Since SW Idaho had a couple of mostly dry days this weekend I started the Spring projects. I roto-tilled the area for two of the new raised beds. I raked up the soil areas and sort of mounded up the soil where the new beds will be located. I need to add some more soil and compost but it looks like I will have plenty of additional soil from my last Home Depot shopping run.
One of the things I wanted with the new raised beds is mulched walk ways between the beds to make the garden easier to work. I have about 2 feet between the beds filled with wood mulch so I have a pathway wide enough for my wagon and room to work beside the garden beds. This year’s focus will be ease of use and food production. I have proven I can grow plants now I need garden beds that are easy to work and maximize food production in a limited space. I will have less total garden sq. footage but I hope my production will be the same or higher. Mom will give me a hand with the construction of the new garden beds. We will load up some of the planters for her place so she can start growing a few veggies and herbs for her new place.
I finally got the first spring mowing of the front lawn finished up. It is supposed to be rainy and cool so I’ll get the lawn food, fertilizer added between breaks in the rain over the next couple of days. Next weekend is looking like it will be warming up so I want to to give the lawn a good clean up with the rake then lay down some grass seed and compost to start filling in some bad spots. It looks like I have to wait a few more days to get the front yard beds tilled and planted with early crops.
Next week will be busy. I have 2 cords of wood to be delivered. Finish up the garden beds and till the old beds. Finish up the new compost bin. Top off the shopping needs odds and ends.
Update on the dog food test: I’m not sure I’m saving any money so far but the dogs and even the cat like the new home made “wet” dog food. It is early days on this test but so far I think it is going well. The dogs seem to take a bit of time to eat the brown rice and barley as carbs. I’m going to try out some mixes adding green beans, white rice and some chicken thigh meat rather than chicken breasts. I will be making more bone broth of all types. I don’t have garden fresh veggies so I’m using Frozen veggies at this time. Peas and carrot mix is a win, chopped broccoli seems a good veggie. Next is trying out green beans. From what I have been reading yams/sweet potato or even potatoes may be a good carb mix for a dog.
I’m cooking up a mix of 1/3 veggies, 1/3 carbs and 1/3 protein and about 10% fats. That is a bit rich in protein as most recipes say about 20-25% protein for dogs. Overall I see the dogs eating better and not hungry. I have less waste compare to canned dog food. This week I’m buying raw bones for bone broth and for the dogs to chew on. Bones should add some minerals to the doggy diet. After this week I may add in a bit of salmon so the dogs get those healthy fats and Omega-3 oils. I’m staying away from adding any onion or garlic in the next bone broth batch but the little bit of onion or garlic I added to the last bone broth did not hurt the dogs. While dogs may not complain about the diet, the more variety in a diet the better the dogs get all the nutrition that they need.
Am I ready? I don’t know, because I have no idea what will happen in the future. Do I think you have time to prepare? Yes, how much time for prep I have no idea. Keep on building on your preps and get those soft spots filled in. If you have been around this website you should have at least a couple of weeks of food and water stored. A sanitation plan, a bug out bag and tent. You have learned to bake bread, grow a garden and stored seeds. You have a couple of rain barrels or at least a tarp and buckets to capture rain water. You have a water filter or 2 and propane or rocket stove and your grill has fuel for cooking. Going a couple of days without water or power is easy because you are ready and have practiced. You know how turn off the power to your home and turned off all the gas. You aren’t freaked out by not having city utilities. You have back ups to your back ups.
Heck we saw the Donald tomahawk Syria in 2017, this is another practice run not a time to panic. I’m putting the last touches on my survival plan. Trying to max out my cash on hand, topping off my gas tanks and replacing a propane tank. Plus build food garden beds. Not time to panic but a time to practice.