Hello Pack. We have had weird Ohio weather this week, but still managed to get a lot of prepping done.
Bobby’s new workshop is coming along well. He is going to pour a concrete pad, and then place three shipping containers on it in a “U” shape.
A porch on the front of each long side of the “U” will be reserved for blacksmithing and pottery making.
I am beyond thrilled that tractors and other equipment will not be parked in what serves as our front yard anymore.
Looking like the Clampetts live here gets real old – real fast. A roof attaching all of the shipping containers together will be the new home mechanics workshop area.
The existing attached garage is being turned into a recreation room – which will double as sleeping quarters if needed during a SHTF event. We have a space wood stove that will soon be installed in the space.
I am considering investing in an Amish – Little House On The Prairie-style wood cook stove. I have wanted one for years, and was always jealous when showing Amish real estate each and every time I saw one.
The Lehman’s store is in our state, a bit north of us in Ohio’s Amish Country, and they have the stoves in all shapes and sizes. One prepper connection of mine owns a store that sells them, so I am in the process of working out a services trade to acquire one outright or with a little money on the backend.
Gardening was our main prep this past week. My sprinkling of Diatomaceous earth onto the cabbage and peppers plants seems to have curtailed the Japanese beetle invasion … for now.
It still strikes me as odd that the plants nearest the growing boundary fence (that is highly patrolled by our free range flocks) were hit the hardest.
We lost a chicken – my Brahma banty rooster, to a bobcat attack this week. He was my favorite. I was four feet away and running hard when the flock went nuts as the young bobcat pounced out of the brush and snatched my young rooster.
It is well past time for bobcats in our state to be removed from the protected list, and treated like the nuisance predators that they truly are – their population numbers simply no longer warrant turning farms and ranches into their own private small livestock buffet.
This Week’s Questions
- What is your most troublesome garden pest and how do you deal with it?
- Are you increasing what you grow or buy in case there is another pandemic shutdown or more liberal pandemonium after President Trump wins a second term in November?
- What do you think about all of the statue vandalism and removals going on around the country?
- What did you do to prep this week?