What I Did To Prep This Week: May 17th – 23rd 2020

Hello Pack. I hope you all have been enjoying some great spring weather like we have this week. The weather guy was wrong again, and we did not have horrible bouts of rain all week.

My sore body and aching muscles are a result of all the decent weather we finally had in my neck of the woods – but now we are on a flood watch. And so it goes with Ohio weather.

This week we spent a huge amount of time working on and in my apothecary patch. My survival pharmacy growing plot is now officially pig- and goat-proof – after several epic failures. We made great use of all the scrap fencing that existed in my husband’s “junque” pile.

The sides of the apothecary patch are now a mixture of livestock panel pieces, high tensile wire fencing, chicken wire, and hardware cloth. It might not be picturesque, but it definitely keeps all of the critters out.

This weekend I planted lavender, marjoram, parsely, comfrey, echinacea, multiple types of basil, tarragon, lemon balm, cilantro, chamomile, and oregano. I have not filled my expanded apothecary patch yet, but it’s getting there.

In our main ground plot growing area we planted 33 more tomato plants, broccoli, four more rows, or corn, various types of peppers, and cabbage.

I have our hot tub turned down to the perfect pool water temperature, 88, and I had a nice long soak after work detail on both Saturday and Sunday evenings.

We have a bobcat lurking in our woods again. Just like hawks, that are supposed to be in great abundance this year, you cannot legally hunt or kill them.

I think there are exceptions to the rule about shooting bobcats if you catch them in the act of killing livestock, but I am not positive about that.

Seems like that would be a logical exception, but when dealing with a government mandate made, common sense is not always a part of the equation.

There was a little parade for the graduates of the high school in our county over the weekend. Photos of all the seniors were printed and hung up on the football field gate.

I am sure the folks who lined the streets and cheered for them as the parade rolled by made the kids feel like they had really reached a milestone, but that was still nothing like the experience they would have had if prom, graduation, and graduation parties had been allowed to happen.

Apparently, it is safe for us all to go to Walmart during a pandemic but we cannot be trusted to gather together safely in many other venues.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. What predators do you have to deal with most to protect your livestock and garden crops?
  2. How are your gardens growing?
  3. What do you think about the pandemic shut down and reopening phases going on where you live … and of the omnipotence of health directors, in general?
  4. What did you do to prepare this week?

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