5 Post-Apocalyptic Items worth More than Gold

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Post-Apocalyptic Items worth More than Gold

Do you want to thrive after the apocalypse?  By stocking up on these 5 post-apocalyptic items you are guaranteed to be sitting pretty after doomsday.  After being in the survival and preparedness community for over ten years I am continuously disappointed by websites claiming to be authorities in the field, while providing generic and useless information that is devoid of reality.  The worse part of it is you have to sift through fifty ads, popups, and questionnaires just to get to it.  That’s the problem with a lot of these sites, they write from fantastical imaginations, and not reality.  All too often you will be told to stock up material goods like precious metals, guns, tactical gear, and etc. that will end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars.  I love gold, guns and tactical shit as much as the next guy, but in a post-apocalyptic world the return on those investments will not be as much as you’d expect.

Don’t worry, you can still buy all the gold and guns you can afford but only after you stock up on the items in this list.  Not only do the items in this article have a long shelf life, but they will drastically improve your quality of life after doomsday.  These items will have many uses on your homestead, and will be worth as much as gold when bartering, which will be the economic system in America for quite some time after the world ends.

SALT (See Pricing)

Yes, Salt! Salt is one of the most versatile goods you can stock up on before doomsday, and after a true doomsday event it will be more sought after than gold.  Why?  The primary reason is once the power goes out, everyone will need to start hunting and fishing for their food, and that meat will need to be preserved or else all that meat will go to waste.  If you want to learn how to cure your meat with salt you can read Survivopedia’s Guide on Salt Curing.  This single use of salt makes it an indispensable part of your survival cache, but did you know salt can also be used to;

  • Disinfect wounds (salt diluted with water)
  • Treat gout, sprains, and athlete’s foot (Epsom**)
  • Aid in soil fertilization
  • Aid in nutrition (1500mg of sodium required daily)
  • Melt icy roads
  • Extinguish grease fires
  • Clean cast iron pans
  • Use as an ant deterrent
  • Prevent cheese from molding
  • Extend the life of your milk
  • And much more…

IODINE (See Pricing)

In my opinion iodine is the most underrated and undervalued sterilizing agents, and until a few years back it was the go to sterilizing solution in ORs and ERs until they switched to chlorhexidine in alcohol solution.  Not to mention, if a nuclear disaster is the shit that hit the fan, you will have liquid gold in your hands because nascent iodine can reduce the harmful accumulation of radioactive substances in your thyroid.  Just like salt, iodine has its own uses that include;

  • Preventing goiter
  • Boosting your metabolism
  • Treating vaginal irritation (vaginitis)
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Disinfect water for consumption (tastes horrible)
  • Promoting skin health

SULFUR (See Pricing)

Sulfur is a key element in gun powder, and a year after the apocalypse you won’t be able to just go to the store and get a box of ammo.  You’re going to have to buy it from the very few people that know how to make it, or make it yourself.  Either way this makes sulfur a very valuable commodity after doomsday.  Sulfur can also be used;

  • As a fungicide
  • To treat waste water
  • To preserve fruits
  • As a dietary supplement


If I could only have two of the post-apocalyptic items listed in this article I would pick salt and charcoal.  Charcoal is one of the most diverse materials with its uses exclusively catered to survivalists and preppers.  Seriously, it’s like charcoal was made by God specifically for survivalists.  Charcoal is one of the ingredients in some gun powders, and has a massive amount of survival properties including;

  • A long lasting fire and heat source
  • Excellent water filtration
  • Masks odors
  • Absorbs toxins in the body
  • Camouflage
  • Treats infected wounds
  • Used as a cure all supplement in activated form


After doomsday our medical supplies are going to be depleted within two weeks.  Pharmacies and Hospitals will be looted leaving people nowhere to turn when they get an infection.  It’s kind of ironic, in the 21st Century we have become hyper spastic germophobes, with antibiotics being over-prescribed, and autoimmune diseases springing up like crabgrass, and when we actually need antibiotics to survive they will be nowhere in sight…  Now you can’t just go to Wal-Mart and buy antibiotics without a prescription, but luckily you can order antibiotics online without a prescription through certain vendors.  When purchasing look for these antibiotics;

  • Amoxicillin — used to treat common bacteria borne infections caused by tonsillitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, gonorrhea, and infections of the ear, nose, throat, skin, or urinary tract.
  • Clindamycin — used to treat serious infections caused by bacteria, streptococcal infections in penicillin-allergic patients, also anaerobic infections, and as an alternative to penicillin based antibiotics.

