Looking for some winter homesteading activities to stay productive during the cold winter months? Winter is here and with it comes another familiar shift to our everyday activity. It’s a seasonal change, and it doesn’t happen in just one night like changing the calendar page. Still, a few things do change.
Here on my homestead, winter means my season of rejuvenation, skill building and rest. These days, weeks and months of the winter season are perfect for concentrating on building blissful homesteading skills. Whether you are a neophyte or an experienced homesteader, you’ll be glad you found my post because it will inspire you to boost your homesteading skills. Check out our list below for my top winter homesteading activities…
- Herbal Remedies and Self Sufficiency
- Livestock and Beekeeping
- Homemaking Projects
Winter Homesteading Activities To Stay Busy Through Colder Months
1. Cooking From Scratch
I definitely prefer eating healthy food with natural ingredients. Cooking from scratch and extending cooking abilities help us understand how great of a task it is to prepare homegrown and scrounged dishes in a way our family will savor and appreciate. It allows us to eat in a particular regimen if our health needs it, without the need of some costly commercial nourishment. Cooking from scratch allows us to save money too. It means it is not only inexpensive but it also provides tasty and fulfilling food.
A healthy diet provides the energy and stamina needed to support the busy, demanding, and long days of homesteading. Preparing it from scratch ensures it is indeed frugal and healthy. Take note though that from scratch can be as simple or das ifficult as your desire and time allows.
Here’re a few cooking from scratch recipes:
- Homemade Rolls From Scratch
- Pancake From Scratch
- Apple Pie Recipe Ideas From Scratch
- Two Ingredient Cheese Recipe
At this point, you folks probably realize that I am very enthusiastic about herbal remedies. There isn’t a better time for this winter homesteading activity. Set a time for the opportunity to find out about various herbs and their healing agents. Or, consider issues that emerge in your home and research them that way. Does your child get a cough each winter? Ginger and elderberry can help you with that. There are many approaches in using herbs as a normal cure. You can turn them into balms or homegrown tea, and few people even utilize homegrown solutions for their pets rather than taking them to the vet!
I suggest if you haven’t started venturing to essential oils, you can start it now by learning the basics here. It can be a bit time-consuming at first since you need to learn about the oils and ensure you are using them appropriately—everyone is distinctive—however it can be incredibly fulfilling.
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— Homesteading (@HomesteadingUSA) November 14, 2016
Unfortunately, winter doesn’t support lots of gardening activities. However, this is the perfect winter homesteading activity to plan and stay ahead! Most of you probably already have some kind of garden operation going, so I recommend trying to improve it. Reflect on the last year, and choose what worked well for your homestead and what didn’t. Were the pests awful? You can plan ahead on ways to get rid of them and make your homestead pests free.
Were there plants overcrowding the other? You can re-arrange them if necessary, or add some fence to section off some plants. I would definitely think ahead about when some of my favorites can live outdoors, and decide when to plant the seedlings indoors so my garden can get started as soon as possible! Read up on some gardening expert tips to improve your garden for new ideas. GardenSeason.com has plenty to offer. I highly recommend you check them out.
If you have space and desire, raising animals can be a very worthwhile pursuit. I have few chickens and goats to keep my company. If you’re not raising livestock in your homestead, you can support local farmers and feel at ease and comfortable with such choice. However, there’s a lot of joy of having your own fresh eggs, milk, and meat raised by one’s own hands. If you decide to take in a new animal, choose it as your next winter homesteading activity. It’s the best time to read up about those animals and their needed care.
If beekeeping is part of your plan, then winter season is the time to build hives and learn on how to care for them once they arrive on the homestead. If possible, look for a local beekeeping group and be part of them now and learn from experienced folks in your area. We did this and while I’ve read books about them, I still find my local group as the best source of information and education.
Discover the ins-and-outs of being a beekeeper whether you are a novice or professional right here.
There are lots of veggies and fruits still in season amid fall, from cranberries, to tomatoes, to jalapenos so there still a lot of canning to do. You may even have some reserve in your freezer you use for canning and preserving.
Obviously, when you complete your top preservation technique for your winter homesteading activity, you’re going to have a hush. This is the point at which I suggest using your DIY attitudes for everything else!
If canning is one of your preservation methods, make sure you know how to properly use your canning supplies. Knowing how to use your canning supplies properly to ensure the quality of food and a long shelf life.
