Running out of winter stores
The trouble with a cold winter is that you use more of everything.
This is why I try not to put all of my eggs in the same basket and also try to plan on surplus.
The woodshed also
suffered during this cold winter. We went into the 2013/2014
winter with our shed nearly full, and that was lucky since we went
through firewood like nobody's business. In fact, in January I
estimated we'd run out of firewood by the end of February. But,
luckily, the weather warmed back up to slightly below average (rather
than drastically below average) in February, so we've still got a bit of
wood left even as we start to refill the shed.
In our modern era of
homesteading, if you run out of winter stores, you can buy more.
(Assuming you stocked up on cash the same way you stocked up on wood and
vegetables, of course.) But who wants to eat store-bought
vegetables when you can just tweak your planting to ensure homegrown
goodness? We'll be sure to store just a bit more of everything
this year, and if that means we're still overflowing with vegetables in
April, we'll give some away. Extra firewood will be just that much
drier two winters from now.
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