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,
Our report this week is that we have little to report! In the past week we’ve been quite busy with house guests. Otherwise, things have been in quiet Winter Mode, here at the Rawles Ranch. We did some closet reorganizing and did some cleanup of our bunk house. Jim did some planning and parts ordering for an a gunsmithing project. He also ordered a digital caliper, which he will need for the same project.
I was pleased to see that more of the winter garden beds are germinating. We are hoping that the Greenhouse Within a Greenhouse experiment continues to be successful.
We are looking forward to reading comments from readers about your preps this winter.
May you all have a blessed week, – Avalanche Lily Rawles
The Latimer Household had a few days of exceptionally warm and clear weather this week. So instead of working on food rotation and organization, we took this opportunity to clear some of the weeds on the land and pull the final stakes and supports from the garden. With the discovery of termites on some of our stakes, we were reminded it was probably a good time to spray the building perimeters for termites, before the ground freezes and they tunnel deep. So, we also accomplished this task. We plan to get back on the food rotation project this coming week and will continue to work with our chickens.
Additionally, while we had already put most of the seeds up for next year’s garden, we still have a few vegetables that we set aside to dry that have not yet been cracked open to reveal their seed for collection. We’ve begun to crack open the okra, and we appear to have a large batch of okra seed to share. We also still have some dried beans and peas yet to crack. So, these final, little seed collecting projects will also be scheduled for the coming week. Then, it will just be a matter of collecting, washing, and drying the winter squash seeds as we use them throughout the winter.
Sarah completed an inventory of seeds this week and is feeling very good about having collected plenty of seed for the garden next year without buying any seed, except the new plants or varieties we add, like the Seminole squash we read about this week. We’re expecting those seeds to arrive soon, so we will know we have what we need for the coming season. Having the means to put a full garden in the ground and being able to carry this with you is a comfort!
Sarah is anxious to get the organization that is required in the food stores and household completed so that she can begin working on crafts, sewing, and quilting this winter. Hugh is anxious to begin doing some woodworking projects also and has been cleaning and organizing the shop.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.