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  1. I’ve long enjoyed reading Daisy’s writing. She is so clear and down to Earth about what she wants to say. Makes me wish that I had a few neighbors like her instead of all of the ones who live in complete denial that any sort of emergency situation could ever occur.

    I never had one of those "moments" where it became clear that prepping was necessary. It just seems like good old common sense to me. That plus a family history of solid hard-working salt-of-the-Earth folks who farmed, raised animals, and did not go hungry during the 1930s when a lot of other folks did. For the most part, they made what they needed, fixed broken things that they got for free, or "made do" with what they had. A lot of the time, that wasn’t much. But they had their small farms, their family, and good neighbors who all pitched in and did what they could to help.

    When the next hard times come, I fear for our country because we have lost a great deal of the neighborliness that binds individuals, families, and communities together. Fewer folks attend church these days and so do not know others in their community as well as we might. We also have fewer folks who know how to make things that are necessary or fix them when they break. Got gardening skills? These are critical, as are a place to grow some edible plants and enough seeds to extend our canned foods and dry goods. It is absolutely amazing to see just how much food one can raise in small garden plots. Back yards, side yards, and even front yards can all contribute some space. Climbing plants, such as squash, green beans, cukes, and peas will happily climb a wire fence if they are planted close to one and when they do their produce will be hanging right there where they are easily visible and harvested. Potatoes can be grown in a barrel or trash can simply by planting a single potato in compost at the bottom of the container, letting it sprout, and covering the green part that comes up with more dirt and compost. This can be done in multiple layers and each layer will produce several potatoes. When the above ground part of the potato dies off and it is time to harvest the spuds, just tip over the container on a tarp and they will come tumbling out. Brush off the dirt and store them in a cool dry basement and they will last for months. Using the tarp will make it easy to recover the soil for next year. With 6 or so containers, one can grow a lot of potatoes that can be prepared for eating in any number of delicious ways.

    One of the most difficult aspects of prepping for me was planning for possible emergencies without knowing what they might be or how long they might last. Giving food to our neighbors is a good thing to do in an emergency but getting too free with our supplies could mean that our own family suffers, perhaps terribly. Just where do we draw the line on that? It’s a difficult decision and one that must be made on a case by case basis because no two situations are exactly the same.

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