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Grow Salad Greens During the Cold Winter and Have Fun Doing It!

One of my favorite things to grow during the fall and winter months is lettuce. Sure anyone can grab a bag of salad mix from the store for a couple of bucks, but if you’re a die-hard vegetable gardener like myself, you are going to need to get outside to get your daily dose of vitamin D or you’ll go nuts. Plus, we all know homegrown just tastes better!

Tips for Growing Salad Greens in Late Fall and Winter

Be patient. Lettuce germinates best in cooler temperatures, but if it gets too cold germination may slow down considerably. The ideal time to plant is two weeks before the first fall frost. Most lettuce varieties only take about 45 – 60 days to reach maturity.

Plant lettuce seeds and seedlings in containers. This way if a gust of cooler weather or a frost is headed your way, you can easily move the pots alongside your home or front porch and wrap them with a fabric cover or tuck the seedlings under a cloche.

Overseed. I consider it “insurance” for a great harvest. Be sure to sow seeds every two weeks for a good continuous crop of salad greens.

If you live in an area with harsh winters, no problem. You can still grow lettuce in the winter. Simply pick a sunny windowsill or pull out the grow lights because you can grow lettuce ANYWHERE! Indoors or out.

Salad Greens Growing

And last but not least, remember lettuce has shallow roots and needs good drainage or their delicate roots could freeze if left sitting in a container of soggy potting soil. 

Growing salad greens in the late fall and winter months can be a little bit of a challenge, but a homegrown dinner salad in the middle of winter… now that’s priceless.

Items you may Need:

Natura Hand Trowel

Avoiding Boredom During A Long Winter

Let’s face it, winter is long.  And with a winter like this year, it can feel really long.  With the kids home from school all day and the snow keeps piling up, it can be very easy to get bored while snowed in.  Instead of allowing yourself to get bored, why not try some of these winter classics to lighted the mood a bit.

1  Play in the snow: Remember to wear protective clothing (coat, hats, gloves, etc)

2. Shovel: You know you are going to have to do it anyway, why not try to make a game out of it, like start at the middle of the sidewalk and see who can finish their side first.

3. Listen to music: Listen to some of your favorite songs, and you are home by yourself, feel free to dance.

4. Make a documentary about the snow:  Kids love to make movie, why not try an make one that is both fun and educational.

5.  Make some hot chocolate: This is a timeless classic, and needs very little explaining.

Items you may need:

Carhartt Men’s Duck Traditional Coat C003

Carhartt Knit Cap

Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat A18  SKU:

Snow Shovel

Poly Snow Shovel Curved Handel  SKU: 005072240

Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate 10 Pk SKU: 124425000

Winterize Your Car Using Everyday Household Items

We have all been there.  Coming out to warm up your car and either the door lock or the door is frozen solid.  At least all of us in the Midwest have been there.  Well did you know that certain household items can de-ice your car?

Hand sanitizer can keep your locks from freezing. Just put some on a paper towel and rub over your locks.  This tip can certainly be quite the time saver, as frozen locks can really slow you down in the morning.

Hand Sanitizer

Gojo Purell Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Foam Refill 539202

SKU: 046771044


Another tip is putting cooking spray on the seal of your door to keep it from freezing shut. This trick works perfectly. Spritz the cooking spray on a paper towel, rub it into the seal, and your door should be ice free when you wake up the next morning.


Crisco Cooking Spray 6 oz Regular

SKU: 013380050

Home Remedies to Rid That Winter Cough

A lingering cough can make you feel absolutely miserable, and you probably want to get rid of it as fast as you can. Look for ways to soothe a dry cough into oblivion. For a wet cough, the quickest way to get rid of your cough in the long run actually involves bringing up more mucus faster. No matter what type of cough you have, however, there are a few common tactics you should use to put an end to your misery faster. Here are a few of the most beneficial.

Drink warm, clear fluids. Hydration is important for wet and dry coughs alike. Aim for the equivalent of eight 8 oz (250 ml) glasses of water per day, at least while you suffer from your cough.

  • If you have difficulty drinking that water, clear or light juice, like apple juice, could be mixed in, as well.
  • For wet coughs, hydration thins out the mucus causing your cough, thereby weakening it and helping you to get rid of it.
  • For dry coughs, hydration allows you to keep your mucous membranes moist, thereby preventing the throat dryness that leads to most dry coughs.
  • Note that this is the only treatment you should use for children between the ages of three months and one year. Only give the child 1 to 3 tsp (5 to 15 ml) of clear liquid up to four times per day.

Use honey. Honey is an effective way to suppress a cough and soothe a sore throat.

  • Some studies suggest that honey is as effective as a cough suppressant as dextromethorphan, an ingredient commonly used in many over-the-counter cough suppressants.
  • One option is to take the honey directly. Try 2 tsp (10 ml) every few hours while your cough persists.
  • Another option is to add 2 tsp (10 ml) or more to a glass of warm tea with lemon.
  • Do not give honey to children under the age of 1, though, since it could increase the risk of infant botulism.

Enjoy a piece of hard candy. If you do not have any cough drops on hand or would prefer to stay away from medicated lozenges, you can usually soothe and stop a cough by sucking on a piece of hard candy.

  • A dry cough that produces no phlegm can be halted by nearly any piece of hard candy. Hard candy causes you to produce more saliva and to swallow more, thereby suppressing your cough.
  • If you have a wet cough that does produce phlegm, lemon drops tend to work well.
  • We recommend Claeys Horehound Hard Candy SKU: 046930105Horehound Candy

Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Drink Hot Chocolate!

As the temperature keeps dropping this fall and winter is approaching, the more an individual wants to stay inside and just keep warm. It is always nice when you can enjoy a nice day in the warm comforting home, either by yourself, with your loved one, with your children, or any relatives. When enjoying a nice day at home to relax, I like to curl up, sit on a chair with my puppy dog, watch TV (Duck Dynasty, of course), and drink a nice warm hot chocolate.

I most of the time make my hot chocolate with milk. I used to not, but milk makes it taste so much more creamier. If you are able to drink milk and never made hot chocolate with milk, I would definitely recommend trying it.

After making the hot chocolate, there are two ways I like to decorate the hot chocolate.

1.) With a ton of mini marshmallows. It make the hot chocolate taste ten time better. Especially, when the marshmallows begin to melt/dissolve in the hot chocolate. Then add some chocolate syrup on top for some extra chocolate flavor.

Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows

2.) Otherwise, I put whip cream on top with sprinkles on the hot chocolate. As parents would know children love sprinkles. When adding whip cream and sprinkles, children think they are on top of the world and have a “special” drink. In which they do because it is made with love.

Hot Chocolate with Sprinkles


So when you are at Rural King next, pick up a box of Hot Chocolate, or you can just order from online, RuralKing.com, from the convenience of your home, so you don’t have to get out in the cold.

Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate