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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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Mobs and looting and riots, oh my!

What will the immediate future be like?  If you take economic considerations only, it will look like this…

  • There will be little or no social security
  • There will be no health care
  • There will be no pensions or they will exist in name only as the dollar soon becomes worthless
  • Stocks, real estate, bonds will collapse
  • The DJIA (the Dow) will lost 90% of its value compared to gold
  • Bank Runs
  • They (governments/banks) will use capital controls and restrict your access to money as confidence is lost in the dollar
Why?  Because we are beyond broke.  We are drowning in debt which can never be repaid.  The governments of the world, the bankers and the main stream media do not want you to know this.  So expect more disinformation.
The object is to keep you in the dark allowing them to steal all they can from their citizens to protect themselves from the collapse they know it coming.
As long as confidence remains in paper assets, they (govt/banks) can and will continue to rob you via inflation, taxes, and regulations.
The police will continue to be “militarized”
They (govt) will continue to war on guns (gun control) so you cannot resist them.
Hold physical gold and silver outside the banking system.  Gather food and water.  Protect your self.  Last quarter 2012/first quarter 2013 will likely be very traumatic.

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Excellent interview with Max Yemets (4/12/2012) on the Financial Survival Network.  Max lived through hyperinflation when it occurred in the post-Soviet Ukraine in the early 90’s.  His web site is on my links page “How to be poor”.   Some high-lights from the interview are…

  • Obtain small amounts of silver (or gold if you can afford it) every payday.  Even if it is just pre-1965 junk silver quarters (US coins made before 1965 were made of 90% silver.  Silver and gold are not investments, they are money and are hedges against crisis.  The government cannot debase them.  When paper money (fiat currency) goes to zero, people will not accept it.  You will not be able to just pop on down to the store and get what ever you need.  He mentioned three places the small investor/purchaser can get some.  I have used them all three and all are good.
    • Provident Metals  – this is where I get most of my “junk” silver.  Often Gainesville coins will have better prices but provident comes out less expensive per OZ for small lots because of the much more reasonable shipping costs.
    • APMEX
    • Gainesville Coins
  • Hyperinflation is the debtor friend.  As inflation creeps in, debts are eventually paid off with worthless paper.  Fixed rate debts only.  Adjustable rate debts will keep up in with inflation and is the dangerous kind such as credit cards or ARMs.
  • Get away from cities, get rural.
  • Learn to grow your own food.  Start a garden.
  • Store things you will need and things you can barter with.
    • For barter you can have liquor, cigarettes, toilet paper (priceless when you have none).

Max can be found at…



His video at ReasonSilver Reason Silver – Ukraine 1993 Hyperinflation Lessons Learned” is a must listen.

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I offer this to you as is.  It would have to be changed somewhat according to where you live and what is local to your area.  The spelling was terrible so I cleaned it up a bit.  If you find anything else wrong, let me know.

100 Items to Disappear First – (from the hyperinflation that struck Kosovo in the mid 1990’s)

  1. Generators: Good solar ones are best. Gas ones have supply storage, risk, noisy, target of thieves, maintenance.
  2. Water Filters/Purifiers
  3. Portable Toilets/showers
  4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
  5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
  6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
  7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
  8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
  9. Honey/Sweeteners/white, brown sugar
  10. Rice – Beans – Wheat
  11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
  12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
  13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.)  Any size.  Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY – note – food grade if for drinking (grade 2 here in the USA).
  14. Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.)
  15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
  16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
  17. Survival Guide Book.
  18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
  19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. Ointments/aspirin, etc.
  20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
  21. Cook stoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
  22. Vitamins
  23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
  24. Feminine Hygiene/Hair care/Skin products.
  25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
  26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
  27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
  28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
  29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
  30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
  31. Milk – Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
  32. Garden Seeds {no-Hybrid) (A MUST)
  33. Clothes pins/line hangers (A MUST)
  34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
  35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
  36. Fire Extinguishers (or large box of Baking Soda in every room)
  37. First aid kits
  38. Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
  39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
  40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
  41. Flour, yeast & salt
  42. Matches. {“Strike Anywhere” preferred.)  Boxed, wooden matches will go first
  43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
  44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in winter time.)
  45. Work boots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
  46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns
  47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
  48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels)
  49. Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
  50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
  51. Fishing supplies/tools
  52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
  53. Duct Tape
  54. Tarps/stakes/twine nails and spikes
  55. Candles
  56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
  57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
  58. Garden tools & supplies
  59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
  60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
  61. Bleach (plain. NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
  62. Caning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
  63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
  64. Bicycles. Tires/tube s/pumps/chains, etc.
  65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
  66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
  67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
  68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
  69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
  70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
  71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
  72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
  73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
  74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
  75. Soy sauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy soup base
  76. Reading glasses
  77. Chocolate Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
  78. “Survival-in-a-Can”
  79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
  80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
  81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
  82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
  83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
  84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
  85. Lumber (all types)
  86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
  87. Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
  88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
  89. Lantern Hangers
  90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
  91. Teas
  92. Coffee
  93. Cigarettes
  94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
  95. Paraffin wax
  96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
  97. Chewing gum/candies
  98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
  99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
  100. Goats/chickens

10 additional survival strategies.

1. Stockpiling helps.  But you never know how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.

2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.

3. After a while, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold’s.

4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity – it’s the easiest to do without (unless you’re in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)

5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating.  One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy – it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible.  Only needs enough heat to “warm”, not to cook. It’s cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.

6. Bring some books – escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it’s great to have a lot of survival guides, but you’ll figure most of that out on your own anyway – trust me, you’ll have a lot of time on your hands.

7. The feeling that you’re human can fade pretty fast.  I can’t tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne.  Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.

8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches.

9. Have a little bit of cash hidden in your house in small denominations.

10. Have as much silver and gold for barter hidden in your house as you can stand holding because its 99% certain that is the ONLY money people will trade you goods for no matter what

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