"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label mesquite gardening. Show all posts
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

To Everything a Season

Kymber has kindly asked me to share some prepping tips here. I live in New Mexico and smack dab in the desert. This post is a repost from my farm blog Double Nickel Farm from 12-27-08. Although I am reflective, I am also a prepper and seem to have been for a good while. As a prepper we must remember that some things will be out of our control, no matter what we do.

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

Once again I think of these verses as I am planning my garden. The tree is down, the ornaments dusted and put in their proper boxes, and the house seems a bit empty. As quickly as the feeling arrives it passes as the windows to the east and the west will have fold-up tables soon laden with growing herbs and vegetables.

To be honest I cheated a bit, and have ten 5 gallon buckets with potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocados, onions, and jalapenos planted. The garlic outside is going crazy brightening the dull winter colors with the splashes of green in the raised bed.

This growing season is big for us, as last year we had more downs than ups. Yesterday(before the big blizzard**-which melted:( my sons prepped the garden. It is completely fenced to keep out the rabbits and critters, and the soil was turned with compost and manure that we have an abundance of. We plan to plant an herb garden in addition to the standard fare, along with mesquite gardening(about 20 mesquite bushes will be the planters for acorn squash, pumpkins, zucchini, cucumbers, watermelons, crookneck squash, cantaloupe, and probably others as I am thinking as I type).
We will be canning much of what we produce and if we have any extra the animals will have some perks for serving us so well. To be honest I am envisioning an oasis in the desert, yet preparing for another year like the one past. I know that we have the ability to grow a garden, we have the space and we have the seeds. The rest is up to God, as I cannot control the weather. I am so grateful for the past three years of training of growing in the desert and know I am as prepared as I can be.

**photos from 2007 garden while living in the middle of the city.

** big blizzard was not anything but several flurries, as we rarely ever have snow. I know in Canada that you know what a blizzard really is!
(c) Double Nickel Farm