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  • Dennis 03/19/2019 10:55 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Plainsmedic, Matt probably has much more hands on experience with NV than I, but my research says that the main difference between gen-1, 2, and 3, is clarity and resolution. My gen-1 monocular is clear enough to identify easily any object or animal I'm observing, just not a crisp, clean picture. I'm thinking that gen-2 and 3 can be had far cheaper then $3000. Thermal is where you get into the big money. Hopefully, Matt can help you out with more knowledge than I. As a side note, my son bought a semi-toy set of strap on NV goggles for his son a few years back. I think I remember him saying they cost around or less than $100. I tried them inside the house and they seemed to work great, at least at ranges less then 30 feet. They even had infra-red illumination if needed."


  • Wolfgar 03/19/2019 10:33 AM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "Yup, our cat loves to leave us gifts of mice heads almost every morning on our front porch."


  • Plainsmedic 03/19/2019 10:26 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Dennis, Matt I've never even looked thru a night vision device. May have to research a little bit. I've read a little bit and seen things for $3000 or even higher. I can't / won't spend that, for it. Recommendations for functional low end night optics? I don't want junk. It may be an impossible question. Ignorance is painful. As I understand it, a spotting scope is not the same as rifle scope. Wouldn't do much good if trying to actually hit something. Right????"


  • NRP 03/19/2019 9:51 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Skeezix; Depending on the Stone you might try first a vinegar solution, if that dose not work a very VERY weak solution of Muriatic Acid and water (always add the acid into the water). Please do a small test spot before doing the entire sculpture, Have a water hose so-as you can dilute the cleaning solution."


  • NRP 03/19/2019 9:45 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Minerjim; And the Feds cant figure why the river is 99% dry just south of my place... HAHAHA"


  • Jaeger 03/19/2019 9:27 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "I never imagined just how much the socialists communists will do to ensure power. Just this morning I read modify suphreme court by adding additional justices to nullify conservative justices. FDR planned this also. They oppose asking citizen question because California and other sanctuary states might loose seats if only actual citizens are used to determine seats. My state joins the anti constitutional popular vote compact. Etc etc. I swore an oath there is no time limit on that oath. DOL RLTW."


  • DLS 03/19/2019 9:04 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "For an idea of what the homeless/street people situation is in the Seattle metro area, and social/political climate, watch the 'Seattle is Dying' special from the local KOMO news, komonews.com. Warning, it is not safe for children, and it is not 'pretty'. Much of what is covered in the special is spreading out to the 'burbs. I am seriously considering moving up my retirement/'bingo' date. Better alive and out of here at ~60% then dead at 100%."


  • Max & Agent 99 03/19/2019 2:34 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Joe C For some goofy reason I keep an eye on the "gas future" prices. They have risen 50 cents a gallon off their lows in the past three or four weeks so I would expect an overall increase of 55 cents a gallon added to whatever your recent low was. On top of that they will be switching over to the "summer blend" here soon which is always good for another .25 to .50 per gallon..."


  • Anony Mee 03/19/2019 1:08 AM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "Seasonal mice and rats so lots of snap traps and a jar of peanut butter. Dogs are turning out to be good ratters. Since there are a few hundred acres of bird sanctuary across the river from me won’t have cats. Finally got rid of the tiny little black ant invaders with borax in sugar. The drainage system we installed seems to have taken care of standing water so very few mosquitoes this winter. When I lived on a Caribbean island a few years back mosquitoes were horrible. But one day my friend was no longer affected by them. Said that her DD had sent her a basket that included Neutrogena light sesame body oil. Tried it myself as a light spritz and rubbed on and no more bites. Walmart had it in a house brand for years (now discontinued) and that worked as well no matter the continent I was on. Smells nice, feels good, and has far fewer (stinky) chemicals than you other commercial products I’ve tried."


  • Dennis 03/18/2019 11:25 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "Good article Papa Smurf. On the subject of mosquitoes, as I child raised in Texas w/o air conditioning, it wasn't unusual for us to sleep outdoors on cots to escape the residual heat inside the house at night. Army surplus mosquito nets made it possible. While we have a decent population of bats around at night, I'm thinking seriously of building some bat boxes to entice a resident population to help keep mosquitoes and other night flying insects down. Wearing long sleeved shirts, with top buttoned, and a hat makes sense when outdoors at night. Bat Boxes I have no inside cats, but I do have two yard cats. They have done a good job of keeping us almost mouse free, although we do have some Norwegian rats that are almost as big as the cats. Observed one of our cats in a stare down with one on our porch one night. That booger was about half the size of that full grown Manx cat and wasn't budging a bit. The .177 cal pellet rifle got him though. He was bigger than most of our squirrels. I do"


  • Papa Smurf 03/18/2019 10:18 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "- Lauren, Oranges work too. Unfortunately, neither one grows there. - Papa"


  • BigBadCat 03/18/2019 10:01 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "Minerjim: You are correct on the planting. Guess I should have been more specific. Was in a hurry."


