• WTB / WTS / WTT ADS
    All Advertisements, including Want to Buy, Want to Sell, Want to Trade, Belong in the MARKETPLACE ONLY. Any new threads posted offering an item for sale, looking to trade or buy an item which are posted outside of Marketplace will be deleted without notice or warning. Existing threads will be moved to marketplace.
  • Marketplace Feedback Ratings
    The Marketplace feedback ratings system is now back. You can now leave feedback for your Buy / Sell / Trade transactions. Instructions on how to leave feedback ratings can be found HERE

On The Road to Self Sufficiency

Black Blade

Well-known member
FALaholic #
76490
Joined
Sep 3, 2015
Posts
11,164
Location
Springville/USA
Feedback: 0 / 0 / 0
Emergency prepper grows 900lbs of fruit and veg a year with enough in the cupboard to last 12 months

1679378277240.png

Kerrina Sanchez said lockdown "opened her eyes" and she wanted to become less reliant on supermarkets


Meet the emergency prepper who grows 900lbs of fruit and vegetables with enough in the cupboard to last a year - and even has earthquake survival kits. Kerrina Sanchez, 37, lives on a quarter acre of land with her husband, Jason, 34, and their three children - and they grow 80 per cent of the food they consume. They grow all of their fruit and vegetables, recording over 900lbs of produce last year - including 400lbs of tomatoes, 300 avocados, squash, pumpkin, onions, garlic, cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts. They have a $200 shop-bought budget for items like milk, cheese, meats, rice, apples, bananas and cereal - down significantly from their monthly $600 budget before prepping and home-growing.
BLACK BLADE: It's a start but impressive for a small suburban garden in a subdivision (1/4 acre). Shows what can be done with limited space to work with.
 

yellowhand

Well-known member
Silver Contributor
FALaholic #
67949
Joined
Nov 26, 2012
Posts
34,485
Location
Sierra Vista AZ
Feedback: 259 / 0 / 0
Was looking, but appears to be southern California??? land of earthquakes location and surrounded by roofs of homes right behind their block fence.

City water, internet, ACE hardware, Lowes/HD just a few blocks away, etc.

Its an impressive "Victory Garden", but hardly a "survival plot", prepper, survivalist, one that could be defended for 30 seconds or maintained grid down.
 

shortydog

Well-known member
FALaholic #
14224
Joined
Apr 23, 2004
Posts
140
Location
ohio
Feedback: 2 / 0 / 0
I wonder how much it actually cost to 'save' that much money?

It's great to grow your own stuff but there are a
Depends how you do it.
I save my seeds every year (heirloom).
Blend my own soil for starting seeds.
Compost my chicken coup cleanout and kitchen scraps every year to replenish the gardens.
It's mainly labor but I'm retired so lots of time.
 

cotter

Well-known member
FALaholic #
23754
Joined
Dec 24, 2006
Posts
4,433
Location
Ohio, USA
Feedback: 0 / 0 / 0
Not to mention superior quality of home grown! Even if it's just a couple plants it is worth it.

My jalapeno plant I brought inside last fall has really responded to the lengthening days. Lots of blossoms and a few peppers setting. Can't wait to return it to the wild.
 

starbuck

Well-known member
FALaholic #
26466
Joined
Feb 24, 2007
Posts
2,063
Location
FEMA REGION 5
Feedback: 20 / 0 / 0
I wonder how much it actually cost to 'save' that much money?

It's great to grow your own stuff but there are a lot of costs involved.
For me it actually does save money and I only grow a very small amount of food. The reason is less about the calories grown and more about availability right outside the kitchen. Meat from the freezer + whatever veggies I can carry = dinner. So it prevents trips to the grocery store where I will buy extra stuff.
 

TenTea

Well-known member
Contributor
FALaholic #
72247
Joined
Sep 11, 2013
Posts
12,079
Location
Southern Wisconsin
Feedback: 73 / 1 / 0
Having a big family group effort to garden would be great, but it's merely wifey and me - and I'm the gardener.

From a financial standpoint, I grow stuff that can be fairly expensive to buy at retail, like tomatoes and peppers and snap peas and brussell sprouts, string beans, etc.

I also grow Romaine lettuce for a tortoise, lol.
 

juanni

TROLL
FALaholic #
2439
Joined
Jan 29, 2001
Posts
34,555
Location
up a creek in MT
Feedback: 7 / 0 / 0
Gotta figure in all the $ costs vs the better quality food, no pesticides/herbicides/human excrement, not grown is soil depleted of nutrients, recycling all your kitchen organics instead of paying for them to go to landfill and the benefits of being outside, getting some exercise, fresh air and sunlight.

If you are in poor health and get a dose of crapped on commercial veggies, you could die or have a huge medical bill.
How much did you save then?



...........juanni
 

okiefarmer

Well-known member
Gold Contributor
FALaholic #
3248
Joined
May 19, 2001
Posts
9,468
Location
northern Oklahoma/green country
Feedback: 14 / 0 / 0
Wife unit and I don't use but about 1500 gal/mo. We still get a water bill for $125-$150 each month. City claims the first 2000 gal are free. It's those fucking fixed costs and fees that kill everyone. Even at $2.40/mcf for nat gas, the 9 MCF we used last month cost us near $200. Actual billing of almost $10/mcf, the rest of the bill was fees and taxes and the recoup fee from last winter. Asshats
 

cotter

Well-known member
FALaholic #
23754
Joined
Dec 24, 2006
Posts
4,433
Location
Ohio, USA
Feedback: 0 / 0 / 0
Runs that or higher here in the city.
I can almost see that being 'reasonable' in the desert but living in the swampy NW? Well at home, Ky casa is like $32 minimum.

I usually don't have to water the garden once it is established unless we get a dry spell. Watering at the dirt saves a lot of water over running a sprinkler over the whole garden.
 

tommygun2000

Well-known member
FALaholic #
9196
Joined
Feb 1, 2003
Posts
1,246
Feedback: 5 / 0 / 0
Planted some greens today, Kale, Collards, Swiss Chard, Romaine lettuce.

As the weather warms a bit more, will be starting tomato plants, a couple of different types of peppers, zucchini, butternut squash, beets, cucumbers and Roma beans.

This has been a very cold spring here in KY so far, looking forward to some better weather.
 

okiefarmer

Well-known member
Gold Contributor
FALaholic #
3248
Joined
May 19, 2001
Posts
9,468
Location
northern Oklahoma/green country
Feedback: 14 / 0 / 0
Potatoes, lots more potatoes. If you're in a real long-term SHTF scenario, you're going to need the calories.
Taters don’t store for shit. Sweet taters keep forever and are supposed to be better for ya. We grow some red taters for “new potato’s”, but have switched to pretty much all sweet taters for long term storage
 

shortydog

Well-known member
FALaholic #
14224
Joined
Apr 23, 2004
Posts
140
Location
ohio
Feedback: 2 / 0 / 0
Taters don’t store for shit. Sweet taters keep forever and are supposed to be better for ya. We grow some red taters for “new potato’s”, but have switched to pretty much all sweet taters for long term storage
I leave mine in the ground until I need them.It can be a little difficult digging them up in the winter lol.
The ones we don't eat are used for the next crop.
 

Colts4me

Well-known member
FALaholic #
84812
Joined
Sep 22, 2020
Posts
11,230
Location
West coast
Feedback: 0 / 0 / 0
Lately I have been making my own dog food, can stuff got so expensive that I can make and freeze my own cheaper.

It's a lot better for my buddy but he is putting on some chub. :)
 
Top