Winter is coming…cut firewood!

Yup! That’s me yesterday morning. I was cutting firewood, wife person was gathering and loading it into the trailer. She took a break to video me cutting down a standing dead pine tree. All of this got me thinking about what we’ve all been hearing. And I have been researching and watching closely what has been happening in Europe…and California.

We have had the wettest monsoon season that anyone can remember in the last 50 years. And the old timers have been telling me that when they had this kind of monsoon season as kids…they had winters with lots of snow. And for lots of snow…it has to be cold.

But that is not all…the Farmer’s Almanac agrees…a cold and snowy winter for our area. However, the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.  So…who to believe?

I guess the right question should be…Do you want to take a chance on who is right?

For me…I am cutting firewood already. In a normal winter here we use about 1.25 – 1.75 cords of wood. This year I will have 3 – 4 times that amount cut, stacked, and ready to go. Why? It has been the rainiest monsoon in 50 years (2.5 months already)…the NWS didn’t predict that. It has already been cold…hitting upper 40’s already…the NWS didn’t predict that. So we are not taking a chance. Besides, if I don’t use all that firewood this year we simply have a jump on it next year.

But, don’t kid yourself and think we aren’t looking at multiple options…we will be ready, more ready this year than any other. How?

  • 3 – 4 times more firewood than normal for our wood burning stove.
  • We installed a back-up 150gal propane tank.
  • We have four 25lb propane tanks, 1 is designated “Emergency Use Only”
  • We have three 5lb propane tanks reserved for only outdoor grill use.
  • We have a 30,000 BTU propane heater that connects to a plumbed household propane connection.
  • We have a 4,000 – 9,000 BTU propane heater that has its own 1lb tanks, or can be hooked into 5lb tanks.
  • We have multiple electric baseboard heaters.

That means we have two primary sources of heat…wood stove and electric baseboard heaters. Then we have two back-up heat sources, both propane. And plenty of propane on hand for the winter and then some.

One is none, two is one, three is a good start, four is security.

So why the heck do I share all of this information? Simple actually, I want you to know how serious we take redundant heat sources and how much credibility we give the idea that this winter might be really cold…possibly very cold for an extended period of time.

So my question to you…What is the winter looking like for your area, what are the predictions? And what have you done, are you doing, to prepare for it?

Think I am kidding around? No sir, I am not. Think about the situation in Europe…they are in big trouble and that may well be an understatement. Firewood is nonexistent because it has all been bought…since last month. They get their natural gas almost exclusively from Russia. Yeah, Russia…the same folks who have already cut the gas supply. They have drastically reduced the use and availability of coal. They have shut down most of their nuclear power plants. Their electric grid(s) couldn’t handle last winter or the winter before without rolling blackouts and brownouts. Their electric grid(s) couldn’t handle this summer’s demands without rolling brownouts. So what happens to their electric grid when Russia is not sending any natural gas, or not enough natural gas, to Europe?

And just a thought…did you know that Europe has had grid problems for years? Meaning this…their conversion to “green energy” is an utter failure…and they keep going down that same failed road.

Yup, they go out and buy electric heaters…then plug them in…then watch their grids fail. As they get colder and colder and panic increases what does America probably do to help them out? Yup, send them emergency shipments of LNG, propane, and oil. And what does that probably do for the supplies in America?

Think about your situation, your winter, your plan…what can you do now to help you and your family be better prepared for winter?

 

 

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Russia Losing? Think again…

For years now, decades actually, I’ve maintained that “outcomes” are the key, not “intentions.” Meaning look at the outcome of what person’s, company’s, or even a country’s actions are vs what their intentions are. It is what the results or consequences are that really matter, not what they said they wanted to accomplish.

In Afghanistan the stated mission (i.e. intentions) of the US government, specifically Bush #2, was to destroy the ability of the Taliban to conduct terrorist activities. Then the mission morphed into “nation building” and “spreading democracy”. Success or failure?

Taliban now operates freely and openly in Afghanistan…oh, wait, the Taliban is the government in Afghanistan. And we provided billions of dollars of advanced military equipment when we retreated from their country. And Afghanistan is a theocracy run by Islamic zealots whose standard of living reflects a loss of 1500 years of civilization.

