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,
The snow finally receded to point that I was able to get into the woods here at the Rawles Ranch and start cutting firewood. With the heavy snow this winter there were so many downed trees that I won’t even have to cut any of the remaining dead standing trees.
We also re-positioned a couple of our cedar plank raised beds. And then it started to rain, and rain, and rain, three days of it, thusfar. And there is more rain predicted until Tuesday. I’ve heard that on the east side of the Great Divide, the precipitation will be in the form of snow. There could be 2+ feet of Spring Snow in parts of the Midwest and and the northeast. Welcome to the Grand Solar Minimum, folks! Call Al Gore, because we’ll need all the Global Warming we can get!
Avalanche Lily Reports: Earlier this week I did some roto-tilling in the garden in anticipation of planting some store-bought onion sets and my own indoor-sprouted broccoli seedlings. We will also be planting the seed potatoes that we saved from last year. The shady part of our garden plot still has patches of snow 3-to-8 inches deep. I got a kick out of plowing the edge of this snow under as I was making the turns. Take that, you snow! We’re going to beat you yet!
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Thanks, – Jim Rawles and Avalanche Lily, Rawles
This week at the Latimer Homestead, we will continue to focus on putting in more of the garden, including laying more water lines, plastic, and seeds along with organic pest control and weeding work. We are eager to see the garden growth that will inevitably arrive within the weeks ahead, as we put in the effort that is required and trust the LORD to provide the sun, nourishment, air, and pollination.
Of course, this being Spring, the fun has begun. It’s been warm enough the last week that the fruit trees have blossomed. The sight is quite incredible and is one of the reasons that Springtime is one of my favorite times. But around midnight last night, I noticed that the air was feeling kind of nippy and decided to check the forecast. Sure enough, the weather channel predicted a freeze. The family was rousted out of bed and the tarps were pulled from the shelves as we rushed to cover those precious blossoms.
My first thought as I approached the first tree was that this is the last year we will be able to tarp the trees like this. They have grown tremendously and we’ll have to come up with something else next year. For now, the blossoms are safe and we are looking forward to the fall harvest of ripe luscious fruit!
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.