Are You Ready for Spring?

Although looking out the window today it may not look much like spring, but the fact remains that spring is just around the corner. Think back to last year and all those “next year we’re going to…” and get going on them! In some parts of the country it’s already time to start seedlings indoors, in others you may have to wait a couple more weeks, but have you inventoried your seeds and ordered any new ones you might need? Are you going to grow in buckets or raised beds or maybe a new garden spot? Think about what were your successes last year and what failed and how you may address those issues.

We surprisingly (and quite by accident) had good success growing corn in plastic bins, we plan to add a LOT more bins for this. Jalapeno peppers went so crazy that we put Continue reading “Are You Ready for Spring?”


Prepper Garden Update 10-1-17

As the leaves are turning and beginning to fall, we’re very pleased with not only the successes (and a few failures) of the season, but that we are still getting some production. If you’ve been following, then you already know that we grew everything from seed and staggered our plantings in an attempt to extend our harvest.

Carrots and radishes have been a mixed bag, with some carrots still growing, while the last of the radishes went to seed long ago. The first planting of peas went well, but the second didn’t produce at all (possibly just too late in the season. The corn is long gone as we talked about in our last update, but will definitely be a great opportunity for us next year. Continue reading “Prepper Garden Update 10-1-17”

Prepper Garden Update

In our quest to be more self sufficient we have tilled, planted, and weeded our way to some delicious healthy veggies. If you’ve never grown your own try it! It’s much healthier and tastes sooo much better.

We have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that you can indeed grow corn in containers! Where our efforts to grow corn in the garden were thwarted twice by crows, those seeds we tossed in a cheap plastic bin from Wal-Mart did quite well.



Cucumbers have pretty much taken over one of the raised bed, apparently they are mostly volunteers as we didn’t plant THAT many.  Continue reading “Prepper Garden Update”



Blackberry season is here or possibly past depending on where you live, and I couldn’t be happier. Picking blackberries on the 4th of July was always a tradition in my family. We would always come to Tennessee for vacation this time of year and if we picked the berries my grandmother would make us a cobbler. Hot, sweaty and scratched up, but worth it. Continue reading “Blackberries!”

Prepper Garden Update

Growing your own food is hard work, but can be fun and rewarding at the same time.  You haven’t tasted fresh until you’ve eaten strawberries or blueberries you picked right from the garden and what’s more self-sufficient than growing your own food? So with that being said I thought I would give you a little update on how our first real go at gardening is progressing. Continue reading “Prepper Garden Update”

First Fruits of the Season

Maybe its just me, but I always get excited when the garden finally produces those first long-awaited fruits and veggies.


We’ve had a few strawberries, some kale, lettuce and a few radishes so far, but we’ve never had success with blueberries before. Maybe, just maybe, this year will turn out ok after all.

Buckets 2017

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

Happy prepping!

Spring Fever! Update

I know I’m not the only one excited that spring has finally arrived and we’re working to make the most of it. The ability to grow at least some of your own food, in my humble opinion, is a big part of being prepared. To be more self sufficient (and healthier) growing fruits and vegetables is as basic as you get; what’s more basic to survival than food?

One problem we’ve run into this year was ‘where to put all these seedlings?’ They were literally everywhere! So I did break down and finally complete a project I’ve been talking about for a couple of years – window shelves. A couple of 1×12’s from Home Depot as well as shelf brackets, drywall screws, anchors some stain and problem solved – at least for now.


Shelves 2

We did finally get some fruit trees planted, 2 apple and 4 peach of different varieties. Transplanted 3 blueberry bushes into buckets, more strawberries into containers, and began transplanting some of these seedlings! Whew! Hoping the garden spots will be dry enough to begin planting today.


What are you working on?

Oh, and as a side note, with a few supplies left over from the shelving project I was able to complete this little job, because it isn’t ALL about food.


We were finally able to get into the garden spots for a day and were able to get 2 of them planted. Rows of green beans, peas, and hills of cucumbers, yellow squash, watermelon and cantaloupe hopefully are still resting where they were planted as the rain has once again moved into the area. We did get 15 containers of bell peppers and 5 more containers of strawberries transplanted as well as rooting a couple cuttings of grapes. Hope you all are enjoying a prosperous spring!

Have a great day and happy spring!

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

Happy prepping!