Post by mountedantman on Dec 30, 2012 1:07:32 GMT -5
Alright, if you got canned peaches, beef jerky, or boxed pasta, that's great, but can anyone think of ways to live off the land, between the time that the supplies run out and the first harvest season arrives?
Some nifty ways I found were to dig up grubs, since they provide excellent protein, or any larvae for that matter, stripping the filaments between bark and wood on trees and collecting the roots of grasses to eat, as they provide some calories. Piles of pupae and larvae from anthills would be practical, and using other insects you could lure in pigeons or crows and trap them as well, not to mention using them as bait to catch fish. In the end, it's all about the calories. I heard of some edible plants, but I just don't think they will pack the carbs or proteins to pull through.
edible plants can indeed pack the calories. Look at how quickly many herbivores can grow. The only time you'd want to revert to eating the layer between the bark and wood or eating the roots of grasses is if you were not able to find normal edible plants. Yes protein is a concern, but that can be gained from eating bugs to hunting escaped cattle.
as far as 'from the time supplies run out to the first harvest season'
I think you may want to look more carefully at harvest season. Unless you are talking winter or early spring there is always something that is ready to eat. Radishes go from seed to food in 21-30 days. Tomatoes, peas, green beans....all sorts of garden plants will be giving food from mid-spring to fall. Yes, the traditional grains are going to be 'wait until fall' but so many other things are not.
You may want to look at hunting and trapping as well. Trapping - get some leg traps and put them next to your storage of seeds. (Great way to deal with the pests your post apocalypse garden will draw). Otherwise look into books that show you how to build snares and get some snare wire or string. The type of fishing line used for marlin fishing would be great.
Hunting! Okay, you don't want to waste your ammo? Get a bow! Or what about getting yourself a sight-hound and get involved in coursing. Then it would be easy to transition over to having your dog chase live prey.
edible plants can indeed pack the calories. Look at how quickly many herbivores can grow.
Its great insight, but the only thing with eating plants is that humans cannot digest cellulose, unlike herbivores, and therefore cannot break down the glucose stored in them. Edible plants have nutrients that humans CAN digest, and that;s why they are edible.
Im thinking about feeding well over 30 people every single day, 3 meals a day. DO you think a balanced diet of insects, some rations, edible plants, and limited hunting is feasible? Remember, hunting is not easy even with modern techniques.
You would only come across live game once in a while, unless you are going after squirrels. Even then, you would need to hunt 20 squirrels a day.
Here in Pennsylvania, we have many small wild animals like squirrel, woodchuck, groundhogs, rabbits, ducks and turkeys. There is also great fishing here for bass and catfish, and you can even eat some crustaceans like crayfish, which are very easy to trap. Then theres bigger animals like deer, bobcat and bears..
For me, my daily food would probably rabbit, squirrel or fish. There are many edible plants here, but most don't taste good.. there are wild raspberries and blackberries I see here a lot though, rarely I see grapes. There is also wild onions growing all over here, so you could fry some squirrel in onions. I would probably make deer jerky to last me the winter months (it gets below freezing and snows on a daily basis). I would also save the animal pelts for this..
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