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  1. Opened my beans and rice after 6 years

    Food and water
    Hello All: I opened some white rice and red pinto beans, which were stored 6 years ago. They were in sealed mylar bags inside of food grade 5 gallon buckets with sealed lids. I had also put oxygen absorbers in both bags. There were no bugs or contaminants in either bag. The rice looked...
  2. Bean prices online are insane

    Food and water
    I couldn't believe it. My favorite was the 25 pounds, assorted types including rice for $150. I have just taken it for granted because my Walmart has been OK but WTF?
  3. Opened any mylar / LTS yet?

    Coronavirus
    Apparently the consensus around here is that this situation is bad enough for using your preps, and I agree. I got a couple more rice since we all started focusing on the virus on the boards-- one 20 lb. during the panic shopping, and one a little before that. A few days ago, I decided to open...
  4. growing beans

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I am going to try growing beans this year. I have found pinto and black bean seeds locally but would like to grow some others. Will the dry beans that you buy in bags at the grocery store germinate? I would like to grow as many varieties as I can in case some do better than others in my...
  5. Heavy rains took toll on my garden - video

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Several days ago we had back-to-back gully washer storms that flooded portions of the garden. Let's just say, a good portion of my potato patch is rotting in the ground. Squash that was in portions that held water are dead, or dying. Pepper plants may not survive. Egg plant is doing well...
  6. Neighbors cows got out, and garden update

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Walking to the back of the property to check on the garden, looked to the back, and several of my neighbors cows were there. My dogs saw the cows, and the fun began. A couple of my dogs are cur dogs, which seem to take great joy in herding cattle. Sometimes my dogs slip into my neighbors...
  7. Planting a Wildlife Food Plot With Culled Seeds

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Since this covers several topics, the article and video are being posted in the general preparedness section. While stockpiling seeds for a SHTF / Doomsday survival garden I recommend testing various seeds every few years. Take a selection of seeds out of the freezer and germinate them. What...
  8. How Good were Your Harvests This Year?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    How did all the farmers and gardeners here do? locally, middling year for corn farming; too much rain. picking soybeans in a few weeks. gardeners did poorly with corn and tomatoes, not too bad with melons and squash. How are things in your garden/farm/area?
  9. I think I Made a Mistake With The 2018 Garden

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Several years ago I had a bonfire in the field behind my house. We talked about this in the transplanting pepper plants thread. I found out if there is too much potash (potassium) in the soil, the potash will prevent the uptake of nitrogen to the plant. To counter this, use a high nitrogen...
  10. News Article, Mexico Heirloom Bean Varieties

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    news article on Mexican Heirloom Beans https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/23/the-hunt-for-mexicos-heirloom-beans?google_editors_picks=true ***To a bean breeder, the difference is more than academic. Mesoamerican and Andean beans have different yields and tolerances; they get different...
  11. About three weeks late but going anyway

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I've been reading about seeding straight to the garden and am ready to put my seeds down tonight. I've been wanting to get out there a few weeks ago but haven't been able to find the time between rain showers to avoid the mud. I've already ordered my potato sets but they haven't arrived yet...
  12. Pulse Pledge - a useful legume site

    Food and water
    With dry peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas being staple preps, thought it worth sharing the Pulse Pledge website I happened across – it is loaded with recipes, swap ideas, how-to's and more, including many useful pdfs to print and keep with your stores. https://pulsepledge.com/about-pulses/ HTH
  13. Food in crawlspace

    Food and water
    I am building an addition to my home, and I have the foundation poured but haven't built the floor yet. If I were going to hide a lot of stuff in the new crawlspace, now would be the time to do it. I'm considering putting 450 pounds of rice and beans in there. That is about 80% of my total...
  14. Blackish water spots on green beans

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I live south east of Portland, OR and we get a lot of rain. I have a problem with green beans getting a blackish stain on them after it rains if I don't pick them fast enough. Can anyone tell me what this stain is and how to prevent it or how to clean it off of the beans? Any help would be...
  15. how do I identify a pole bean?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    OK, pole bean enthusiast, how do you identify a bean? I had seeds given to me several years ago, had been raised by their family for years. Name unknown? They are a round green pod, brown bean when mature, a tall pole/runner (7-8'), white blossoms, a string bean. The variety was raised over...
  16. Farm update beans figs and potatoes

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    The season of plenty is upon us. On Saturday June 14, 2014 the grandkids, my wife and I dug 4 1/2 bushels of potatoes, beans are doing good, fig trees have figs on them. Here in southeast Texas we had an unusually cold and wet winter. We got snow 4 times this year. One of the storms blanketed...
  17. Drying green beans

    Food and water
    My first attempt at drying green beans. My wife and I planted 2 rows of beans, 1 row Roma II snap beans and 1 row contender snap beans. On Sunday June 1st I picked exactly 5 pounds of beans. I know it was 5 pounds because I used a scale. My wife has been putting a bunch of the beans in the...
  18. Best place to buy bulk beans

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hi everyone, I apologize if this has been posted in another section but I was unable to find it. I was wondering if a anyone had experience buying bulk beans either online or in stores...I have been unable to find any near where I live. I bought a Sam's club membership only to find they have no...
  19. Practicing with Preps.

    Food and water
    Once a month, from Friday supper through Monday breakfast I practice cooking and existing on preps. alone. The basic premise is that the refrigerator and freezer do not exist (except for ice for drinks.) I make a point to not cook just from canned foods but to work a variety of my stored foods...
  20. Whats your long term food storage list?

    Food and water
    Hey guys. I'm obviously new here, but I've been researching long term food storage and am up to date on most of the basic techniques for doing so. I'm in the planning stages of getting my food ready. I have to acquire my buckets and pick and store the foods that I want to keep until I get...
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