Survival Techniques, hand tools and saving seed

IITM:   This seems very very sensible… it looks like the cushy life, may disappear for a while… many of us would be challenged to do the basics, when it comes to survival… we have a few months to learn LOTS!

Survival Techniques, hand tools and saving seed

Each month on the Lou Gentile show we have been presenting survival techniques, in February water distillation and making huts, in March wood gas to replace gasoline and natural toilet paper, in April soap making and Vitamin C sources and how to spin and weave cloth, in May eating bugs and recharging 12V batteries, and now in June we feature hand tools and saving seed..

Hand tools are non-electric, and can be purchased, as these below from Harbor Freight (cross cut saw for $20), or found at yard sales. The hand drill at right might be found there, as might an old flint fire starter. Be sure to include plenty of nails, screws, and bolts. Jacks and pulley systems can move heavy objects, so don’t forget plenty of rope and chain. No chain saw? Use a cross-cut saw and replace the gym with some real work.

Saving Seed is a vital part of gardening when one can no longer just purchase seed. Some, such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, lettuce, okra, and oats will self pollinate. Others, such as corn, wind pollinate, but most require pollination by insects, which include most than bees. Many seed pods will shatter or scatter seed if not collected promptly, such as cabbage, onion, or lettuce, but most will stay in their pods or dry well on the plant. Allow the fruit to fully mature before collecting. Tomato seed needs to ferment, form mold, before it will germinate properly. Some plants, such as beets, carrots, and onions are biennial, needing a two year cycle. For or all seeds, dry, let them rest, and store in a cool, dry, dark place. Best book: Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth.


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