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  • Birthday 12/10/1967

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  1. Yep, Monsanto is as close to an evil corporation as they come. They have even sued farmers for finding traces of their seed's genes in the farmer's field. The reason the genes were there? Pollination. Want to hear about how evil Monsanto is? Here's a good podcast, this episode is about Monsanto.
  2. We get some water from the store. I get the 2.5 gallon bottles with the tap on the front. I've found that 2 of these fit perfectly in a milk crate and the crates will stack just fine.
  3. I was a 4 BIG cup of coffee a day person. This was always at work and I rarely drank it at home. But on a 3 day weekend, I would have horrible headaches from caffeine withdrawal. So about 6 months ago I switched to tea. But I don't like black tea, so it's green tea all the time. Green tea has less caffeine than black tea. I will often use a single tea bag for 2 cups of tea. Not always, but most of the time it works for me.
  4. I recommend Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
  5. Not yet. I'm zone 7 and last year we got started far too soon and ended up with spindly plants. I do need to get my seeds ordered, though. I have a lot left from last year, but we are still hoping to be able to move before planting season.
  6. Good luck with your situation. That said, my OPINION is that if you can arrange to get a wood stove and a kerosene heater, get them. Put the wood stove in that living room and the kerosene heater in the basement. The kerosene will only have to be on low, your goal is to keep those pipes just above freezing, not heat the house with the kerosene heater. For the wood stove, use it to heat the main level. Blanket sleepers for the kids, flannel for you. Extra quilts for all the beds. On the coldest nights, move everyone into the living room. I know it isn't easy to hear, but if you do the wood stove, have it installed professionally. A neighbor of my MIL had a wood stove installed by a non-professional and it caught her house on fire. Could have happened to a pro, but the difference is with a pro, insurance would have paid. Since it was a non-pro, the insurance isn't paying to repair the house. And definately get the carbon monoxide detectors.
  7. Several years ago I pulled a bar of Ivory soap out of a bath bag that was in the attic for about 5 years. It was dry and deeply cracked, but it was usable. As for the salt, it will suck moisture out of the atmosphere. This will make it clump up, but won't go bad. If you are worried about it, vacuum sealing it won't hurt anything. I'd do like CGA said and put it in empty juice bottles. Mind if I ask where you got your sea salt? All we have in stock right now is regular iodized salt.
  8. I've never seen an official shelf life, but I've seen it mentioned a couple times that it is 24 months. Storage Live of Groceries
  9. I'll second the recommendation of the homemade earth box type of containers. That's what I had my peppers in. I used a plan similar to that instructables page, only slightly different.
  10. Good luck with your plants. The only advice I can give is to make sure you don't start your tomato plants too early. Also make sure you have the plants close to the light source so you don't end up with spindly plants.
  11. We had a container garden this past Summer. You can get a lot off each plant. We only had 2 plants and were able to make up a batch of Annie's Salsa to can. We also used our peppers in this as well. For me, the peppers produced much better than the tomatoes did. About the only real advice I can offer is to just give it a try. Get a feel for what you can grow in your area and how much each plant produces. I've seen people grow 50 or more tomato plants all in 5 gallon buckets.
  12. Excellent find. Thanks for this. I'll be making some of these, but I think I'll probably use a thin wood instead of cardboard.
  13. I do have some O2 absorbers. I figured it would put the vacuum on it and make the Gamma Seal hard to remove. Is it difficult to remove the Gamma Seal with the vacuum? LeeAnn, yes, if you vacuum seal everything and then put them in a bucket with a Gamma Seal, you are good to go.
  14. I have several buckets of oats that I bought packed and purged with CO2. I've opened one of these and put on a Gamma Seal lid. But I don't use up the oats all that fast and want to ensure that the oats don't "go bad." Does anyone have a way of purging the oxygen out of the buckets prior to putting the Gamma Seal back on? I thought about dry ice, but the amount I would need would be a couple of small chunks and I can't get less than a half pound. That's just too wasteful. Is there some sort of attachment that I could put on those CO2 cartridges that go in bb guns?
  15. Is that book a good source for building your own? We are still hoping to be able to move and one of the first big projects on my list would be building the root cellar. My grandmother had a "closet" off her basement that was the root cellar. Kept potatoes a long time.
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