Taking care of your personal garden

We all have gardens. Mine is my family
and those who I love.

If you are now living a life that seems to be lost in this world, then you are probably like most are not living in a garden of your own making. I know that I tried to live in this world that you see on TV, or as the privileged seem to live. I spent a large part of my life trying to get that sparkling new thing. Often I was never satisfied with any of it, as it was all based on a false promise. In the end, I failed miserably as it was never about me but what others told me it should be about.


All the above begs the answer to the question “How can I live in this world and be happy”?

Well, I bet that you thought that I was going to answer the above question, but you are wrong. The question can only be answered by you and what kind of garden you want to live in. I have my own garden and no two gardens look exactly the same. So let’s look at some things that you might add to your own garden. That garden that you may live in or go home to or one that you are working on. It will probably contain things that matter to you and to your family if you have one. It is something that you will work on every day as all gardens have weeds.

Please note, even if you have nothing and must live in this world almost exclusively, there is always the Garden of the Mind.

Joy and Peace
Joy is a strange word, as many people do not even understand what joy is. The definition of joy from a quick search of the internet brings up this description of joy:

“The emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires”

So, Joy, is emotion is it not? It’s an emotion that we all need to get through this thorny, weedy garden we call the world. The other really important word is “Prospect” in the above definition. If you have no prospects then you are stuck in the mud so to speak. But most do not understand that prospects are mostly created out of choices, and of course, choices can be good or bad. The next thing in the definition is “Possessing what one desires”. There is one big problem with desires and that is they can drag you into that thorny weedy garden, not of your making.

The most destroying thing about desires can be what is called “Unfulfilled Expectations”.

So in reality, joy is an emotion that we all need to feed and nourish.
Joy can be the reason for getting up every day. It can be the smile on your children’s faces or looking after someone. Joy can just be the prospect of being alive another day and what that day may bring. Joy is understanding that we probably cannot have everything we desire, but to desire them anyway.

Peace really is the icing on joy.

The definition of peace is “freedom from disturbance; tranquility”. With Joy comes freedom. You may be a slave out there in the world, but in your personal garden of family and friends, you are free to interact with all those who are members. If you set up your own personal garden, the disturbances will be at a minimum and tranquility could be off the charts.

So I am wishing you all Joy and Peace from me to you. As this virus keeps a lot of us worried and shut in and looking at things that you never thought could happen, be sure to invest in your own garden. Bring into it all those who you love and are about. The best way to pass time is to do things for others even if over the telephone. Make plans for what you will do after this is all over. Think about growing your own food and a garden.

I have a saying “Things will always work out even if they don’t”.

We are on this planet for just so many years. Make sure those years are years of Joy and peace.

Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book HERE.

The Virus and Food

Corona Virus in China
Before I get going on gardening. I would like to report what I am hearing out of China almost daily. Things there are getting back to normal. Trucks, buses, trains and transportation are getting back to normal. People are returning to their jobs. Restaurants and food centers are open for business. There are no longer huge numbers of people getting sick and China is gradually returning back to normal. That may take some time, but it will eventually get that way.

I suspect that this will happen here in the states. Yes there will be some really bad stories like in New York and cities that have cramped populations. I suspect Los Angeles will have problems. Also some places that were international travel hubs. Our older population is now at risk here in the states. Just being stupid could eventually kill your grandparents or older family members. Now is the time to work through this by staying home and out of crowds.

It does not have to be the end of the world unless we choose that.

What does worry me is the possibility of a complete financial collapse. This I am watching closely.

I suspect that by the end of the summer as things get hot, we will see a large reduction of people being infected and we will be all going back to work.

Which bring me to this and that is food.

WHAT IS BEING EMBEDDED INTO YOUR MIND ABOUT THIS VIRUS?

For me it is food and how fragile our food system and food delivery system is. Hopefully this may wake up a large number of people who finally realize that they need to take matters into their own hands when it comes to food security.

Yes there is nothing wrong with prepping. Those that were preppers are now not having any problems like most other people who are finding it hard to get food and other supplies. But it goes down a much longer path than prepping. What people actually need is to start growing their own food. If that decision is not made now when it is still possible, it will soon be too late. The virus has come and it will be eventually be gone. What wont go away is the global cooling that will last the next 35 years. Soon (I am predicting 2021) people will wake up and finally realize that the planet cannot feed its self. When that happens, the rush for food will make the year 2020 and the virus look like child’s play. At that point, every bit of food will be purchased and there will be little or no replacements.

The US and the world needs to wake up and realize that we will soon need to grow food differently, especially in greenhouses that surround large cities and populations centers.

If that happens then Local Farmers can grow Local Food for Local People. A win-win thing.

But that is up to you. If this crazy old 76 year old guy can see a need for all the above then I suspect you if you just give it a chance (look out of your box) you will see what is wrong and heading our way.

Keep calm, stay home, and let this virus burn it’s self out. When it’s over you just might have the possibility of learning from all this and change your life for the better.

Cheers from where the Stars are Bright Deep in the Heart of Texas !

The stars are bright lyrics deep in the heart of Texas

The stars at night are big and bright. The Prairie Sky, is Wide and High. Deep in the heart of Texas. The Sage in bloom is like perfume. Deep in the heart of Texas. Reminds me of the one I love. Deep in the heart of Texas.

Clap your hands 4 times quickly between sentences quickly followed by Deep in the heart of Texas.

Listen to the song here.

Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book HERE.

TOO LATE FOR SEEDS?

If you have followed my blog for the last year you may have even got tired of my suggestion that I wrote about over and over and over to get seeds, and plant a garden. Well it looks like seeds just might become like toilet paper. There just wont be any available. The COVID19 virus has caused people to pause and think where their food might come from if there was no food at the grocery store. The best I can tell is that seed providers are now being completely overloaded with orders like they have never seen before. These seed company’s are having the same labor shortages and problems many are having. Keeping away from large numbers of people. One infection could shut down seed shipping. My take on this is if you do not have your seeds now, it may be to late to get a garden stared this spring.

My suggestion is that you head anyplace that carry seeds and purchase what you need now and for the next couple of years.

I hate to say this, but I told you so, but had no idea that this virus would start the panic buying of vegetable seeds. All along I was hoping people would wake up because of the Grand Solar Minimum, which BY THEY WAY is hitting the US and other places even harder than last year.

If you have not woken up and see what is coming, I am to the point of exhaustion talking about this. This may be your last wake up call. But that is your choice.

Take care of your self. I am staying home until this is over, but personally there will be some really bad financial problems along with this virus. If you really care about your self, your family and others, I would suggest that you look back on Christmas as the last time that things were sane. I have a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach that life soon will never be the same. But what does an old 76 year old crazy man know. Hope to have a blog out soon on the progress of my 2020 garden here in Central Texas.

Best of luck and pray to the living and loving God that this passes over you and your family

Dennis in Central Texas

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book HERE.

Read This If You Like To Eat

Not too many warnings left

While the Corona Virus rages around the earth and grocery stores are cleaned out and food is getting harder to find, there is something else going on during all the distraction of this virus. Is it OK to be distracted? If your health is at risk then the answer may be yes, but there is something even more dangerous then the health effects of this virus and that is food loss.

YES FOOD LOSS – Repeat – YES FOOD LOSS

If you like to eat then you had better listen to what many are talking about. As this virus swoops through the whole world, those who escape and were not killed by this virus will soon have to face another life threatening problem. That problem is food availability. That problem is being caused by the Grand Solar Minimum that looks like it may be a 400 year or longer cycle of conditions that are not conducive to growing crops. This cooling could last the next 35 years.

I suspect there will be another problem along with this virus and crop failure and that will be our government who will want to control everything and you wont have much say as it is an Emergency!

Will you give up all your rights because there is no food and riots on the street? I suspect that many of you would. Just protect me and give me food and I will do as you say master! It looks like that is where we are heading and all that would entail. But that is not the reason for this blog.

The reason for this blog is that food will soon become Money. You and I and your family and friends need to become farmers again. Having someone there TO FEED YOU will soon be coming to an end.

Yes its been nice to go to the marked for food that some one else planted, watered, grew, harvested, packaged, transported and sold at a market while you sat on your lazy rear end and did nothing to produce it. That my friends will soon be ending, that is unless you want to be an even greater slave than you are now.

So lets face it, if you don’t grow your own food you are a food slave, and if the governments gets their way in this that will only increase. If they can control food, then it is quite easy to control everything else and our wonderful constitution will have been buried under tons of governmental control. This will be control that you did not vote for and in many cases you did not know anything about. That is what is coming you way and it will all start with this virus that globalist are thanking their lucky stars for.

I have written over and over about growing your own food. It’s not rocket science. Your ancestors did it and none probably had a horticulture degree.

Plant a seed in good soil and keep it watered and generally it will fulfill it reason for existing and that is to produce something you can eat.

Wow is that so hard or crazy? Of course it’s not. Some expert out there will tell you that it is hard and the insects will eat up everything. Oh its so hard and I am such an expert that has been all through this and as an expert I can tell you its hard. Well BULL. If a 76 year old grandfather can do it so can you. If you are young it will be even easier. At 76 I hurt a bit from all the work but eventually I will have a garden that can feed all my family. SO CAN YOU.

It will become harder and harder to get seed. That can be done now, but will become harder in the future with this virus. Get 7 years of seeds (At most $100.00). Get non GMO and heirloom seeds. Harvest your own seeds and trade with others. You will never have to purchase seeds again.

So what is coming down the line? What is that double light we see coming our way? Yes one is the virus, and the others is the Grand Solar Minimum and food loss. Last year farmers in China, the US and other places all over the earth had problems getting crops put into the ground. Some were never harvested, and some were not even planted. That was the 2018/2019 crop season. It now looks like the 2019/2020 crop season will have the same problems or worse as the previous one. China, the US and the rest of the world will be looking for food.

YOU CAN FIND YOUR FOOD IN YOUR BACK YARD.

Follow my Blog on my garden so you can see even an old guy like me can grow food.

Here are my two places HERE that I trust and have purchase thousands of dollars of seed from them for my personal garden and my microgreen business.

Take care of your self. Protect your older members of your family (Like Me).

Cheers from Central Texas

Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book HERE.

The End of the World?

Hello from Central Texas. Below are MY IDEAS and not truth scratched out in granite!

Yes things are happening as in regards to the Coronavirus here in Texas. Cases in North, Central and South Texas. Is this a world ending event? The question to this is yes if your are selling fear and 20 year supplies of food. The answer is yes if you have gone absolutely crazy with fear. As in the book and movie DUNE, Fear is the mind killer.

I have friends in China, and yes there were some pretty rough times there, but things are returning to normal and people are returning to work. Were there huge economic and medical consequences of the virus? The answer is yes. People there got sick and died and some did not. Yes it is in the general population but less and less as times goes on. Trains and transportation are once again moving as all the car and truck traffic suggests and speaks volumes as to what is happening. Life is slowly returning to normal in China.

