Here are 5 Prepper Projects You Can Start in the Spring
- The Icehouse: As mentioned in the earlier article. If you plan on doing it, you may just have at least 2-3 weeks where you can obtain some freezing temperatures. This would behoove you to act, if you rent out a small backhoe and dig your cellar/icehouse. Remember to go below the frost-line! Fill up bins with water and let them freeze. When the icehouse is finished, fill it up with these huge blocks of ice. Sawdust is an excellent insulator, as is pine mulch (brown needles, not green, if you use needles).
- The Greenhouse: If you don’t have one, well, now’s the time to put one into place just before it’s time to plant and sprout your seedlings. There are almost innumerable styles and sizes to choose from. Once again, you have about a month to get that baby up and running. Here is one greenhouse project you can do for less than $300. As well, consider the convenience of cold frames to get a head start on your garden.
- Underground (hidden) vault/cache point: Now this one will take a little bit of explaining. Once again, going below the frost-line, the key here will be to make a little “room,” so to speak, under the ground. Make a foundation of gravel after you’ve dug out a cubicle/rectangular chamber. Position this away from the house, where some government clown with a metal detector will not tread. All the same, you can pick up a precast concrete module, or make it out of a culvert pipe. You want to cover it up in the end with about 6” of earth, so that it’s not too much that you can’t get through it in the wintertime. If you’re interested and indicate so in the comments, I can give you a good plan that I know works in a future article.
- Storage shed: Yes, build your own, if you have the time and resources. Those pre-made sheds for sale in the building supply big-box stores cost a fortune. You can do better by stick-building it out of 4” x 4” s and 6” x 6” s with pressure-treated plywood. Make sure all your lumber is pressure-treated. When you’re done, make your roof out of corrugated steel instead of shingles…it’ll save you time and energy during the winter with snow removal.
- Smokehouse: Now’s the time to prep that smokehouse for meat…months (or many moons, if you prefer!) before hunting season comes around again. This will involve perhaps the emplacement of a wood stove or the creation of a barbecue pit-type structure. There are plenty of plans and diagrams on the Internet that you can weigh and balance against your needs.
This is the time to lay out all of your plans and figure out what materials you will be using and the costs for all of them. In our rigidly-controlled social structures, there may even be a friendly government permit man or inspection man to meet…to find out how much they will take out of you before you start building. Factor all of this into consideration prior to actually building, as it will alleviate headaches later. You may want to do some smaller projects, such as a place to store firewood, or a small toolshed or such. Do not allow the 5 mentioned in this article to dissuade you from some kind of project in the good weather for building.
Hopefully the weather will warm up soon, but this is an excellent time to lay the groundwork for what you have been thinking of building during the winter months. The only limit is your imagination and to actually take action on the project. The best plans in the world are only plans until they’re executed. Here’s hoping you have some good weather and start the ball rolling on whatever project you decide. Let me know about that item #3 above, and you keep fighting that good fight! JJ out!
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.
Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.
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