Friday, January 24, 2020

WE ARE MOVING BUT NOT GONE!

Yes, Surviving the Super Grand Solar Minimum is NOT moving but we do have a new blog, but will continue to update this one. My new blog is mostly about gardening and growing your own food. To go there click on the move button below to be transported via light speed to my other blog. Please continue to check on this blog as I update it with new information. Thanks, Dennis




Just click on the move button to view my new blog. I have a free gift waiting for you.




I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.













Thursday, January 23, 2020

Chinese Wuhan Corona Virus

Man Wearing Face Mask
The headline reads:
THIRD Chinese city is put in lock down as experts warn deadly corona virus outbreak is MUTATING - as Singapore becomes the eighth country to confirm case.

Go to this URL for the story.

I have been following this outbreak because of my age. I consider myself to be a healthy 76 year old guy but I sure don't want to test that consideration!

Some Family History

I was talking about this with my wife and she mentioned her grandfather who died from the Spanish flu. He was a healthy young farmer who one morning told his family he was not feeling very good and had a bad cold. He died the next morning, My wife's father told the story and almost cried as the death of his father left the family with 6 kids. Time were tough in 1918 and was very hard on his mother.

The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, which was the deadliest in history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide. At this time was about one-third of the planet's population. The Spanish flu killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million people., Some 675,000 Americans died from it. Of those infected 10% to 20% died. With about a third of the world population infected, this case-fatality ratio means 3% to 6% of the entire global population died.

Here is a URL for taking care of your family from your government. While the PDF is about flu, it has some good ideas.

The Ice Age Farmer also has a YouTube video on the  Corona virus at this URL.

As always this is a good reason to be prepared with food and water. My wife and I both come from a back ground of farmers. Not that we were, but our family was. When you lived out in the country, you couldn't just pop into town to get some food like most of us do now. The farmers pantry was out of necessity well stocked. My wife laughed and remarked that she could easily feed both of us for 6 months or more from our pantry.

Here is a suggestion that you might think about, and that is wearing a face mask when you have to go out among large collections of people. I am ordering some just in case the above Corona virus gets bad here in the US. Here is what I am ordering at this URL, and is from my Amazon Store.

Hopefully this new virus will not be as bad as the fear porn sites are stating, but it's always best to be prepared. So if you want tons of info on getting ready for a pandemic head over to this site at this URL. It's from the  Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA). Cool site!



That's all for this blog. Take care, and continue to watch developments on the Corona virus. Hopefully it wont be all that bad.

Please
Prepare
Look after your family, friends and neighbors
Take care of the poor who have less than you do.

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I have updated and enlarged the Surviving the Super Grand Solar Minimum book. I also have the SGSM book and three others at this URL. They all come in a PDF format.

I am plan to keep the paperback book (older version) which was very popular at Amazon at this URL for a bit longer. Its a great book to pass out.


Need Seeds? Yes You Will!

These are my two of my recommended seed suppliers at this URL











Super Grand Solar Minimum Radio and Survival Equipment Store at this URL


 


All the equipment in my store is used personally by me or recommended by me.

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.










Friday, January 17, 2020

 We are on the cusp of a dying world


I have asked many of my friend what they see as the future. Usually they seem to think that things will keep on going, and we will all end up in a Star Trek: type world where the planet is at rest and so are it's people. Actually that is really a nice idea, and I would like to live in such a world. I am sure you would as well. But "Beam Me up Scottie", is that the way things are really headed? Well they could have except for one thing and that it is not possible in the world we live in, and the Star Trek world is not even a remote possibility. We could have chosen that path many years ago before the two world wars where science was hijacked. The rich, greedy and evil of this world decided it was very profitable to milk humans like some cow locked up in a shed. That has continued to this day and it is even getting worse as humans are awakening. But just in time there is the final solution.

The final Solution
As I stated in the above graphic, we are on the cusp of a dying world. Religion, ethics, love, democracy and the family is dying rapidly. Last year abortion was the leading cause of death worldwide. Millions and millions of unborn humans never made it to the light of day. Their precious body parts sold.

In my mind, a world where this is OK, is a world that deserves to die and die quickly. 

