Hello Pack. It has been a weird mix of weather this week on our survival homestead. One minute it feels like glorious summertime, and then the next it is raining just enough to curtail outdoor work.
We keep hoping for three straight days of sunshine to get the first cut of hay in, but no luck yet. The hayfield is ready to be cut and with any luck, we will get three cuttings out of it this year. Anxious to see what the new to us conditioner can do.
Now that our old backhoe is not tied up on the septic tank and leach bed project anymore, we can finally get busy on our pond enlargement project. We just discovered we currently have a snapping turtle infestation. I had never spotted a snapping turtle anywhere on our property, but all of a sudden we have at least five in our pond.
Well, had five, four have now been killed. I have long loved turtles and have kept aquatic ones, rescued and released box turtles, and even fostered three Sulcata tortoises over the years. But as for snapping turtles, I only view them as being good for soup!
Our tribe member who spotted and killed four of them brought one to show all of the children. I didn’t want any little ones to go over to one thinking it is a friendly visitor. I had Adam dangle a stick in front of a young snapper he was holding by the tail so they could see how the reptile attacked the stick and noting (perhaps more importantly) how it fought to keep the stick squarely within its powerful jaws. It was a powerful visual lesson for sure.
Our gardening plans are moving along nicely. I have expanded my medicinal herb garden substantially this year, and look forward to sharing images with you once all of my planters are filled and growing.
We are doing a lot of gardening smarter and not harder this year by growing green beans lettuce, potatoes, and carrots in barrels. Picking green beans is such back-breaking work. I hope our tabletop raised beds will also be helpful in keeping rabbits out of our growing groceries.
Simply because you own a lot of land does not mean you have to wholly garden conventionally. I would never recommend growing all of your food in one, or even two, places, for OPSEC and survival reasons.
Because we are growing some crops in a container style garden, they are closer to the house. That is better for security than the large ground plot a half mile away from our home on the other end of the property. This freed up more space in that area for more vine crops, additional rows of sweet corn, and space to grow field corn, as well.
With the way I figure grocery prices are going to go skyrocket after the flooding out West, I wanted to increase our growing operation in a larger increment than usual this year. When I went to Piggly Wiggly for a few items this week, the cashier mentioned how she is stocking up on beef and produce now – preserving the produce, because she doesn’t think she will be able to afford to buy those items in the coming weeks and months.
This Week’s Questions
- Have you had to deal with snapping turtles on your land, and how did your curtail their squatting?
- Are you concerned about increases in grocery prices this year – as well as quantity limitations?
- How is your garden growing? What is you favorite homemade pesticide or herbicide recipe?
- What did you do to prep this week?