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First order of business is to let you know about a few more FREE book promotion events.

You can get bunches of free Dystopian and Apocalyptic books during the Holidapocalypse event just by snagging them out of the ether and magically making them appear on your computer or kindle or other ereader. And don't worry. If you don't know how to convert a book you want to the format you need Instafreebie sends you complete, easy to follow instructions on how to do so in the email that includes your book.

Here's the link.

http://www.timdmoon.com/holidapocalypse  

Next up is the Brains for Books event featuring Sci-Fi books.

https://www.instafreebie.com/gg/00cdPttCYCKVuKiX2h2b

And last but definitely not least is 25 Days of Box Sets Giveaway featuring Military Sci-Fi.

https://www.instafreebie.com/gg/seoFO8SEFsCaJzx4NtWt


Now we move on to the blurb for the book pictured above and then we'll get to the Prepper Info.

AFTER THE DYING TIME

BOOK 2 of the DYING TIME TRILOGY

Twelve years ago Fire rained from the sky, Megaquakes, Tsunamis, and Hypercanes destroyed civilized infrastructure and re-sculpted the globe. In the ensuing years Plague, Impact Winter, Starvation and Despair almost completed the extinction of humanity. Now the survivors in the Freeholds, the Tribes and the Mormons in Deseret—those hardy few who endured the unimaginable horrors of The Dying Time—have begun to rebuild.
But in California a King has risen—and he wants what they have.
 
In a post-Impact world there are Kings, subjects, slaves and those desperately fighting to remain free. Twelve years after The Dying Time Impact, Joseph Scarlatti reigns as King of California, but his empire covers the remains of the entire West Coast. Now he’s set his sights on the Colorado Freeholds and the Nation of Deseret (formerly Utah) and he hasn’t forgotten about gaining control of the top secret weapon that can assure him of world domination.
 
Here's what my readers are saying:
 
Reichen10 said,
"I have several hundred books on my Kindle, and this is the first one that I felt I wanted to review. Excellent! In every way this is a great read - thrilling, interesting, logical twists, and a plot that keeps surprising at every turn. And very well written. I loved Book One, and Book Two is even better. I keep checking to see how much more I have to read because I don't want it to end. Please get Book Three out there soon!"
 
JRTLVR on March 21, 2017 said,
"Loved the first book and ordered this one as soon as I finished it. The plot is complex and yet it's never confusing. Both male and female characters are written with strength and believability that is rare nowadays. The action NEVER stops! I will definitely be on the waiting list for the final book and I hope it won't be too long a wait! Fascinating, action-packed tale that never resorts to tired plot strategies!"
 
Cynthia Terrones SSGT/USMC said,
"I was waiting for this book tp come out after reading book 1 and I want to say it was worth the wait. So now just I'm waiting for the next in the "trilogy" and hoping for the possibility of there might be a book 4. With all the characters in this book, to me it seems that a book 4 could be a possibility. A super book, with all the things that could happen to us here on earth, this really makes you think, and want to prepare."
 
Donald Curtis said on April 2, 2016
"I rarely post reviews but, being a huge fan of this genre, I read so many very average stories that this author deserves credit for a great tale, well written. Even after the third read!"
 
And finally (Hey, I could go on and on with these great reviews) Elaine H. said on May 23, 2016
"The second installment of The Dying Time series was a great read. The continued story of the Whitebears and their allies kept me up late at night. I just couldn't wait for the Scarlatti's to be defeated! And I'm intrigued by what is going on in the space station and on the moon. I hope the earth can be saved again. I can't wait to find out in the next book! I highly recommend Raymond Dean White's books."


You can find it on Amazon, as well as on iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and other fine retailers on the following links

http://amzn.to/29ozBtb

https://draft2digital.com/book/261036
 
MONTHLY PREPPER INFO

Fall and Winter Gardening

By Raymond Dean White

I don’t know about you but this year I had a lot of trouble putting my Summer garden to bed and getting my Fall and Winter gardens started. Maybe it’s because I live in sunny Arizona where, even though I’m at 3751 feet elevation, it was in the low 80’s yesterday (November 24, 2017), so my tomatoes and peppers have caught their second wind and are producing like crazy. Maybe it’s because I can be a world champion procrastinator. Or maybe it’s because I’ve been really busy. 

Too busy to grow food? Well…yeah.