I suspect as I get older, they will come for me next. What useful purpose is an unborn human and a useless old man? 

But it gets worse. In my blog I have been talking about the Super Grand Solar Minimum, political stupidity and madness, Wandering earths magnetic poles, weakening sun, Ice Age and finally a sun micro nova. At this very moment we are experiencing world wide some really strange and unusual weather. Our jet streams have gone wacky and we are starting to see the first stages of what will be a massive global crop failure. 

In a world that has no remorse for killing millions of unborn humans, how to you expect things like starving people globally will work out? You will just be a fly in a platter of food that they will dispatch to the bottom of their boot. 

If you watch China you will see what they see and are planning. China is looking for food and places to grow it all over this planet. They have know about what is heading our way for years. AND so do all those in power and with riches that they have stripped from you. They are planning while they tax you and keep you occupied with a horse manure diet that mushrooms are grown in. It's a big show to keep you stripped of your wealth while distracting you. 

The Dark Final Solution.

The plan of the Dark Government is THAT YOU DIE, while they survive. It's that simple. When it's all over the mushrooms (that's us) will all be dead, and they will own everything. 

Did Hitler have a final solution? 

All of this reminds me of some words I read. It goes as such:

"And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."

We seem to be headed in that direction don't we? And truth be told, it's MY AND YOUR FAULT. It is and is going to happened because we let it. No not the cooling but what we have become. You and I may think we are good people and if you are great, but good and goodness goes beyond not being in a jail, or sitting at home minding your Ps and Qs. When we are good, that is just a start. If we are good we all need to explore what to be good about and the not so good things. That is where I think I and most of us have failed. We have failed because we chose the world we live in by default.

All of us can kill by the default of doing nothing.

Well that's all for this blog. If it offended you I don't really care. I grew up in a world where being offended was not something I ever worried about. So why start?

Wishing you life and the best of everything
Dennis In Central Texas

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I have updated and enlarged the Surviving the Super Grand Solar Minimum book. I also have the SGSM book and three others at this URL. They all come in a PDF format.

I am plan to keep the paperback book (older version) which was very popular at Amazon at this URL for a bit longer. Its a great book to pass out.


Need Seeds? Yes You Will!

These are my two of my recommended seed suppliers at this URL











Super Grand Solar Minimum Radio and Survival Equipment Store at this URL


 


All the equipment in my store is used personally by me or recommended by me.


I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.



Thursday, January 16, 2020

The 2020 Garden Part 4 of ?

Prepping my Ruth Stout Garden
Note the above picture is not my garden. Well you must start some place. My new place is a 50 x 100 foot plot. I can see it from my dinner table and every time I sit down there I am reminded of all the work I have to do. Below is some of my hunter gathering results. This is just a start as I will need many more to fill up the garden. Red and white potatoes. Going back later for Yukon Gold.


If you get your seed potatoes, you need to wrap in paper and store in a dark place. I need to order some of those blue potatoes soon as I tried some last fall from the store and they were great tasting. We are still eating potatoes from our last July harvest. Potatoes make a great prep vegetable (tuber). Just keep some for seed next year. As I have stated in a previous Blog, you can't live on lettuce. You will need some high energy things like potatoes and a bit of meat. Next on my list is sweet potatoes which I will grow my slips with. I have my eye on some Korean purple ones that my wife cooked last week and were super sweet. Heading to the Asian market for them. Unless you want specialty sweet potatoes, the ones from the grocery store work well for slips. 

Note on Asian seeds. There is a new world of Asian seeds at Kitazawa seeds. I get nothing for the plug. These are wonderful people and seeds. Go this URL to take a look. I have ordered from them for many years. Read about their history. Tell them I sent you.







Some people want a picture of what grumpy grandpa looks like, so here is a really grumpy picture of me. If you blow it up and put in your garden, it just might chase off bugs and other things?

The door mat at my house reads: Here lives one nice and one grumpy person. Actually I am a marshmallow, but that's a lie put out by my wife.





Below are the items I mix for mulch in my Ruth Stout garden. I use coffee grounds but never mix them. Coffee grounds are always placed on top of the mulch. From left to right:

Rotted leafs, horse manure with some hay and hay for the final cover. While not shown, chicken manure and coffee grounds are put on last (broadcasted). 


