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Lets get our fall off to a right start by staying on top of all the things that need doing on the homestead with this Fall Homestead To Do List!
(Updated Sept 2022) Homestead chores never seem to end, do they? Having homestead to do lists, can at least help you to prioritize those things that need doing.
Everyone's individual homestead to do lists will vary, because each homestead is unique. Homestead chores may vary depending on the location of your homestead, which animals you keep on the homestead, what equipment you use, whether you are off-grid or not, as well as all the other projects you may have ongoing.
Create your own homestead to do lists and keep them in a binder for reference from year to year. Use our Fall Homestead To Do List below as a great starting point for creating your own!
Fall Homestead To Do List:
I have broken down our chores into three different sections, gardening, animals and home & property. You may have more sections to worry about such as farm equipment maintenance, firewood, or an off grid living situation that might have its own unique to do list.
Fall Gardening To Do List:
If you are new to homesteading and gardening, check out my article on Food Gardening for Beginners to help guide you in making decisions about what type of vegetable garden you might want to plan for next year. Growing your own food as a homesteader is a sure fire way to provide Food Security for your family. You might also want to invest in the proper tools for vegetable gardening, or asking for them as gifts for the holidays.
If growing food is already part of your homesteading journey, you might want to think about how you might extend your growing season to grow more food. Perhaps a cold frame or greenhouse needs to be set up so you can Grow More Food with Fall and Winter Crops. Check out my article on how to build a simple DIY Straw Bale Cold Frame.
Fall is also the time to plant your garlic, so head on over to my article on Hardneck vs Softneck Garlic to learn which is the best one for you to grow!
Also, among all the fall chores you have to do, don't forget that the Holidays are right around the corner! Get a jump start on your shopping with my Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners, or you may find other great holiday gift ideas in my Mother's Day Gift Guide or in my Best Gardening Shoes for Women posts!
Consider spreading compost on your beds to help build healthy soil and feed your plants. Check out my article on Easy Simple No Work Composting which also includes a tutorial on a DIY Compost Bin made from a trash can.
Mulching your garden beds is also important to help keep weeds down and insulate your plants, Mulch will also feed your plants as that mulch breaks down and composts in place. See my article The Secret to Easy Gardening Use Mulch for No Weeding to learn more about the many benefits that mulch provides.
Consider getting your seeds in order and organized with this Get Your Seed Stash Organized system, and then place orders for any seeds that you need to order.
Once you have your seeds organized, start saving containers to use for Winter Sowing, or start thinking about setting up an area in your home to start seeds and acquire any Essential Seed Starting Equipment you may need.
Fall Animal To Do List:
If you are new to homesteading, and haven't acquired any animals yet, chickens are the usual entry level animal. Many folks start with them as they can provide both meat and eggs. See my article on Chickens for Beginners to learn more about raising chickens.
If you have animals on your homestead, fall is the time to check their housing and fencing situation. Do any repairs that might need to be done before winter sets in. Be sure that everything is in good working order now, so you don't have to do it when it is freezing out or snowing.
Think about how your are going to keep drinking water thawed, perhaps some of these water trough de-icers need to be purchased.
Be sure you have enough plus a little extra feed on hand. You don't want to run out and then have a big storm blow in and be stuck without it. When you have all that feed on hand, you may run into a problem with rats and mice making a home in your barn, see how to get rid of rats on your homestead and be prepared to deal with them.
Fall Home & Property To Do List:
Don't forget to decorate your homestead for fall! Get inspired with 30+ Fall Yard Decoration Ideas for your porch, front door and more!
Food preservation may still be a huge part of the fall activities. Apples, pears, pumpkins, winter squash, potatoes, garlic, onions and root crops, all will need to be dealt with. We love this small apple cider press, and it also works for grapes and other fruit for making mead/wine!
If you are new to food preservation, I highly suggest getting your hands on these two canning guides. Than you can can all your jellies, jams, juice, pickles meat, soups, stews, beans, low acid veggies and more!
If you are a canning beginner and are comfortable with water bath canning but not sure if you are ready for pressure canning, check out my article 15 Reasons Why You Need to be Pressure Canning, and/or my review of the two most popular pressure canners to help you decide which one to get.
Other articles that might help you at this time of year in the food preservation department:
Other items needing attention include maintenance on things that you will need to work well in the winter time. Check your furnace, wood stove or fireplace and do any maintenance that may be required. Perhaps you have drafty windows and need to install a window insulation kit. Check your roof for leaks and get that chimney cleaned!
If you heat with wood, be sure you have enough on hand to get you through the winter. Or be sure you have a deliveries of oil, natural gas or propane scheduled to get you through the winter.
Same goes for your vehicles and other equipment such as generators, snow blowers, chain saws, tractors, plows, etc. Give them all a tune up so they are ready to go when you need them.
Don't forget to cover your outdoor hose spigots, drain your hoses and have extra buckets around to haul water if needed.
Other Monthly Homestead To Do Lists:
Stay organized all year long with these additional homestead to do lists.
Winter To Do Lists:
Spring To Do Lists:
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