Organizing your home is more than filling boxes and bins with stuff. Some things must be close at hand – but not everything. The three tier system of organizing changes the way you think about the stuff in your home or home office.
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I have been doing some research on making home made dog food and it looks very doable plus I should save money compared to buying the caned dog food in the store. I bought some of the ‘fresh pet’ refrigerated dog food to see if my dogs would like/tolerate dog food not in a can. This week the dogs have been eating the fresh pet food and the pups seem to like it much better than the old canned dog food. Only one pup had an upset stomach during the change over to the new food. So for my first batch of home made dog food I’m going to replicate the basic chicken and brown rice recipe. The basic ingredients to start are:
Skinless chicken breast on sale
Low sodium chicken broth
Frozen peas and carrots until the garden starts producing vegetables. Other dog safe veggies in 6-8% total amounts. Green beans, broccoli, pumpkin, yams/sweet potato and berries.
Mineral supplements: until I get more bone broth made and can add some raw meaty bones to the dog’s diet.
No additional salt though I may add some dog safe herbs in the future for vitamins for the pups as I learn more about making dog food
That is the basic mix for the dog food but I will be adding a beef mix and bones as I find what works for my dogs and I learn more about dogie nutrition. I have learned that there are a lot things you should not feed a dog. Anything with garlic, onions or white flour is very bad for dogs. I’m steering clear of using whole wheat for any kind of doggie food grain/carbs. Dogs seem to have a gluten intolerance built in their DNA so easier to use other grains. From what I have research so far on dog safe grains is White or brown rice, steel cut oat meal, whole barley and some of the other gluten free grains like quinoa or a dry feed corn. All grains must be cooked before feeding it to your dog. If you have different data please let me know in the comments as I’m still a newbie at making dog food.
My goal is to feed my dogs better than just the average canned dog food. Make up a big batch of dog food and store it in the fridge or freezer and perhaps can the dog food for storage. While many people say they would feed pets scraps from the table. I would have no problem eating the Dog food I’m making other than adding spices, garlic or onions.
FIY: I stayed away from adding adding salt, pepper or herbs for this recipe but even I found the new mix tasty if a little bland. Adding a little salt and pepper after the food is done cooking should fix that bland taste.
Taste test: Brodie the big peke, loves the chicken and rice dog food! Tucker the peke is half the size of Brodie so 1 or 2 small meals a day fills him up. Tucker finished up the last of the “freshpet” food this morning so he might eat later.
I want to try out a beef & barley recipe, a modified beef stew and using some salmon/white rice recipes this spring. My plan is by using several types of protein, carb and veggie mixes I will get the pups all the vitamins and minerals they need to be healthy. Plus I will eliminate all the “fillers” and chemicals I read on the ingredient labels on ‘wet’ dog food cans.
I may grow a few pumpkins and make a better bed for Sweet potatoes as those are dog safe veggies/carbohydrates for the doggies to eat.
I know many preppers don’t store dog/cat food as they will feed via scraps, but I never cared for that idea as many table scraps are not good for my pekes. With some research I have made good tasting dog food that is darn tasty people food. I used bone-less chicken breasts (on sale) it seems that most home made dog food sites recommend using dark meat chicken and using ‘organ meats’ for the protein part of the recipe.
Overall I’m not sure this is a cheaper way to feed pets but I know the food is safe and I and the dogs like the food. I know I do not want to eat any type of canned pet food.
So get out your slow cooker/crock pot and start making your own pet food. Make some ‘bone broth’ buy cheap cuts of meat and slow cook the veggies and carbs for you and your pets.
I know that many preppers wince at the idea of fitness. There are lots of things in the prepper world that get the blood flowing. There are things like tactical gear, firearms and maybe those fearful articles about what is coming to the forefront in the future. What doesn’t often get preppers excited? Well, things …
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Apparently, according to my extraordinarily unscientific poll, when it comes to what country we think is going to be a big problem we give the nod to China. Not surprising, although what was mildly surprising was the way it was the top vote-getter.
