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Winter Maintenance Tips For Your Survival Garden

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If your little land of crops has become all snow, ice & nothing nice (like everyone else), then these winter maintenance tips for your garden will come in handy. Remember that plants don’t grow much now, even if they do, thanks to the colder temperatures & shorter days. Let’s help you tuck your garden in for its annual nap, so it can wake up healthily & flourish next year.

5 Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Survival Garden


Clear Out Bush


You have to clear out debris & weeds before the soil becomes too hard & crusty, as these are nesting spots for insects in winter. To do the job, you can use your hands or rent a gas- or electric-powered tiller. By tilling the soil, you eliminate weeds that grow deep in the soil and reduce the count of insects making your garden their winter getaway apartment, like the Japanese beetles. 

It is important to do this because aphids, beetles, grubs & similar insects lay eggs on leaves & stalks, AND fungi & fungal pathogens grow on rotting veggies. They sink deep into the soil, survive the winter & resurface in spring to damage tender plants. What’s more, these spores will attract more destructive insects. While dead, rotten vegetation can make organic fertilizer, it’s hard to know if the plants are free from diseases & pests, so it is in your best interest to completely take them out.

If weeds don’t appear after you till the soil, cover the soil with a cardboard layer or black plastic and leave it until spring. Most weeds die under plastic, but you should know they never really go away. They can germinate between summer and fall and grow in spring. As a proactive measure, you may apply pre-emergent herbicides to your garden bed.

Know Your Herb Garden Zone


Some herbs may perform well in cold weather, while others may do very poorly as soon as the temp drops below 32°. If you do not want to lose any of these valuable herbs, all you have to do is cut them & store them in a glass of water. They’ll start growing with time, and then you can transplant them or use some of the stems in cooking. 

  • Sage is a perennial plant & will regrow in spring very fine.
  • Parsley grows biennially & can do well under exposure to light frost USDA Plant Hardiness Zones & below. It performs poorly when transplanted.
  • Rosemary is tender and an evergreen that can’t survive the outside in zones 5 & colder.
  • Thyme appears like the opposite of rosemary, given that it stops all growth in fall before resuming in spring. 
  • Basil can’t survive the winter on its own. Bring this tender perennial inside for the winter. 
  • Oregano & chives are hardy perennials with the ability to survive cold temps.
  • Avoid the temptation of fertilizing herbs after August because this will cause the growth of new ones that won’t survive the winter. Plant water herbs from late summer to fall. Once plants are 4–6” tall, which is after their first freeze, prune them. 

Note that winter can be funnily unpredictable. So, if necessary, bring your basil & parsley indoors as well.

Prune Berries


Usually, berry shrubs are quite hardy. Fall pruning is, nonetheless, advisable.

Blackberries: plant these berries in the fall. When planting, make your mounds around the stalks so stems can’t be pulled from the ground by hard frosts. Disassociate trailing blackberries from canes and heavy mulch from the cover. Straight blackberries typically do better in the cold than the trailing ones. Whatever though, the canes must be protected from the stinging winter wind.

Raspberries: these summer-bearers have to be pruned in fall. Cut them down to the ground after their fruits ripen & drop. They will regrow in spring. It is best to grow primocane raspberries in winter or just cold conditions because they’ll bear fruits in summer on old canes & then bear again in autumn on new canes. Don’t forget to cut them down in fall.

Strawberries: strawberries can manage light frost but hardly deep freeze. Timing is crucial. After the fall of the first heavy frost, they have to be shielded with a straw layer of 3–5”. Doing this despite that the plants are having their active growth will smother them. Use pine needles, straw & well-shredded leaves to keep your strawberries warm throughout winter.

Pay Some Attention to Perennials


Normally, perennials regrow automatically yearly, but this doesn’t mean a little tender loving care every fall would hurt. In fact, this will give you a head start when spring comes. During fall, water perennials & flowering shrubs and reduce their height to 3 inches when the ground freezes. Cover with a layer of thick leaves, straw, or mulch. If you intend to plant new flowers cum spring, cover the soil with black plastic, or use pre-germinate herbicides to prevent weeds’ growth (as advised above).

Other mulches to use for perennials are hemlock, pine post peelings & dried grass clippings, all of which protect the roots from freeze-thaw destruction through insulation. Before mulching, however, you have to wait till the ground is starting to freeze. Water your perennials during dry spells in winter & when there is no snow.

Perennials that need winter mulching include lavender, English Daisy, pincushion flower, ajuga, chrysanthemum, wallflower, bergenia, & St. John’s wort.