Intentions vs outcomes.

So back to Russia…is Russia losing?

Granted we know that a whole lot of Russians have died in the military operations they are conducting in the Ukraine. They have lost thousands of military vehicles, including their most advanced T90 main battle tank. A tank so tough, advanced and sophisticated that a $1,000 drone dropping a $100 hand grenade can turn it into flaming scrap metal. But they do control a good portion of Ukraine as a result of 6 months of operations.

Is Russia losing?

Well, let’s explore that…

  1. The reduction of Russian fossil fuels flowing to western countries has contributed to historic inflation levels in those countries, including the European Union (EU), including the USA.
  2. The reduction of Russian natural gas to the EU is sparking fear in those countries and causing additional economic hardships…primarily Germany, the #1 economy in the EU, the 4th largest economy in the world, and the strongest militarily in the EU.
  3. The reduction of agriculture crops coming out of the Ukraine and Russia have contributed to worldwide food shortages, present and future. Last year Russia was the #1 wheat exporter in the world, Ukraine was #5. Together they account for over 30% of the world’s production of the top 8 wheat producing countries.
  4. The reduction of available fertilizer is adding to the food crisis, present and future, in the world today. Russia is the world’s #1 exporter of fertilizer. Russia’s close ally China, is the world’s #2 exporter of fertilizer. Russia and China account for 1/4 of all exported fertilizer in the world.

So Russia has basically disrupted both the food and fuel situation in the entire world. Their actions, and the western country’s reactions, have caused fossil fuel prices to jump and energy availability to drop. It’s to the point where the EU is wondering how they are going to keep their populations warm this winter. Many non-western countries are facing starvation for notable percentages of their populations. In all countries food prices are spiraling into uncharted territory. In the US prices on everything are putting immense pressure on middle and lower income families…and it is predicted to get worse, potentially much worse. The US stock market is headed to, if not depression era lows, recession era territory and trillions of dollars are being lost.

So I ask the question again…Is Russia losing?

Wait a minute…are we even asking the right question? Remember I spoke about “intentions vs outcomes”…remember that just a minute ago? Outcomes are far more important than intentions. And when you are dealing with countries you have to consider the presence of propaganda when absorbing governments taking about intentions. And as we know…the USA is a master of propaganda…no one is better at lying and deceiving than the government of the United States. Doubt me? Think Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, etc.

So go back to the outcomes I was listing in regards to the situation in the Ukraine. Now, add to that list of outcomes the fact that NATO countries have spent some $200+billion in direct and indirect military aid to Ukraine. So did those countries put in an order to the Walmart of the military-industrial complex and have it all drop shipped to Kiev? Nope! All that stuff came off the shelves of military warehouses and out of munition bunkers.

And so…do you think that those countries will let those shelves stay bare or those munition bunkers stay empty? Of course not! Think about it…that equipment sent to Ukraine was up to 20 years old in some cases, purchased at 2002 – 2010 prices. To fill those shelves and bunkers back up those countries now buy the latest and greatest replacements, upgraded of course, at 5 – 10 times the original equipment prices. So the military-industrial complex now gets new orders of upwards of $2TRILLION of equipment.

Hummmmmm, and who pays that bill? Oh, the taxpayers of each of those countries…those countries who are already suffering economically under historic inflation and energy shortages.

So maybe we should be thinking and asking something completely different:

  • Who are the least able to pay the taxes that pay for all that military equipment?
  • Who are the least able to pay for heat and electric bills that are spiraling out of control?
  • Who are the least able to pay for gas for their cars?
  • Who are the least able to buy food whose prices are going up weekly?
  • Who is least likely to deal with the economic catastrophe that is taking place in the world?

But…let’s add some of this into the mix:

  • At the same time that the EU is suffering energy shortages, they have drastically curtailed reliable fossil fuel and nuclear energy production.
  • At the same time that the EU is suffering food price inflation, those same government are reducing their own food production capability.
  • At the same time the EU is taking a huge hit economically, they are spending billions of dollars on replacement military equipment.
  • Ditto on all of the above with the USA.