In any event, when I should have started my Fall garden back in late August, by planting family favorites like broccoli, carrots, turnips, a third crop of beans, beets, lettuce, spinach, kale, radishes and cauliflower, I didn’t even get around to cleaning out the first of my five raised beds until late last month (October).

Then I planted broccoli and garlic in that 4’x16’x1’ bed. They are companion plants that enhance each other’s flavor while the garlic tends to fend off certain insect pests that like to munch on broccoli. Good. Right? Not so much, as the broccoli I planted hasn’t come up. I don’t know if I messed up saving seeds last year and didn’t store them correctly, or if I just didn’t keep the topsoil moist enough but I had to start over with the broccoli.

This time I wised up and started the seeds in Jiffy pots. When they are 4” tall I’ll transplant them into that bed next the the garlic—which is up and doing beautifully. I still have four more beds the same size to clean out, replenish the soil, and replant, but enough about me. Let’s talk about YOUR winter garden.

In most northern areas of the US, winter gardening without the benefit of a heated greenhouse seems like a dream. But that isn’t so.

By using cold frames or hoop houses and by heating them by stringing incandescent electric light bulbs inside them, you can produce a variety of leafy green crops and root crops all winter long. I favor growing heirloom veggies so I can save the seeds and replant the following year without having to buy more seeds. To me, having such a sustainable garden just makes good sense.

Here’s a link to building the coolest hoop house I’ve ever seen. I wish I’d seen this link before I built mine.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570972058982690194/ 

And if you’re more ambitious, here’s a couple of links on how to build you own greenhouse.

http://doorgarden.com/2008/10/27/50-dollar-hoop-house-green-house/ 

http://www.livinggreenandfrugally.com/how-to-build-a-simple-everyday-greenhouse/ 

When I lived in Colorado I had cold frames made from old windows, hinged and mounted on 2x6 frames. They allowed me to grow lettuce, carrots, turnips and beets, though I did have to string electric lights to heat them at times it was going to get down into the teens or below and stay there.

Whether you decide to grow heirlooms or hybrids (to take advantage of hybrid vigor—which can be a distinct advantage in winter) you will have to select cold hardy varieties with a track record of growing well in your zone. Interestingly enough, some veggies that do well in colder regions do equally well here in the heat. Usually that’s because their fast maturing attribute gets them fully grown in Spring before our summer heat hits but being quick to mature works as an advantage when planted as a Fall or Winter crop as well.

SURVIVAL GARDENING

I’m focusing right now on learning survival gardening skills—which means growing heirloom crops so I can save seed, learning the proper ways to store the seed so it remains viable, and planting crops that produce the most calories per square foot. These are skills our grandparents or great-grandparents had but have been lost over time to the convenience of grocery store shopping. I hope you will join me in re-learning how to produce enough food on your own property to keep your family alive and healthy. 

Since my growing space is currently limited to about 400 square feet of raised beds and potato towers, that equates to planting potatoes, yams, and beans as my main crops in Spring, Summer and Fall (while I can sometimes get in three crops of beans I can usually only get two crops of potatoes and one of yams). My best producers have been Covington Sweet Potatoes (yams), Gold Rush Potatoes, German Butterball Potatoes, Bintje Potatoes, Superior Potatoes and Yukon Gold Potatoes (small size but prolific), Anasazi Beans (most of which I let go to become dry beans), Contender Bush Beans and Provider Bush Beans. The Anasazi are listed as a bush bean but mine grow more like pole beans and that’s okay by me since, with my limited growing space, going vertical makes sense.

That focus on caloric efficiency doesn’t mean I don’t spare some square footage for tomatoes, peppers, squash, or melons, it just means I restrict myself to only one or two plants of each.

Side note: I’m still working on getting a decent corn crop. The plants grow beautifully and produce ears but NOTHING I’ve tried keeps ear budworm from ruining the crop—and yes, I’ve tried planting tight-eared Country Gentleman. I’m so desperate I may resort to planting a hybrid just to see if that works, simply because I do love sweetcorn. But corn isn’t a top priority of mine (just an experiment) as it takes so much land to grow a good crop on. And even though, like I said, I love sweet corn, the best kind of corn for me to grow here would be a dent corn for making cornmeal. If I had room I’d grow corn and wheat and oats, but such is life, so I’m trying to live within my limitations.

