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    Survival Gardening

    Jackie’s tips for
    hardcore homesteading

    By Jackie Clay

    Many of us have a garden and enjoy fresh vegetables during the summer and fall. Maybe we even have a few chickens for eggs and meat. But many of us may want to extend our homesteading to what I call “hard-core” homesteading. This is serious homesteading, aimed at being able to provide your family with nearly all of its basic needs.

    Luckily, most of us with a piece of out-of-the-way land can become nearly “store-bought-free,” raising much of what we need in nearly the same way as did our ancestors.

    There is a vast difference between this type of survival homesteading and stars-in-the-eyes, back-to-nature, recreational homesteading to relieve stress and provide enjoyment. The difference is not so much in how-to, but in discipline and learning.
    http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/clay62.html

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    *Non-electric survival gardening*
    By: CountryMouse
    25 July 2003

    Back on June 13, I decided that it was time my niece and nephews learned some…yes, that dreaded "R" word…Responsibility.

    I was doing my brother a favor and watching the kids, so we (read I) decided to put in a garden for them to tend at my mom’s place. Mom and Dad had an area where they would put a few plants, but nothing major since they are up there in years.

    Armed with a GardenClaw™, a few rakes and several packets of seeds, we headed out to plant our garden. Now most of ya are thinking "well, ain’t it a bit late to be just starting a garden?" Yes, it was a rather late start, but as LL4e has mentioned several times, the weather goes in cycles. It rained 25 of the 31 days in May and was colder than normal. Everything that had been planted by others rotted in the ground or washed away. They were calling for the same weather conditions in June for our AO as well, just a bit warmer than May.

    The area we were planting in hadn’t been seeded in two years, so we first needed to clear out the weeds. These were picked and pulled and as I turned up the ground with the Claw™, the kids were able to get the weed roots and clumps better. It was around 98* that day, so we kept water nearby and took frequent breaks as the area has no shade.

    With all three of them working at the weeds and the few stones we happened upon, it didn’t take very long till I could rake the area smooth and begin laying out the seeds. We did a short row of sweet corn in the back near the fence with wax beans and green beans in front of it. Farther down the fence, we planted snap peas. In front of the peas, we planted eggplant. All of these veggies were voted on by the kids. Our next move was to plant lettuce, collards and carrots in a tote that would sit on the deck.

    So…our success…….well, all I can say is it’s very good we weren’t counting on those crops. Of the 40 seeds of corn, only 5 came up. We have 16 of the 30 wax bean plants, 5 of 30 green bean plants, no eggplant came up and we have 10 of the 20 peas. Of the plants that came up, all have flowers and are growing, just not very big. The lettuce and collards are both doing great and the carrots are growing as ok….just not as well as I had hoped. I have been using Scott’s™ fertilizer on the garden and it doesn’t seem to be performing as the Miracle Grow™ has in the past.

    One thing to remember, this was not intended as a survival garden. It was planted to give the kids something to do over the summer and to teach them responsibility. Had this been a survival situation, the entire ½ acre back field would have been planted as well as the ¼ acre lower field and given the performance of some of the seeds, we would have starved, since we couldn’t plant earlier than we had.

    A few other observations…

    1. Working the ground with the Claw™ is still very hard work….regardless of what they say about it on TV. You need to wear gloves (had the blisters to prove this) and one thing that got old quick was having to turn it in the same direction all the time.
    2. You need to really convince irresponsible kids from irresponsible adults to do this. If you make it fun, it holds their attention a bit longer.
    3. Plan ahead for your planting area. This was done spur-of-the-moment (typical me) and planned as we went along.
    4. Don’t wait till afternoon when it’s the hottest out to start gardening. It will kill you before you really start.
    5. Taking 2 five minute breaks every hour or so is not enough in the heat…especially with kids and not being used to it due to previous cooler temps. Retreat to the shade when possible and keep plenty of cool drinking water on hand.
    6. Get the notion that you are super-human and can do the job of a machine in the same time frame as a machine out of your head. What seems like it won’t take that long will take longer given certain conditions. Heat and humidity can and will work against you.
    7. Check your seeds. Everything had at least a few plants come up except the eggplant, which is a family favorite. We planted the entire package of seeds and got nothing from them. Make sure you store seeds you know will be at the very least partially successful in growing. *BTW…all of the seeds we planted were hybrids.
    8. Stick with what you know will work. Miracle Grow™ worked for me in the past and that’s what I store. Just figured I’d try something new this time around. The results sucked.

    Now, there was a nice little bonus to doing all of the gardening by hand…it was great exercise! Got the blood pumping and I felt much better afterward. In fact, I actually slept that night!

    Remember, if you’re not trying it or doing it, then it doesn’t work!

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    You know, I actually prayed for this.

    I've also been reading about peak oil and peak natural gas. We're just past peak food now, food shortages are already at our door.

    And famines+recessions=financial depressions.

    ***
    Any other websites please post them.

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    Re: Survival Gardening

    Quote Originally Posted by EveryKnee
    You know, I actually prayed for this.

    I've also been reading about peak oil and peak natural gas. We're just past peak food now, food shortages are already at our door.

    And famines+recessions=financial depressions.

