July 2019 Meeting Notes

July 13, 2019

  • Items to Keep in your truck/car
  • Intro to the PrestoGarden
  • When to Plant in this area
  • Container Gardening, Part 2
  • Medicinal Plants & Essential Herbs – Plantain, St. Johns Wort, Mullein

 


 

Items to Keep in your truck/car

Emphasis on the need to keep your GHB/BOB separate from a vehicle kit. You don’t want to take things from your GHB/BOB as a matter of routine, so have duplicate items if needed for your vehicle kit.

Vehicle Kit Presentation
Vehicle Kit items
Vehicle Kit items
Vehicle Kit items

 


 

Introduction to the PrestoGarden

Jay described the PrestoGarden product that he is working on. He currently has a patent on the design, and the molds for production are being built in China at this point. There are a number of prototype models now in use for testing throughout the U.S. and other countries. The PrestoGarden is a self-contained hydroponic “Grow Tower” that lets you grow a large amount of food in a small amount of space. We’ll add more details here as they become available.

 


 

When to Plant in This Area

We are located in Zone 9a for the northwest part of Volusia County, and 9b for the rest of the county. The split between 9a and 9b is State Road 40, and it divides Central and North Florida as far as planting times. Keep in mind that this is a guide – not a hard and fast rule. Know your area and adjust accordingly.

The Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide includes a chart that shows the best planting times for a vegetable garden. It is important to note that the times shown are for planting outdoors. If you are able to start your seeds indoors and then transplant them outdoors, you can get a head start on your garden.

Early planting is not just about getting your harvest earlier – it is a very effective way to avoid insect damage. Insect cycles are closely tied to plant cycles. By planting earlier than the insect cycle, you are able to plant, grow, and harvest before the bugs arrive, giving you a huge advantage. Starting your seeds indoors and then transplanting makes it possible without worrying about the danger of a late frost.

IMPORTANT DOWNLOAD
Be sure to DOWNLOAD and PRINT the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide. It is as close to a “Single Source” guide to gardening as it gets.

 


 

Container Gardening, Part 2
Medicinal Plants & Essential Herbs – Plantain, St. Johns Wort, Mullein (Kelly’s Corner)

 

Sources: Kelly was asked about where to buy herb plants and seeds. This was not available at the meeting, but her primary source is Logee’s (link).

Discussion on plants that grow well together (Companion planting) and some that just don’t do well with other plants nearby.

Discussion on the importance of building up your immune system to better cope in a time of increased stress and disease, and decreased sanitation and nutritional availability.

The materials presented in this portion of the meeting are available by clicking on the “Downloadable resources” link on the Kelly’s Corner page.

Herbs prepared and ready for sampling.

Video on herbal medicine and conventional medicine

Meeting Notes – November 2018

November 10, 2018

  • Radio workshop
  • Armored backpack inserts

Most of the November meeting was a training session on the technical aspects of using the new radios.

The Backpack Armor Insert from Premier Body Armor was demonstrated using a Maxpedition Falcon II pack. (When ordering using this link, Volusia County Prepping receives a small commission for any purchases.)

April 2018 Meeting

April 14, 2018

  • How to install a well and/or well point
  • Different types of wells and the cost
  • Review of water purification methods and filters
  • BYO BOB (Bring your own Bug Out Bag) or Get Home Bag to display and share ideas
  • Things to carry in your car/truck

Water – and lots of it – is about as important as it gets.
While water storage is important as a buffer, it is not practical as anything more than that. We just use too much of it to store for the long term – although a swimming pool goes a long way.

We’re going to cover 3 areas here:
Putting in a well
Getting water out of that well
Alternatives to a well

2 kinds of wells: Shallow and Deep
Shallow uses ground water
Deep uses the aquifer

  • Shallow MUST be treated by using a good water filter or chemical or other means.
  • Shallow depends on rain to recharge.
  • Shallow is a maximum of about 28 feet, but 20 – 25 is a more practical depth
  • Shallow usually uses a suction pump where the pumping is done from ground level and pulled up. The pump is working against both gravity and atmospheric pressure.
  • Pump must be primed

 

  • Deep is pure and generally needs no treatment
  • Deep in West Volusia is about 75 feet to the aquifer
  • Deep uses a piston pump where the pumping is done from below the water level and pushed up.
  • No priming is needed

 

  • Another Option: Cisterns with a Berkey filter
  • A swimming pool can be used as a cistern. Not ideal, but most things aren’t.
  • 2017 – received 65 inches of rain at my house
  • If you are able to catch and save 90% of the rain on a 2000 square ft. roof, you will have 72,930 gallons of water per year, which is 200 gallons per day.
  • My 12×24 steel roof shed would provide 9,750 gallons, or 26 gallons per day.
  • Use a sand filter to remove any larger contaminants, then pour it through a Berkey filter. The double filtering is mainly to extend the life of the Berkey filter.

The restored house at Blue Springs in Orange City is supplied by a cistern even though it is located only steps away from the Blue Springs run.

 

  • Without electricity to pump water, do you have the means to store and move that water?
  • Buckets
  • Wagon to carry larger amounts of water
  • Water to your garden
  • Garden hose with manual pump / siphon
  • 5 gallon water containers (max. portable size)
  • 55 gallon water barrels from various prep dealers
  • Recycled juice barrels available locally from Craig’s List, etc.
  • Designs to dump the first several gallons washed off the roof before routing into storage barrel

Big Berkey Water Filter Demonstration


BOB/GHB (Bug Out Bag / Get Home Bag)

“Show and Tell” as members display and describe their kits.

Maxpedition Falcon II – Top view – Total weight, including water = 19.8 pounds
Side view 1
Side view 2 showing dump pouch.
Group 1
Vortex monocular, toilet paper, sweat band
Mosquito head net, knife, oven bag, energy drink, Chap-stick, water bottles with cup, note pad, butane lighter, gloves, first aid kit.
Latex gloves, Iodine tabs, Neosporin, pill vial with pain meds, splinter tweezers, nail clippers
Freeze dried packets, Lifeboat rations, cook stove, nylon poncho, Mylar sleeping bags, cap

 

5.11 Tactical Rush MOAB 6 bag. Total weight with ammo and water = 9.6 pounds
Opened bag with ASP collapsible baton. Not shown – pouch with filled 9mm magazines.
Vortex monocular, container with energy bar, toilet paper, Israeli bandage, band-aid kit, sweat band, cap, fire starters, water bottle.
Knife, pen, notepad, bag with gloves, ear plugs, face protection, Chap-stick, spare batteries, whistle, compass, DEET, poncho, Butane lighter, spoon, 550 cord, Sawyer water filter kit, Flash drive with docs, pill vial with pain meds, mini-multi-tool, handcuff key.