What did I do to prep this week?

 Grapevine Arbor

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin

Excuses are the nails that build the house of failure!



By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor

What did I do to prep this week? Given the rainy days and flash flooding going on here, I spent a day in the basement sorting through my preps, rearranging, etc. And another day in the garage sorting and attempting to better organize things and put some away that we have used recently with the numerous power outages. Time well spent, but there are still a few things I can’t find!

You seemed to enjoy my aesthetic solutions to practical preparedness last week, so I thought I would share

Grape Arbor with seating and a view.

Grape Arbor with seating and a view.

my grape arbor with you. Obviously these grapevines have been here for a long time. The gal who had the place before me had a fence running across the yard with the two grapevines trained on it. They also ran way up into a mature lilac bush on one end. And they blocked the view of the creek, which I find very appealing.I found this metal arbor on Craig’s List last year for FREE, just remove it. Well, it was a chore and we had to cut a lot of the bolts, and reassembly was a nightmare. I hit it with a little copper colored spray paint and covered the top with leftover yard fencing (I would have preferred sheep fencing, but didn’t have any—the holes would have been bigger.) and threw what was left of the grapevines over it—they got pruned to the max with me pulling them off their former support!


A look up at the added fencing to support the vines.

A look up at the added fencing to support the vines.

Last year these two grapevines yielded like 150+ pounds of grapes! By putting the fencing over the open roof of the metal structure, the clusters of grapes should just drop through for ease of picking AND it doesn’t obstruct the view of the creek. It also gave me a focal point for my old cement neoclassical statues, even the broken ones work to create the feel of a Mediterranean ruins.

Why did nearly all homesteads have grapevines years ago? To make wine. Wine and beer (hops vines) ferment the nastys out of water. These are Worden Grapes, so they work as table grapes and for juice as well.

And how does this relate to preparedness? At some point, pool shock and water filters will be gone. The old ways are sustainable, and making grapejuice or wine can be fun! A garden doesn’t have to be all practical and survivalist looking. It can be aesthetically pleasing.   

Do you have some tips to share? Pictures of your gardens?  Thoughts on preparedness? Please send them to scprepper at outlook.com

Harold’s second tour of duty is continuing!

Okay Patriots, what did YOU do this week to prepare?


A smile for you…



Two minutes of grapevine arbor primer by an “expert”.

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