Perennials that do not need mulching to survive winter include daylily, purple coneflower, aster, iris, black-eyed Susan, poppy & creeping phlox.

Move Plants Outdoors?


Regardless of how cold-hardy some herbs are, it may be better to move them indoors when winter arrives. In fact, I think that all plants should be moved in during winter if there’s enough space. If there are constraints, however, observe the herbs to know which to move in. 

Leave crops with obvious signs of infection. Although neem oil can be treated off, it is best to just dispose of plants infested with it. Be observant after moving plants inside. The sudden change in humidity & light can cause plants to go into shock that will cause their leaves to shrivel & drop. 

Concluding The Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Survival Garden


There’s always time to plan for spring, even if you haven’t started already. Prep up your taste buds for delicious & healthy herbs by keeping to these winter maintenance tips for your survival garden. Having to look forward to the tasty fruits, veggies & flowers is just great, don’t you think so?



Grid Operator Raises Alarm as Power for Millions Threatened

Grid Operator Raises Alarm as Power for Millions Threatened

( – A power grid operator is sounding the alarm over the impending closure of a significant coal plant due to green agenda initiatives.

The coal plant serves millions of Americans in the mid-Atlantic region.

The DC and all or parts of 13 states and the PJM Interconnection, which manages wholesale electricity flow, warn that the scheduled shutdown of a coal-fired power plant will seriously threaten the electricity supply.

The 65 million-customer power grid operator issues a warning, stating that blackouts may happen before the startup of new power sources.

According to PJM Interconnection, the region’s grid dependability will be impacted by the impending closure of the coal-fired Brandon Shores power station, which is situated outside of Baltimore.

As part of an agreement with the left-leaning environmental organization Sierra Club, the plant’s operator, Texas-based Talen Energy, plans to deactivate the facility in June 2025.

“There has been a strong push for quite some time to get coal power out of Maryland,” Christopher Summers, the founder and president of the Maryland Public Policy Institute, said in a statement.

“In this accelerated timeline of exiting from coal-fired power plants in the coming 12 to 24 months, I think it’s going to create a major reliability concern for the state.”

“The loss of power poses a real danger to the well-being and livelihoods of Maryland families and businesses,” Summers said.

“Until these current risks to our grid are fully dealt with, it’s a mistake to close reliable, baseload power plants too soon. That should be a concern to consumers in Maryland and businesses in Maryland that rely on dependable power.”

2020 saw the announcement by Talen Energy that it and Sierra Club had come to a deal to close Brandon Shores and two other significant coal-fired power plants in the area.

The decision was made in return for a commitment by the Sierra Club to forgo further legal action or disagreements over permits about coal at Talen Energy’s “transitioning sites.”

According to Talen Energy’s then-CEO Ralph Alexander, the move was a component of the company’s shift to green energy and its larger future focused on environmental, social, and governance (ESG).

The corporation intends to completely phase out the use of coal in its wholly-owned power facilities by its present far-left ESG commitments.

Prematurely closing down Brandon Shores, which has a capacity of 1,295 megawatts or more than a million homes, would cause an imbalance in the system, according to PJM Interconnection.

The regional grid operator must redirect electricity generated elsewhere to shut down such an essential power source.

Still, Maryland transmission upgrades won’t be completed for another three years, until 2028, following the scheduled shutdown of Brandon Shores.

“The PJM region and the state of Maryland are facing future reliability challenges as a result of the announced retirement of the Brandon Shores units,” said Jeff Shields, a spokesperson for PJM Interconnection.

“Specifically, PJM analyses showed that the deactivation of the Brandon Shores units would cause severe voltage drop and thermal violations across seven PJM zones, which could lead to widespread reliability risks in Baltimore and the immediate surrounding areas.”

“Therefore, there is an urgent need to upgrade the transmission system in order to maintain reliability and the flow of power to the 65 million people we serve,” Shields said.

“The chosen transmission solutions include in-service estimates in the 2027-2028 timeframe.”

Due to the short lead time, PJM has asked that Brandon Shores continue to operate under a “Reliability Must-Run Agreement” through 2028 or until transmission modifications are finished.

Shields pointed out that such an agreement cannot proceed due to Talen Energy’s agreement with Sierra Club.

Furthermore, Talen Energy finally abandoned its plan to convert Brandon Shores to a different, less polluting fuel source. It shut down the facility entirely, which may raise more reliability issues in the future.