Antibiotics will be near priceless after doomsday, giving you an extremely valuable bargaining chip that you can trade for ammunition, food, or anything you are lacking.  That is the world we will be living in folks.

In closing…

Do not mistake this guide as me saying ‘Don’t buy gold and guns’, my point is not to focus all your efforts on generic items.  Yes, you should have a healthy supply of ammunition, and a few reliable guns, and precious metals in your cache.  Just don’t focus on those because that’s not what people will need after doomsday.  We will desperately need the simpler things in life that we take for granted.  If you have any advice to offer our readers, feel free to comment below!

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51 thoughts on “5 Post-Apocalyptic Items worth More than Gold

    • If you live in an area where it goes below freezing at night, you can make cheaper than buy it. Especially after SHFT. Make the alcohol. Wine, beer, anything you choose. Fill a good jug, crack-proof, 2/3 full, let it freeze for a few nights to a week, then drain it into a filter (non-metallic colanders work, like tight baskets, but soak in water first). The alcohol should be over 30%, if you used good yeast. Take the ice, melt it, and add more yeast. Remember to ferment in an oxygenless environment or you’ll get vinegar (high in vitamin C, but not good for much more than sterilizing things). Native Americans would boil fruit and grain or roots, and ferment them for a day or two, then seal the jugs with cloth and wet clay, then bury them till early winter. The jugs would be taken to a mountain top to freeze, then drained for the old folks’ ‘medicine’. Mescalero Apaches made their mescal this way, and the original tequila was, as well. Wine was a woman’s drink, loaded with C to stop scurvy because they couldn’t eat spruce buds as men could. Spruce and other evergreens (tho filled with vitamin C) cause abortions, something to be avoided lest you get accused of witchcraft (by sacrificing a child). Evergreens also contain terpines, which will stop you from absorbing protein if too much is eaten. A little, and only if your teeth start to feel loose. Of course, many an archeologist still wonders why those silly injuns tried to store fruit and green corn raw, like that… 🙂 Setting you a regular still is your business. I quit years ago, but man, that wine and so on paid for a lot of school clothes when I was a teenager, and before that, as well. I learned on a ‘tabletop’ still making apple jack and so on.

  1. Honey would also be a good thing to keep on hand. It can be used medicinally, can be used as a sweetener, and has many other uses. It is cheap to get if you can bring yourself to keep bees. So it can be a renewable resource that can be traded.

  2. Salt, get curing salt at a local feed store…. Caution, better learn how to use it as it is very potent.
    Charcoal is easy to make yourself. I use manzanita, cut in 3in chunks put into a 5 gal metal can with a top, set that in a camp fire for an hour or two.
    Sulfur is cheaper if you go online and order it from ” Make your own diesel” kind of sites. I got like 5 lbs for $19.00 and that included shipping. Hell buy 20 lbs and it’s even cheaper. If you are into making black powder you’re going to need some stump remover available at most hardware stores.

    • Salt is great, but not the same as cure. Cure has nitrites in it, already mixed. It kills bacteria, where salt only stops it from spreading. http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/nchfp/lit_rev/cure_smoke_cure.html Countryside & small stock journal http://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/ has a lot of old-time survival ways of doing things. It’s on-line and free.

      I like manzanita. Good berries and good eating when tsi Maria butchers the goats who love it 🙂 It’s probably top bow wood, if you can find a piece straight enough, and have a saw that doesn’t cringe when you get near that darling beauty. Food-grade charcoal…

      In the good old days, when they made black powder, they used an aging mule to pull the wheel to grind it. Then walked away fast. do you make the saltpeter or prefer to buy it? We made it a few times, it stinks, dried urine. Take dirt from a corral or stall that’s been used and not weathered, and run water thru it. Filter the water and boil it down to a crust in the pot. Not the highest grade, but it works.

      things sound good out your way. I hope I get home to AZ ASAP. God bless.

