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About a week ago, I had an interesting experience concerning fishing and my youngest son. He had come back from one of his ‘secret’ fishing holes at a creek a couple of miles from our house. He had been successful in catching five brook trout (one was 16-1/2 inches long) but his equipment had suffered some damage. The last section that held the tip on his telescoping rod broke, rendering it unusable.
After mulling the situation over for a moment, I decided to show him one of my first fishing rods. Specifically, how to make a simple fishing rod from scratch. Grabbing a hatchet, we went behind the house and cut down an eight foot basswood sapling. We then skinned off the branches and leaves and cut it to 6-1/2 feet so it would flex but still have some rigidity. We then took roughly eight feet of 8 pound test fishing line and attached it to the end, We then tied on a small hook and dug up some worms. This is the type of fishing rod you read about in Mark Twain’s novels.
After the fishing rod was judged suitable, we went to a nearby lake to try it out. Although the day was gray and overcast with a slight drizzle, we were able to catch a couple of small blue gills. We tossed them back but we had proven the point that a simple, made from scratch fishing rod could be used in a backwoods survival scenario.
My son’s telescoping fishing pack had all the necessary tools to fashion such a fishing pole. Even though the rod was broken, in a pinch he could have fashioned another one. So, whenever you go stream fishing, it is always good to remember to pack some worst case scenario items. There are several small fishing rigs and survival packs that can provide the following or you can make your own.
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Yes, that's right... I did NOT say "4th of July". Why? Because the actual reason behind the holiday is to celebrate our signing of the Declaration of Independence back in 1776. That Declaration announced to the entire world our separation from Britain's tyrannical rule and our emergence as a newly-formed sovereign nation, as we state in the Pledge of Allegiance to our glorious flag:
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
So I hope that you all take a moment from whatever you're doing and remember how important this day truly is to our great Nation.
This type of gardening is best done right next to the house or a nearby structure. The whole idea is to keep the plants in one controllable container, instead of being spread over 40 feet or 40 acres.
Simple Box Garden
The simple points of a box garden are this: small areas that the plants can be controlled and can be moved by two people in a pinch.
Making the Box
1. Use ¼ inch wood to construct the box. 2' X 2' (In a pinch, I've even used a 24-pack cardboard beer bottle box.)
2. Line the box with a plastic garbage bag.
3. Poke holes in the plastic garbage bag to allow the water to drain.
4. Place rocks on the bottom. All sizes are fine. Note: You need the rocks for drainage.
5. Set the box up off the ground. Note: Bricks, stone, chunks of wood, or even wheels underneath the box to keep it at least 3-4 inches off the ground.
6. Once the seeds are planted, place four stakes into the box and cover with a clouded clear plastic bag.
7. Watch and tend.
Congratulations! After a week or so, the young sprouts are starting to come up! Now it is time to take the plastic off and keep it off so the plastic does not touch the young plant and burn the young green stems and leaves. Keep them in the windowsill and watered.
Watch for “die off”. This is when all of a sudden the young plants turn a sickly pale green, then just die-off. There are several factors that can create die-off. The biggest reasons are:
2. Loss of nutrients
So, once the little plants break through the surface of the soil, give them sunlight and water with just a hint of Miracle-Grow liquid. FOLLOW the instructions. A little of Miracle-Grow, goes a long way. No Miracle-Grow, no worries. One shovel full from the compost heap with water in a five gallon bucket and mix. Let the compost soak for a ½ day in a half a bucket of water, then just give a little bit to the plants. Strain out any large pieces and only give the “clean” murky water to the young plants. Again, just a little to keep the soil moist. Depending upon the type of plant, they should begin to be about two to eight inches by now and are ready to plant in the garden.
In the City and No Garden?
In the city and no land? No problem.
A large window with lots of sunlight, a fan to move the leaves around and circulate the air, and a spray bottle with coolish/warmish water to spray the leaves with to encourage growth. Let’s not forget some plastic or drip pans under the containers. You don’t want to pay the land owner for a new carpet. Better yet, get a small stool or table from the thrift store. I used my dinner table as the growing platform and ate my food on a stool and the kitchen counter.
Ventilation is important at this point, so keep a small window open for fresh air for you and the plants. A small fan set on a low gentle speed set some distance away from the young plants is good. All you want is for the leaves to gently move. Movement increases their circulation which means more movement means growth, more food, and nutrients. Think of them as children on a schoolyard playground. After they eat, they exercise. Good policy even with my kids and yours.