PJM and Talen Energy stated they are in talks with the Sierra Club and Maryland state representatives to find a solution.

“Talen is currently in discussions with PJM and others regarding the reliability issue claimed by PJM,” Talen Energy spokesperson Taryne Williams said.

“We are always mindful of regional electric system reliability and how it relates to electricity consumers in Maryland,” stated Maryland Public Service Commission spokesperson Tori Leonard.

Leonard pointed out that PJM is in charge of running the regional transmission grid dependably.

To thwart the Brandon Shores shutdown, PJM proposed an emergency plan for transmission enhancements worth up to $800 million, which was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) earlier this month.

On November 8, FERC Commissioner Mark Christie stated that the shutdown might result in “severe voltage collapse in Baltimore and the surrounding zones, including Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, Delaware, and southeastern Pennsylvania” and that this would be “potentially catastrophic” if proper upgrades were not made.

“Closing an efficient, low-cost energy-producing plant like Brandon Shores is just one more way America is surrendering our energy advantage to China and Russia,” Rep. Andy Harris, the sole Republican member of Maryland’s congressional delegation, said in a statement.

“It is foolish to think that anything will come of this short-sighted energy policy, cooked up by the out-of-touch liberals who run Maryland, other than even more expensive electricity bills for hard-working, over-taxed Maryland families,” he said.

Maryland has pursued some of the country’s most ambitious sustainable energy goals.

The Climate Solutions Now Act, passed by the state last year, is a component of that plan and mandates that Maryland attain a “net zero” carbon emissions standard by 2045.

Governor Wes Moore, a Democrat who took office in January, has demanded that by 2035, the state’s electrical grid run entirely on renewable energy.

He says this may be accomplished by reducing energy use and “supercharging investments” in solar and wind energy technologies.

“Governor Moore remains committed to a vision for Maryland’s future that includes 100 percent clean energy — a commitment that will bring countless jobs and hundreds of millions in economic investment across the state,” Moore’s spokesperson Carter Elliott said.

“Earlier this year, the governor was proud to sign the POWER Act and partner with Orsted to announce Maryland’s First Offshore Wind Turbine Component Center at Tradepoint Atlantic.”

“Orsted’s projects will support the creation of thousands of jobs in Maryland, power nearly 300,000 homes with renewable energy, and help the state achieve its goals of 8.5 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2031.

“At every opportunity, the governor has worked aggressively to help Maryland meet its energy goals, and he will continue to lead the state with that goal at the top of mind while maintaining grid reliability and protecting ratepayers.”

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ALERT! Black Friday, Cyber Monday Scams to Watch Out For

ALERT! Black Friday, Cyber Monday Scams to Watch For

( – It’s time for the yearly Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales when consumers scramble to get the most incredible bargains before the hectic holiday shopping season begins.

However, Concerned Patriot cautions that cybercriminals have excellent opportunities during significant sales events.

“Fraudsters are becoming increasingly clever as technology evolves, and during this busy shopping period, it provides the perfect opportunities to exploit the increased volume of transactions and potentially catch shoppers off guard.”

These are a few of the most prevalent frauds to be aware of throughout the holiday shopping season.

Immediately needed requests for updated billing data

Sometimes, to trick customers into entering their bank information into a phony website, scammers will email them stating that their billing information has to be updated immediately.

Instead, we suggest that customers contact the retailer directly to ensure they are getting accurate information.

Phony websites offering discounts on well-known goods

Fake websites occasionally advertise deals on products that are ultimately bogus, deceiving customers into paying for stuff they will never receive and disclosing their payment information.

This occurs when buyers look for popular items on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Concerned Patriot advises customers to use the Better Business Bureau to verify the genuineness of goods and dealers.

Email phishing

Like the rest of the year, bargain hunters should be on the lookout for phishing emails this weekend. These emails attempt to deceive recipients into clicking on dangerous links and divulging personal information.

Phony alerts for package tracking

Scammers sometimes send phony shipment tracking notifications using an email attachment or link. This can be used to trick customers into visiting phishing websites or downloading malware onto their devices.

Concerned Patriot advises customers to verify tracking information via a seller’s website, as reputable vendors will not provide tracking numbers via an email attachment.

Instant messages containing links to ostensibly amazing offers

Concerned Patriot advises customers to be wary of direct messages that offer links to purportedly fantastic Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

Fraudsters frequently use fake URLs to direct customers to retailer websites, where they can click on links that infect their devices with malware.