Because we live in the Nanny States of America “NSOA” I am not sure how all this will work out. The most at risk here in the US are the old, especially those who have severe medical problems which nursing homes are full of. The young not so much. Smokers especially are at risk. If your immune system is weak or impaired you are at risk for sure. Eating fast food all your life puts you at risk as well as most have no idea of their health quality. This virus normally does not kill the healthy. Again if you are suffering from some severe medical condition you need to keep away from people.

As a 76 year old grumpy grandfather, I am worried as well, and at the moment I am keeping out of crowds and away from people as best as I can. I fully suspect that I and my family will eventually become exposed to this virus. Probably every one on this earth will. But that is not the end of the world.

When it’s all over.

When it’s all over I may not make it through all this. Death is a certainty and a eventuality for all of us. If you first think this way and suppress the fear and prepare, then you can live your life with joy until your final breath. That’s how I try to live. If we go crazy and only think of our self’s then there will only be anarchy and darkness.

IF you have older fathers and mothers and grand parents, now is the time to look out for them. If possible, have them stay home and you take food and supply their needs as we get through this. (Yes decontaminate it first).

It will end and I think by the end of the summer it will all be over with and we will have to count the dead much like the wonderful Chinese people are doing at this very moment. But it will not be TEOTWAWKI “The end of the world as we know it” unless we make it that way. Don’t run into a wall of fear and don’t listen to all those fear merchants. Fear is the mind killer.

We have something headed our way that is even worse than this virus, and that is global cooling which will eventually destroy our ways of growing food. Look at this virus and the coming food growing problems as an opportunity to start living in a different way. Soon we will be looking at a new world as we cast off the shackles of oppression. Become a part of that.

Wishing you health and the best of everything from my little farm here in Central Texas

Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book HERE.

The 2020 Garden Part 9 of ?

The potatoes are planted and the starts are looking good

I just got a good break in the weather yesterday and went to work planting all those crying seed potato starts. They were crying “PLANT ME” and that is what I exactly did. I opened up my bed as you will see in the pictures below and placed the seed potatoes in two rows. I then watered them in rather heavily and then covered them up with mulch and watered again. I then placed hay over all of them. They will stay that way until I harvest probably in late July. I plan to sneak out there and dig around for some small potatoes from time-to-time. This method eliminates all the hard work that a Ruth Stout garden is famous for eliminating.

Korean Sweet Potato Slips

All of the starts in my greenhouse are looking good as you can see from the tomatoes I am starting. All my Korean sweet potatoes are starting to sprout and I am cutting slips and placing them into water to grow roots..

Once I get a nice sunny day, I am planning on creating an instant sweet potato bed by placing all that hay and horse poo that has composted into a six to 8 inch deep bed. Then I will plant all my slips and sprouted sweet potatoes into the compost and water. I suspect that violent growing will take place as spring settles in here in Central Texas. Its getting pretty overwhelming as Spring starts to show. The Purple Martins have arrived and taken up residence in my wife’s bird houses. Below are some pics of the potato planting exercise yesterday. As you can see from the pictures I have bunches of hay just waiting to be dispersed as I plant tomatoes, squash, peppers and a whole cornucopia of different vegetable plants.

That is all from this blog. As the Coronavirus makes it way into the US, make sure to prepare. You might want to read some of my resent blogs on the subject. I have added Vitamin C to my preparedness protocol.

Wishing you and yours the best of everything.

Take care of yourself, family, friends and those who have less than you do.

Cheers

Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book HERE.

The 2020 Garden Part 8 of ?

It’s Potato Planting Time in Central Texas.

We had a nasty frost here last night as the temps dropped below freezing. No damage though as the only things planed are garlic and onions, and frost does not seem to bother them. It will soon (as in a week) be potato planting time. As you can see from the pictures below, the seed potatoes have sprouted after being in the dark for about a month (left photo). Pieces are cut off the whole potato containing eyes (center photo). On the right are some of my Korean sweet potatoes that are making slips. After they grow around six inches tall, I cut them from the potato and place then in water. After a week or more, they will be growing roots and ready for planting. We here on the farm are looking forward to an abundance of potatoes this year. I am hoping to store some of them for seed potatoes next year.

The cut seed potatoes will have to heal for about a week before planting. Make sure that there is plenty of air circulation around the cut potatoes so they don’t rot. In the next day or so I will be getting a large amount of hay that will cover my long 100 foot potato bed, I will just place them on top of my compost and then cover with about a foot and half of hay. Ill probably water them a bit before covering. My mulch is already pretty damp so I won’t need much. If I regularly get some rain I may not have to water them much. Harvest will begin around the end of June, but I may cheat and dig out some of the smaller ones.

Ill put up some potato planting pictures up as soon as I have them.

PLEASE!
One other thing, please get prepared for the virus explosion that will probably happen in the coming weeks. I sure hope not, but it’s not looking good. You probably need a minimum of two months of stored food.

If you don’t have a lot of money, rice and beans are still available and relatively inexpensive. Boring but will keep you alive. I also like grits, oatmeal, pasta and dehydrated potatoes. Grab some raisins, and some canned veggies and fruit. Want meat, get some canned chicken and hey some SPAM! I tried some Bacon SPAM and it was well OK. I suspect it may have passed by or been in the same room as a pig! Add that to the boring grits, potatoes and rice. Don’t eat them until you actually need them. My can of SPAM actually has a 2023 use by date. I suspect in 2025 it would be just fine LOL. Any of the above will store easily for two years or more. So if I am just a crazy doomer, none of the food I just mentioned will go bad and you can consume it later. Please don’t wait until people go APE – – – – and clean out the grocery store. You don’t want to be a part of that I can guarantee.

Best of luck from Central Texas

Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book HERE.

The Future of food

The future of food in the coming years will not be from some mono-culture behemoth food production system, but local farms that circle urban cities. Food will then be produced by:

Local Farmers
Growing Local Food
For Local People

The 1000 mile salad if you just think about it is simply crazy. There is an enormous waste here in fuel and infrastructure costs to provide that salad on your plate in your home. Even worse, you have no idea where that food came from, what was used on it and even who produced it. Simply put, you have absolutely no control over food you purchase and eat.

Local food negates all this as it is local and is available for inspection by the local food purchasing public. Not only that, it is much fresher and will last longer eliminating waste normally associated with products we regularly eat. One other advantages is that the income for food purchases are kept local and can be use by local farmers to continuously improve quality, availability and diversity of what they are growing. Local food is a win-win for the consumer and the farmer.

The future farm that will be growing for the city core that uses their products will be grown in efficient, low energy use type greenhouses. This type of system has been used for many years in China and has fed many hundreds of millions of people in what I would call mega cities. It is simple and easy to implement and the results are there to see. It is impossible to argue with the success of this style and method of growing local food.

The times they are changing is a song that echoes in my mind as I am a child of the 60’s. Nothing is more true than that at this very moment. Times are changing, and the way we feed our country and local communities is going to have to change and change very soon. With the Grand Solar Minimum creating all types of food losses globally, things will need to be different if we are all going to eat on a daily basis. It is projected that this cooling period will last almost 35 years, and will damage greatly the way food is grown at the present.

I am impress by a company who is creating value for farmers who want to start using this new technology, as they have taken the basic Chinese Solar Greenhouse and added modern technology to improve it’s efficiency and easy of use in an almost plug-and-play system. Things like growing mushrooms in the same greenhouse that feeds CO2 to the vegetable plants growing in the same greenhouse. Also on the table are geothermal cooling and advanced coverings. These coverings are hail resistance, thermally insulating and create an evenly distributed sun light to the plants. Using efficient exhausting of heat build up is provided by a temperature differential vacuum system that brings in cooler air that replaces warmer air. In the winter, these systems can be buttoned up at night by automated blanket type of coverings and create huge energy savings.

ROI. Return of investment can be quite good as the production of mushrooms along with vegetable can quickly pay off the initial investment in their greenhouses. The idea of growing mushrooms in a greenhouse along with vegetables is a new idea here in the states. As you can see below, the typical greenhouse in China is as far as the eye can see. This could easily work here and in your city as well.

Image result for chinese greenhouses

If you thought growing mushrooms is a crazy idea, then think again. There is a better way to do this and most of the work is done for you. The method is as follows: Composted materials like wood and straw are sterilized and formed into logs. These logs are then inoculated with mushroom spore and then frozen. These logs are then transported by regeneration trucks to the local grower who places the logs in a warm greenhouse on a rack. In ten days mushrooms may be harvested and continued for the next few months. This system is so simple that anyone could do it. See below.

If you are interested in this technology please contact me below. There will also be a seminar taking place here in Central Texas (Austin) for those interested in this new business model. The future is local food and as a community we all need to get involved. It is my opinion that this is a great start.

Cheers from Central Texas
Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book HERE.

Time TO PLAN

I am not sure how to write this blog without sounding negative, but some times reality is just negative. This blog is actually a type of warning. It’s of course like every word in this blog as they are MY WORDS. So as a reader it is your choice to consider what I have to say is a bunch of bull or has some value in it. As a thinking human you have the ability to make choices. This is no different.

Things we may be facing in the coming weeks and months.

  • A global pandemic
  • Global shutdown of shipping (getting closer to that now)
  • Global shutdown of air travel
  • Financial Collapse (watch the stock market)
  • Shutdown of global food distribution
  • Global shutdown of manufacturing
  • Global inability to travel or move or relocate
  • Global shutdown of all borders (already happening)
  • Global collapse of medical systems
  • Global shutdown and collapse of _______ Fill in the blank.

if you are reading this blog, just plug in your countries name in the above bullet points where it says “Global”. And then there is this:

This global pandemic is just the icing on the cake for the Grand Solar Minimum. Personally I was hoping for a few more years before the inevitable collapse of food supplies made it’s final thrust into the global population. The pandemic looks like it will speed up and compound what will happen to food supplies.

The question is how do you even plant food during a pandemic? In the US this may be even harder by the fact that our bread basket states will suffer like last year or even worse by conditions that do not allow planting. If things here in the US eventually become “China Like”, then who will deliver the fuel, seeds and fertilizer to our farmers. From what I am hearing, crops are not being planted yet in places in China.

So what is the point of this blog? Well If you think I am crazy perhaps nothing to you. But for those who will listen it is time to prepare WHILE YOU STILL CAN”. Even if I am ABSOLUTELY a crazy old man, preparing would be advantageous just in the fact that you could still use what you prepared with.

The facts are:
We are looking at a global pandemic which could cycle around the globe a couple of times. Russia and some countries around Italy are closing their borders. The Grand Solar Minimum is happening (Length probably 35 years).
The earths magnetic fields are weakening and may flip. The sun is shutting down. Cold times are coming.

