Hey Pack! We finally had a week without storms on our survival retreat. It still rained some in the evenings, which caused a big waste of hay on some area farms that had baled. I am so concerned about the availability and price this year.
But we were also super productive. The only prepping purchases we made this week were parts for the Massey Ferguson tractor and the Polaris Ranger. Since neither were working as they should and they are valuable SHTF equipment, it was money well spent.
We spent most of the week working in our gardens and apothecary patch, and foraging. Well, the foraging of course, led to a lot of time in the kitchen making salves, tinctures, and wound washes, and dehydrating.
This week I made 20 containers of jewelweed and plantain salve. I kept a couple for use here, on our prepper retreat, while the others are being given to a combination of tribe members and not really preppers but self-reliant country folks friends.
My hope is (as I stated here before when referencing the old vacation Bible school prompt) to coax others to come with you the next night of fun classes, that sharing the bounty of our land with others will enlighten them about the importance of survival homesteading.
Our youngest grandkiddos learned how to find and use the jewelweed plant this week as part of their homesteading homeschool education. They are really going to love the new plant they learned to identify when its flowers come on, and they get to them exploding seed “bombs.” All the tribe kiddos love the “popper plants”.
I also made some jewelweed tincture to use as wound washes. The kids helped make them, tearing up the leaves into little bits got them really involved in the process. I used the experience to teach them about measuring and following direction, as well. School can be such a great adventure when done properly.
The grandkiddos and I also gathered plantain to make a different kind of salve as well as some tinctures. The first thing they asked when I was teaching the 3 and 4 year olds how to identify broadleaf plantain was if you could eat it. How many kids in our modern world would even think to ask that question? Outside of homesteading and prepper kids, I figure darn few.
We discovered some more wild grapes and a few shellbark hickory trees on our land. I thought we only had shagbark hickory, so it was a pleasant surprise. The “king nuts” on the shellbark are not only larger, but far tastier.
Our black raspberries are coming on nicely, so a lot of berry picking was on the agenda this week. The kiddos kept stealing them back out of our bag when I wasn’t looking, so I am not sure how many we actually found thanks to the cute little munchers.
I learned about cloudberries when writing an article for New Life On The Homestead this week. I had never heard about them before and am very intrigued. In the United States they only grow in a couple places, Alaska, Montana, and Washington state, if I am recalling correctly.
If any pack members are familiar with cloudberries, please share what they taste like in our comments section, I am very curious. It is hard to believe each tiny berry contains as much vitamin C as an orange.
Rose hips are about to be my gardening fail for the year. They just refuse to grow. My dwarf moringa trees are hanging on, for now. They got too spindly right before moving them outdoors.
Dampness is really hard on them and with all of this rain, I figure they might be a survival apothecary failure as well. I am going to order more seeds and give it another shot since we are hopefully past the rain that has plagued us for what feels like two years straight now.
Oh, and a lot of fun target practice occurred on our shooting range. Non-preppers sure are missing out on all of the joy that living a self-reliant lifestyle brings!
This Week’s Questions
- Do you forage and use jewelweed in home remedies? If so, how?
- Do you forage and use broadleaf plantain?
- How are your gardens and apothecary patches growing – great successes or failures?
- What did you do to prep this week?