Customers should instead go straight to a retailer’s website to make sure they are, in fact, giving a deal.

False charitable organizations

Many Americans also participate in Giving Tuesday after the famous shopping weekend. Scammers do, however, occasionally try to trick well-intentioned donors by using phony charity.

Consumers can usually identify fraudulent organizations by payment methods, as they frequently exclusively take cryptocurrency, gift cards, and wire transfers.

Phony social media profiles

Sometimes, con artists use social media personas to fool customers into divulging personal information or purchasing phony products.

Concerned Patriot advises customers to look for verified social media accounts with more significant followings before clicking on a profile.

Deceptive evaluations obtained via “review exchange” clubs

Sellers occasionally participate in “review exchange” organizations, trading things for kind and frequently deceptive product ratings on websites like Amazon.

Customers should examine reviews from various official shops to obtain more accurate reviews.

Unlicensed vendors

Shoppers should be cautious of unlicensed vendors during the weekend discounts as they might not appropriately display, package, handle, or ship products, which could make returns or exchanges more challenging.

Lost or stolen gift cards

Because gift cards are so popular during the holidays, con artists occasionally dupe customers into buying phony or stolen gift cards.

Only official retailers’ storefronts or websites should be used to purchase gift cards.

Enjoy the holidays, and always remember to stay vigilant. Happy Holidays!

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Citizens OUTRAGED as Town Officials Approve Flying Palestinian Flag

Citizens OUTRAGED as Town Officials Approve Flying Palestinian Flag

( – North Andover, Massachusetts, officials obtained a permit on Monday that permits the flying of the Palestinian flag on the town common.

The black, white, red, and green flag was hoisted Tuesday morning and will stay there until December 7, according to Boston 25 News.

Monday night’s board meeting, postponed due to “threats of litigation as well as public safety concerns,” drew attendance from supporters and opponents of the flag’s display on town land.

Salma Boulal, a local, attended the meeting and told the news station that Palestinians should have the same rights if Israel is allowed to fly its flag on North Andover Common.

Numerous police officers were present at the conference to maintain order.

According to town manager Melissa Rodrigues, an application to fly the flag was apparently filed in the town on October 16, just six hours before town authorities changed their flying flag regulation.

Before the regulation change, a town citizen could apply to fly a flag on the town flagpole.

Although the subject of a flag cannot be considered when assessing an application given under the previous regulation, Rodrigues stated that the application led to the flagpole being evaluated for a public forum.

By a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Shurtleff v. Boston, the new regulation restricts the usage of the flagpole to declarations of official speech.

It prohibits the flying of any other flags associated with any particular culture.

“According to the decision in the Shurtleff case, the Town may not prohibit a flag from being flown based on its content, its meaning, or its message,” concluded Rodrigues.

“This limitation on the Select Board’s discretion indicates that denial of a resident’s flag application under the prior policy places the Town in jeopardy of legal action,” she added.

Additionally, the TV channel stated that since Hamas began attacking Israel in early October, the town has permitted the Israeli flag to fly in the Town Common.

Congregation Ahavat Olam, which translates to “everlasting love” in English, is led by Marc Freedman, who told Fox News Digital that he was appalled and appalled by the town’s choice to fly the Palestinian flag.

He added that doing the right thing is more essential than paying the price, citing the possibility of legal action if the town had refused to allow the flag to be raised.

“The town was a coward,” according to Freedman. “I don’t believe the flag should have been raised because today it is a symbol of hatred and antisemitism.”

Although the 57-year-old has lived in North Andover for 25 years, he has never attended a Town Select Board meeting before Monday night.

He said there were perhaps 600 individuals in the room on Monday, and the select board had allowed three minutes for everybody wishing to speak. However, he said that the public comment period would have to end after sixty minutes.

According to Freedman, two microphones were put up, with supporters flying the Palestinian flag positioned at one and opponents at the other.

He remarked that some people should be kicked out of the room because they occasionally chanted phrases like “from the river to the sea.”

In the end, the board decided to raise the Palestinian flag. At the same time, several members acknowledged—according to Freedman—that they might disagree with the decision but had to approve it based on legal opinion.

Not all towns in Massachusetts have approved raising the Palestinian flag in the town square, like North Andover.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported last week that Worcester, the second-largest city in the state, flew the flag in front of City Hall.

Similar to North Andover, last month, following the terrorist assaults in Israel on October 7 by Hamas, the Israeli flag was flown for a week in Worcester.

The only flag representing a country in the United States should be the American flag. Do you agree?

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