But, there is one problem with the 4 items mentioned directly above…it hasn’t just started since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In the EU they have been destroying their energy production for several years…same with their food production capability. For the US, some states have been at it for just as long but in hyper-drive for the last 2 years.

And now…one last item of business before I wrap it all up…

  • Who owns all of the new green energy companies?
  • Who owns all of the technology companies providing equipment to the new green energy companies?
  • Who owns all of the corporate farm operations that are still producing the world’s food supply?
  • Who owns all of the world-wide transportation of food and fuel supplies?
  • Who owns the military-industrial complex?

While poor people (lower & middle income) struggle to pay increasing taxes, increasing energy bills, increasing food prices, increasing housing costs, increasing price of EVERYTHING…do the wealthy have that problem?

If you are worth $100million dollars and you lose 20% in the stock market, if you have to pay $200 a month more for gasoline, if your heating bill goes up $175, if you have to pay $65000 for an electric vehicle…does that send you into homelessness? But if you make $65,000 a year and you have to find a way to cover $1,000 a month or more in expenses…how does that work out for you?

So maybe we need to be asking a question more along the lines of…Who is benefiting from the world’s entire situation right now? And maybe another way to put it…Who is making money off the world situation right now, including the war in Ukraine?

Then again, maybe I ask myself…who always benefits from war, inflation, stock market dips, world-wide crisis, etc.?  Well, it’s never the little guy, it’s never the poor, it’s never the military Private on the front line, and it’s never the civilians getting buried!! Nope!! So…hummmmmm…maybe propaganda is preventing us from asking the right questions altogether.

Now, wouldn’t it be terrible, a true tragedy, if we actually knew the right questions to ask…and we just ignored asking them?  I wonder “Why?” that would be.

And then again, do we have the courage to ask the right questions…and then do something about it?

 

 

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FAQ – 9/22/2022

  • Do you want to see Trump on trial?

Well, yes and no. If he is remotely guilty of what they have said he is…then put him on trial and let a jury of his peers decide his fate. And “no” I don’t think he should go on trial for the apparent politics only vendetta against him. Then again, if he was put on trial then maybe some of the FBI/DOJ criminal activity and BS would come to light so all of America could know who they really are and what they are really doing.

  • How do you make money off the site? I am trying to find a way to help but can’t.

Oh yeah!!!  Ah, wait…did you say money or profit? There is no profit to running this website. In the early years I lost about $20,000 – $30,000 on testing and reviewing equipment and gear. Yeah I know, not a good business model. Now, and for the last couple of years I am making money. I make about $1.75 per month from Amazon links, I make about $2.00 every third month from online book sales. And that is about it. Now for the good part…I spend about $150 per year paying the host (WordPress) and for the privilege of owning the website name. However, this last month I made almost $20 because someone bought one of the air conditioners I mentioned and linked to on Amazon in the article…along with an above normal amount of other purchases through site links to Amazon. My wife isn’t real happy with me over the whole thing but she supports the effort. I have actually had a few folks want to donate money for/through the site but I feel like that would be begging…and that doesn’t sit well with me. I could take on advertisers…but then that make me like most other prepper websites. And I refuse to make it a subscription website because I think people need information more than I need money.

  • You explain stuff in a good way, could you do a series on solar power?

I have actually been thinking about doing a series on the basics of solar power. But, it would take time and right now I am swamped getting the “glamstead” ready for the apocalypse. But let’s try a survey and see what the interest is.

 

 

  • Why didn’t you write about the rail strike and it could have crashed the country?

I didn’t think it had a remote chance of it happening. I would have put it at a 5% probability. Biden wouldn’t have allowed it so close to the mid-terms. Or rather…Biden’s controller/handler wouldn’t have allowed it to happen because it would have meant a sure loss for control of Congress. Yeah, that means I saw the strike potential as “static” and I am trying to reduce all that crap as much as possible.

 

 

 

 

 


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Different Kind of Post This Morning…

So this morning I am doing something VERY different, something I have never done before…but I need to do this. I am not going to get into all the details in this post, I will write an article later going over the details and an explanation. For now I just want to touch on the really, really good part.

