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Zai sqaure foot garden 5 End of Summer


This is August 16th and 17th. All I had time for here is to take some photos. I did get one meal out of it and a bit more this time in. I will show you first the food that was picked and prepped and cooked. I had tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, banana pepper, green beans and Lima type beans.

Next I show you some photos of some brush clearing work around the pond side of the garden. This was on the south west and south eastern sides/corners of the garden. We are trying to open it up more to morning and afternoon sun. I managed to save about 3 cherry trees I hope that where overtaken by other trees that outgrew them.

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Next we have the mid august garden. Everything was planted a bit late. I show how the okra transplant went, and they did fine. I wanted to transplant some more but didn’t get time. In these pictures you will see some sun flowers that are doing well, that is until I dropped small tree’s down on two of them. Also you will see an ear of corn, a small cantaloupe, a few small water melons, some small squash. There are other flowers that were planted. The last two weeks have been really wet and mild for August. They have been getting rain showers almost every day. So we have not had to do much irrigation. A tomato worm stripped almost all the tomatoes. We dusted them with 7 dust and now have to wait for more new tomatoes. Last time I was in I had seen that one plant had been stripped, I should have dusted them then. Also one water melon had been munched on by what looks like most likely a terrapin turtle.

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Zai Square Foot Gardening 4


This is middle of July report and will be the end of July report.

I shot these in a hurry and some came out blurry. I’m also a poet and didn’t know it, just now lol.

I inspected the corn box, some of the corn I planted last time was beginning to poke upwards but was being shaded by the beans. The beans are thriving. Some of the sun flowers are coming up next to the corn box. Some other flowers I planted are coming up.

The carrots didn’t come up again. No luck with carrots this year or onions from seed.

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Okra is doing well, 2 of the 4 pepper plants are doing well. Next time in I will transplant some okra. Radishes did well so far. All vine plants doing well. Tomatoes doing well so far. All herbs died. Lavender died. One sunflower has a flower head and I forgot to get a pic. All the Marigolds are doing well and flowering but are not growing larger yet. Sugar beats didn’t come up. Either its too warm for germination or the seeds that were left over from last year are bad.

I’m still hoping to plant pumpkins. I will be planting cold weather stuff probably middle to end of august.

We are watering every day in the evenings by pumping from pond.

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I have a new idea about how to setup the 50 gal rain barrels. Gerry Cerda gave me an idea. He said I should make a X leg style frame and put the barrel on its side in the top part of the X. I’m also thinking that if I make the X large enough I can place some bendable sheet material on top of the barrel and X for rain catch. With the barrel on its side I can easily add a facet tap at the bottom. I can use the larger hole on top for filing or cut a hole on top, which is where the rain would come in anyway. Each barrel done this way will collect about 10 to 12 gallons in a 1 inch rain.



Here is an idea I have for an elevated hot box. Next year I may have this ready to go before early spring. The idea is that you can start plants earlier as if you are planting from seed one growing zone to the south. Then transplant young plants. This only works for certain plants that can take being transplanted. But it can save a lot of money. I found the trays on the internet for 82 cents per tray. Each tray has 6×9 holes. I could start about 500 to 1000 plants in this one hot box.


This next set is August 3rd photos. I installed some steel post around the corn box so that I may if needed wrap it in chicken wire to protect it from coon invasion. I think I transplanted some okra. The okra pulled up so that it was basically plant and main root with almost no dirt. I transplanted two together this way into square foot holes. Later photos show that they did survive the transplanting. Okra is a plant that is about as hardy as a weed. Carrots didn’t seem to come up but later I seem to see some carrot like plants in that mound. I’m waiting to see if something comes of the carrot seed I planted. I actually think the carrot soil might be better off a bit more sandy.

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Irrigating the Garden 2013


Well, I began by looking into different ways to water the garden this year on
Gary Tuck’s land. We have a 1 acre pond next to the garden so this was the obvious choice. Yes there is a well nearby that they use for household water but it is shared with the neighbors, so it was not an option.

Drilling a well of any kind just for the garden is pretty much out of our budget. I would like a hand dug well or maybe we will try to drill one with water pressure and pvc pipe sometime. Drill your own water well.com and Drill cat.com look like good sites for more info. One thing I might do is rent a 90lb pavement breaker, air powered and compressor with hoses and bits. $140 for 24 hour rental. Then just try to see how deep we might get in 24 hours. That is about a 5′ dia. well.