I have three large compost piles made from shipping pallets. Any things that the horses, chickens, ducks, guineas, cats, dogs, pigs or I won't eat goes into the compost heap. Soon the animal list will contain rabbits! Please note that I am on the top of the food chain, even if listed last!

I will be starting my tomato starts this weekend. I would like about 150, so I had better get started. I make up a mix of some horse compost mixed with mostly peat moss to plant them in. I use bottom heat to encourage germination and growth. If it's cold or cool they will just sit there looking at you if you don't have some heat. Hey stupid "we are cold" I expect they will be thinking. I am hoping to get the tomato starts up to a foot tall for planting in the spring.  

Here are some of the tomatoes I will be starting but not all of them. Hmm where are my yellow pear tomato seed?

Mountain Princess, Beefsteak, Large Red Cherry (my favorite), Roma, Cherokee Purple, Red Siberian, Jet Star and Arkansas Traveler. For salsa of course Tomatillo - Toma-Verde. 

We eat a bunch of Tex-Mex her at the farm. Mexican food and Mexican culture makes up why Texas is a great place to live.  Actually, the Central Texas area is one great melting pot of civilization. It's amazing at all the different foods available at restaurants and grocery stores here.  

And while at the store today I purchases the following for George who owns the farm along with a huge rooster. George is also security. No one comes on the farm with out running through George's security system (four and two legged animals). George lives outside and actually hates coming into the house. We don't pamper him and he likes that. I would suggest that everyone has a dog like George.  











But back to the garden. The following picture is what a prepped Ruth Stout garden floor looks like before placing down hay. This is my version so yours might be different. 
















  Here is a tip on planting onion starts. If you just let them set around, they will dry out and will die or you will have poor results. Right after you purchase them, just take the whole bunch out to your garden and plant them into damp soil, If you wait a week or more, they will continue to grow roots. Picture below.



That's it for this blog. I will document my starts and document the results as time goes on. It's time to get started on a garden. What is coming our way will not be fun and games. Actually your survival may depend on what you do now. Think not? Well just wait a couple of years and find out. Then you wont be one of the 1 out of 10 who make it through the SGSM and many other things that you can't do any thing about but prepare. While these gardening blogs may have a bit of humor in them, what I am telling and writing about is deadly serious. If you don't think that way, I would like to suggest that you close out this blog and never come back. Then open your refrigerator, microwave some pizza and have a beer or two. Then be happy and don't worry as all will be fine.

Now is the time to:
Prepare
Get some seeds and start a garden
Look after your family, friends and neighbors
Take care of the poor who have less than you do.

Cheers and best of everything from Central Texas
Dennis


Note - here is a video I created for my new website I am working on:
Music 2016-12-11 Assault Encounter by David_Fesliyan





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I have updated and enlarged the Surviving the Super Grand Solar Minimum book. I also have the SGSM book and three others at this URL. They all come in a PDF format.

I am plan to keep the paperback book (older version) which was very popular at Amazon at this URL for a bit longer. Its a great book to pass out.


Need Seeds? Yes You Will!

These are my two of my recommended seed suppliers at this URL











Super Grand Solar Minimum Radio and Survival Equipment Store at this URL


 


All the equipment in my store is used personally by me or recommended by me.




Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The 2020 Garden Part 3 of ?

2020, the year of the Horse here on the farm.


What animal was used for transportation, used to heat greenhouses and compost for growing vegetables in France many years ago? If you said the horse, you would be correct. The decaying manure from horses was used for heat and of course as a mulch. The English across the channel called it the French Method. Using horse manure helped feed the whole city of Paris, and the surplus was shipped into England. Here on the farm I am continuing this method. Must be in the DNA? Or perhaps it's my German ancestors who ran from high taxes in Germany. Sound familiar? Taxes were so high that farmers in Germany could not even support themselves. Seems that is starting here in the US.

If you are interested in the "French Method" then take a look at this URL. Eliot Coleman is one of my heroes. Clip from the website below"

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This system fed Paris all year round with the widest variety of both in-season and out-of-season fruits and vegetables. Hotbeds heated with decomposing horse manure and covered with glass frames allowed the growers to defy the cold and produce fresh salads in January and early cucumbers and melons in May and June.

