posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 02:40 AM
I would go for the 50 acres, allot of people ask how you will defend it, landscape right and over a couple of years (if we have that long) no one will
I recommend perimiter planting of trees as needed, thorny bushes, roses are great but noticeable, Jatropha should grow in your climate, unpassable,
yet also a top bio diesel plant (keep it distant from food crops)
But you get the idea, nature is your best defense 10-20 feet of bush and trees arounf the border of your land, then sporadic planting inbetween trees,
then wherne none of the above is applicable some digging... sounds like great land for quick sand pits in and out of the perimiter bushes...
people might flock to the woods but they take the path of least resistance most will be clueless, no one is going to chop through 2o feet of bush with
a machette lol, in dense tree growth and occasional, pitfalls...
that would leave you a center of a good 30 acres completely obscured
I wouldn't even leave a road exit... do it by small tunnel so you have a long defendable entrance to your land... a corridor that you can shut as
oppossed to an open road...
Inside the 30 center acres, your next line of defense should be dogs, you will need them for hunting defense and herding of small livestock, you want
a good sized pack, animals inclined to take on bigger animals like a bear... I reccomend a mixture of Akitas, Huskies and German Sheperds...
Coyote packs will be rampant... they can climb trees too, your perimiter will be useless, far more than Bears or other large cretures, Coyotes and
wolves will be the deadly predator... and wild dogs too! You need a good sized pack yourself... a good 20 or more, the other canines will respect the
territory of that large of a pack and it ensures that you will here barking across an area of 20-30 acres if someone tries to cross...
your wondering how to feed those dogs?
Rabbit, it really is delicous and does taste just like chicken... but you won't wish to go crazy with chickens... too much noise especially from the
roosters... it will give your location away constantly, you will need to keep some for eggs, but in smaller numbers inside a pen which you should
sound proof as best you can, fortunately egg cartons lol, make great sound proofing...
Rabbits breed impossibly fast eat little (you have plenty of room for feed) and they are Silent
A few horses, not overboard, smell will give you away... but you will want the height if intruders threaten... and speed...
Pigs... I am not a fan of pork but cows will, be a pain in the ass, some sheep for a treat, goats for milk... small numbers and pigs.
Why the pigs? they will eat a human body if it comes to that and leave little if any remains... Just don't eat the pigs, it could cause prion disease
if it has eaten human flesh... Rather... use the pigs for bait for larger predators to get rid of them...
If you want to get really ambitious, get into aquatics, that land could support a couple of large swimming pool sized tanks that could raise talipia
or maybe a small cold water fish for heart health and line the tanks with mussels or let shrimp breed in one... not hard really, just a big fish
tank... heck koi are easy and beautiful, just carp... tasty, no chemicals needed or anything
planting, do corn, but again the perimiter you use jatropha to make it impassable, corn converts to ethanol in amouts that will maybe let you power a
generator in winter but the jatropha will assure you power and you can save that space for crops you eat... takes allot of corn for ethanol, seriously
do your whole perimiter in Jatropha, no one will ever recognize it's value, it's not food for anything... maybe the very outer bushes do a different
bush so they don't see the seeds, but hardly anyone would know what it is...
you definitely want to do some digging, sounds like a tough job in a wet area... you'll need to do some research into drainage to not flood if a
hurricane blows in, but you will want to keep as much as possible underground, all your supplies, rooms for kids, any attack will come in the night
most likely, let them shoot up your above ground shelters that are for deco, do everything you can down as deep as you can go, off the sights of
planes etc, etc...
If you have allot of trees and a small number of people, a mesh canopy over allot of your crop area during off season and for allot of in season might
be wise, avoid being seen by air... camo everything you do, plant in clusters and harvest less, you have tons of space for... 10-20 people on 30
Do Not plant in easy to recognize square or rectangular patterns, plant i odd organic patterns and you won't be seen by air, it will be harder to
harvest and tend to, but you want to avoid anything that would look like a farm from air or hill sights stagger crops together and in wierdshapes that
weave in and out from different types of plants for a more natural look... a pumpkin patch here, 10-15 feet of corn in an arc around a tree, tomatoes
around them... you get the idea...
Fires should be kept to pits covered and lit only at night when you won't see smoke... for cooking slow cook in natural heat cookers as much as you
can. No fire...
materials to make candles would be nice... solar is aluxury and easy to spot, you will be able to produce ethanol and that can run a generator when
you need one... again, this should be kept inclosed in a sound proofed room of some sort, a small generator can carry for miles...
But again more than all of this plant the heck out of your perimiter then fig then plant somemore then channel water... use the landscape so no one
passes and 30 acres of your 50 will be very good...