Hello Pack. All of this nice weather has had our tribe not only in a great mood, but incredibly productive. I am so tempted to put my young plants I started from seeds outside, but know it is far too soon to do that in Ohio.
Although it has been sunny (mixed with only tiny bits of rain) for days on end and hovering around 70 degrees, that we are bound to hit another cold patch and probably even get one final bit of snow.
My dwarf Moringa plants are turning out to be my pride and joy. They do grow as quickly as I have read – possibly even quicker. I took a photo of the plants to show growth that had already impressed me and shared it with y’all.
Less than 24 hours later, the Moringa had literally grown over an inch. Two days after I snapped that first photo showing the Moringa about half a hand high , several of the little trees are more than three inches taller and hovering well above their planter.
The smallest dwarf Moringa in the photo was only peeking above the dirt when I snapped the half hand high photo. Now, it is half a hand high and thriving too. If I can grow a Moringa tree in Ohio during the winter in front of a window that doesn’t get much sun with nothing more than a cheap grow light over it… then anyone can.
I flipped out a little when, within mere minutes yesterday, I suddenly had droopy or wilting leaves on the Moringa shoots. All we can figure is leaving the back door open to garner a nice warm flow of air through the screen door chilled the Moringa. I should have closed the door before it cooled off as much as it did, apparently. I won’t be making that mistake again.
Other preps this week include learning more about keeping lambs from one of our tribe members. I am looking forward to becoming experienced at shearing soon, and then having ample wool to use when making Waldorf dolls and other homemade toys.
We plowed up our large ground growing plot this week. Buh-bye Japanese beetle larvae. I hope we killed copious amounts of those destructive bugs after exposing them to cool night air the evenings since the plowing.
All of the chainsaws needed sharpening after cutting so much firewood. The cleaning turned into an in-depth learning session for the twenty somethings in our tribe. They not only learned how to sharpen and clean the saw, but how to troubleshoot for common issues.
I scored a great deal on potato sets, and will add them to our container growing plans for this year, along with some of the potato harvest from last year we let go to seed for planting this year.
Thanks to the nice weather, I was able to spend some time outdoors in the evening honing my skills with the compound bow my beloved got me for Christmas.
I also lucked into a 50% of clearance mark down toys at the local Dollar General. I bought multiple airsoft handguns for some children in our tribe (and tons of air soft pellets) for nearly nothing. Each gun only cost a little more than $6!
We are planning some shooting training with the airsoft guns this weekend. I love our tribe weekends during non-winter months. Everyone comes over for a work detail or project of some type and once we are all sweaty and dirty and done, it is time to pull out whatever was placed in the smoker and enjoy several ice cold beverages.
This Friday a regional homeschool group is coming to our homestead to spend the day in hands-on farm to table and homesteading learning activities.
Many of the homeschool families identify as preppers but most are and simply consider themselves skilled folks who grew up country and never found the need to put a label on their lifestyle. Training the children up early in self-reliance skills is a passion of mine, so I am very much looking forward to the visit from the 34 children expected to attend.
Oh, and I almost forgot – our blackberry bushes are springing to life. Even though the flooding we experienced all fall and winter probably took out about 20 bushes, there are still easily 100 left to pick from – as long as we can beat the goats, chickens, and birds to the deliciously sweet bounty.
This Week’s Questions
- How are you spring garden preps going?
- What wild edibles grow on or near your home that you make great use of in the spring?
- What self-reliance or prepper plans do you have to reach out to loved ones who don’t prep and/or children this spring?
- What did you do to prep this week?