Sometimes in life you run across those people who are simply great people, good hearts, generous hearts, and willing to go that extra mile. I had that experience late last week…and I am extremely grateful for that opportunity. And today is my way of paying that person back in some small way.

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The person that I speak of has very recently purchased a business with his wife. It was a longtime dream of theirs to be in this business together and they were just recently able to make that dream come true. I am not “advertising” their new venture, I am not pushing their products, I am not receiving any compensation of any kind, I am simply asking you to visit their website.

After having looked around their website, if you find something that appeals to you, please consider purchasing a product from them. I am sure they would appreciate it. And it would be a small gesture on my part to help them accomplish their dream.

Thank you very much! I appreciate who you are, your loyalty to my website, and for those of you that do visit HiveandHomeShop.com…an additional heartfelt thank you!

 

 

 

 

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Fear & Panic…STOP IT !

Okay, I get it…there are lots of problems in the world today. There are plenty of problems in our country today…and getting worse by the hour. You can scan the headlines on any news or prepper website and get a huge dose of depression…if that is what you are looking for. I do, I get it…it appears that it is the “end times”…as a case could be made.

Now, let me share with you three lines from a 2-day old personal email I received from Dennis…

“I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I LOVE it. [It’s] not fear porn, as a matter of fact, you keep discouraging that. Thank you for doing what you do, may God bless you going forward.”

His email made stop and think about a problem right now and I wanted to address it. Did you see the message? He was calm, appreciative, and not expressing fear or panic.

Now, let me share with you the story of my newest neighbor. Last winter she was looking for a piece of property that would be a good place to ride out the impending apocalypse. She wanted a place with good neighbors, a sense of community, and out of the way of any marauding golden horde. She purchased a piece of property a couple hundred yards down the road from us. The property is a very decent piece that has lots of potential and can be both safe and productive…and a nice view to boot. She got a good price because she had cash. But then the problems started…all of her own making.

When we were introduced to her by a common neighbor shortly after her purchase, we invited her and her boyfriend to dinner. I need to mention that she is in her early 60’s, divorced, retired, and familiar with prepping. Her boyfriend at the time was a little sketchy.

Over appetizers, dinner, and a post-dinner visit we learned a lot. The primary motivation that she was experiencing, and driving her decision making, was both fear and panic. This was in late February and she was convinced that the world was coming to an end in about 6 weeks’ time. She knew the supply chain was going to seize up and stop entirely, and in the meantime the prices of home building supplies would soar 10 – 20 times their current price…then disappear from stores altogether.

So what did that mean to her in practical terms? She had to get something done right now, right away, before another day passed, because the world was about to end. Yup, fear and panic buying.

No amount of conversation with my wife and I had any meaningful impact on her to calm her fears and help her settle on a more realistic and practical plan. Why? Because who she was listening to, who her experts were, and who her information sources were. She was frequenting doomsday prepper websites, she was associating pretty much with only doomsday people who were also preppers, and she had this preconceived idea in her head regarding reality. Problem was…it wasn’t actual reality…it was her reality…it was all in her head rooted in false or misleading information, not fact-based.

So she ends up 7 months later with only a foundation for a house…and the foundation is terrible…looks like a 3-year old did it. She has most of the building supplies…but the lumber she bought was rough cut so it all has to be recut before it can be used. And it has been sitting out in the weather the entire monsoon season. Her driveway has washed out 3 times. She has no building crew. She has no well and no solar system. She isn’t living on her property yet but she does have 1/3 of the fence completed along the road frontage…that encroaches into the road easement and built with substandard materials. She is down to her last $50,000 and no idea when the framing will get started on the house. No electrical supplies, no plumbing supplies, and no roofing material. And worst of all…she has alienated almost all the neighbors due to her constant requests for help and ignoring recommendations.

So why do I share this with you? Because she started from a position of both fear and panic. And that led her to make horrible and very costly decisions.

For the last week I reviewed a lot of prepper websites and prepper YouTube videos. I read and saw so much absolute crap it was staggering. Everything from the government was making you register your garden with the USDA to the banks were closing now and to get all your money out immediately. And yes, even worse BS than that. And of course there was the usual secret insider information that no one else had access to.

