Sunday Self-Reliance Share and Q & A

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By Bev Sandlin,

What did I do to become more self-reliant this week? It was another very busy week with bringing in the harvest and storing it, working on articles for YOU, and spending a day – and then the recovery days – with Bob’s granddaughter – if you would like some ideas on things to do with the grandchildren, go HERE.  I decided to try vermiculture – worm husbandry – you’ll be hearing about that soon. And viewing all of the pictures of my first granddaughter online! :)

Lessons Learned in the Garden This Year

Gardens are a learning experience every year. So I thought I would share some of what I learned in my latest experiments. After the sweet corn crop gets brought up and put up, I am definitely going to make the move to permanent Three Sisters Gardens in that area. It has been a learning process this summer and next year I will adjust the numbers I plant in those gardens. I planted too many beans and squash for the area involved. The sweet corn is just starting to ripen in this garden.

3 sistersAndreya is a very tall six year old, note the size of those squash leaves and they haven’t even set fruit yet! So, next year per bed it will be:

6 Sweet Corn seeds

2-3 Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean seeds – the 12 I planted this year are taking the corn down!

2 Acorn Squash seeds – the 6 I planted per garden are just overwhelming everything!

And then I want to do the gardens in a series of one each week, perhaps starting the first under a plastic canopy to get very early sweet corn, OR using early, mid and late varieties like I did in my corn patch this year – not sure yet. :)

I am going to move my strawberries out of the raised beds and over to this year’s potato bed. That will free up more root veggie space in the raised beds.

And I am sold on using tarps to clear new ground for planting. The decomposition of the existing grass and weeds makes the ground soft and easy to dig.

tarp killing weeds

And I’m thinking about trying to plant two successive crops of 10 week potatoes next year, but we will see as this is zone 4. Any recommendations on quick maturing potatoes that store well?

Question & Answer! In the comments, feel free to ask any question you want about preparedness, homesteading, health, etc. then click on the thingy that says something like “notify me of comments” and hopefully someone will have an answer!

The top article this week that you hit the like button on or shared was the World Wide Alert Map that John from Iowa submitted with 71 pins! Then it was Part 3 of Survival Landscaping: Permaculture and although Part 2: Barbed Wire only got 5 likes/shares it has been picked up by a number of other prepper sites that are sharing it.

To create that series of 3 articles on Survival Landscaping, between the research (Not much out there under survival or defensive landscaping.), taking the photos and searching for photos, and the writing took over 40 hours! And yes I updated Part 1 when people wrote me on my email this, that, and they wanted images for the “fatal funnel”. The average Sunday post like today takes 2-3 hours to write and do the setup within WordPress – for me. Summer is coming to an end and I have projects to complete on the homestead and then shutting down for winter, so…

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There is a lot of wisdom out there!

I can’t do it all Guys & Gals! This is YOUR site, please write me at

bcfossillady at gmail dot com

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Or email me at my personal box: bcfossillady at gmail dot com, checked a couple times a day usually, when I’m not at my Mother’s. I can’t do it all by myself…

Okay Patriots, how were you more self-reliant this week?

*****

Proverbs 27:12

A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions.

The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

In God We Trust

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