Personally I think this is the end of ages or something like the book “The Forth Turning”. We have polluted this planet badly. Our moral compass has been lost and we are getting to the point where everything is a commodity is almost over. It is time to clean the slate. All of the above may just do that. Personally I would like to see a new world emerge where people actually love each other. Obviously it’s not that way now.

I am personally shutting my life down and will only engage in things that will profit my family, friends and neighbors. I just oped out of e-commerce and shut everything down, as soon there will be little to actually sell in a store. I will keep this blog up until I can’t afford it (Yes it cost money) or my maker pulls me home!

One last comment on what I think is coming. Because we live in such a marshmallow wimpy country now where even our children can’t make decisions, tell time on a clock, tie their shoes, and we shield everyone from bad news, it will be really bad here. It will be really bad on our children, and shame on you for letting that happen if it applies to you. The US is no longer a country of pioneers but a collection of social media BS. Endlessly checking our cell phones and running into walls. How do you think we as a collective country will face anything that is bad and serious? God have mercy on us I pray.

Cheers

From Central Texas

Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

As We Fiddle

As we fiddle, our food supply dwindles. The headline on Zero Hedge reads:

Global Crop Failures Continue: In Australia This Is Going To Be The Worst Harvest Ever Recorded

Many people are trying to get this message out. Not only here in the US, but globally. The world is getting sick and no one seems to really care. The now exploding Grand Solar Minimum is not being talked about. And of course it’s all about you and how you are killing the planet with CO2 that is plant food and necessary for life.

If we don get our collective heads together and do something soon and very soon we will be looking at millions of life’s being snuffed out because of disease, plague and hunger.

Mono culture growing is dying a slow but accelerating death. I am not sure what it will take for the world to wake up and realize that there wont be enough food to go around. As a viewer of this blog, you have heard over and over what worries this old man when he lays there in bed every night. The above Zero Hedge headline echoes my thoughts and dreams.

If you really care about yourself, your families and your neighbors, you will need a fast tract into growing food and starting communities. Nothing less than this will be successful. Soon it will be a free for all and that can only end in a horror of unfathomable comprehension. There are only two possible outcomes from where our world is going. We can sit idle and watch it happen or we can actually do something.

The answer is that each of us must do what our ancestors did, and that was produce our own food. Along with this we need to adapt to new ways of growing. In my opinion, that is in greenhouses, thousands of them circling cities and bringing food to a centralized market. You can do this where you live and in your neighborhood as well.

So here is my question for you. How much longer will you sit idle in your home before this large monster come knocking on your door, and you will have no option but to open it? At that point, REALITY will become a hard mean teacher.

It’s your choice, just a simple yes or no. The government is not coming to help you and unless you have a community you are on your own. Choose YES.

Below is what I have been working on lately. One day I hope to see millions of these all around this country and around the world.

On the left is the Chinese version of the solar greenhouse. There are million of these surrounding many of the large cities in China.

The photo on the left is from the Prosperium website at this URL.

Well that is all for this blog. Hopefully you are watching the news about the virus ravaging China. I suspect that it will show it’s ugly head here in the US and globally. The Chinese are a rough survival type of people who have seen hardships for many thousands of years. I suspect they will come out of this as well but perhaps with a million or more fewer Chinese citizens. Pray that this does not happen here.

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Here are my suggestions as always:
Prepare
Get seeds and start a garden
Start a community
Look after and love your self, family and neighbor
Take care of those who have less than you (they are on every street)

Cheers and wishing you the best of every thing for you and yours.

Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

What If?

This is a heads up blog and a bit of “What If”. If you read this blog, I suspect that you have been following all the virus problems going on in China and gradually being exported into the rest of the world. Because of the things I do, I have had a keen eye on all these happenings. I also have a couple of people who have more insight into what is going on with this virus. Not so much the numbers which seems to be a global cover up, but the actual ramifications of the virus.

RAMIFICATIONS

At the moment, China seems to be shut down when it come to producing products for the world.

In an effort to produce as cheaply a product as possible, the world has flocked to China for their cheap labor. Huge amounts of technology was exported there, and now most countries like the US have little manufacturing capacity.

Example: 95% of the medicine we use here in the US is made in China. That figure puts a chill up my spine. There is now and has been a shortage of certain medicines needed in operations. If this keeps up, we may see a huge slow shutdown in surgeries in hospitals. It seems we have place our very security in certain areas because of the search for profit which has no bearing on what you would want.

If this virus continues to expand and engulf the whole world, then the global financial system will pay dearly for their decisions of profit first. Probably most of the items sold or seen on Google and Amazon are produced in China. Probably most car parts are manufactured in Asia or in China.

What I am hearing from my friends in Asia is that things are really as bad as all the doom and gloom whispering we are hearing from the alternative media. While the numbers can’t really be confirmed, the problems can. The problems of food, medical help, and medical isolation are real. The problems of manufacturing in Asia and especially in China will soon to be or are shut down are real. The fact that it is impossible for China to isolate any one city or area or even the whole country is real.

As other places on this world become infected by this virus, it is looking more and more likely that we will all as in globally have to face the ramification of this virus. These ramifications are and will be financial and of course medically. The whole world may eventually be exposed to this virus.

Heads UP

We all (at least I will) need to monitor closely where this is going. We (here in the US and globally) will probably be told that there is a problem after it is too late to prepare for it. This virus just arrived in time to be the icing on the top of global cooling and global crop losses. These two things should not be taken lightly, but most people have closed their eyes to anything bad ever happening to them especially here in the US. While the insanity of man caused global warming increases to almost a roar in the mainstream media, a huge two horned monster will with certainty show it’s ugly face.

While I am just speculating, billions of people could loose their life’s from the above two horned monster. Hopefully the readers of this blog will see what is coming and will prepare. If you need your medications to stay healthy you need to stock up on them now. If you (perhaps by law) need to stay home or isolate yourself, you will need a supply of food and water. Two months or more is only a suggestion but easily done now (in the US).

If you ever took typing (wow you are old). I remember typing the following

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country”

Now is that time, so do the following:
Prepare for that “What If this happens”
Get some seed and start a garden.
Look after your family, friends and neighbors.
Take care of the poor, homeless and those who have less than you.
And finally get on your knees and pray that the two horned monster will pass over you and your family.

Cheers and wishing you the best of everything from Cebntral Texas
Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

The 2020 Garden Part 7 of ?

On the left is a hydroponic NFT setup. It’s really simple. The NFT trays are laid out on some Home Depot plastic sawhorses. The trays are American Hydroponic nursery trays. The reason for the nursery trays is that I am growing baby plants for restaurants. A nursery tray has holes that are closer together. The blue 55-gallon tank at the end holds the nutrient and the pump. I am constructing another one with wider sawhorses and 6 NFT trays for growing lettuce, Kale along with some mustards. I have enough of the 55-gallon tanks to create three of these systems. I have enough of the trays to probably make 12 of these systems. Perhaps later. In the system, I am growing Shiso, Purple Basil, and Red Vein Sorrel. The plants are growing in Grodan Rockwool plugs.

Yeah, I almost finished adding mulch to my new garden as you can see below on the right. Just a few more tractor loads and it will be all finished. Thanks to my grandson Dennis and his friend Mackenzie (community member) for moving everything over all the exposed soil. In a week, the whole 50 x 100-foot garden will be covered in about 18 inches of hay. There the Ruth Stout garden will sit until mid-April and just cook. On the left, are a couple of things. The black plastic cages will hold my grow bags in which I will plant all those crazy veining squash that would take over my garden. I will soon place cardboard under the cages. It will be late April before they get planted, as I don’t want any frost damage. On the other side of the fence are planted onions and garlic. While both of them would be OK even if it snowed, I have protected all of them with a layer of hay.

My next task besides growing more starts is to create a large sweet potato bed down by my son’s place. I am very lucky and thankful to have two of my sons living here on the farm.

That’s all for this blog. Hopefully you are working on your garden for the spring. If not, why are you even reading this blog?

It is my opinion that there is only one more year left (and it will be a bad one) to get started preparing for the Grand Solar Minimum. There are all kinds of crazy things going on, and not just the virus from China. I suspect that this coming spring will be much like the last growing season or worse. Things in the future will only get worse. The earth’s magnetic field is weakening and we are seeing a huge increase in the intensity of Galactic Cosmic Rays. This is causing an increase in clouds and cooling. The weakening magnetic field of the earth is causing the jet streams to go absolutely crazy. And to finish it all off, the sun’s magnetic fields are going into an opposing arrangement.

So cheers from Central Texas

Now is a good time and it is running out to:
Prepare
Purchase seeds and start a garden
Take care of your family, friends, and neighbors
Look after the poor and those who have less than you do

Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

The 2020 Garden Part 6 of ?

You could also call this blog starting the starts. As I started a much larger garden this year (50 x 100 ft.) than I did last year, I will be needing many more starts than I am used to growing. Finally, I saw some of my tomato seeds germinate and pop up their little green heads yesterday. Today as I write this it is February 3rd. and I am now looking at what I will seed today. Working with all those tiny seeds has been a challenge.

I was also amazed at how long seeds can last. I found in a storage box here in the house some Okra seed that I have on purpose saved. The okra from this seed was something that I had grown for over 20 years. The seed I found was dated August 2003. My wife soaked some of it for a day in water and then wrapped them in a damp paper towel. All of the seeds (about 7) germinated. So my treasure I saved back in 2003 will again produce food for me this year. I am amazed by how wonderful seeds are every time I poke some in the ground.
The picture of my seeded starts on the left is all sitting on a very long heating mat. The mat is connected to a timer that turns the mat on every thirty minutes and then off for thirty. Once they germinate and put on some true leaves I will pull them off the mat and put under grow lights. I use LED and T5 fluorescent lights for supplemental light.

One caveat about heating mats and that is they will dry out your potting mix rather quickly if you don’t monitor moisture closely.

The first onions I planted are making their way through the hay. There will be a lot more hay added later. Remember, if you purchase onion starts at the big box store and cannot put them in right away, just go out and plant the whole bunch in the garden and keep watered. Then later when you are ready to plant, pull the whole bunch out. I double plant onions much closer than I would normally, then I thin them out and my wife uses them to cook with. If you notice the black plastic crates on the right of the picture, these are for growing Waltham Squash and other vining types. That will keep them out of the garden. I will then use grow bags to grow in. The crates stabilize the grow bags and keep them off the ground. Before I start this I will place cardboard under the crates. This also keeps out weeds and perhaps even ants.

Now for something different! Yes, Microgreens are not exactly Ruth Stout!

The microgreens are also looking good. These will probably be eaten by someone in a restaurant this coming week. Daikon, Triton and Rambow radish make up the twelve trays. If you are looking for really good for you full of vitamins type of food to eat, radish microgreens are it. In studies, Daikon radish microgreens had huge amounts more of good for you nutrients than broccoli. I think it was 40 times more. I eat radish almost daily in my salads.

