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Life changes post coronavirus? Starting a garden?

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Andy D, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    Hattiesburg, MS
    I have to admit, this pandemic has been a kick in the @ss for me, I have
    been living on 20 plus acres for about four years now and have been putting
    off utilizing it out of pure laziness... But now I'm full throttle into becoming as food self sufficient
    as I can, for myself, family & friends.

    I used to garden a lot, so I'm not a novice, if I can help anyone who wants to start one, let me know.

    I was about to spend a ton of money creating raised gardens, but I heard about "hugelkultur" & plan
    to go that route. It's basically very productive beds made using fallen logs, yard clippings, leaves, forest humus & every year they become more productive as everything breaks down.
    It's a lot of work on the front end, but you can pretty much create a garden for only the cost of seeds.

    It doesn't need to be a raised garden, but I think it's worth the trouble to make it one,
    to prevent weeds and make working on it easier... Here are some good videos about it:

    I like this site: it has seed packs for 99 cents - non GMO seeds, many heirlooms
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  2. decalman

    decalman Active Member

    Sep 2, 2012
    These days buying and selling is becoming a serious problem.
    You won't have any regrets whatsoever utilizing that land, and growing your own provisions.

    Spinach, tomatoes , GARLIC , hot peppers , broccoli, etc.
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  3. Geneva Olson

    Geneva Olson Member

    Sep 3, 2019
    Webster, TX
    20 acres. add a fish pond. Then you can REALLY live off the land. heck with 20 acres, you can get a couple of cows, pigs, chickens. you would be set.
  4. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

    Jan 2, 2010
    Mitten State
    Thinking about re-stocking the pond and getting back into keeping bees.

  5. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

    Sep 27, 2010
    Mid TN
    Just be aware of the source of the seedstock. Some are GMO.

    I would either do mini cows or just stick with pigs/chickens (we had chickens until a fox killed them all, about 2 weeks before everything went to pot, how is that for irony). Chickens are really easy keepers. Just be aware, some places that you get chicks source from places that give them a hormone to start laying early. Also make sure that you get chicks from places that sex them (not crude, just determine if they are hens or not), otherwise you might get 5 roosters out of your min order of 6 (some places do have a min).

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  6. Snydo

    Snydo Active Member

    May 1, 2008
    Mid Michigan
    It's supposed to be a hot summer with above normal rain.....last year was awful, here in the mitten state we had frost until early June and then many cool cloudy days during the summer. Tomatoes barely flowered and never really produced much.
  7. ikarasu

    ikarasu Very Active Member

    Jun 10, 2016
    Port Coquitlam, bc
    Grow some tomatoes.

    We used to pay $1-1.50 per LB... Went to the store yesterday and they were $5.50 a LB. for tomatoes! Went to another store, same thing.

    I doubt its as bad there... Canadian dollar is low... so all food out of season here, like tomatoes... are going way, way up. I can afford it, but no way in hell am I paying $5.50 per lb of tomato.... We're now a tomato free household.
  8. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

    Sep 27, 2010
    Mid TN
    Oh also, if you want to have year round veggies, get seedstock, grow them in pots inside (bring them out during the normal seasons), if you have a greenhouse (unless one lives in an area where dangerously low temps for these plants aren't normally a thing) keep them in there.

    The key thing is when you start the seeds and how much light they get. Now peppers (despite being annum) will actually live more then a year, but if you sow seeds in the fall, they won't bear fruit in the summer and vice versa. So if want a year round supply have to plan ahead (this includes how much you pamper them given your local climate). I had a couple of Chiltepin plants for 8 yrs.
  9. decalman

    decalman Active Member

    Sep 2, 2012
    Been vegan 11 years. Nice not having to deal with all that carcass. I make my dogs food . I don't enjoy handling the dead flesh.
  10. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

    Sep 27, 2010
    Mid TN
    Anybody that truly enjoys handling dead flesh, I have to wonder about them. I don't even know butchers that say that they enjoy handling the dead flesh (at least what they tell me)

    Also, as someone whose undergrad was in Equine Nutrition and dealt extensively with Pearson's Square, I certainly hope you are formulating everything that your dog needs and they aren't deficient in anything (and still being alive and after so many years doesn't in of itself mean that they (or you) are getting everything that one needs).

    On a side note, my sister makes her own dog/cat food as well. It's a process unto itself and my sister has far more science in her background then I do.
  11. Val47

    Val47 Boudica@Nite

    Mar 2, 2020
    Spokane, WA
    I just planted some starts! in my make-shift green house. I don't have tons of property, so I would like to create a raised/stacked series of planters. I just have my little inner city yard.
    ...My mom on the other hand, is an amazing gardener, with acres of land and she grows a lot of goodies, from vegitables to her fruit bushes and trees. Then there is the livestock :) looking forward to a portion of one of her bovine, and she's doing pork this year as well. So, moms garden, plus her bounty of canned goods - and meat. She has chickens as well. I only wish we lived closer. An hour and a half drive. but right now - distancing ya know. soon. very soon I will get to go shopping at moms and raid her huge pantry again :)

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