Hello Pack. I hope you all have had a productive week of prepping. We have spent most of our time doing some fall planting, tractor repairs, welcoming Pearl’s kids into the world, and Christmas present crafting.
Ok, I was doing Christmas present crafting, but Bobby did make the templates I needed to create larger folding fabric dollhouses than I did last year. Some might argue that making homemade gifts is not really a prepping activity, but I truly believe that it is – at least the way I do it.
I am using the homemade gift making to teach the grandkiddos and the little ones some valuable self-reliance skills, the joys of low tech life with toys that are powered only by their imaginations, and the importance of using natural materials in toys instead of plastics and other materials made overseas that could contain harmful chemicals.
The pride you feel when making something with your own hands simply cannot be replicated by running to the store and grabbing a piece of plastic junk made in China off a shelf.
The children are learning to make their own toys and toys for presents for others right alongside me. I am hopeful that this practice instills in them a desire to build and fix far more substantial things as they grow older.
Pearl broke with tradition and gave birth to her newest set of kids in broad daylight on a sunny and clear fall day. We have been extremely lucky, and never had to assist her with a birth nor has she encountered any problems after kidding. Goats are notorious for requiring human aid during the kidding process, especially Pygmy and Nigerian Dwarf varieties.
Both of the kids are males, which is also unusual for my Pearly goat, she tends to always throw one of each. I had them both sold before they were born.
I was not going to name them since they won’t be staying on our survival homestead, but the grandkids wanted to call them something while tending to them during morning chores… so Bobby named them Lunch and Dinner. I doubt they will actually be eaten, they are being sold to a farmer for breeders.
I am still in the midst of getting my Fall indoor growing operation going. In addition to growing garlic, onions, carrots, lettuce, and herbs, this year I am going to attempt to grow a few tomato plants and green beans plants indoors.
Worst that can happen is that I fail. I know it can be done, so I decided to give it a shot and attempt to dine upon freshly picked tomatoes all winter.
We are growing red winter wheat to make straw on a half acre. This is a new activity for us, one that we have been looking forward to doing for several years. We spent the first two or so years on our survival homestead fixing things and purchasing equipment that we could not do every activity that we wanted. Now, we are finally at the stage where we will have far more time to work the land than prepare it to be worked.
Tonight begins the annual nut hunting season on our survival retreat. We use the walnuts, hickory nuts, and acorns in a variety of ways. Some are used for eating in their natural state or for recipes, others are used to make wood stain and for tanning animal hides.
This Week’s Questions:
- What are you growing indoors as part of your food assurance plan this year? If you do not grow indoors, why not?
- Do you grow red winter wheat? Share some tips on the growing and usage process if you do, please.
- Do you forage for nuts in the fall? If so, how do you use and preserve them?