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Rain catchment is still a possibility. Rain Saucer is an expensive option for gathering water into our three 50 gal barrels. I’m sure I can come up with some material and make an inverted pyramid shape. One gallon of water is .133681 cubic feet. Converting that to cubic inches we have .133681*1738 or 231 cubic inches. In 4’x4′ area we have 2304 square inches which in a 1″ rain is 2304 cubic inches. 10 gallons in a 1″ rain which would fill one rain barrel after 5 to 6 1″ rains. Think these barrels actually hold 55 gallons.

Another idea is to construct a pole shed just for this purpose. Using 4×8 roofing sheets we could do one that is say 16×8 lean to style. This would give us 18,432 cubic inches in a 1′ rain. 79 gallons in a 1″ rain. This would more than fill one barrel and it might take several rains to fill all 3 barrels.

I looked into solar powered pumping and found on Real Goods a $110 12 v pump, $250 in solar panels for it, and a $130 controller. Now the pump can pump continuously while it has power and even run when there is no water and not burn up the pump. I think it was self priming as well. Granted it pumps slowly at like 1gpm or 60gph or less depending. So it would take it about 5 hours to fill the 300 gallon of tank space we have now. This would be a $500 solution. Or if you add our tanks and line a $650 solution.

Sump pump and pressure tank is another solution which would require 120v power run to a pump house. $1000 solution at least.

Hand pump is one solution and I still intend to experiment with this. $80 for hand pump $20 for foot valve. $40 for pipe. $30 for misc. fittings and stuff. This is a $170ish solution.

A person can get some 12v transfer pumps and one we might use for this cost $80 and can be found at Harbor Freight or Tractor Supply. It doesn’t have great draw or head distances. It isn’t all that fast but would work. These run about 2 hours before needing a rest so that they won’t burn up.
A small solar panel and battery and controller could be setup to supply enough power to run it for a few hours every day maybe. It would work but still not a great solution.

What we decided on for now is to purchase gasoline powered pump, pipe, fittings and quick connects. We also bought a 100 gallon stock tank, a 30 gallon tub and three 55 gallon rain barrels. So about 300 gallons of storage. And this cost me about $300 total thus far. The engine powered pump is 4 cycle, 1.5 HP, 1″, clear water, 1800 GPH. We had an old trimmer mower with bad engine and with the engine remove we set the pump on this for easy movement between the garden and storage at the house. Apparently this pump will fill 300 gallons in about 30 minutes of operation. It wasn’t as noisy as the manual claimed. It can produce pressure of up to 45 psi.

We still need to add garden hose spigots to each container at the bottom for gravity feed. We also need to rig our outflow from the pump to garden hose so that we may run sprinklers. We have two yard sprinklers. Another thing we may try is some ditches next to each row of plants. We would then flood the ditches.

One thing that has been suggested to me for the intake from the pond is that we build a box from hardware cloth put the intake in the top of this and floats on top. This keeps the intake just below surface and yet if the water drops too much the cage rest on bottom and keeps the intake above the silt. One could also hammer a couple of rods through the cage to keep the float in one place.

Garden photos, looking a bit dry until we watered.

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Show how we put the pump together for quick hookup and removal and transport.

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Demonstrating the use of the pump and pond and lines. Filling the 300 gallons of tanks. Took 30 minutes to fill the tanks and 30 minutes to flood/spray the garden. I can buy non-pressure compensating drip emitters and soaker hose. So I can gravity flow to drip emitters. Will try that later.

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Zai Square Foot Gardening 3


These first images were taken somewhere around 6/10/13 by Gary’s wife Rachel Tuck. Also got a few of our beloved guard dog Shasta.

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Here we have 3 volunteer tomatoes and a volunteer squash. These had sprouted up from the compost pile where scraps had been tossed.

The rest of the photos in this article where taken on 6/20 6/21.

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This next one is the corn/bean box. I first planted 3 types of corn and green beans. I think I planted too shallow. Much of it didn’t come up. This time in I planted more corn deeper about 1″ and a different kind of bean, purple lima maybe. I did this to fill in the dead space.

I have a feeling I was planting everything too shallow. First, this soil mix is loose so plants will find their way up. 2nd, its dry because its loose if not watered daily. So the first 1/2″ really dry’s out badly. Especially in the mounds.

