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Tertiary Prepper Expertise – Backyard OPSEC

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Struggle.  Famine.  Meals and water shortages. Provide breakdowns.  The checklist goes on and on because the mainstream information and social media serve the plenty a gentle food plan of concern and impending doom.  Nevertheless, each darkish cloud has a silver lining or two as properly.  After the Covid lockdowns, there appear to be at the very least two good issues that got here out of these loopy instances. 

First, most sane, and situationally conscious individuals started to understand how fragile the just-in-time meals supply system was.  Second, individuals took issues into their very own fingers and began planning/planting their very own victory gardens.  Many new and seasoned homesteaders, preppers, and survivalists alike noticed the writing on the wall throughout these darkish days they usually both started rising their very own crops or beefed up their present backyard.


Some of the satisfying emotions in prepping is selecting your individual freshly grown fruit and veggies. To get to that time, all of us needed to undergo the training course of.  Every thing from questioning whether or not you’ll plant in containers and raised beds to utilizing develop baggage for some crops and planting straight within the floor for others was a part of the training curve.  There have been different points to contemplate as properly equivalent to what number of rain barrels can be wanted if the grid went down and methods to maximize that collected rainwater by means of a drip irrigation system.  You’ll have even calculated, or at the very least thought-about, how excessive you wished the rooster wire fence to go to maintain the four-legged creatures out. 

Tertiary Prepper Skills – Garden OPSEC - The Prepper Journal

Maybe there was planning for the logistical placement of the crops in your area, yard, sunroom, and even your balcony to make sure your crops acquired the correct quantity of daylight. Allow us to not neglect the precise harvesting. You wanted to resolve in case you would decide your crops and may them for long-term storage, or simply freeze every thing and vacuum seal it for a wet day.  In different phrases, gardening is just not as straightforward as simply throwing some seeds within the dust.  There’s a large quantity of planning that goes into reaping what you might have sown. 

Then there are the bugs…


Entomology is the examine of bugs.  Most hardcore preppers may be considering proper now, “I’ve obtained means an excessive amount of to do than finding out up on bugs as a tertiary prepping talent”.  And that’s the place you may simply remorse that call.  On the finish of the day once you drift off to sleep understanding you might have a good OPSEC (Operations Safety) plan on your house, there’s a struggle being waged when you slumber.  If you’re fascinated about planting or are already rising your individual backyard, it could possibly rapidly be ravaged by a military of veracious bugs if in case you have not deliberate correctly. These six + legged miniature demon seeds can wreak havoc on even the most effective laid out backyard plan if you don’t embrace a correct assault technique.  This assault technique is Backyard OPSEC.  That is mainly studying methods to construct your individual miniature personal military of ruthless and hungry combatants!  In case you can slowly be taught this tertiary prepper talent, you’ll turn into extra of an asset to your prepper group, tribe, or household, and you’ll not need to share your bumper crop with a tiny and damaging enemy.


After watching the information all yr of potential water and meals shortages, you resolve it will be finest to double the dimensions of your backyard as a preventative measure for subsequent yr.  The autumn is coming, and issues will not be wanting nice economically or politically.  You are taking the initiative and formulate a strong plan for spring planting subsequent yr by utilizing some on-line software program. After testing the PH ranges of your soil, you resolve to develop 4 new crops. You may have the house, and you buy all of the heirloom seeds needed to show your dream right into a actuality.  However there’s one tiny factor you failed to organize for and that’s the flying, crawling, hopping, buzzing military of bugs that need to devour that meals simply as a lot as you.  When you plant these crops, all bets are off as a result of be relaxation assured, you’ll have some uninvited friends come to dine indefinitely if you don’t plan accordingly.


Tertiary Prepper Skills – Garden OPSEC - The Prepper Journal

The state of affairs above is quite common with gardeners who’re simply beginning out and even seasoned veterans.  However there’s hope!  Listed below are some options that will help you keep forward of the curve.

  1. Start to analysis on-line the various kinds of bugs that may feast in your present crops / future crop expansions.
  2. Books equivalent to, “The Vegetable Backyard Pest Handbook” by Susan Mulvihill and “Rodale’s Shade Handbook of Backyard Bugs” by Anna Carr are implausible sources to check and have readily available, particularly if there’s ever an EMP, TEOTWAWKI, or grid down state of affairs. 
  3. Make a spreadsheet equivalent to the instance under of your present planting preparations incorporating helpful bugs and crops. 
Plant Title Zone Planting Dates Backyard Location Companion Plant Potential Pest Useful Insect(s) Different pure controls
Tomato 7b Plant seeds in trays Feb / March                Transplant / Sow in April – June South Plant dill and marigolds Tomato HornWorm, Cutworm, Stink bug, Whitefly, leafhopper, blister beetle, spider mite, leafminer, lygus bug, slug, snail, spider mite Murderer Bug, Massive-Eyed Bug, damsel bug, hoverfly, lacewing, ladybug, long-legged fly, minute pirate bug, parasitic wasp, praying mantis, robber fly, rove beetle, spider, tachinid fly Cowl Hoops, Nematodes, Diatomaceous Earth, Oils, traps,
Tertiary Prepper Skills – Garden OPSEC - The Prepper Journal
  • Begin constructing your military!  Arbico-organics sells a myriad of helpful bugs and pest management provides that may meet most budgets.
  • Work out your Alternate and Contingency plan (P.A.C.E. plan in essence).  If the grid is down and you have to plant crops however can’t buy any helpful bugs or pest management, you will need to do issues the old school means and entice helpful bugs into your backyard by constructing “bug inns”.  You too can attempt to map out the most effective crops that may invite these predacious warriors to help you even when it’s a WROL on the market.  (Ex.  Fern–leaf yarrow attracts lacewings, hoverflies, and ladybugs.) 
  • Deepen your assault technique with pure controls equivalent to nematodes, diatomaceous earth, sprays, and canopy hoops.
  • Work out a method to “relocate” wasps and hornets with out killing them.  A backyard hose will worsen them if they’re establishing store beneath your porch roof, however they’ll get the trace and transfer on to someplace else.  You don’t need to kill them!  As painful as they are often, they’re additionally among the best exterminators you’ll be able to have in your property.
  • Attempt to not kill any spiders.  (Did I simply write that???) In case you see spiders in your backyard, it means there’s meals for them to eat.  Backyard spiders (yellow and black) are the most effective in a backyard and one egg sac can have as many as 1,000 child spiderlings able to hatch within the spring.
  • Attempt to keep away from dangerous chemical substances and sprays as they’ll kill off helpful bugs as properly.
  • For the sake of your sanity, consider a proportion of crops misplaced as a result of insect injury.  For instance, in case you plan on planting “X” quantity of corn, have a psychological quantity in your head or on the spreadsheet above as to what you might doubtlessly lose because of the corn earworm.  (You’ll lose most likely a variety of the ideas, however the corn remains to be good and edible, however it will likely be a compounded loss nonetheless.)


In all seriousness, Backyard OPSEC is a Tertiary Prepper Talent it would be best to incorporate into your prepper plan instantly.  With the present meals provide shortages and fall rapidly approaching, having a strong recreation plan earlier than spring is essential as most of us can nonetheless buy merchandise and not using a large variety of points.  That may all simply and quickly change by late fall and/or winter so attempt to get forward of the curve now in case you can.

Keep robust, continue to learn new tertiary prepper expertise, and have enjoyable constructing your bug military!

Sgt. Silverman

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