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 often 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,
This week was dominated by gardening tasks, horse work, and looking after our rapidly-growing chicks.
Lily and our kids had a bit of a rodeo, getting ready for our local farrier’s regular hoof trimming visit. But it went well.
I did some organizing in JASBORR, and the whole family did a seasonal re-organization of our bug-out bags.
We also did a repair on our main garden fence. (Even cedar posts rot out, eventually!)
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Earlier this week I moved all of the seedlings out of our indoor greenhouse and into our large garden greenhouse. I’ve been out there doing the watering and picking spinach and kale. After Jim took down and stowed our pair of LED grow lights, this freed up our guest bedroom. Now we’ll be ready for summer guests.
I planted three rows of my Broccoli seedlings, but haven’t done much else in the garden, yet. There is supposedly, another cold spell coming our way around the 14th of May.
Chicks were integrated in with the adult flock this week. I took them out of the shallow water tank, put fresh straw on the floor of the coop and readjusted the heat lamp so they still had access to it when needed, and did a walk about of the chicken run to make sure no four-legged beasties could enter, and no chicky could wander out. I keep my chickens and Turkeys together. We’ve never had a disease problem. I think that this is because we’re so isolated.
Yesterday I did some more horse brushing. Our hairy monster gave me another box’s worth. I think the amount of hair is a major indication, with this horse in particular, how hard of a winter we’ve had. I also doctored another one of our horses with a sore fetlock joint or tendon. I rubbed it down with DMSO, gave it a wrapping of kitchen cling plastic, and then covered that with some veterinary stretch wrap. We’ve been giving it two Bute pills twice a day with a large helping of COB as an acid buffer, to bring down the swelling and pain. We have corralled it with a buddy to keep it’s movements to a minimum. We’re not too sure how the injury occurred and are hoping for a quick recovery.
I continue to clean up the manure droppings around the property and bring them to a central manure pile for long term composting.
Please continue to post comments about your own preps. We enjoy hearing what you all are doing.
Thanks, – Jim Rawles and Avalanche Lily, Rawles
The Latimer Homestead has been busy planting whenever the winds and weather allowed this past week. We’ve put in more plastic mulch and seeds and seedlings this week and we’re seeing some more crops germinate and come up. Of course, with all of the gardening comes weeding and watering work too. We are watching the lettuce, radishes, potatoes, brussel sprouts, beans, nasturtium, borage, chamomile, dill, and even some melons come up. In fact, we’re seeing the first of our seeds planted in the plastic mulch come up and through the mulch this past week. We still have a significant amount to plant next week. Our tomato seeds have taken a long time to germinate in pots and grow into strong, sturdy plants for transplanting this year, but we will be patient. We’ve ordered more onion sets that we hope will arrive this week, as some of those we put out earlier were small and weak and didn’t survive, and we have determined we have room for more than we originally ordered also. So, this week we’ll be planting carrots, several more varieties of beans, more corn, and also some other melons and squash, and hopefully more onions too. We’re planning to put fennel on the back side of the chicken coop (where the chickens don’t have easy access). We hear that it is a good idea to “plant fennel near the kennel” to keep fleas and other pests away, so why not also apply this to the chicken coop as well? Any scraps from the fennel grown will be good nutrition for our feathered girls.
The plastic mulch is a new addition this year in an attempt to combat the unwanted weeds that invade every year. The hope is that it will ease the chores of caring for the garden through the growing season. We’ll keep you posted on how it goes.
I was also able to have the sutures removed from my arm this week, but the wound is still tender and required Steri-Strips to keep it from separating again. As the wound seals up, the strips become less necessary and now only two strips are required on one section of the wound. I expect by next week, I’ll be back to about 90% of full function.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.