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Has anyone on here just acquired or hasnt't yet begun to build on their land. Even as a hunting property. It would be cool to document the steps you take to build the food plots and trails and whatnot, and even a cabin with a garden and other structures. I think this would be cool for other people to see who do not yet own property or haven't the inspiration to do much with it. Anyways just my 2 cents as I am one of those people.

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I hope to be totaly set up within a couple years,to the point that a simple move would be my answer to a teotwawki type event. Limited solar power,icehouse,smokehouse,sustainable garden,livestock&the whole 9yards-BUT posting pics would deffinately go against opsec. I have been gathering info from a wide range of sources,and materials,and it's all coming together. I'll be glad to share some of what I've found out over the last few years,just PM me and ask.

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I'd love to see what others are doing with their properties, too. But obviously OpSec is going to be an issue for many of the people on this board.

 

I stumbled across this a few weeks ago and thought it was really interesting. It's a LONG list of all of the thought you will want to put into planning your BOL:

 

http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=91365

 

In particular, the person who wrote up that list recommends reading The Survival Retreat: A Total Plan for Retreat Defense by Ragnar Benson (who has written several really well-done prepper guides). Here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Retreat-Total-Plan-Defense/dp/0873642759/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358200124&sr=1-14&keywords=ragnar+benson

 

If you are interested in learning more about systems for solar/wind energy or ways to plan for crops, you might want to check out Backwoods Home Magazine (http://www.backwoodshome.com/) and Permies (http://www.permies.com/), which are less about being preppers and more about sustainability and living off the grid, so people are more inclined to share plans, designs, and photos.

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Has anyone on here just acquired or hasnt't yet begun to build on their land. Even as a hunting property. It would be cool to document the steps you take to build the food plots and trails and whatnot, and even a cabin with a garden and other structures. I think this would be cool for other people to see who do not yet own property or haven't the inspiration to do much with it. Anyways just my 2 cents as I am one of those people.

 

we turned some bad fields into larger ones and added some new fields too. nothing huge. about 100 acres total land. maybe 10 acres in fields.

 

if you can build them "anywhere" on your property and dont minds losing some hardwoods - find an area where the timber value will pick up the cost of stump removal and smoothing out the food plot.

 

or you can leave pine stumps in the ground and about three years later they are gone. just remember where they are and do not hit with bush hog.

 

for trails we used the same crew and sent them around the property, some old fire lanes and other trails. just used the skidder or front end loader to clear a trail. its not a straight line trail but works fine for us.

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food plots for game I am supposing

 

I have avoided that and have gone with bucket garden and lots of grapes blackberries and fruit trees anything that will grow

 

in my region fruit is the most valuable commodity and it attract just as much game as a game plot and birds

 

there are no rues to gardening other than enough sun and water you can have curved rows tiered angular raised beds

 

mounds etc. i make my area aesthetically pleasing and also consider cover as well as my personal view from vantage points

 

where I can hunt from.

 

I have agave blackberries figs peaches Mexican limes lemons pomegranates grapes blueberries

 

next year more blueberries and black berries and some more grapes I have a lot of loquat seeds

 

and I intend to plant them along the fence line.

 

all of these can be juiced and dried for future use my bucket garden is 15 gallon planters about 30 of them

 

it is easier to weed can be spot watered with or without grow mix if the plantings are vines a roll of fencing

 

makes a great round trellis as high as the fencing you buy if animals tip them a T post driven through the

 

middle stops that crap also if weeds are a problem bucket gardens separate the ground from your plants

 

i have mine on bricks and blocks if I want I can spray weed killer and not worry about my garden.

 

a few things are not for a bucket like corn but Okra loves a bucket and no matter if your soil is poor

 

or too wet or dry your in more control you can move the buckets you can arrange them to suite YOU.

 

and they are off the ground and that saves you back.

 

if your soil is rich you can fill them from your land if not your going to have to add top soil anyway

 

If for some reason you had to move a large rental van and a lot of work and most of your garden and soil

 

etc goes right with you.

 

each season we dump these and add rabbit manure and repack I am looking for glass the right size and I can

 

make these like a miniature greenhouse if the weather is fair I can pull the glass and allow the plants to harden

 

if it is foul the glass would protect from too heavy of rain or wind.

 

a few things I will do IF TSHTF like rows of beans peas and corn in winter carrots cabbage onions

 

I can also do trial runs of unknown items if I am not good at growing them after a few tries I know not to waste my time.

 

certain plants and me don't seem to get along me and cucumbers NOT GOING TO WORK I do not know why but I have

 

neighbors that love my cherokee purple tomatoes and I have no problem trading for cucumbers and I use very few anyway.

 

we trade and give quite a bit as we grow more than we can use at the moment I hope it stays that way.

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