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by RealZombiesAreSlow
Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:10 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Food Prices Expected to Rise Sharply
Replies: 111
Views: 6728

Re: Food Prices Expected to Rise Sharply

It's not merely a matter of inflation. Wheat prices are rising because of the fires in Russia over the summer. Chocolate prices are rising because demand has risen quickly and is pushing the available. There is inflation, yes, but there are also basic supply-demand economics at play here.
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Yumm....Butter.
Replies: 30
Views: 1789

Re: Yumm....Butter.

Just FYI it's not "real" buttermilk. That is, it's real buttermilk, but we're so accustomed to cultured milk "buttermilk" that nobody would call the byproduct of making butter "buttermilk". Wow, that's confusing. OK, here we go: when you make butter, you get a mixture of water and protein that comes...
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:11 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Hen house / Chicken coop p0rn!
Replies: 60
Views: 20766

Re: Hen house / Chicken coop p0rn!

I don't see any automatic doors on your coops! I read an article in MAKE Magazine that had plans for a door to a chicken coop that was run on a timer so it opened automatically in the morning and closed automatically at night. Nifty article in a nifty magazine. I can't seem to find a link to the ar...
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:27 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: A rough night on the Chicken Bristle Farm
Replies: 33
Views: 1842

Re: A rough night on the Chicken Bristle Farm

Hate to hear it. Fix your dogs up and let them know they did their jobs. A good dog needs good treatment. Then go blast some feral dog asses.
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:16 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Zippos
Replies: 80
Views: 6107

Re: Zippos

Can't say I share the love of Zippos. I've owned 3, and they've always underperformed - won't stay light in mild breezes, doesn't light easily, and constantly running out of fuel. Now, they've never broken - they all still work in the same fashion that they did when I bought them years ago. They jus...
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Let's Talk Septic
Replies: 26
Views: 1582

Re: Let's Talk Septic

That's pretty much it, yeah. It's impossible to quote without having perc numbers. Good draining soil, no water to contaminate, and low-potential usage means even a simple leech line will suffice. Heavy clay (or rock), high usage, or lots of nearby groundwater means you'll need an engineered system....
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:48 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Beginner Garden in S. AZ!
Replies: 21
Views: 1352

Re: Beginner Garden in S. AZ!

As has been mentioned, find some native plants that you like. Growing non-indigenous plants will take a lot of work and resources (e.g. water). Even with good planning and management, water intensive ag will be tough in an AZ summer. I'm sure it could be done, but why suffer the hassle? I'm sure the...
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:00 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Grains in Raised Beds/Square Foot Gardening?
Replies: 19
Views: 1540

Re: Grains in Raised Beds/Square Foot Gardening?

I hate to be "that guy", but have you considered whether or not you fundamentally need grain for your animals? Sure, it's easier and less labor/planning/land intensive than pasturing, but virtually any animal that you'd keep for livestock can be appropriately raised on pasture. In fact, that may be ...
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Tue May 25, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010
Replies: 207
Views: 8205

Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

How's the drainage on those bags?
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Mon May 24, 2010 8:49 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Chickens and Rabbits
Replies: 128
Views: 6665

Re: Chickens and Rabbits

Just bury the dog in your garden and deny it.
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Mon May 17, 2010 6:23 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010
Replies: 207
Views: 8205

Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Say, you've got some nice melons there.
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Wed May 05, 2010 6:04 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Morel Magic!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1867

Re: Morel Magic!!!

Here in Ohio, freshly dried morels can go from $20-$45 / lb. That, in addition to the fact that they're damned tasty, makes me wish I knew the first damn thing about mycology. That's a good haul!
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:21 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Prolong your razors in vodka
Replies: 41
Views: 2548

Re: Prolong your razors in vodka

I'd grow a beard if A. I wasn't in the military B. If I didn't have a hiking accident at 15 and scrape my chin so bad that 10 years later I still have a hairless patch. There's no cure for military service, but this can help with (B): http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_rUY5zKNCkmI/SmS4_tt-GaI/AAAAAAAADTA/68...
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Prolong your razors in vodka
Replies: 41
Views: 2548

Re: Prolong your razors in vodka

Out of curiosity, why not just use rubbing alcohol?
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?
Replies: 28
Views: 2919

Re: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?

This probably isn't right in line with what you've got in mind, but the popularity of straw bale gardening seems to be growing.
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:02 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Home made pet food
Replies: 50
Views: 2461

Re: Home made pet food

I've got two dogs - a two year old great dane and an 11 year old border collie/lab mix. The lab developed what we believe is a food allergy to grains some time ago (horrible, horrible squirty poops). We tried a dozen different foods, and finally tried home made food. The home made food helped, but w...
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:57 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Canning your own food, my burgeoning journey
Replies: 20
Views: 1442

Re: Canning your own food, my burgeoning journey

That's something that my family has done for a while in lieu of canning vegetables per se. We do big batches of marinara, tomato soup, or squash soup and then just can it. Keeps everything nice and portions out quick meals when you need them. We haven't tried this yet, but at some point in the futur...
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:10 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Building a chicken coop, have a few questions
Replies: 18
Views: 1015

Re: Building a chicken coop, have a few questions

The only recommendation that I've got is that you cover the coop and run floors with either something easy to shovel or a surface off of which you can easily shovel things. You will eventually have to shovel some chicken shit, and you can really save yourself a lot of effort with a little forethough...
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: micro-hydros; self-sufficient power generation
Replies: 38
Views: 3401

Re: micro-hydros; self-sufficient power generation

I'm not saying that won't work, but those kinds of compressors require very high speeds to function (tens of thousands of rpm). I'm not sure how you'd make it work with a hand crank.
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: I've got land...give your opinions of what to do with it.
Replies: 24
Views: 899

Re: I've got land...give your opinions of what to do with it.

Is "nothing" an option? I don't mean that you shouldn't build on it or do anything on it, but every time I go to look at property that has been "well used", it's just a bunch of damaged trees from gunfire and ruts in the ground from ATVs, with garbage scattered at one end of the property (where they...
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Thinking knitting may be a useful skill
Replies: 45
Views: 2432

Re: Thinking knitting may be a useful skill

Pfft, RN? Knitting will be much more useful than medical care in the PAW.

(I'm just jealous because I love knits, yet cannot knit)
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: micro-hydros; self-sufficient power generation
Replies: 38
Views: 3401

Re: micro-hydros; self-sufficient power generation

Yeah, there's a pretty darn good reason why most of these small power systems get their garbage AC output run through a rectifier and a couple of gigantic capacitors and then back through an inverter. The AC output more than likely won't be clean enough for domestic use. Of course, it's lossy, but i...
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:28 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: wire bail jars
Replies: 28
Views: 4262

Re: wire bail jars

Everyone says you can buy them at Lehman's, but as far as I can tell they no longer carry them. They're pretty expensive in the States (~$4 each!) and very hard to locate. Also, the USDA doesn't approve them for canning (but they're safely used all over the place, so meh). At any rate, they are very...
by RealZombiesAreSlow
Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:31 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Living in a cold house
Replies: 35
Views: 2136

Re: Living in a cold house

Awesome. I used to go camping in the Adirondacks in March (temp stays right around freezing, perfect for XC skiing and snow-showing...). Unfortunately I can't get the wife to let me turn the thermostat below 65 (and even at that temperature, she gives me the stink eye).

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