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 review their week’s prep activities. They also 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 always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
We’ve had a lovely week of seasonal temperatures and sunny weather. Most members of our family caught the colds that are making its rounds in our region. Thus, we kinda laid low, resting, until Friday. However, this week we moved a few large potted vegetables from the greenhouse into the house in anticipation of some hard frosts. These are the plants I want to try to keep growing through the winter: a dwarf lemon tree, celery, green peppers and oregano. We picked, blanched and froze a gallon of broccoli. I harvested seeds from cantaloupe, Hubbard squash, pole beans, green beans, and black beans for next summer’s garden. I also reorganized one of our chest freezers. (We have two–one is electric and one is propane.)
Vegetables in the greenhouse are continuing to grow well despite some observed temperatures just below 32°F in the greenhouse according to the thermometer. Despite these temperatures the tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and butternut squash show no signs of damage and continue to grow. I surmise that the ambient moist air surrounding the plants or warm air coming from the raised beds themselves must be warding off the cold air above the plants.
We also burned several slash piles this past week. (“Slash” is the slang term for the limbs and small diameter tree tops left over from wood cutting. In some years these piles also includes tree stumps that we’ve excavated. This year, most of the piles burned in just one day. Just one pile had some stumps. So this one took three days to burn completely. Typically, we use a bit of dyed (“off-road”) diesel to obtain some “woof” on each pile to help it get it burning well. We confess to enjoy seeing flames burning ten feet high. These burning piles must be tended to continuously for the first few hours, and then once every two or three hours. (This is for the sake of safety, and to readjust the contents with a shovel to keep them in close contact. All that tending is time consuming. But all in all, it is gratifying to complete this chore each October. Another key item on on our winter prep checklist has been completed.
I’m looking forward to reading comments from readers about your preps for winter.
May you all have a blessed week, – Avalanche Lily Rawles
The Latimer household is still in the midst of practicing with their preps. An extended grid down (camping) challenge certainly brings out the weaknesses in the plans. So far, the Xantrax inverter is showing signs of not operating appropriately. The unit throws a fault but does not display a fault code. During that time, the power cuts in an out. Wouldn’t you know it, the two year warranty expired last month too. I guess it’s time to start looking for a different one. Other than that, it would appear that everything else is working.
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As always, please share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments.