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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Is genetic diversity in your seed stockpile a consideration? I know a lot of people here save their seeds, and that is great. However, wouldn't using the same cross pollinated seeds over and over create a genetic bottle neck? To prevent this, I try to buy my seeds from various sources. In...
  2. Food and water
    Tattler Lids For those of you with experience using these I have a couple questions. Do you use your regular metal rings to hold the lid on while canning? How well do the gaskets hold up? What is the best way to store the rings? Do you heat them before placing them on jars? Can you use them...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    In the latter part of 2016 I started clearing old fence lines, pulling up old fence, cutting trees, clearing brush... to make way for a new fence. I have not worked on the fence line for a over a month. There are a couple of reasons for the negligent, we have been getting a lot of rain and I...
  4. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    "Get Your FREE TICKET and Watch From Home As 38+ Experts Reveal Their BEST SECRETS for Growing All Your Own Food & Medicine!" Kicks off Monday, June 12th at 9:00 a.m. CT Runs for 7 Days, With ENCORE DAYS on June 19th & 20th 38+ Leading Experts Helping You Become Free Of Supermarkets and...
  5. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My fig trees aree not growing, so I decided to mix up some organic fig tree fertilizer. Cut the top off of a one gallon milk jug. Fill 3/4 with water. One handful aged chicken manure. One handful ash from my smoker. This is a mix of oak, pecan and wild cherry. Handful bone meal. Urine...
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Article I put together on AllOutdoor about farm tractor attachments. Brush hog Disk Middle buster Row maker Grapple Bucket Auger Check out the article in the above link and let me know what you think.
  7. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the past couple of years I have been wanting to fence in a few acres for goats, sheep and maybe a couple of cattle. The fence is just going to be barbed wire. Sections of telephone poles for corner post. I decided to start the project. I picked one corner where the fence is going and...
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have stated raising Pygmy goats. I have 4 does and 2 bucks. I anyone else raising them? I have one pregnant, I plan on milking them to have milk, make cheese and butter.
  9. Georgia
    I wanted to let everyone know about our community here in the greater Atlanta area. We are a Prepared, End-Times, Revivalist, Fundamentalist Christian community that readies itself for what is to come through living a Religious and Moral Off-Grid lifestyle. Our mission is to create a...
  10. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    What is your goal in prepping? The stockpiler's may say: a years worth of freeze dried foods, and dried food in mylar bags, 10,000 rounds per caliber or per firearm. The bug out people may say: 50 gallons of fuel, bug out bag with a weeks worth of food, planned bug out location, planned bug...
  11. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Crisis Planning, Now that I Live at my BOL I moved to southern California in 1983, with a shiny new engineering degree and a job offer from the US Navy. I worked for over 30 yrs at a Weapons Development base called China Lake, located in the Mohave Desert. I lived in a rural area, got paid real...
  12. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    What are your 2017 new years resolutions? Or rather, what would you like to do different this year than you did in 2016? Mine are: Firearms: I am looking at adding three firearms to my collection: Lever action Henry rifle in 30-30 Winchester. Bolt action 22 rifle. Maybe another pump...
  13. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Came across a log splitter that had been sitting in a field unused for years. The hoses we dry rotten and the seal on the ram was leaking. Got it home, replaced two hoses, then got the seal on the ram replaced and other hose. Works like a charm now. One nice thing about living in a rural...
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Older gentleman had a log slitter he was no longer using. It had been left uncovered for so long the hoses and seal on the ram had dry rotted. The splitter works with a pump that slips over the spline of the tractor PTO. The hoses going to and from the pump were dry rotted through and were...
  15. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I landed a log splitter that connects to a tractors three point and PTO. The problem, the exhaust of the tractor comes out at the rear axle. As you are splitting logs you are breathing diesel exhaust. At first I thought about getting some kind of flexible tubing that can be attached to the...
  16. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    In this video I talk about various food preps. They are divided into two, maybe three groups. Short term: Canned foods Frozen food Dried rice, beans, pasta, noodles. MREs Long term: #10 cans Mountain house pouches Food strored in mylar bags Forever foods: Gardening Chickens Goats Pigs...
  17. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Took down an old fence row here on the farm. Not very long, maybe 150 yards or so. Got a little love tap from a piece of barbed wire and no snakes. Was a good day.
  18. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    What are some good tongs for someone just getting into blacksmithing? The anvil has been built, the fire ring is ready to go, but no bellows yet. Seems the next logical step is a set of tongs?
  19. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I think this is so cool. Besides bmy flock of chickens I have four turkeys, a blue slate tom two burbern red hens. and a bronze hen. A couple nights ago I closed the turkey house without looking in. The next morning I let then out and had five. A wild turkey hen joined up with the flock . I...
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