  • So Cal Gal 03/18/2019 9:15 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Hi Shepherdess and AC, Thanks for saying "Hi", and thanks for the good wishes AC. Yes, not quite ready to retire... and I'm not even sure what "retirement" looks like - certainly always plenty to do, and folks who need some support. Never a dull moment!"


  • Wolfgar 03/18/2019 8:48 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "I have had coyotes, skunks, badgers, bear, fox and a mountain lion in my yard, yet our cat has evaded them all. My German shepherd treed the mountain lion and is very protective of his feline buddy. Like people, some cats are smarter than others."


  • old lady 03/18/2019 8:40 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "If there are a lot of mosquitoes, Skin so soft can't keep up, I tried it in Alaska and it worked between 10-15 min"


  • old lady 03/18/2019 8:39 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "It doesn't really work"


  • Minerjim 03/18/2019 8:31 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "Car Guy, If that apple doesn't bloom, it could be a late frost killing the buds. If not that, might want to do a soils test. Lack of boron, manganese, iron can cause issues. I have found that these can be corrected by micronutrient foliar sprays very easily. Might ask at the county extension service about getting a soils test done."


  • Minerjim 03/18/2019 8:25 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "CA_EX_2B, I agree with BB Cat on spring planting. Thing is new trees need to be kept watered, unless you are planting in a continually damp area, then you might be able to plant an forget. I disagree with BB Cat on pruning. Once you plant, you might want to cut them back about 1/3. Ask at the garden center where you buy your trees, or the local County Farm extension service about what is recommended for your area. Also, when you put those trees in, you want to "Mud" them in. Dig your large hole, with a mound in the bottom to support the root ball at the correct height. Fill the hole with water, put the tree in letting the water push the air out of the root ball.Slowly start back filling the whole with dirt, allowing it to turn to mud and settle around the roots. The idea is to have the water and then mud surround the roots and drive all the air out. I've done this for years, and have had very few of the thousands of trees/vines I have planted die. Mulching to hold the moisture in is a"


  • Stand my Ground 03/18/2019 8:24 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Skeezix I know not the kind of rock you used, or were you live. Rocks shed, yep, just like a dog. Hot summers, freezing winters, rocks are built in layers, some thick, some thin, but they expand and contract during the year. The outer layer sheds off, that's how "soil" is made. It's a natural as the sun coming up. Granite is the worst, smooth river rock the beast. Although, river rock is a real pain to work with, because it won't "hold" the cement, it's smooth."


  • BigBadCat 03/18/2019 8:22 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "Ken: You forgot a picture of the very best rat and mice eliminators. A couple of BIGBADCATS!!!"


  • BigBadCat 03/18/2019 8:06 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "White Cracker: I prune my apple trees every year, and spray them with dormant spray in the spring. I prune them down to one or two buds, sometimes three, depending on which way I want the limb to go. I prune every limb on the tree. When they bloom, they look almost round. They have been producing heavy for the last 25 years, and still are very healthy trees. I also fertilize them every spring with a good compost. The moral is, if you learn to prune and take care of the tree, it will serve you for a long time. It is well worth learning to prune, and it's really not that hard."


  • Minerjim 03/18/2019 7:59 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "DamedinNY, re: your tyrannical governor. Like a bad lunch eaten, he too will eventually pass."


  • Minerjim 03/18/2019 7:57 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "MontanaHome, I agree both with Tommboy and SMG. We have a small orchard, and 6 acres of wine grapes. We are surrounded by farms that grow sweet corn. Yes, we do have bears, but in ten years have not had them come in close to the house or orchard adjoining it. (deer on the other hand will walk right through and help themselves. Have to control them.) You can buy a box of rubber-buckshot shot shells to use as "persuaders" with the bears. Once they get swatted a few times they will learn not to come into the orchard. You will have to keep this up for a few years. The Mama bears here teach their young where to go, and where not to go. I do just let the bears eat whatever grapes are left after harvest. They are a trouble in the sweet corn fields for my neighbors though. May have to try Tommyboy's linguesa sausage idea. BTW, rendered bear fat is the best for flakey pastries and baking."


  • BigBadCat 03/18/2019 7:48 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "CA_EX_2B: Springtime is better to plant for new trees. They need a little time to get established, and grow some new roots, and put on a little new growth. Do not prune the first year or two. They need that new growth to get strong. Definitely isolate them with a fence the first year. Water them very good when you plant them, as the roots need to settle. Also, if your going to be gone for a while, and can't water them, you might consider a good mulch for a couple of feet around the tree if the weather is going to be dry. I think that covers it. Maybe."


