What I Did To Prep This Week: January 31st 2020 – February 6th 2021

Hello Pack. I hope you all have had a productive week of prepping and are keeping warm. There seemed no end to the snow for a week here in southern Ohio.

It is supposed to hit 40 for the next few days – turning all of our snow and ice to mud, and giving us yet no escape from maintenance on our ½ mile farm road. It has only been accessible by 4-wheel drive for a while now.

Most of our prepping this week has been indoors. I am nearly finished with my annual seed order for the coming growing season. The selling out of seeds by some of my favorite suppliers – at least a temporary stoppage or sales, has been quite concerning … and so have the price increases across the board for vegetable seeds and fruiting plants.

We save seeds after each harvest, but always add more to both our planting plan and seed stockpile each year. In my experience, when stored properly seeds can still be viable up to three years.

In other preps this week I scored some free fabric and won two twin sheet sets of nice linen gingham fabric. Because yard sales were few and far between this year due to the pandemic panic, my opportunities to buy more super cheap clothes for the grandkiddos to grow into during a long-term disaster – as well as to keep my fabric stash stockpile prepped to overflowing.

I am in the process of turning the gingham sheet sets that I won at the auction website that I have mentioned before, into six dresses, three skirts, and three boys’ shirts so far and have ample material left.

Because the weather is supposed to be above freezing this weekend during the day and below freezing at night, we are planning on tapping trees for syrup this weekend.

A few months back we bought six sets of bag hanging taps to add to our tree tapping tools this year. They are durable, and will keep rain and debris from getting into the syrup that must be strained or cooked out later.

Plastic milk jugs work alright and we will still use them, but we are very excited about using the handy bags this year, as well.

The rest of our weekly preps were heavily involved in working on the Old School Survival Boot Camp event. Having five months to plan the event seemed like a long time when we started, but we are still hustling to get everything into place to offer the 50 hands-on training courses taught by over 30 experts from around the country.

This labor of love has become at least an extra part-time job, but all the time spent working on it and connecting with other preppers from around Ohio and surrounding states is truly worth it.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. How is your spring garden prep and seed buying coming along?
  2. Do you tap trees for syrup and what tips can you offer the rest of the Pack?
  3. What did you do to prep this week?


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