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Next I show digging and mixing. I dug two 1’x1′ hole and one 2’x3′ hole. This is the first time I dug a 2’x3′ hole. This is more efficient overall. Also I want to reserve the 1’x1′ holes for plants that require 1 for 1f2 or more than 1f2. If plants can be planted more than one per square foot then 2×2 or 2×3 or 3×3 holes might be a better way to go. In the 2×3 hole I planted sugar beats and reddish lima beans. The digging was tougher this time to go deeper. That clay layer at about 6″ deep had really hardened up.

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Next I show the fish I caught while gardening. It reached a point where I couldn’t keep a worm on a hook, so I stopped for 30 minutes and caught most of those. One is a 1lb bass of some type. One small one was a crappie I think. One larger one was a sun perch. The rest were bream. I really need to get a worm bed started. I need to use about 5″ of my soil mix covered by cardboard, wood, insulation and such. Though I’m finding worms in the yard waste compost but not so much in the manure. I find lots of grubs in either, but more grubs in the manure. I have not had much luck catching anything on a grub yet the grubs seem to be eaten off the hooks.

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These next photos are of fishing bank locations where I trimmed the weeds down low. I trimmed paths to the bank fishing spots. The one with the chair and bucket is where I caught the fish this day.

A couple of wide view shots of the garden.

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Some shots of herbs that were planted. The herbs do not seem to be
thriving yet.

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Next I show the irrigation system I have begun. I bought one 100 gallon stock tank used $50. One 30 gallon stock tub $34. Three 50 gal white rain barrels $15 ea. We can remove a plug from the stock tank and gravity flow to the plants. We can for now siphon from the 50 gal drums and dip from the 30 gallon tub.

The above image is a 1″ clear water pump, 4 cycle, 1.5 hp, 1850 gph $155. I also picked up 100′ of black plastic pipe $30, other fittings $15, and quick connects for both sides $17. So far we have around $300 into the irrigation system.

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Marigolds

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I planted 4 types of pepper plants in 4 square feet.

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In these photos I planted carrots again, the ones I planted last time didn’t even come up. I figure they were too shallow and too dry. I planted sugar beats, beans, onions, sun flowers and flowers. Flowers are for attracting pollinators.

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Sunflowers, some were planted in the top of the compost pile just to see how they might do and they all came up well. I may transplant them next time I’m in.

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Here I transplanted squash and cucumbers. A few minutes after the transplant they laid over completely. About an hour later they where standing back up and looking well.

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Tomatoes doing well.

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All vine seeds came up, about 99% germination on those. I am very happy with the vine plants. I may need to do thinning next time I’m in.

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Misc, okra, radishes, spinach, path to/from garden.

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Zai Square Foot Gardening 2


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I had 7 days off on this time in and really got some work done in the garden. I also had some help from Gary’s grandsons. I bribed them with ice cold water, cokes and Gatorade.
If you recall in the previous article I had dumped 7 yards of manure and compost on Gary’s drive which he was not to pleased about. So I rented this tool called a Dingo (Toro brand). It comes with many attachments, each one cost extra to rent aside from the one you first attach to it. Each additional attachment is around $25 for half day. The Dingo itself is $90 for half day(4 hours) and I had to rent the trailer for $27 for 4 hours also. So my total was $140 for 4 hours but in my case I picked it up at closing around 5pm so I had it overnight. If your hour meter goes over 4 hours then you pay 1/6th rental price for each hour or about $15 per hour extra. If you rent it for a day it can be in your possession for 24 hours but its for 8 hours of operation. If you rent it for the weekend you can have it in possession for 48 hours but still only use for 8 hours if you pay for one day. If you need to use it for 16 hours on the weekend then you pay for 2 days.

For controls it has a choke, start stop key switch, throttle, bucket raise, lower, tilt down, tilt up stick/knob. It has an interesting control for going forward back and left right. If you push forward you go forward, pull backward and you go backward. If you twist right you turn right. If you twist left you go left. You can combine forward twist and backward twist at the same time. They said not to spin it on a dime but to move forward and turn or backward turning at the same time. Otherwise you might throw a track.

This one was at the point of needing an overhaul. It used 1+ quarts of oil in 2.7 hours of operation. It also used 3/4 tank and Im not exactly sure how much that was. I was told it had a 10 gal tank and again by someone else a 5 gal tank. I put 3.6 gal’s in it when I got it to top it off. Also it didn’t have to be return full of fuel. If you returned it with less than 1/4 tank but with a little fuel that was acceptable. Its supposed to weight 2000 lbs. Also I figure it took us around 20+ trips to move 7 yards of material. It was about 7 or 8 minute round trip to the garden and back. Also at the garden the county road drops off about 3 feet and slopes downward to the garden level. I didn’t want to go down that with a load in the bucket but I could go up it with no load in the bucked just fine. I had to be perfectly upslope though and not at any angle when climbing up and onto the country road. It did slip sometimes and I noted that it helped to lower the bucket almost all the way to help with it tipping back down and onto the roadway at the end of the 3′ climb.

Other attachments you can get are, post hole diggers, blades, smaller buckets, very small backhoe, breaker, fork lift, ditch digger etc.

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Next we have shots of the garden. This time in I discovered a few things. The weeds and grass wash growing 5 times faster than anything I planted. The mulch cloth I had laid out was a fiberglass type and it let enough light through that the weeds and grass pushed it up. Also I had a 3’x3’x6″ mound of dirt where I had planted 2 types of tomato seed. I had covered up an ant mound with the mulch cloth so the ants decided to get even with me. They constructed in the middle of this 3’x3′ mound a mound of their own. Their mound was about 3′ in dia. and 3″ tall. It killed most of the seedling tomatoes. I think I had 6 that came up good. 4 of one kind and 2 of another. Which I transplanted in 2’x4′ areas in a row.

I did some weeding, and we dug holes, I think I dug 14 1×1 holes, mixed soil and filled the 4’x4′ planter box with soil as well as the 14 holes. I also had enough mix to make a 3’x3’x8″ deep mound for planting carrots in. And a small 2’x2’x6″ mound for planting some more radishes. In the 4×4 planter I planted 3 types of corn and green beans next to each corn stalk. I planted more Spinach in 2 more square feet, more onions, and radishes. Planted a square foot of Bell Pepper and Sweet Banana Pepper. Planted Okra, squash, cucumber, water Melon, cantaloupe, bird house gourds and ladle gourds.

I planted 4 kinds of marigolds from live plants. I planted lavender in 2 places from live plants. I also planted marigold seed for several types around the garden. I planted more sunflower seed in and around herb locations and on the compost and manure pile. I threw out some left over onion seed on the compost and manure piles.

Lastly there was a plum tree in the garden that had lost its mate. I planted a new black plum ($35 from a nursery) in the same hole where its made was pulled up from. I made the hole bigger adding compost and manure in the bottom, then on top around the tree. I then mulched on top around the tree. I also piled manure and compost around the already established tree and mulched around it too.

I bought loads of mulch from Smiley Vincent at London AR, 30 miles away. He charged me $5 per pickup bed load. I think I got 2 loads from him this time in. One I had used 2/3ds of for a walking path at my camper. So I ended up putting 1 and 1/3 loads on the garden. That mostly covered the 400ft2 of mulch cloth I had laid down. We used some of it around the plum trees too. I bought 8 bags of cypress mulch($2.50 per bag) from Atwoods and used it to make a trail into the garden from about 12 feet outside the garden gate. This trail was where it was beginning to get a bit muddy. I also mulched up to the base of the tomatoes though I didn’t get picture of that.

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When I came in the grass and weeds was about 5 feet tall around my camper lol. So I bought some gas for the mower trimmer and got after it. Took me about 5 hours but I knocked all the grass weeds down in and around my camper and around the drive and walking paths. Had to replace the plastic cutting strings a few times. This thing works like a weed eater but it has wheels. I love it. The area round Gary’s house is pretty rough and a lawn mower is just about useless. I had already places some stepping stones from the drive to my camper because when its raining hard there is a 1″ to 2″ stream between the drive and my camper door. So I bought some mulch cloth($15 for 3’x100′) this time a black plastic type. I move the stones and laid it down from under camper steps to drive. I then poured 10 bags of pea gravel($40) out and placed the stepping blocks again. I also rolled out a path from my camper to Gary’s camper about 60′ maybe. I then wheel barreled mulch and spread it out over that cloth just enough so that we couldn’t see the cloth underneath it. It worked well and I think will make a nice path. I usually walk through there to talk to Gary or to hook up the garden hose so that I can have water at the camper. This was an easy and cheap way to make grass and weed free paths around your place/homestead/compound/camp.

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As a bonus while gardening we did some fishing at the pond by throwing out a bobber hook and worm. We found some nice fat juicy earth worms in the compost pile. The first day we only caught a small brim and small crappie. I showed Gary’s grandson how to clean and cook those. The 2nd day we caught a nice 3lb catfish. Gary’s grandson left it on the bank and a coon got it. Which pissed me off. The next day I caught another 3 lb catfish and 3 brim. I show in the photos below the fish before and after cleaning. I also show how I cut the catfish into steaks. Game generally dress out to be 1/2 live weight. So I’m guessing we had 1.5 lbs of catfish meat after cleaning I kept 1/2 lb and gave the other 1 lb to the owners of the pond.

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I took these photos of this Toyota Land Cruiser I’d like to buy but won’t. It was in the town I live at. It was used in Africa on a guerrilla preserve. I don’t know how many miles it has on it. They want $10,500 for it, it has driver controls on right side instead of left. It is 1981 model. Would make a nice gardening tool.

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Zai Square Foot Gardening 1


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This years gardening begins with this old Datson bed trailer I bought for $150. I have hauled 2 loads of rabbit manure 150 miles with it and 2 loads of yard waste compost 15 miles with it. It holds about a yard and I think the loads weighed over 1/2 ton. The rabbit manure cost $25 a pickup bed load or per yard. I had to do half the shoveling work in loading it. The compost cost $20 per pickup bed load. The guy with the compost loaded it with his loader. I next hope to use it to get some wood chips for mulch.

In this next group of photos I show a 5 gallon bucket/pond water/soaker hose experiment. It had a pretty good flow rate at first but gradually slowed to no or little flow. I think the pond water is not pure enough and stops it up. I may try to poke small holes in it where it lays in squares to improve water flow and see if we can make this work. We are attempting gravity flow with this.

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Next I test a $20 fountain pump I got from the hardware store. It said it will pump up to 120 gallons per minute(gpm). But that depends on how high it is above the source. We needed to go as high as possible. If you get above 4 feet it stops pumping all together. So I pumped water from the pond about 3.8 feet high into a 5 gallon bucket. It took 30 minutes. Not good. I think I will get the $200 pump that will supply two sprinklers instead to use for our purposes. This $20 pump would be good for aquaponics or hydroponics.

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Here I show 3 yards of rabbit manure Me and the rabbitry owner loaded in about 2 hours of shoveling. I had already got 2 yards of manure prior to this trip with the Datson bed trailer. So I acquired 5 yards this year, and his rabbits produce that every 6 months. I paid $75 for the 3 yards of rabbit manure that day. I also spent about $130 in fuel to go get the rabbit manure.


Zai is a form of gardening where holes are dug in a grid pattern and filled with manure then planted. This started in Africa for turning sand into soil and desert into plant life. I have chose to use this method because of time constraints. So I use a trenching spade I have to cut a 1’x1′ square in the grass. Then remove the surface grass and roots. I then dig and load 6″ to 8″ of top soil into a wheel barrel. I shovel in 3 shovels of rabbit manure and 3 shovels of compost then mix. I put 1/3 of that back in the hole and dump the other 2/3s at the end of the row for garden box fill.

Now we have pond photos. This is about a 1 acre pond. The water level drops quit a bit
in summer. We intend to water the garden from it, which is aquaculture I guess. We want to figure out a way to pump water up to 50 gallon or 200 gallon tanks. We will then gravity flow water from those. We may also try to catch rain water into those same tanks. In a couple of those photos I took pictures of dam erosion. Beavers were stopping up the overflows so that water flowed over the entire dam and almost ruined the pond. Gary the owner did some beaver hunting to fix the problem.

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Here is where we dumped the 3 yards of manure and 4.5 yards of compost. It had been raining a lot and the ground was very slick. I couldn’t get the trailer back far enough and we ended up dumping part of the load on the circle drive. Gary was not happy about the pile of rabbit manure in his drive. I told him we would all laugh about it later.

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Below shows the compost facility at London AR, Smiley Vincent is the compost guy. The compost I was getting was 2 years old and he had once every month or so turned the pile with his loader. I loaded 4.5 yards that day and I don’t know exactly how heavy it was. This was a 5 ton dump trailer that I had borrowed. It hauls about 10 yards. There were also piles of wood chip compost at this facility. I may get some of that for mulch later on. He charged me $60 for that 4.5 yards of compost that day.

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Next we have the rabbitry in Oklahoma where I bought the rabbit manure. The owner of this made the barn from cedars that he cut down on site. He has about 50 cages and about 50 rabbits. When they have bunnies he has up to 200 rabbits.

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Finally we have the start on the garden. I laid down 4′ mulch cloth in 20 and 30 foot rows 4 feet apart. I pinned them down with the U shaped pins you can buy. The plan is to cut 1’x1′ holes in the cloth then dig a zai hole. I will refill with soil mix then plant. I space the holes 2″ apart and have room in the 4′ wide cloth to do 3 rows of holes. This is for plants that require one square foot. For plants that require more than one square foot of space I will simply space the 1′ holes out further. For example plants that require 2’x2′ will have holes spaced 1’2″ apart. Plants that require 3×3 will be spaced 2’2″ apart. In this way the plant’s runners will lay on the mulch cloth. I will also only have to work on e 1’x1′ area of soil for that plant, not 9 square feet.

A 4×50′ piece of mulch cloth would hold 128 squares. I used a square foot garden stepping tile I bought as a cutting guide. A razor knife blade works great for cutting out the squares. The left over squares can still be used with gravel or mulch on top to keep down grass.

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Another thing I did for herb production and deer deterrent was to dig 30 5×5 holes in a circular pattern around the perimeter of the garden about 2′ out from fence and vegetation.
I then planted lavender every 16 feet or 4th hole. The holes were 4′ apart. I planted every kind of herb you can buy in the other holes 2 holes each. This included chives, rosemary, sage, ore3gano, tarragon, thyme, etc. We have other deer countermeasures to implement. One is an extra fence 4 feet out from the existing one. Another is stringing up fishing line a few feet out from the 2nd fence. Another is placing objects just inside the fence to eliminate landing pads. Hedge rows of holly bushes outside the fence or in between them might work well also but cost more. I poured human urine on tree trunks around the garden.

I was able to get 9 holes prepared in the mulch cloth row. I started 2 more by removing grass. I planted those 9 holes with spring type plants, some greens, peas, onions, beats, radishes etc. I had 3’x3′ x 6″ deep soil mix left over at the end of one row and planted half in one type of tomatoes by seed and half in a larger type of tomato by seed. I bought and setup a garden box that is 5″ high and about 42×42″ in size which will become the potato box next time I’m in. I will remove grass, loose up the soil to 6 to 8″ deep and then fill with extra soil mix as I make new zai holes next time I’m in.
I also planted 3 1’x1′ herb holes Each one had lavender in the mix. I planted one or two sun flowers in every herb hole.
I also need to plant some Marigolds which I here deter rabbits. So I was able to work and plant 33 square feet those 2 days off.


12 Guidelines for Realistic Prepping From TSP


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12 Planks of Modern Survivalism Pod Cast from TSP

  • Prepare for success and failure, for bad times and good times.
    Jack says “Those that prepare for only the only bad times are as wrong as those that prepare only for the good times. ” or “Those that prepare only for failure are as bad as those that only prepare for success”
  • Get rid of debt. Though Jack allows mortgage or possibly business or possibly auto debt if its a wise purchase in the right situations. Dave Ramsey also talks much about this.
  • Grow, harvest, store¬† and eat your own food.
  • Reduce your tax burdens, take full advantage of write offs. However I must say don’t buy something just because its a write off. Write offs are only good if they are expenses you are going to have to have in the course of business. Why would you spend(lose) $100,000 to save only $1000. But if you actually need and can use what you buy for $100,000 then fine. Also a Dave Ramsey tenet.
  • Invest in stored food. Can goods, Dried goods etc. Some as insurance but some that you will eat regularly.
  • Learn about how to prioritize possibly emergencies or crisis based on probabilities. Prep for more common possibilities first.
  • Going green is not just for hippies and I recognized this before I even heard of Jacks pod cast or preppers and prepping. Its for preppers and survivalist also. This lead me to much of my study and many of the early blog post I wrote. If a side benefit is in being good stewards of the environment then great.
  • Become a land owner. Should be more than an urban lot.
  • Utilize practical prepping. Use common sense even though its not all that common. Maybe listen to common sense? Which is what I try to do. Don’t be too fanatical maybe?
  • Practice self defense.¬† Have the tools available and within easy access. I hear that Oklahoma just passed allow open carry law. I’ve always heard open carry was allowed in Texas but get conflicting reports from locals there. I’ve heard its allowed in Montana and know its allowed in Virginia.
  • Have the proper documentation on hand for any prepping need. Including written plans and other information. How many people used to keep numbers for fire, police and doctors handy for example?
  • Develop and customize your own plan to fit your needs and situation.