The system was sustainable. Both the heat for winter production of vegetables in hotbeds and the amendments to maintain the fertility of the soil were by-products of composting another by-product—the horse manure mixed with straw that came from the city stables. This recycling of the “transportation wastes” of the day was so successful and so extensive that the soil increased in fertility from year to year despite the high level of production.
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The graphic below is a four week supply of horse manure mixed with hay from the horse farm across the street. The tractor is my pooper scooper! The tractor was used in Japan many years ago and then brought into the US and refurbished. There are no electronics or computer in this one. Gets amazing gas mileage but does not like cold weather when starting. But watch out, the carbon footprint is really a large one and probably produces a huge volume of CO2 which my garden eats as food. Is this a symbiotic relationship? Come to think about it, when I talk to my veggie plants I produce CO2 as well. I guess I am one of those nasty human that are warming the planet. Do you talk to your plants? Pepper plants seem to really respond well to my voice, especially the hot ones. Must be my grumpy personality!





















Our farm mulch production animals below:



















My seeds are all in. I probably have around 250 types of seed in the box below. This took me a year to choose and order. If you don't have your seeds in now, this is the time to order. See my favorite places below.




Many of them I plan to put in sealed plastic bags and then into glass canning jars and then store in a 5 gallon bucket in my freezer. If you do this, make sure the seeds and everything they are stored in is dry. Hopefully doing this and with seed saving I will never have to purchase any seeds again. You can do the Same. Again I stress that you need to purchase a paper back book on seed saving.

Here is a good idea on saving some money

A good idea is to form a large group and buy bulk then separate them out. That way you can get away from the packet sizes which are expensive but give you few seeds.





Example: 

The picture on the left is a 1/2 pound sack of Danvers 126 carrot seeds. The cost for the bag was $13.20. A small packed of seeds at your big box store would be $2.00 or more for a small packet. I suspect the 1/2 pound would make 200 or more seed packets.

Another example: 1/2 pound of Late Flat Dutch Cabbage seeds - $9.90.










Thanks and Cheers from Central Texas. Come Back for more.

It's time to:
Prepare for the SGSM
Get your seeds and start a garden.
Take care of your family, friends and neighbors.
Look after the poor who have less than you.

Dennis



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I have updated and enlarged the Surviving the Super Grand Solar Minimum book. I also have the SGSM book and three others at this URL. They all come in a PDF format.

I am plan to keep the paperback book (older version) which was very popular at Amazon at this URL for a bit longer. Its a great book to pass out.


Need Seeds? Yes You Will!

These are my two of my recommended seed suppliers at this URL











Super Grand Solar Minimum Radio and Survival Equipment Store at this URL


 


All the equipment in my store is used personally by me or recommended by me.








Saturday, January 11, 2020

The 2020 Garden Part 2 of ?

Ruth Stout Garden - to be continued

Welcome to the blog on Ruth Stout gardening. What I like about this type of gardening is that is really all about common sense. Think about it, what is common to any garden ever grown on the planet earth? It's a medium to grow in and take nutrients from and water and the sun. Of course you will need seeds, but hopefully that is a no brainier. How it looks, how you did it and how wonderful it did, really has no bearing on the above three groups of things. Soil and nutrients, the sun and water and seeds. Any thing else is just a waste of time if you supply all the above. I planted out my first Ruth Stout garden in only 6 months after I had started it. Of course, it's what you start with is what is important. Soil / mulch to grow in and that deep topping of hay. If your soil and mulch is healthy with all the things plants like, and if you add a little of water, then you will probably be successful. Then there is the hay that keeps down the weeds.

About my farm and the soil.

You could have easily call the farm a rock garden. Before I knew better I purchased a tractor and plowed the soil. Much to our dismay, we ran into rocks as big as my head. I guess you could have called me a rock head? While there were rocks, the actual soil was amazing. Almost any thing I planted grew very well. It took over two years to get all of the large rocks out of that garden. But that was just the start of things. Initially where the garden ended up was one huge weed pile with some of the best weeds know to man and others I had never seen. Stirring up the soil was just an invitation for them to prosper. I am sure many of the weed seeds had been just waiting for me to plow them up ten years before. 

