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Dec 23, 2014

Prepare your Garden to Produce!



How To Prep Your Garden for ProDuce

 Source:http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/prepare-garden/

How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Winter or Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com
We all want to know how to prepare our garden so next year we can produce a great deal of fruit and vegetables for ourselves. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year when we need  to clean out the garden, the flower beds, prune the trees, and fertilize. I will miss my fresh tomatoes, lettuce, basil and cucumbers. I didn’t get a lot of squash this year, it usually goes gang busters. Not this year though. I have a really small yard but it still takes time to clean out the garden and cut back shrubs that are overgrown. I have a few flower pots with perennials that I enjoy in the spring and summer. There is something amazing when you see those flower buds just about to bloom. Gotta love it! Do you love watching for the vegetable seeds to start peeking out of the soil? Life is good!

How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Winter or Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com
In case you are wondering, I live in the desert and therefore I chose to buy raised garden boxes. I used to have large gardens with a tiller and rows and rows of vegetables. I still grow enough vegetables for my family and a few neighbors. I would like to add some more raised garden boxes next year to grow even more vegetables. Let’s get started with what to do with your garden spots, etc. I love to “put my garden to bed” for the winter, so to speak. I believe if you take care of your yard you have respect for your neighbors. It is our responsibility to keep the neighborhood clean and weed free where we live. It helps with the values of our properties as well.
The first thing we need to do is remove the plants that are finished producing the vegetables we enjoyed through this last season. Add some extra soil, manure or compost to make your soil more productive next year. Till or cultivate the new products into your soil. You will notice I have coffee grinds shown below from a local coffee shop. They are FREE and you can pick them up all year round. They give the garden some extra nitrogen, but they also keep the neighbor cats out of my flower and raised garden beds. I sprinkled the coffee grinds on the top of the soil so the cats will stay out of my flower pots and garden areas.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Free Coffee Grinds

This picture below shows the clumps of the coffee grinds. They worked great for the entire summer to ward off the local cats from using them as a litter box. Yay!
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Fresh Soil Then Coffee Grinds

Here I added some fresh soil to my flower pots and sprinkled the local coffee shop coffee grinds over the soil to keep the local cats out of my flowers. Coffee grinds keep the cats from using your soil as a litter box. I wanted to use something safe because I love animals. Just not in my garden and flower beds.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Cut Back Perennials-Prune Trees-Weed

It’s always sad to cut back my perennials, but if I cut them back now they will bloom and and have beautiful flowers to enjoy next year.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Take Care Of Garden Tools

Lastly, take care of your garden tools and they will last for years. Wash and dry them all before storing them for the winter.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com
Have you cleaned up your yard, pruned or weeded your yard yet? Its just starting to get really cold here….share some tips and I will add them to my list. Check out the garden areas of your local stores, this is a perfect time to pick up garden gloves half price.
Please visit Prepared-Housewives there is an article about Kohlrabi written by Mike the Gardener

Aug 28, 2013

U.S. States Wildly Unprepared for Disasters, Outbreaks, Emergencies

  

 

U.S. States Wildly Unprepared for Disasters, Outbreaks, Emergencies 

 

 

 

 

 

 An Article from Naturalnews.com by J.D. Heyes

  (NaturalNews) Residents of New Jersey, New York and other Atlantic states recently ravaged by superstorm Sandy know better than almost every other American that their states were simply not adequately prepared for the carnage visited upon them by a once-in-a-lifetime weather event. That said, several other states are equally unprepared for such storms - or a host of other man-made or natural disasters, despite federal and state governments having spent hundreds of billions "preparing" for such emergencies since the 9/11 attacks.

A new report finds that two states - Kansas and Montana - are particularly unprepared, while some others, notably Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Vermont, have done a better job of maintaining a state of readiness.


'It's a grim reckoning'


Recently a pair of nonprofit organizations released a report entitled, "Ready or Not?", a 79-page analysis of public health preparedness, which measured the ability of local hospitals, departments of health and other agencies to prevent or

respond to emergencies ranging from major influenza outbreaks, large weather events, bioterrorism or other natural disasters like major tornadoes or earthquakes.

"It's a grim reckoning," Reuters reported. "The assessment is based on how many of 10 key benchmarks a state met, such as whether it holds drills to make sure public health workers can respond quickly to, say, a catastrophic release of radiation, and whether its labs can work overtime to identify a mystery disease."


According to the report no state met all 10 benchmarks, but clearly some did better than others. This year, 35 states met less than seven of the 10; only five met eight of 10.


Two years ago, by contrast, more states did better overall: 17 met at least nine of the benchmarks in 2010 and 25 met seven or eight; no state met fewer than five benchmarks.


"The report found that while there has been significant progress toward improving public health preparedness over the past 10 years, particularly in core capabilities, there continue to be persistent gaps in the country's ability to respond to health emergencies, ranging from bioterrorist threats to serious disease outbreaks to extreme weather events," said said the analysis by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


"In the past decade, there have been a series of significant health emergencies, including extreme weather events, a flu pandemic and foodborne outbreaks," said Dr. Jeffrey Levi, president of the Trust for America's Health. "But, for some reason, as a country, we haven't learned that we need to bolster and maintain a consistent level of health emergency preparedness. Investments made after September 11th, the anthrax attacks and Hurricane Katrina led to dramatic improvements, but now budget cuts and complacency are the biggest threats we face."


The report said funding cuts which states have implemented in the wake of the 2008-09 recession have hurt readiness overall.


Shrinking budgets have led to a reduction in preparedness


In particular, the report found:


-- Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Vermont and Wisconsin scored highest overall, meeting eight of 10 benchmarks, while Kansas and Montana only met three. Nevada, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii and New Jersey were in the next-lowest tier.


-- Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota and Virginia met seven of the 10 measurements.


-- Twenty-nine states have cut public health funding from fiscal years 2010 through 2012, "with 23 states cutting funds for a second year in a row and 15 for three consecutive years," a summary of the report says.


-- Federal funds for state and local preparedness have also fallen - 38 percent from FY 2005-2012 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funds, which have been adjusted for inflation).


-- Several states have reported that gains made in overall preparedness after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are eroding, "and since 2008, budget cuts have resulted in more than 45,700 job losses at state and local health departments."


-- Only two states met the national goal of vaccinating 90 percent of young children 19-36 months old against pertussis (whooping cough); this year Washington state is dealing with one of the worst pertussis outbreaks in recent history.


"Public health preparedness has improved leaps and bounds from where we were 10 years ago," said Paul Kuehnert, MS RN Director of the Public Health Team at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "But severe budget cuts at the federal, state and local levels threaten to undermine that progress. We must establish a baseline of 'better safe than sorry' preparedness that should not be crossed."


As we saw in the aftermath of super-sized Hurricane Sandy (and, really, countless natural disasters prior to Sandy), you can't rely on some government agency to save you, and this latest report confirms. Preparedness is an individual responsibility.





Sources:


http://www.reuters.com


http://www.kolotv.com


http://healthyamericans.org/report/101/


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/038608_disaster_preparedness_emergencies_states.html#ixzz2dGUefYy6