of machinery that need some attention. This is the perfect time to pinpoint potential repairs or replacements before the hustle and bustle of spring takes over. You can sort these issues out over the quiet winter season, or make plans to get them sorted in the months ahead.

Test Your Soil

You’re probably preparing for spring sowing, so now is the time to test the pH and nutrient levels in your soil. This will help you plan out potential crop types and fertilizers so you can avoid over-fertilizing and help your soil to stay healthy, fertile, and well-managed.

Start Weeding

Weeds can seriously hamper new crops, so take the time to plan out a weeding process or even get started with the weeding ahead of time. You might be weeding manually by hand or using a cultivator. Whatever the case, breaking up the ground and making it fresh is important for the health of your future crops.

Make A Crop Plan

Take some time to plan out what crops you’ll be planting, where you should plant them, and when. Some crops take far longer to grow than others (think corn and tomatoes), while some are super quick. You can maximize your space and pave the way for a good harvest by planning out your crops ahead of time.

Get Up-To-Date On Animal Health

Birthing season is on the way and you want your animals to be in good shape throughout. Have a vet check the health of your livestock and make sure that all of their inoculations are up-to-date. This will set you up for a healthier and less hectic season ahead.

Prepare For Newbies

Use the winter to get your farm ready for all the new animals that are going to arrive in the spring. Make sure that you’ve got all the necessary bedding, feed, water, and supplies necessary for your new arrivals to make birthing season less hectic.

Be the farmgirl who’s ready for spring by doing some smart organization ahead of time. You’ll thank yourself later on when you’re not running around in a frenzy for the rest of the year.


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