Episode-1554- Listener Calls for 4-10-15 — 19 Comments

  1. “Are edible plants becoming more common and if so what that means” If they are becoming more common then one of the reasons is because you’ve made the knowledge of what a food forest is to so many hundreds of thousands of people. Plants that come up every year bigger than last year and have food on them that we can take and eat. Who’d not want that for supplementing preparedness.


  2. Last year I tried starting a vermicompost bin system with 2 Costco bins stacked. Before I got the red wigglers in, the BSF had moved in. I don’t feed them meat or chicken scraps because those go to my dog, but bread, fruit peals, egg shells, etc… all go into the bin. Those things eat fast and they don’t smell at all (remember no meat in my system). Now, I don’t know how useful their casting are for the garden, but I’ve read that BSF and wigglers work very good together because the wigglers eat the castings of the BSF larva.

  3. Sorry Jack. I didn’t really give you all the info. I want to upgrade to the .40, not carry the pellet gun for my cc. The basis for my question was “could it”, not I will. I was planning on getting rid of all the .22l, as i had the.22 pellet rifle. Just wanted to make sure that it could do the job. But it seems like you figured out my muddled brain and addressed my intentions toward the end. Sorry for the confusion.

    • I own a .22 pellet rifle and a .25 pellet rifle, and been shooting .17 all my life, as well as a .20 Sheridan, all of these have NO WHERE NEAR the energy of a .22 long rifle (LR) round. Funny thing, the .25 pellet rifle USE to, in the past, cost more than a .22LR to shoot.

      people go, “oh.. a 22, you’ll just piss them off.” BULL CRAP. a .22LR will F your day up big time, if not kill you dead depending on where the round goes and how many of them. ONE of them almost killed President Ronald Reagan.

      The .40 SW round is a good round. Remember, There are lots of people in this world dead from .22, .32, .380 and 9mm rounds, just ask the Nazis. Grip, sight picture and trigger control are a lot more important than the caliber of the round you are throwing at them. First you have to hit the target.

      I saw this great ad a while back and it said, “32% of the people shot with a hand gun are dead, but this ex-navy seal says 100% of the people he shot with his 9mm are dead.” LOL…that says a lot does it not. 🙂


  4. The last question is dead-on. People are starting to wake-up. I can humbly say that at least 10 people now have gardens in their houses because of my influence. It is not many, but how many more people have those 10 reached? Something is definitely brewing in suburbia.

  5. Kyle,
    i have to agree with what’s been said already on the issue… but wait there’s more. I’m not going to clog up the comments here with info easily found elsewhere. hit me up on the forum under the same name or also on tspn channel in zello. its an interesting subject.

  6. exactly steve, lots of people laugh at cals smaller than .45 none of those people (or very few I suspect) have been shot with anything. none of the people dead from .22 are laughing at it.

  7. Hey Jack. You said the destruction of the family in this country is related to the welfare system. Could you elaborate on that point for me?

  8. Hey there TSP community. Rusty from Oregon.

    I actually built a structure that is very close to what Jack described in his answer to the “Burying a shipping container” question.

    It is a concrete “Roman Arch” that will be buried under earth. I need a wine/root cellar and this will fir the bill.

    The structure was built on grade to allow for natural drainage. Also ventilation.

    Just need to bury it. The concrete Roman arch could probably hold 15 feet of earth above it. (If I did a re-enforcing ‘Flying Arch”).

    Never worked with concrete before so it took much longer than I anticipated.

    Total cost so far $2100.

  9. I have a rouen drake that lost his female this winter to a predator. I started putting him in my chicken tractor at night to protect him. He became friends with one of my roosters and now flies up to get into the coop at night with the chickens and comes out in the morning when the door opens. He actually snuggles with one of my roosters at night. I’ve caught them a few times with his head laying over the chickens back. (one of my roosters sits on the floor cause the dominant rooster has banned him from the roost) Just found it interesting that he imprinted on the flock and particularly one of my roosters.

  10. Ok Jack. Here is me taking the first step. I do listen to you closely.

    I listened to your Q&A today (FRI) especially about edible plants, the soil in the urban space and what people do because of the slow changes in the last 20-30 years of the suburbs and what they were suppose to be vs what they have come to be.

    – I live in the Suburbs,

    – In a big house.

    – We have chem lawn spray our grass about 6x a year

    – We have someone come and mow it once a week. Most of the time they leave the grass on the lawn, unless its fall time and leaves are falling.

    – My wife likes new mulch every year to help keep down the weeks around her flower garden. Bending over for hours picking weeds and spraying them is a pain in the rear end.