  3. Great article, would like to add for the antibiotic, from experience so I know it works: Garlic! Fresh uncut garlic cloves. Four cloves a day when sick. You can either chew the cloves or chop them up then eat. One clove at a time 4 times a day. Do not cook them! Garlic has been used as an antibiotic for centuries. I learned this after getting a sinus infection that antibiotics would not knock out. Its also good to eat one clove a day to stay healthy but damn that stuff is rough.

    • Try Ajo Rojo is you live in the South. It’s so powerful it’s called medicinal garlic. It puts most hot peppers to shame. It keeps twice as long as most garlic will, just hang it from the garage (do not let it freeze), and it should be good for a year. For the North, rocambole types are best. We’re doing sauerkraut, it works best, fastest, in the heat. That’s as good a probiotic as yogurt and stops ulcers, as well as infections.

      • Thanks, I’ll look into it. There should be plenty here. I can’t live any farther south and still be in America.

        • It’s a Creole type, meaning it may have come over with Columbus. Some are almost sweet, so mind you get the Ajo Rojo. This and anything in the onion family has to stay away from legumes. It can kill them. It also has to have protection from animals. When we raised pigs, we’d train them on a little garlic each day. When it was time to load them (out in a pasture), usually all we had to do is break up a few bulbs and scatter it over the ramp and truck bed. They loaded themselves to head for the slaughterhouse. Kind of like liberals. Most animals will wipe out a bed of garlic and nursing animals are the worse.
          Try http://www.filareefarm.com if you can’t find it elsewhere. Sept is the time to order, even if planting in December.

          Most garlic planted is a commercial crap called a artichoke garlic. Plenty of cloves if you don’t mind them skinny and hard to peel. it doesn’t do as well as Creole and is less bug resistant.

          If you live in a more or less frost-free zone, you might want to add ginger to the garden. It kills cold germs and dries up hay fever. Honey mesquite was the Mother grain, as well, not corn. Even in drought years, it produces (just ask a ranch about it 🙂

          • Thanks so much for the info. We have seen the light when it comes to natural healing. We got into essential oils a couple of years ago and they have made a major difference in our lives. Healthy eating, organic, homegrown, canning and so on. We still know so little compared to our forefathers or even most of our liberty loving brethren. Again thank you. It almost never gets below 40F here. We plant very early by July anything like tomatoes has burnt up. Humidity is hell and storage is a challenge.

          • I’m of Arizona, but spent too many years in the East and Midwest. Put a pair of boots in the closet in Ohio, and in a few months they were green with mildew. Each place has it’s problems. Desert gardens are made for the heat. Native Seed Savers, in Tucson, has tomatoes and so on that thrive in Baja’s summers, burning heat, drought and humidity at the same time. Maize, beans, squash, melons, as well. Indians developed plants that do best in weather like that. Chia should be a mainstay! It was so important to most folks, sacrifices were made to it’s ‘spirit’. You have a great winter for cole crops and potatoes, and perhaps Russian tomatoes. I have scarlet runner beans growing, and they thrive in cool, damp weather. Fresh green beans or dried beans, they’re excellent eating. As a bro told me decades ago, ya got to go loco for the local. Look around. Saguaro is great fruit (at 4 bucks a lb in the store, ouch), prickly pear cactus, yucca roots, century plant roots (very sweet), the fruit (raw, toxic and acid and enough to damage your teeth but super sweet when roasted), mesquite, and a great many other things. The desert supported thousands of people long before they started to farm. Like them, you need to go deep to store things. But, most things are better off stored in the ground till needed. For grain, teosinte (wild maize, grain on top, but only very tiny ears) will die come summer’s heat, but resprouts when the rains hit it. A lot of local is like that. Iron wood trees, the seeds need to be cooked, but are good eating. Most stuff Native Americans did is on-line and free. You don’t build thriving civilizations in adverse areas as they did and not be geniuses. Ah, before I forget, red rice (African rice) is tough. If you can find it, it can grow in a mud puddle. It’s the opposite of Asian rice, which has to be coddled. It can almost dry out, then be submerged by floods and still will produce, but it’s very expensive in the stores. I don’t know how it will do in your area (I’m guessing sou Cal near the coast). Israel is working on plants that thrive in brackish water. Many a thing from southern Africa was developed to thrive in harsh environments. Like much from the US desert, it has to be cooked to be eatable. Mint potatoes, sorghum, and more. You are the future, God bless.

