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  1. 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
  2. MT3B. I'm going to put up an alternative livestock for Apartments post. Perhaps you will find something you might want to try.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Yawn, Darlene, what did you put in that tea? oh, no. I knew I shouldn't have said THAT name. Now I have the official Forum Brat here too. Great. Hi The CG. You haven't done a thing. And I know you don't PLAN to do anything either, do you? Oh, while you are here, that link was really good. I shared it with a few people who were trying to make decisions. Thanks for posting it. I especially was taken by the idea that all those who GOT the vaccine were essentially part of the 'study' and those who don't get it are the control in the group. The other thing I knew alrea
  13. ACHOO..... ACHOO..... Yup health benefits or not maybe.......
  14. NO vaccine is free from possible side effects for some people. I have had several ER visits after getting a vaccine but most of them were allergic reactions to some ingredients. With my doctor's blessing I will refrain from any vaccines but because I am at high risk that means I need to be doubly isolated from others who might have it. Kind of hard on the mental/emotional aspic of it all but it's given me a good look at what it would be like with ENFORCED lock downs IF that becomes necessary. It's also given me a chance to reassess our preps. Thank heavens for a wonderful daughter and onli
  15. OH bother........ I can see my work load has just doubled. And yes, I do believe I need a cup of tea though I might need something stronger before I get done with these two and I don't even drink. I need a nap. Mother -> smoke screens, picking back first, bunch of loveable brats anyway, I suppose The CG will be in this next,,,, mumble mumble.
  16. Mother

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    I am!!!!! Unfortunately I have not read them all, only the first couple. I didn't even realize she HAD that many out. Now I'll have to be on the lookout for the 'rest' of the series. Thanks for the heads up, Dee.
  17. Great video, MM. Basically she is making an old fashioned steamed bread. Pioneers used to bake 'puddings' in a bag hung in or over boiling water. Same principle. This was probably how 'figgy pudding' was made. You could easily use her method to 'bake' lots of things, remembering they won't brown. Euphrasyne, It's so great to find another campfire/cast iron baking enthusiast. I have baked almost everything in a dutch oven over the coals of a campfire or near the fire in the ground. I find the ditch or a hole dug near the side of the fire is great to use as an 'oven, especia
  18. Mt_Rider, I read this right before bed last night and it was still resonating with me this morning so that I had to come read it again. I agree with Darlene, an absolutely stunning posts. It sums up perfectly the situation we are living today. Thank you.
  19. Even I am rereading that thread, The CG. I believe it has a lot of information that might even benefit the Apartment Homesteading thread that I'm working on over in The Urban Forum area. With what Miki comes up with for us here we should have a real good idea of prepping 'small'. I have been going through a LOT of back threads lately and I have to tell you, there's some realllllllllly GOOD ones stored in here. We do tend to wander into the ridiculous sometimes but then some subjects are just too tough to take without a bit of humor. Bless the Mrs. S 'can do' attitude.
  20. Sure, Innocent. Protection. Defense, But I'd hate to send you to you room when you just got here. I'm watching you and Homey both. You better behave. Mother goes off grumbling about how good it is to have Darlene back.....
  21. -> Homey and Darlene Um hum.. Ummmm. Do I have to send you two to your rooms?????
  22. Yeah, there are a lot of broken links on the older posts and I DID warn you they were LONG. That one was especially informative but fun. I believe at one point there was a suggestion that we pull a small barn (for the goats and chickens you know) on a trailer behind the RV, complete with picture. Shades of the Beverly Hillbillies. (I won't tell you that I actually considered it and what DH said about it )
  23. More info please, Miki. We can all learn from someone who's been there done that.
  24. Okay, I'll work on getting the info together. Give me a day or so.......I'm old and slow
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