And get this…a man I know, not well at all, ran into me at a local merchant and we chatted for a minute…then came the whispering. He has a friend who knows a retired Army Colonel who worked in Army intelligence. He said that there would be a catastrophic event that would shut down the entire country and cause its collapse within 2-weeks. Ahhhhh yeah, we had that conversation 3-weeks ago.

And I could go on but you know what I am talking about…and you have probably seen the same fear porn that I am talking about. I belonged to an online prepper community for about 10 years, left it several years ago. And over that 10-year span there were relentless predictions of a “catastrophic event that would shut down the entire country and cause its collapse”…and not a single one of them ever even came close to happening…not one…not even close!

Then there were the countless revelations of FEMA concentration camps that had already been built and awaiting citizens to be interned there. Ahhhhh, problem…no one was ever able to give the GPS coordinates to even a single camp…ever! And of course there were the periodic sightings of UN troops already being positioned in the US for the immediate takeover and occupation of the US. Then there were the pictures of military equipment being shipped via rail cars to US locations for the imminent implementation of martial law. Ahhhhh, no. It was normal shipments of military equipment along with National Guard equipment being shipped for training. And let us not forget the invasion of the US by China that a bunch of folks were convinced would occur…and soon (and still are). No amount of fact based information, no amount of reality, no amount of common sense, no amount of actual logistical fact would/could convince them otherwise.

Not only was all of it utter nonsense and not true…it only took up wasted hours and hours and hours of people’s time…and worse yet…it created a growing sense of stress, anxiety, fear, and panic with each new round of those BS crap discussions.

So I ask myself this morning why does this happen, why do people start that crap or participate in it? I think there are a number of reasons:

  1. The people who create this crap like to draw attention to themselves, sound important and think of themselves as relevant.
  2. People like to dwell on the obscure to avoid the demands of the here and now.
  3. It is an escape from reality…like watching a Stars Wars movie.
  4. It creates controversy, which in turn creates attention, which causes response. And that results in video views (which makes money) and causes increased discussion in forums (which makes money).

The real concern/issue is…when it comes to the prepper world it causes problems…BIG problems. Why?

  1. Causes distractions from what people should be doing.
  2. Causes anxiety and a sense of anxiousness…and that may lead to poor decision making.
  3. Can produce fear and panic in people…and that almost always leads to really bad decision making.
  4. Poor/Bad decision making leads to misdirection of valuable resources…such as buying anti-nuclear iodine pills vs expanding food storage…or wasting valuable time involved in nonsense issues.

So once again I am on my soap box speaking out against “fear porn” and those that promote it. I know there are problems right now, some of them rather big ones. And I am not saying to ignore those problems that are actually real and need your attention. To do so would be irresponsible and could well spell trouble.

What I am saying is to settle down, calm down, ignore all the static out there, quit listening to the doomsday folks, disregard the “insider information”, stop escaping reality for all the stupid junk being talked about. Pay attention to that still small voice inside you…but you can’t hear it very well with all the static swirling around in your head…and on your computer or phone screen. Get rid of the old static and ignore any new static.

Go about your prepping in a systematic and thoughtful way based on clear and valid principles. Make decisions based on reality, quality information from reliable sources, and never ever make decisions based on fear or panic. For if you do…those decisions will be bad decisions…and those decisions will waste your valuable time and your valuable resources.

Now is the time to focus…and stay focused. Don’t be stupid, and don’t make stupid decisions/choices. Do those things that you know are right and that make sense.

Be wise.

Some excellent words of wisdom…

 

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Changing Water Filters in our Water System

There are some jobs around the house I am not real crazy about…and not entirely motivated to do with a smile on my face. Changing/cleaning water filters is one of those jobs.

Yes, yes, yes…I know it is important to keep the water clean and to keep us healthy…I just find it tedious.

And since I posted what our water system looks like I thought I would share my program of cleaning and/or changing our system’s water filters.