The Chinese are famous for taking the long view of things. American politics tends to focus on short periods (like, say, four or eight years) when it comes to policy making… the Chinese, on the other hand, are in it for the long haul. I’ll give you an example:
I was reading an article about an airport in Sri Lanka that was built to handle a million passengers a year, but serves only 50,000. Who backed the construction of the airport? China. Why? Well, ostensibly its a development project for Third World countries. Mind you, its a development project that conveniently creates a large airport with runways capable of handling military transport. Interesting, that. And as you read about China’s other endeavours, you see more ‘long game’ maneuvering… long-term leases on huge swathes of African farmland spring to mind. And, again, those infrastructure improvements that look pretty noble and generous but are easily converted to military use.
You guys are all familiar with their recent activities in the South China sea, right? China is building islands in contested waters to give them a military launchpad for regional actions. Forward thinking stuff.
Economically, we hear about how China is the biggest buyer of US debt. A popular end-of-the-world scenario is China dumping that debt and doing tremendous financial damage to the US.
And there’s always that niggling little detail about how dang near everything we buy is Made in China. That includes electronic devices which sometimes mysteriously come with spyware already loaded into it that reports back to……?
Perhaps the Russians aren’t doing anything that China isn’t already doing, they just do it quieter. But, I’m of the opinion that between the two countries, I’d say China is a more viable threat than Russia because China’s focus is on economic warfare and dominance, whereas Russia seems to just go for the military. It’s the difference between being robbed by a shady accountant or by the guy in an alley with a baseball bat.
So, yeah, I’m in that percentage that voted China as the biggest problem.
There are lots of ways to make fire. I have seen some of the most amazing stuff from masters of bushcarft and things of that nature. You can start fire with practically anything that causes enough heat and friction. I always enjoy reading about the various items that people carry to assure that fire is …
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Survival Groups: Who’s In Who’s Out
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On this episode of Reality Check we discuss what skills and trades you might want in your group. Every survival group always thinks there are a few people with skills that are shoo-ins. Everyone says they want a blacksmith, a doctor, an herbalist, and usually someone who can reload ammunition. Those are great skills to have, but what about a veterinarian, a pharmacist, or a dental assistant?
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If you’re thinking of taking up fishing as a pastime, then you’re about to take your first step into an activity which requires a great deal of skill, finesse and accuracy. Fishing is also a hobby which can bring you a lot of joy if you’ve got the time and patience to learn. As you set out, the various techniques and pieces of equipment out there may cause you some confusion. Below is our “idiot’s” guide to 5 Essential Items for New Fishermen that you will need to invest in if you’re thinking of taking the plunge (forgive the pun)
Spending time outdoors is very therapeutic. The fresh air and the sight of natural vegetation will help you relax and forget some of your troubles. Life can get quite difficult and if you don’t find a good activity to blow off some steam, you may lose it all or even run mad. Camping is one of those activities that any physician would recommend for relaxing and unwinding and in this article we will tell you of the best way to camp which is by cabin tent camping. We all love cabins and how laid back they are and having a
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Regardless of what your preparedness plan looks like, it undoubtedly includes some form of food storage. Whether you’re planning for a week-long power outage or the worst case scenario, food and water will be at the top of your list of items to store. When it comes time to buying storage food, do you know what you’re getting? Will the food on your shelf see you through to the end of the disaster? The time to make sure you have the right storage food is before you buy it, not when the horde is pounding on your door. But, what
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Home remodeling can be an invigorating and interesting project. It’s undoubtedly one that calls for a lot of work and effort, however. It involves everything from comprehensive decision-making to extensive cleanup work and beyond. If you want your home remodeling process to go off without a hitch, then there are numerous convenient and effective cleanup options on hand for you. Work with a Home Renovation Company Professional contractors can offer you a property renovation experience that’s hassle-free, efficient and pleasant. Seasoned professionals can provide you with remodeling service that can accommodate any and all of your requests. Reputable professionals will
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Anchors away – but, wait, what’s your anchor attached to? Rope is an important but often overlooked part of maritime activity, serving many functions. Most widely used for docking, anchoring, towing, and rigging, rope is an important member of any boat crew! That’s why it’s important to pick rope for anchors and general marine use that will do its duty. In the end, most boaters will generally use either Nylon rope or Polypropylene rope, depending on the size of their boat, weather conditions, and the activity they need it for of course. To learn about the best rope for boating
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As an affiliate of Legacy Foods, I was told that they are running a temporary 20% off sale on all their merchandise If you have been meaning to check them out, or just add to your prepper stores, now is a good time – this kind of sale does not happen often! You MUST use the Coupon Code TRADEWAR This Sale Ends April 10th @ Midnight Here are some items I think you may like:
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The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the fundamental right of Americans to keep and bear arms. Purchasing a gun in the US, however, is subject to a federal background check, that is, if you buy a gun through a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL). Retailers at Walmart and other smaller- brink-and-mortar shops selling guns fall under this category. Should you find yourself charged with any violation of the Gun Control Act, you will need to have a gun criminal defense lawyer by your side to help you mount an effective defense in court. If you decide to purchase
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I’ll be the first to admit that this article is not going to be conventional by any means. It is aimed to firstly, make you aware of some pretty out there self-defense moves and then secondly, describe where and when you might use them and their intended effect.
