New Mexico Urban Homesteader

Hello, I am A 50 Something, Prepper ;-}; former 60's Flower Child, don't believe in taxpayer subsidized special interest groups (political parties), DO believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1st 10). Long time Independent & Informed Voter. Lover of the outdoors and firm believer that History Teaches - if only we will listen!

(No longer Urban or in NM. Now Rural in the mountains of Maine.)

This blog was started at the request of some dear friends that wish to become Preppers.

“No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.”

Demosthenes (384–322 BC, Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fall Is Upon Us Once Again

It’s that time of year again folks!  Time to harvest and preserve the summer crops and plant the fall crops. 

Here in New Mexico we are also roasting chili; setting some aside for rellenos and the rest for spicing up fall and winter stews and soups.
On the patio and in the yard and garden, around the home and homestead , our vehicles and other tools and equipment,  with our livestock and pets - Yes, yes, yes, we indeed have plenty of things to do to winterize and put up stores for the winter that is quickly approaching. 

As Preppers it is also time to check our go-bags and emergency supplies for expiration dates and to be sure we now add all those winter things to them.

For a check list to cover all these tasks and chores see:  Fall To Do’s - Preparing for Winter @

If you are new to canning or just want a refresher see:  Canning Basics – Hot Water Bath  and Canning Tomatoes Hot Water Bath Step-by-Step @

Remember you can replace vinegar and lemon juice with acidic acid powder and that Ascorbic Acid is only an anti-browning agent, which can also be purchased in powdered format.

For ideas on other methods of food preservation see Did You Know – History of Food Preservation @

To make sure you have the freshest fruit and vegetables for your canning, check out Shopping for Fresh & Seasonal Foods @ and for detailed state by state information see U.S. Fruit & Vegetable In Season & Harvest Dates State by State (must download in Excel format to view all tabs) @

Available for download @

Prep On ;-}


PS – For some fall and winter gardening tips see:
Fall & Winter Vegetable Planting Guide
Vegetable Garden: Vegetable Gardening in the Fall (winter in the hotter regions)
Preparing a Vegetable Garden for Winter
Winter Cover Crops for Your Vegetable Garden

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