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23-veroes · 2 days ago
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funnytwittertweets · 2 months ago
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orcinus-veterinarius · 2 months ago
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All my homies hate PETA.
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lilu-the-almighty · 5 months ago
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Hot take!!!
Basic husbandry and animal care needs to be taught in school. Holy shit. The amount of times I’ve had to explain to people that, no you can’t feed your cat on vegetables alone, there is a lot of blood involved when animals give birth she’s not being abused, the baby rabbit doesn’t care of your dog is being “friendly” it’s terrified and likely to die of shock, no the baby deer wasn’t abandoned it’s waiting for it’s mother to come back do not pick it up holy shit stop taking perfectly healthy baby animals out of their environments your literally dooming them
animal care is fucking important. We share this earth with animals, they are a part of out daily lives. It’s not just people going into animal care that need to know this shit, it’s terrifying how much people don’t realize
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happyheidi · 7 months ago
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Valais blacknose sheeps are the cutest !! ♡
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itscolossal · 2 months ago
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An Abandoned Farmhouse Transformed Into a Life-Size Dollhouse by Heather Benning Reflects on Ideas of Home
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dairymoos · a year ago
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Don’t forget to workout your calves
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lotusinjadewell · 3 months ago
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Vietnamese countryside. Credit to caplocchanvu (Instagram).
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pasture-raised · a year ago
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uncle-jingo · 3 months ago
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It is that time again boys and girls.
Jingo is obsessively prepper posting to try inspiring some of y'all to get off the dime and put some food back. Not going to focus on how to videos this time, but with specific products you could buy and ideas to get you brain going on the problem.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin.
Prepper Pantry Basics
Containers -
zip lock bags. Big ones and small ones. Get store brand to save some money. Immeasurably handy.
Food grade buckets
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Five gallon and two gallon. Uline has them at a decent price and in various colours. If you are willing to do some work, they are just bulky trash to restaurants. Would aim for buckets that had contained oils or syrups. Pickle buckets are super common but tough to remove the smell. Store rice, beans, dried potatoes, dried soup mixes, flours, any grain , ground meal, pastas, egg powder, salt, sugar (no oxygen absorber in sugar) cereal... basically anything dry. They are modular and can stack to the ceiling.
Lids. You can use the normal snap on lids (don't forget the plastic wrench removal tool or you will regret it) but I like the gamma lids
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Two pieces. The ring that snaps on and the the screw in center piece. Allows you to access the contents far more easily.
Don't want to go full looney level prepper with the buckets of ingredients? Then there are really still a tonne of easy things you should consider to pack the pantry.
Cans cans cans - fruit, veggies, potatoes, soups, chili, condensed and evaporated milk, tomato sauce/paste/stewed etc, canned meats beef/pork/sausages sometimes, ham, spam, potted and deviled meats,corned beef, and just tonnes of chicken and tuna, peppers of all sorts, salsas, chicken ala king etc etc...go to multiple stores and just browse around and use your imagination.
Dry foods - macaroni, ramen, pasta in general, rice, rice a Roni, dirty rice, dry soup mixes *sidebar (soupsonline.com will give you a tonne of ideas), scallop and au gratin potatoes, dehydrated hash browns, beans of all descriptions, oatmeal and other hot cereal, spices spices spices you will go insane without spices, sweateners sugar, brown sugar, fake sugar, baking mixes... Aim at just add water mixes unless you will buy powdered eggs and powdered milk... Bisquick, cornbread, cakes, brownies, muffins, bread, pizza crust if you are feeling swaggy, cookies, doughnuts, cupcakes, scones, hush puppies, instant mashed potatoes, risotto
I know it's a lot of text so here is a a baby elephant to hold your interest
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Other - drink mixes, shelf stable juice (I keep plenty of lemon and lime), Velveeta (it is not my bag but it has a very long shelf life, non refrigerated summer sausage/pepperoni/salami/jerky/snack sticks, nuts, trail mixes, snack mixes, candy, shelf stable sauces and condiments out the wazzu, powdered bullion, protein powder (syntrax has flavors that may as well be crystal light. Fruit flavors and so forth, I recommend). Paper towels and toilet paper and keep the stupid takes in memes about TP to a minimum, vinegar of various types, protein/snack/granola bars, parmesan cheese, baking powder and soda, jams/jellies, coffee/tea, loads of otc meds, crackers, honey/syrup/molasses etc, shortening (soy free if possible), various cooking oils, simmer sauces, lots of soap whether for you or the house or clothes, bleach, various cleaners, personal hygiene products basic, women's specific products, trash bags of all sizes, batteries, candles, all of the infant through older child related necessities which could be a whole separate list but diapers and wipes in bulk for the win.