    ***
    Any other websites please post them.
    No doubt brother, the drought, floods, and the April freeze decimated crops in the USA. Add that to the disappearing bee population and the worldwide population explosion and famine is not just a theory it is a guarantee. The birth pangs have started and soon the Great Tribulation will begin!!!
    :cool:

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    I don't know where you live but this might cover you EK ;)
    http://www.admediapro.com/freebee/
    It's cool you can listen while you post ;) Las Vegas is always busy.oh! oh! assault with a deadly weapon call as I write this lol :D

    Where There Is No Dentist
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    Where There Is No Doctor
    http://www.hesperian.org/publications_download.php#wtnd

    How to Build a decent Wilderness Survival Kit
    http://www.m4040.com/Survival/Survival%20Kit.htm

    The Internet Grocer
    Best Prices Storable Foods
    http://www.internet-grocer.net/index.htm

    I have ton of stuff like this on my website as we are a small group of Patriots preparing for the coming Chaos. maybe you can join and help me convert some of them! ;)

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    oh! oh! A fight has broken out!!! Las Vegas is a crazy city I'm sure. ;)

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    The Third Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

    We're happy to announce that the Third Temple will soon grace the Temple Mount and serve as a royal House of Prayer for ALL Peoples who yearn to love and obey and learn more about the God of Jacob.
    Once the Temple is rebuilt it is the final unfulfilled pre-Trib prophecy to my knowledge !!! :eek: My shepherds and I are well prepared and highly motivated and may God have mercy on those people who disregard the warning signs.

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    Re: Survival Gardening

    Luke 22
    35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
    36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
    37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
    38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

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    You can do this, just go to yahoo.com and in your search put down survival forums you will find lots of places to buy things. and and and and and and and just practicing my and and and and anyways, the bees have been dying for years, ever since they MONSANTO started their genetically modified seed and toxic chemical spraying. It just was not reported. Then 6 years ago MONSANTO decided to use a pesticide called NICOTENE ... the same stuff they use when they use on Termites. Please people do not use that toxic poisons, there are alternative non-toxic sprays to use for your home. So the EPA asked the Entomologist ( they study insects) why the bees were dying ( 6 years ago they asked) The Entomologisit told them it is the NICOTINE pesticides. BUT THE EPA is still using it, knowing they are killing off the bees. They will not stop, seems they want the bees to die, what do you think? You see, ingesting this toxic, destroys their immune system, which destroys their pattern of thinking, they dont know how to get back to the nest and they just DIE, it is like keeping taking those toxic vaccines, eventurally it destroys your body, surely the toxins in the vaccines induces cancers, and destroys the central nervous system and erodes the myelin shealth. SO EVER SINCE MONSANTO came out with geneticially modified seeds ( GEORGE BUSH LOVES MONSANTO, he approves of them. They dont have to worry they have their underground city down there in DC. They have their green houses and their own bees. So as you know 75% of the foods you eat are GMO and they do not have to label it, which is against the LAW I think. Food shortages will come about because of the bees dying. EPA loves to kill the bees. Not only bees, but butterflies and ladybugs and praying mantis the good benefiical insects the EPA is killing them. They should be sued, but you know that will never occur. Eventually they MONSANTO will buy all the seeds away, so no one will be able to plant gardens. So I suggest that you stock up on seeds. That air0garden suppose to be good, but you need to buy their grow lights and their seeds, but they are making it soon where you can use regular seeds, that be a good idead to buy a few of them, pay monthly. I heard once, the gov would make sure that no one could have a garden. Remember, times are going to get worse.

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    I forgot to tell you, the gov has a deal with China, you know them, dont cha! they will get 40% of the veggies from them, eeeeewwwww! What i have seen on the news, I don't think I would consume any of their veggies, they use toxic chemicals too and who knows what they would use. I use organic veggies anyways. But, that is the deal. I heard their sea food is tainted too, lots of it comes from there someplace. Support your organic farmers you be safer and not ingesting toxic poisons.

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    the "global elites" want to bring in the new world order, that one government order. they say 2010 to 2015. It will be short lived, what they want will never eventually come true, I have to laugh at those evil monsters. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHAAA They will be wiped out in Armageddon!

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    i freeze my unused seeds and will keep some of my corn crop for seed as well. :D My corn, green beans, potatoes, carrots and tomatoes are doing great! My okra, radishes, broccoli and cucumbers aren't doing so good. :(

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    Thanks BVR, I can use a few of those links. You're alright, I don't care what I might say about you. ;) :D
    I was just looking at the stripped tomatos on the one site. I got to get some of those. My entire garden is doing pretty good so far. People keep asking what those beautiful plants I have around the front porch are...squash. When I'm grilling all I got to do is reach down from the porch and pull a squash or an eggplant slice it, brush it with olive oil and lay it on the grill. If that aint redneck I don't know what is. :D
    I always keep a few seeds and put them up in the freezer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolinahound
    Thanks BVR, I can use a few of those links. You're alright, I don't care what I might say about you. ;) :D
    I was just looking at the stripped tomatos on the one site. I got to get some of those. My entire garden is doing pretty good so far. People keep asking what those beautiful plants I have around the front porch are...squash. When I'm grilling all I got to do is reach down from the porch and pull a squash or an eggplant slice it, brush it with olive oil and lay it on the grill. If that aint redneck I don't know what is. :D
    I always keep a few seeds and put them up in the freezer.
    lmao gee thanks buddy :D

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    Our Garden is looking good!!! :D

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