    What is the first permaculture step we can take. We’ve not put down the ‘died’ mulch yet for this year, and I can make a change in that if that would be a good first step. We have a very good landscape supply place that can dump off about anything we desire and we have a Uncle / Nephew team that spreads the mulch each year. We don’t want to move 4000-6000 pounds of mulch, they are happy to do it, we are happy to support them.

    My wife believes in making perennial flower gardens, because of the low maintenance and high beauty. At our old place people would literally stop their car in the road if they saw her outside and tell her how they enjoy looking at her house and garden every morning and evening going to and from slavery (err…work.)

    My wife does want to plant some raspberry and black berry bushes because she likes these and they are so incredibly expensive at the stores. We also live in a high deer population environment. We intentionally have a plot of ‘hostas’ in the back as ‘deer crack’ so the deer can munch on something but not our regular plants.

    Honestly, tell me my first step, and I will walk through that door, but I think I can only move the wife one step at a time.


    • I know you addressed Jack, but we’ve had a bit of dialogue before so I’ll give this a go. [We all know Jack, if he’s going to reply he’ll do it whether or not someone else did xD.]

      The first question is whether or not you have an HOA jamming regulations down your throat. If you do, things will be a little more complicated/take more effort. I’m going to proceed assuming you do not have an HOA weighing you down.

      The first step I’d suggest is to immediately stop spraying the lawn and let nature make her own decisions about what will grow there. My own lawn hasn’t been sprayed in all 26 years I’ve lived here and it’s still grass-dominated [this may not be the case if your lawn is on the north side of your house, moss can really take over sometimes then, particularly with acidic soils] but is a healthy polyculture dotted with dandelions, cats-ear, plantain/dock [haven’t bothered identifying], clover and a few others I haven’t bothered to identify. You will want to keep an eye out for any particularly nasty ‘invasive species’ in your area [Bindweed being one example you may or may not have] and remove it before it can get too established.

      The polycultural lawn will likely eventually favor wild grasses rather than domesticated ones, but that’s not a bad thing. They’re a lot more drought tolerant and require way less watering.

      In the long run shifting to a no-chem lawn very well may just be a first step on the road to an edible landscape, or you might decide to keep it [or just some of it] for use as a lawn. Speaking from personal experience it tends to be way tougher and more durable for playing sports with kids on.

      As for the cane-fruit, Raspberries and Blackberries could do great with a small patch on an end of that flower garden [and depending on the cultivar many produce beautiful white flowers for much of spring and summer, gradually giving way to green and then red [and then Black in the case of Blackberries or Black Raspberries.] Just make sure you choose cultivars that are noted for not being too aggressive in growth habit.

      Hope I’ve been helpful.

  11. Interesting take on why people were attracted to the suburbs, and the whole concept of living that way. Many historians have attempted to document and explain suburban development – “Crabgrass Frontier” by Kenneth Jackson in the 80’s, and Jacobs, Mumford, Rae (The End of Urbanism) just to name a few.

    Basically, people have been trying to get out of cities since the beginning of cities. The electric grid at the beginning of the 20th century was a big enabler. Industry did not need to be concentrated anymore in a dense urban area. However, the main reason I believe that people went to the suburbs was the usual, congestion, squalor, and filth. Life is just easier if you have some space.

    Once country or semi country living could be afforded by the masses rather than just a few rich aristocrats it was a race to the crabgrass frontier. But now maybe it can be turned into more than crabgrass as you regularly point out.

  12. “Ducks & Roosters … living together!”

    its the apocalypse!

    sorry… that kind of day. love the podcast

  13. i to think that fruit and medicinal plants are becoming more mainstream. I was at Home Depot the other day and low and behold I have found goji berry plants. really goji berry plants at Home Depot!

  14. RE: your comment around 18:50 that a woman would have a better chance at defusing the situation: A woman/girl interceding would have more than even odds of getting attacked as well.

    As far as I can remember, when we were kids/teens even the roughest of guys, generally, wouldn’t beat up a random woman. Maybe out of a shred of home-training, or because he would look weak. Maybe, because he knew other men/boys around would stop him.

    These days, girls aren’t off limits to these types.
    Exhibit A:

    This is a very disturbing video of a teen male beating down a girl, including several closed-fist hits to the face, while a bunch of people (including a teacher) just stood around.

    In the case of the incident referred to in the podcast, they might have been extra incensed that she tried to speak up for someone white, especially a white man.

    • They said in the video that it’s school policy to never put their hands on a student to break up a fight, that it must be done verbally. Is that common now? Once again, I feel old and confused.

      Ya know, sometimes a girl can handle herself much better than a man. I know the point in the podcast was about de-escalation, but I’m just saying that I’ve seen girls make guys sorry they ever started something. Back when I was in middle school, I saw a girl pull a guy’s shirt over his head and proceed to give him a beat down.