Even worse our neighbor had grass that clumped and produced what I am sure was billions of seeds every year and they all blew into the garden. After three years of this I gave up. 


The weeds had kicked my rear and I had lost the battle. 

If I was younger and perhaps a bit more stupid, I probably would have fought them for five more years! 

My suggestion is to never do what I had done. The answer is to NEVER disturb the soil and only add to what is there (create new soil). After that is in place, never dig you new soil up as well. It will just not be necessary as your new soil build will not need cultivating with a plow or shovel or most anything else except for the actual planting. That is called no-dig gardening and that describes what a Ruth Stout garden is all about. 

How to start a Ruth Stout Garden

OK, you wont need a PHD to get this going. No college degree is required, and you don't need to be a NASA Rocket Scientist. In-fact having any of what I just listed may hold you back. There is no need to do computer modeling or any thing that requires scientific thinking to get started. The following is all that is needed:


  1. Some land
  2. Mulch and green matter
  3. Brown paper boxes
  4. Hay 

Some Land

My first garden started with a plot of land that was 50 by 100 foot. The plot had never been grown on and it had a really good collection of native grass and weeds. It even flooded at times during some heavy rains. 80 % of the plot had good light most of the day. I surrounded the plot with cheap plastic fencing and drove in the ground fence posts. I needed this because of some of the farm animals would really love some of my vegetables. They had been born as taste test animals and if you let them would take a test bite of everything in my garden. I used a piece of hog wire for the gate of the plot. 

Mulch and green matter

This was a continuing thing. I amassed a huge collection of leafs, hay mixed with horse manure and all the chicken manure I could get my hands on. Most anything that was organic was dumped into a really large pile. I actually drove through neighborhoods and picked up all the grass cuttings and leafs the people had set out for the dump. One thing I would suggest is that you do not use cow manure. The reason is that the quality usually is not as good as the horse type and will have many more weed seeds. This is directly related to what the horse and cows are eating. Most horses are fed a higher quality feed than cows which will eat most any type of fodder.  Not so much when it comes to horses. I have two horses, and my neighbor across the street keeps and feeds many horses. I am lucky to get a huge load of manure mixed with high quality hay every two weeks. Most places that keep horses will be glad to give you all the manure mixed with hay. 

ONE Caveat - Never, and I mean never use horse manure mixed with wood shavings. Wood shavings are caustic and will poison you and your plants. Many people who keep horses use wood shavings. Make sure you don't. (I lost 350 tomato plants because of this.) Experience is a hard teacher.

Brown paper boxes

While Ruth Stout never talked about brown paper (cardboard) I use it as a weed guard between the exposed soil and my new soil building mulch and green matter. I go dumpster diving for all the boxes that are thrown away. Usually I drive around the back and find some and then ask the store if it's OK and some time I don't ask. In about six months the paper will almost have decomposed. I had the police check me out once and ask me what I was doing in the back of a store. He laughed when he found out what I was doing.

 Hay

If you can get your hands on some bad hay, then you are in luck. I had problems with this and had to purchase mine. At the time it was rather expensive. You can also use tree leafs as a replacement for the hay or as a mixture which I did as well. The hay is the reason why a Ruth Stout garden works so well. You can use straw, but hay probably has more micro nutrients than straw. I am not sure of this, and straw is not generally available here in Central Texas.

Putting it all together:


Note that I have 1 1/2 ft of hay on top. You could and can use less, but I was amazed how fast my hay composted. As far as the mulch, use as much as possible. After the mulch is laid down, water it really well and then place the hay on top. I probably put in around 6 inches of mulch or more. After layering, let the garden rest for about six months. The length depends on how composted your green matter is. After a period of time you will be amazed what has happened to the compost under they hay. It will become your new soil and will breakdown quickly into something a vegetable plant would like to live in.

Keep adding hay as needed and as often as you can. I also composted coffee grounds in my compost. I can get hundreds of pounds of free coffee grounds locally and if you live around or in a large town, so can you.. After composting they add nitrogen to your garden. You must compost the coffee grounds first. Don't mix them directly in with your mulch. 

