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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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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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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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I stumbled upon this Seed Starting Calculator over at…
You just enter the last frost date and it does the rest.
Nice Seed List complete with URL and brief description

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With economic collapse not far away, ultimately, seeds may be as valuable as gold.  History is instructive as to what societies go through during depressions and hyper-inflationary periods.  This next one will be global as all banks are printing money like mad men.    In the cities you can expect civil unrest (a euphemism for riots)  and in the more urban areas gardens will have to spring up or people will go hungry and die.  People will need seeds.

I have had better luck ordering over the internet then from garden centers.  Also, I use coffee in everything I do.  However, caffeine only works on the gardener, not the plants.

Some places I have purchased seeds from include…

If you know of good places to get seeds, please post a link in the comments section. It will be appreciated.

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