Think not just about a robbery or mugging scenario, but also of some pretty hairy survival situations where you may be faced with man or beast and not have much in the way of weapons to defend yourself with. This is where your imagination and flight or fight instincts will kick in. Therefore having some pre-considered ideas and techniques is surely better than having none; well that’s my opinion anyway and I’m sticking you it. So in preparation for dealing with some crazy woodsman or hungry animal sizing you up for its next meal, I encourage you to continue reading.
#1. A Kick in the “Pants”
I’m sure you know what it means when a guy says “oh wow that is a kick in the pants” Well, that is because for any male out there, a foot or knee aimed straight between the legs is going to hurt a heck of a lot more than anything else. Heck, I think many of us would rather get shot or stabbed than kicked in the groin. Well, this doesn’t only go for humans, but for other animals too.
Now, it might sound kind of farfetched to be able to land that big kick on a grizzly bear’s private area, but I guarantee that if you manage to hit the goal, the bear will run away. Men are strong, but parts of them are extremely fragile and nothing shows that more than a good kick in the pants.
Whether you’re confronted with an angry moose, a bear, or anything else, when all else fails, it is definitely worth a try. If someone has you tied up in their remote cabin and is looking to eat your brain like our best friend Hannibal Lector, a kick in the pants will definitely get his attention too. If there is a man involved, or male animal of any kind, a good kick in the groin is a self-defense move to have in your arsenal.
#2. The “Stab”
Forgive me for being a little crude here, but in all fairness, the whole point of this article is to keep you alive, so you’ll need to be able to do anything and everything possible to make sure you stay that way. So when I say ‘the stab’, yes I mean, get a sharp, pointy object and stab the closest bad guy or animal that is a threat to you or your family.
Heck, if you are out in the woods, there are a million things you can pick up along the way to jab into someone’s or something’s face, eyes, nose, ears, or any other sensitive area. Pick up a stick, a fishing hook, your keys, sharpen your fishing pole. Do whatever you have to do to get yourself out of there and to safety. Now, I don’t condone violence in any way (honestly), but if it comes down to you or crazy old grizzly man Jones, you need to do whatever you can to stay alive. Nothing works better than a sharp, pointy stick.
#3. The Nose Kick
Now, this self defense technique is intended more to be used against animals than on people, but it will work for pretty much anything out there. It is fairly common knowledge that animals have sensitive noses, much more than us humans. They can smell much better, but they also feel much more pain when the nose is hit or injured. Therefore, a great self defense technique is to use those big hiking boots of yours and aim straight for their nose.
It might not be easy to connect with, but keep trying because your life might depend on it. Whether a bear, fox, wolf, wolverine, or anything else like that is bearing down on you, a good kick to the nose is really going to hurt and give you time to flee. It will give you enough time to get away, if the animal did not already run away.
#4. Get Big and Loud
Once again, this self defense technique is intended to be used towards animals and not people. When it comes to animals, they can often be much more scared of you than you are of them. For instance, your wife’s unyielding fear a tiny spider, even large animals have the same phobia and not surprisingly you can achieve the same affect with sound. Specifically, a lot of noisy irritating sound. This doesn’t mean that an angry mama bear or any other animal can’t come charging at you. They are known for doing so for sure. However, to play off of their fear, what often works is to make yourself big, loud and threatening.