If you don’t like radish, then there are all sorts of microgreens that you can grow. Here are a few from our shop where we grow indoors. There are probably 8 different microgreens in the picture below. Finnel, Mustards, Carrot, Beets, Swiss Chard, French Parsley and of course radish. As I walk through the shop, I often pull a selection of microgreens and make a mix.

That’s all for this blog. I am still following the Coronavirus closely. There is not much information out there except for those who know nothing. Much like me, anything I write about it is only speculation. I know one thing for sure, if they come out with a vaccination for this, I sure wouldn’t run there to get one. Probably the best thing one can do is quit eating all that crappy fast food, and grow some of your own. I would highly recommend that you put microgreens in your diet.

It’s time as spring is on its way so:

Get your seeds and start a garden
Prepare for the coming Grand Solar Minimum
Look after yourself, friends and family
Take care of those who are not as fortunate as you are.

Cheers from Central Texas
Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

Heads Up

Yep, it’s time to quit drinking that beer and chunking down that pizza. The Super Bowl will soon be over soon. Christmas is becoming a past memory and you have already digested all that Thanksgiving food.

So now is the time to think about reality. Perhaps what I am going to write about is not your reality at present, but it sure is mine. Perhaps it is not a present reality, but in my mind, it is a rapidly approaching one. I wrote about it in many of my old blogs that may be found here or that you can download as a PDF here. Of the more than one hundred blogs, I continually talked about global food shortages and that the CO2 agenda and global warming and that man must change to save the planet is all one big ploy to control us. What I am continuing to see only enhances that assumption. But starting last December up until now (February 1st.) we are looking at a new ball game.

The Coronavirus is that new ball game, and it may turn out to be a super one.

First of all, I really don’t know at this time just how bad this will become, but it looks like eventually, it will become global as more and more countries are seeing infected people with it. Unless this virus morphs into something more benign, then we may all have to go through getting it. If this is the case, then some will die, some will get over it with little damage. Some will have their lungs, heart and other vital organs compromised. From what is coming out of China, that is what I am thinking and so do others.

If it becomes global, I can assure you that the globalist will have a grand plan to get through all of this. In the process, you will have to give up things that you never thought about giving up. Things like freedom of speech, where you live, what you eat and ways of protecting your self. You will not be allowed to move to a safer place. I warned about that as well in some of my blogs. This virus actually speeds up what would happen when the Grand Solar Minimum devastates global food supplies. Please understand that this Grand Solar Minimum will happen regardless of what happens with this virus. Both could and will cause global financial systems to shut down and fail. The problem is that now there are two things to create havoc in the global community.

The globalist are jumping up and down and drooling over what is happening.

So what can you do? If you believe in a God, then you need to pray that you will get through this without being harmed. While I believe in God, you have to do things for your self. No one promised you a rose garden, and if you have lived here in the US, you have been enjoying one, but that will soon change. If I am correct you at best may only have two, three or four weeks to get ready for this. I will be frank and honest and say I hope I am completely wrong. But as the title of this blog states “HEADS UP”.

The term “Medical Marshal Law” is rattling around in my head. It would be quite the same as in China now. You would have to stay home and services eventually would be hard to get. Food may become scarce as the trucking system may shut down. It would be crazy as there are not enough military to enforce such a shutdown. Crazy Americans would probably panic as their fixed never-changing reality is blown to bits. If you have not prepared and started to grow your own food, then you may be almost too late. In 2020 we are looking at the Coronavirus. In 2021 we will see the whole earth of almost 8 billion people wake up to the consequences of the Grand Solar Minimum and global food shortages.

That’s all for now. Hopefully I am completely wrong. But if you see gradually the numbers of countries seeing this virus and the numbers increasing here in the US, you hopefully will do something.

Now is a good – really good time to:
Prepare
Get some seeds and start a garden
Take care of your self, your family, friends, and neighbors
Lookout and after the poor and those who have less than you do

Cheers from Central Texas
Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

The 2020 Garden Part 5 of ?

It has been wet here in Central Texas for the past week, and I have only had a little time to get the garden fleshed out as I would like it to cook for the next seven weeks. I have already planted a bunch of my union sets, but I am looking at a bunch more as I go through the washroom every day reminding me of what I need to do.

I have seeded about 130 tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers, but I have a long way to go. I am to the point that I can now bring in my compost with my tractor, so I should be looking good by this weekend on my Ruth Stout gardem. Then it’s off to get some hay. I am using Pro-Mix to start the seeds in. I plan to use fish fertilizer once they have germinated and are looking for the sun.

I am growing all my starts on heat mats as it is getting rather cool here especially at nights. I also just finished a four-tier rack with grow lights to encourage all my plants after they have popped up.

I am also experimenting with growing slips from a couple of Korean sweet potatoes I purchased. On the Korean sweet potatoes, I was amazed after viewing some videos on YouTube on how robust they were. It seems that they have runners that have a tendency to grow more roots as they head for who knows where! While they seem to be extremely robust once started, they are slow to grow slips. As I have a huge amount of horse compost, I am thinking about just building a large bed and embed a bunch of them and see how they do?

While I seem to be developing spring fever, so is my wife. She is starting to grow garlic starts in her sunny kitchen window along with getting some ginger going. We have a large deck on the backside of our house, and my wife has many earth boxes that she grows herbs and other things. The photo on the right is ginger that she is starting. We have a large asparagus bed and the ginger will go in there. The ginger is from the grocery store and so is the garlic.

Below is a graphic that my wife and Daughter-in-law inspired. It’s great for planting most anything, but especially for climbing vegetables like cucumbers, beans, and other things. The design uses landscape timbers for the square beds and four pieces of hog wire for the fly-over. We used stones and flat rocks for the paths. The pig wire is stabilized by connecting them to small T-posts driven into the ground as anchor points. Its fun to walk under the wire and have cucumbers and green beans hit the top of your head! And yes, I do live on the top of a hill.

Do you like Okra. I love the stuff. Loads of fiber and other good stuff. My wife cooks gumbo all the time. Fried okra is the bomb as one of my sons likes to say. Lately, I have been purchasing okra at a local Asian market but have no idea what the cultivar is so I am doing a little experimenting this year and ordered the seeds in the graphics below. The okra is “Granddaddy’s” from Sow the Seed and “Steward Zeebest” from Southern Exposure. Interesting names and both are hand-me-down types of seed and not normally available in your standard seed catalog. I’ll show and let you know how this works in the future.

To close out this blog, I want to talk about what is on my mind. One of the things that keep me up nights is the Coronavirus in china. Yes, the virus is looking bad, but along with that goes just having basic food. If you cannot go out to a local grocery store, what could you do? I suspect this is happening in China with the lockdown of many of their cities. I would think that having a garden that you could address your food needs and get you through something like is happening in China would be great. The garden along with some common storage foods costing no than $100.00 would get you through something like this. Grits, rice, and beans come to mind. So see you on the next blog.
Cheers from Central Texas

Prepare while you can
Purchase seed and start that garden
Take care of your family, friends, and neighbors
Look after the poor and those who have less than you do

Dennis

Think about things DIFFERENTLY. Start a GARDEN!

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

Food you can grow and store

If you have ever grown a garden, you understand that it can be feast and famine. If you have a productive year, you will be eating well from spring to the first frost in the fall. After that, it is back to the grocery store. Unless you can grow during the winter you will again have a food bill for your vegetables.

What started me on this storable food thing from my garden was a Waltham Squash. I had grown some and also purchased a couple at the grocery store because my wife makes a wonderful squash soup. Then I did a little reading on the Waltham Squash and found out that they have very good storage qualities. One of the things I did as a test was to make sure the ones I had purchased were ready for storage. That test was seeing if I could puncture the skin with a fingernail. The two from the store failed the test, but the one I had left outside in the garden in the sun after picking passed. Winter squash like potatoes and sweet potatoes must be condition or heal their outer skin before storage. The Waltham I grew was stored in a box wrapped in paper in a room in our house. That squash was perfectly good seven months later. It looked as good as the day I picked it and the flesh was firm and sweet. Note, when harvesting winter squash, make sure that you leave an inch or two of the stem. Pulling off the stem exposes the internal working of the squash to the outside and may cause rotting.

So what are some things that you can grow, store and eat when its icy and cold outside and your garden is a fond memory?

Possibilities

Dried Beans
Winter Squash
Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Dried Corn
Green Tomatoes

There are many more, but I don’t like five mile long blogs, so ill just start with the above.

Dried Beans

Harvest 
Dry beans will be ready for harvest and depending on the cultivar could take from 60 to 120 days after planting. When the plants have matured and the leaves become brown or are falling off, you need to test to see if they are ready to harvest. The pods should be dry and have a withered look and the seeds in the pod should hardly dent using the fingernail test. If the seedpods have withered but are still moist, pick them and then spread them out in a warm location to dry completely. Fully dry pods will split open to reveal the dried beans. Dry beans can be shelled by threshing in a sack or by hand.

There are many types of dry or shell beans that you can grow.
Below is a short list.

Fava
Soybean
Kidney beans
Adzuki
Black Bean
Pinto
Navy beans
Beans that are Red, purple, spotted and so on
White shell beans
Great White Northern

Suggestion: visit my two recommended seed providers here and browse the many types of shell beans than can be grown.

Dried shelled beans can be stored in a cool, dry place from 12 months to many years. After time, dried beans get harder to cook quickly. Beans should be placed in water overnight and then cooked. You can store your beans in a airtight jar.

Winter Squash
From the internet:
Winter squash can be harvested whenever the fruits have turned a deep, solid color and the rind is hard. Harvest the main part of the crop in September or October, before heavy frosts hit your area. Cut squash from the vines carefully, leaving two inches of stem attached if possible.

Once harvested make sure that you cure your winter squash by letting it outside in a warm place. Once dried, do the fingernail test (on some) to make sure they are ready for storage. Some winter squash store better than others (see below).

Johnny’s Seeds does a better job of describing how to store winter squash then I ever could. Click here for their winter squash page. Note: look on the left side of their page, there you will find all kinds of info in their VEGETABLE LIBRARY.

There are amazing amounts of how to store vegetables from your garden on the internet. Below are PDFs on winter squash you can download or view:

From Cornell Here and OSU Here and USU Here.

Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes and sweet potatoes are much alike, but mostly started differently. Well that is how I do it. Potatoes are started from seed potatoes and sweet potatoes from slips.

How to Grow Sweet Potatoes From Slips

Sweet potatoes are grown from cuttings called slips. Slips are the leafy growth on the sweet potato on the left on the above graphic. Glowing slips can be fun especially for kids. If you’ve never grown sweet potatoes slips before now, its time to try. You can get started by purchasing some sweet potatoes from the grocery store. Many people Place about 1/4 of the end of the sweet potato in a small glass jar which is held up with tooth picks. You can grow many slips just from one sweet potato. Once they develop leafs and are about 7 inches or so high, clip the slip from the sweet potato and place in a glass jar of water. Eventually the slip will develop roots. You can then plant the slip in your garden. Most good garden centers will have slips for sale in the spring, but that is not as fun as growing you own.

Potatoes are grown from seed potato. See the above graphic. The seed potato in the graphic has developed eyes which are on the right and left of the potato. Usually seed potatoes are cut into pieces each having a couple of eyes. Note, your seed potatoes do need need to be sprouted as above but it is better that the potato has started the process. I wrap my seed potatoes in a paper sack or wrapped in paper and out of the light. Just make sure each cut piece has a couple of eyes before planting. After cutting up into pieces, let them set out in the air and heal for about a week. See how to plant both of these in a Ruth Stout garden in one of my previous blogs Here.

Storing potatoes and sweet potatoes.

My wife tells a story of when she was a small child on her dad’s farm. It was her job to go out in the shed where the potatoes and onions were stored and bring some to her mother to cook. She has bad memories of picking up a spoiled potato and onion and getting the stinky mess all over her hand. Potatoes can be kept in storage until needed for next years crop. Her potatoes were stored in a shed and were placed on top of dry sand. They lasted all winter (in Central Texas) and there were enough left for next years planting. You can store both these potatoes in a cool dry place. Sweet potatoes must be cured for about 10 days. Never wash them unless you are going to eat them. When harvesting eat the ones that you have cut or damaged right away. Note: The Russet potato is best for storage because of it’s thick skin. All those fancy ones not so much.

Here from UOA is a PDF on growing Sweet Potatoes
Here from Texas A&M is a PDF on growing potatoes. (not Ruth Stout though!)

Dried Corn

I personally like Dent Corn for dry storage. Dent corn or feed corn is not only yellow but can be red, blue and other colors. This corn has a real down to earth taste and dries into something you can make amazing cornbread with. But what you grow and dry is up to you. It is getting hard not to get GMO corn seed anymore and there was just released a GMO sweet corn. Bring on the weed killer!. You can be almost be absolutely sure when you eat any product that uses corn, it would have been made with a GMO product. Corn grows best in air temperatures from 60° to 95°F. Corn can take from 60 to 100 days to reach harvest depending upon variety and the amount of heat during the growing season. Here is your chance to grow non GMO corn right in your home garden. Just be careful when purchasing cord seed that it is not GMO. After the corn is ready to be harvested, probably the best way to store dried corn is in the corn shucks.

My wife tells me that her fathers corn was stored in their barn. The corn was still in the shuck and was really dry before it was brought in from the field and stored. Her job was to shell corn with a hand powered sheller. The corn was used for the animals and some of the shelled corn was taken into town and ground up into cornmeal. The miller got some of the cornmeal for his services. You can do the same with your own hand mill. Shelled corn can also be stored in jars and in a dry place in sacks if you wish. Make sure to keep some back so you can plant next year.

Note: I have made cornmeal from pop corn. Do not use sweet corn. Sweet corn is for eating and cooking. Common field corn and pop corn makes the best cornmeal. Field corn can be cooked and eaten when it’s sugar content has peaked. I personally like the taste.

Green Tomatoes
OK, you watch the weather and its getting cold as the Grand Solar Minimum is getting ready to dump some very cold freezing climate right over your garden and on your head. As you look out the window, there must be thirty-five pounds or more of green tomatoes still on the vine. Quickly you rush out and pick all thirty-five pounds of the green tomatoes. Once in the house, you place them all in cardboard boxes and place them by your large patio window. Then in the next two months you will gradually eat those tomatoes as they redden. Tomatoes saved! Or you wife will cook her famous fried green tomatoes for dinner that night.

Well that is all for this blog. There are many more storage vegetables like carrots, cabbage and other root veggies like artichokes that can be stored.

If you are worried about food security and the high prices at the grocery store, you might just start thinking about growing your own garden. As I like to say, please do not be or remain a food slave. As the Grand Solar Minimum continues to destroy global crops and as 64 million Chinese people are trapped in their cities with food running out and the Coronavirus outbreak killing thousands what would you do? I am not a doom and gloom type of person, but I do love and want to protect my family. Having my own garden is a no brainier.

My recommendations are to:
Get your seeds and start a garden.
Look after your family, friends and neighbors.
Take care of the poor and those who have less than you.

Cheers
Thanks for reading my blog
Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

Cosmic Rays and the Earths Magnetic field

Things are getting interesting and perhaps more dangerous. Dangerous to humans and things like DNA and dangerous in the geophysical relm like increased cloud cover. As you can see from the recent balloon flights, the intensity of the Galactic Cosmic Rays has increased even more. You can look at this graph at the following URL. Note how high the recent flights and readings are.

The balloon flights are sponsored by Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus almost weekly since March 2015. So there has been a 22% increase from 2015 until the present (December 2019) Picture below is from one of the balloon flights

HEY! note the earth is not flat!

On the left is my probably not so well done graph of the increase in intensity over time and it doesn’t look like it will get any weaker and you can’t blame it on global warming or something crazy as a climate emergency caused by man.

There is certainly something going on to cause the decreases. But sunspots are not the cause but are the smoking gun that is a dead give away. It’s the SUN. The sun is gradually going into an inactive period. This was posted on January 24th. and the sun did break another cumulative record for minimum sunspots in 2019.

But there is something else going on causing all those Cosmic Rays to increase and it’s happening right here on our planet. What is happening is that the earth’s magnetic field is moving and lately moving really fast. As you can see from the graphic, the earth’s south magnetic field is moving out of Canada and moving in the direction of Russia. So indeed, it does look like the magnetic fields of the earth are headed for a polarity reversal. When this happens, now only do the fields move, but they also weaken. From measurements today, they have weakened by 20% and are getting weaker. The earth’s magnetic field and the weakening sun allow more Cosmic Rays to penetrate the upper atmosphere of the earth.

So the increase in Cosmic Rays can be attributed to two things. First the sun is getting weaker and the earth’s magnetic fields are too. These decreases are cumulative in their effect. The effect is an increase in clouds and an increase in the Albedo Effect.

As you can see from the chart, snow and cumulus clouds reflects the sun’s energy back into space more than other things like water which is at the bottom of the chart. So what does all this have to do with global cooling? Obviously this is a cumulative thing. More clouds and more cooling. More cooling and more snow. More snow and more increases in the Albedo Effect.

As you can see, they started building SUVs right after the Maunder Minimum (1700) and has caused all the warming to date! Actually, Carbon 14 ratios point to the sun. We are coming to an end of that period and the earth will and is starting to cool. You can listen to Rolf Witzsche’s new YouTube post at this URL The video talks about the above graphic and what caused global warming and the fact that it is ending. As I have stated in other blogs, this 300 year period was a great blessing, at least for those who were not killing each other in wars. Just like the curve upward, we became better and better at killing as the population increased and we developed new technology some of it really bad.

I am a follower of Rolf Witzsche who has many and I mean many very good YouTube video’s on climate and what He thinks is a coming icy cooling period that will cull a large part of the global population unless something is not done. I must agree, that is what it looks like, but:
THE TERM ICE AGE IS TABOO and should never be spoken about. It is for that above reason you will hear little on the subject. And mostly from a crazy old guy on this blog and wonderful and amazing people like Rolf.

There may be one more reason that we are seeing an increase in Cosmic Rays and this is what Rolf talks about.

This is a decrease in the sun’s output from reduced plasma stream energy that powers the sun.

So to sum sun it up

  1. The Sun’s magnetic fields are going in and out of phase causing reduced SI.
  2. Decreases in the sun’s output from reduced plasma stream energy that powers the sun.
  3. The wandering and decreasing of the earth’s magnetic fields.

In Item 2 there is a hidden thing that is probably happening. This is the Ice Age TABOO thing. This taboo is not spoken about and only in whispers by a very few. Please note that gravity sucks. Very true, but magnetic fields suck much more. Once you realize that our sun is a plasma and electrical sun, then you can fully understand the cycles in the Carbon 14 ratios in the above graph. All the ups and downs are caused by variations in the sun. These variations are caused by electrical, magnetic and plasma energy that feeds the sun. It is that simple and requires no atomic power plant in the center of the sun which is really a child’s story. Remember that ice core data shows that the earth is an ice planet 85% of the time.

Perhaps we need to prepare? If you see any please let me know.

Cheers and best of everything from Central Texas
Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

Build your own Greenhouse

Lost Creek Greenhouse Systems
245 C.R. 2651
Mineola, TX. 75773
There excellent website is at this URL
Note: Some of the graphics on this page are (C) Lost Creek Greenhouse Systems. Lost Creek has everything you would need to build your own green house. I suggest that you visit them.

What is coming down the road will not be fun and if you are going to grow your own food during the Grand Solar Minimum, you are going to need many different ways of growing. A greenhouse is just one of many ways which we will try to cover in this Blog.

So why am I pushing greenhouses in this blog? The main reason is that soon, only those who posses some form of protection for their crops will be successful at doing so. I have used a greenhouse to grow everything from Tomatoes to microgreens for the last 12 years and have never had a failure except for being blow away by tornado winds. That happened to my large 30 by 90 foot greenhouse. My smaller one which I built with the bender from Lost Creek survived just fine. I could list all types of advantages of using a greenhouse. Here are just a few:

  • Season Extension – grow earlier and later into the spring and fall.
  • Protection from wind, rain and snow.
  • Protection from birds and some insects.
  • A controlled environment.
  • Fewer weeds.
  • Great for growing starts that would be harmed by frost and cold weather.

Below is a picture of a hoop bender mounted on plywood. I mounted mine on plywood and put it in the back of my truck to hold it. That worked great.

Having your own greenhouse will give you a jump on getting plants producing at the optimum times available. Because of the Grand Solar Minimum, we should see our growing seasons compressed. Getting almost full grown starts out in say your Ruth Stout garden will quickly produce food. You can add a month to your growing season that way.

TIP: with the proper application of plastic, hay and other materials, it is possible to grow greens in very cold temperatures in a green house. Brassicas (cabbage family) especially do well.

Note: I get no compensation for featuring the benders. I was actually thinking about you and that you might need to survive the Grand Solar Minimum. Visit the website if for nothing else to learn a thing or two. The owners are wonderful people. Below are some examples of home brew greenhouses.

Well made greenhouse
Got Chickens?
The Secret's Of Building High Tunnel Hoop Houses
Almost Finished
My small home brew greenhouse. Roll-up on the south side.
Greenhouse in a greenhouse – Getting starts through the winter
Almost ready to plant
Wife’s Greenhouse. Doves sitting pretty.
Fruits of my labor.

First year in my greenhouse.
Tomatoes from my starts

Thanks for viewing my blog. Think about start building a small greenhouse. After you get a bender, you can build one for probably around $500.00.

Cheers Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

The 2020 Garden Part 4 of ?

Prepping my Ruth Stout Garden

Note the above picture is not my garden. Well you must start some place. My new place is a 50 x 100 foot plot. I can see it from my dinner table and every time I sit down there I am reminded of all the work I have to do. Below is some of my hunter gathering results. This is just a start as I will need many more to fill up the garden. Red and white potatoes. Going back later for Yukon Gold.

If you get your seed potatoes, you need to wrap in paper and store in a dark place. I need to order some of those blue potatoes soon as I tried some last fall from the store and they were great tasting. We are still eating potatoes from our last July harvest. Potatoes make a great prep vegetable (tuber). Just keep some for seed next year. As I have stated in a previous Blog, you can’t live on lettuce. You will need some high energy things like potatoes and a bit of meat. Next on my list is sweet potatoes which I will grow my slips with. I have my eye on some Korean purple ones that my wife cooked last week and were super sweet. Heading to the Asian market for them. Unless you want specialty sweet potatoes, the ones from the grocery store work well for slips. 


Note on Asian seeds. There is a new world of Asian seeds at Kitazawa seeds. I get nothing for the plug. These are wonderful people and seeds. Go this URL to take a look. I have ordered from them for many years. Read about their history. Tell them I sent you.


Some people want a picture of what grumpy grandpa looks like, so here is a really grumpy picture of me. If you blow it up and put in your garden, it just might chase off bugs and other things? The door mat at my house reads: “Here lives one nice and one grumpy person.” Actually I am a marshmallow, but that’s a lie put out by my wife.

Below are the items I mix for mulch in my Ruth Stout garden. I use coffee grounds but never mix them. Coffee grounds are always placed on top of the mulch. From left to right: Rotted leafs, horse manure with some hay and hay for the final cover. While not shown, chicken manure and coffee grounds are put on last.

I have three large compost piles made from shipping pallets. Any things that the horses, chickens, ducks, guineas, cats, dogs, pigs or I won’t eat goes into the compost heap. Soon the animal list will contain rabbits! Please note that I am on the top of the food chain, even if listed last!

I will be starting my tomato starts this weekend. I would like about 150, so I had better get started. I make up a mix of some horse compost mixed with mostly peat moss to plant them in. I use bottom heat to encourage germination and growth. If it’s cold or cool they will just sit there looking at you if you don’t have some heat. Hey stupid “we are cold” I expect they will be thinking. I am hoping to get the tomato starts up to a foot tall for planting in the spring.  

Here are some of the tomatoes I will be starting but not all of them. Hmm where are my yellow pear tomato seed?

Mountain Princess, Beefsteak, Large Red Cherry (my favorite), Roma, Cherokee Purple, Red Siberian, Jet Star and Arkansas Traveler. For salsa of course Tomatillo – Toma-Verde. 

We eat a bunch of Tex-Mex her at the farm. Mexican food and Mexican culture makes up why Texas is a great place to live.  Actually, the Central Texas area is one great melting pot of civilization. It’s amazing at all the different foods available at restaurants and grocery stores here.  

And while at the store today I purchases the following for George who owns the farm along with a huge rooster. George is also security. No one comes on the farm with out running through George’s security system (four and two legged animals). George lives outside and actually hates coming into the house. We don’t pamper him and he likes that. I would suggest that everyone has a dog like George.  

But back to the garden. The following picture is what a prepped Ruth Stout garden floor looks like before placing down hay. This is my version so yours might be different. 

 Here is a tip on planting onion starts. If you just let them set around, they will dry out and will die or you will have poor results. Right after you purchase them, just take the whole bunch out to your garden and plant them into damp soil, If you wait a week or more, they will continue to grow roots. Picture below.

That’s it for this blog. I will document my starts and document the results as time goes on. It’s time to get started on a garden. What is coming our way will not be fun and games. Actually your survival may depend on what you do now. Think not? Well just wait a couple of years and find out. Then you wont be one of the 1 out of 10 who may not make it through the Grand Solar Minimum and many other things that you can’t do any thing about but prepare. While these gardening blogs may have a bit of humor in them, what I am telling and writing about is deadly serious. If you don’t think that way, I would like to suggest that you close out this blog and never come back. Then open your refrigerator, microwave some pizza and have a beer or two. Then be happy and don’t worry as all will be fine.

Now is the time to: Prepare
Get some seeds and start a garden
Look after your family, friends and neighbors
Take care of the poor who have less than you do

Cheers and best of everything from Central Texas

Dennis 

Need Seeds? Yes You Will!

These are my two of my recommended seed suppliers at this URL

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

The 2020 Garden Part 3 of ?

2020 – the year of the Horse here on the farm.

What animal was used for transportation, used to heat greenhouses and compost for growing vegetables in France many years ago? If you said the horse, you would be correct. The decaying manure from horses was used for heat and of course as a mulch. The English across the channel called it the French Method. Using horse manure helped feed the whole city of Paris, and the surplus was shipped into England. Here on the farm I am continuing this method. Must be in the DNA? Or perhaps it’s my German ancestors who ran from high taxes in Germany. Sound familiar? Taxes were so high that farmers in Germany could not even support themselves. Seems that is starting here in the US.

If you are interested in the “French Method” then take a look at this URL. Eliot Coleman is one of my heroes. Clip from the website below:

This system fed Paris all year round with the widest variety of both in-season and out-of-season fruits and vegetables. Hotbeds heated with decomposing horse manure and covered with glass frames allowed the growers to defy the cold and produce fresh salads in January and early cucumbers and melons in May and June. The system was sustainable. Both the heat for winter production of vegetables in hotbeds and the amendments to maintain the fertility of the soil were by-products of composting another by-product—the horse manure mixed with straw that came from the city stables. This recycling of the “transportation wastes” of the day was so successful and so extensive that the soil increased in fertility from year to year despite the high level of production.

The graphic below is a four week supply of horse manure mixed with hay from the horse farm across the street. The tractor is my pooper scooper! The tractor was used in Japan many years ago and then brought into the US and refurbished. There are no electronics or computer in this one. Gets amazing gas mileage but does not like cold weather when starting. But watch out, the carbon footprint is really a large one and probably produces a huge volume of CO2 which my garden eats as food. Is this a symbiotic relationship? Come to think about it, when I talk to my veggie plants I produce CO2 as well. I guess I am one of those nasty human that are warming the planet. Do you talk to your plants? Pepper plants seem to really respond well to my voice, especially the hot ones. Must be my grumpy personality!

My seeds are all in. I probably have around 250 types of seed in the box below. This took me a year to choose and order. If you don’t have your seeds in now this is the time to order.

Many of them I plan to put in sealed plastic bags and then into glass canning jars and then store in a 5 gallon bucket in my freezer. If you do this, make sure the seeds and everything they are stored in is dry. Hopefully doing this and with seed saving I will never have to purchase any seeds again. You can do the Same. Again I stress that you need to purchase a paper back book on seed saving.

Here is a good idea on saving some money

A good idea is to form a large group and buy bulk then separate them out. That way you can get away from the packet sizes which are expensive but give you few seeds.

Example: 

The picture on the left is a 1/2 pound sack of Danvers 126 carrot seeds. The cost for the bag was $13.20. A small packed of seeds at your big box store would be $2.00 or more for a small packet. I suspect the 1/2 pound would make 200 or more seed packets.

Another example: 1/2 pound of Late Flat Dutch Cabbage seeds – $9.90.

Thanks and Cheers from Central Texas. Come Back for more.

It’s time to:
Prepare for the Grand Solar Minimum
Get your seeds and start a garden
Take care of your family, friends and neighbors
Look after the poor who have less than you

Dennis

Need Seeds? Yes You Will!

These are my two of my recommended seed suppliers at this URL

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

The 2020 Garden Part 2 of ?

Welcome to the blog on Ruth Stout gardening. What I like about this type of gardening is that is really all about common sense. Think about it, what is common to any garden ever grown on the planet earth?

It’s a medium to grow in and take nutrients from and water and the sun. Of course you will need seeds, but hopefully that is a no brainier. How it looks, how you did it and how wonderful it did, really has no bearing on the above three groups of things. Soil and nutrients, the sun and water and seeds. Any thing else is just a waste of time if you supply all the above.

I planted out my first Ruth Stout garden in only 6 months after I had started it. Of course, it’s what you start with is what is important. Soil / mulch to grow in and that deep topping of hay. If your soil and mulch is healthy with all the things plants like, and if you add a little of water, then you will probably be successful. Then there is the hay that keeps down the weeds.

About my farm and the soil.

You could have easily call the farm a rock garden. Before I knew better I purchased a tractor and plowed the soil. Much to our dismay, we ran into rocks as big as my head. I guess you could have called me a rock head? While there were rocks, the actual soil was amazing. Almost any thing I planted grew very well. It took over two years to get all of the large rocks out of that garden. But that was just the start of things. Initially where the garden ended up was one huge weed pile with some of the best weeds know to man and others I had never seen. Stirring up the soil was just an invitation for them to prosper. I am sure many of the weed seeds had been just waiting for me to plow them up ten years before. 

Even worse our neighbor had grass that clumped and produced what I am sure was billions of seeds every year and they all blew into the garden. After three years of this I gave up. 

The weeds had kicked my rear and I had lost the battle. 

If I was younger and perhaps a bit more stupid, I probably would have fought them for five more years! 


My suggestion is to never do what I had done. The answer is to NEVER disturb the soil and only add to what is there (create new soil). After that is in place, never dig you new soil up as well. It will just not be necessary as your new soil build will not need cultivating with a plow or shovel or most anything else except for the actual planting. That is called no-dig gardening and that describes what a Ruth Stout garden is all about. 


How to start a Ruth Stout Garden


OK, you wont need a PHD to get this going. No college degree is required, and you don’t need to be a NASA Rocket Scientist. In-fact having any of what I just listed may hold you back. There is no need to do computer modeling or any thing that requires scientific thinking to get started. The following is all that is needed:

  1. Some land
  2. Mulch and green matter
  3. Brown paper boxes
  4. Hay 

Some Land

My first garden started with a plot of land that was 50 by 100 foot. The plot had never been grown on and it had a really good collection of native grass and weeds. It even flooded at times during some heavy rains. 80 % of the plot had good light most of the day. I surrounded the plot with cheap plastic fencing and drove in the ground fence posts. I needed this because of some of the farm animals would really love some of my vegetables. They had been born as taste test animals and if you let them would take a test bite of everything in my garden. I used a piece of hog wire for the gate of the plot. 

Mulch and green matter

This was a continuing thing. I amassed a huge collection of leafs, hay mixed with horse manure and all the chicken manure I could get my hands on. Most anything that was organic was dumped into a really large pile. I actually drove through neighborhoods and picked up all the grass cuttings and leafs the people had set out for the dump. One thing I would suggest is that you do not use cow manure. The reason is that the quality usually is not as good as the horse type and will have many more weed seeds. This is directly related to what the horse and cows are eating. Most horses are fed a higher quality feed than cows which will eat most any type of fodder.  Not so much when it comes to horses. I have two horses, and my neighbor across the street keeps and feeds many horses. I am lucky to get a huge load of manure mixed with high quality hay every two weeks. Most places that keep horses will be glad to give you all the manure mixed with hay. 