Okay, back to winter gardening. When I get my winter garden started on time I’ll plant the aforementioned broccoli and garlic along with peas, edible pod peas, lettuce, turnips, beets, spinach, kale and carrots. It’s now 11/28/17 and I’m still going to put all of those crops in because I have low hoop houses over my beds so I can cover the hoops with 6 mil plastic and the soil will stay warm enough to generate growth until the following spring. On those rare occasions when the temps threaten to drop below freezing (and even more rarely down into the teens) I place four or five milk jugs filled with water in each raised bed. The sunshine (Arizona, remember?) heats up the water and at night the water releases that heat to keep the beds warm enough for my veggies to survive. It works well.

Here’s a link to a site that provides planting dates for winter garden crops.

http://www.motherofahubbard.com/winter-vegetable-planting-dates/ 

If you check out the link above, you’ll note that I’m really pushing the envelope here, but I’ve done it successfully before. A few years back I even planted wax beans on October 30, in a raised bed next to my house. The beans grew well, but due to the short days they wouldn’t flower. Finally, in early March, the flowered and set beans and I had a bean crop when most everyone else was just starting to plant theirs.

PLANT WHAT YOU EAT

I’ve been gardening long enough to know what I and my family will eat so that is what I grow. You know what you and your family will eat so grow that. Here’s a link to growing winter veggies—many of which I haven’t even tried (yet). I do experiment with a few different varieties every year just to see if a certain variety does better here than another one. That’s how I found the Anasazi beans, which grow extremely well here in the desert SW as that’s where they were developed.

https://greatist.com/health/seasonal-winter-produce-guide 

For all around good nutrition, it’s important to grow green, leafy veggies like lettuce, cabbage, kale, spinach, turnip greens and beet greens for their fiber as well as their nutritional value. Oh, and before I forget it you should grow sprouts year-round inside as they are tasty and highly nutritious. Some of the radish and broccoli plants I let go to seed are used for this purpose—and if I could grow clover and alfalfa (I’m working on that last one) I’d be totally self-sufficient regarding sprouts.
Here’s a link on sprouts.

http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/grow-your-own-sprouts-the-health-benefits/ 

GARDENING IS AN ART

I’ve often heard the best time to learn how to garden was thirty years ago and that’s about right. But gardening is an art and it’s never to late to start learning. Every year will be a new experience. You’ll have different weather conditions, different insect pests to deal with and sometimes different plant diseases to conquer. You’ll try growing different varieties of crops and in so doing you’ll learn which grow best where you live. The one thing I can promise you is that you’ll discover new and interesting challenges every single year you grow your own food.
If it was as simple as just planting seeds and waiting for harvest it would be a mechanical skill, like engineering. But you have to know the condition, temperature and pH of your soil to know when and what to plant. You have to know how deep to plant and whether a specific type of plant likes to be fertilized when the seed goes in or not. You need to learn how much and how often to apply water, how to tell when each variety is ready for harvest, how best to store your produce, how to get the plants you’ve selected to set seed, how to collect and store those seeds so they will remain viable, and I’ve just scratched the surface here.

You will eventually learn how to tell a good bug from a bad one, how simple things like pinwheels can deter moles and gophers, how to keep rodents out of your garden, how to spot a wilt or fungus before it spreads to other plants and much, much more.

There is a profound sense of satisfaction that comes from sowing seed, nursing plants through to maturity, then harvesting and eating a crop grown with your own hands. There is beauty in following the natural cycles of birth, growth, death and re-birth that happens every year as Spring progresses to Summer and Fall, then Winter and back to Spring. And while summer gardening is easiest 9save for pests), winter gardening can be very rewarding. Try it, and I think you’ll like it.

Feel free to email me with any comments or questions. I’ll be glad to help if I can.

Wryter2012@gmail.com 

 

AUTHOR RECOMMENDATION and FREE EBOOK

Please give my friend and occasional co-author Duane Lindsay's book a try. His "Missing Amanda" is available for FREE on his website. It's a 1950's era private eye tale with a surprise twist at the end and a lot of humor and unconventional action throughout. When I was editing it for him I found myself chuckling--a lot. Here's a link to his website:

Author Duane Lindsay

That's all for this month. May you all be healthy and prosperous. I'll see you next month--that's a promise, not a threat. :) 

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