  • Skeezix 03/18/2019 7:45 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Jane Foxe I don’t know what the grit is. I can scrape it off with a fingernail but it is tough. As to the egg shape, I saw a movie about a Scotsman who would build huge egg shapes out of flat rocks on the Scottish Highlands. When it was over I said, “I can do that!”. And I did. Mine are only about two feet high. I glued one circular row a day and after a week I filled it up with concrete. I had a pattern to form the shape. They stand on either side of the walkway. No watering, pruning, fertilizing or weeding. Really nice until they developed the grit on them. But, a really fun project."


  • BigBadCat 03/18/2019 7:29 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "P.S. I think I'm in zone 5."


  • Joe c 03/18/2019 7:28 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "Minerjim Good info. I knew Coke was good for all nasty things. And thanks for the elderberry recipe. Now if I only knew where my brothers secret elderberry stash was......."


  • Tommyboy 03/18/2019 7:15 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "Im going to try grapes this year, Actually planting, grapes, blackberries and strawberries"


  • Lauren 03/18/2019 7:12 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "Maybe try grapes? A lot of growers don't water at all, so it's worth a try. Find someone who has grape vines and get a branch. Coil it up under the ground and in the spring you should have several starts. Or just stick it in the ground where you want the vine. They do need to be deeply watered for the first year or two."


  • Stand my Ground 03/18/2019 7:12 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "MontanaHome Shoot, shovel, and shut-up?"


  • Tommyboy 03/18/2019 7:11 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "Bear meat makes a decent linguesa sausage"


  • Stand my Ground 03/18/2019 7:08 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "Peanut Gallery Eat Like a Wild Man: 110 Years of Great Sports Afield Recipes by Rebecca Gray Preparing fish and wild game"


  • Lauren 03/18/2019 7:05 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "You can also make pectin out of apples."


  • Minerjim 03/18/2019 7:04 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "Joe C, once knew some Ol' boys who ran a feed store for many years in what is now the suburbs of Denver. I noticed once when I was in there, small pans of brown colored liquid about every 50 feet or so. I asked what it was and got the reply, 'Pepsi'. No kiddin'. Apparently rats would drink it and it would give them indigestion, they would bloat up and die. Rats can't belch apparently."


  • Papa Smurf 03/18/2019 7:00 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "- Texasgirl, At the old house, the one which burned ,we had an Asian Pear that stood about 20 feet tall fully grown and averaged around fifteen gallons of fruit per year. The new owners bulldozed the damaged tree when clearing the lot, but I noticed that there a several volunteer plants coming upon a neighbors untended lot. I believe I may go retrieve a couple and plant here, as they are very apple-like when they are still a bit green. All of the volunteer trees that I have seen from similar trees have been fertile, and they are very sweet. My great-grandmother's house in Corsicana, about an hour south of Dallas, had five pear trees growing out back. They did quite well, although apples did not. i can remember as a child my great-grandmother crying because her Quince tree had died, and she didn't think she would be around to wait for another to grow old enough to bear. A member of the apple family, it was the source for pectin for her jams and jellies. and she would now have to buy box"


  • MontanaHome 03/18/2019 6:33 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "How many of you that have orchards also have bears? I was told don't even bother planting fruit trees if you have bears because they will eat it all, wreck the trees and it encourages them to stay close. I'm already going to take a chance with having chickens and I just wonder if I'll have permanent bear residents if I provide chickens and fruit."


  • Joe c 03/18/2019 6:20 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Well, I just opened my renewed tax assessment on the house The board did lower it by $21,000. Every little bit helps on a unfair/property grabbing tax. .,.,.but gas prices have jumped .30 cents per gallon as of today😁"


  • Peanut Gallery 03/18/2019 6:14 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "Thanks Woodchuck, I am always on the look out for wild game recipes. We have an abundance of squirrels. Although we have not eaten squirrel yet, I know that it is just a matter of time where they will become a very important food source."


  • Lauren 03/18/2019 6:12 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "I want to do this with apples, but in large tubs. Would that make a difference? They seem to die on a regular basis. It's just unused space at the back of my garden..."


  • Antique Collector 03/18/2019 5:52 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "NRP I doubt that since it is Scott's & Kleenex brand for TP & tissue for both ends of the body requirement(being a nice way to put it). Yet it makes me wonder if this is hooray sale before prices go way up, that would make this a bargain beyond our wildest tp dreams. 🤔"


  • Woodchuck 03/18/2019 5:29 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "Squirrels are pretty tasty. I usually like to cook six at a time. Clean and skin them and keep the leg quarters. Maryland Fried is not really fried, it is cooked in a brown gravy."