ONE Caveat – Never, and I mean never use horse manure mixed with wood shavings. Wood shavings could be caustic and will poison you and your plants. Many people who keep horses use wood shavings. Make sure you don’t. (I lost 350 tomato plants because of this.) Experience is a hard teacher.

Brown paper boxes

While Ruth Stout never talked about brown paper (cardboard) I use it as a weed guard between the exposed soil and my new soil building mulch and green matter. I go dumpster diving for all the boxes that are thrown away. Usually I drive around the back and find some and then ask the store if it’s OK and some time I don’t ask. In about six months the paper will almost have decomposed. I had the police check me out once and ask me what I was doing in the back of a store. He laughed when he found out what I was doing.

 Hay

If you can get your hands on some bad hay, then you are in luck. I had problems with this and had to purchase mine. At the time it was rather expensive. You can also use tree leafs as a replacement for the hay or as a mixture which I did as well. The hay is the reason why a Ruth Stout garden works so well. You can use straw, but hay probably has more micro nutrients than straw. I am not sure of this, and straw is not generally available here in Central Texas.

Putting it all together:

Note that I have 1 1/2 ft of hay on top. You could and can use less, but I was amazed how fast my hay composted. As far as the mulch, use as much as possible. After the mulch is laid down, water it really well and then place the hay on top. I probably put in around 6 inches of mulch or more. After layering, let the garden rest for about six months. The length depends on how composted your green matter is. After a period of time you will be amazed what has happened to the compost under they hay. It will become your new soil and will breakdown quickly into something a vegetable plant would like to live in.

Keep adding hay as needed and as often as you can. I also composted coffee grounds in my compost. I can get hundreds of pounds of free coffee grounds locally and if you live around or in a large town, so can you.. After composting they add nitrogen to your garden. You must compost the coffee grounds first. Don’t mix them directly in with your mulch. 

How to plant a Ruth Stout garden. 

 Again not Rocket Science. As you probably know there are two ways of planting a garden. One is planting seed directly, and the other is using starts. Some seed like carrots cannot be planted as starts and are usually planted as seed.

Planting seed

Pull back the hay from the area where you will plant seed. Plant the seed just like you would do in any garden which would be directly in and covered by soil. After planting and watering, pull up the hay as close to the seeds but never on top of them. Wait until they germinate and get large enough to apply hay around the started seed plant.

Planting Starts

Pull back the hay from the area you want to plant starts. I use an electric drill and a small garden drill to make holes for my starts. Plant at the proper depth and then water all your starts very well. After watering pull the hay around your starts.  The drill makes planting starts very easy. 


Planting potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Potatoes usually use seed potatoes to start and most sweet potatoes use slips. In a Ruth Stout garden, planting potatoes is easy. Just make sure you have plenty of mulch to plant on. Note I said on. Pull back the hay from the mulch where you want to plant your seed potatoes. Make sure to water the mulch before you work with your seed potatoes. Place the seed potatoes about a foot apart on top of the thick layer of compost. Then completely cover the seed potatoes with hay. Try for a foot of hay. As the season moves on, make sure to water your seed potatoes and soon they will pop through the hay. Add more hay if needed. Just make sure the new popped up potatoes are well covered and lightly watered. Mostly deep watering is not needed. In a couple of months you can dig you hand into the hay and harvest small potatoes. We harvest everything in June or July here in Central Texas.

Sweet Potatoes are a bit different. Again you will need a good thick layer of mulch and hay. If you don’t know what a sweet potatoes slip is, then here is a good opportunity to order or grow your own. When your slips are ready and heavy with roots, make sure your bed is watered really well. Then with a one inch stick, punch a hole in the compost that the slip will be inserted in. Make sure the punched hole is as deep as possible in the mulch and hay. After inserting the slips, water lightly again. Soon you will see the slips start to cover the whole bed and make vines every place in and around the garden bed. Sweet Potato leafs can be eaten. Once the vines are completed their life cycle as in looking dead,it is time to harvest. Be careful when harvesting the potatoes and sweet potatoes with a shovel or something sharp as you can cut them. Both the potatoes and sweet potatoes need to be left outside on a tarp to dry off for at least one warm sunny day. A small layer of soil can be left on both of them. Both can be kept until next year to grow again, or stored in a cool dry place and eaten all the fall or winter. My wife keeps some potatoes in the refrigerator. Potatoes and sweet potatoes can be grown in containers. Note: You will not need as much hay with the sweet potatoes. 6 inches at most or less. Weeds will not have a chance surviving in a sweet potato bed because the sweet potato leafs will completely cover the bed. More on containers later. 

Things to talk about.

Weeds. There is no garden in the world that is weed free. Some weeds must be pulled, especially some of the more larger ones. If you are having some weed problems, just add more hay. If you are loosing hay into your compost, just add more hay. At the end of the year most of your hay will have killed off many of your weeds and become composted. To reestablish your garden, just add more mulch and more hay. Over the years you will be amazed how deep your garden will become and how weed free it will be. It will be easier and easier as you add compost and hay. All that hard work at first will pay off later. In Her book, Ruth actually didn’t even add more mulch, but just more hay.

More to come

 As the spring growing season starts, I will be adding more on my garden and the results. Also in the works are thoughts on how we will grow in our garden next fall and winter. We are looking at adding low tunnels to the garden. The hoops would be permanent and we would just add the plastic cover in the fall each year. This I am really looking forward to.

Come Back soon as I expand on this Blog on Ruth Stout

Dennis in Central Texas

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

The 2020 Garden Part 1 of ?

2020 is the year for a garden. Mini-ones, small ones, big ones and really big ones. Take a look where you are (physically as in where you live and lay your head at night) and then plan out your garden.

Don’t be a food slave!

The above graphic is a tribute to Ruth Stout and her gardening practices 

We Live in interesting times. If you have not noticed it is becoming more and more expensive just to eat and feed a family. That is the reason that I started this blog in the first place. Its all about surviving the Grand Solar Minimum. In coming blogs along with what is happening climate wise,I will be covering the following:

  • How to start a Ruth Stout garden bed.
  • Many ways of growing in containers.
  • How to grow in your home.
  • Growing food in your patio or open area in an apartment.
  • Seeds and where to get them.
  • Starting vegetable plants.
  • Growing potatoes and sweet potatoes.
  • Growing microgreens.
  • Simple hydroponic growing systems.
  • Ideas on having a community garden.
  • Long term storage foods.
  • Many more ideas and techniques on food and feeding a family.

The blog author is a microgreen grower (commercial grower) but I live on a farm, and we do have a community garden. Ya notice that word community? I am 76 years old, and I need a community. So will you eventually, and guess what, it will probably be too late at that point. Now is the time to start and don’t wait for EVENTUALLY. Eventually is usually a bad mother!

Suggestion:

If you are really desperate for a place to grow, form a small community. Then find some people that are perhaps too old to actually get out there and work in a garden. Offer to grow on their property and then share what you produce with them for the use of their land. This option could also be on land that is not used. Find some property that belongs to the city or county that has available water and approach them. Find some land that you can pay the taxes on and own and use.  

Another Idea if you have no land:

Form a community. Find some land out in the country that has water. Rent say an acre or less. Make sure that the contract to rent the land is for 5 or more years. Put money in an account or cash to pay for a couple years of rent. You and your community are on your way. Just play nice with the members and make sure everyone understands their obligations. Have an “Oh Crap” this is too hard option and look for a replacement. Keep the money they may have invested. 

So what is on my mind?

Well that one brain cell is being overwhelmed by thoughts of this coming spring and the community garden we are building. Yes it’s a work in progress as it will not just magically popup out there in the spring. I have most of my seeds in hand or are on order. The wonderful trees around here gave up their nutrient filled gift by shedding all their leafs on the ground. It’s a blessing, as all we have to do is collect them which we are in the process of doing. We rake up the leafs onto a plastic tarp and then pull then into a large pile in the garden. The horses and chickens are doing their part with the poop side of things. My neighbor brings a large trailer of horse poop and hay every two weeks. There is no end in sight of this resource. 

I can tell you one thing, and that is you will never need commercial fertilizer if you compost what I have just mentioned above.  

This year my grand children are part of the growing. It will be their responsibility to make a list of what we will grow, and how we will start as in seeds directly planted or if we will need to grow starts. Also how deep and how close. They will then diagram where we will plant in the garden. Then it will be on to starting our starts. 

How can anyone ever know how to grow food if they were not taught? This applies to adults as well. I suspect that many of our young people and children have NO idea how to grow food, as it all came from the grocery store. If you think about it, if you don’t grow your own, you are a slave to the grocery stores and big corporations that really don’t have your interest at heart. 

They like the fact that you are a food slave.

Its not too late to get started even if its a very small choice. There are hundreds of ways to start a garden and grow food. Here is my recommendation on how to do it:

Get some seed and plants AND JUST START. There are so many things to grow. You can follow my many coming blogs on the subject.My next blog will be on starting a Ruth Stout garden and what you can do until you are ready to plant in it now and in the spring.

For your homework:

Go to YouTube and search for Ruth Stout garden and watch a few. Use the internet now while you can to educate yourself and many things that can be used to become self sustaining. As always, it’s a choice and yes there is probably beer and pizza in the refrigerator, so be happy and don’t worry?

Cheers from Central Texas where we have had a cool but nice fall so far.
Dennis

I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.

Radio Equipment Part 1

Education on antennas

Antennas are devices used to launch radio waves. When we say launch, what we mean is that electrical energy is radiated as electromagnetic waves.

  • Electromagnetic waves can move and create their own medium (field) to travel through.
  • Once created, they do not need any external power source to travel through space.

Animation of a half-wave dipole antenna transmitting
radio waves, showing the electric field lines. The dipole, antenna in the center, consists of two vertical metal rods with an alternating current at its resonant frequency applied at its center from a radio transmitter (not shown) The voltage alternately charges the two ends of the antenna positive (+) and negative (−). Standing waves of current flow up and down the rods. Standing waves can reflect power back into the transmitter which is not a good idea, especially if the transmitter final amplifier is all transistors.

Radio waves are created using an oscillator and usually fed into an amplifier. The amplifier is connected to the antenna via some sort of feed line. These oscillations are then connected to an antenna. See below.

oscant

Antennas can be used to transmit or receive radio waves. When the electromagnetic radio waves strike the receiver antenna, it creates a current that can be detected by the receiver. This current can then be rectified to remove the audio information added to the radio waves with a modulator. This rectified or detected modulation can then be fed into an audio amplifier and speaker.

miles

Antennas have a resonant frequency as well. The one thing that determines the resonant frequency is the length.

resonance

If a load is connected across the feed Line, current will flow in the load. If the radio wave striking the antenna is not at the resonant frequency of the antenna, current will flow, but at a much reduced level.

