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Old 02-05-2017, 10:00 PM
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I have not been on here in ages.......

Lots and lots of things have changed in my life, most for the very very good!!

I am lookin' forward to starting a huge garden from scratch this year and would love input!!

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Old 02-06-2017, 01:26 AM
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Welcome back

We will be scrounging for appliance boxes very soon. Lay them flat on the proposed garden area. Kills the sod, worms like it and it is good for the soil. Tarps work too but cardboard is better.

We hit the recycling drop for newspaper. Cover the ground around plants with it, scatter a little straw over it and hose it all down. Saves a lot of weeding and watering.

We do not work a very large area. We do use the "Square Foot Garden" plant spacing but we don't have raised beds. It works well for us. Others likely have thoughts on larger gardens.

Hope it goes well for you!
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Old 02-07-2017, 12:39 PM
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I remember years ago this was a 'serious' site about homesteading. Lots of members living the homesteading lifestyle, and sharing their knowledge.

So far, all I am seeing now is posting in the "political" room and almost zero about homesteading.

I belong to two other forums; one is almost politics exclusively, and the other is hit and miss on the homesteading as most of their 'true' homesteaders have left.

I came here thinking I would find serious homesteaders......

I'm just so sick of politics.
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Welcome back.

When we first moved here I put in a huge garden just like my dad had.
My brother had a tractor with a tiller so it was easy to over do it.
I took down a couple of fences dad had put up and expanded the yard.
After 2 years of working in the garden and mowing the huge yard I put the fences back and let the cows take care of it.
I was crawling around pulling weeds in the 95 degree heat and realized that onions are $10 for 50 pounds at the local vegetable stands.
I shrank the garden down to a manageable size. A few tomato plants and a zucchini or 2.
We live in an area that has a lot of local produce so it's pretty inexpensive.

I'm with you on politics.
Every thing seems to be about trashing the other side.

This site seems to have slowed way down.
Not much new going on.
It's a shame. I enjoy reading it.
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Old 02-07-2017, 10:29 PM
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I noticed that too Laura. I commented in another thread that a lot of members are just gone. Something happened a few years ago here and a number of really long-term, contributing members disappeared. My Dad was Patience. Well, I was Patience and he stole my account because he was having so much fun here and I shared it with him. I finally signed up again with the rj5156.

Dad passed almost 2 years ago, but I remember he left this site and was really upset about it. He did not have the internet experience to deal with difficult people online, I figured. I know I've seen some pretty snarky stuff and even had indyman, a banned member here harass me on my facebook account. Big site makes a big target for trolls? People get tired of it? Mostly I have stayed in my own thread. I do not have social skills

The media has been industriously dividing our nation for some reason and I see it everywhere. This site should be very busy right now but it appears to be about dead. Spring is just around the corner and homesteaders can't really do a lot outside yet.

I am sad. I joined in 2006 if I recall and have learned a great deal here though I did not participate much for many years. If folks are half as worried about politics as they say they are I would think homesteading would be the hottest topic of all!

This might also have some impact, Oliver posted his farewell here:
http://www.backwoodshome.com/forum/v...ad.php?t=36169

Not sure what's going on, some combination of all the above? Hoping that if those of us who are still plugging along keep doing that, the situation might improve. I have looked at site traffic lately. 12 people are viewing the firearms thread right now - but only one is a member, 11 are guests. This is typical of what I see lately. Not followed this closely but this is a big shift in what I have seen. Used to be a lot more members viewing and participating. Just casual observations.

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Old 02-07-2017, 11:13 PM
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When we think about cultivating a large area we look at unusual crops for our area. We can buy potatoes, corn, onions and so on so cheap it doesn't pay us to fight for them, as you say Backlash. We grow a little bit of that kind of stuff anyway, always looking to find lower maintenance methods - just in case the situation should change.

We plant pepper varities we can't buy to dry, smoke and make fermented hot sauces from them. We grow cooking and medicinal herbs for our own use. We love to grow rainbow radishes and chard. As we get better at growing things that are not available locally we may expand and grow enough to sell some. We like low maintenance and crops we can leverage up in value by fermenting them into a more expensive product.

We planted an orchard last year. Hope to get nut trees and bushes in this year. Got a decent medicinal herb garden in. Be expanding that this year. If we wanted to get a half acre in crops we might plant something like lavender. Lot of ways to imvest a little time and increase the value of the end product a lot. We do have a store front so we could sell it if we wanted to but we are self-employed, we do industrial fabrication and that pays well enough we are not motivated to sell what we can grow.

Instead we make wine and syrups, pickles, chow-chows, kimchi and such. We can a little bit of it, dry some and give a fair amount away in fresh produce, live plant starts and finishes products. It comes back to us in fruits and vegetables we haven't got, farm fresh eggs, odd tools and scrounged materials and so on. Keeps us in touch with our neighbors.
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