Now your plants are starting to thrive. Add more potting soil to help strengthen the roots which want to spread like a spider web looking for more food. By now, they are getting tall like a teenager and starting to droop their shoulders. That’s ok. Guidance is what the plant needs, as well as teenagers. For the plant, you can use a stiff ¼” wood dowel rod placed in the container or a small straight stick. Use cloth torn from an old bed sheet and loosely tie thin strips from it to the main branch to gently prop them up. Never use metal wire on this type of application. For a teenager, I’m not so sure the stiff wooden sticks worked but my father suggested that his loose leather belt strap straightened me out pretty good. If you use metal, use the metal planting posts with the circle at the end. I have several and they do work well.
Transplanting the Young Plants in the Garden
Once you have the gardened prepped (see previous articles – Gardening 101), you can now start transplanting the young plants into your garden. Here is a simple and easy process to do this.
1. Make holes in the garden’s ground for the small plants to be placed.
Note: Make sure the holes are deep enough for the roots to stretch out and grow.
2. Wet the holes with a little of the same water you have been feeding them.
3. Place the container with the plant on its side and tap the back of it to coax the plant out.
4. Use your fingers to loosen the soil but don’t pull on the young plant. Same as a teenager: gently push, never pull.
5. Never use a small metal scoop to remove the plant. It will be very easy to cut the delicate roots without even feeling them being cut.
6. Place the plant in the ground.
7. Gently spread the roots down into the hole. Try not to rub any of the soil off the roots.
8. While holding the plant up, gently cover the roots with the garden’s soil.
9. Give the plant a small drink of water.
10. Do steps 3 – 9 with the remaining plants.
Spring Frost Warning!
Remember the other half of the plastic milk jugs I told you not to throw away? Now is the time you are going to use them. When you hear the frost warnings on TV or you know it’s just too darn cold for them:
1. Give the plants a small drink of coolish/warm water.
2. Place the cut milk jug over the plant an hour before nightfall. The sun should still be in the sky.
3. Keep the cover on top of the milk jug.
Lost the cover? Plastic wrap and a rubber band.
4. In the morning, remove only the cap.
The container will act as a miniature greenhouse.
5. Water when you come back home.
Simple Watering Jug
I hope you didn’t throw out the plastic milk jugs away yet? It has been my experience in the real hot summer months (climate change or not), that I keep two or three water cisterns right next to the garden. I keep them filled with an electric pump and hose from an Artesian well behind my house. I know the water is clean and suitable for the garden because the State of Michigan Natural Health and Environment Department inspects it monthly (wolves, coyotes, and deer). Then in the afternoon, it’s nice and relaxing to go out and water the garden by hand. The milk jug is an easy little helper in the garden at this point:
1. With the cap still on, make a few small little holes in the cap. Nothing big. Three or four should work fine.
2. Fill container with water.
3. Take a slow walk up and down the rows with the watering jug in one hand and a beverage of your choice in the other.
There! The garden is planted. Now it is time to maintain the garden. That means weeding, watering, keeping the free-loaders out of it (deer, rabbits, birds, hungry fathers, wives, and children), and on the rare occasion, sit back and pat yourself on the back. You did it!
Starting The Plant
Starting the plants is something you can (and I encourage) to involve the children with doing. It is easy, simple, and something they can pass on to their children.
With a cardboard milk carton:
1. Cut off the top. The bottom container should be two to three inches high, depending upon the size of the milk container.
2. Fill to 2/3 from the top edge with soil and starter, well mixed.
3. Place 2 to 3 three seeds apart from each other.
4. Water the soil so it is moist, not overly wet.
5. Cover with clear, thin plastic Sarahan wrap.
6. Place in a sunny windowsill and check on a daily basis.
Okay, the seeds are planted, and you can do this to start a lot of the plants in the garden. I have had absolutely no luck with the following plants: corn and carrots. If the vegetable’s roots require soil to keep it covered for a long time, transplanting just doesn’t seem to work. Potatoes seem to be the exception. I have had excellent luck with a burlap sack of potatoes left in the corner of the barn that was overgrown with the vines peeking out of the top of the sack in late spring. Although, un-organic potatoes bought at the store are treated with a chemical so they never sprout “eyes” for transplanting.
Everyone loves tomatoes. Sliced and eaten raw, a hint of salt, maybe a dash of garlic or seasoning of your own preference. It is a wonderful vegetable. Good for the mind and body. Just ask the Mayo clinic nearest your location. You would be amazed at what your doctor will tell you about what is actually in a tomato.
But, to grow them on your own?
Simple. I’ll break it down for you, and you can do this anywhere. Even Detroit. I lived and did it in an apartment complex. This is not hard and fun as you watch them grow.
As my mom and father taught me at a young age, any container is a good container. Just make sure it is clean. No mold, mildew, rust, anything foreign to the ground that the plant will be placed into. Avoid metal containers because of rust. Paper cup, styrophoam cups, planting cups from the green house, or the coffee cup of someone you don’t enjoy. Make sure to clean it well when you return it Or….maybe not?
