Discussions from Primitive Skills & Self-Reliance.
Found a huge water leak in our gardening & fire water system on the weekend! No wonder our dam is getting so low! I had put it down to the excessive heat we have been getting of late. My wife brought home a huge tap to put in the line so we have more control over it. The tap & fitted today, but I still have to fix the leak before we can pump up to the other house. The heat is such that no matter how much water we put on the gardens, it simply can't keep up with the evaporation from the leaves, & large leafed vegies are drooping & the leaves drying out & falling off. I have never seen this here before. We are going to have to change the way we plant our gardens next year if we are going to cope. Keith.
Ah I had not thought of that! It is full of rot and has been dropping branches so I'd dare say so. I will check that out, thanks for the suggestion! :)
Hello group... I read about the perfect drying shed idea - converting that old car on the lot that no longer has working parts... into a drying shed, provided it still has windows. Weatherproof, window adjustment for ventilation etc. Also works as a mini hot house / greenhouse for seedling and tender plants - protected from elements and hungry beasties. As for smoking fodder, old teabags work the charm for small batches. We are fortunate to have a herbal tea in SA which is flavored naturally, but I reckon any old baggie will do. Just keep dumping them into an old coffee tin until the stock is big enough to burn. They also make great fire starters, when soaked in a bit of parrafin / kerosene.
Hi LeLoup glad to see ya busy educating these lovely folk (wink) regards Chester (Daisysmum)
Thanks for commenting Martika. There has not been much discussion here of late. Yes well worth thinking about. Unfortunately I have already been there, but on the other hand it has given me some experience. In a post SHTF situation it could get a lot worse. I have given it a great deal of thought & being on the alert 24 hrs a day, plus having to reenforce/barracade the house would be very trying. Fortunately for us we have other people who will move here for their protection & ours & we can supply enough food & water for those people. However, each of us also have knapsacks packed so we can just walk away if we have to & survive in a safer wilderness area. Because we are members of a local 18th century living history group we are also equiped with skills & all the right equipment. Regards, Keith.
Right, so im stocking up on Water next week... but i have a question about rotating..? Some one said every 6 months, does that mean that i have to replace the entire lot every 6 months? I think for me, it would be better to stock pile less and try to increase my sufficency more? So that if the time comes, i already have all the systems in place to support us. As im beginning to think that it will be impossible to move us all, plus stock all the things we'd need to cover even 4 weeks...
Wow, Excellent information. Thank you. Maden