This is shown to work with all kinds of predatory animals like bears, wolves, foxes, and other such animals. You need to make yourself as big as possible, stand tall, make your chest big, and stand on your toes. Try stomping your legs, beating sticks together, and anything else you can find to make noise too. Do keep in mind that this is for predatory animals, because facing down a bull moose will probably just get you gored by 14 foot antlers. Don’t face down non-predatory animals because it will not work well.
#5. Hand Down The Throat
Yep, I mentioned that this list was not going to be conventional, but when it comes to survival and self-defense moves, sometimes you have to get creative and they are often pretty unconventional. And this here technique does actually work in some instances. At any rate, if you are being attacked by something with big teeth, your first instinct might be to pull your arms and hands away from the mouth of the bear, wolf, lion, or whatever else. However, if left with no choice, meaning the animal is already on top of you, try shoving your fist as far down its throat as you can. This will definitely surprise your attacker at any rate and force them into making a pretty quick decision to either continue or cease and run away bravely.
Most predatory animals are often much quicker than we are, and when your initial reaction is to flee or pull away, this only inspires them to follow and chase you more. Something that has been done before and has shown to actually work is shoving your hand and arm as far down the throat of the animal as possible. Seriously, this is no joke and there have been many real life cases where this has been done. It will choke the animal, confuse it, and most important of all, it cannot bite down with your hand down its throat. After your remove your arm, the animal will most likely flee, but if not, you might be in for a rough night.
I do honestly think that these are some of the best self-defense moves that live in the unconventional and creative side of our minds. And for the more conventional side, here’s a good article with some of the more standard self-defense weapons that are easily attainable and compact to carry. When the going gets tough, you need to do whatever you can to stay in one piece and alive, even if that means using anything and everything that is at your disposal. Recalling some portion of an out there article on crazy self-defense moves for an unlikely survival scenario could just be your savior. However I sincerely hope you never have to use any of these.
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I think this translation of the familiar “spiritual warfare passage” lends a much stronger warning about who our enemies are, don’t you? And we are all familiar with the subsequent verses that speak of the spiritual armor that we must put on, as we prepare for battle.
But I recently listened to a teaching by Ian Clayton, an itinerant pastor who travels the globe teaching, ministering, and equipping the saints to become Sons of God. He gave me a completely new paradigm for warring in the spirit, and it isn’t about waging a conventional war. It doesn’t focus on battling in the physical sense that we usually picture. Mind you, I am not negating the importance of our spiritual armor or those times when we must engage the Enemy and his demons from a battlefield stance. But Mr. Clayton presented a whole new approach to warfare that focuses on rest and celebration. Follow along as I describe a new battle plan that is just as effective and powerful…
I believe you will agree with me that Psalms 23 is one of the most comforting passages in the Bible. It is the ultimate testimony from a young sheep herder, who would become King, that we are not alone in this world and do not have to face the dangers of living behind enemy lines without Someone who provides for us and protects us. The Psalm declares that the Lord is our Best Friend and our Shepherd. His love offers us a resting place and an oasis of peace. This oasis provides a place where my life can be restored and revived; where He opens pathways to the joy of the Lord, which becomes my strength and my pathway to increasing righteousness. [NOTE: It is a common trait for sheep on the hillsides of Israel to circle their way up higher. They eventually form a path that keeps leading them higher. This is what David is referring to here. Each step we take following our Shepherd will lead us higher, even though it may seem we are going in circles].
Then there is that valley of the shadow of death verse that speaks of fear and deep darkness of soul and spirit. But then David reminds us that we don’t have to fear death or darkness because our Shepherd is right there with us with His rod and staff to give us comfort. It’s all about recognizing that the Shepherd uses His rod to prod us forward [to look at the future of what the Kingdom government will do on the earth], while His staff is used when the sheep lag behind [a picture of us looking back to see what the government of the Kingdom has done in our lives]. The devil wants us to focus on the valley of the shadow of death because it is his ultimate weapon to get us to engage with him at his level (darkness and chaos).
But what is God’s counter move? He prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies! That’s right! We don’t suit up in our armor and ride forward into battle with an army of warring angels — we sit down at the Lord’s table and feast on the testimony of what His Kingdom has established… and right under the nose of the god of this world!
