Sunday, May 29, 2022

The shelves are full! Prices are coming back down! -- NOT!!!

By Tim Gamble

The store shelves are full! Prices are coming back down! The supply chain crisis is over! And, really, it was never as bad as some people claimed....

At least that was the point being made by one middle-aged white guy in a You Tube video he posted a couple of weeks ago. He even showed some video of shelves at his local big-box store to "prove" his claims. Yes, the shelves he showed had merchandise on them. However, he obviously was being selective about which shelves he showed in his video. All he really proved was that he is in a serious state of denial.

 I don't know the guy's name and had never seen his video channel before, but he seemed like an ordinary blue jeans and t-shirt guy. He even had the scraggly beard like so many of us ordinary middle-aged guys have these days. The point of his video seemed to be to encourage folks to "not waste their money" preparing for a crisis that is basically over, and to not "fall for the doom-and-gloom" being spread by some. 

Sadly, many people seem to be in a similar state of denial. Several of the homesteading and preparedness channels I watch have talked about a sharp increase in the number of negative comments they get on videos in recent weeks. Some folks aren't just trying to deny that things are getting worse - therefore to deny the need to prepare - but are getting downright angry and hateful in how they are doing so. A few have even started making violent threats against those of us warning others to prepare for what is coming. 

It is one thing to disagree with someone. We are all entitled to our own opinion. But is is something else altogether to disagree with such anger and vitriol that you make threats of physical harm towards those you disagree with, and towards their families. What is going on?

I think the answer is fear and desperation. These people know what is going on even if they won't admit it. They can see the prices they pay at the store and at the pump. They see the gaps in store shelves and know that many items becoming harder and harder to get. They hear the growing number of people warning about what is coming. It is no longer just the prepper kooks and right-wing nutjobs saying these things, but also many government officials, business leaders, and other "experts" now sounding the warning bells. 

Deep down these people in denial know the truth. And they know they haven't prepared. And they know it is almost too late. And they don't know what to do. So they are scared, and they are lashing out at others. But denial always loses out to the facts. Denial will not stop what is coming. Denial will not help anyone survive. 

You know what is going on in the world. You can see and think for yourself.  Tune out the deniers and keep preparing. 


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Monday, May 23, 2022

There's Still Time For A Garden

By Tim Gamble 

Here is some good news:  It is late May, but there is still time to plant a garden! 

Some hot weather crops to consider planting in your backyard this time of year include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, watermelons, and cantaloupes. Many herbs, such as oregano, basil, chives, and rosemary, can also be planted now. (Link to herb seeds on Amazon)

Even a small garden will go a long way to helping you and your family deal with very high inflation and the potential food shortages we are facing. Besides, it is good exercise and a great stress reliever! 

If you live in an apartment or condo, you could try growing some food in containers on your patio or balcony. Tomatoes and peppers are perfect container plants! And many herbs and microgreens can be grown indoors. 

For more ideas and encouragement, please check out a couple of my other gardening articles: 

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Tips For Growing Pepper Plants

By Tim Gamble

Some folks new to gardening have difficulty growing pepper plants, especially Bell Peppers. This is unfortunate because peppers are not only delicious and healthy, but are extremely prolific. You can get a lot off of each plant. If you have problems growing peppers, here are three tips that should fix your problem:

1) Don't plant peppers too early in the season. Peppers are a hot weather crop. They don't tolerate cool weather very well. Planting them too early in the season, when the weather is still cool, especially at night, will stunt their growth and result in fewer blooms, and therefore fewer peppers. I've noticed that the Big Box Stores, such as Wal-Mart, Lowe's and Home Depot, get their pepper plants in much too early. Buy pepper plants from them as soon as they get them, and you will almost certainly be planting them too early for a really successful crop. In my area, zone 7b, I never plant my peppers before the second week of May. 

2) Peppers definitely need full sun. Some crops can do okay if they are in the shade for a few hours each day, but peppers are NOT one of those crops. They need full sunlight. Plant them where they will not be shaded by trees, fences, or buildings, especially during the critical mid-day through late afternoon time. 

3) Don't over-water or under-water pepper plants. In my experience, pepper plants are very sensitive to being over- or under-watered. Some folks say they need 2 inches of water daily, but I disagree. I have the most success when I water my peppers twice a week (every three days), but water them deeply. 


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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

I'm Back, and a Few Quick Notes

By Tim Gamble

I am back after taking three weeks off from my Internet activities. I needed the break, and I needed to get some things done with my own personal preparations for what is to come. 

I will not tell you everything I have been doing (because, OPSEC), but I will let you know that many of my preparations revolve around gardening and stockpiling. I have been busy planting my largest vegetable garden ever (both in terms of square footage and types of crops), as well as expanding my culinary and medicinal herb garden. I'll talk about my stockpiling activities in one of the notes below.

>>> The more closely I pay attention to what is going own in the world, the more I realize just haw bad things already are, and how bad they are likely to get. Over the next few years, the world is going to drastically change, and not for the better. And not just in the ways you might expect. Most people will be truly shocked by what is coming. Prepare now for worst case scenarios. I know this sounds like "doomer porn", but it is honestly where I am at right now in my thinking. 

>>> The worse things get, and so obviously worse, the more some people are waking up, but many others are slipping into complete denial. Even to the point of hysterical anger in response to bad news or suggestions that we need to do something to get ready. A number of prepper and homesteader folks I know who have video channels are reporting a sharp increase in hateful, angry, and even threatening comments on their videos. Sadly for those  folks making the comments, denial won't stop reality.

>>>  I am continuing to stock up food, particularly canned meats (should last many years), but I am paying special attention to stocking up on tools, parts and materials to do repairs around my home and property, my vehicles, and so forth. Screws. Nails. Nuts and bolts. Duct tape, gorilla tape, and flex tape. Tarps. Various clamps. Oil and oil filters for the next three oil changes on both my vehicles. Two sets of wiper blades for both vehicles. Sewing supplies. Mouse traps and poison. Roach traps and poison. Anything that will enable me to repair and reuse my stuff for as long as possible. 


AD: Food prices are soaring, and many are now predicating actual food shortages here in America in the coming months. A family's food storage is becoming more important each day. Here are some food categories to explore on Amazon as you prepare for what is coming:
          *** Canned Meats
          *** Canned Soups
          *** Canned Veggies
          *** Canned Fruits
          *** Dried Beans and Peas
          *** Rice and Grains 
          *** Oatmeal
          *** Augason Farms Long Term Foods (the brand I buy for powdered butter, milk, cheese, etc.)

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