          • WOW, great info thanks. I live in South Texas. Main prob here is the clay soil, hard as a rock. I thought it would rain more here than it does but, when it does rain it stands on the ground up to a week. Mosquitoes are hell too lol. I have a lot of mesquite and cactus, prickly pear jam is great. I haven’t heard of most of what you told me about so it should make for some great learning. Hopefully it will help us survive. Most folk down here are happy to have the Gov. take care of them, they lost all the old knowledge. Citrus farms are disappearing faster than our tax dollars. Again thanks for the knowledge it is greatly appreciated.

          • Citrus? You are deep. Mind you, Matamoris is too effing close. Bad news all the time from that hog wallow. You’re in the Mediterranean climate, and have a lot more going for you than against you.

            A heat-lover, summer crop is green manure, sorghum or in the family. Get the old varieties, like Texas black seeded or a grain type like the hybrid Sudex. something that tillers hard. when it starts to put up a seed stalk, cut it no less than 6 inches high, no more than a foot, leave the tops for mulch, water, and let it tiller. It can get higher than your head. sudex was developed for this. It gets 12 feet tall, and sends roots down that far, punching into plow pan and so on.

            Donno how big the garden is, but if you can, oil seed radishes like daikon should thrive if the rains are good. They’ll do a number on plow pan, too, and like anything in the sorghum family, kill nematodes. Where you, plant that, and throw in a little winter clover, as well. that should keep the cotton root rot at bay. Not kill it, but not feed it, either.

            Mexican 7-year melons are like squash and are borer and heat resistant, and they can keep up to 7 years if stored right. Hope you like pie, because that’s where they do best. It’s called Angel Hair melon, as well. I’m using a different computer, and all the stuff is on the old one or I’d give more on it. https://permies.com/t/6909/plants/Perennial-Pumpkin-Cucurbita-ficifolia
            Tatume squash is spectacular. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/newsletters/hortupdate/2010/jun/tatume.html These folks are very up on older stuff.

            One problem more: Razorbnacks are getting plentiful, I hear. If we have them in Arizona and now Penna and upstate New York, Lord help you. Even alaska may now have them (Siberian boar). The only way I’ve seen to control them is concrete barricade traps.

            God bless. You’re doing it. Most will try, and try too late. PS, folks also call me Papa Oso or Uncle Bear. some claim I have a poor attitude (AKA am ornery 😉 In Jesus’ Name, thrive!

          • My friend if you haven’t written a book yet, may I suggest you do. I can’t tell you how much I have read and searched for this kind of info. Seems most “Experts” concentrate northward, where it snows. I want to thank you because I was wondering why God would put me down here to die. JK. Anyway it’s good to hear there is more good here than bad. We will take what you have shared with us and use it. Just may save my family yet. Have grand kids to worry about. You have given me hope and if you have written a book let me know, I want to buy it. I know a lot more about electrical, mechanical, weaponry, than I do farming. I have done many things to prepare but renewing food supply…….well that I’m short on.
            I pray God blesses and protects you , you will be a Godsend to many.

          • you also, be blessed, and you are. If things go nuclear, it’ll be like a hundred Krakatoa blowing off. when it did in the 1880s, my great-grandfather said they had frosts all summer for two years in Penna. Look for http://www.desertharvesters.org/ for a lot of good things on the desert life. Books? Yep, wrote a lot of them. I’m too ‘political’ for most publishers. Novels, mostly. I’m getting things ready to post, if the boss allows. I hate the dampness up here, the swamps, because of allergies. Been too sick to do a lot lately, but it’s always as God wills. You concentrate on loving where you’re at and the desert will love you back. she’s a hard-nose old lady and kills faster than most places, but if you respect her, she’ll teach. All around you is a bounty waiting for you to discover in it. God put Israel in a desert for a reason–you live in an Israel-like environment. It’s the best place a family can be. we have great advantage than Israel, God gave us much, much more. One nation, not 12 tribes. One people. Ask questions. If I can’t answer, I’ll try to find out for you. God’s peace. May your enemies suffer in shame, like the Good Book says they will.

