Permaculture Basics (Transcript)

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Folks a lot of things going on in here at the homestead

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The tons of things I’ll keep you on the loop. But today folks, we’re gonna go ahead and we’re gonna talk about some permeable stuff

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No, we’re gonna go ahead and talk about an update on the chicks and how they’re doing and a whole bunch of other stuff today

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So folks a lot of things a lot of things been going on here at the homestead lately

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But one of the big things like I said is we actually got our chickens

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Outside now, they’re actually outside. They’re fully feathered and they’re out in their henhouse

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outside and I went ahead and we built a built a coop for them and I

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Actually bought the chicken wire from tractor supply and bought the long post on that

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We actually wrapped the chicken wire around the post that’s actually been going really really well actually that came out

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better than I originally

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I had actually anticipated I still don’t have a roof on it yet. I’m thinking about possibly maybe maybe doing the

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Maybe come springtime maybe doing a doing a roof on it because we’re gonna be getting into the winter months here shortly with them

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But so they’ll be mostly in the henhouse most of the time, but no we’re gonna be getting so we’re getting into the the winter months

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so they’ll be in the henhouse a lot more because we live here in the

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The Poconos and it gets rather cold. So they’ll be in the henhouse

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most of the you know, most of the most of the year but most of the winter anyway, but

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This way, you know, at least they’re they’re outside. So we’ve been we’ve been they’re not laying yet

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They probably won’t lay eggs for probably at least another at least in these in a couple of months anyway

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And once they do we’ll start enjoying, you know, the the fruits of our labor

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I guess you could say we’re down to three. We originally had eight

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We actually had an issue with a couple of them didn’t know quite a few of them didn’t make it and that’s the unfortunate thing

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about raising chicks from

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you know from a couple days old is, you know, some of them make it and just some of them don’t but

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That’s unfortunate, but we did everything right and you know, some of them just they just don’t make it

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But we got three right now what I think I’m gonna do is from a local farm at the street

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He’s actually has some that are afraid just ready to go outside. So I might get some from him make the flock a little bigger

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I’m not exactly sure yet, but you know, we have a couple of them and just from my what?

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You know myself and my daughter I think three should be more than than enough for our you know, our needs anyway

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I actually had a hen house. We actually made a hen house. I made it out of like t-111 and stuff like that

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It actually isn’t enough for a couple. I made sure I put in three brooders one for each

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I got the you know, the feeding pen, you know feeding, you know pens and

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All that kind of stuff. So they’re they’re all ready to go. They’re outside

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I mean using them the reason why I’m bringing the chickens up first

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I’ll tell you you’ll find out in a minute, but we’ve been actually using them

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to actually go ahead and kind of use to use kind of using the chicken to just kind of kind of do what chickens do and

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What we did what we put them in an area that I think is where I want to plant

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And what we did was we put them there and you kind of let them just kind of do what chickens do

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You know, you make sure you when you feed them

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And kind of just let them

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You know kind of just pack and scrape and then kind of do their you know do their business

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And they go ahead and they do it right on the lawn and that’s you know

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What that does that actually fertilizes the property and you’d be surprised how much they can do in only a few short weeks as far

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As making the ground, you know, really have a nice layer of fertile soil there and there you know

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It’s not like you have to train them to do it

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They’re just doing what chickens do and within a matter of like a couple, you know a couple of weeks, you know

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You have a nice nice nice top of you know fertile

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You know area for them to you know to actually just to plant and and do what other things you want to do. So

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What I’ve been doing is we actually did plant some trees this year. We actually planted an apple tree and

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You know a pair of pears and a couple of trees that we know we producing plants

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So that we can go ahead and you know use them and save money and as well

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You know kind of you know get the benefits of those of those plants. So

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Trees, well what we actually did was what you can do

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What we did is you get like a small like a kiddie pool like at Walmart something like a couple dollars

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And you put it in the pen with them and during the day like the hot days

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now when it’s cold between the hot days, they’ll actually jump in there and splash and they kind of do their do their thing in there and

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What you can do is you let that go for you know

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Just uh, just you know a day or two and then you can actually take that water out and actually water your

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Plants and then it gives your plants a nice, you know, very rich

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You know kind of water

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To you know the fertilizer to you know in the water to actually, you know, have your you know, fertilize your plants

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That’s what a lot of people actually do

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They actually will take the a lot of people actually do it with ducks, but I’ve been doing it with the chickens

