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  1. I ripen mine in a brown paper bag.
  2. Inflation has many causes. Here's a good article that explains the various types and who profits from it. https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/111314/what-causes-inflation-and-does-anyone-gain-it.asp
  3. It's a PARTY! Have a great day MM.
  4. None available or is it that there's not one that will earn anyone enough money to make it worth their while to push it? I'm not saying this in a derogatory way but in a logical one. Corporations, and that includes pharmaceutical ones, are rarely a not for profit organization. They are in it to make money for their stockholders. Stockholders 'invest' in a company to bring them a return on their investment. The company, in turn, wants to keep their stockholders happy so they will not take their money out of the company and put it somewhere it WILL earn money. There are many types of inves
  5. I can't believe they are telling us here in the US we can gather outside as it's been shown the virus doesn't spread as much there as inside. Yet it seems when people gather outside there are still huge surges in infections. Humans are essentially herd animals and I can understand the need to be with others but it appears people all around the world have lost their common sense.
  6. Or if WE stop falling for it!
  7. Flights of fancy or paranoia? But if it's true is it really paranoia?
  8. It's all part of the Agenda 2021, (now expanded to 2030) program. Not sure why there is such a drastic push all of a sudden but I suspect that having Trump for four years may have thrown off their schedule. Or conversely he may have been part of the whole package. This is a long PDF but if you want to understand what's REALLY going on in the world you might want to take a look. Be sure to read it with all the 'pieces' we've been seeing in mind if you want to know where everything fits. It's all there. The Pandemic, Bill Gates owning a huge part of our agriculture land, the Dow skyrocketing
  9. I recognize the feeling the writer has allowed us to see. Because I am at risk I have been spending the last year or more hiding out from this unseen enemy that is Covid. Very few people, even on Mrs. S, have seen this virus in the same way as I have, as the SHTF we've been preparing for. I have and I've taken it seriously. I take it even more seriously now with the inconsistencies we have been given. We have been told to stay home, hide out, wear a mask and social distance no matter where we were. Then we are told get the vaccine, it will stop this virus. Then we were told the vaccine did
  10. OH Momo, I am so sad for you. I have no words to make it better but I do have Please come in any time you are up to it and let us help heal you with our love. You are a big part of Mrs. S and I miss you.
  11. Exactly, illegal. Guess they would have to be 'disposed' of then?
  12. I LOVE MY HAYBOX....Too. And mine doesn't have an hay either. Always fun to find someone with the same interests. Loved the suggestions and ideas. Thanks.
  13. Excellent post Kappy. More options for apartment homesteaders. Thank you so much for adding this to the info.
  14. Very true about the vitamin C, Ambergris. Thankfully they can get what they need in their fresh foods. I only fed vitamin C tablets a few times in the years we raised them and that was usually when we didn't have fresh veggies and fruit available for them. I never noticed that their backs broke easily though. I do know that they will only very rarely fall off a table if set on one unless spooked in some way. They seem to have a keen sense of 'place'. They keep very easily in just deep tray making a cage unnecessary. They definitely can be noisy. They make a sort of squeal or whistle espe
  15. Most landlords and some cities will not allow chickens or other livestock but there are some alternatives for Apartment Homesteaders. One would be finding someone who DOES have 'livestock' near you and making some sort of trades or barter. Perhaps someone else's landlord doesn't mind them having say rabbits or quail or even chickens if they are allowed. I'm not sure how clean city critters are or how legal this is but it might be possible to find someone who would let you trap pigeons they want removed from their roofs. Pigeons are often a nuisance animal in cities. O
  16. MT3B. I'm going to put up an alternative livestock for Apartments post. Perhaps you will find something you might want to try.
  17. Those are super ideas, Jeepers. She's basically setting the totes up as a sort of lasagna garden We use large (think half barrel) sized black tubs that farmers get mineral for cows in as some of our growing containers. We have thirty or so of them. We also have old bathtubs and a few raised bed areas as well. Between them they hold a lot of soil that needs to be periodically amended. We have two compost bins but are finding them difficult to maintain and I don't know why I didn't think of using the tubs themselves for composting. The problem with them all is that they have all been where t
  18. This would be the place to post random thoughts on conserving water from an Apartment/ Urban/City living standpoint. That is not to say that some of the ideas might be usable for Country Homesteading just as well. WATER FLOW RATE If we are talking about conserving we might consider different ways to slow down the rate that water comes from the faucets. You can buy inexpensive screw on gadgets that replace the small screw-on filters on the end of the faucet that restrict the flow of water, slowing the gallons per minute you get. Likewise there are shower heads for that sa
  19. I have had time to only skim this to see if it is any help to our Apartment Homesteading thread but it sure looks like some good info in here. Especially the first few posts which is what I checked.
  20. Homey, your grandmother might have been using old fashioned Lye soap and I wonder if she used it on her vegetable garden too. We definitely need a Urban Water thread bumped up to see if any of this is in those. Okay, I bumped one 'water' thread up. It is a good one to read but I believe in order to keep the Apartment Homesteading Theme I will start a new one where we can put info specifically on conserving water. Jump in there with all your ideas for that.
  21. MM, there wasn't a list of 'safe' products as that's a bit longer subject. I debated on making that more clear in the list or even adding it simply because there are a lot of variables to using soapy water to water plants with. It all depends on the boron, salt, bleach, and etc that might be included in any given soap. The short answer to your question is that though Dawn can be used on animals it is usually rinsed off afterwards. It can be used in small amounts mixed with water as an insecticidal spray for plants it might not be great for them in large and continuous amounts. Rinse water w
  22. Homesteader. You really don't need cast iron cookware in an insulated cooker. It does help hold heat but it's totally unnecessary as it is the insulation that is important to this type of cooking. Most pans will work as long as it's insulated well. Cast iron is useful on an open fire but even then it's not necessary if you pay attention to where you are placing a pan. I use stainless steel, enamel ware, and Cast iron when I cook on an open fire whether it's an outdoor one or in a fireplace. I don't use aluminum but you could. I use lighter weight cook ware to heat water and li
  23. There are a lot of sites that tell about Apartment Homesteading but I’ll try to give a summery here to get us started. One thing that seems to run through this theme is that homesteading, no matter where you homestead at, is not so much an action as it is a mind-set. Homesteading is more than owning land or livestock. It is a lifestyle choice to live beyond the modern consumerism, instant gratification, wasteful, and self-centered way of thinking. It’s a choice of self-reliance and self-sufficiency that can be practiced even in small places. To start Apartment (or even Urban or Co
  24. MM, I did watch the video. Very good. I was sometimes in charge of feeding fifty to one hundred people at the museum where I worked using 19th century methods I took several food safety courses. It was a challenge to use modern standards of safety compared to the historical way of cooking. The thermometer became my best friend. When I use the insulated method of cooking I always check the temperature of anything I cook before even thinking of serving it. She's spot on there. Yet foods DO have different 'safe' temperatures. Take Yogurt for instance. You can ferment yogurt at 95 degrees f
  25. Jeepers, any ground whole wheat or grain will give the bread a deeper color but it still won't give it the crust. It might also take longer to 'bake' the whole grain bread as it is denser. I believe she was using white flour in hers. It really is interesting and fun to play around with insulated cooking. An aside... She mentioned Hay Box cooking. In the past hay boxes were used often in the covered wagons on the trail. The pioneers also used them to take foods to church or community functions where the food had to sit for a while before eating. And pioneers especially lik
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