          • Hey been awhile last I heard you were sick. I hope you are feeling better. I totally relate to the allergy thing, sometimes it’s a killer. My wife came up with a mixture of essential oils that helps more than anything, one for headaches too. I’m sure you prob. know about all that, if not give me a yell and I’ll get the recipe. I don’t get on here much but, if you ever write any articles I’ll be sure to read them. You have already given me so much info and hope. Thanks again. I realize this isn’t the platform for conversing but I don’t know of any other way. Well take care, God bless to you and yours. When it gets bad drive that stake into the ground and fight like hell!!

          • Off again, on again, there she comes again. It’s allergies, mold and mildew, worse luck. I’m stuck in a swamp (mining country). Pray I get back to Arizona ASAP/STAT. Much thanks, and yes, Mexico raises a lot of great things, but we need to do it for ourselves, always. At least, to gain experience how-to. Remember, Creole type garlic was developed for tropical and semi-tropics. That’s the best to raise, and it can store for a year in a garage or shed and remain fresh.

          • Creole got it great wife is up and fixin to get the order to order creole garlic seeds, storage time is a big deal for us and I agree learn everything about everything as fast as possible
            Thanks again red

          • hey red forgot to tell you, I will def pray for you and if you don’t mind we could use some prayer for community awareness and awakening. We are where 97% of the population thinks hitlery would make a great potus

          • Amen, the Lord watch out for you and warrior angels keep you FREE. May he that is against you fall under the curses of Deuteronomy until they repent and withdraw. May their evil fall back on them.

            This is Bible. There is no li’l Jesus meek and mild when it comes to defending you, but a ram lamb, 400 lbs of iron bone, iron muscle, and happy to destroy your enemies. He did tell you, sell thy cloak and buy a sword. Remember this wisdom, never get between a liberal and a nickle in the sewer, they’ll gnaw your arm off trying suck it out of the used toilet paper.

            I currently live in the Land of Kidz for Kash. Hitler and Hilda-Beast have a great deal in common, and I do mean lifestyles. New Age, socialist, haters, completely political without humanity, both think they’re gods over the common sheep…

            Hilda-Beast is in such poor health, they’re worried she might have to leave the race, which means BO wants the right to remain in office. Nope, precedent has it the candidate’s VP takes over. But, they’ll try.

            God’s peace to you, and thank you.

          • Hey Red, Now that is what is called power praying. Time for all of us to pick it up a notch. Really wish I could do more to get you out of that sewer trap. I feel your pain. I ONLY comment on this site because it is encrypted. I have been preparing and will continue to do so. If there is one thing I would ask, suggest, recommend of my fellow Americans and patriots it is this: STOP thinking of running away, bugging out whatever you want to call it. Band together or stand alone but never allow a bully ANY quarter!!!! The only thing running will accomplish is leaving behind most of your supplies. Time to get pissed off and I mean really pissed! Sides man how long you plan on livin any way :-). I have been hurt real bad, got more stitches and carry way more scrap and precious metal than I ever wanted to or even dreamed of. Not a prize buck just old hide but I’m driving my stake. May God give a little holpen and help and speed to all patriots.

          • This is called the land of taxes and dead dreams. It’s been Dem-controlled for generations. They understand that bringing in foreigners is the best way to keep in power. I’ve had Mexicans tell me they wanted to vote for a conservative, but had to vote their party. I got together with curanderos and others and set them straight. Locally, the dem (who was still under indictment for stealing over 2 million dollars of federal money from the city) lost in the _primaries_ to the repub, Barletta (they did a write-in ballot on the dem side 🙂 Look up kids for cash, and understand the dnc protected these judges for years. One scandal after another and still in power means the party is the crime boss. But then, the enemy has always been the party of the wealthy planter/slave owner. Brother, there are times you cannot stay in place. That party has tribalized America and set each group against the other, which is how they won the Indian war. It’s how Rome defeated her enemies and then destroyed herself in greed. God’s peace to you and all of us.