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but what you actually well

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You can actually do is I can say do you actually take a you know, just a kiddie pool with just an inch or two

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of water in it

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And like I said you put it in their pen and in the hot days

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They’ll jump in there and then while they’re in there, they’ll you know do their business and then you know after a couple of days

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You can take it and you know, you have nice, you know

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very rich

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You know fertilizer for your plants and you put you water your plants with that a couple days a week and you watch how fast

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They actually grow and plus to it cuts back on the smell and cuts back on the best using fertilizer

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I mean, yeah, it’s it the water itself doesn’t smell too good, but you’re not gonna smell enough to you

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if you water the plants with it, so

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That’s I know a lot of people that I do done that. I’ve actually done that’s a little trick

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The other thing you could do to help you as far as bordering your plants and all that kind of stuff and I’ve seen some

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People do it. What they’ll actually do is they’ll actually get a small

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kiddie pool or small pond the level it and then what they’ll do next you put goldfish in it and the feed the goldfish for

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you know a couple, you know for at least a couple of weeks and

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Then what they do they take the goldfish out put them into another pond and they take that water and they fertilize their plants

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So I mean even even if you’re saying to me well

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I don’t have a lot of room like you do to have chickens or I can’t have wildlife where I am

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You know, even if you get yourself some, you know, just a small, you know pond of goldfish and just use that for you know

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Use that and like I said won’t be as much as chickens because obviously chickens produce a lot, but especially if you’re feeding them

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But what you want to do, like I said, you actually you can actually go ahead and actually, you know have the you know

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The goldfish in there and let them kind of do their thing for a couple of you know

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A couple of weeks at least every week or so. You have a nice, you know rich, you know

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You know fertilized water to to use to water your plants with the B fertilizer

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So that’s what I know a lot a couple of my friends do it live

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Actually, they live in you know

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really smaller towns where you can’t have chickens and stuff like that like we have a couple acres here so we can get away with

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It but some places you can’t so that’s what they actually do with the goldfish and it actually does work pretty well from what I’ve been

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Told Verna mine actually does his whole garden

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But he’s actually got a couple of ponds of goldfish because he can’t have where he is

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He’s got a pretty nice bottle and they don’t allow any type of the wildlife like that. So what he does is he actually

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Since they’re not allowed to farm animals or anything that he actually does it all with with goldfish and

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He thinks you got a rather elaborate system

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I’m gonna see if I can get him on the podcast one day to actually talk was actually talk about it

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He actually has a system where you actually

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you know

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He’s got a couple different bins of them and then he actually has like a spickeon on it and he actually

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Actually, you know old enough to spickeon take some water print and then dump it on the plants

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And that’s how he does in most of the summer and yes plant. He actually has a pretty nice big garden

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So, you know, he must be doing something right?

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But he’s the one that actually taught me about using the fertilizer in the water and using the animals

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I know a lot of like I said a lot of guys do it with ducks around here

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I’ve been using the chickens. I’ve been talking about getting ducks with knives like you sure just yet

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but they would be kind of something to do but

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But like I said, he actually does it with with goldfish and it actually does work pretty well

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And that’s actually a cheap way to do it because you can feed goldfish for rather to you know

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relatively cheap like, you know a 50 pound bag of chicken food, you know chicken feed expensive, but

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You can actually do it with you know, just a couple

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You know, you can do a goldfish in just a couple. I mean to feed goldfish is cheap. You can buy goldfish, right?

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I mean chickens can be an investment but I mean to get goldfish and you can go buy goldfish at the local

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You know pet store for you can find, you know, a dozen of them for a few bucks

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so I mean

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You know that might be your cheaper way to go if you’re in a tight spot where you don’t have a lot of room or

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You can’t really afford to do chickens because they can be expensive at times but you can actually do it with goldfish and do yourself

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a nice garden

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Some people even if you if you live in the city

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I know some people they actually do is actually have a couple of goldfish and then they just do a couple of it’s on there

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You know on their the windowsill and then they just use the the goldfish water every three four days and they change the water

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To one of their plants and you get you know

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Really really good plants that way it really is a good way of fertilizing and it actually is a cheap way to do it. So

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That’s an idea for you as well

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So, like I said folks we’ve been working on the homestead

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quite a bit lately

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We’ve actually redid the front porch. We actually did that the last time it hard to do the porch

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I’m actually working on the garage right now because I want to get my snowblower in there

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Okay, I’m gonna start preparing for winter

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So actually was up there last became with a buddy of mine and we were actually going ahead and actually we redid the whole roof

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We shingle the roof

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That was quite a bit of work, but we did it all ourselves and that’s how you really save money

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You know if you you got I know you guys get a lot of questions from you guys

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You know and you say all time. How can I save money? How can I save money?

