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by dltrammel
Tue May 04, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Miracle Plant
Replies: 60
Views: 8542

Re: Miracle Plant

Word of warning, squirrels seem to like moringa plants. In the past few days they've gotten all but one of mine. The last one they got last night even had a heavy dusting of red pepper. Luckily I have extra seeds and can replant this early in the season. For the last survivor I got it some protectio...
by dltrammel
Mon May 03, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010
Replies: 207
Views: 8073

Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

I got my corn and sunflowers into the grown this past week. http://theresponsiblesurvivialist.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/corn-in-the-ground.jpg?w=420 The plants on the end of the beds are lilies that are just there until they are moved to a new location next week. Here's a close up. http://therespo...
by dltrammel
Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:04 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Energy, the Economy, and the Future [title edit]
Replies: 289
Views: 22328

Re: Peak Oil, the Economy, and the Future

Porn. Peak Oil. Enjoy. LOL, now there is a woman with the right idea on teaching a complicated subject. BTW ran across this, which I believe discusses Jacob's report: US military warns oil output may dip causing massive shortages by 2015 "The US military has warned that surplus oil production capac...
by dltrammel
Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:04 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Miracle Plant
Replies: 60
Views: 8542

Re: Miracle Plant

Well, with how cheap the seeds are you could give it a try and see. Put a couple of reflector lamps on it at the start until it gets to a half meter or so, then put it in a sunny place and see how it does. Seems like these things grow like mad, supposedly up to 10+ meters (30 feet) in one year (they...
by dltrammel
Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?
Replies: 28
Views: 2877

Re: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?

As I understand it, planting wasn't normally done until mid-May, after the chance of frost. Its only with the weirder weather we have been having due to climate change, that we get these early warm spells that make us all think, "Damned I should be planting already!" So you still have a month or so ...
by dltrammel
Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:16 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?
Replies: 28
Views: 2877

Re: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?

If you're not stuck on rectangles, and -do- want to take them apart for whatever reason... could go with tractor tires. Find some places that has used ones they would otherwise shred and you might find a deal on 'em... dunno. Just a thought. Thanks but rectangles for my limited space give me a bett...
by dltrammel
Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?
Replies: 28
Views: 2877

Re: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?

So here is a picture of the first bed. I got it into the ground today. It uses 18 blocks, yielding a 9'4" by 2'2" growing bed, or almost 20 sq feet. A bit bigger than the 4x4' squares. And that's for less than $20. http://theresponsiblesurvivialist.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/first-raised-bed.jpg?w=...
by dltrammel
Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:46 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Buying Green a license to be Mean?
Replies: 25
Views: 1316

Re: Buying Green a license to be Mean?

I think we are talking tongue in cheek about rich celebrity examples? They claim to be green then a build an 8000 square foot house for moi. Seems a bit hypocritical to me. Few seem to practice what they preach. It does seem sometimes that the elite practices do what I say, not what I do. Or is tha...
by dltrammel
Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:17 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?
Replies: 28
Views: 2877

Re: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?

This place seems to have a good selection of companion plant seeds.

http://www.seedman.com/herbseed.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by dltrammel
Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Miracle Plant
Replies: 60
Views: 8542

Re: Miracle Plant

Here's a few links with recipes for how to cooks moringa leaves and pods (called drumsticks) http://www.miracletrees.org/moringarecipes.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; And a good article http://www.enviro.org.au/article_moringaTree.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by dltrammel
Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Pressing Seeds For Oil
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Pressing Seeds For Oil

Ok, I'm planting both sunflowers and moringa this year, and I notice the seeds of both can be pressed for oil. How do you do it though? Links to presses anyone? Once you've pressed the oil out, are the seeds still usable as a food additive? Cooking oil in a SHTF situation is going to be important. I...
by dltrammel
Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:09 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Miracle Plant
Replies: 60
Views: 8542

Re: Miracle Plant

Thanks. I added a second light yesterday. Both sit about 4 inches from the plants. They run around the clock right now. Might start getting them outside next week for real sunlight. The first three were just on one lamp. Bet that's why they grew like that. Had the same problem with some potted tomat...
by dltrammel
Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:12 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?
Replies: 28
Views: 2877

Re: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?