  • Joe c 03/18/2019 4:58 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "Though we don't have a rodent problem in the house, I have bought a supply of Victor traps for such an episode. We have lots of the pests in the chicken coop. Poison is not such a good idea so, FWTB has been using boxes of the cheap instant potatoes. Evidently they eat alot of the flakes and then the flakes expand, causing blockage. We have a good supply of mosquito and wasp spray. And my kept fullface bike helmet to attack ground bees and/or baldfaced hornets. Nothing like being out in warm temps with a helmet, heavy duct taped coat and gloves with a can of spray in hand. ..,., And I've be told I look ridiculous"


  • Jane Foxe 03/18/2019 4:56 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Skeezix….egg shapes? Garden Ornaments? Do you know what the gray grit is?"


  • Jane Foxe 03/18/2019 4:55 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Minerjim --- looks good. Maybe some day will try. Good info about technique, etc.. thks"


  • Joe c 03/18/2019 4:36 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "Wolfgar I agree We have 2 Barn cats and an inside/outside house cat. The problem with him is he likes to show off his catch to us. One day I wondered what the dog was staring at. Sure enough the cat snuck in a not so well to do mouse. The BB gun finished it off. I dislike the disease carrying/destructive rodents. I haven't tried it but FWTB read that used cat litter can be a deterrent for around buildings. So cat pee/poop or rodents. I like the fore mentioned .50 cal idea myself."


  • DAMedinNY 03/18/2019 4:20 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "We have learned that you need cats if you have poultry. They will take care of the vermin. We actually plan to increase our cat population this year as we are down to one once feral cat. My spouse rescued them a couple years ago. We also have many Fishers, fox and coyote in this area and they will all eat cat. We have and also utilize multiple types of mouse traps. And I even purchased rat traps a few years back to have on hand. We don’t have the level of mosquitos many people deal with but we do have them and West Nile virus was found in the area. I keep our dog treated and we use Sawyer products. I was also told by the vet to put the frontline on our clothing (hats) to deter ticks, mosquitoes and biting insects. We traded a few ducks for a dozen guinea hens last year and we are hoping they will also eliminate many insect threats. Our bluebird houses have had purple martins in them the last couple years and they eat insects. This year I am hoping for one of the large houses for the ma"


  • Skeezix 03/18/2019 4:18 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Need some advice. I built two egg shapes out of coloured stones. Now they have a gray grit over them and look very dull. Is there a solution I can use to clean them up? Should I just use a pressure washer? I would prefer a solution as the same type of rocks are around a small pond and inaccessible for the pressure washer. Thanks.Stay frosty."


  • Minerjim 03/18/2019 4:14 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "NRP, If I were you, I would be checking out your TP Horde shipping container. I just looked at the drought map, even with all the snow, there still is an "Extreme drought" right over NRP's place. Must have a leak in the TP cargo container, sucking all that moisture in."


  • DAMedinNY 03/18/2019 4:04 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "J.J., you can also ingest DE, food grade only. I use it for my dog to promote excellent coat and bones, added benefit keeps worms out of her stomach. I also use it for my pigs and the chickens get some mixed into their mash too. I have mixed with water before to try as some swear by it for their health. I never feed it dry because I do not want them inhaling it...very bad for lungs."


  • Minerjim 03/18/2019 4:00 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Tommyboy, AC, others, You folks asked for my recipe for Elderberry wine this last week. Here is what I usually put together, which is basically a light syrup, which I then ferment. you can add or subtract ingredient amounts to suit your tastes. 2-1/2 to 3 gallons elderberries about 4 gallons of clean water 10# of sugar Wine yeast. Boil the elderberries in the clean water for about an hour.( you must boil elderberries to cook the juice out of them, this is a must! There are some natural chemicals in raw elderberries that can be harmful. cooking them breaks these down. ) Strain and press berries, discard all of the pulp. Filter juice through cheesecloth. Pour into a 5-6 gallon carboy, add the sugar. mix thoroughly. Add water to bring the volume up to around 4 gallons or so. This is basically my 'syrup' recipe. It can be canned and used as such from here, or you can ferment it by adding wine yeast and putting an airlock on the carboy. Fermenting syrup will take awhile, but I think the alc"


  • Wolfgar 03/18/2019 3:51 PM
    Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It
    "Get a good female cat, we have not had a mouse problem for 5 years since we brought home our Tabby from the pound."


  • DAMedinNY 03/18/2019 3:51 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "We made two orchard areas close to the creek and near my poultry pens; however, we have planted other fruit and nut trees throughout our land land in groups of three. Lots of American chestnuts and mulberries were planting doing this. The mulberries are also from local trees so I know they will do well. The American chestnuts are two varieties. One is from an original tree that my husband had survive on his parents’ home property. We try to grow out seeds each year. The other is a hybrid developed from these original American chestnuts that were developed here in NY by s guy that now sells them to nurseries. It is supposed to be a hardier strain. By planting in groups of three, I am hoping I have time to get a third pollinator growing out again without loss of production since two are (hopefully) still standing. I need to consider doing this (planting throughout the property) with the apple trees too I think. I have scouted an area that would be good to attempt in the next year or so."


