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Getting Tired Of This Wet Weather

Kevin Felts on a hiking trip

What is the deal with all the wet weather this winter? I have a field to disk up and potatoes to plant. If I were to put the tractor in the field with all this rain, the tractor would sink up to its axles. Then there are the small oak trees that I need to cut and split for firewood.

The front yard is like a mud bog. Walking from the truck to the house is almost like walking through a march.

The winter of 2017 – 2018 has been one for the record books. Unusually cold weather, wet, and a flu epidemic. Replace the flu with the Black Death, and the winter of 2017 – 2018 would sound like something from a history book.

Here in southeast Texas we had snow twice, and back to back night of 18 degrees. That may not sound like much, but for around here it is strange. The last time I remember anything like this was back in 1989.

Farm Work

Benefits of a Fall Garden

Home grown onions

A fall garden should be a serious consideration for any survivalist. Spring and summer crops are one thing, but late season crops deserve special consideration.

Examples of cool weather and cold weather crops are – Cabbage, turnips, rutabagas, mustard greens and onions. Garlic should be a consideration as well.

Rutabagas: After world war 2, the rutabaga helped stop most of Germany from starving to death. Rutabagas seem to grow pretty good in cold weather. My ex-father in law grew a field of rutabagas in the middle of winter. I remember walking out into this field during the wet and cold middle of winter, and there was this green patch of Rutabaga tops. My first thought was – “wow, how can these things grow in the winter?”

When adding potting soil to your garden, avoid the cheap potting soil sold at places like wal-mart. This stuff has been know to have pieces of plastic and other trash in it. Sometimes you get what you pay for, and when you buy cheap potting soil, you get just that – cheap dirt.

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