Water - will likely do a whole separate post on water. Filtering, storing and where to find it if yours is turned off. Just remember that water is absolutely key. You don't have water then the rest of your prepper pantry is nearly worthless.
This was just scratching the surface but don't let that intimate you. There are just mountains of ideas and resources out there and you obviously don't need everything on my extended dance mix lists. Those are intended to get you thinking.
In the future I am going to try going into a bit more depth about topics like canning, gardening, dehydrating, drying, freeze drying, curing, salting, fat packing, shelf life, water of course and hopefully more.
Now for some cool inspiration pics
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I know budgets and space can be tough but you should work within your means and do what you can.
Tagging a few people who I know either already know the topic or who have brains enough to apply to the problem. I frankly know a shit tonne of y'all that qualify for that list but I am just doing a quick list and I invite all the rest of y'all to jump in and contribute. A couple I don't even know but y'all post about this stuff. What you say might be what someone needs to get them moving.
Are you prepping?
(thanks for getting this far, here are cute puppies as a reward)
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@ghostrider-02 @duncanhynes @knights-freedom @teamvoorhees2 @lucytheblackbird @theoldwayswerebetter2 @dragonheart87 @robert-the-foul-blog @el-roumroum @johnathan-armanithan @bad-mr-frosty-revenge @saltrat42 @paleo-witch @badmrfrosty @basedai-input-coincidence-pls @papa-voodoo @grumpy-the-reckoning @thedisgruntleddoc @solospirit1801 @cherokeefrank @trojanhorse8 @traveller535
Pass it along to other appropriate people please and let's get some people inspired
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losech · a month ago
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Did you know that the best way to have a beautiful lush lawn isn't to drench it in synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides? It's rotational grazing.
That's right, livestock.
The impact animals have on grass is tremendous. They crop it short, trample it into the ground, and shit on it. All of which, when not done excessively, is exactly what the grass needs. Grazing stimulates new growth. Stomping and scratching "till" plant matter into the soil without disrupting it. Manure adds essential nutrients back to the ground.
A key to this process is the word rotational. Keeping the animals in one spot and never moving them will eventually result in no plant matter, and if you don't add enough bedding or remove manure on time, an unpleasant smell. You need to put the animals into a pen or "tractor" and move them every day or every few days, allowing them to graze and forage without eating and digging everything up. Each patch of grass needs a rest period where no animals are present for a while so the grass can regrow and the manure break down into the soil. This is a well documented, low impact, and highly successful process that many small (and some large) farms and backyard livestock enthusiasts employ.
You cannot accurately replicate this process with mechanical and synthetic means. You create a sterile polluting environment devoid of important microbes, insects, topsoil, and plant diversity. It needs constant attention because it's not a thriving symbiotic ecosystem.
A huge benefit to small scale livestock such as chickens and rabbits is they can give you that beautiful grass with very little cost. Chickens can eat leftovers, taking care of an important source of food waste. They also eat bugs and greatly reduce the umber of pest species without killing all the beneficial pollinators as well. Chickens provide eggs and meat in return. Rabbits love plants like clover and dandelions, put them in areas with weeds and they will take care of them for you. A few rabbits can provide several pounds of highly nutritious meat.
You can put a pen of chickens or rabbits in one spot for a while, continuously adding new hay and straw (this is important) until it's built up a bit, then remove the animals and let it compost. Put your garden there the next year. Or, if you have a set spot the animals live, collect their manure and bedding, compost it, and add it to your garden. Composted animal waste and bedding is a wonderful addition to gardens that synthetics can't come close to.
These small animals solve two issues at once: that perfect green lawn and food insecurity.
But often, keeping small livestock, especially within city limits and in HOAs, is illegal. With the current climate surrounding inflation, supply chain issues, and increasingly erratic weather, having a stable food supply not only close to but at home is becoming more and more important.
But people aren't allowed to feed themselves, due to legislation telling them what they can and cannot do on *their* property.