  • Just Sayin' 03/18/2019 3:32 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Pegasus, also grow light on timer. could set them in a box with a float valve? so when water dipps would add fertilizer water...diluted for young plants. look at wicking tubs for later... gardening with leon on you tube. gonna be my project this year... water under bottom should deter ants. wicking fabric, and air pocket for air roots.fertilizer water only added to grow medium.....set a large pot of very moist.planting medium in with them on same level and some of those slow release bulbs to water with to release water into soil..for extra reservior of water?.fabric under neath to wick the moisture from one to another under....? just ideas..."


  • Just Sayin' 03/18/2019 3:24 PM
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    "I worked in a whse hand unloading 53 ft boxes.TP was one of the items passing thru frequently, from multiple vendors... depending on the fluff/size roll.and if on pallets or not, even how the pallets are loaded on the truck../height of truck... from 550 cases to 960 cases per truck trailer. This could be a good deal OR could be a rip off.I would want an exact case count and comparative on each roll and package. Sounds like they are wanting to get rid of a bunch of CHEAP tissue at one time. No doubt the cost of that 1000$ card is included in the mark up."


  • Texasgirl 03/18/2019 3:17 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "We have peach, plum, apricot and pecan. Would love to have some pear and apple. Not many people have apple around here. They don't do very good."


  • kevinH 03/18/2019 3:12 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Stand my ground: With you on that."


  • NRP 03/18/2019 2:42 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Jane Foxe; Not sure how many rolls in a Semi, but we had some fun one time here and figured how many rolls in a 40' Shipping Container.... was something like 80,000 or some ridiculous number like that HAHAHA"


  • NRP 03/18/2019 2:39 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Peanut Gallery; X-lint point, I know the busy Sam's Club gas station has 3 deliveries a day here, cheap gas (cheap for a reason) and there always seems to be a line there. Hence never let the tank get below 1/2, more than enough fuel to get home without stopping ANYWHERE!"


  • Peanut Gallery 03/18/2019 2:17 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "I just thought I would pass along some information I picked up. I was talking with a family member who has been working in a gas station for the past couple of months. Now this station just removed the old tanks and installed larger tanks. They receive fuel deliveries everyday. If they didn't, they would run out of fuel. So gas stations it would seem have less stock on hand than grocery stores."


  • White Cracker 03/18/2019 2:03 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "Actually yes you can grow trees on small lots look up espalier techniques for fruit trees. You can train fruiting trees to grow narrow along fence lines and train on heavy gauge wire similar to grape production in vineyards. This technique is becoming popular in commercial apple orchards as an efficient way to grow harvest and maintain fruit trees. I implement this technique on my citrus. It does take time and know how to prune and train the trees. A good Apple variety should give you 10-15 years of excellent production."


  • Jane Foxe 03/18/2019 1:55 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "NRP...maybe you could split the load...depending how many rolls there is, what the cost per roll is, etc...----OR, maybe instead of peddling cookies, the girls scouts could take have and peddle TP?"


  • Jane Foxe 03/18/2019 1:53 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "NRP...yes, I too would be 1000%. And, no, 700 rolls TP is not that much....----Now, if you were to buy that truckload from Costco...maybe. Ever find how many rolls a truckload is?"


  • car guy 03/18/2019 1:52 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "We are zone 6 and have one honey crisp apple tree. It is 2 years since I planted it and it has not bloomed yet. The neighbor has an apple tree to pollenate. I am thinking about getting one of the 5-n-1 plum trees from Burgess. Also wanting to get a pecan tree. We live on a city lot so there is not much room for trees."


  • CA_EX_2B 03/18/2019 1:50 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "Thanks for the post Ken! I'm hoping to put in 3 honeycrisp trees next month when we visit the property (zone 6a). The issue is they will be left on their own for extended periods of time so I'm not sure if this plan will work... does anyone have any experience with that? I can isolate them with a fence easy enough to keep wildlife from enjoying my work, but will the trees survive without occasional attention? Also... should I wait for the fall to plant or is the spring time better? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!"


  • Dennis 03/18/2019 1:48 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Anybody remember Cesar Sayoc, Jr.? You know, the one who allegedly sent mail bombs (that were inert) to every progressive liberal you could name, two weeks before the primaries in 2018. The one who had miraculously morphed from a radical liberal to a rabid Trump supporter. You know, the one with the pristine pro-Trump stickers plastered all over his van that sat parked, supposedly, unmolested in one of the most liberal areas of the country. Well, after suddenly vanishing from the mainstream media immediately after the election, now, he is expected to plea guilty next week. Be interesting what kind of plea deal he's been offered to avoid all that discovery that a trial would bring if he raised a vigorous defense.........., unless of course he knew before the fact what he was being asked to sacrifice to be a false flag patsy for the cause. There I go musing out loud again. Never mind."


