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! This week’s emphasis is on small arms mechanical training.
Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
I was very busy writing this past week, so I didn’t have much time for prepping activities. But I did find some time to do some more gunsmithing. I also segregated another model-specific tackle box  of spare gun parts. I already had separate tackle boxes variously labelled: “Glock”, “HK”, “AR”, “Bolt Actions & .22s”, “Misc. Shotgun”, and “Picatinny Bits.” I have now further divided the “Misc. Shotgun” box, creating a new box that is labelled “Saiga-12”.
Avalanche Lily has begun planting seeds in our sprouting trays. They will be started in the house in a spare room under grow lights. Their transition to the greenhouse will have to wait until the snow comes off and the nighttime lows inside the greenhouse are consistently above freezing, probably during the second week of April. Indoors, she planted a full tray of broccoli; tomatoes: yellow sweet, orange cherry, purple, Beef Steak, Siberian, and Black Krim, Three six packs of celery, Peppers: orange, green, yellow; Butternut Squash, Burpless cucumbers, the middle eastern cocktail cucumbers, and Straight Eight. Also some Brussels Sprouts.
She also planted three large packages of four year old spinach seeds in one of the greenhouse beds. She is curious about what the percentage of their germination outcome will be? The temperatures are mostly holding above freezing in there, and the Kale and spinach that were planted in the “greenhouse within a greenhouse” last fall are continuing to grow. This coming week the temperatures will be in the high 40s with sunshine, so we expect that the growth rate of the seedlings will go exponential. We’ll be harvesting Spinach and kale by the third week of April, I expect.
I also heard from a friend last week that peanuts can be grown in the north! I love peanut butter!! So I bought 225 feet worth of Virginia peanuts. This will be a major experiment for this summer.
Spring is coming!
Please continue to post comments about your own preps.
Thanks, – Jim Rawles
The Latimer Homestead is adjusting to the newlyweds among us. What a joy to see this perfect union!
We have had to continue to do some work to get the new bride’s nest in order for her and to help with their wedding gifts and the aftermath of a most beautiful wedding. In spite of this, we were able to make some progress on the kitchen and clear a small area of weeds from the property.
In the kitchen, we have degreased and cleaned all of the cabinets and removed the cabinet doors. We have only a few items remaining in any of the cabinets and some things in a few drawers, which still have their faces intact. We hope to finish removing the drawers and remaining contents, make repairs and finish sanding this week. The refrigerator will have to move as well as various appliances to get to the cabinets before painting can begin. Some electrical work in one wall is required before painting in that part of the kitchen. We’re not sure how far along we’ll get with the painting step this week, but it is our goal to at least begin.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.