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And if you can if you can do the construction work yourself, you save a ton of money

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You know, the materials are expensive, but the labor is even more expensive

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So that’s how you can definitely save some money by going ahead and trying to do some of the work yourself

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but we redid the roof now, so

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So far that seems to be doing pretty good

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So, you know we did the roof and now we’re gonna hopefully

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Kind of maybe take a little break from doing anything over the winter kind of give myself a little break give myself a chance a

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Little little time to enjoy stuff maybe do a little podcast thing

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You know because this past summer has been or rather rather busy here in the homestead

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But during the summer especially is our busy time of the year here

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We try to do try to get as much done as we can in a couple months of summer we have here in the Poconos

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So, like I said folks we went ahead and we we said we did that we built the other chicken coops

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And all that and like I said folks talking about something about homesteading and all that kind of stuff talking about farming and all that

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some of the other tips you could just you can try is you can actually go ahead and

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one of the things I’ve been trying to do recently is if you take seeds and

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You take you take like a seed from an apple or from one of your plants

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You know that you’ve you know eating and all that kind of stuff

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And one of the things I’ve done is you actually put you actually put them in water and let them

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Just kind of let them sit in the water for a couple days

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And then actually I said just leave them sit for a few days

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And then take them out of the water after a couple days make sure it’s cold water and put them in the soil

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And keep watering them you can actually start

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You know doing your own seeds your own seeding and stuff of that

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I’ve actually been working on that but I have not been personally have not been overly successful

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I’m wondering trying to figure out what I’m doing wrong

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Like I said you you said I said I have gotten the start of plants a few times

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But they didn’t fortunately didn’t work out as as well

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so I’ve been trying a couple other things now that a friend of mine told me to try and

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like I said

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what you actually do is you actually take the seeds from an apple or whatever when you’ve done eating it and

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You know take the seeds and like I said you soak them in water a little bit and then what you can actually do you

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Actually go ahead and like I said after a couple days so kind of you know put them in

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In the soil and they actually start growing now

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the other thing my mom told me to do and I did not realize this is you can actually take if you’re driving down the

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Street and you see a plant or something that you like if you go to is almost okay with the owner

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You can actually go ahead or if it’s a wild plant. It’s fine

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But take a little piece of the plant and you put the little piece of plant in water for you know

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Just just a couple of just like a week or two

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And if once you see it starts growing roots, then you can actually go ahead and plant it in soil

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I wouldn’t bring it outside right away. I’d maybe get a small pot and put it inside so you can kind of control the environment but

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No, that was something you can do as well. My mom actually taught me that trick

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She said that’s what they used to do years ago

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They would borrow you borrow plants from your friends and give you a small piece of it

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And then you’d actually grow in your house. So I thought that was a lot of fun

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I really enjoyed trying that my mom gave me a piece of lilac and

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We were actually I actually put it water. She did get through it

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I have a little lilac bush growing now

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So it makes the makes the kitchen smell kind of nice, but that’s something you can try as well

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Like I said, I learned that actually from my mom. I did not know you could actually go ahead and do this. It’s pretty cool

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So those of you guys that ever want, you know piece of plant from somebody as long as you get a small piece of it

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You know, you can actually do pretty good. The other thing

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Is – I know you can if you get pieces if you have roots

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You see you can soak them in water and every plant the roots

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I don’t know any way that it’s actually worked for yet

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I’ve actually asked a couple people come for my friends if they had any luck with that

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They actually nobody I know actually had any kind of real luck with that

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But if you’ve had any luck with it, you know how to do it

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like I said

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I’m you know

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Go survivalist podcast org and shoot me an email and let me know what you did

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And maybe you can give us some information we can go ahead and share it with everybody

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But like I said, I’ve been working on that. Oh one of the things two folks want to talk about is

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Kind of interesting we when I guess if we were picking plants for our property here our homestead

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One of the things we were picking is we were plants we were gonna use

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What do we like to eat my wife and I were having these these conversations of what we’re gonna buy what we’d eat

