What Did I Do To Prepare This Week?

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By Bev,

Kitchen fire! Bob must have spilled something nasty on the electric burner because the flames leaped up to the range hood – I usually clean up my messes as I go. I grabbed the box of baking soda I keep beside the stove and dumped about 1/3 of the box on the burner – fire out. My next step would have been the kitchen fire extinguisher. I took a break and calmed down then took the burner apart and did a thorough clean. I guess I never bothered to mention it to Bob because I just asked him about it – oh well, disaster averted because I was prepared.unicorn 013

Earlier in the week we had a couple of nice days before some more rain. I am soooo tired of winter that I went to the dollar store and bought a bunch of $1 silk flowers and greens. I got most of my window boxes and hanging baskets done with silks. I put some rocks in the pots (we have a lot of wind here) and fill the pots with expandable foam, press some dollar store “moss” onto the tops and stick in the silks. Got the koi and gold fish out in the big pond and put silks around that too. You can just click on any of the pictures to make them larger.

I got 26 five gallon buckets of composted horse manure onto the raised bed gardens. Boy, I needed a couple of rain days to recover from that!

tomatoes in waterFriday and Saturday weren’t bad, so I fixed up the greenhouse (this winter was tough on it with the door torn off and several panels) and decided to plant some tomatoes (one in a plastic feed bag) in water. I thought this looked interesting in some of the videos we had last week and tomatoes are such water hogs! They’ll be fine in the greenhouse even if we do get hard frosts and even snow – I just had to plant something.

And yes, I’ve been experimenting again. I created an oven for my Deadwood rocket stove that works both inside with Camp Heat fuel and outside with wood – post coming up on that. I’m beginning to finally feel comfortable with off grid cooking given the rocket stoves, thermal cooker, solar oven (still working on revamping that as it got too hot), and now a small oven.grill and bakers rack

I even did some rearranging on the back patio where we grill and finally have an area that seems to work fairly well. Metal bakers’ racks are commonly available at rummage sales for not much money and beside the grill they are about perfect for some inexpensive work space and storage.

 Last year I doubled the size of the garden, but didn’t get it all planted. I killed the weeds and grass by laying down tarps and black plastic over the summer. This will be my first season with the wagon wheel herb gardenexpanded garden. I’m going to do inground beds for the corn and potatoes. But I did get an herb garden in. I had this old wagon wheel and the hub rotted out, so I thought it would be perfect for herbs. I double dug the area, added 20 gallons of composted horse manure, dug that in, laid the wheel and filled in the dirt. The soil is so cold it feels like it still has frost below 16″. Even the worms seem to be hibernating yet. So I covered it with black plastic to warm the soil so that I can plant sooner. Not sure yet how I’m going to lay out the rest of that garden.eggs

And I thought you just might like to see the eggs I gather every day. The girls have really started producing! One Red Star, Americaunas, and an Austrolorp. I love the colorful eggs and the yolks are so orange! The Red Star often gives a double yolker.

 We have a really neat week planned for you! We have a lot of newcomers to SCP and Rourke has compiled a list of all of our posts – lots you may have missed! Plus we have a fiction story running on solar storms and some more gardening tips!

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Okay Patriots, how did you prepare this week?

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Proverbs 27:12

A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions.

The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

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