This past month has been a tough one for many here in the US.
All these emergencies really help to point out how important being prepared is. Thats one of the main reasons many of us, myself included, are trying to grow and preserve our own food.
If we have a supply of preserved food, whether it’s canned, dehydrated, or frozen we will have a much better chance or weathering the storm so to speak than the average Joe or Jane who relies on the Food system for all of their needs.
I know I beat this statistic to death here, but it’s so important to keep in mind that on average most stores and supermarket only have a 3 day supplie of goods in stock based on current demand. If demand shoots up or we have something that prevents the trucks from coming in like storms, fuel shortages, or ????? what will they do.
On a more personal note, my kid brother in law who was a very athletic outdoorsy person, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack.
So why am I talking about this with you?
Simple – I want to share with you what I FINALLY came
Enjoy each day to it’s full potential. Don’t put off important things till later. Spend time with your family, take those vacations. As much as possible, live today to its fullest. That means don’t spend all your life working late for that career. Your company only cares as long as it takes to replace you. Your family and friends care more.
Whether you are working for someone or own your own business, find work that you LOVE to do. Don’t just accept the job as it is. This little step can reduce stress and make your life more filling.
Don’t put off those special events. Things like vacation, family gatherings, etc are important not just for you but everyone else too. As we found out with my kid Brother-in-law, you never know when they are going to leave you.
The main ways to protect your garden are Fences and dogs, but fences can be expensive.
I had a 7 foot deer fence in Texas, but I got careless here in California. One night a roving herd cleared my entire Tomato crop, and pruned my Peach tree.
This Winter’s project? Guess what? A deer fence. Ground too hard to gig in the summer here ( Clay).
Within the enclosure I’ll have raised beds with a couple more peach and fruit trees.
Sturdy Tomato Cages
Thanks to Eric at www.GardenFork.tv and more recently Organic Gardening Magazine, I built a coupole of heavy duty tomato cages.
In the past I have staked my plant as I was unimpressed by the tomato cages sold in the stores. They were weak, not tall enough and just weren’t worth it.
But after building two of these heavy duty panels from the article in Organic Gardening, I just may switch back.
Read the article along with instructions and photos at: Tomato Cages:
“Cooked” by Michael Pollan
A new book by Michael Pollan talks about how our relation with food or the lack of it has helped lead to many of the problems we face today. He says, and I agree, that when we prepare our own food and not rely on a distant invisible company to do it for us, we have a better understanding of it’s importance, not to mention many health benefits.
The book is broken into 4 interesting sections:
Fire – Open Fire cooking – BBQ
Water – sautéing, braising, etc
Air – Baking
Posible New Blog?
I am thoroughly enjoying this book, and partially as a result of this reading, I may start another websie dedicated more to cooking I have bought the 2 domains “CookingYourGrub”, and “GrillingYourGrub”. These will probably be more of a visual related website with Youtube videos on the Blog.
I didn’t feel audio would be right in this instance because who likes to just listen about how to make a particular dish rather than seeing it done, along with the finished project.
I tend to use my Weber grill in ways most people might use a kitchen stove. We have an electric stove which I dislike, so I go outdoors to cook. Prime Rib on a grill anyone? How about Roasted Sweet Corn or a Toasted Pepper Salsa?
Please add a comment or send an email letting me know if this is the sort of thing you might also be interested in.