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View Poll Results: What % of Friends/Family are Fully Prepared for Global Disaster (3-18 Month Survival)
Less than 1% 83 44.86%
1-10% 64 34.59%
10-20% 19 10.27%
20-30% 10 5.41%
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Old 25 March 2020, 20:16
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RNGR.Montcalm, have you had good success with that method. I looked into doing it and examples I found they had poor results so I never tried it.
I didn't think about putting this in because I've always done it this way but I cut the sidewalls off the tires (leaving enough to stack) before planting.

Sorry for the omission...
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Old 28 March 2020, 20:12
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Since we got a Flamethrower thread some of the newer members might want to check this thread out.

http://www.socnet.com/showthread.php...t+fire+weapons
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Old 28 March 2020, 20:41
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We have had three small raised bed gardens for the last few years, which we either ate or gave away the excess. These last few weeks have made me finally give in and order the pressure canner to start saving the crop in-house. That combined with the vacuum sealer and we should be in a much better position to ride out future cyclical tides of insanity
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Old 28 March 2020, 21:25
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Potatoes (Yukon gold and red) are planted.

Built 2 'new' raised beds- they replace the kiddie pool we used last years for squash. 2 x 4's cut 49.5" x 46.5"- properly aligned gives an interior of 43" x 43". Height is 14"
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Old 29 March 2020, 13:50
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Here is the almost complete water catchment system. I ran out of PVC T's and didn't feel like venturing out for one.
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Old 29 March 2020, 14:05
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That is cool lookin , TFG! While catching rain water is the least of my concerns here on the farm, I have been really intrigued with the aquaponics operations I have seen online. I would like to build a small one for starters here at the house in the future!
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Old 29 March 2020, 14:07
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Cool setup TFG! I have a creek right beside my garden with an electric pump for getting it up where I need it, but I very seldom have to irrigate anything here.

Just gravity feed or do you have a pump in the system somewhere to get it where you need it?
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Old 29 March 2020, 18:25
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Here is the almost complete water catchment system. I ran out of PVC T's and didn't feel like venturing out for one.
How is it filled? Rainwater from the gutter?
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Old 29 March 2020, 20:30
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So I am starting seedlings and such the last few weeks. Today I go to water the trays under the lights and notice these little fern-like plants growing. Completely forgot I put some asparagus seeds in!! I was pretty excited to see the little buggers come up. So far 9 of them have germinated. I also have a healthy crop of potatoes going. I haven't grown those before, so it will be interesting to see how they turn out (they are in a huge pot). I also have strawberries in a pot and the basil is started in a pot. I now realize that I need a tractor.
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Old 29 March 2020, 20:32
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Old 29 March 2020, 22:33
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Here is the almost complete water catchment system. I ran out of PVC T's and didn't feel like venturing out for one.
Is it difficult to clean out the containers? I thought about getting a couple but wasn't sure how much labor would go into making them usable.

BTW, the last would use a 'L' instead of a 'T' wouldn't it?
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Old 29 March 2020, 22:35
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We have had three small raised bed gardens for the last few years, which we either ate or gave away the excess. These last few weeks have made me finally give in and order the pressure canner to start saving the crop in-house. That combined with the vacuum sealer and we should be in a much better position to ride out future cyclical tides of insanity
Still enjoying marinara sauces and vegitables, we canned last harvest. Its worth the work and pretty easy once you get started.
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Old 30 March 2020, 12:08
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Is it difficult to clean out the containers? I thought about getting a couple but wasn't sure how much labor would go into making them usable.

BTW, the last would use a 'L' instead of a 'T' wouldn't it?
They had corn oil in them, some have maybe 1/2 cup left, stuck to the sides, but it will eventually wash out. I put some Dawn in that, added some water and then rolled them around the yard for PT. Rinse and repeat. Don't use anything that didn't have food or edible additives in them.

The last is getting a T so I have an hose adapter at each end.
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Old 30 March 2020, 12:10
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So I am starting seedlings and such the last few weeks. Today I go to water the trays under the lights and notice these little fern-like plants growing. Completely forgot I put some asparagus seeds in!! I was pretty excited to see the little buggers come up. So far 9 of them have germinated. I also have a healthy crop of potatoes going. I haven't grown those before, so it will be interesting to see how they turn out (they are in a huge pot). I also have strawberries in a pot and the basil is started in a pot. I now realize that I need a tractor.
Once the asparagus sprouts and produces stalks, consider replanting them. They are perennials and will come back every year.
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Old 30 March 2020, 12:12
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That is cool lookin , TFG! While catching rain water is the least of my concerns here on the farm, I have been really intrigued with the aquaponics operations I have seen online. I would like to build a small one for starters here at the house in the future!
I was thinking of AP myself, but my neighbor has 2 stocked catfish ponds that he is constantly asking use to fish out.
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Old 30 March 2020, 12:15
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Cool setup TFG! I have a creek right beside my garden with an electric pump for getting it up where I need it, but I very seldom have to irrigate anything here.

Just gravity feed or do you have a pump in the system somewhere to get it where you need it?
I have a pump, but the plan is to only fill one tank at a time to maintain head pressure on the system. We were thinking of using soaker hoses through out the garden to avoid hand watering. Of course now that its done, the weather has been beautiful, after weeks of rain.
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Old 30 March 2020, 12:22
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How is it filled? Rainwater from the gutter?
Should have added this pix.
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Old 30 March 2020, 13:50
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the weather has been beautiful, after weeks of rain.
Go figure.

You should generate 8psi per foot of depth on your gravity feed. Plenty of pressure to water with.
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Old 30 March 2020, 14:02
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Should have added this pix.
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