Gardening | 21 December 20165 Winter Survival Tips Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Getting through the winter can be tough, but these tips and tricks from the Mother Earth News Almanac will help alleviate some stress around the house. 1. Use newspapers to back carpet A thick layer of newspaper under a rug keeps the room warmer in winter and makes the carpet last longer. 2. Cornstarch makes salt run more freely Salt will run more freely in damp weather if a teaspoon of cornstarch is mixed thoroughly into each cup of the seasoning. 3. A cold-weather clothesline tip Whenever you hang a wash outside in cold weather, it’s a good idea to heat your wooden clothes pins beforehand. The warmed pins will be more pleasant to handle and will not split nearly so easily. 4. Keep your tea kettle from liming up Teakettles used in areas of hard water soon lime up and become worthless. A weak solution of cider vinegar, however, will cut such deposits loose when boiled for a few minutes in such a kettle. If a marble is then dropped into the pot and left there, it will roll around and help prevent the lime deposits from building up again. 5. Sprout grapefruit seeds for winter greenery For some cold weather greenery that will brighten the house and last all winter, try filling a flat pan with rich dirt and thickly planting the container in grapefruit seeds buried ½ inch deep. Keep the earth well watered. The seeds will be slow to sprout but are worth waiting for. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Mother Earth News Almanac is back–refreshed and ready for the next generation of self-sufficient makers and DIYers. Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons returns! The 1970s classic has been out of print for years. Now, updated for today’s readers and back in print, its information is as useful as ever. It contains instructions and illustrations for everything from harnessing solar energy to cultivating a sustainable garden to learning how to keep bees. Simply put, Mother Earth News Almanac is designed to empower readers to be self-sufficient. Mother Earth News team has updated the essentials, but left the core of the guide intact, with all the charm of the original–from the writing style to the signature line drawings. This is a must-have for any fan of Mother Earth News, as a budget-friendly guide for a new generation of homesteaders. Mother Earth News Almanacis a seasonal guide with subject matter that every passionate DIYer, homesteader, or environmentally aware reader can appreciate. You’ll find recipes, money-saving tips, and homesteading techniques such as illustrated directions for tying a timber hitch, cat’s-paw, sheepshank, and other knots; folk medicine treatments and preventatives; tips on raising chickens and keeping bees; plans for building three kinds of kites; complete instructions for fast and easy compost; and much, much more! The simple life doesn’t have to be hard–not when you have this timeless almanac. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.