When you feel surrounded with the demonic armies of the devil, and chaos is reigning in your life, instead of gearing up for a strenuous battle, try this instead: ask the Lord to prepare His table for you right in front [and in the midst] of your enemies. Then have a seat at the table and have a celebratory feast of the goodness of God in your life. And the devil can’t do a thing about it! Because when you are seated at God’s Table, you are under His Banner of Love. The Enemy knows that you are seated under a covering of the Government of God and if he touches you, that Government is going to reach out and touch him!
One of the most profound elements of this kind of warfare strategy is that the Table of God is not a PLACE of war, but an ACT of war! It’s about the influence and position I have as a Daughter of the King in the midst of Satan’s evil chaos and darkness. As I engage in feasting at the Table [and in the midst of the Enemy’s sphere], he can no longer stand there. I am building a platform to become the footstool for God to step down and manifest His Presence there. I am bringing my testimony of God’s goodness in my life and His Government to the Table. As I feast and celebrate, it cultivates an atmosphere that brings in a different realm; God’s Light begins to permeate the dark. It’s as if a magnetic environment is created, drawing God’s footstool to the Table, so He can step down into my situation.
Can you see the difference in this kind of strategy of warfare? My focus is not on the Enemy but on the Table of God. I don’t need to bind demonic spirits in the Name of Jesus, but ask my Heavenly Father to bring His Banquet Table and place it in the midst of that territory where I am being attacked. I need to be cognizant that this is not my table, and it doesn’t need me to protect it. It is God’s Banner that comes over His Table [which is me]. My role is to visit the Table and celebrate at it! If I must do battle, I can engage the Enemy from the Table — after I’ve feasted on God’s goodness!
The ultimate message of this type of warfare is that we need to return to that Table time and time and time again. We need to engage with the joy and peace of God at His Table. That encounter at the Table changes the atmosphere by changing the frequency of Light in our body, and this along with the harmony we share with God will destroy the darkness of the Enemy.
Feasting at God’s Table brings you into alignment with the desires of His heart. He desires that we live in victory over everything in our lives. And when we feast on His Goodness and thank Him for all He’s done in our life and throughout history, we are filled to overflowing with His joy and His peace and His Holy Spirit. And one day, when our days are finished here on this earth, we will return to dine with Him in His House forever. And I can only imagine the banquet hall in Heaven where I will celebrate my victory and feast upon His glorious Presence for all of eternity!
Thank you to Ian Clayton for his refreshing teaching on rest and feasting as a spiritual weapon.
Psalm 91:15 I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel My Presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast.
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So, we have looked over our yard or pasture and decided it’s time. Maybe we’re just ready to learn. Maybe we want to avoid contamination recalls or boycott Big Ag. Or maybe A Bad Thing has happened – we lost our jobs or hackers squashed the power grid. We’re going to grow food.
It seems pretty easy. Poke a hole, drop a seed. Poof, magic, groceries will appear.
Not quite. There’s a whole separate article for actually churning the earth that will affect your success and the labor involved in growing groceries. Where exactly you plant is also majorly important. Some pre-prep can avoid serious headaches that come from discovering a major monkey wrench in our production plan.
We don’t even have to be on the cusp of digging in. We can use the information to not stick an asphalt pad, building, or shade tree in our prime locations, saving those for future need.
There’s also a step absolutely anyone should take before any significant earth work, especially if they’re going to be either ripping by hand or using larger machinery.
Plotting Crop Locations
Whether we have triple-digit acreage or tiny dooryards, we generally want to orient things so the longest, broadest sides of beds or rows faces the sun’s path. That’s setting one point due south and heading north until we reach our desired length, so the sun arcs across our beds evenly through the day.
Aiming for southern exposure also maximizes the amount of sunlight for our plants, if we can get it (flip for the southern hemisphere).
It’s not just compass direction, though. There’s actually something even bigger than orientation and southern-side placement of our rows and beds: Shade.
We have to take into account nearby buildings, trees, and even fences.
Not only do the crops require sunlight – with many of our staples and most productive veggies requiring 6-8 hours minimum – sunlight also affects how long our plots will be in production each season.
