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 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 also welcome you to share your planned activities for increasing personal preparedness in the coming week. (Leave a Comment with your project details.) Let’s keep busy and be ready!
Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
The weather in the northern American Redoubt will be clear and dry with moderate temperatures, this week which will be excellent weather for outdoor activities.
In The Garden and Greenhouse
We’ll be continuing to pull weeds. It looks as though I need to replant certain squashes. I also plan to plant some more carrots, broccoli, and some turnips.
Around The Ranch
Jim will continue to work on the carpentry and plumbing projects which are nearly finished. He will also be hauling firewood from our ranch’s woodlot. Jim will have a shorter work week on the ranch since he needs to make a consulting trip at the end of the week.
Number one daughter loves Beef Jerky. She’ll be thawing, seasoning, and dehydrating beef from our recent butchering this week for batch of jerky.
Outdoor Prepping Activities
We plan on cooking at least two meals over the campfire. We also plan on hiking and getting in some fishing this week, if time permits.
The Latimer Homestead is buckling our belts preparing for the dry, high temperatures expected this week in our area. Because of the unusually high temperatures, our garden and animals will get the bulk of our focus. But we will continue to work on our security and also organization efforts as we have time.
We will focus on keeping our gardens and animals hydrated during this week’s high heat. Sarah will contact the people at M&R Durango who make NOLO grasshopper bait for organic gardening and continue to monitor our cucurbita plants. (So far, the spray last week is working well and we have not seen any more bugs or eggs.) We are dealing with some insects on our broccoli, but the spray seems to have eradicated those as well, even though we only lightly sprayed them. We will try to get some weeding done, if the heat allows.
Also, we need to harvest some of our garden items for the refrigerator plus a bulk of chamomile, calendula, yarrow, and other herb and medicinal plants and get them in the freeze dryer, where they are best preserved.
Animal Feeding and Watering
We have received the last of our poultry feed ingredients, so we will mix those in with what we have been giving them and continue to monitor. We are already seeing improvement, even with only a partial “recipe”. Sarah has been sprouting some grain (triticale) to give to them. She thinks that the moist grain may help cool them down, ease their digestion, and provide nourishment as a treat in the afternoon inside their covered run area, where there is shade. They love that, and it is giving them extra protein and enzymes.
We will be adding additional water for the animals this week also.
Security/Video Surveillance and Shop Organization
It is my plan to install two more surveillance cameras on the property this week, if the heat allows. There is some attic work involved so the installation of these cameras will depend on how the morning garden chores go. By 10am, the attic temps are unbearable. The shop organization is going slow, as I haven’t had much time to work on it, but maybe I will this week. I hope to make at least a little progress each week.
We are running a little low on canine toothpaste, and Sarah has an idea from what she has read on how to make some. She wants to give it a try. Laugh if you want, but when your dog lives inside and sleeps on the foot of the bed, nasty dog breath is not what I want to wake up to. Her plan is to base it on coconut oil, turmeric, parsley, kale powder, and a drop of thieves oil. Our dogs have favored the purchased enzymatic toothpaste that is meat flavored, so we are wondering if we’ll find it as easy to use Sarah’s formula, but adding meat seems like it would not be helping their breath or teeth at the time. Formula suggestions are welcome.