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The Missing Piece of the Food Storage Puzzle

from TheHealthRanger:

The Health Ranger explains why food storage isn’t enough to keep yourself fed. You also need to store FOOD POTENTIAL!

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2 comments to The Missing Piece of the Food Storage Puzzle

  • Craig escaped from Detroit

    Enjoyed the video, and nice to see that Mike is not just trying to push people to buy his products. He does suggest to buy something, anything that will work for you.

    It gave a good, quick summary of quick food, longer term storage food, long term, and then,, seeds & fertilizers as the longest term foods & if you save seeds from your garden, and replenish the soils,, it’s forever food.

    One good bit of info,, is that 1 pound of concentrated fertilizer MAY yield up to 100 pounds of food (less concentrated fertilizers give less yield.) Remember, these must be applied in the right amount,, at the right times.
    (don’t forget the supplements either, & pH is very important.) The particular balance of N-P-K is important. Different plants require different mix, and also, early growth, late growth, flowering & fruiting, etc.. require different mixes.

    And the honest info about how hard it is to actually grow a garden is VERY valuable.

    I myself, have been making mistakes and learning (and just ordered “row mulch plastic” for NEXT year. I’m getting older and cannot get out there to do “weeding” every day. I’ll also be installing a drip irrigation TAPE system, and be using “floating crop covers”, etc.

    I already installed a FENCE around my garden (experience has showed me, that the next step UP from Chicken wire works better. (welded wire).

    Prior to installing my fence, I used a “trenching” shovel,, to dig a 12″ to 18″ deep, narrow trench, and into it,, I inserted an UNDERGROUND MOLE barrier of “wire fabric” (galvanized 1/4″ mesh),, and I bent about 1.5 inches of the mesh at the TOP & Bottom of it,, to make an “L” shape,, it’s MY attempt.. to DIVERT the moles as they dig either UP or DOWN,, and come in contact with the “L”.. I want to turn them around instead of just going over the top, or under the bottom edge.

    I’ve already found fresh MOLE tunnels,, along the surface,,where they followed my barrier and did NOT get into the garden to eat the earthworms. My barrier is HELPING to prevent mole damage. I don’t expect it to be 100% perfect,, but I’m hoping for the best.

    As for my fence,, I used the HD “T” posts,, (not the cheap, flimsy posts), and I bent about 6-8″ along to bottom,, another “L” shape,, so that small animals walking into the fence,, cannot just start digging DOWN and get under it,, if they put their NOSE against the fence and start to scratch DOWN,, they’ll be scratching the 6-8″ of fence that is FLAT on the ground!!!

    I also bought “pressure treated” 1X3″ X 8ft,, to attach to the fence posts,,and will hang BIRD NETTING over the garden.

    These tricks should help to save MOST of the harvest for the humans.

    I also got a nice pellet rifle and will buy a solar powered MOTION sensor light (and also will wire motion sensor BUZZER to wake me up in the house,, to shoot at night time munchers.

    I hope this helps you to be creative with your own survival garden.

    • Ed_B

      Interesting comments, for sure. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

      As for mulch, it is a great way to improve a garden. We have enough lawn clippings that we can use them to completely cover the ground around our plants. This almost eliminates weeding. The few weeds that do survive this and thin, spindly, and easy to pull.

      Moles can be real pests for sure. I’ve caught two of these beasts so far this year, using 2 cinch traps. A 3rd one is still working the area near our small potato patch. I hope to catch him soon.

      Birds do not bother our garden, so no netting is required. We have rabbits and squirrels to keep out, though, so the 4 foot high chicken wire fencing and steel stake posts help keep them at bay.

      The garden we have is small but is doing real well so far. The beets, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and squash are all growing like crazy. Must have something to do with the ton of composted cow poo that was put in there last season plus the watering this season. 😉

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