To be prepared for a crisis, every prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We also welcome you to share your planned activities for increasing personal preparedness in the coming week. (Leave a Comment with your project details.) Let’s keep busy and be ready!
Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
We are looking at another very busy week, here at the Rawles Ranch. Our Good Lord-willing, these are our plans for the week:
Now that the main garden is planted, we plan to help the children put in their own gardens in another area of our property.
We’ll be teaching number one daughter how to use the rototiller. She’ll be tilling the new garden areas and transporting composted manure to them with some help from us and will plan what she wants to plant and where. The other younger children will be helping and developing their own gardens, once big sister has tilled them.
Ranch Infrastructure Maintenance and Projects
Jim will continue his carpentry, plumbing, and wiring projects. He will also be bucking some felled trees. Jim will begin teaching number one daughter how to use our chainsaws. It’s her week to learn and try her hand at some new skills.
In the Orchard
We need to weed-whack the orchard, set up the water hoses, now that drier weather patterns are setting in for the summer, and put composted manure around the fruit trees.
In the Garden
Avalanche Lily will be planting a few more veggie seeds, weeding, mulching with straw. She also will be adding composted manure to various beds in the main garden.
In the Greenhouse
Lily wants to plant more Butternut squash in the Greenhouse and has a few growing experiments, she is thinking about. We’ll tell you about them, later.
We’ll continue working the horses and may ride them in the arena (a very controlled area) at the end of the week, depending on their attitudes.
Outdoor Skills Acquisition
We hope to hike this week, do some more canoeing and kayaking, maybe go fishing after we renew our licenses, and cook a meal or two over the campfire.
The Latimers will get a late start on prepping activities this week, after we return from our gathering with friends and family. (I sure appreciate JWR’s work to cover my duties on the blog while I was away. We had a great time camping with people who mean a great deal to our family!) However, we now have much to put away and camp supplies to replenish as well as a need to get caught up on the basic homestead duties.
Shop and Freeze Dryer
I will be working on organizing the shop to get it in a more usable state as well as getting the freeze dryer functioning in the food storage area.
It’s definitely time to clean out the chicken’s hen house and do a little work on their area.
Gardening, Harvesting, Fertilizing, and Weeding
We are sure that while we’ve been away our garden has produced vegetables and herbs. So we need to harvest as well as do some fertilizing of various areas. – HJL