How to plant a Ruth Stout garden. 

Again not Rocket Science. As you probably know there are two ways of planting a garden. One is planting seed directly, and the other is using starts. Some seed like carrots cannot be planted as starts and are usually planted as seed. 

Planting seed

Pull back the hay from the area where you will plant seed. Plant the seed just like you would do in any garden which would be directly in and covered by soil. After planting and watering, pull up the hay as close to the seeds but never on top of them. Wait until they germinate and get large enough to apply hay around the started seed plant.

Planting Starts

Pull back the hay from the area you want to plant starts. I use an electric drill and a small garden drill to make holes for my starts. Plant at the proper depth and then water all your starts very well. After watering pull the hay around your starts.  The drill makes planting starts very easy. 

Planting potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Potatoes usually use seed potatoes to start and most sweet potatoes use slips. In a Ruth Stout garden, planting potatoes is easy. Just make sure you have plenty of mulch to plant on. Note I said on. Pull back the hay from the mulch where you want to plant your seed potatoes. Make sure to water the mulch before you work with your seed potatoes. Place the seed potatoes about a foot apart on top of the thick layer of compost. Then completely cover the seed potatoes with hay. Try for a foot of hay. As the season moves on, make sure to water your seed potatoes and soon they will pop through the hay. Add more hay if needed. Just make sure the new popped up potatoes are well covered and lightly watered. Mostly deep watering is not needed. In a couple of months you can dig you hand into the hay and harvest small potatoes. We harvest everything in June or July here in Central Texas.

Sweet Potatoes are a bit different. Again you will need a good thick layer of mulch and hay. If you don't know what a sweet potatoes slip is, then here is a good opportunity to order or grow your own. When your slips are ready and heavy with roots, make sure your bed is watered really well. Then with a one inch stick, punch a hole in the compost that the slip will be inserted in. Make sure the punched hole is as deep as possible in the mulch and hay. After inserting the slips, water lightly again. Soon you will see the slips start to cover the whole bed and make vines every place in and around the garden bed. Sweet Potato leafs can be eaten. Once the vines are completed their life cycle as in looking dead,it is time to harvest. Be careful when harvesting the potatoes and sweet potatoes with a shovel or something sharp as you can cut them. Both the potatoes and sweet potatoes need to be left outside on a tarp to dry off for at least one warm sunny day. A small layer of soil can be left on both of them. Both can be kept until next year to grow again, or stored in a cool dry place and eaten all the fall or winter. My wife keeps some potatoes in the refrigerator. Potatoes and sweet potatoes can be grown in containers. Note: You will not need as much hay with the sweet potatoes. 6 inches at most or less. Weeds will not have a chance surviving in a sweet potato bed because the sweet potato leafs will completely cover the bed. More on containers later. 

Things to talk about.

Weeds. There is no garden in the world that is weed free. Some weeds must be pulled, especially some of the more larger ones. If you are having some weed problems, just add more hay. If you are loosing hay into your compost, just add more hay. At the end of the year most of your hay will have killed off many of your weeds and become composted. To reestablish your garden, just add more mulch and more hay. Over the years you will be amazed how deep your garden will become and how weed free it will be. It will be easier and easier as you add compost and hay. All that hard work at first will pay off later. In Her book, Ruth actually didn't even add more mulch, but just more hay.

More to come.



 As the spring growing season starts, I will be adding more on my garden and the results. Also in the works are thoughts on how we will grow in our garden next fall and winter. We are looking at adding low tunnels to the garden. The hoops would be permanent and we would just add the plastic cover in the fall each year. This I am really looking forward to.



While Ruth has made her way to her rewards in the big garden in the sky, you can still listen to her words in her book at this URL. The book is available as digital, hard cover or paperback. 









Thanks and Cheers from Central Texas
Dennis



-----------------------------------------------
I have updated and enlarged the Surviving the Super Grand Solar Minimum book. I also have the SGSM book and three others at this URL. They all come in a PDF format.

I am plan to keep the paperback book (older version) which was very popular at Amazon at this URL for a bit longer. Its a great book to pass out.


Need Seeds? Yes You Will!

