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by sferrari
Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:34 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...
Replies: 90
Views: 5591

Re: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...

Your setup looks awesome! I'd love to know more about it. Thank you. It's nice when someone recognizes how FREAKING AWESOME I am. :lol: But seriously; it's good and bad. The rain gutter in the window works well; the drip system is meh. The problem is the plants in the bottom tray are getting more w...
by sferrari
Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:28 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Plans for loose change?
Replies: 30
Views: 1826

Re: Plans for loose change?

I had two big gulp cups full of change: one in my living room, one in my office. I took them down to the coinstar and cashed them in a couple days ago. I got a $70.08 Amazon.com gift certificate because I wasn't about to give them 10%. I bought three dozen CR123A batteries for my flashlight. I would...
by sferrari
Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:02 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...
Replies: 90
Views: 5591

Re: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...

There's still six inches of snow on the ground here so I'm starting plants inside. I used some plastic rain gutters as trays and drip irrigation hooked up to a pump in the rubbermaid container. http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk120/sferrari81/IMG_0088.jpg http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk120/...
by sferrari
Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:20 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Alternatives for cooking beans and rice.
Replies: 14
Views: 1312

Re: Alternatives for cooking beans and rice.

I found this recipe for ranch style beans. Some of the spices would need to be stored but that shouldn't be too difficult. A lot of the ingredients can be grown. Regarding cooking; I would imagine that a dutch oven would be the best way to cook yer beans after the collapse of civilization. If you ha...
by sferrari
Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:57 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Favourite/Recommended Youtube Skills channels
Replies: 38
Views: 2391

Re: Favourite/Recommended Youtube Skills channels

I honestly can't believe that no one has mentioned Yankee Prepper! http://www.youtube.com/user/Yankeeprepper He's up there as one of the top prepper channels in my mind. He brings to the table what most preppers do not. You all need to check out his videos right the fuck now. I want to second Yanke...
by sferrari
Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: New Meyer Hatchery catalog - what to get?
Replies: 29
Views: 1860

Re: New Meyer Hatchery catalog - what to get?

First, don't underestimate those neighbors dogs. I have a neighbor with a dog, I have a fence. I HAD chickens. The dog chewed through the fence in two different spots to kill my chickens. I had to give my last two away so they wouldn't suffer the same fate as the others. Even if you have a really go...
by sferrari
Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:40 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Funny blog about priority in preps
Replies: 32
Views: 2550

Re: Funny blog about priority in preps

Second job skill? I'm still working on a first job skill. I don't regret spending four years in the military but I just wish I had chosen a job that would have been useful in civilian life. Now I'm parking cars(miserable) while I go to school. At least I have my GI bill so when I finish school I'll ...
by sferrari
Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:12 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Amaranth
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Amaranth

I've been seeing a lot of posts on here about foraging. There is some stuff one could forage around here but it's pretty sparse. I've found amaranth grows really well here with very little watering. I'm told that it's edible. Has anyone ever tried it? How can i figure out if the kind I have is any g...
by sferrari
Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:44 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Kerosene heaters and lanterns
Replies: 53
Views: 13168

Re: Kerosene heaters and lanterns

have several Rayo kerosene lamps which I love. I don't use them any more because I went all last winter using only kerosene for light. I got kinda " burnt out"(haha) on them. Those lamps put out a substantial amount of heat. One lamp would keep my living room at a constant 70 degrees with the heater...
by sferrari
Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:33 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010
Replies: 207
Views: 8634

Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

It's pitiful, I know. I grew a bunch of stuff from seed this season and most of it died from anthropogenic drought. These are the only ones that survived: three sage, a bunch of basil, two pumpkin, and one sorry-ass dill sprig. I'm thinking about planting more basil. It seems to grow pretty fast. Ma...
by sferrari
Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Beginner Garden in S. AZ!
Replies: 21
Views: 1415

Re: Beginner Garden in S. AZ!

I live in Nevada and I know we have very alkaline soils. I'm told that it's practically impossible to improve very alkaline soils. The amount of acidity needed to balance the ph would make the soil toxic. Get plants that do well in alkaline soils or build raised beds. Also, with raised beds you woul...
by sferrari
Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:44 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Ok, REALISTICALLY what are you really preparing for
Replies: 138
Views: 9746

Re: Ok, REALISTICALLY what are you really preparing for

I'm not a survivalist or a prepper. I'm don't foresee any need to REACT to large-scale breakdown of law and order or natural disaster. I strive for self reliance because independence and liberty go hand in hand. Any man that's dependent on another, by definition, is not independent. Very well said ...
by sferrari
Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:23 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Ok, REALISTICALLY what are you really preparing for
Replies: 138
Views: 9746