See, most plants are not big on cold bogs. Spots that are shaded take longer to dry out (and warm up) enough to work the soil and plant our seed. There are things we can do to lift soil beds or encourage water to infiltrate in one spot but drain from another, but one of the easiest solutions is planting somewhere the sun can help us.
To avoid shade, we map the shadows that cross our spaces. Ideally, we’ll do one at our average spring soil-prep and planting dates, one for the high season, and one for winter, and include aspects like bogginess and frost patterns. Each map will then give us better ideas of where specific growing methods and assists like hoops, cold frames, and greenhouses can generate maximum affect.
There are some detailed instructions here https://104homestead.com/sun-map-101/ and here https://www.motherearthliving.com/in-the-garden/mapping-sun-exposure-zb0z1710 for sun/shadow mapping. We can also give Google Earth a try, capturing the hour-by-hour and weekly/monthly shadows from that.
Prioritizing Other Factors
Now, we don’t want to play too free and loose deviating from a general north-south alignment. Otherwise, we might have to increase spacing to avoid plants and rows/beds shading each other out. Sunlight is still a major deciding factor for our crop placement – and success. But we do have some wiggle room.
Our terrain and climate can dictate some deviation. Our specific needs in lawn-to-crops turnaround time will, too, as well as our physical capabilities.
We for-sure, rock-solid want to follow the contours of our land if there’s substantial slope. We want to cross the face of hills, not run up them at any steep angles, particularly for bare-earth, in-ground rows of any significant length. Otherwise, we’re going to end up with rainwater and snowmelt churning channels, washing away soil and nutrients, and not really infiltrating.
That’s going increase our amendment and irrigation needs, as well as create physical land alteration.
Too, that water is going to end up somewhere. Maybe a ditch and out of sight, out of mind. Maybe, though, our front yard or a pasture or large-crop plot, which will end up inundated and boggy. That’s going to delay or prevent using that lower area.
To avoid creating problems for ourselves, we take the hit on compass direction and follow contours. We more strictly follow the contours the steeper the grade.
There’s an easy, low-tech method for finding contour in this article http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/12/08/gardening-break-box/.
Finding the grade can be done with a tape measure and a level several different ways. To get the percentage, it’s “rise over run” – divide the height of the elevation’s change by the length of the horizontal distance (converting to the same increments).
There are other reasons we might skip plotting true north-south lines or full southern exposure. We might have a small or odd-shaped location and just have to force a best fit. Or, our prime exposure pool is 10’ from the spring-summer shadow of a maple, so we scratch that off in hurry. (Maple roots will respond to irrigated, fertilized locations and mosey their way up into beds or rows.)
If we’re in a hot, bright climate, we might not actually want to maximize sunlight exposure. We might cant ninety degrees to nab some shade.
My market garden blocks are arranged at 20 and 30 degrees instead of straight north-south for no other reason than it matches the fences. It would make me crazy* to have them at a just-off diagonal. In my location, with my placements, the deviation isn’t a biggie.
*I could handle it if the fence and beds formed tidy 45-degree angles … and it really doesn’t impact my yield/profit, but I would still forgive anyone suggesting that the term should be “crazier”.
We also might shift our orientation to take advantage of areas where there’s already some undulation that matches our target bed/row and access widths, or where the lawn cover is going to be easier to rip – especially if we’re going to be attacking it manually.
Likewise, if we’re already strapped for time, cash, and labor, we might inspect our spaces for the least-aggravating weeds and fewest rocks, or for places that are less played-out and need fewer amendments.
Orientation and exposure is important, but “pretty close” is good enough most of the time. There are other things that will affect your yield more than being off a little bit, at every scale.
Threats & Capabilities
Other things to consider for placement are whether or not the garden or crop plot(s) are exposed to pets, livestock, or wildlife. That includes watching how our dogs respond to threats and not putting our beds/plots across their dedicated, beaten-bare paths, or where they will then go flying through them after every “intruder”. (After all, that behavior is what makes them an asset, not just a pet.)
Access is another biggie. We’re going to have to get in there for planting, weeding, and harvesting. Access can mean placing crops near fences/pavement/firm soil so we can use trucks or carts to bring in amendments, covers, and equipment. It’s also about leaving enough room to make repairs or snag big fallen limbs, and to make turns with mowers, tractors, animal-drawn implements, tillers, or seeders.