It's absolutely ridiculous and needs to change.
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sensualdoe · 6 months ago
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Hen wagon by Maja Larsson
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lilu-the-almighty · 5 months ago
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As much as I love cows the idea online that they’re these like, gentle calm peaceful animals is EXTREMELY dangerous.
I have had great experiences with cows. One of my favorite animals in the world is a cow and I love her to death and I give her kisses on her little baby nose and chin scritches. But that’s because my girl is a bottle fed, hand raised dairy cow. She’s been around people her entire life and has been handled since birth. NOT ALL COWS ARE LIKE THIS
The other four cows at my job will gore you for Looking at them funny. They are extremely dangerous and insanely powerful animals. Even the most well trained, gentle, peaceful cow in the world can fuck you up five ways till Sunday if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Do not attempt to approach any cow without asking its owner first. This has been a Tiger PSA.
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happyheidi · 4 months ago
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Bunny appreciation post ♡
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itscolossal · 9 months ago
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Mammoth Straw Creatures Populate Japanese Farmland in the Annual Wara Art Festival
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appalachiaisforlovers · a month ago
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i’m dreaming..
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mysharona1987 · 20 days ago
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leepacey · 9 months ago
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Only Yesterday (Studio Ghibli, 1991)
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tightwadspoonies · 2 months ago
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Punk Gardening!
It’s that time of year again where you are all out there planting gardens and being anxious about how none of your seeds have come up, or they’re “leggy” or there’s too many weeds or you didn’t water them enough.
And I’m here to say screw all that. You’ve been sold what a “garden should look like” by pesticide and herbicide companies. To be perfectly honest you’ve been sold that about your lawn too, but that’s for another post. It's time to take back gardening and grow some delicious, nutritious food!
So let’s talk about some things that can make you grow a happy, healthy, gnarly-butt garden that’s gonna grow a lot of food and take very little actual effort.
First: Weeds
There’s no such thing. Weeds are a myth. There are plants in your garden that weren’t the ones you planted? Great. Plants like to grow in your dirt. That should make you happy. It means the ones you want to grow will probably also like your dirt and want to grow their fruit/bodies there.
You’ve probably been told non-planted plants take nutrients from the plants you want there. They don’t. Seriously. For one thing, plants need different things, and clover isn’t going to want the same nutrients as your tomatoes, and it’s also probably not going to out-compete your tomatoes for sun. In fact, “weeds” also contribute good things and generally work together with your other plants.
Good plants to see growing in your garden:
Clover: A nitrogen fixer, meaning it will help your garden self-fertilize year to year. You want as much of this as possible in your lawn, too. It’s killed by a lot of major herbicides though, so to justify it’s use, you’ve probably gotten told you want a monoculture of bladelike leaves for the “perfect lawn”. A perfect lawn like that is both really hard to keep alive if not the exact correct type for your yard, and also generally needs added nitrogen fertilizer… because you removed the clover with your herbicide… sigh.
Dandelions: These are great because they have a really deep taproot that breaks up ground and brings water and nutrients to the surface for your other plants to enjoy. This means less watering, less fertilizing, and less need to till the soil before planting! Plus, young dandelion greens, while bitter, make a great topping for a salty sandwich or pasta dish. Their early-season buds can be pickled for capers, and if you’re vegan, cheap, or just want some variety, you can make dandelion “honey” by using dandelion flowers to flavor a sugar syrup.
Henbit: not going to hurt anything, gives good root mats that can help keep water in the soil around your plants, and is also edible, if bitter.
Grass: Similar to henbit, it creates a root mat that aerates soil, keeps in moisture, and prevents erosion.
Plantain: There’s not as much I can say about this one, but it’s not going to hurt anything. And you can make tea out of it if you like.
The only plants I would really take out are the spiky ones (that might make it hard for you to access your food come time for harvest, and are easier to remove when small) and really tall ones with large leaves, which genuinely may shade out smaller plants, especially at the beginning of growing season. If you have a bed near a tree that produces a lot of seedlings, you may also want to be selective about which ones you keep, if any.
Second: Choosing Seeds
You can go the cheap/free way (link), and make yourself a nice dumpster garden out of discarded food scraps. If you’re particularly daring or broke I recommend going to an actual dumpster, since a lot of the discarded produce will be overripe and most plant-able. If you’re gonna invest in seeds, though- make them ones that are native to your area. As my dad found out after several failed years of 2-fruit harvests- growing lemons in Ohio is expensive and futile. Something like sweet potatoes or squash though will be a much better use of your energy.