It is a very good idea to rinse them out with clean water and Hylex, and then let them dry in the open air outside. If you don’t have Hylex, hot water and a scrub brush work just as well. But, when it comes down to it, you can go to any green house and pick up the planting containers.
Containers for us come very easy and we have many multiple uses with them: plastic milk jugs. In previous articles you have read how we use them to collect maple sap during maple syrup season. Well, at the end of the season, we save them so we can use them for gardening. This way we can use the plastic containers for four or five more times in various ways before they are sent to the recycling station.
It is good to use a little amount of the soil from your garden, plus a little helper. The compost pile does help, if you have one. I have found Miracle Grow starter soil works the best. Because I do have a compost pile next to our garden, it’s a little easier for me. If you live in the inner city, I would recommend keeping the plants in the same growing container, especially if re-planting will not be an option.
Starting the Plants
Now that you have the containers, soil, and seeds, it’s time to plant. Place the soil in the container (make sure the soil is NOT cold or dry). Loose moist soil is the best. Place the seeds into the soil (not to deeply) and cover. Place next to a very well-lit window and make sure to water them. To help the seeds incubate, place a small piece of clear plastic (Saran-wrap) over the container. Once the plants emerge from the soil, be careful. You do not want the plastic on the container all the time. You can “burn” them and this is what is called “die-off”. Die-off can occur for several reasons: too much heat or water, soil composition, contaminants, or nutrients.
Now, not everyone has money for an actual greenhouse. I don’t. So, what do we do?
Plastic milk jugs. Now, I know from the readers out there around the world, you may not have a plastic milk jug. Ok, you don’t need plastic jugs, because it does help. All you need is a way to keep the soil warm and coax the plant to grow.
I've written about corn in many articles before on this blog. My mom and dad taught me how to process corn in a very simple and easy way so you can enjoy it like it just came out of the garden. It’s very basic. All you need is a freezer.
After you harvest the corn, do the following:
1. Peel the poor (discolored) leaves off.
2. Peel back the good green leaves about 1/3 down the husk.
3. Strip out the silk (the white and yellow strands).
4. Smooth the leaves back over the husk.
5. Rinse, if you like.
6. Stack loosely in the freezer.
(Note: If rinsed, the water will become ice crystals and keep the water in for cooking)
7. For cooking, take out of the freezer and microwave for 3 – 5 minutes.
8. It should not burn but keep a watchful eye on it.
Corn is one of the mainstays in every countries economic and ecological core. Be it for food, or energy. Ethanol is a perfect example of using corn for energy. So, enjoy corn when you can grow it. It's really sweet when you pull it directly off the trunk. I prefer mine with melted butter and a dash of salt though.
For a hen to lay eggs, light is very important. Think of a hen as a solar collector. In order for it to lay eggs, it does need sunlight. For us in the Northern climates, it can be problematic in the wintertime. What we do is place a light bulb attached to an extension cord that is plugged into the house. It is not hung in the bedding area, but in the walking yard underneath a roosting plank.
Now, the light serves two purposes: light for the chickens to lay eggs, and to ward off predators. Predators do not like light at night. Especially if that light is within close proximity of a dwelling/house. We have to have the light on from late fall to late spring. In the Southern climates, you have to worry about shade. You don’t want the chickens to be stressed from heat. It would be disaster if you lived in Texas and your chickens began laying scrambled eggs. Not a pretty sight.
Cleaning. This is a big issue on a two-fold nature. It is for the health of the chickens and the eggs. We will begin with the coop. Clean the coop on a daily basis. This is a good time to start a compost heap away from the coop and pen, but close to the garden. In the spring, you will have excellent compost for planting your garden. Especially the tomatoes. And, used egg shells are also tossed into the compost heap. There are certain nutrients in egg shells that are beneficial to the plants in the garden.
To clean the eggs, do the following:
1. Use a soft scrub brush/sponge
2. No soap – clean warm water
3. Get everything off
4. Visually inspect – NO cracks!
(Very dangerous bacteria like salmonella can kill you)
5. Place into a refrigerator or a cool, dry place
6. If you are using old egg shell containers from the store, make sure they are CLEAN
Chickens are very adaptable creatures. Our feathered friends have adapted well to this world and us, just ask a penguin next time you are at the zoo. Three years ago, I read an article in National Geographic about chickens being raised in New York and London on the tops of the buildings. That is prepper-thinking right there.
Simple hard-boiled egg recipe
(Recipe comes from several egg cartons in stores everywhere)
1) Take 2-3 eggs
2) Place then in boiling water for 5 minutes
3) Turn off heat – do not remove from burner
4) Let sit in water 10 minutes
5) Drain water and re-fill with cold water
6) Let sit for 5 minutes
7) Peel and enjoy
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