what do you do to get ready for winter?

@mnflower (1301)
United States
September 26, 2010 6:48pm CST
What kind of things do you have to do outside to get yourself ready for the cold winters ahead. Me I burn wood so alot of my time is spent to going out and cutting and splitting and piling wood, had to take my pond apart so it don't freeze and oh yes prepare the garden for the uncoming spring. I take and mulch all my dead leaves and such and spread and till them back into the soil so I have alot of good fertilizer. What kinds of things do you have to do if you do have winter.
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@kjones505 (273)
• United States
27 Sep 10
To prepare for the winter I get my wardrobe in order. That means replacing old boots, getting new coats, hats, and gloves. I also cut wood before the winter starts so I have plenty of fire to burn during the winter. My other preparations include buying salt for my drive way and side-walk
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@mnflower (1301)
• United States
27 Sep 10
awe yes plenty of gloves, I have a plow on my 4 wheeler so don't use alot of salt, the fun of living in the country.
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
27 Sep 10
I farm in southern Ontario Canada where we get lots of ice and snow in the winter. I am a beekeeper with 400 colonies in 13 locations. The bees stay inside their insulated hives all winter. I pack them up and insulate them in mid October. My wife and I leave home around the end of October, and drive to South Texas where we own a mobile home in park in Alamo. We stay there until the end of March. We are about 20 minutes from Mexico in a suburb of McAllen. The weather there is warm and sunny all winter and we go swimming and biking quite often. I particularly like to go swimming in the outdoor pool on Christmas day.
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@mnflower (1301)
• United States
27 Sep 10
Wow that is awesome I wondered if bee's kept alright in the winter or not, I know long ago my dad had bees but never paid attention back then...Yes I am in Minnesota and would love to leave during the cold periods but not yet few more years may think of that. Well you enjoy your time in texas and stay warm.
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@BarBaraPrz (20534)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 Sep 10
I cut back dying vegetation and tidy things up as much as possible. I've started with the raspberries and a side flowerbed I'm redoing, but a lot of the stuff is still green and growing. Sometime next month I'll pull out the snowshovel, but I don't want to think about that now.
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@pinoycity (422)
• Philippines
27 Sep 10
How I wish I could give a realistic and based-on-experience answer to this question. How I wish I could experience winter. I am from a tropical country (Philippines) where it never snows.
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@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
27 Sep 10
Winter really isn't that bad. Where I live in Florida, the winters aren't all that harsh. Living in an apartment complex, there isn't much that needs to be done by me. If we have a hard enough night we usually know about it in advance. So grounds keeping will cover the plants and close off the swimming pool. Other than that nothing really needs to be done. In florida snow storms and hard freezes are quite rare. Most of the winter months are mild, and sometimes unless its a certain month, you hardly notice the winter weather. Now its not tropical, but the chill is nothing to those who travel here from up north, and sweat pants and a mild jacket is all that one needs to keep warm. Fireplaces, and such heating elements are non-existant. Most find centeral heating in the winter is just fine to heat their homes. So here winter often isn't all that bad. When it comes to preparing I just make sure my "winter" clothes are washed and ready for use.
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@formidexo (1351)
• Canada
27 Sep 10
I live in a big city and live in an apartment, so don't have to do much but get winter clothes and snow tires. And buy some long johns for the real cold weather that will soon be here.
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@bgreen8 (266)
• United States
2 Oct 10
I live in Georgia, so Winters here are not really that bad. We do get maybe one snow a year, and it's usually less that an inch of snow. We do get freezing weather sometimes. When that happens, I wrap up the outside faucets so they won't freeze and burst. I cover my plants. As far as material possessions, I make sure that my family has winter clothing. If not, then we go buy new stuff. I check my car to make sure it's full of all the fluids and the tires are in good enough shape should there be icy weather.
• United Kingdom
27 Sep 10
That sounds like quite a lot of work to me!. I don't live out in the countryside and I don't have a log fire or anything like that as much as I would love to have a log fire! I think for starters I make sure I have a lot of t bags in the home! Lots of hot tea definitely pushes the winter blues away! My flat is generally warm anyway so there isn't much to do except putting the electric heater on and snuggling up in front of the television with my favourite book, not forgetting that hot mug of tea!. Not everyone loves winter but I certainly do! I just wish that all of our winters could bring snowfall! I love the sound of the howling wind against the window panes, it certainly sets the scene! Well, we're coming to the end of September now and the wind is starting to pick up. The rain is starting to fall and Christmas isn't that far away. I really wish I could experience that log fire though! Andrew
@anurag3786 (6275)
• India
27 Sep 10
Yes I am ready for winter. Because winter season is my favorite season. And now I am ready for it. I think we can do anything in winter because there is no problem of hot days. So I like winter season. And it is my favorite season in all season. What about it. Do you like winter or not.