  • Mrs. USMCBG 03/18/2019 1:36 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Cali, funny! Know about the seat thing!"


  • NRP 03/18/2019 1:26 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Jane Foxe; I'm thinking if one is in the UK, I'd be a 1000% prepper right about now with the Brexit thing going on, and WILL happen fairly soon I believe. As far as Hoarding, I don't look as that, since I'd be buying the stuff anyways, just smart and buying at a lower cost and now. Thinking that "Smart" Is 700 rolls of TP really that much?"


  • NRP 03/18/2019 1:21 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Antique Collector; DANG!!! that's a heck of a deal, just think, NEVER needing to buy TP again. Wonder if they would do a 1/2 semi load of each for the $1K ??????"


  • NRP 03/18/2019 1:12 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "Only trees that will grow where I'm at is Pinion or Juniper, good got Pinion Nuts or Gin I guess, other trees would need a LOT of watering. The lower valley does have quite a few "unclaimed" fruit trees that would be come a good source if/when TSHTF. I do harvest a lot of friends trees that they have no use for the fruit, Peaches and Apples galore."


  • NRP 03/18/2019 1:08 PM
    Best Water Bottles – Plastic, Stainless Steel, Glass, Aluminum ?
    "I see whereas Ken mentioned a couple of time about boiling water in a AL or SS bottle, use a lot a caution if doing so with a double or triple walled bottle."


  • Pegasus 03/18/2019 12:37 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Thanks! Those are both worth a try. I have thought of wicking but do not know if it would work for over a week."


  • White Cracker 03/18/2019 12:29 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "Zone 9-10 Production trees I have several Mago, 2 Tangerine (spring producers), Lemon, 1 orange, 1 Lime, 3 different varieties of Avocado (year round production) Jack Fruit, Sugar Apple (tropical fruit you suck on), Bananas. Trees are essential to level 4 sustainability. Key benefit most unwanted visitors just can't walk away with your trees. Like the raccoons around here you have to be up on your game to grab the fruits before they do. Also make sure to plant a variety of trees of different Genus of Family. Disease can spread quickly through an orchard. There are viruses out there that can spread from peach to plum to cherry. All are in the Prunus x Family. Plum pox virus is spread from sucking insects.. Difficult to control the spread. It was recently found in the Hudson Valley NY. This is a heavy commercial fruit production region with orchards established throughout. Now entire farms are being quarantined."


  • Antique Collector 03/18/2019 12:07 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "old lady This may sound cruel to some but it does work. We have water troughs that have a wide lip on the edge. Fill it with water enough that the ground squirrel can not reach up to the lip of the trough and enough water they can not put their feet on the bottom to survive. Yes, it may awful but we discovered this by accident. The rodents kept getting into the horses water after they had drank it down to certain level an of course by the time I would find them they have dispatch themselves. Fish them out toss them on the road for the buzzards to have a meal. I refer to it as mother natures recycling program,,,,buzzards have to eat. Hence the survival of your fruit trees so you can have a harvest every year."


  • grandee 03/18/2019 10:59 AM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "in Southern Middle TN: 2 apple 2 pear 2 chestnut Pear trees are everywhere down here. So many that people just drive over the fallen fruit in driveways and country roadsides. I even collect fallen ones from a churchyard up from my house. No one every gathers this fruit. Such a shame :("


  • old lady 03/18/2019 8:54 AM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "We are in zone 6 at 7600 feet and everything around would eat a fruit tree if planted in the ground outside. We would get near to nothing. Some people with apple trees get an occasional apple. Old man made a green house where the trees could bloom and then be kept warm with a propane heater. They usually bloom March to April and also freeze the same months. It is a lot of work, but worth it. Now our only fight is with the ground squirrels."


  • DAMedinNY 03/18/2019 8:11 AM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "Zone 5 here. We first put in apples - honeycrisp and spye. Then added red Bartlett pear and cherry. Then more apples - matsu, black Arkansas, red prairie, another northern spye, sweet sixteen (nice apple). Then another pear - Anjou. Then Reliant peach, another cherry, and plum. It appears the plums can pollinate with cherry trees and vice versa. More apple Fuji ( small and growing really slow), and a winecrisp. Our favorites are honeycrisp, wine crispand sweet sixteen we have tasted, but not from our trees yet as they are young. We hope to produce enough to feed us, family and friends and the animals. We have the pigs clean up the ground for us so we don’t have the rot sitting there. Eventually, perhaps we can trade some apple harvest for something someone else is growing that is labor intensive like potatoes. I just read an article on Grit about the Mirabelleheirloom plum tree that sounds interesting so we are sewrching for this tree to add."