In all but a few places, we’re most likely going to have to provide at least a little water here and there. If we’re hauling or pumping that water, locations near rain catchment and where elevation can help us become hugely beneficial.
We may throw it out in times of desperation, but we also want to consider contamination from uphill – like septic and sewer systems that may/will fail in a widespread crisis, flooding risks around our humanure or outhouse, and runoff carrying our livestock’s wastes.
We also want to avoid places where wind is going to blow so much oak and maple seed into our soil that we actually rake and trowel it out or set up permanent insect mesh.
Wind itself can be a factor for all of us. We can absolutely invest in hurricane fencing, create sturdy trellises and teepees or bamboo fences for leafy vines to diffuse winds, or plant shelterbelts. If we need to convert that lawn to groceries now, though, or if our financial and physical budgets don’t stretch that far, we might go ahead and sacrifice some sunlight exposure or growing season in the name of sticking our beds or rows somewhere a little more protected.
It all factors in. Ideally, we’re making lists and notes along with our sun/shadow map.
Before Digging Starts
One, we always want to call for utilities mapping before we dig. Then, go out with a pitchfork/hay fork (ideal) or garden/spading fork. Poke your way across your target area as if you were aerating the lawn. Should you poke into areas where the skinny prongs do not penetrate as deeply and easily, investigate – carefully, and by inches; not, whammo, full-bore with a pointy shovel or pickax.
Finding bottles, a gravel pit, a buried cistern, or the long-lost 1940’s water shutoff is just a bonus. What you’re really after is finding any cunningly waiting spider web of 1-4” tree roots lurking 2” under the lawn.
You can absolutely hack these things up. That may be a simply fantastic idea if you look it over and realize these roots are getting pretty close to water/septic/sewer/gas lines. Maybe-maybe not so fantastic if you’re going to destabilize a tree (and depending on where it’s going to fall).
Hacking out bunches of tree roots is bunches of work. It’s also going to be an ongoing battle. If it’s just one or two, and not so bad, okay. Go for it. If we don’t have the time or labor, if we’re against a clock, we may want to just note them and opt for sub-prime orientation or locations, or go surface-up with our beds.
Placing Our Plots
That’s a lot of factors to consider. And there are more, with even more specific details. I’ve hit some in other TPJ articles, from siting for efficiency and winter-spring tasks that can help us refine placements, to the space-efficiency and defense aspects of castle gardens. So have other contributors.
As preppers, we typically have a whole spectrum of things we’re trying to devote time and funds to. It’s tempting to just wing it, or to stick with sunlight as our sole deciding factor. Take it from the “ounce of prevention, pound of cure” mentality. Doing it right the first time avoids pains and re-do’s down the road. Those can be hugely costly and labor intensive when it comes to gardens and property.
Most of us expect to be busier than ever if A Bad Thing ever happens. Taking the time now to plan our crop production so it takes less work and resources, and causes less damage, has a lot of benefits for the future.
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Hope y’all don’t mind my disrupting all the arguing :). I have what I think is important evidence regarding eliminating cancerous conditions. Firstly, thanks to everyone for the info, much good research to jump off from here.
As some of you know, I was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of uterine cancer. That diagnosis, fortunately, turned out to be incorrect. The pathology was released prematurely before the chem stains were complete. The pathology report didn’t look right to my surgeon so he did a follow-up and turns out I did not have serous cell cancer, but I did have uterine cancer.
The day after I found out about the (not serous) cancer I began a modified Gerson diet, supplements including dandelion root supplements and tea along with an extremely potent cannabis tincture 1:1 cbd/thc. I took the dandelion and cannabis tincture protocol with the specific purpose of reducing vascular growth to the tumor and to cause apoptosis of the cancer cells.
I was bleeding heavily from the tumor (severe anemia), but within one week of intensive cannabis protocol the bleeding had almost completely stopped but I was still bleeding heavily at night so I doubled the dosage and within another week bleeding had nearly stopped at night. The week before surgery I eliminated all supplements plus sharply reduced my tincture use and started bleeding again. Pathology after surgery indicated the tumor was undergoing apoptosis; possible clear cell had not developed.
Cancer is gone. I’m now doing maintenance dose at a reduced level which is appropriate in case of distant metastisis.