These are daily steps to becoming prepared and building your homestead. They rotate and you will do the same steps each day of the week. If you miss one, never fear. Just pick up the current day’s task and keep on going. You can catch up. Read more for each task under the Be Prepared section in menu head.
Mondays is the first day of the week and we work on the most important and crucial element of preparedness: water. Take time today to store water. Find details on how much and ways to store in Step 1 for details.
Tuesdays are garden days. How is your garden growing? Spend 15 minutes weeding. If you do this twice a week you will keep weeds under control. Do you have enough mulch down? This will keep your weeding to 15 minutes. or less. Are your plants free of pests? If you have purchases to make, note anything you might need in your Homestead Journal under Garden. Step 2 for details.
Wednesdays are pantry days. If your pantry has not been totally cleared and space made, spend time doing this. If your pantry has already been carved out, spend 15 minutes organizing it. Make sure all foods that you plan to keep longer than a month are dated. See details in Step 3 for details.
Thursdays we focus on meal planning. Is your pantry like a badly planned wardrobe- a lot of clothes but nothing to wear? The worst thing is to have a pantry full of baked beans or other cans of food you really don’t want to eat. Meal planning is the first step towards a prepared pantry. You have to know what food you have and what to prepare with it. Work 15 minutes on your menus. Add them to your Homestead Journal. See Getting Started, Step 4 for details.
Fridays are pantry inventory and grocery shop. Add as many extra full meals to your shopping list, as you can and adjust your inventory list as needed. If you have been with us for a while, you should see a nice stock pile of food. See Step 5 for details.
Saturday is all about the garden. Spend time either working in your garden or preserving the food from it. In the garden, focus on weeding and mulching. If you have had a lot of heat, you will want to consider feeding your plants. If you are already reaping a harvest of beans and squash or any other summer vegetable, it is time to replant for a second harvest. See Step 6 for details.
Remember, little steps get you where you want to be- prepared.
Happy Homesteading, S