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 will share their planned prep activities for the coming week, ranging from healthcare and purchases to property improvements and food storage. We also welcome you to share your planned activities for increasing personal preparedness in the coming week in the comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
Hello SurvivalBlog Readers,
This coming week’s weather in the American Redoubt is forecast for lovely: sunny and warm weather. We so need it! This week Lily and the children have two mornings of Homeschool obligations away from the ranch so not all of her ambitious prepping plans will be accomplished. These are our plans for prepping this week:
In the Garden
Strawberries need to be mulched with composted manure and straw.
Lily will be planting the garden: French beans, yellow wax beans, green beans, purple pole beans, red, white and fingerling potatoes, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, various lettuces, chard, spinach, et cetera.
In the Greenhouse
Warm weather plants do much better in the greenhouse. So this is where we grow most of our peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, lettuces, herbs and other crops that we wish to eat earlier in the summer.
She hopes to harvest that spinach and freeze it, this week.
Planting watermelon and butternut squash in the greenhouse.
Barns, Sheds, Coops and Corrals
Our large livestock spent the winter out in our mixed forest/pasture. However, they spent the last two weeks in the barn stalls and corrals which now need to be cleaned.
The chicken coop needs to be cleaned out (a monthly chore).
The small hoofed-critters’ shed needs spring cleaning.
Jim needs to drop a hollowed tree that hosts a wasp nest every year. This tree will be dropped in the early morning chill when the wasps are very lethargic.
Jim has some plumbing projects. He also plans to limb and buck some trees that were dropped three weeks ago. And he plans to plant eight saplings. As time permits, he will to continue with felling trees, limbing, bucking, stacking, hauling slash, and burning.
We pray that the Lord will be with you and will bless all of your endeavors this week, and keep you all safe.
The Latimer Homestead plans to continue with projects that were not completed last week due to weather.
Gardening For Livestock
While we have already put in approximately 100 linear feet of cow pea cover crop that will be used for chicken feed, we still have another 300-400 linear feet to plant. Additionally, we have about the same amount to plant in black oil sunflowers. The soil needs to be loosened a little after the rains last week before we plant, so there will be more ground preparations as well.
Hugh will also be working on the drip system to automate the garden watering.
The freeze dryer move and shelving will hopefully be completed this week. We dehydrated chamomile last week, but we have a whole new batch ready to pick and dry as well as eggs, calendula, and other herbs. Even if we don’t get the shelving done, we really need to get the freeze dryer working again.
Sarah’s sewing table and machine need to be set up so her sewing area is operational again. We will work to get the basics up and running this week, as she has some projects on hold waiting for her attention.