These are my two of my recommended seed suppliers at this URL











Super Grand Solar Minimum Radio and Survival Equipment Store at this URL


 


All the equipment in my store is used personally by me or recommended by me.













Friday, January 10, 2020

The 2020 Garden Part 1 of ?

2020 is the year for a garden. Mini-ones, small ones, big ones and really big ones. Take a look where you are (physically as in where you live and lay your head at night) and then plan out your garden.

Don't be a food slave!























The above graphic is a tribute to Ruth Stout and her gardening practices 

We Live in interesting times. If you have not noticed it is becoming more and more expensive just to eat and feed a family. That is the reason that I started this blog in the first place. Its all about surviving the Super Grand Solar Minimum. In coming blogs I will be covering the following:


  • How to start a Ruth Stout garden bed.
  • Many ways of growing in containers.
  • How to grow in your home.
  • Growing food in your patio or open area in an apartment.
  • Seeds and where to get them.
  • Starting vegetable plants.
  • Growing potatoes and sweet potatoes.
  • Growing microgreens.
  • Simple hydroponic growing systems.
  • Ideas on having a community garden.
  • Long term storage foods.
  • Many more ideas and techniques on food and feeding a family.

The blog author is a microgreen grower (commercial grower) but I live on a farm, and we do have a community garden. Ya notice that word community? I am 76 years old, and I need a community. So will you eventually, and guess what, it will probably be too late at that point. Now is the time to start and don't wait for EVENTUALLY. Eventually is usually a bad mother!


Suggestion: 

If you are really desperate for a place to grow, form a small community. Then find some people that are perhaps too old to actually get out there and work in a garden. Offer to grow on their property and then share what you produce with them for the use of their land. This option could also be on land that is not used. Find some property that belongs to the city or county that has available water and approach them. Find some land that you can pay the taxes on and own and use.  

Another Idea if you have no land:

Form a community. Find some land out in the country that has water. Rent say an acre or less. Make sure that the contract to rent the land is for 5 or more years. Put money in an account or cash to pay for a couple years of rent. You and your community are on your way. Just play nice with the members and make sure everyone understands their obligations. Have an "Oh Crap" this is too hard option and look for a replacement. Keep the money they may have invested. 

So what is on my mind?

Well that one brain cell is being overwhelmed by thoughts of this coming spring and the community garden we are building. Yes it's a work in progress as it will not just magically popup out there in the spring. I have most of my seeds in hand or are on order. The wonderful trees around here gave up their nutrient filled gift by shedding all their leafs on the ground. It's a blessing, as all we have to do is collect them which we are in the process of doing. We rake up the leafs onto a plastic tarp and then pull then into a large pile in the garden. The horses and chickens are doing their part with the poop side of things. My neighbor brings a large trailer of horse poop and hay every two weeks. There is no end in sight of this resource. 

I can tell you one thing, and that is you will never need commercial fertilizer if you compost what I have just mentioned above.  

This year my grand children are part of the growing. It will be their responsibility to make a list of what we will grow, and how we will start as in seeds directly planted or if we will need to grow starts. Also how deep and how close. They will then diagram where we will plant in the garden. Then it will be on to starting our starts. 

How can anyone ever know how to grow food if they were not taught? This applies to adults as well. I suspect that many of our young people and children have NO idea how to grow food, as it all came from the grocery store. If you think about it, if you don't grow your own, you are a slave to the grocery stores and big corporations that really don't have your interest at heart. 

They like the fact that you are a food slave.

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Its not too late to get started even if its a very small choice. There are hundreds of ways to start a garden and grow food.
Here is my recommendation
on how to do it:

Get some seed and plants AND JUST START.

There are so many things to grow. You can follow my many coming blogs on the subject.
My next blog will be on starting a Ruth Stout garden and what you can do until you are ready to plant in it now and in the spring. 


For your homework:

Go to YouTube and search for Ruth Stout garden and watch a few. Use the internet now while you can to educate yourself and many things that can be used to become self sustaining. As always, it's a choice and yes there is probably beer and pizza in the refrigerator, so be happy and don't worry?
Cheers from Central Texas where we have had a cool but nice fall so far.
Dennis


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