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Old 04-01-2009, 04:31 PM
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I've always figured that if TSHTF, I'd like to use my preps as slowly as possible, since there's no way of knowing what will happen after the initial event. I hope to bug-out to a rural location, but if I can't, I decided to inventory what there is to eat in my immediate neighborhood. I'm not talking about a veggie garden- I mean stuff that grows naturally, or isn't normally considered to be food. A quick list-

Plants:
Purslane
Acorns
Hibiscus flowers
Cattails (I'm on a pond)
Lamb's Quarters
Bamboo

It's interesting to note that other than my garden, there isn't much plant matter to eat!

Animals:
Squirrel
Armadillo
Rabbits
Doves
Catfish
Bass
Bream
Crayfish
Stray dogs
Raccoon
Possum
Worms
Grubs
Snakes
Turtles
Alligator (!)
Ducks
Frogs

Being Florida, I'd have to do some in-depth study to find out if any of my other plants are edible. Many tropicals are quite poisonous! Living on a pond is a big plus, and by the time un-prepared people turn to pond critters, I'll have fished out most of it anyhow. It's an interesting exercise to look around your immediate location to see what opportunities (and weaknesses) there are. I'm on only 1/6 of an acre, but there's a pretty good variety if you're not picky. With our population density, though, it'll get picked clean pretty quick. We can garden year-round here, and much of the year there is more citrus than anyone wants. So- what's in your back yard?
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Moose
bear
deer
turkeys
chipmunk
squirrel
groundhog
rabbit
daylilies
amaranth
lovage
dandelion


I am currently working on turning all my landscaping into something edible and figuring out and edible parts to what is currently here. We have plenty of wild animals around here though.
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20 Acres, a Barn, A Shooting Range, a Tractor, Cows, Chickens, beginnings of a small garden, open field surrounded by acres of wooded area.
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Plants:
Dandelions
Blueberries
Bananas
Mint
Rosemary
Blackberries
Roses

Meat:
Tiny Little Dogs
Cats
Birds
Squirrels
Rabbits
Fish
Snakes
Frogs
Lizards
Insects
Neighbors

I am sure that theres more but I went blank.
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Down here in SW Florida there is always

The heart (or bud) of the cabbage palm. This is known as swamp cabbage.

Frogs and gators of all sizes, but don't kill a gator as it is against the law.

Rattlesnake.... very tasty when breaded and pan fried

Mullet

Deer

Crabs

It kept the pioneers alive.
Old 04-01-2009, 05:37 PM
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If I have to forage in my back yard, I'm not really worried about laws about wildlife- we'll be beyond that point. Good call on the cabbage palm- I don't have one in my yard, but they are in the neighborhood.
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rabbits, squirels, various birds including some big crows, dandelion, lambsquarter purslane, daylilly, junebugs, worms, grubs, crickets
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Mmmmmm, soylent green!

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I have a 10 acre lake full of bass, catfish, crayfish, and the occasional herd of ducks. Oh, wait, that's my front yard. My back yard is Forrest, full of critters. No, That would be a side yard. Hold on, no the side yard is a forested swamp. OK, now I am confused...See what living in the middle of the woods will do to you!
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64 Acres with woods, two creeks and a pond.

Plants and Trees:
Purslane
White Oak
Northern Red Oak
Cattails
Lamb's Quarters
Black Cherry
Persimmon
Red Mulberry
Black Rasberry
BlackBerry
Wild Garlic
Milkweed
May apple (see poisonous section also)
Wild Onion
Asparagus
Carrion flower
Pigweed
Green Pigweed
Stinging Nettle
Plantain
Common Chickweed
Pokeweed
Black Mustard
Wintercress
Dandelion
Common Burdock
Chicory
Ladys Thumb
Sassafras
Sugar Maple
Black Walnut
Peppermint
Jerusalem artichoke
Shagbark Hickory
Common elder
Hazelnut
Gooseberry
Strawberry

I have other plants I'm sure but these are the ones I have identified
As with all edible plants some may cause an allergic reaction.

Poisonous Plants:

Star of Bethlehem
Buttercup
May Apple (fruits are edible)
Horse nettle
Yellow Sweetclover
Pokeweed (young shoots are edible) I don't touch them
Poison Hemlock
Water Hemlock
Poison Ivy (don't burn it)

Animals and Insects
Grasshoppers
Crickets
Tomato hornworm
Squirrel
Rabbits
Doves
Catfish
Blue Gill
Crappie
Bass
Crayfish
Coyotes no Stray dogs
Raccoon
Possum
Worms
Grubs
Snakes
Whitetail Deer
Turtles painted,box and snapping
Frogs
Occasional Pigeon
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Behind my backyard (which DOES have a veggie garden) is a hill with 200 acres of woods with natural springs and streams. Edible plants/animals that these woods contain:

Plants
Dandelion
purslane
elderberry bushes
blackberry bushes
raspberry bushes
maple trees (for maple syrup)
daylillies
wild grape vines
apple trees
wild cherry trees
wild ginger
plantain
ferns

Animals

deer
black bear
squirrels
chipmunks
rabbits
groundhogs
wild turkey
grouse
doves
crows
there are also breeding pobulations of feral hogs, but I haven't found them yet. I HAVE seen all of the others at one time or another IN my yard, as well as in the woods right behind me.

That's all that I can think of offhand. There are other animals, that I'm not sure whether or not I'd want to eat:
skunks
opossums
gray fox
red fox
coyotes
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i have a parking lot where homeless people like to congregate and cause trouble.

you wouldnt believe half of the stuff ive seen. i live beside a strip mall that has the closest liquor store to the main homeless shelter in the city.

needless to say, when SHTF, in bugging out.
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Swing set, sand box, patio, swimming pool...3 million lost legos.
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Swing set, sand box, patio, swimming pool...3 million lost legos.
ya need to find the legos.Pugs might buy them.
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Not quite in my own backyard, but there are plenty of plump neighbors around here. Mmmm, soylent green
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So- what's in your back yard?
About every Rocky Mountain animal and plant, springs, ponds, forest etc. on and near my mtn place.
My backyard >
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