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4 Ways to Prepare for Winter

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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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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5:13AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013


2:36AM PST on Mar 4, 2013


5:20PM PST on Mar 2, 2013

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.

5:10AM PST on Feb 23, 2013


10:03AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

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.

7:01AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

Thank you

4:58AM PST on Nov 5, 2012

Thank you for the article:)

3:57PM PDT on Nov 3, 2012


1:56AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

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

9:26AM PST on Dec 18, 2011


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