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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pantry, Corn, the Homestead Garden

Hi everyone! I hope you're all enjoying our beautiful Illinois weather! Here in the north we're experiencing a little bit of a Spring warm-up! Everything is green and beautiful!

First off today, I'd like to direct your attention to this article on the APN. It's titled 'Creating a Pantry'. I thought there were some good points in it, especially for those just getting started with prepping.

Then there is this article that talks about how favorable weather has helped IL farmers get their corn crops in earlier than the past few years. This is good for consumers, as it could potentially lead to a greater amount of corn harvested, which would lead to lower corn prices.

Here on our homestead, the peas and snap peas are growing well, and tomatoes under the milk jug 'greenhouses' appear to be doing well. A few rows of snap peas didn't germinate so I planted a few more seeds. Don't be afraid to do this if it happens to you! With most veggies, there's plenty of time to harvest, and if you've gotten a bad seed packet, they're cheap enough to try another one! Your harvest will be worth it, in the end. Don't forget to take time in the garden. Keep a careful eye on the plants, watching for water needs, and pulling weeds.

With garage sale season upon us, now is the time to be watching for canning and dehydrating equipment. I've been able to score some really great deals on canners and canning jars at garage sales and through newspaper ads. If you're going to try preserving your harvest this year, which is a great boost to your preps, you'll want to get your equipment as cheaply as you can! (Keep your eyes peeled for any other garage sale items that would be good to add to your preps, such as camping equipment!)

Prep On!
Gen-IL Homesteader

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