4 Ways to Prepare for Winter

The official start of winter is about a month away, and there are some practical things you can do around your home and yard now to get ready for the cold. Here are a few simple ways to prepare for winter.

1. Stay warm by sourcing good firewood

If you have a woodstove or fireplace, you’ll surely want to stock up on high-quality, well-seasoned firewood. For tips on splitting and seasoning your own wood, or getting a fair price for wood you purchase, read How to Get the Best Firewood for Clean and Affordable Energy.

2. Set up an emergency kit in case of power outages or winter storms

Sure, when the first big storm is brewing, you can run out to the store with most other folks to stock up on supplies—or, avoid the headache, and get ready now. The no-nonsense tips in Emergency Survival Kits tell you everything you need to know about being prepared.

3. Winterize your garden tools

Around this time of year, you’re likely to come across quite a few tips on winterizing your garden, but what about your trusty garden tools? Take care now to get those tools ready for winter, and they’ll be around for many more years. Learn more by reading How to Winterize Your Garden Tools.

4. Set up a hoop house to grow veggies throughout winter

Like eating fresh veggies all year? Love the idea of picking greens in January? A simple hoop house may be just the thing for you! There’s still a little time to get set up. Find inspiration in the story of a backyard hoop house gardener who harvests loads of goodies all winter.

Happy preparing!

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paul m.
paul m.2 years ago


Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon2 years ago


Bonnie M.
Bonnie M.2 years ago

There is always something to learn- that is if you open your eyes. Emotional and spiritual preparation helps, it keeps panic and anxiety to a minimum.
Apartment dwellers do need to be prepared- power outage now occurs almost everywhere in North America.Won't hurt to keep extra drinkable water, warm clothing and a plan, like where to go if power is out longer than half a day- especially those with little ones.

paul m.
paul m.2 years ago


Les M.
Les M.2 years ago

taking care of garden tools is such a great idea. we plan on it every year and then before we know it, it's spring.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Ana R
Ana R3 years ago

Thank you for the article:)

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago


Valentina R.
Valentina R.3 years ago

Meh, none of these points are useful, personally speaking.

Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel3 years ago