Re: Ok, REALISTICALLY what are you really preparing for

I'm gonna try to keep this as unpolitical as possible. I'm not a survivalist or a prepper. I'm don't foresee any need to REACT to large-scale breakdown of law and order or natural disaster. I strive for self reliance because independence and liberty go hand in hand. Any man that's dependent on anoth...
by sferrari
Sat Mar 20, 2010 2:11 am
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: No Bake High Protein Trail Cookies
Replies: 4
Views: 427

Re: No Bake High Protein Trail Cookies

They sound great but maybe we could work on the name. Trail cookies is too similar to road apples. :lol:
by sferrari
Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:14 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Building a chicken coop, have a few questions
Replies: 18
Views: 1072

Re: Building a chicken coop, have a few questions

It sounds like you have a solid plan. Only advice I can give is don't underestimate the risk of predators. I live close to downtown Reno in a urban setting so I figured that predators wouldn't really be an issue. I was wrong. Counting the bird that I lost to a falcon earlier today, I've lost five bi...
by sferrari
Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:32 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Living in near isolation for 6 months: What will I need?
Replies: 161
Views: 6821

Re: Living in near isolation for 6 months: What will I need?

A volleyball. :lol: Do you have a small pet you could bring? In addition to being great company, a small/medium-size dog could handle guard dog duty. You might think this is overkill but six months is a freaking long time to be alone. If nothing else, get a chicken. They aren't bad pets, plus, you'l...
by sferrari
Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:51 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Durable goods to buy now
Replies: 49
Views: 3939

Re: Durable goods to buy now

Some tools I've made. http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk120/sferrari81/P1010002-1.jpg The tool, primarily, that I used to make them. http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk120/sferrari81/P1010004.jpg Drawknives are good but I find the spokeshave more useful. I use a hatchet or a froe whenever I nee...
by sferrari
Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:35 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Chickens and Rabbits
Replies: 128
Views: 6927

Re: Chickens and Rabbits

I'm envious. I don't have enough room to diversify like you have. I have 10 Easter Eggers that have "outgrown" my small yard. Too much crap. I'm gonna be selling a few of them once they start laying, which should be soon. Maybe some day I will be able to live somewhere that doesn't suck. http://www....
by sferrari
Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: plants that grow faster than starvation?
Replies: 34
Views: 2417

Re: plants that grow faster than starvation?

Thread jacking/ This is the truth. You don't have to tell that to a resident of Cook County, Illinois. However, as a counter-point, take a look at Haiti right now. They're still waiting for some tyranny-based order. Haiti is a "special" place. I'm no expert on the subject but, from what I've read, ...
by sferrari
Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:25 am
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: Artisan Bread ZS Style - pics added 1/23/10
Replies: 13
Views: 684

Re: Artisan Bread ZS Style

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:wink: Voila :wink:
by sferrari
Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:35 pm
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: Artisan Bread ZS Style - pics added 1/23/10
Replies: 13
Views: 684

Re: Artisan Bread ZS Style

:oops:

I'll leave that one be. Perhaps other can learn from my mistake. The Squads obsession with proper grammar is a double edge sword.

Seriously though, it took you all of four minutes to discover my mistake, find a picture of a viola, and post. You better stay on your toes around Rush.
by sferrari
Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: Artisan Bread ZS Style - pics added 1/23/10
Replies: 13
Views: 684

Re: Artisan Bread ZS Style

Two words people... French Toast. I use a recipe that's essentially the same as NFAs except I mix and knead it as one typically would with bread. One of my loafs got dried out so I sliced it up into half inch thick slices and let it finish drying on a rack in a 150 degree oven. After a little egg, m...
by sferrari
Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:46 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Granular calcium hypochlorite for making bleach? **Yes!!**
Replies: 24
Views: 3767

Re: Granular calcium hypochlorite for making bleach? **Yes!!**

I thought this was pretty cool. Intex Sodium Hypochlorite Generator Storing a bag or two of 70% calcium hypochlorite granules suits me fine. Does anyone know the shelf life of the granules? Here's the stuff I was gonna get until I realized that their free shipping is just a crappy gimmick. The grimy...
by sferrari
Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:29 am
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" -- AWESOME!!!!!!
Replies: 205
Views: 43087

Re: "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" -- AWESOME!!!!!!

I didn't use chantreas recipe but I figured I'd put it here anyway. http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk120/sferrari81/Bread1.jpg I like it because it easy to remember the recipe and it only takes an hour to make. My recipe is adapted slightly from the original to suit my taste. 5 cups flour 1 Tbsp...

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