Now, I want to do the disclaimer thing…I am no expert, I am not a doctor, I am not a plumber, I am not a water quality specialist, I am not a chemical engineer, I am not an EPA water scientist. So do what is best for you and your system…I am simply sharing what works for us. Is that enough or should I grovel more?

Here is an interesting note…Our system is an open system, meaning our water goes from well to storage tank, then into the house system. So the water sits there and the storage tank does accumulate some very limited amount of fine sand that settles in the tank. And since there is a vent in the tank we find the occasional small insect. Hence, the filter system we have. Our neighbor has a closed system, meaning it goes straight from the well into their household pressure tank. You would think that it would be just fine from there. But he tells me that he does find some very fine sand in his water as well…albeit very, very little. So he is putting a single 1micron filter on his system to remove even that.

So now on with our process…

 

 

 

 

 

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I am a dummy…Household Water System PDF File

OK, I am a dummy!

I was trying too hard and working too fast on a couple of posts…and I screwed up.

The water system document that described the waster system for our place had to be updated. And I ended up updating it several times before I got it right. However, while I was doing the updating the “old” files were downloaded by a bunch of ya’ll. Which means you got incorrect and out of date information.

Sorry about that.

Here is the complete and correct (at least for now) document describing the water system:

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If you want to check and see if you already have the most up to date file it should be named “GlamsteadWaterSystem-20220919c.pdf”  The “c” is the important part to look for.

I apologize for any confusion, consternation, or constipation over this dummy mistake of mine.

Later today I will be sending out the filter cartridge changing/cleaning information.

Household Water System – IMPORTANT UPDATE!

On Saturday morning I did my annual filter maintenance. And while I did I realized I had made a change last time I did the maintenance I changed the filters, and the .5 (point 5) filter is no longer available.

So I changed the “System Notes” in the Glamstead Water System PDF file.The changes reflect what I am doing now and what filters are available.

For your quick reference the changes are as follows…

12.  I labeled the housings #1, #2, #3 with a Sharpie. The filters are sized as:

  1. Filter Cartridge, 5 Micron, washable (Hydronix SPC-45-2005).
  2. Filter Cartridge, 1 Micron, washable (Hydronix SPC-45-2001).
  3. Hydronix CB-45-2001 Whole House, Commercial & Industrial NSF Coconut Carbon Block Water Filter, 1 Micron

13.  The reasoning behind the filters is this:

  • Larger micron filters are less expensive to purchase.
  • 1 micron #2 filters the same size particles as #3. This keeps #3, the most expensive filter cleaner, saving money.
  • #3 is a 1 micron carbon block filter for removing tastes, odors, impurities, and contaminants such as microscopic cysts, lead, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from water. Carbon block is a better technology and higher efficiency than a GAC carbon filter.

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GARDEN: Our Strawberry Patch – Fall

In addition to Pepsi I am a addicted to strawberries…yup, I love em! You will always find an open can of freeze dried strawberries in the cabinet for use on my Special K. This past spring I did a strawberry planting in containers.  I was going to write an article about the experience but simply kept putting it off. Now, months later, I am once again out in the patch working on my strawberries. And I definitely wanted to write about yesterday’s experience. But, to understand yesterday, you gotta understand last spring.

However, I can’t find a single picture of my spring strawberry planting at this time. So on with the work I did yesterday…

I ended up with two containers of strawberry plants, 4 plants in one, 2 in the other. Here is a picture of the container with 4 plants…

Note: When I planted the original strawberry plants in the spring I made sure to not let the plants bear fruit. I pinched off blossoms as soon as I saw them, I wanted strong roots, healthy plants, and lots of runners…not fruit. However, 3 berries did ripen and they were delicious. My goal was not to eat fresh strawberries the first year…I wanted to seriously increase the size of the patch. And that would give me WAY more berries to eat next year, and the year after, and the year after…

Last month I had taken 10 of the small plant containers that I had used this spring for new garden vegetables purchased at Lowes. I had filled them with potting soil and stubbed strawberry plant runners (daughter plant) into them to root them. Nine were successful in rooting, one just didn’t cooperate. And there were several that had rooted themselves on their own that I would transfer those as well.