Wave Length

Before we get started, you need to understand some terms. These are full, half and quarter wave. When talking about antennas and waves, we are talking about the length of the antenna element as compared to the length of radio wave (wave Length) that will be launched from it.

waveL

Radio waves lengths are measured in meters. A 10 meter wave would have a length of 98.43 feet. Most HTs (handy talkies) use a 1/4 wave antenna which are not very efficient.

Cell Tower Antenna

The cell antenna shown is a vertically stacked dipoles which are spaced roughly a wavelength apart, and about a quarter wavelength in front of a metallic back-plane.
Stacking the dipoles adds gain to the system. See below.

cellant

Other Types of antennas

There are a huge number of antenna types. One thing that is common in all these types is that they all have a driven element. The driven element is what the feed line (for connecting RF energy) is attached to.

antdiff1

Polarization

Polarization

Collecting radio Waves (focusing) or how to add gain to your antenna.

If you just put up a ¼ wave length antenna in the air, you would have to depend on the transmitter to put a large signal into the antenna. If you were listening and sending signals to a satellite orbiting Mars or some distance planet, you will need a high gain antenna to receive the very weak radio waves. A large reflector as shown in the graphic would do that. The reflector essentially focuses the radio waves that it collects. The focus point is at the small low gain antenna at its focal point.

AntennaTypes

Adding Gain

You could write many books on adding gain to an antenna system. Because radio waves go all over the place, a considerable amount of the power is wasted radiation. If you want to focus this energy in a controlled direction, you will need to add elements to the antenna. The graphic below shows a 5 element yagi antenna. A typical Yagi array consists of a Driven element, a Reflector and one or more Directors.  The number of directors can be increased to achieve a narrower beam and higher relative gain. The reflector does just what it is named, it reflects radio waves.

addingGain

The driven element

The driven element is attached to the feed line. The configuration will determine the impedance of the antenna. The folded dipole has a 300 ohm impedance while the vertical antenna is 50 ohms.

Matching

Band Width

One of the problems with antennas is that they have a very small bandwidth. Once the input frequency is moved off the center frequency of the antenna, the SWR increases, and the gain decreases. A solution to this is the following types of antennas.

bandwidth

A log-periodic antenna (LP), also known as a log-periodic array or log-periodic aerial, is a multi-element, directional, antenna designed to operate over a wide band of frequencies. The most common form of log-periodic antenna is the log-periodic dipole array or LPDA, The LPDA consists of a number of half-wave dipole driven elements of gradually increasing length, each consisting of a pair of metal rods. The dipoles are mounted close together in a line, connected in parallel to the feed line with alternating phase. Electrically, it simulates a series of two or three-element Yagi antennas connected together, each set tuned to a different frequency. Above from Wikimedia Commons.

Feed Line

There are many types of feed lines with multiple impedance ranges.
The most common are the coaxial types and the twin lead as shown below.

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Please return often as I have more on radio communications like setting up a home station and powering it from solar or battery power.

Thanks and Cheers

Dennis

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Radio Communications

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I have been a Ham Radio Operator “Ham” starting when I was eight years old, and I am now 76, so I have been talking into microphones and communing for a long time. So why Radio and especially Radio Communications? The last first thing that would drive me crazy during these times would not know where my family was and how to communicate with them. In the coming year (s) we may have to actually worry about that scenario. During 911 and the twin tower destruction, communication became problematic. Cell towers were jammed with callers.  People were very worried about family an friends. It was mayhem for sure.

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Why you can’t count on your cell phone in bad times

I love my cell phone. I use to communicate, calculate and even run my small business. Having email and text almost instantly with almost anyone on the planet is wonderful. There are a few things that is needed to successfully make a cell phone call or get an email or do most anything with it. These are:

  • Electricity or power for you and the power running the cell tower
  • Cell Tower must be in range of your little low power cell phone (Note: it’s a transmitter and receiver)
  • Your cell’s battery must be charged
  • The internet must be up and working in your home, or at the cell tower

If you think about it, that’s a  large amount of things that must be available and working to get that text or make a call. If for some reason your locality, city, state or the whole country had a grid down problem, then you cell becomes just a bunch of silicon semiconductors wrapped in plastic. It would be useless.

This blog is all about the Grand Solar Minimum and global food loss and ultimately global mayhem and chaos. It is during these periods that communications will be especially important.

Basic Radio Communications

So lets talk about basic radio communications. It’s not rocket science. So come along with me and learn a few things.

Simplex

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You talk the other person (Bob) listens. You (Joe) listen and the other person talks. You and the other person transmit and listen on the same frequency so you can’t talk or listen at the same time. This is the way most radios are set up. A radio is not a cell phone.

Duplex

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Cell System

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A Cell System is a duplex system where you can talk and hear at the same time. If the cell tower is not working, then your cell phone is a worthless piece of junk. Also the internet must be working as it keeps track of what tower you are using and will switch you from tower to tower as you move about. I don’t expect the internet or cell towers to be working during the deep days of the GSM.

Simplex Repeater

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A repeater is a powerful radio transmitter and receiver. They are usually put on towers or high buildings ( The antenna anyway). Repeaters allow some one with a low power radio to talk over long distances. Here is how it works:

The repeater uses two frequencies. One that it transmits on and one that it receives on.

The repeater can receive and transmit at the same time. When a user uses the repeater, the user will transmit on the repeaters receiving frequency and the repeater will re-transmit on the repeaters transmit frequency. All the other users are listening to the repeaters transmit frequency as you transmit (talk).

A repeater user can only do 1 thing at a time – Transmit (Uses the repeater) or receives (Listens to the repeater. If the repeater is down, then the system will not work. This type of system is used by most city and state agencies – Also Ham Radio Operators.

How far can you talk?

You just asked the number one question asked by people just getting started using a radio.  The distance is determined by a bunch of different things. For most communications you will be doing (VHF and UHF) radios and will be line of sight. You can transmit further than line of sight by increasing the power of the transmitter on both ends, or clime a tree or go to the top of a tall building which increases the line of sight. Most portable radios are the Handy Talkie (HT) type that are low power and have very small antennas. In a radio system there can be a Base station. Usually a base station has a more powerful transmitter and it’s receiver is connected to a higher gain antenna that may be higher in the air. This allows the base station to talk with lower power HTs.

Polarization

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Most communications that use VHF or UHF frequencies are vertical polarized, The example above is a vertical system. Note: VHF = around 150 MHz and UHF = around 450 MHz.

Well that’s it for now. I can assure you I will be writing MUCH more on radio and radio communications, so come back soon. Communications will be essential during the coming cool and icy times ahead. Keep in touch!

Dennis

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My First Blog Post

It’s going to get colder and we all need to prepare

Welcome to my first Post

Be Prepared

— Boys Scouts.

There has been some very weather and climate anomalies the past few years and if you look very closely it all seems to follow a pattern. Our solar system has many pattern as our big blue marble goes through what seems to be four distinct seasons. Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring are just four of them. The strange anomalies that I am referring to is that the seasons are starting to merge. Springs are becoming shorter, winters are becoming longer and what were 100 year (fill in the blanks) are becoming almost normal occurrences. Example: 1 day of rain in one hour. 100 year floods occurring monthly. 50 and 100 year rain, snow and temperature records broken multiple times.

Most people are lost to all this as it doesn’t really fit into their daily life. There is a heads up moment only if it directly interrupts their daily what ever. Most people don’t understand that climate is not weather. Like the old frog in a pot of heated water, changes to climate are mostly not even realized and certainly not understood.

This blog is about preparing for what is coming our way quickly and about looking at things like climate. The climate of the earth cannot be completely understood by taking a walk through a park. We must look up and see that large ball of electrical plasma we call the sun to understand. It even gets more complicated if we understand that the whole universe is a huge conglomeration of electrical currents and plasma. All that black matter that scientists are looking for is easily understood if we look at the universal electrical circuit we call the universe. The missing matter is there, we just cant see it. The missing matter is plasma. You can only see plasma if there is enough electrical current for it to go into a glow mode just like a florescent light you might have in your kitchen, garage or shop.

So what really determines the earths climate? The easy and simple answer is its the sun and the power or electrical circuit that powers the sun. This first blog is only the beginning. Look at the title of this blog. The word ” Prepping” is what this blog will be all about. But prepping for what and then how it will have to be addressed. To do this we will need to understand what the Grand Solar Minimum is all about and what is causing and powering it.

This blog may and will be a trip to places most people never take or even think about. It’s important that you understand what is happening now as it will probably be too late in the coming years. So look at this blog as a heads up. Look at it as your ticket to seeing the future. The only way to survive is to prepare. Your ticket then has the words prepare on it. Its time to cash that ticket in. Take your seat and make sure you have loads of popcorn as you will need it.

To finish up this first post, I would like to explain who I am. Actually that will be quite boring, but you need to see where I am coming from.

A note about the Blog Author

My name is Dennis DeLaurier. There is nothing special about me. I never attended college, received a Masters or Doctors degree and my high school English teachers who are probably all dead (I am 76) suffered an absolute failure to teach me how to use the English language. With that said, please understand that this blog contains my own words, and my grammar and spelling may leave things lacking as well as my scientific explanations, which may be a bit crude. I also believe in a God who loves me and you and gave us a brain and a free will to create just like He does. I firmly believe it is time to start creating.

Things that I have done in my life

Ham Radio Operator, Scout Master, Non-degree Petrophysics Engineer, Radar Technician, Electronics Technician, Trainer and Teacher, Global Server and Storage Support Engineer, Farmer, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Hydroponics Grower and I run a Microgreens business. Last but not least in really bad financial times I was a simple Janitor! Of all the occupations, the janitor part taught me humility and appreciation of people around me. Thank you for viewing this blog. Please come back often and there will be many many more.

Cheers Dennis

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This blog is not about a grumpy old man!

If you have arrived here wondering about all the strange climate and weather you are seeing then you are at the right place.

If you have arrived here worried about all the increasing food costs at the grocery store you are at the right place.

If you have arrived here thinking about growing your own food then you are at the right place.

If you have arrived here worried about the craziness going on here in the US and around the world, you are at the right place,

Here are some words you can relate to. Perhaps there are a few you think you like: This blogs starts with love, family, neighbors friends and community. If you think that is boring please go elsewhere.

This blog will contain the following at times: Scary gloom and doom types of things. Uplifting content and encouragement. Heck I might even mention God at times so look out! This blog is prepping for the coming cold times that may devastate global crop production. This blog is about explaining what is happening on the sun, earth and the galaxy we live in and on.

Keep coming back soon and often as things change and progress down the path of the Grand Solar Minimum.

Grumpy Grandpa Dennis

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