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We woke up to a lot of snow this morning. It is so beautiful, I did a video of the view from our porch. You can see it here on this page.
Winter is a magical time here with all of our trees covered in snow. And it’s so quiet – it’s just total silence outside. It’s wonderful.
Winter on the Homestead
Our vegetable garden lies resting under the snow. Mature Spruce trees grow outside of the garden, with aspens in the close background. Further in the background are all the willows that are in our overgrown pasture.
Our Berry Bed is inside the fence on the right. We’ve got lots of Raspberries; you can still see the canes standing there. If we get enough snow, the canes will be almost completely covered.
Down the garden path is our barn. We built it the year after we moved here. Not only did we build a barn in two sections (there was a reason for that) but it cost us almost nothing!
If you need to get an outbuilding up, take a look at how we did our barn. It may give you some ideas to mull over.
Maintaining a Greenhouse in Winter
Sometimes, we can get a little bit of snow and then very cold temperatures. This means we can get a layer of ice on the greenhouse roof. Then more snow falls on top of that. This is when we really need to make sure to clear the greenhouse roof of any snow. That is too much weight.
It’s hard to get that snow and ice off; we need several warm afternoons to melt it away. Trying to use a broom from inside to push away the snow, just means poking holes in the plastic roof.
So we need to get down there and brush off the snow from the outside of the roof. Then perhaps that ice layer will start melting on a sunny afternoon.
We also like to keep the snow away from the sides, so we have shoveled a pathway all around the perimeter of the greenhouse.
We still have the original plastic on there (from 2008 I think), so that has held up far better than had ever hoped. This is just another winter chore around here!
Updated: The Greenhouse is gone. Last year the snow finally took it down. We were amazed at how many years it stood, as it was only supposed to be a more temporary Greenhouse when we built it.
Our $200 Greenhouse lasted more than a decade, and we grew so much food inside. Peppers, tomatoes, beans, squash and other heat loving vegetables grew great inside.
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