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. Note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
I’m still recovering from bronchitis, but now nearly back to normal. On Tuesday, I made a one-day 480 mile round trip drive to go pick up ten antique guns for my Elk Creek Company inventory. Even with the substantial expense for fuel, it was still much less expensive than paying for UPS shipping for ten guns. And of course there were no worries about them getting stolen in transit. I also took the opportunity to stop by a Costco warehouse, on my drive home.
My energy level for heavy outdoor chores is still low. But on Thursday I did help Lily shift some lumber in the greenhouse, and I helped her with filling some of the greenhouse thermal mass water barrels. (These were formerly olive shipping barrels, that we bought as surplus, from Eagle Peak Containers, in Athol, Idaho.)
Between my blog writing and the task related to cataloging and photographing the antique guns for my mailorder biz, I kept very busy this past week.
I’m hoping to be fully back to normal this coming week, but recovering from this illness has taken longer than usual. The only good news is that it has left my immune system at a high state of readiness.
And now, over to Lily…
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This week we had three days of beautiful sunshine and temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s. It felt like spring. I was out in it, doing many chores.
This week for preps, I went out to the greenhouse and topped off our row of 50-gallon barrels with water. The barrels are being used as heat reservoirs for the greenhouse. During the past two years they had lost between a quarter and a third of their volume, therefore needed to be replenished. I also placed black plastic around the barrels to absorb more heat from the sun.
I went to town and bought rolls of row cover to cover my garden seedlings this coming summer to give them more warmth for growth. Many of my plants will benefit from the heat retained from the day through the night, since our nights are typically quite cool here in the summer.
I also bought some very large clear deep totes to use as a third layer in the greenhouse. I will plant my seeds in trays, place the large tote over the tray and put it into the hooped bed in the greenhouse. The hooped bed has hot manure under the soil which should add some extra warmth, as it decomposes.
The lettuce seedlings I planted two weeks ago, were put under the totes in the greenhouse this week to see how they will fare….
Last fall, I planted Arugula, beets, and spinach in one bed of the greenhouse and had placed hooped plastic over it. These plants are doing well at this time. There aren’t very many of them, so I only harvest them once in a while. But, this is an important reminder that if you want greens throughout the winter, the key is to plant a lot of them in the early fall (beginning of September). Once they have grown and are established, if protected from the main brunt of the cold, (ours are only protected by two layers) then they will continue to produce, albeit very slowly throughout the winter. So plant a lot in the fall to carry you through.
Jim made another trip to Costco for more bleach, laundry detergent, gallon freezer bags, TP, Paper Towels, spinach, power greens, avos, berries, red grapes, and red grapefruit. I dehydrated another two large packages of spinach, powdered it and added it to my stash of dried greens for smoothies. I squeezed and froze the last bag of lemons that we had bought from the previous trip to Costco and another batch of avos. I still have to wait for the latest batch of Avos to ripen before I can slice and freeze them.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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