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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Just a quick post to wish all you Ohioans a Happy and Prosperous New Year. New Years is a great time of reflection and a time to plan out the next year.

This is a great time to plan out your gardens, organize your homes, clean out those closets, go through your food storage and figure out what you need, research on line and print out information you may need if the internet gets shut down, and order those seeds. These are great projects to do when the weather is frigid and cold.

If you will be new to gardening, now is a good time to decide where that garden will be, what you plan on growing, what type of seeds (heirloom or store bought) or if you will buy your starts at your local greenhouse or nursery.

Organizing is a great way to declutter your closets, etc... to make space for more preps-hehe or find or take inventory of what you have. This not only will save you money by not buying duplicates, you will know where your stuff is at, if it is needed in a hurry. While your at it, you could throw unwanted items in a bin to sell in the spring or give away to charity.

This is a great time of year to go through your short and long food storage. Did you skimp on shopping for your short term preps to free up money for the holidays? Or did you buy some longer term staples such as flour that needs to be repackaged for long term sustainability (3-5 year). Winter time is a good time to take care of these things.

The cheapest and in my opinion one of the best ways to prep is learning an old skill of yesteryear. Are you new to gardening and want to learn the art of canning and dehydrating your goods? Always wanted to know how to build a solar oven. Now is the time when the sky is gloomy and the air frigid to get the info you need to put these skills to use come spring and summer.

The month of January I will be going through some basics of food storage and what to store for short and long term and how to store it. As some of you know we are a home schooling family and wanna be homesteaders, so time is always short for us, but this info has been requested by some of you within the past couple of months. I apologize for the delay and will get this info out to you this month.

Best wishes for a great 2011,
Shelly

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1 comment:

Gen-IL Homesteader said...

Good to hear from you, Shelly!! Looking forward to the new posts! On Christmas evening, hubby and I were alone and did some cleaning out!! When new gifts come into the house, it's always a good time to get rid of some stuff you've got laying around!!

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