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Not quite frost

Frost preparation

I decided to pick the last of our tender vegetables (and figs) in preparation for the frost, and even though it didn't (quite) freeze over the weekend, I think it was a good decision.  Chances are our first frost will come sometime this week, so I didn't lose much ripening time by my preemptive action.

Clean windows

I also treated myself to the first fire of the winter since the trailer was a chilly 43 when I woke up Sunday morning.  That means I also had to admit our days of living on the porch are severely numbered, so I cheered myself up about the move inside by cleaning all the windows.  It's astonishing how different indoors life is when you can peer out through clean glass into the wider world.  Nearly as good as life on the least once you add in a warm fire and a happy cat.

Our chicken waterer kits come with complete instructions for building your own heated waterer, making winter care even simpler.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I too hate giving up life on the porch. Most women love diamonds, my husband gave me a huge porch and that's just what I like. Nice haul of pre-frost veggies.
Comment by Teresa Lee (T) Mon Oct 21 15:59:18 2013

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