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This is that and the other thing one of the things I do want to point out is is the best kind of plants to

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Grow are plants. You can kind of get dividends from and what I mean by that is

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If you don’t like peaches the odds are chance you probably shouldn’t be growing a peach tree

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Okay, you know

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Like for us we like apples we like pears

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You know, we like stuff like blueberries blueberry bushes

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You got to be careful because blueberry bushes I can actually get a lot of snakes from blueberry bushes

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I know a lot of people say I’ll plant a blueberry blueberries are great

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Yeah, they are but they also bring a ton of snakes with them

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Well in our area right in the Boca de mountains. We do get a lot of snakes with blueberry bushes, but

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Like I said you want to be you want to be very careful with the bushes the bushes or something

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you gotta that’s a whole nother animal the trees are different, but

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Like I said, if you want to go ahead and plant some trees, you know, like I said you plant, you know trees

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you’re gonna give dividends from so like you might want to plant a tree if you like, you know, and any type of

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Like go ahead and plant those trees and then get dividends from now

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Somebody said to me when I built a lot it was doing somebody said to me when I was doing you know

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The lilac bushes they’re like, well, what kind of dividends are you gonna get from from those?

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Well, I do get some dividends from them. If you live in my house, the house smells nice, you know, my wife periodically

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We’ve got a couple of them now

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My wife will periodically go outside and cut a couple pieces of them off and we’ll put them into the you know

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into our into our living room or our kitchen or probably use the kitchen or on holidays and stuff like that and

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Just make the house smell nice. So I get something from them. They’re not just there and to

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That people say all time

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What do you get from those trees and a couple trees we have?

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You know, they’re not the greatest trees in the world, but they come there from the south area and they provide shade

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That’s out of house

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We don’t get a lot of Sun stuff on that side of the house because we got the trees there that block the Sun so

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They’re providing a purpose. So we’re getting some sort of dividend from them

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So that’s very important when you when you actually are picking what bushes you want to eat your trees or bushes

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You want to plant you got to look at where you’re planning them and what dividends you’re actually gonna get out of them

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Really – you had to realize folks – you have to look at the health of your plants as well because that’s really important

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For instance, we first moved here

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There was like maybe like six or seven trees that we actually had to cut down because the trees I mean

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This place had been a band

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but I don’t say it’s abandoned but that’s the only word I can use to describe and nobody had really done any four or five

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Years and a lot of the plants here were just in really bad shape the trees especially

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were in terrible shape and

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They all had gotten some fungus or something that they killed them all and the trees were just pretty much skin and bones

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So we actually went ahead and cut them down

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so we actually we didn’t trees didn’t go to waste because we did use some of them for firewood, but

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It was unbelievable how many of them were actually dead and just some people not taking care of them

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So you got to make sure too when you’re planting trees

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There’s something you have to take care of and if you let that tree grow 10 20 years

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You may actually down the road may have to actually cut it down and burn it

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I mean there I mean it may come down to that especially if the trees

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Not healthy and it’s a danger if it’s gonna fall in your house or fall in somebody else’s house or block a road or something

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Like that and you know if it’s dying

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it’s just time to you know kind of take it out of its misery and we had to do that with quite a few of the

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Plants here because the plants were just it just I mean the spits not so much the plants the trees

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Now we’re just in terrible terrible shape. So

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One of the other things folks too is we’re talking about trees and stuff of that

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But if you’re talking about planting anything to do about the garden

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one of the things you’re going to always have to contend with with any type of of

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Garden though is going to be you know, the the wildlife around it

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For instance Lee here. One of the things that we have tons of problems with

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We’ve actually had to address is deer. There’s so many deer in this area that and it’s one of those things where

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You know, they’re deer just you know, they come right up. They just they eat the plans. They don’t care to them. It’s food

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They don’t realize what you’re trying to do here and and one of the things that you’re gonna have to do is you’re gonna have

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To find a way to keep them away from your planting and that’s gonna be a very challenging

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I try to avoid spraying anything. I know people say well, it’s okay. It’s a reading you read it says

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Oh, it’s safe as long as you know

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Yeah, but I don’t know I try to avoid spraying anything actually on the plants or down the trees

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I know they say it’s safe, but I don’t trust it

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We try to do other things other to try to keep the animals kind of away from our plants

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That’s kind of been something that we’ve been

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Working on over the last couple of months in our last six months or so

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We’ve been here trying to actually keep things away from the plants. That’s kind of been it’s a challenge in his own, right?

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But we’ve been working on it and I try it like I said, we build fences around things, you know, we’ve built

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You know build things up on platforms. That’s been something we’ve done – we took some railroad ties and actually went ahead and actually built

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a wrap built a little platform to actually have the

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Gardens up a little bit to try to keep things away from not just deer but other animals as well

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So there’s things you’re gonna have to try and the wildlife is probably gonna be your biggest challenge with planting stuff

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just try to go ahead and try to keep the animals away because they’re they’re just gonna go ahead and eat or eat anything that

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They can find to them. It’s an easy it’s easy pickings

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but so that’s something you’re gonna have to work on and you’re gonna actually have to go ahead and try to

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You know really just to figure out a way to just keep them away

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From the plants and and all that and it’s gonna be it’s gonna be trying at times

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But so you have to figure that is that they’re one of the probably one of the greatest threats to anything you’re planning

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It’s gonna be the the wildlife in the local area. That’s gonna be one of your biggest things

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You’re gonna have to worry about is trying to keep them, you know away from any of the the food you’re growing

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And like I said, I try to try to avoid spraying anything on the plants

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I know they say it’s safe, but you never know what they find 10 15 years down the road

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So but I found fencing works pretty well and I found that you know, like I said positioning raising things up, you know

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Some of my friends actually built gardens up on pallets that actually worked pretty well

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I know one of the things my buddy did that worked pretty well for him as far as planting goes

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What he actually did was actually a really bright idea what he actually went ahead and he actually used

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first layer that he actually a cardboard down and he laid the soil on top of him and that actually worked really well for

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Keeping out weeds and all that kind of stuff out of his garden that worked actually really well and the other thing too

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Cardboard is to keep moisture in

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So if you had a couple dry days the plants still did really well because the cardboard underneath was still wet and they were still

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Getting some sort of moisture

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You know from them so that actually worked really well for my friend. I want to make sure you’re using good clean

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Cardboard you don’t want to use anything that’s you know chemicals in it or like like you wouldn’t want to use like, you know

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Your box that bleaching it or anything, you know, you want to use good clean cardboard

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but that’s something he actually did and that actually worked like I said pretty well for him as far as

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Planting goes the cardboard. Like I said, he did helped him out quite a bit. I

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Know to a certain degree you do have to use some chemicals to try to you know

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But I try to I try to grow all my all our fuller food

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Organically, it’s a lot safer and all that kind of stuff even with the chickens. I try to give them a good protein rich organic diet

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This way there’s you know

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I try to keep them healthier if they’re eating organic and makes the eggs were eating a lot more organic if they’re not worried about

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Stuff that’s gonna be in the food that they’re eating and all that

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I try to to folks if you have chickens nothing of an expert or anything yet, but I’m getting to be there

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One of you want things you want to make sure you do is you want to make sure they do have a full rich

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healthy diet because

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Part of that folks is making sure they graze

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One of the things people don’t realize is a lot of chickens

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especially they have to graze to a certain degree because they need

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Those little rocks those little things they pick up in their beak and spit them out on all that is part of their digestive system

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A lot of people think you can just you know, I’m not gonna let them graze

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It’s it but they actually need to graze to a certain degree. It’s not about keeping them healthy

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It’s about you know, making sure that you can actually know that they’re they’re getting part all that stuff

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It’s part of their digestion giving them a whole complete diet

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So they can produce the best

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Again, but you can get the best egg production out of them and so that they’re healthy and that you’re healthy with the food

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You’re eating so that’s very very important as well

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And one of the things I always do is always make sure I use well water a good fresh water

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I want to feed the chickens. I would never feed, you know water them or give any food to them that I wouldn’t eat

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So it’s very important to make sure you take care of them so they can give you the best egg production possible and give you

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You know the healthiest food possible to be eating

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Especially since you know those eggs are you know, they’re they’re important because you’re gonna use them for a lot of things

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One of the things like I said to folks we try to I do try to voice spring anything on the plants or anything like that

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We try we have we have had some issues with we’ve had to

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Spray some pests and stuff on it to keep some bugs know that we were destroying them

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But when we can we try not to we do the best we can we I would say by 99% of the time

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We don’t use anything but once in a while

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You just have a problem that you just fortunately have to have to do that for we try not to but it happens

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And like I said folks, what’s really what’s really important?

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Like I said with the chickens is if you know if you have chickens and you want to know, you know

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And you know where you want to garden next year

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Your best bet would be to put them there for a couple months before you start gardening and start planning because those couple months before

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They before you start gardening if they’re there it’ll make that ground just that much more rich and fertile

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You know to grow stuff on you know

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they one thing chickens do is produce a lot of nitrogen and that’s you know, one of the things you need so

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Like I said, that’s what and that’s why folks a lot of you see a lot of farm

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Like a lot of people think farmers just have chickens

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For the eggs, they don’t chicken farmers have have chickens as well because they actually use them

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They’ll don’t let them graze unless they know they’re gonna plant somewhere, you know in a year or two from then

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They’ll actually make sure they put their chickens there for a year or two to help fertilize the property and all that

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I mean, it’s not just it’s for the egg production

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I’m sure it’s part of it but a lot of it too is because they want to use that land

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Down the road to plant on so they put their chickens on there

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Which is really good and a really smart thing to do if you’re a farmer

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Definitely makes growing something just that much easier

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That’s what I recommend everybody about that if you if you know, that’s where you’re gonna be planting. Make sure you put them there

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Another thing folks somebody else a couple friends might have done that they don’t they don’t have chickens

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but what they’ve actually done is

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They didn’t want chickens. They didn’t want the headaches of it and all that

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But one of the things a friend of mine did is he actually went ahead and he got ducks and what he does with the duck

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No ducks. I don’t they don’t do scraping and stuff like the chickens do but one they don’t they do lay eggs though, by the way

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Duck eggs are actually pretty good if you ever tried them before they say they’re not really the greatest things in the world for you

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because they got a cholesterol in them, but

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One of the things too you can use ducks and one of the things ducks do that

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They do it more than chickens do it

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Actually, if you get a small kitty pond like I was telling you but water in it ducks generally more than chickens want to be

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in water

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and what they actually do is they’ll actually go ahead and they’ll jump in the water and they do their stuff in the water and

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Then you use the water to fertilize and like I said ducks actually want to be in the water more than thing chickens do and

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You know, they don’t scrape and they don’t just other so they’re not as

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You know, they don’t do it as much but they they do is there another option as well

00:25:55.800 –> 00:26:00.840
if you have like I say do you want to just get a duck or get two ducks and and you can actually do that way and

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One of the things about the only thing about the ducks

00:26:02.760 –> 00:26:03.140
like I said

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You have to make sure you have water for them because if you don’t they get a little aggressive

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But like I said, if you go ahead and use a duck or two, you can actually do the same thing with the water idea

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And you know, it works pretty well for him

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I actually know I’ve actually seen guys that actually have homesteads that what they’ll actually do is they’ll actually have

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Big tubs and irrigation systems set up for the ducks and the ducks will do their thing

00:26:26.360 –> 00:26:31.180
You know the they just leave the water in there all time ducks do a thing and then they just open up the pipes and you

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Know they irrigate their whole

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Property just with with the water from the ducks

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And from what I’ve seen those guys actually do really really well with that duck water and they do pretty well as far as you

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Know letting things grow and all that and a lot of guys have had a lot of success with that over the years and I’ve actually

00:26:47.800 –> 00:26:50.600
Seen them like one guy. I know he actually says all I know water

00:26:50.600 –> 00:26:54.180
I forgot I want my plants with my duck water and I’m like, okay

00:26:54.180 –> 00:26:57.160
You know, it works pretty well for me

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He’s got maybe ten ducks and he’s just got a big tub and and the tub has you know

00:27:01.240 –> 00:27:05.080
PVC pipe coming out of it and it just goes to all the different gardening areas and

00:27:05.320 –> 00:27:09.560
Every day just turns on the faucet a little bit gets a little water and that’s how he does it

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He he has some he has some major plants too. He’s got some of the best brightest reddest hugest tomatoes I’ve ever seen

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From when he grows and it’s pretty amazing

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One of the things to focus on remember too when you are picking stuff that you want to grow

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One thing too is to kind of think of two when you’re growing it. What can you actually can now? Mostly anything is cannibal, but

00:27:32.400 –> 00:27:37.760
Some things aren’t I’m not sure what they are, but I know a couple of older ladies were telling me recently

00:27:37.760 –> 00:27:39.760
There’s certain things that you can’t can

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But I’m not sure what those things are but there are certain things you can’t can so you have to make sure

00:27:43.800 –> 00:27:48.640
Whatever you’re growing if you’re gonna can it for winter make sure you actually you know

00:27:48.640 –> 00:27:51.800
Double-check to make sure it is cannibal like pickles. I know

00:27:51.800 –> 00:27:55.960
You can can those I know there’s certain things you can’t obviously you can can fruit

00:27:55.960 –> 00:28:01.360
Stuff like that kind of stuff, but there are certain things you can’t can because I think it’s in the acid or something like that

00:28:01.360 –> 00:28:04.880
So you have to make sure you just go online and just google it just to make sure you can

00:28:04.880 –> 00:28:08.200
Last thing you want to do is to get sick on some of that canning is its own

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I’ve actually been trying to do some my own canning and I’m not gonna I haven’t been overly successful

00:28:12.400 –> 00:28:16.020
I did a couple that turned out really well, but the key is the seal

00:28:16.020 –> 00:28:21.380
And making sure that the the bottles and all that are all sterilized and all that before you do so

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That’s a big big part of it

00:28:22.920 –> 00:28:29.340
And I’m actually gonna do probably a whole podcast on canning down the road because it is kind of like an art almost

00:28:29.340 –> 00:28:31.200

00:28:31.200 –> 00:28:35.420
Actually, I have an older Italian lady who’s gonna show me how to do it. She’s been doing it for decades now

00:28:35.420 –> 00:28:38.280
She’s gonna show me how to do it. So once I know how to do it properly

00:28:38.280 –> 00:28:41.680
I’ll make sure to kind of spread that knowledge along

00:28:41.680 –> 00:28:46.080
But that’s something you can definitely do is is can the things you’re growing

00:28:46.080 –> 00:28:51.020
one of the things though I do I do say is the best thing you do is you can

00:28:51.020 –> 00:28:56.700
If you’re gonna grow stuff, it’s best to grow like it’s the stuff you want but stuff that’s easier to like grow watermelons

00:28:56.700 –> 00:29:00.140
You know, it takes a while, you know tomatoes

00:29:00.660 –> 00:29:05.300
Generally, you get a pretty turnaround on those pretty quick pickles. You get a turn on cucumbers

00:29:05.300 –> 00:29:09.160
They turn around pretty quick any of that kind of stuff. You’re gonna get a turnaround pretty quick on

00:29:09.160 –> 00:29:11.780
certain things like watermelon

00:29:11.780 –> 00:29:18.100
potatoes even sometimes can take a while potatoes are very very easy if you if you ever want to save money one of the easiest things

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You can do is grow potatoes. They’re very easy to grow

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They don’t take long to grow to you get a pretty quick turnaround on them. And like I said, they’re they’re a pretty easy

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thing to grow

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And like I said along with that, like I said, I think I said to gaining any cucumbers lettuce can be hard at times

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I’ve actually tried growing my own lettuce that can be rather hard

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Especially if you get a rough patch with the Sun and stuff of that you can really lose the whole crop. So

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That’s pretty easy grapes are tough to grow too. They’re a pretty hard crop. Like it’s a cute anything cucumbers tomatoes

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Anything like that is relatively easy. Like I said potatoes are easy

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Actually corns really easy to if I want to do some of that that’s pretty simple to do

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Any of that stuff is relatively easy crop to grow

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it’s when you get

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Some of these some of these some of these things like I said watermelons are going to take forever to grow

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Like I said you get some of these things that are rather difficult

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I said lettuce is really a pain in the butt grapes are really a tough thing, too

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All that stuff is gonna be tough and a lot of work and you might not get much out of it

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Like I said those other things, you know and plus two potatoes are one of those things you can use with everything

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You know corn pretty much goes at every meal

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Any of that kind of stuff you can use like generic even peas they go with everything green beans go with everything

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But like I said stuff like stuff like, you know watermelons of it

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I can give me you know, you’re only gonna you know that that really is kind of you know

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One thing that you know, it’s just like a fruit and that’s it

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It doesn’t really you know

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The other stuff kind of goes with everything and you can use it for different meals and stuff like that

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You know, you know, you got to be careful to go. I know people are growing melons and stuff like that

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But that’s stuff that yeah, it’s really good when it’s fresh not but it’s tough to grow and it’s it can be you know

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It’s one of those things where if it doesn’t work out there’s you know

