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Carrots of Color

Carrots of Color

While people the main stream media (MSM) call “preppers” are gathering supplies for the coming storm and its aftermath, eventually this too will run out.  Some of us are showing up late in the ball game and have not had extensive years to sock away copious amounts of survival supplies and have not been able to horde small mountains of gold, silver and toilet paper (barter items).   Money is also a very real constraint on most of us.  Many of us are living paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet or borrowing (credit debt) to maintain our current, yet declining, lifestyle.

Many issues could be addressed here, but I am not an expert at guerrilla warfare, living off the land, or a former special forces guy.  Even if I had a hand-grenade I couldn’t throw if far enough and run away fast enough to be a every effective combatant in the coming social strife and chaos that will soon consume the cities and urban centers.  By blogging standards, I am ancient.

I do believe that people will have to learn how to garden.  Why?  Because you won’t be able to go down to the store.  The shelves will be as bare as old mother Hubbard’s cupboard.  Your ATM will not dispense cash.  Your debit card will not work.  Fuel may be difficult to source so your generator will run dry.  Don’t plan on mowing your grass either.  I’m glad gasoline prices are dropping but once the currency loses value, no amount of it will be eggs from the farm lady down at the end of the road, let alone gasoline for your SUV.  Better get a bike.

Sorry for the digression.  Back to gardening.  First, learn about it.  This is both easier and harder then it looks.  Easy because of things like “Square Foot Gardening”.  Harder because there are a lot of plants with a lot of nuances.  Do the easy stuff first.  Time and experience will teach you the nuances.  If you really want to survive long term and you don’t have the option to just up and move (most of us don’t), learn about permaculture.  Google “Geoff Lawton” for starters or go HERE.

But lets simplify.

Philosophy: Think beyond yourself.  Very important.  Your aim should be to overproduce.  If you grow food for yourself, you are a target, if you grow food for others, you are an asset.  This goes back to the New Testament and perhaps further.  Anyway, Jesus knows what he is doing.

Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. Luke 17:33

Seeds: accumulate them and learn how to save them after harvest.  My step-son gave me 100 dollar gift card to a seed supplier for Christmas which was a wonderful gift.  P.s. weeds grow fast, kale grows faster.

More seeds please

More seeds please – coffee is optional

Soil: Think compost and raised beds to start with.  Fall leaves = Spring compost.

My first raised beds three seasons ago.

My first raised beds three seasons ago.

Exposure: North of the equator (like Virginia), look south.  If you have a sunny southern facing room, start plants indoors.

Indoor planting - onions


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Data Mining Scam by the Government?

Data Mining Scam by the Government?

By the transgression of a land many are its princes.”  Soloman Proverbs 28:2a NASB

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” Tacitus Roman Senator and Historian


Bureaucrats have long plagued societies. They are the arm of the central planner.  Their tools are extortion which is called regulation.  Their weapons are those who are willing to use force to intimidate and brutalize.  Their targets are those who have little means to fight back because they are to busy trying to make a living or trying to survive.

They believe, that by virtue of being government officials, and are hired hands to implement the programs of government, that what ever they do, they do for the welfare of all. It is almost never the case however. The common good, the common welfare, the good of the governed, are euphemisms by which the state central planners and their army of bureaucrats hide behind to conceal their need for power and an ever expanding state apparatus.

It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.  Frédéric Bastiat

The state needs to plunder the common man or it cannot live. It can only live in opulence when it can reach into the pockets of the common man. If the common men gets defiant, it resorts to force which it has already “legalized” via its great tome of regulation it has burdened the people with.  After all, the central planners, having archived some worthless college degree that has destroyed their common sense, and having mastered the use of law as an instrument of plunder, are ideally suited to reign from on high, utilizing an army of “princes” to impoverish the common folk.

They must do this because they manufacture no product, produce no tangible goods, and therefore create no wealth. So, in order for central planners and the “princes” (the bureaucracy) to live well, they must plunder “we the people” and be willing to use the threat of force at the sign of any resistance.

The truly amazing thing is that many bureaucrats, because of there great ignorance of the nature of the state, economics, banking, and our own history (if in the US), actually believe they are serving the governed even as they plunder them.

The bureaucrat, detached from the livelihood of the framer or fisherman or mechanic, living in some gated community, working in some centralize hive, use the rules and regulations they have created to levy permits and fees and taxes and fines.  As inflation eats away at all of our incomes, the mechanisms of extortion must increase if the central planners and the bureaucrats they employ are to maintain their “life style”.  The inflation, by the way, is being created by the FED (central banks) and the central planners of government every time they sell “bonds”.  Local governments, seeing this, also sell “bonds” which allows them to live beyond their means, expand their apparatus, and support the growing army of bureaucrats, leaving the common man on the hook for it all.  But I digress.

To see how this is done, check out the Bavuso case in York county, VA. and how “special use permits” are being used to shut down small businesses in the midst of a collapsing economy. Also the testimony of Joel Salatin about The Bonita Bill H.B. 1430 is well worth a watch.

To learn more… Virginia Food Freedom.

Or a good economic overview of the corruption of our current system, see THIS.

The truth is even during economic downturns, depressions, collapses, poverty and ruin, bureaucrats continue to destroy small businesses and diminish our standard of living, without thought, conscience or common sense. This is why government must remain small and as insignificant as possible.


