reply to post by kosmicjack
I am only beginning to dive into survival methods. I plan on learning some of the basics soon, and put them in practise, water, fire, local
I was talking about with my husband and he said he can do most of those things. lol I was thinking about your post.
I did start a garden this year. Not so much for survival but to grow local and organic.
Your right, it is not an easy thing to do. I was talking to gardeners and it can take several years to get the hang of it. I didn't do bad for the
first time with no knowledge but it is a serious learning curve.
Your right about the seeds. I found older seeds and only one or two made it.
So what do you do, buy seeds every year just in case?
The big thing people have to learn about gardening is that when you don't have chemicals, it is a tough thing.While I despise chemicals on food, I
did get an appreciation of why they came into being.
And entire crop of pumpkins, squash,and zucchini got wiped out in a matter of two weeks.When I researched why, they got attacked by squash bugs, that
lay their eggs inside(it looked like the stems rotted from inside out)that eat the plants.
I lost some strawberries to ants. I would go to pick a stawberry and there would be an ant party inside. I discovered they don't like cinnamon, and
it does repel them. So I sprinkled the surrounding area with cinnamon.Worked like a charm.
I grew sunflowers to have something lay maggots in the seeds.
Deer have tried eating the tomatoes.
It is not only what you can plant, but when. If you have a longer season, you can do double plantings. Some plants only like cooler weather, some only
hot.Some need full sun, some need shade.And herbs should be considered.
So I suggest that folks learn natural gardening methods. And keep those seeds on hand, such as marigolds and others that repel bugs, or distracts
And learn those methods beforehand. If it comes down to a collapse, I don't think we will have an internet to help.
I didn't consider jerky. Or hunting. But I definetly will learn how to make a bow, and practice.
Something else I seriously recommend is that people learn local plants, their uses, both nutrionally and medicinaly.Where they grow,when they grow,
Scurvy and other diseases will set in quick. For example, dandelions are a good food source, and a great source of vitamin C.
To not only learn how to hunt, but to learn the habits of animals, their migrations, etc. No use hunting for geese if they fly south for the
If you don't have any provisions, you will have to start from scratch, you won't have veggies, etc. So you will need to know your local stuff.
Also, it won't hurt to know surrounding areas and climates in case you have to migrate. So not only local, but maybe a few states around.
And the other thing people may consider is honey. Nature's perfect food and sugar. NOt only to pollonate your plants but to provide sugar and you can
sell it and provide the bees for others.It is a skill you can also trade for.
Another thing is mechanical maintenance. People may still have vehicles, generators, etc. to use, but if they break down, that is it. And you can make
I also suggest learning how to handle weather. To recongize it, and survive it.
How to make clothes.
How to make soap.
You may want to study maps. If you have to migrate, in hot climate you will need to know all your water sources along the way. You need a gallon of
water per person, per day. How to conserve water, hearty food sources. Know the terraine for easiest passage, etc.
Right now I am learning astronomy and constellations in case I need to know where I am, and how to find my way at night.
Not only being prepared will help you survive, but it will help others survive also.
While many tell you that you need to fight off people, you can help lead them. And not only can you trade your skills, you can become a leader.And
being alpha is best.
Not only do I want to learn this stuff in case of collapse, but because you just never know when you are going to get stuck somewhere. If your plane
goes down, if your car runs off the road and no one sees you, or you take a wrong turn someplace remote and get stuck. It can happen to anyone unless
you never leave your house.
That information sounds great. I look forward to the post.
I learned in scouts how to make a stove by taking a large tuna can, rolling cardboard around in a spiral inside, and fill it with wax, put a coffee
can upside down over it. it makes like a sterno. And it worked great for cooking.
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