3 Sisters Planting: Another fail, another lesson learned

3 Sisters Planting: Another fail, another lesson learned

Monday, September 25, 2017


Mic Roland


  1. If the grid goes down, what would you do for work? 5 lessons from 1810
    07 May, 2018
    If the grid goes down, what would you do for work? 5 lessons from 1810
    After a prolonged grid-down scenario, “work” will look very different from how it does now. The vast majority of the jobs people earn their living at today, are either directly dependent upon the grid, or upon grid-dependent fossil fuels. Those jobs and that grid-supported economy would simply cease to exist. Think about your own job. If the power was out for 6 months or a year or longer, would your job still exist? If your job is gone, what will you do? It’s oft repeated in prepper circles
  2. Survival Kits: Designed to do WHAT, exactly?
    30 Apr, 2018
    Survival Kits: Designed to do WHAT, exactly?
    Survival kits, like all tools, are designed to accomplish some task. With survival kits, that task is largely an anticipated fluke, not daily routine. We build our kits based on what we anticipate needing if we find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances. (No snowshoes in a desert-dweller’s kit, etc.) So, when a friend gave me a set of Air Force Survival Modules, I was intrigued to see what the Air Force thought their aircrew would need and why.
  3. Chicks at One Week
    22 Apr, 2018
    Chicks at One Week
    Okay. I won’t write about chickens every week. But, it is fascinating how much chicks develop in just their first week of life. They progress from helpless fluffy lumps to miniature chickens with much of their adult behavior. By one week old, they’ve grown in their flight feathers and their little tail feathers are growing in. They can’t fly yet, but not for lack of trying. They will run back and forth, flapping their wings. They will be able to fly fairly soon. And, as light-weight birds, they
  4. The Chicks Hatched. Now what?
    14 Apr, 2018
    The Chicks Hatched. Now what?
    Excitement here at the homestead: the eggs hatched in the incubator. A renewable food source a valuable prep. Raising new chicks each year is part of the renewability. Okay, the eggs have hatched into little, wet chicks. Now what? If they had been hatched by a broody hen, mama hen would have tended to all of their needs. If you incubate a clutch of eggs, YOU become their mama. What should you do to ensure healthy, thriving chicks that grow into productive hens? First off, leave them in the
  5. Incubating Chicken Eggs
    09 Apr, 2018
    Incubating Chicken Eggs
    I started this year’s batch of eggs earlier than in years past. This batch just passed the two-week mark. Every year, I incubate a modest batch of eggs to create replacements for the “retirees” in the flock. If you’ve ever thought about keeping a small flock of hens, and thought about incubating eggs, here’s a quick primer on incubating chicken eggs. You can start a flock by skipping eggs altogether and buying chicks from a feed store or hatchery, of course.  That is how we started. If you’re
  6. Survival Gear Test 2.0 -- Another Night in the Woods
    29 Mar, 2018
    Survival Gear Test 2.0 -- Another Night in the Woods
    Since Todd at Prepperwebsite.com was kind enough to re-run an old post of mine about my first dry run of my Truck Bag, I thought it might be of some interest to post how my follow up test last August had worked out.  After all, I learned some lessons and had made some adjustments to my Truck Bag, based on my experience with Night In The Woods 1.0.  I was eager to see if things went better…or not...and how. Like Test 1.0, I had a day picked out well in advance, so I would not be able to cherry
  7. Natural Sweet: Making Maple Syrup
    17 Mar, 2018
    Natural Sweet: Making Maple Syrup
    Winter: everything is frozen and buried under snow. It's a time off from gardens and harvests. The exception to that is making maple syrup. It is one of the more interesting harvests around the homestead, as it is a sweetener.  There's not a lot of sugar cane grown here in New Hampshire. We do, however, have maple trees.  Making our own sweetener from the land adds to that sense of self-sufficiency. This post is a description of the process we go through. For about six weeks, from mid-February
  8. Modern State Slavery & MLK Day
    15 Jan, 2018
    Modern State Slavery & MLK Day
    While cutting up a downed maple tree today, ( the pond was frozen), I was musing about the subtlety of modern slavery. An editorial in the Sunday paper cited some very brief quotes from Alexis de Tocqueville regarding freedom and the benevolent dictatorship of the modern state.  De Tocqueville's concerns about the tyranny of the modern state seemed an apt topic for a prepper to muse on for MLK Day. Below are extended quotes from Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” (1840), Volume II,
  9. Cold Snap & Shortages
    08 Jan, 2018
    Cold Snap & Shortages
    Around Christmas, the temps dropped to below zero at night: barely cracking single digits during the day. This extended sub-zero cold spell caught me off guard. I nearly ran out of heating oil.  It was also a refresher lesson in supply chain Inelasticity and the need to have alternatives. The house came with oil heat which we use as a supplement to the wood stove and to heat water. We still run the boiler periodically on cold nights to keep one loop from freezing. During the cold wave, we were