Trying to do it all at once!

It’s been almost six months since I’ve made a post! I have added a few pics, on Pinterest, of projects I’ve worked on; however, much went undocumented. There just isn’t enough time to get everything done. I’ve been rethinking my plans for the blog, prepping, my homestead, and life in general.

I started a new job this past year, along with the stress of learning a new professional role, I’ve been putting in 50 to 60 hours a week at work. Along with normal house chores and maintenance, expanding my garden, starting beekeeping, canning, etc etc. There just isn’t enough time! I’ve decided I can’t work those hours and be a full time homesteader too. I’m going to scale back the garden and focus on more immediate preps. I was trying to grow all the food for my preps, but have found that isn’t practical.

I will continue working the garden. Not so much for the food produced, but to maintain and expand the skills required for backyard food production. I will also be spending more time beekeeping. I have one hive I started from a nuc in mid May; I’ve built a couple extra boxes and bus, along with several swarm traps. I also need to brew some beer!

At this time it makes more sense for me to buy low cost produce and can goods to build by preps. I’ve been canning soups and other convenient foods, while building my skill set for food preservation!

I also downloaded the WordPress app for my iPad; hopefully, this will enable me to make more frequent posts! I’ve used the iPad for posting on Pinterest. I just need to force myself to make more post; I just haven’t embraced this whole social networking thing.

Transplanting Onions.

I’ve been putting off working in my garden since the Christmas break due to rain and bad weather. The sun finally came out today, so today I transplanted onions that I started from seed in flats, they were planted on 10/15/12. I did not think about taking pictures and writing about this until after I had started, so on the picture of the onions in the flats, I already dug out many of them. The varieties are 1015 Y, Creole Red, and Crystal Wax. I started growing all my onion from seed about three years ago. Previously I would by plants at the feed store for around $3.50 for 50 plants. Unless I bought them the day they came in, they were usually banged up and dried out. The ones I start from seed and transplant out do much better, and are much cheaper. A few dollars worth of seeds will produce hundreds of plants, and there is a wider variety available as seeds versus plants. Be sure to select the appropriate type for the area you live in. In the south you must select short-day onions, or they will not make bulbs. Here is a video that explains the difference between short-day and long-day types.

The onion plants must be dug out of the flat and separated. Carefully loosen the soil and gently pull out each individual plant. Once you have a handful of separated plants you must trim the roots to about one inch.

In the past I always planted intensive beds, per John Jeavons in “How to Grow more Vegetables….” Planting intensively makes weeding difficult and the bulbs tend to be small. So this year I am planting in raised rows in the beds. Tomorrow I will take more pictures and show you more of my garden and yard.

Launch post!

Welcome to Survival Brewing. I will be documenting and discussing the steps that I am taking to turn my home into a suburban homestead. The tag line of my blog is ” Making and Making Do”. I think this phrase pretty much sums up my outlook on personal self-reliance. Before fifty years ago this motto was a daily reality for most “common” folks. This ethic and the skills necessary to live it have rapidly faded from current culture. I hope to revive and rediscover many of these skills, and share them with my readers. I originally was going to title this blog Homestead Work Shop – Turning your home into a homestead, but decided to go with a brewing perspective. Brewing here literally refers to cooking up home-brewed beer, but it’s deeper figurative meaning is a topic that I wish to reflect on during my ramblings here. Pull up a chair, have a home brew, and join me here at the homestead as I try to figure out how the soul of a pioneering mountain-man ended up here in 21st century suburbia!