  • Antique Collector 03/17/2019 10:52 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "NRP This is for you, IF you were a purchaser of Scott Bathroom tissues. Costco in their monthly magazine of what is coming into the store(s) are two full page ads. The first one is for Scott Bathroom tissues(TP), you have to contact the local manager of the store you wish to make this large purchase through. Yet here is the other part they will give you a Costco card for $1,000.00 but you have to buy a semi trailer full. The other is Kleenex, they are offering the same thing a semi trailer full where you will receive a $1,000.00 Costco credit card. What it will cost for buying a semi trailer full, well I have no idea. In case you needed a semi trailer full of tissues."


  • INPrepper 03/17/2019 10:48 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "My mom would have me run cold water over the burned area when I was a kid. Just keep cold water on it for a while. That did the trick most of the time without the use of creams or gels."


  • INPrepper 03/17/2019 10:44 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "When I used to get sunburned, I would take a section from the aloe Vera plant and slice it in half. I would then just slowly rib the plant directly onto the burned area. After the gel dried out the skin would feel tight but the next day, the burn would be no more. Awesome stuff."


  • Jane Foxe 03/17/2019 10:22 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "forgot to include this quote, too. Kinda like how the author "puts it"---"The whiff of shame that once surrounded the idea of stockpiling has given way to a dawning realisation: panic buying might mean hoarding is not such a bad idea.""


  • Jane Foxe 03/17/2019 10:21 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "NRP===just knew you would want to know about this. Apparently scads of Irish/UK citizens are stockpiling TP, re fears of Brexit troubles.------"UK is one of Europe’s largest importers of toilet paper and Brexit might cause shortages==========in a Morrisons supermarket on the weekend and the toilet paper shelves were empty. I was online in an instant, racing to Ocado, the supermarket website, where thankfully there was good news. Nine-roll packs of paper still seemed to be readily available. It was no surprise last week to hear the boss of Morrisons say there had been “quite a pick-up” in sales of toilet rolls and painkillers.---(oh yes, notice they are also stocking up on painkillers, as per recent post here)""


  • BigBadCat 03/17/2019 10:16 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "I don't have much room to grow trees where I'm at, but I've still managed to have two fruit trees in front, and two in back. I have a petite plum in front, and a 4-way apple tree, that produces loads of apples. The apple tree has red delicious, yellow delicious, john-a-gold, and winter banana, all grafted on one tree. In back I have a large Italian plum, and a yellow transparent apple. Now, that front apple tree gave me an idea, and I read up on grafting. So, one spring I decided to give it a try, and grafted two john-a-gold starts, and one winter banana start on to the transparent apple tree. I got lucky, and all 3 grafts took. After 3 years they started producing lots of apples. It's not as hard as it seems to graft apples. Doesn't hurt to give it a try, you've got nothing to lose. Plums are a little harder though."


  • Antique Collector 03/17/2019 10:16 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "So Cal Gal Good to hear from you, letting us know you are alright. Sorry to hear about your MIL, hope that the surgery she is scheduled for goes well for her. Sending best wishes she has a fast healthy recovery. Went back to work, did ya?? It is hard to retire from working every day, it becomes a part of our lifestyle. Wait until you really retire then it will be 365/24/7 just ask how I know. lol Don't be such a stranger...."


  • Jane Foxe 03/17/2019 10:08 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Pegasus--- another idea for plants/seedlings..- set all in your bathtub, you can even put wire shelves of plants/seedlings in here. Water and then seal off with shower curtain, or even put plastic over any open areas. close bathroom door. Have heard of a few folks doing this when gone for a spell, and reports are it works."


  • Antique Collector 03/17/2019 10:00 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Pegasus Have you thought about wicking the plants so that they still receive moisture while you are gone. Since I do not know your set up this may work for your plants. The other option is a setting up a hot house where the moisture can be recycled. A plastic tent with the plants inside will keep them going while you are gone."


  • INPrepper 03/17/2019 9:32 PM
    P 38 or P 51 Can Opener – Simple Essential for Compact Emergency Kit
    "I worked with one guy who liked to heat his lunch on the manifold of one of the engines at job sites. Well, one day he was doing his usual except he forgot to crack open the can. The can exploded and spread chili all over. Needless to say, no one was allowed to heat their lunches on engines any more."