You can also make homemade baby products, candles, homemade laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, and anything else you need to stock up for whatever remains of the year! But, try not to stress yourself. It’s still best to make a list and follow a plan to make sure you’ve got what you need and you miss nothing.
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— Homesteading (@HomesteadingUSA) January 6, 2017
Dehydrating your food is an amazing homestead project during a lazy afternoon. Your food will definitely last longer through dehydrating. Learn awesome tips on how to dehydrate your food and have a stockpile this winter.
You don’t need to have a green thumb to be able to build an indoor garden. You just need to have a will to have fresh greens all year round. Who doesn’t want that? I made a sweet indoor garden and this allowed me to have fresh delicious greens even in dead winter. Here start with these 15 vegetables and greens for your indoor winter garden and don’t forget to have indoor grow light to give them extra lighting.
A square foot garden is a wonderful winter homestead project! I love and enjoy my very own square foot garden so much. I bet you can also come up with your very own design. In time, you’ll be able to grow your own food in a small space.
Just in time for the cold weather! So, if you want to keep your whole family cozy and warm, you better make them their very own DIY warm winter blankets. I know they’ll appreciate your effort.
A cold floor will remind you of the cold weather outside and that will surely dampen your spirit. Don’t let that happen! Go to you closet and find some tarnished clothes to make your own rag rug. It’s a fun winter project to help you beat the winter boredom and coldness.
Build this one in your garage. I love doing beekeeping on my homestead. Building a bee hive is simple, but it is a time-consuming process. So, winter is the best time to get started on this project. Depending on the size and your preference, the bee hive should be able to hold a good number of beers.
Want the luxury of making your own product? Then you’ll enjoy making your own soaps during winter. Don’t just settle for one. Enjoy and explore these 23 different soap making ideas.
What does tonic syrup do? Well, it can enhance vitality and strengthens the immune system. Since it’s winter, it’s also the season for the cold and flu. Don’t let anyone in your family miss any of the winter fun activities just because they’re sick. Prepare your very own tonic syrup from all natural ingredients and fight off the cold and flu this winter.
Put your crockpot to good use by making some warm and fancy crockpot drinks. I’m sure everyone on your homestead will be in a festive mood once you serve them a warm and simmering crockpot drink.
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— Homesteading (@HomesteadingUSA) January 17, 2017
This is the best alternative calming lotion. It’s chemical free, moisturizing and it can be your perfect Valentine’s day gift.
I love homemade products, even my laundry detergent is homemade. This DIY lavender laundry detergent is my favorite. It makes my laundry day more enjoyable and relaxing. And, believe it or not, even in winter, I still let nature dry our clothes through line drying. Give it a try!
Don’t forget to help your beloved pooch stay warm this winter season. You know how much joy they give us, so it’s right that we keep them warm and cozy, as well. Show some gratitude by sewing a dog coat perfect for your canine.
I love fleece, especially during winter! It’s warm, comfy, and I can find lots of uses for it. Every winter, I always have time to create a craft out of it. This fabric will keep you busy and gives you some products that are absolutely useful during winter.
If knitting is your thing, winter will give you the luxury of time. Once trapped indoors, knitting is the perfect activity to pass the time. Have fun with these 33 easy knitting projects and set aside the winter blues.
Hand warmers don’t need to be expensive. DIY it, and add your most creative personal touch to make it even warmer. Stay warm this winter with DIY hand warmers.
If knitting is not for you, a crochet project will do. Keep busy and warm this winter with some blankets that you can crochet.
Winter can give you ample time to craft some beautiful accessories to elevate any look. Make use of the season to DIY some accessories on the comfort of your couch and with a hot drink on your side table.
23. Clean Up
Want to see how modern homesteading prepare for winter? Check out this video from TheBossOfTheSwamp:
These are just a few suggestions on how you can spend your long winter months productively. I have a tendency of getting a little bit depressed during winter, as do a lot of people, and it really helps me when I have things on my list to accomplish! Hope you’ve find some inspiration in this list. Happy Homesteading!
What winter activity boosts your homesteading skills? I’d love to hear how you keep busy in the winter and prepare your homestead for the year ahead! Let me know in the comments below.
If the cold weather is really bringing you down, try these 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter!