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:
I was finally able to burn my slash piles this week. I waited to burn the three largest ones on a rainy day, for the sake of safety. Those briefly had flames going 30 feet in the air. Only two of the piles had any stumps. As usual, those were the ones that took several days to tend. The other piles were completely consumed in less than eight hours each.
With a tractor, we hauled more manure in to the main garden. After rototilling that in, the garden will be ready for winter. The greenhouse is still producing well. We presently have tomatoes ripening in too great an abundance to can them all before they would start to spoil. So we are giving a lot of them away to neighbors.
To get ready for winter, I’ve been busy stowing two of our three ATVs in an outbuilding. Sta-Bil was added to their fuel tanks, per my seasonal SOP. I’ve also been draining and bundling garden hoses. There is now possible snow forecast within two weeks, so I will need to pick up the pace of my pre-winter preps!
The Latimer’s vacation has come to an end and the long trip home has been accomplished. Now the unpacking starts. As usual, some things worked as planned and other preparations will need to be modified. Some equipment worked well and others didn’t. While not quite failures, they certainly show the importance of trialing your preps.
In particular, my son had a brand new tent and one of the fiberglass poles broke on day one. We had the supplies to repair it and keep it from being a disaster, but I’m disappointed by the performance. That is a company that will be hearing from me.
Other, more complicated systems like the water filtration, worked flawlessly. The solar power system struggled to keep up with 800 watts of panel barely managing to generate an average of 450 watts in the high humidity haze. Some days didn’t even make 50 watts. While more than adequate for the original design, convenience has won out and electricity is in higher demand. Two laptops and numerous electronics such as phones, tablets, cameras and a drone made it difficult to keep up.
Back to the drawing board.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.