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 at the ranch I was very busy with firewood cutting and slash hauling. I also hauled some topsoil and rocks. The largest rocks (small boulders) were too big to lift, so I rolled them on to my trusty old stone boat and dragged them with my utility ATV.
I’m hoping to be done with most of the firewood project by the end of July.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This week we made a Costco run for paper towels, dish soap, laundry soap, peppers, cherries, raspberries, pistachios, asparagus, rice. I blanched and froze the asparagus, chopped and froze the peppers, and sliced and pitted the cherries and froze them. Additionally, I have harvested a gallon and half of strawberries from my strawberry beds. I also washed and froze most of them.
My black raspberries are turning red and a few have ripened. Yum!
In the greenhouse, I finished preparing a bed for my fall crops. In this bed, I planted seeds of broccoli, cabbage, carrots, Red Leaf lettuce, Bib lettuce, spinach, beets, turnips, basil, cilantro, oregano, Blue Lake Bush Beans and 54 day Summer squash. I interplanted some of these seeds and am very curious to see how they’ll fare being so close to each other.
I harvested some of our first broccoli and onions. The onions are about three inches in diameter and we have another eight weeks of growing season. They’re going to be huge.
I’ve weeded in the main garden and cleaned out the hen house. We have been rotating the sprinklers around the orchard, main and annex gardens.
I would just like to say that Spiritual preparation is even more important than physical prepping. Please, if you don’t know the Lord’s salvation: Jesus the Messiah. Please get yourself a Bible and read it and repent from your sins in the name of Jesus. Beg Him to give you discernment of the great deceptions taking place at this time in our World. Time to get right with the Lord God, because times is running out.
Many Blessings, – Jim Rawles and Avalanche Lily, Rawles
This week was spent cleaning up the damage from the storm. Early in the week, that entailed being on the hands and knees gingerly digging out as many plants as we could from the nearly six inches of muck and mud that covered the garden. While we were able to recover all but about one fifth of the garden, Mrs Latimer was still heartbroken. The area that took the heaviest damage was the area that had her garden favorites. The areas we were able to recover had the majority of the staples in it. Corn, beans, potatoes, onions, and tomatoes will all make it with only a few plants lost. However, the lettuce, melons, peppers and others are gone for this year.
Most heartbreaking for Mrs Latimer was how hard she had worked over the years to keep this garden wholesome and organic. All the work is pretty much down the drain. We have no idea what sort of contaminants washed into the garden, but based on the smell during the rain, there were several. There is no smell in the aftermath, so the sheer volume of rain may have cleared it away, but without testing there is no real way to know.
When we moved into this house years ago, the previous owners had spread more than an acre of plastic and gravel in an effort to create a low maintenance xeriscaped property. We’ve spent years scraping and moving gravel, gradually clearing it away to be able to use the land to plant ornamentals, fruit trees or garden. We’ve had these giant piles of what we called dirty gravel on the land; gravel that has too much dirt in it to be useful for much of anything without major cleaning. One of these giant piles became the basis for a levy this week. The dirt/gravel was just the right mixture to pack down tightly and Hugh spent a day on the front end loader moving the pile and forming the levy so this flooding never happens again. Too bad that wasn’t done years ago.
The shop also received some much needed attention. SurvivalBlog readers encouraged me to install feet on the lathe when it was leveled. Apparently, most lathes were designed years ago when the average man was several inches shorter than he is today. For some reason, lathe design has never accommodated this overall growth trend of several inches. The lathe was raised about two and a half inches by using 5/8″ bolts, nuts and washers. Since the bolts were manufactured using a stamping process, the bolt head was faced off in the lathe, but other than that and trimming the bolts to the proper length, they were just standard Home Depot bolts. Afterwards, Hugh said that he was pretty sure his back uttered an audible “thank you” as he worked on the lathe.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.