To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug out bag fine-tuning, 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!
This week I’ve been traveling out of state, helping an ailing elderly relative. So my prepping has been limited to just physical exercise, helping relatives to prepare, and placing a few mail orders. Most notably, I placed an order with Palmetto State Armory, for a few extra complete AR uppers, to add to my barter stock. It is amazing to see that they’ve resisted the urge to raise their prices. That is a commendable. I intend to swap those uppers for some pre-1899 guns when I’m at guns shows, in the next few months.
Although President Trump appears to backing off from his previous position on criminalizing private party sales (“Universal Background Checks”), there is still a risk that he will acquiesce to the demands of the Leftists and RINOs. I am also quite concerned that there will be serious economic trouble in the next year, leading to the Democrats prevailing in the November 2020 Federal election. The prospect of new gun restrictions — either sooner or later — is not appealing. So I’m consciously and deliberately doing some hedging.
My dear wife Avalanche Lily has been very busy in her garden, so I’ll ask her round out this column.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This week here at the Rawles Ranch was a race against time, I pay attention to the long term weather forecasts and saw that our region of the American Redoubt is expecting the earliest fall snow storm in many years on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Our valley could get anywhere from 0-12 inches of the white stuff. I have mixed feelings about that. Thus, the race was on to harvest the garden before the frosts come.
In the garden I harvested and froze the last of the zucchini and yellow crookneck squash and pulled all of their vines. I harvested the thirty pounds of pumpkins (and pulled their vines), more spaghetti squash (and pulled their vines), over one hundred acorn squash, thirty pounds of cucumbers (and pulled their vines), beets and their greens, mint, the Mandan corn–about 200 ears, and gave the stalks to the cows and horses to eat. I also harvested kale and all of the green and partially ripened tomatoes in the garden and greenhouse about one hundred and fifty pounds or more. (The latter will finish ripening in the house.).
I hope the frost that comes after the rain and snow isn’t too hard, because I have run out of time to harvest one row of red onions. My carrots are not mature enough yet, to harvest, I have some young cabbage, that I’d like to see mature if they survive the cold and we have temps up above freezing again for a few weeks. Also I have a lot of green raspberries on the Primo canes that need to ripen. We love eating them fresh.
I harvested from the greenhouse about eight small Honeydew melons, one lone pumpkin, two butternut squash and six seven-inch Luffa sponge squash. Hmm, these crops were experiments which didn’t do so well. Butternut squash has done much better in the past in the greenhouse. I’m not sure what happened this year, unless they didn’t like the open door at night. Also, I did get a later start on planting the seeds in the spring.
I have about eight trays of sweet green peppers in the greenhouse that are beautiful this year and are producing abundantly. These I brought into the house and put in the guest bedroom for the weekend storm. If the weather improves outside again after this storm and cold front passes, I may put them back out in the greenhouse for a few more weeks, otherwise we will be putting the grow light in the bedroom again this fall. I also brought in three hot pepper plants and the celery plant.
I mowed the garden paths twice because of all of the rain causing the grass to grow quickly.
In the orchard, I weed whacked the main path of the orchard. I planted that Bing Cherry tree that I was babying on the porch because it arrived mail order looking dead from dehydration. The three Pecans seedlings are in the guest bedroom for now. I harvested about ten Mackintosh apples from our baby Mackintosh tree. Miss Eloise promptly made an apple crisp with them. Yum. Hopefully the tree will double or triple that amount of apples it produces next year!!
I transplanted over a hundred runner strawberry plants into the bed that had held the acorn squash. I had been wanting another bed of strawberries and this was the perfect time to do it. I hope they put down roots and survive the frost that is coming. I will be covering the bed with plastic at night to help them get established before being forced into dormancy…
The girls and I got in only one walk, but I was running around the garden and digging a bed and pulling plants and pulling weeds, too, I am always pulling weeds, like a woman on a mission. This time of year I’m busy in the garden up to nine hours a day, so that counts for exercise for this week.
We cleaned up the property putting things away, such as the hoses, lawn chairs and did lots of other things that needed to be accomplished outside before the snow flies.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
P.S.: Update, 10 A.M., Saturday: The storm has arrived. The snow level is down to 3,000 feet. We expect snow on the valley floor tonight. Oh, and the local power is out, but that doesn’t affect us very much.
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