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I’ve had a real problem with deer.  My children and I have enjoyed seeing them, taking pictures of them, being surprised by them and even feeding them from our hands.  That all changed once I started gardening.  Graceful animals with hellish destructive tendencies when it comes to vegetable gardens.  They have no problem trampling some plants to get to others.  Nor do they mind uprooting them in order to see if they like them.  They are also rather stupid.  They will uproot or taste something over and over again whether they liked it or not.  Because maybe it might taste different the next time?  Bite into a green tomato.  Don’t like it so spit it to the ground and try another green tomato.  They seem to trample things just for fun.  They are very annoying and if it were legal here, shooting them would not bother my conscience one iota.

Commercially, there is a small assortment of rather expensive chemicals that are suppose to cause them to avoid an area like Coyote urine as once example.  They are usually expensive, the results are marginal and I am concerned about the ingredient list in some cases.  In order to maintain an approach to gardening that is as organic as possible I searched the internet to see what others are going.  Having done that, I came up with what seems to be working quite well so far this year.

The Concoction…

The ingredients I use are mostly what I have on hand.  I ordered a few items from Amazon as well.  So here is my version of a combo natural insecticide and Deer-B-Gone.

1 Quart Ball Jar

2 tbls Murrphy’s Oil Soap

2 tbls chili power

4 or 5 cayenne peppers (red) from the garden – you can just use the chili power or the peppers, I use both.  Of course, habanero would be better.

1 teap Neem Oil for the bugs – aids in a slow miserable death (I hope)

2+ tbls minced garlic – fresh would be better but the garlic in olive oil I use is plenty strong

Hot water.  Mix, shake well.  Let it sit for a day.  Mine sits for a lot longer as I sometimes forget about it.  No harm, very foul stuff though.

After it sits, I strain it into a spray bottle.  I use a bit of weed barrier garden fabric I form into a funnel and pour it into a one or two cup Pyrex measuring cup.  Then it gets poured into the spray bottle.

One caveat.  And I am not completely certain of this but I made the mistake of spraying a whole tomato plant.  The plant had 5 nice large fruits developing and many flowers ready to be pollinated.  The fruits are doing fine but after spraying the plant the insects stayed away and no more flowers set fruit.  I am not certain of this as the cause but it seems likely.  I will just be spraying the set fruit from now on and not the flowering areas to see if that makes any difference.

Also, the calcium carbonate seems to be working very well preventing the tomatoes from cracking.  Also be aware that some people say to use baking soda in the mistaken believe that this a good cheap source of calcium carbonate.  It is not.  Baking soda is sodium carbonate and too much can burn the plant.

The Epson Salt spray also salvaged my cucumbers from the yellow bloching.  I lost two cucumber vines to the yellow bloch.  All the leaves eventually wilted and the plant gave up the ghost.  Saved the rest with a quick shot of magnesium from the Epsom salts.

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When they control your guns, then they can pillage and plunder you safely.

The Federal Government anticipates civil unrest and wants to disarm as many citizens as possible ahead of time.  They are broke.  They are insolvent.   They need the taxpayers disarmed.  

USA Watchdog Interview: Guns Protect Honest People-Catherine Austin Fitts

Topics Covered in this interview include…

  • The need to disarm tax payers to take more of their resources to continue to hide government and banker insolvency
  • The attempt to gain control of the global seed (food) supply
  • Inflation, Fiat Currency, Monetary Hedgemony, The use of the military to enforce and maintain US world reserve currency hegemony while misleading the public and our soldiers about fighting for democracy
  • The use of gangs in depopulation by government

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Monsanto Seed Network

Good article about the four steps you can take to keep Monsanto out of your garden from The Healthy Home Economist.   Other useful links found their are…

  1. Avoid buying from the seed companies affiliated with Monsanto. Here’s a list of these seed companies: http://www.seminis.com/global/us/products/Pages/Home-Garden.aspx
  2. Buy from this list of companies Monsanto HASN’T bought and are not affiliated or do business with Seminis:  http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/03/06/monsanto-free-seed-companies/
  3. Avoid certain heirloom varieties because Monsanto now apparently owns the names. This article lists the seed varieties to avoid: http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/03/17/monsanto-owned-seednames/
  4. And the safe seed resource list http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/ViewPage.aspx?pageId=261

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Data Mining Scam by the Government?

From the Orwellian dept. of the Ridiculous.

Utah wants you to register your garden.  And they are not alone.  The USDA wants you to register a “People’s Garden”.  Sounds like the People’s Republic of China.  We are now so conditioned that the slogans of communists are openly used here.

If you are a Morom prepper click HERE

All others click HERE

These are data mining scams by the sick, evil and vile bureaucracy that run our government(s).

After this, comes…

  • License fees
  • Bureaucrats making rules to help plan what gets planted, where, and how much.
  • Then they will need regulators to make sure the “rules” are being followed.
  • Then fines and jail for the violators.

Have a nice day from your all-wise overseers.

Also, read more here at http://attackthesystem.com/2012/08/18/register-your-garden/

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Outstanding article from SoilentGreens.wordpress.com on the dangers of GMO seeds. It also contains a great list of common varieties of vegetables people grow that have undergone genetic modification.

Baker Creek Seed Bank Welcome Sign (unless you’re Monsanto).

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