Why take them apart for the winter? Seems like without the side walls you'll have a lot of soil to puddle out and away from your box sites during the wet winter months. Put a cover crop like clover in them and then just dig it under in the spring for a soil-boost. Very good point, I'd over looked t...
by dltrammel
Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Miracle Plant
Replies: 60
Views: 8542

Re: Miracle Plant

Just an update with a picture. I planted them last week and all but one has spouted. I have hopes for it since there were two others who just broke thru this morning. The first three are nearly 3 inches tall now. http://theresponsiblesurvivialist.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/maringo-seedlings.jpg BTW...
by dltrammel
Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?
Replies: 28
Views: 2877

Re: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?

I used cinder blocks for my raised bed. My wife got into companion planting and used plants that deter pests in the cinder block holes along the outside. Worked really well. Ended up using 4" tall blocks on top of 8" blocks (staggered so it doesn't fall apart) to provide 12" total. What a good idea...
by dltrammel
Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?
Replies: 28
Views: 2877

Re: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?

I had thought about using cedar fencing. My mom has a lot of that I put up a few years back. I was under the impression it was pressure treated. I was worried that the chemicals might leach out into my vegetables.
by dltrammel
Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?
Replies: 28
Views: 2877

Raised Bed Construction Suggestions?

I'm putting in a bunch of raised beds for my gardening this year and wondering what everyone is using for their material? I want to reuse the beds next year, and will probably disassemble them and store them thru the Winter, rather than leave them out (I'm in Missouri, wet and snowy), unless I go wi...
by dltrammel
Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Persuasive on Disaster Preparedness
Replies: 15
Views: 1556

Re: Persuasive on Disaster Preparedness

Copy raptor's post on his experiences in New Orleans during Katrina.
by dltrammel
Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Energy, the Economy, and the Future [title edit]
Replies: 289
Views: 22328

Re: Peak Oil, the Economy, and the Future

This is a bit secondary to the discussion of peak oil but I thought I'd added it to the discussion. It goes a bit towards the markets will copy side of the argument but Rich nations moving into Africa to buy up land to feed their people. Will this lead to more war as people watch companies buy their...
by dltrammel
Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:03 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Off grid help needed
Replies: 15
Views: 1588

Re: Off grid help needed

A ZS encyclopedia of electrical knowledge Jeezus, DLT, get a mod to sticky this or put it in the 'Hall of Fame' Section. Great legwork! Dan, I'm not finished with the complete list yet but when I do, I'll get with the Mods. Until then when I see a request for info that I can add to i will post what...
by dltrammel
Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Off grid help needed
Replies: 15
Views: 1588

Re: Off grid help needed

You say you are looking to solar, would wind or hydro do? Here are links to power generation threads in this forum up until about 8/08. I haven't finished reviewing them past that. Maybe they will give you an idea. Hope that helps... Power Generation: 05.11.04 - Solar Power by Elijah 05.28.04 - Huma...
by dltrammel
Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Buying Green a license to be Mean?
Replies: 25
Views: 1316

Buying Green a license to be Mean?

I ran across several articles over on the UK Guardian which reference a recent study that found people who bought green products were more inclined to then commit more anti-green and/or immoral acts. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/mar/15/green-consumers-more-likely-steal" onclick="window...
by dltrammel
Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Workable business idea??
Replies: 14
Views: 986

Re: Workable business idea??

+1 to what Northern_cali says. Try a cart at the mall and then expend to web sells. I know Ready Made Resources had a store front here in East Tenn and most of the caveing/climbing vendors work from mail order and get togethers. So I don't know if something like Omega 3: OUTBREAK(DPMS shoot over at ...
by dltrammel
Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Miracle Plant
Replies: 60
Views: 8542

Re: Miracle Plant

Just got my seeds in from EchoNet. Took 4 days and I got 12 seeds for $3.00 (bought two orders, shipping was $1.39 via USPost). I'm looking forward to experimenting with this plant. They say the root can be harvested and ground up to make a horse radish like sauce. I love horse radish.

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