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You know, sometimes you don’t get the greatest return on investment on some of that

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But if you want to try it go ahead and try it. I wouldn’t discourage you from trying it

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But you know, it’s not an easy thing to do

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So folks, I think I’m gonna go ahead and kind of wrap it up for this episode

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you know, we’ll talk about more about permaculture and fertilizer and

00:31:24.180 –> 00:31:28.280
homesteading and all that but I just wanted to give you guys kind of a

00:31:28.280 –> 00:31:31.760
Kind of well, everything is homesteading, but I want to give you guys just a quick

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I know a couple people that had sent me emails and stuff about how about growing stuff and about trees and

00:31:37.420 –> 00:31:40.380
Asking me about you know, like I said, you know

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Gardens and and how to fertilize their plants and all like it some people that sends emails

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but so I wanted to go ahead and touch on that and

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Kind of talk a little bit about that kind of stuff. You know, a lot of people mask them for it

00:31:51.300 –> 00:31:56.100
You know permeate culture is one of those things that once you get bit with the bug you kind of just you know

00:31:56.100 –> 00:31:59.860
You just keep doing it, but we’ll talk more about permeate culture down the road

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I want to do a whole thing on another whole thing on permeate culture down the road, but

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You know right now

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I just kind of wanted to talk about that kind of the basic the nuts and bolts of it stuff that you can do to

00:32:09.100 –> 00:32:12.300
Kind of get started and like I said folks a lot of the stuff I told you about

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Like I said, you can do even if you have a small apartment

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I know you can’t have chickens if you have a small apartment

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So that but you know if like I said you can do the whole goldfish idea if you have a small apartment that does work

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Really really well

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You know, you got a lot of it. I got a lot of information here

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This is a lot actually a short podcast information wise

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You know, like I said, you can do the you can definitely you can even grow your own little garden

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I can go on Amazon by the way and get those seed starter kits if you live in a small apartment or a small place

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And you say I don’t have a lot of room

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You can actually go on Amazon and get those seed starter kits for like 10 15 bucks and just start your own seeds and just

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Start with that

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You know and then to what?

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The other thing to which you can do I know a lot of people do this if you say I don’t have big

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Area for a big garden what you can do folks you can go get those buckets at Home Depot drill some holes in the bottom

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of them for drainage and you can start growing plants is right in those little orange Home Depot buckets to start out with a couple

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Buckets and turn out with a couple a couple plants

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You know a couple little seeds in each and and grow it like that

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There’s a lot of things you can actually do with a very small

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plots of land

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That you can really do a lot with like I said, especially that seed starter stuff. That’s great for people that are in small homes

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They do have a smaller gardens

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you can actually buy and it was like a hundred bucks and you get like 10 or 15 different herbs and

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Actually comes with a UV light and all that kind of stuff and you can actually start doing that

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If you want to start growing your own herbs and spices, there’s a lot of that

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Like I said, you can like I said get those buckets at Home Depot drill some holes in the bottom of drainage

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You get some potting so we won’t just grow a couple of couple plants in those little pots

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Those are great ideas as well. You know, there’s a lot of things that you can do with very little space

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Things that you can even grow a small herb garden even just on you know, your windows on your kitchen

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You know this there’s a lot of things you can do very little like I said if you want to the same will fertilize

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I mean if you you know, you can use the goldfish idea that worked really really well for a lot of people

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I know that are in small apartments. I actually gave that suggestion to a handful of my friends of mine

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They’re in apartments and they said it worked great

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That’s something you can do so that there’s a lot of things you can do if you don’t have a lot of land

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You know, we’re very fortunate here. We have a couple acres

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But you know some people don’t know they live in the city and they have small apartments and that’s you know

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That’s that’s the way you get started, you know, just doing small things like that should get going

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But like I said folks is like you can do if you have any questions

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I said survivalist podcast org go ahead and connect up with me on my twitter. Kb3

00:34:39.200 –> 00:34:44.560
Why away my ham radio calls line. I want to do another whole I want to do a whole podcast just on ham radio

00:34:44.560 –> 00:34:47.720
One day we’ll get to that that that’s in the works

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And then to by the way, like I said as always like I said

00:34:51.300 –> 00:34:57.660
Kb3 why way kb3 why you in the call sign on Twitter and like I said survivalist podcast dot org

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I want to thank everybody for listening and we will see you on the next podcast which will hopefully be next week

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Thank you very much