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 we had a house guest. We toured him around and took hikes for several days. He is from a foreign country where their citizenry has only limited access to guns. (Only one gun per permit holder. His is a Glock 19.) So we did a lot of target shooting with a half dozen guns. That was also a good refresher for me and my wife. Our guest was thrilled to be able to shoot some guns that were unavailable to him at home. For instance, he had never shot an AK pattern rifle or a .45 ACP Glock. I sent him home with the gift of a Zacchaeus mini holster for his Glock.
I did a bit more firewood cutting and hauling. I also did some rototilling for Avalanche Lily.
Another minor project was replacing a GFI electrical outlet. Thankfully, I keep a few spares on hand. The weather forecast looks good for this coming week, so I’m hoping to accomplish a lot out in our woodlot.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
We were busy with our house guest for most of the week. We also took him hiking and canoeing. He was quite impressed with the beauty, quiet, and solitude of our ranch and the surrounding national forest. We were wonderfully blessed to be able to host him.
In the bed that Jim rototilled for me, he turned sand into the soil for me to give it more aeration, I planted some 48 Sweet Potato slips. I still need to lay down black cloth to help keep them warm and weed-free. We really enjoy eating sweet potatoes regularly, so I think it is important that we get self-sufficient in growing them. I hope they grow well here this summer.
Two nights before I planted the sweet potatoes, the weather threatened us with a frost, so at midnight, I was very happily visiting with our guest and could only attend to the garden late. I went out and covered my strawberries, tomatoes and squash plants in the main garden, and turned on the sprinklers in the Annex garden over the beans, corn, and other squashes. Thankfully when we woke up in the morning it was 37 degrees. Phew, we dodged that one.
I also did a bit of hoeing in the main garden.
Blessings, – Jim Rawles and Avalanche Lily, Rawles
The Latimers will be guarding the gardens this week from various pests. We plan to get defensive by spraying pyrethrin and neem oil on our corn, melons, squash, and tomatoes and also placing a border of Plantskydd around the perimeters. Of course, there is also the endless weeding, though the plastic mulch has helped reduce the effort within the garden itself. For property defense, we will begin clearing and leveling the ground to put in a chain link fence around the property that contains our home, out buildings, and gardens.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.