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The Prepping Thread - A Newer Beginning ;)



  • Ooh, nice new thread! I did wonder if the previous one might be at risk of auto deletion or auto da fe.

    Bolt ti beans can go into a cassoulet or a bean salad. If a tin of tomatoes seems a bit insipid you can always bung in a splat of puree.

    I've just realised that I've put a big bag of flour in tge beetle cupboard, there are no beetles at present but they are naughty and might come back. No room in the flour cupboard and I don't want it go go back in the stored things place because I'm not feeling organised and will get in a muddle.

    I seem to have overdone it with the tea light store but NOT on the scale of the OH'S bogmageddon stash, we still have over 100 loo rolls.
    I was jumping to conclusions and one of them jumped back
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    Happy new thread, preppers!
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    :) I think if you freeze flour for a few days it kills the bug babies but all flours have a finite lifespan, especially wholemeal. It's to do with the oils in it turning rancid.

    Hardcore US preppers seem to favour storing wheat berries and grinding them into flour at need. Properly sealed, what they describe over there as red wheat can last for 30 years.

    Re taters, I didn't water this year's crop at all but they were planted in soil with a lot of spent barley grains from the organic brewpub and seemed to hold enough moisture to keep growing. They were respectable if not effing (for newcomers, my allotment is in sight of the road and some passers-by witnessing one year's harvest commented to each other would you look at the size of those effing things!) Hence effing potatoes = very large potatoes.

    I have deliberately acquired a second half-size plot alongside the full-size one - on a site with a glut of untenanted plots or this would not have been allowed - specifically to aid potato growing and crop rotation. Planning on sowing 10-12 kg seed spuds next year.

    A friend of mine had a scabby old rose plant that didn't do much. She'd read that if you plant a potato with rose bush it helps the roses grow. Anyway, the rose didn't grow so she dug it up and found lots of effing potatoes that grew from the one that she planted.
  • GreyQueen
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    :D Love it! Sometimes self-sown or otherwise unintended potatoes produce the heaviest crop, it's a delightful astonishment to find several meals' worth of carbohydrate where you weren't expecting to find any at all!

    In 2017, I had a spud plant grow from a small spud which must have been left behind when the previous year's crop was harvested. It was in bit of ground which had had a bonfire on it the previous autumn, and was only competing for nutrients with the runner beans that were growing in the same space.

    The tater tops were monstrous big, sprawling over at least a square metre, so I had high hopes for the harvest. Wasn't disappointed as this single plant produced 3/4 bucket full. Happy memories - and plenty of them were effing.

    The most effingest single tater I ever grew weighed 1.3 kg and fed four adults. :rotfl:
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  • I've mostly found that the rogue potatoes (the ones you didn't deliberately plant) give a truly effing yield.
    I was jumping to conclusions and one of them jumped back
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    Another one coming out of lurkdom :) I haven't ground space for taters so I've tried growing them in tubs for the last few years TBH I've never managed a decent crop despite all the care and coddling so will give it a miss next year :(
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    Happy New Thread Day, my friends.

    Apologies but I will be mostly lurking. (No change there then.)

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    I seem to have overdone it with the tea light store but NOT on the scale of the OH'S bogmageddon stash, we still have over 100 loo rolls.

    Recent experience suggests that in the advent of any upset tummy bug, the loo roll stash dwindles almost as fast as affection for the person held responsible. Stay prepared & avoid unwanted shopping trips!

    Anyway, can you honestly have too many tealights etc - so long as you are not actually tripping over stores, and routes out are clear in the event of fire?
  • Nice to log in this morning and find so many people who normally read joining in, hi everyone, thank you for being here and saying so as it makes the thread and it's contents valid, please stay with us even if it's in the wings, it's good to have you along for the ride.
  • Just be careful where you store your loo roll! I stocked up once on a good special offer, and kept them on the shelves in the garage. Which turned out to be an expensive way of providing free bedding for mice... tins & jars ae safe out there, but anything remotely nibblable - will be.
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