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Resilience in the City--Accountability Thread

 
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You are all hereby dubbed my "accountability partners" as I seriously begin to build a more resilient way of life in the city. Some call it "Prepping," but I want to do this even if future years are an infinity of sunshine and roses. If I have a thread going to share what I'm trying, I am sure I will get tons of ideas and good advice, and it will encourage me to my efforts and projects in motion.

As of today, I have
  • about 3 months' worth of nonperishable food for my family
  • I also have a Berkey water filtration system (it will need a new filter this year, so I should order another very soon).
  • In the small yard I have a little tiny herb/annuals garden
  • A HUGE personal library of permaculture, gardening, hunting, foraging, and cooking books


  • (And I also have two vacuum-packed seed kits, for the future, if I ever get to a situation where I can have a big garden.)

    There's lots more to be done, but at least I know that we have food and water for a little while, even now.

    Upcoming projects I will soon be starting include: learning how to store and prepare the acorn deluge falling (literally!) in about six months, obtaining tons and tons of free wood chips to improve my front yard's hard clay soil, and foraging mushrooms at my parents' forested property.
     
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    Last year I purchased a bag of soapnuts and rigged up a greywater system for my little washing machine, and built a dolly for it.   So I can roll it over to the window and hook it up to the garden hose.   Irrigating my trees, flowers, and lawn with it, so I can save rain barrel water for veggies.    A tiny splash of vinegar for extra dirty laundry doesn't seem to bother the plants any either.

    I've also now got a breeding pair of rabbits;  illegal technically but my neighbors are great and we have privacy fencing all around.   I'd prefer them colony style (loved that when I had my farm) but for now discrete hutches will have to do.    Manure for the compost bins.  

    I lost count of how many species of trees/ shrubs/ perennials I have around my small yard,  while keeping it looking like "gardens" around a "lawn."  

    I'm getting my soil tested this month (cart before the horse, I know... ) for more information about what I need to be doing to make things healthier, if anything.

    All organic matter stays on my property;  leaves, twigs, branches, grass clippings, weedings, etc.   Except when I trim my rose bushes, lol.   Those I put out for city collection, but they compost it.   I also collect urine for composting as well instead of flushing.   I add my used coffee grounds to it before taking it outside,  for the benefit of my neighbors, so it doesn't LOOK like urine ;)

    Then I give away as many seeds, seedlings, plant divisions, etc. as I can to encourage other people to get involved as well.

    Oh!  Edit to add my new projects I want to get to:   building both a solar oven and a solar dehydrator!
     
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    sending lots of support from up north.
     
    So there I was, trapped in the jungle. And at the last minute, I was saved by this tiny ad:
    THANK YOU & 30% OFF EVERYTHING IN THE NURSERY!
    https://permies.com/t/181445/perennial-vegetables/NURSERY
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