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  1. BarredBuff

    Owning your own business

    Does anybody here own a business and make your living from it? I've got a few ideas for a personal business to start up, but wanted to hear any words of wisdom from you folks.
  2. BarredBuff

    To plant or not?

    So, my garden has come together very nicely this week. It has dried out enough to work the ground and prepare it for the Spring. Simultaneously, they are giving excellent weather for the next week. I'd like to take this time, and plant my potatoes, green onions, peas, broccoli, and cabbage. My...
  3. BarredBuff

    Cheap, and efficient ways to fill a raised bed

    Folks, I am wanting to add some more garden beds this Spring to help free up space in the main garden, but to also diversify crop production more here. I am looking at adding several raised beds. I can build and construct them fairly easily. 1. What are some easy ways to fill raised beds? (No...
  4. BarredBuff

    Anybody raising chicks this Spring?

    I'm getting ready for the Spring, and eagerly waiting to rebuild my flock. I am culling out the old hens, and a few others that need to go. I am replacing them with: 10 Black Australorps 10 Rhode Island Reds 10 Dominiques 10 White Rocks 10 Buff Orpingtons I haven't raised chicks in 5 years...
  5. BarredBuff

    What are you planting in your garden this year?

    This is the first year that I have gotten to order seeds, and begin to plan my garden out in a long time. So, I am getting excited. The weather has been limiting already with all the rain since September. I need my ground turned, and manure spread. However, we haven't had any dry weather since...
  6. BarredBuff

    Backwoods Home Magazine to be printed again... WOOHOO! This was one of my favorites back in the day. Glad to see it returning to our mail boxes....
  7. BarredBuff

    Reviving Tomato Plants

    I got some free tomato plants at a greenhouse closing up for the season. They are in bad shape. They are alive, but very yellow. I brought them home and watered them with some MiracleGro and now fingers crossed they will green up. Should I keep watering them or go on and set them out in the...
  8. BarredBuff

    Any idea on why my plants are discolored?

    Normal tomato plant. Purple'ish tint to some and less vigorous. So, I got these plants for free. They were discolored when I got them, and most of them have came out of it. These plants are next to each other. I think it is probably a nutrient deficiency of some sort. Any ideas on what is...
  9. BarredBuff

    Building your dream homestead

    So, I am now gainfully employed. I will be living at home and will have minimal bills each week. Primarily, a car payment, and gas. I expect to be able to save at least $1,500 a month (possibly more like $1,900). My goal is to now save up for a place of my own. I doubt this will come to...
  10. BarredBuff

    Re-Thinking My Nest Boxes

    I am in the process of renovating and repairing my main chicken coop. It is about 10 years old, and it needs some repairs made. My back wall is rotting out due the consistently wet weather we get. I failed to paint early on and I am paying the price for it now. However, it is minor and can be...
  11. BarredBuff

    Preparing for a trip on the Appalachian Trail

    Next weekend, I am taking a trip to spend some time on the Appalachian Trail in Eastern Tennessee almost in North Carolina. Anybody got any experience with back country camping? What tips would you give us for a great trip?
  12. BarredBuff

    Reminiscing on days gone by...

    I just need to reminisce/rant for a few minutes... I have been involved in the self reliant lifestyle since 2007. That's really when I started doing more than helping out. I was 11 years old at the time, and I wanted to learn and do. That's what I did. I began to learn and watch my grandmother...
  13. BarredBuff

    My Homestead First Aid Kit

    After many months of thinking and pondering I finally decided to put together a comprehensive homestead medical kit today. I have wanted to for quite a while, but just never got around to do it. I don't have pictures right now because the kit is being used a different place tonight and tomorrow...
  14. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff: Journal Dos

    Hello everyone. I am going to start journaling again. The last few months have been pivotal moments that have impacted me quite a bit. If you followed any of my previous journal you will know that I was heavily involved in FFA and was quite successful. I spent the past six months preparing to a...
  15. BarredBuff

    What did you fix to eat today?

    I see this as a thread that is like "What did you do to save money today?" So lets share our meal ideas, and recipes!
  16. BarredBuff

    Water barrels for cheap

    Where can you find a water barrel that is cheap to use for emergency storage?
  17. BarredBuff

    Perfecting your bread recipe...

    After many experimental batches of bread over the years, I have finally found a bread that is easy, cost-effective, and definitely versatile. The first bread I tried to make was a sourdough, and it was a tad complicated. It contained instant potatoes (I don't believe in those) and a few other...
  18. BarredBuff

    The Survival Garden

    Okay, lets imagine a situation. We have to eat and live off of only what we produce this is excluding poultry, eggs, meat, milk, game, etc. Just fruit and vegetable wise. Lets organize our thoughts and come to a consensus. 1. What would you raise? 2. How big of a space would you need? 3. What...
  19. BarredBuff

    North Vs. South

    NOT the civil war. The lovely Koreans! North Korea Vows to Settle Accounts with the US North Korea enters "State of War" with South Korea Now that we have our rumors of warfor the day.... My question to you: How do you think this is going to end up? I see three possible options: A.)...
  20. BarredBuff

    Radio Interview This is the website my interview will be on at 11 o'clock AM (EST) if you all want to listen. I talk about my article and many other topics.