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 I did some cross cutting of logs into firewood rounds. The rest of my time was spent on another project, and my usual writing.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This week I spent the bulk of my time helping Jim with several family projects. We have been very very happily and excitedly busy with our projects. We did some shopping and had a couple of routine appointments this past week. I picked lots of Black Raspberries and Strawberries and froze them. I weed-whacked the Garden and did all of the usual watering rotations. Weeds that offended my eye as I walked by them were pulled while doing other things. I have to set aside another couple of days and get at those weeds with concerted effort!!
We hope you are all enjoying the warm weather and the fruitful abundance of summer.
Many Blessings to All, – Jim Rawles and Avalanche Lily, Rawles
This week the Latimer family will primarily be focused on the garden. A significant part of the garden is matured and ready for harvest. We are busy picking various beans, cucumbers, zucchini, corn, and more. The tomatoes have grown to where they need more support, so we will be adding about 60-70 stakes for these and continuing the endless weeding effort. The heavy rains that we had a couple of weeks ago have made these unwanted invaders in the garden (as well as the rest of the property) explode in number. We will check on our new potato crop to see if it is time to harvest these this week.
Also, our grasshopper population needs some thinning with the NOLO bait on the perimeter of the garden and we will be adding some fertilizer to the beans and tomatoes. As some plants have gone to seed, it is time to collect seed for later planting or next year’s garden. Obviously, we are quite busy enjoying the fruit of our labors, guarding our garden from pests, and maintaining the property in general. We think it will be a busy and hot week.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.