You can easily recoup your investment in good seeds if you get heirloom and save the seeds for next year, limiting the number of times you’ll have to buy them in a lifetime. A lot of time it’s as easy as letting a few plants/fruits “go to seed” or overripen, then remove and dry the seeds. This is especially easy for brassicas, lettuces, and greens, but can also be done for tomatoes, cucumbers, squashes, and others with a little research and strategic planting to ensure minimal inopportune cross pollination.
Third: Planting and Care of Your Plants
Historically, nature has been pretty dang successful in growing things. Even things humans have decided we like to eat. The biggest thing you can do for yourself here is think “what would nature do?”.
Nature doesn’t till. Generally you can help root veg (carrots, beets, potatoes, etc…) get a little bigger/more uniform by roughing up the soil, but you don’t have to do it for anything else. Not tilling actually helps plants grow longer and more complex root systems, which decreases the need for watering and fertilizing, and they’re more likely to survive high winds.
Nature doesn’t plant things in rows ¼ inch deep. She dumps a ton of seeds in one area, half of them get eaten by birds, the other half sprout and beat each other up trying to get sunlight. A few nice, hardy, delicious plants remain. You can take some advice from this, but also help nature in this regard. I recommend dumping a ton of seeds in a section, then scrabbling your hand through them and the dirt over the area you’d like them to grow. There. Planted. Some will grow too close to each other and may stunt each other’s growth. You can thin to an appropriate distance, and generally eat the sprouts whole in a salad. You’re just gonna have to assume that some of the seeds will be eaten by birds/squirrels and be okay with that. Seeds are cheap and a renewable resource- especially if you got them from a dumpster.  
Nature doesn’t start seeds indoors. Just plant when it says on the packet outside.
Nature doesn’t water things regularly. If the soil is super dry when you plant, you may want to dampen it with some tap water. Other than that, water only when it’s been dry for a week or so, or the ground is exceptionally dry despite your clover and grass cover.
Nature doesn’t use petroleum-based fertilizers. She uses composted organic material (vegetable food scraps, yard waste if you’re on a 1-year compost cycle, plus pet waste, meat and dairy scraps if you’re on a 3-5 year cycle), and urine. Yes your urine. It’s great. High in nitrogen. Very free. Add it to your compost or use it directly by mixing it with about 3 parts water. You can either apply it in the rain or just try not to get too much of it on the leaves- pee plus sun will burn leaves.  
Finally, nature doesn’t neatly harvest on a particular schedule. Leave a tomato plant out and watch a deer go to town on it. We actually had all of our tomato plants last year eaten down to nubs early in the season, and they came back and gave us one of the best harvests ever! I don’t recommend this as a strategy, per se, but if you’re picking something like greens or basil, harvest by just grabbing handfuls and ripping it off the plant. Our basil and other greens LOVE this and grow massively when we do this.
Fourth: Miscellaneous Tips
Move your plants around year to year. Crop rotation isn’t just a big farm thing. Tomatoes are going to take what they need from the soil but leave the rest and add something back with their own decomposition, which might be something your squash wants next year, etc.. You don’t have to be perfect about it, just try to put things in different places from the year before.
Speaking of which, once you’ve gotten what you can out of them, just chop the plants up and cover them with a little topsoil or mulch at the end of the season. Saves you time and returns everything you can back to the soil. You may get volunteers next season, but really the more the merrier!
Also- some plants you can eat a lot more of than others. For example, the only thing edible on a tomato plant is the tomatoes. But radishes? You can eat the root, the greens, the flowers, and the seed pods, and they are all great! Look into other things you have growing and you might end up with more food than you thought!
Your plants will look weird. That’s okay. Some of the leaves may rot or fall off. The tubers will be weird shapes because they grew next to a rock. Some of them will get eaten or break and be a little behind because they had to grow back. Your tomatoes may have a crack or two in them. Just eat those first. Produce isn’t supposed to be as perfect as it is at the store, and it’s not a problem that it loses a few leaves or is “leggy” at first or other things people worry about. Plants grow, sometimes weirdly. That’s really, genuinely, okay. It very likely won’t harm the end product at all.
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