I had more containers now that the garden had basically died out, mostly from a lot of damage from the hail storm we experienced. So I moved those containers over to the patch, freshened the soil in them, repaired two cracks, and got to work.

For the nine that had rooted I simply planted them as I would new plants purchased from the store. I planted them at the correct depth, then pressed the soil around them to form a slight indented ring around each plant. I then placed about a tablespoon of an organic fertilizer around each plant, pressed it into the soil, and watered it in really well.

In our area we have to water regularly and the water will evaporate fairly quickly due to low RHs and wind/breeze. To help prevent rapid drying of the soil I placed about 3/4” layer of GrowKing steer manure compost over the entire surface of the container. Then about a 1” layer of wood chips on top of that. This allows for plenty of air movement and for water to seep into the soil but slows down evaporation.

As you noticed I only put 3 plants in each box vs the 4 I did this spring. I wanted them to have a little more room to grow and expand. Yeah, MORE berries 🙂

When all was said and down I ended up with 15 new plants in the larger containers. In addition I have another 15 small containers set-up to root additional runners. Hopefully when it is all complete in a couple of weeks I will have 36 strawberry plants from the original 6. And that my friend means lots and lots of berries next year!

My neighbor came over in the middle of me working and started asking questions. One in particular I thought would be appropriate to share here. “Which runners do I decide to use?” Well, first off I only use runners that are strong and healthy looking, not puny or dry looking or skinny runners. Then I only use the bud closest to the main plant. I cut off the runner past the bud I am using, I don’t cut the runner off from the plant. The bud has to get its nutrients from the mother plant until it has established its own roots. When I stick the runner bud into the small container in which it will root, I make sure it is well into the container, and then I back-fill it with the GrowKing compost. 

To know when the bud has sufficiently rooted I gently tug on the bud plant, if there is resistance then I know the roots have sufficiently grown to where they can be transferred into the permanent container. If there isn’t resistance and the bud still looks healthy I simply add a little more GrowKing, water, and put it back to try and root again.

Next year I will take one of the permanent boxes from this past season and allow them to produce runners vs fruit so I can replace damaged plants and expand the patch some more. IMHO…you can never have too many strawberries!

I gotta ask…what are you doing to feed your family next year? Any garden plans? Any fruit trees? Any berry patches?

Garden: Let’s Talk a Minute…

 

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Random Dots…

The Catholic Church is, and has been, leading the charge against infanticide, otherwise known as abortion. I have seen them on corners with posters supporting the right to life and they have poured millions and millions of dollars into the fight to protect babies. There latest effort was waged in Kansas. Thank you to the Catholic Church for all you do to protect the unborn!

Biden’s infamous and demonic September 1st speech wasn’t well received by anyone other than the most left-wing, violence prone, radical Progressives in America. 56% opposed his speech and said it was inappropriate, 54% said his speech was divisive. So if you love authoritarianism, if you love radical leftist ideology, if you hate patriotism and the Constitution…then you love Biden and his horrific speech.

On September 14th top Democratic leaders said that those who question the FBI, IRS, DOJ, and other federal agencies put federal employees “in grave danger and at risk of violence.” Well now, so what exactly did Biden do on September 1st when he called half the country “enemies of the state” during his ranting madman speech? So if you don’t question the actions of the federal government you are a great American and love Biden and love the Democratic Party. Well then, what does that make me?  And you?

Also on September 14th Biden announced a new federal website…to help you get tax credits for going green. I guess being a radical inefficient green energy lover takes taxpayer money to make any sense. So if you want to buy an average electric vehicle it requires the federal government handing out money…other people’s hard earned money. And let’s take a look at what they stated, ‘retail price of $80,000 for pickup trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and $55,000 other vehicles, including sedans.’ So let me get this straight…if you can afford to buy a $55,000 – $80,000 EV, then you need government assistance. I guess that means “going green” only works for the rich and if the rich receive government welfare. Nice!

