Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
This week my efforts turned to gardening. I am a huge fan of fresh summer flowers but with such limited space, I hate to give up what little sun I have to flowers when fresh tomatoes beckon. One thing I do have, however, are lots of hydrangeas. We had a sun break so I took the shears and deadheaded old blooms. It just felt good.
After that, I cleaned out a bunch of tomato pots and readied them for some fresh compost and a layer of additional soil. I then lined them up in the location where they did best last year. Fortunately, I took notes and hope to have a bountiful crop this year.
I also got my lettuce pots ready to go. I have been reading about winter sowing and thought I would try my own version. Instead of setting up a heat mat and grow lights in my office, I am going to sow lettuce seeds now. From what I have read, the seeds will lay dormant until just the perfect sprouting time. That is the theory anyway. I will keep you posted.
The biggest news of all is that I popped for an AeroGarden. It was a cinch to set up and according to the reviews, will produce a fantastic indoor bounty without the need for additional sunlight. If this works,this will be a boon to apartment dwellers and those living in mobile homes and cabins. For starters, I “planted” the included herb pods. If it all works out, I will get a second unit for tomatoes. Why are you not surprised? As with my lettuce experiment, I will keep you posted.
Other preps this week included grinding 5 pounds of wheat manually. This was a first for me and yes, there were a lot of laughs as I had to determine the best way to crank that handle without wearing myself out! The end result was worth it because I made the best banana bread ever with my fresh flour.
Want the recipe? Visit the article I posted on the WonderMill Grain Mill Wagon website: 100% Whole Wheat Banana Bread.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
Karen shared some essential oil tips:
I use Texas Cedarwood oil for a chronic cough (cause unknown, environmental allergy suspected). I apply it and Eucalyptus oil, both neat, to my supper respiratory area and they really help control my cough. I have not noticed any sleep benefits though.
Sometimes my ears get stopped up as well, and the Eucalyptus oil is applied around the outside of the ear (front and back) and down the Eustachian tube area. I learned from someone to put one drop on one finger and place it just barely inside the ear at the same time gently touching the one drop in a north, south, east, west position spreading the single drop of oil around.
It works very well for me and unstops those ears! I’ve read the Eucalyptus is a “hot” oil, so although I use it neat, others should be aware and perhaps use a carrier oil as well.
I made your all purpose salve and use it all the time. I just experienced shingles and after the scabs healed, tremendous itching began; the salve soothes the itch and keeps my skin soft.
I am always gratified to hear anecdotal stories about the DIY Miracle Salve. Speaking of which, more and more I am using “Plain Ole’ Salve” to make small batch EO concoctions. Possibly as soon as this upcoming week, I will be updating the original article with new information and rebranding it “BDS Simple Salve”.
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UPCOMING FREE EMERGENCY WATER WEBINAR
There is still time to register for the free emergency water webinar on March 4th. I have already sent information out to subscribers but just in case this is the first you have heard about it, you can check it out and register using this link: Emergency Water webinar with Glenn Meder & Gaye Levy.
Note that more than a few of you have indicated that the timing will not with your schedule. At this moment I can not say whether or not there will be a replay but just in case there is, I suggest to register anyway so that you will be notified of any sort of follow-up. I will also try to remember to post an update in the Survival Buzz next week.
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THE FINAL WORD
Time continues to be the most precious commodity in my life. I still have a ton of garden chores to attend to plus I want to get a batch of sourdough starter going so I can succeed at making yeast-free bread.
Something I take time for most mornings is finding free (at the moment) or very inexpensive eBook deals on Amazon. These get posted on the Backdoor Survival Facebook page. Not to disparage other sites the post free eBooks, but I preview each book before I post it to ensure it is not a lousy cut and past job of 35 pages. This move to quality over quantity has really paid off for me personally in that I now know those books in my electronic library are worthy of my time and attention down the road.
That about covers is for me this week. What about you – what did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: I am more than a little stoked by my new AeroGarden. Of course the proof is in the bounty but I should know in a month of so. Want to give it a try yourself? Here is a link.
Bargain Bin: The article I wrote on DIY cleaning turned out to be hugely popular all around the web. In cased you missed it, here is a link to the article Prepper Checklist: DIY Cleaning Supplies and to some of the products that I use to make my own cleaners.
Amazon Basics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, (Pack of 36): No list of DIY cleaning supplies would be complete without these wonderful microfiber cloths. They will last you for years and will allow you to replace paper towels forever. Truly. I color code using blue for glass and windows and the other colors for everything else. I love these.
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleanser: I know that Dr. Bronner’s Magic Castile soaps have a cult-like following but I prefer the Sal Suds. I call my DIY cleaner “Sudsy Sal”.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap: Of all of the Dr. Bronner’s castile soaps, peppermint is my favorite. I use it to make “Peppermint Magic”, an all purposed cleaner.
Peppermint Essential Oil: I favor peppermint and tea tree (Melaleuca) essential oil in my cleaning supplies. But there are many types of essential oils to choose from. Take your pick. One thing you will find is that a little goes a long way. The nice thing about essential oils from Spark Naturals is that they are also excellent for therapeutic and healing use and well as for use in DIY cleaning supplies. Just remember to use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout to get 10% off your order.
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