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  1. I used to be able to google things and find out information. Lately, the Internet hasn’t been much help. Maybe I am having a hard time phrasing my questions in a way that can get the search engines to give me the information I need. I think that I am into stuff that is so counter cultural that the information just isn’t out there. I am doing studies on minerals and where to get them. So if my soil is mineral deficient, how do I help it to remineralize? There is so little information out there on this. Even, how to grow the minerals I need to feed to my livestock, hard to find. I am wanting to live completely off the land, and grow my veggies, fruit, and animals without outside input. Obviously, I’m wanting to be organic and use bio-density methods. I’ve tried talking to my county agent, and he’s not much help. I am slowly teaching myself, and letting my animals teach me. It’s the best method I’ve found.

    1. “I think that I am into stuff that is so counter cultural that the information just isn’t out there.”

      oh it’s out there, it’s just that the facebook/twitter/youtube better-than-you censors are altering their search engines to deprecate the information and make it harder to get to. keep looking, and try other sources, to get the info.

    2. @ Rose, check out the foxfire series of books. Other resources are scholar.google.com along with permaculture websites that have forums for more detailed discussion. Hope this helps.

  2. Thank you. So many of my fat/ lazy friends have turned preparedness into an arm chair academic discussion. If you are not out swatting mosquitoes and learning how to deal with inclement weather now, all those lessons not learned now will come home to roost when you are faced with a real difficult situation.

  3. You’re going to have a hard time getting some of the information you’re seeking. You can’t “grow” minerals, per se. Minerals are elements (or maybe compounds, depending on what you mean when you say “minerals”). They come from the rocks and other underlying material of your soil. If you know the minerals you need, the local extension agent and/or master gardeners (for which your county/extension agent should be able to provide contact info) can probably give you some advice on ways to use “natural” methods to supplement your soil or affect its chemistry. You may just need to adjust pH with something like ashes to make some of those minerals more available to your crops, or give you other tips to help you avoid hurting your soil (like forming “hard pan” through overmineralization of your irrigation water). County agents and master gardeners are great resources.

  4. I get real tired of hearing about “the kids refusing to eat the freeze dried meatloaf” and similar statements. If the circumstances are such that freeze dried meatloaf is what’s on tonight’s dinner menu, than so be it. If we ever truly have a TEOTWAWKI event, even the freeze dried meatloaf will run out sooner rather than later.

  5. Rose, according to Bob Tanem, whose weekend gardening show airs in the SFBay area (KSFO) alfalfa (pellets, meal) applied to the soil can help to restore some of the minerals. Also, back in the “bad old days,” when people cooked, heated with wood stoves, they often scattered the wood ash in their garden plots which, together with manure, would replenish the soil.

  6. Also of note, we can only learn so much information at once. So the first time you learn a technique you will pick up some stuff. But then after practicing a while you will be in a position to learn more about it even from the same source you learned it from before.

    For example, read a book on gardening, then garden for a year then read the same book again. You will get a deeper understanding of the subject matter

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