On September 13th, MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell, while at Hardees, in the drive-thru lane, FBI agents pounced on him and seized his cell phone. They said he was under suspicion for some vague charge of voter irregularities. Remember way back on September 12th, the day before the Lindell Raid I outlined what the DOJ & FBI were up to. Then the next morning I issued the Immediate Action Warning? Yeah, and as part of that warning I said this, “High-profile raids and arrests of Trump supporters, preppers, conservatives, and higher-profile individuals for messaging  and intimidation purposes.” Well then, let’s make this connection… Lindell is a big Trump supporter, a high-profile conservative, and a large financial donner to conservative and Republican causes. Hummm…and they raid him at a Hardees, in their parking lot, in the middle of the day, in a most public way. Intimidation and messaging perhaps?

On September 5th, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), suggested general crop yields could be down by as much as a third compared with last year. The California rice harvest is half what it would be in a normal year. Texas, the primary cotton producer, said they have lost at least 70% of their cotton crop. Another crop taking a huge hit is sorghum, primarily used for animal feed, and that will impact the price of meat products. California farmers have virtually given up on most of their strawberries, tomatoes, lettuces, and melons. The USDA and a major corn grower group have given really, really bad estimates on the corn crop yield for this year. And the “consumer food” corn quality is down notably. And according to the AFBF “wheat has taken a walloping this year.” California tomato farmers have reported a reduction in acres grown…from 2020 – 2021 a 55% reduction, from 2021 – 2022 a 41% reduction. So, from 2020 to this year they have cut tomato production acres by 73%!! Now, have you noticed the price of tomatoes going up in the stores? Some more numbers; potato crop down 5%, carrots down 45%, sweet corn down 20%, peaches down 15%…and on and on. Remember my article back on August 9th, “Garden: Let’s Talk a Minute…” I talked about preparing to garden for next year. In that article I said, “I want to strongly encourage you to have a garden next year…as large as practical and as your situation will allow. And maybe push it just a little bit past that mark.” Please consider that request.

On September 6th, when an individual objected to something Biden said at a town meeting security immediately moved in to throw him out. But that wasn’t good enough for Biden; Biden commented “Let him go,” Biden said. “Look, everybody’s entitled to be an idiot.” How’s that for being presidential and trying to unify the country! Oh, and then after Biden’s outrageous slam…security threw him out. A dark heart, demonic, just as I said in my article “Herr Biden’s September 1st Speech”.

Today, September 15th, it was announced by major pharmaceutical companies that Adderall, used for treating ADD & ADHD, is experiencing extreme shortages as demand soars. And why exactly would demand for that particular drug “soar”????? Huummmm…..

Also today, September 15th, a foreign media company released information that Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), part of DHS, can access seized phones without a warrant. Yup, how’s that for by-passing the 4th Amendment, as well as due process! And for you Progressives reading this…the 4th Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights which is part of the US Constitution. You know…that thing you guys, along with authoritarians, hate so much. Yessiree…your federal government at work for you! And think about this…why didn’t this story come from an American media outlet? Huummmm…..

Then on September 12th, Tim Ryan (Democrat), running against J.D. Vance (Republican) for Ohio’s open United States Senate seat said that MAGA folks need to be “confronted”…and if that wasn’t enough, he also they needed to be “killed”, referring to the entire movement. I guess that Tim Ryan is in perfect step with Joe Biden…frightening…or comical…I am not sure which. But, is Tim Ryan now being investigated for making terrorist threats against US citizens? I doubt it…it’s Biden’s weaponized DOJ supporting Democrats.

Let’s end this going back to electric vehicles and Biden’s view of Americans…

So on Tuesday September 14th Biden was pushing the high-end Cadillac Lyriq EV. Yeah, he kinda gave the impression that any American could afford to buy one…at well over $60,000 each. Then he continued the joke session by inviting people to ride with him. Sorry, no. I only carry a single handkerchief with me…and it would take far more than one handkerchief to keep wiping the drool from Biden’s chin, even going around the block. How many average Americans does he think can afford a $60,000 car in this hyper-inflation economy where wages are taking a beating?


This was something different for me, I hope you enjoyed it…or at least tolerated it. Something a little less daunting and stressful for me.

Yup!!!  That is a “My Pillow” under my head 🙂

Full Disclosure & Humor Attempt Alert: That is not really a picture of me, and not really a picture of a My Pillow.

 

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