I get up way too early in the morning. I do it because I have so many irons in the fire that I could not get everything done without rising early. I’m not proud of it. I’m not ashamed of it. It is what it is.
This morning is a rare leisurely one. I got the rabbit chores done, checked out a few of my favorite news sites, then sat in my recliner with a cup of coffee and started daydreaming about what I would do if I was forced into a survivalist mode here in the burb. Some people dream about winning the lottery, my miswired mind runs toward self sufficiency. I blame talk radio.
So, what would I do (and…what would Brittan let me do…..) if I was suddenly thrown into a situation where I had to fend for myself? Here’s what I’ve come up with so far…
- Since we grow so many fruits and vegetables already, I’d be pretty good there. But I would need to save more seeds. Right now, it’s easy to buy them off the internet, but B got me a good book last Christmas about seed saving, and I could easily make that move.
- I would grow more beans. They are prolific, nutritious and provide most of their own fertilizer by pulling nitrogen from the air and trapping it in the soil. They are also a good food source for the animals we would keep.
- I would pay more attention to my berries. Raspberries and blackberries are easily grown and spread. They are an excellent food source for humans and animals. I should consider more strawberries.
- We already have fruit trees. I think I’m good there.
- I would grow more cantaloupes. If I could figure out how to keep the dogs from eating them, that is.
- I would pay more attention to my worm composting. I would greatly expand that project.
- If I could only keep one edible livestock, it would be the rabbits. They are quiet. They easily reproduce. They eat what we grow in our garden and yard. They provide the best fertilizer in nature. They are a tasty and healthy food source.
- Next, I would sneak in the Nigerian Dwarf Goats. A buck would be a bit of a challenge, because of odor potential, but we’d work it out. A buck and two does could provide an ongoing supply of dairy and meat. I don’t love goat’s milk, but it’s healthy and the goats are small and quiet. Our Nigerians are much quieter than sheep, chickens or cows. They would eat the brambles and weeds in the yard and would help with post season garden clean up. Since they are small, they’d take up little space and would not tear up the yard.
- I would try to keep some chickens. This is the tough one. I could hide two or three laying hens, but that would only work for two or three years. Without a rooster, the chicken thing comes to a halt fairly quickly. Roosters are noisy.
- Finally, there is a piece of the puzzle I have yet to acquire, namely the aquaponics tanks. With a 200 gallon aquaponics tank, I would be able to raise tilapia, all the food for the tilapia and additional vegetables and greens for human and animal consumption. It would also require a breeding pair of tilapia. Since I don’t have that, but live near a major lake and raise my own worms, a supply of fish is fairly convenient already.
Many other pieces of a suburban survival plan are already in place. Brittan already cans copious quantities of produce that we grow. So those supplies are available. We have stockpiled things like candles, soap, toilet paper and toothpaste. We have a pretty good quantity of water purifying tablets and all weather clothing.
With a little tweaking, we are ready for the apocalypse. I figure that if something really dramatic happens, our HOA would become irrelevant, so I don’t worry too much about them.
This may be the oddest post I’ve ever written. But, hey, it’s Saturday morning and I don’t watch cartoons.