  • Dennis 03/17/2019 9:27 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Well, a little excitement this evening. Part time weekender neighbor came sliding up into my drive. Tells me there's a dead man laying in the ditch about a mile from my house. Hadn't called the sheriff yet, per usual folks come to me when they need help. Jumped into the side x side, he joined me to show where he had seen the body. Found it, not dead, but seriously, seriously drunk, stone passed out, laying in the ditch. Efforts to revive him resulted in him taking a feeble swing at me while wallowing in the dirt, then passing out again, eyes rolled back in his head. Called 911 on my cell phone and, as per usual, got the adjoining county, who patched me through to our county. Sheriff responded with two units and an ambulance per my request. The 33 year old male, tried to fight as we loaded him on a gurney. Had to tie him down to the gurney. Wasn't from our neck of the woods, never seen him before, but I will be finding out what he was doing this far out in the boonies without transporta"


  • Pegasus 03/17/2019 9:24 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Finally the "authorities" are letting us burn! Woohoo! Nothing like a few huge burn piles to make the neighbors notice...ha! We got to burn a bunch of brush we had cleared for our orchard. DH is still out on the dozer a friend lent us to clear the area. We have also made a fire break around our property. I was going to plant some seed for starters, but I just realized we will be gone for a week again in April for Front Sight. So, I have no way to water those seeds for a while. That means buying plants at the garden center, specifically the heirloom tomatoes."


  • DANNY LOWN 03/17/2019 9:22 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "Joe c Our Bartlett Pear trees do well for us here. The dwarf peach trees are both Reliant. Apples are early blaze, cortland, lodi, rome , the Honey crisp is still struggling. I have room for another peach and I will give the Cresthaven a try. Thanks for the tip. Regards, Danny"


  • Pegasus 03/17/2019 9:03 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "With all the heinous crime being foisted on us by TV shows and movies, it is hard to find someone who has morals and values that truly cherish human life. I agree that we need to value one another regardless of differences. We all need to remember that we are cherished children of God, and that includes any enemy we may have."


  • Pegasus 03/17/2019 9:00 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Nevada counties are doing the same, following NYE County which hosts Front Sight. They are the first in Nevada to pass a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County ordinance and other rural counties are doing the same. We are being ruled by Clark County, and all other counties in Nevada voted against gun control issues. Like all of the rural type states, we are being ruled by the cities. State of Jefferson, we need you!!!"


  • shepherdess 03/17/2019 8:56 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Great to hear from you So Cal Gal :)"


  • Pegasus 03/17/2019 8:52 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "I am currently laying out and planning for planting of my orchard. I am in zone 7 and plan on planting two of each tree. I have been to my fairly local university extension and have taken a few classes on this, so hope the info has stuck. For now I am planting 2 D'Anjou Pears, 2 Utah Giant Sweet Cherries, 2 Italian or Blue Damson Plums, 2 Reliance Peach (my FIL grew these in Idaho near Boise and they did well, and were yummy), and hopefully 2 Harcot apricots. It is very important to look at chill hours and get the variety that has the longest chill hour requirements. I know apples are very easy to grow, but for now, I am not interested in planting any. We will see if I have any room! I also am going to plant various berry bushes as well. Unfortunately, it looks like I will have to wait 3 years or so for some bounty, but if I am not around, hopefully these fruit plants will nourish those who come after me."


  • Joe c 03/17/2019 8:47 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Your post Kinda reminds me of my mom's approach on bad behavior. Stand in the corner...." You little devil..." Lol Ahh the love in the household. Good times .....Or when she had my brother to help, chasing me around the yard for nap time. I was always innocent. 😇 No, really I was"


  • Joe c 03/17/2019 8:27 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "AC LOL Ahh The boys doin' time. But they do have each other's company."


  • Antique Collector 03/17/2019 8:21 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Joe c 0ldhomesteader called ACDH to visit, apparently he is still in SPAM JAIL..... Ken thought he had it fixed...but nope. NO bail money, so he is still in the hoosegow rowl That could be what is happening to Chevy, with no way to have him send a shout to one of us, they could be in there together."


  • Joe c 03/17/2019 8:11 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "@ Oldhomesteader & Chevy You boys still with us?"


  • Mad Fab 03/17/2019 7:54 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation
    "Hi MSB friends and family, I just saw this on another site today. On SHTF, there is a link to BBC, and a new program, called "prepper". It is a tongue in cheek podcast, sort of reminiscent of Monty Python. Lighthearted fun about 2ladies who prep. Not trying to make light of the seriousness of prepping, but it provides a nice laugh for all of us. Laughter is the best medicine after all. Peace to all MadFab"


  • Joe c 03/17/2019 7:43 PM
    Homeowners Insurance Inventory after Disaster – Get What You Deserve
    "AC Yes I dropped that insurance agency, like a flushed toilet. What, then, got to me was the question of pets (dogs) Certain breeds, no matter if full blood or a cross, they would not insure homeowners. When a person reads, full contents insured, a person doesn't expect to be thrown a list of variables, in which that full coverage applies to. Lesson learned"


  • Joe c 03/17/2019 7:20 PM
    Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow
    "Danny Zone 5 Cresthaven peach Bartlett pear A three variety apple All dwarfs.... although we must have some pretty tall dwarfs running around these parts. Peach and pear were a farm store purchase. Family Farm and Home The apple was a mail order from Gurney's. Umpteen yrs ago."