Just finished planting three apple trees that I bought from Stark Bros. A GoldRush Apple Dwarf, Enterprise Apple Dwarf and a Jonafree Apple Semi Dwarf. Hopefully in a year or 2 I will have fresh apples. If you have the space I highly recommend that you plant apple trees or another type of fruit tree. Nothing is better than planting a tree one time and being rewarded for years for your work. For those storing food, being able to pick and eat fresh fruit gives that food variety you need to survive the coming collapse. Having multiple sources of food is a must if you want to be truly prepared.
Check out the photos of my apple trees being planted:
GoldRush Apple Dwarf
Jonafree Apple Semi-Dwarf - For those wondering I did make the hole bigger to fit the roots.
Congress is out of control. They love taxing us and spending our money for their little projects. I believe we are getting closer than ever to an economic collapse and civil unrest. You must be prepared. This unconstitutional healthcare law is just going to bring the inevitable collapse that much sooner. And with that collapse I believe we will witness the start of a revolution. What that change will be is up to the real patriots in this country.
I love it how the democrats are whining about being threatened after passing their healthcare law. What the hell do you expect when you don't listen to the people, steal their money and then enslave them? It just goes to show that they do not know our country's history.
History really does repeat itself. Congress and the federal government are today's British empire. It's like we are colonies all over again paying for this empires' overseas adventures. The colonies petitioned the British Parliament and King over and over to stop with their unjust laws and to follow their own constitution but they did not listen, as Congress and the President do not listen to us today. We no longer have representation in Congress just like the colonists did not have representation in the British Parliament. Could this new healthcare law be the first of what the colonists called the "Intolerable Acts" that united the colonies to begin the real resistance? Will the states unite to resist the federal government as the colonies did? I won't hold my breath for them but it is somewhat refreshing to hear states beginning to assert the 10th amendment and resist the federal government.
I call this healthcare law the Intolerable Act #1 since this is only the first of the major new laws that will be used to try to coerce and control the people and take what little freedom we have left.
So what caused the colonists to take up arms and begin shooting? The British were coming to steal and destroy their firearms and munitions. This was the last straw and the colonists would not back down any more. When the federal government begins banning all firearms and the police and soldiers come to your homes to confiscate your guns, what are you going to do?
Been sick for a few days so haven't been able to post. I was able to complete the Compost Tea Brewer for my garden that I mentioned in a previous post. I made my first batch of tea and it seemed to come out fine. If I had a microscope I would know for sure if the microorganisms were in the tea. If you do not know what compost tea is I recommend the book Teaming with Microbes by Jeff Lowenfels or The Compost Tea Brewing Manual by Elaine Ingham from the Soil Food Web organization. You can find instructions on how to make you own brewer here.
Below are some photos of my brewer:
I am using one of my 55 gallon water storage barrels for my compost tea brewer.
Used a hacksaw to remove the top from the barrel. Took me a couple hours but I didn't want to buy an electric saw for one project.
Top is finally removed from barrel.
Testing the air pump.
Closer view of air pump bubbling the water.
Completed brewer inside house in laundry room
Bag of compost hanging in water while air pump is on. The bag is a 5 gallon paint strainer.
I tied the PVC piping and air pump to the PVC bar that lays across the top of the barrel so they wouldn't move. Worked perfectly since I could not find any clamps that would fit onto the barrel to hold the pipes.
Spring is here and planting is about to begin this weekend. I plan to plant some Buttercrunch lettuce, Paris Island Cos Romaine lettuce, Winter Giant Spinach, and I will plant some Amish Snap Peas that I bought from Big John Lipscomb. Now is the time to learn how to grow your own food. I said this before but if you do not know how to grow food then you will starve if there is a collapse. You do not need a big farm to learn how to grow food. You can grow food in containers/flower pots. Wherever you live you need to start now.
The first time you plant seeds, especially lettuce seeds, you will be amazed by how such a small seed can produce such a large plant. Just so you understand, the lettuce you buy in the store isn't fully mature. If you let the lettuce bolt (i.e., the lettuce starts to flower and seed) it could grow as tall as 2 feet. Once you start growing your own food you will have a much better appreciation of life and how this earth truly sustains us. Our modern world takes away this enjoyment.
I finally received all the components for my Compost Tea Brewer and I plan to make some Compost Tea this weekend to introduce some microorganisms into my soil and mulch. My wife isn't going to like it but I'm going to have to brew the tea indoors until the temperature is a little warmer. Hopefully the air pump won't be too loud!
I also bought 3 apple trees which should be delivered in the next couple weeks. I bought the Disease Resistant Apple Assortment from Stark Bro's which includes the GoldRush Apple Dwarf, Enterprise Apple Dwarf and Jonafree Apple Semi Dwarf. Hopefully I will have some delicious apples in the next 1 or 2 years.
Check out the below photos of the beginning of my 2010 garden. I pulled back the hay and mulch to let the sun heat up the soil and to get it ready for planting. I also spread some soybean meal which is a natural fertilizer.
For those of my readers who have not begun storing food, now is the time. Don't wait any longer because time is short. Any of us with a job could be laid off or a total collapse could happen at any time. I have been storing food for a couple years now and still do not have enough to make me feel comfortable. You should have enough food to make it at least through the winter. I would recommend at least a year's worth in case of crop failure. You are growing and canning your own food, right? My goal is to have at least 2-3 years worth of long term storage food for me and my family.
I store the basics such as rice, beans, wheat, pasta, corn, oatmeal, salt and sugar. If properly stored this food can last several years. You should pack your long term storage food into 5 or 6 gallon buckets using mylar bags and oxygen absorbers. You can buy the buckets or you can possibly get them for free from a bakery. You should try to obtain white food grade buckets. Some of my buckets are from Home Depot, yes the orange buckets. I bought them because they were the cheapest I could find. There is a big debate about whether or not they are food grade but it does not matter if you use mylar bags. So whatever buckets you can find is better than nothing. Be sure to buy lids to the buckets that include a rubber gasket around the inside rim. You will also need a way to seal your mylar bags. I use a regular iron to seal them.
Below are some great videos I found about 2 years ago on YouTube which showed me how to store my food into mylar bags and buckets:
The below video shows you how to seal the mylar bags using a regular clothes iron.
I was interviewed by Big John Lipscomb and Jeffrey Grubb on the Don't Tread On Me Radio show last night. If you missed the interview you can listen to it at http://www.donttreadonme.tv/new-show-031010.html
Thanks to all the comments I received and for the new readers of my blog!
I will be a guest on Big John Lipscomb's Don't Tread On Me radio show this Wednesday, March 10, 2010. We will of course be talking about my blog and Being Prepared. The show begins at 8:00 Eastern time. You can hear the show live at http://www.renseradio.com/listenlive.htm.
I'm developing a new website which will be called Firearms University, which I hope will help new gun owners learn about firearms, their proper handling, shooting and use. Of course it will also include information about survival and preparedness. The site is under construction but some portions of the site are working. Please visit Firearms University and any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.
It's been almost 18 years since I became an Eagle Scout and the one thing that the Boy Scouts ingrained into my thought process was to always Be Prepared. The world is changing rapidly and at any time the world as we know it can change forever. We could have a complete collapse of the economy, martial law could be declared, and civil unrest and violence can spread across the country. We all must be prepared as best we can to survive what's coming. To that end I want to encourage others to Live The Motto - Be Prepared.