          • Friend I totally agree and you are probably right about having to move. I just have no desire to live “The Trail of Tears”.
            God Bless you and yours, keep safe

    • Always try to determine the origin of your garlic. A large part of comes from China and is fertilized with human waste, and then “cleaned” with bleach. Avoid that if you can.

      • Thanks Oldman, I did not know that. As odd as this may sound, Thankfully we get most of our bought garlic from Mexico. We are currently in the process of growing our own. I will spread your advice. I wonder can any good thing come out of China?

      • Good comment on garlic. Buy from American seed producers the best type for your area, always, and no manure should be used with root crops because of a chance of getting diseases from the manure. A great-grandfather was a Healer, and spread the manure from the farm in the woods, but never on food crops, human or animal.

    • Coffee, definitely, sugar, no. Sugar comes in paper sacks and if moisture rises, can melt or grow mold. It’s very attractive to rodents. You can can it, but eventually it will fail you. Dried fruit that’s caramelized (sugar coated and lightly roasted like ‘turkish’ figs are) would be better. Canned syrup. Coffee, tobacco, and a few other items will be valuable when we can start trading again. At one time, coffee cost a day’s wages for a pound. But, remember, anyone who likes coffee and can’t get it for weeks will follow the smell of it cooking right to you. Same with tobacco smoke. Tobacco, please remember, is anti-bacterial and anti-viral. 0.05% extract of tobacco is being used successfully to combat AIDS, and may well be the reason people survived Ebola–all of them are said to be tobacco addicts/chewers. Pretty much all regions in the North America have a type that will grow wild. Wivian (wild) is the strongest, a medical. Mind, wild animals love the stuff as much as any addict (like me 🙂

  4. http://sustainableseedco.com/ is having a 20% off sale on seed packages. this is the first time I ordered fro them, but they’re impressive. No postage is the order is under 40 lbs, the prices are reasonable, and it took only a few days to get to me across country. They carry older varieties of tobacco, as well as a lot of non-hybrid and non-tranny seeds.

    Same with Native Seeds, http://shop.nativeseeds.org/pages/seeds But, this one delivers to members, first. But, everything is either native or landrace to the Southwest lower desert and mountains. Both sell bulk seed as well as selling by the pack. Best to you all!

    • seeds have a short shelf life no matter how thy are stored. , grow a garden and save your seeds year to year to avoid them ever going bad..

      • Agreed. But, some seeds last quite a long time. The Tree of Life (honey mesquite) can last 40 years on the shelf and still sprout. some, tobacco, peppers, tomatoes, need to be stored with care and even then last only a year. But, what do you do when your open-pollinated cross with the neighbor’s GMO (gross mutant organisms). People have been sued, and lost, because they planted the crosses. Worse, thousands have died thanks to the GMOs. Yes, I’m saving seeds, but the neighbor plants pinto beans from the grocery shelf, and if they cross with my pole beans? One year good crop, next year failure. So I had to start again with fresh seed.

  5. Iodine would be the best long run Item as the Iodine would prevent Iodine 131 from being collected in your Thyroid . Iodine 131 is the product of Radiation exposure.as far as purchasing Iodine look into Seaweed It has Iodine and many of the other minerals you will need to stay strong .

  6. One better idea on salt most states have salt deposits, locate the mines map it to your final fall back position, heavy duty plastic bags like the ones found in the 25lb burlap rice bags will fit into a good knapsack and you can have your salt.
    Charcoal can be found in the camp fire or don’t let the wood burn completely drop in a bucket of water allow to dry, Walla charcoal.
    I have never planned for the grid to come back up any time soon. I have even obtained cotton seed to plant because cotton fiber makes a good wick for meat fat lamps. And, that idea came from a book I read many years ago on wilderness survival.
    I agree with the argument about most prepper sites a lot of it is pure fantasy and will in the long run do more harm than good. Thank god there are still ways to find how the ancestors made it. And, it will work as good now as it did then. I like to experiment with some of their techniques, granted I still have more to learn but hey a rudimentary knowledge is better than no knowledge at all.
    In the long run we will all need to understand tracking reading track and knowing how not to leave track. And, false track to confuse those that would want to find you.
    As always Ryan good intel, waitin for guerilla II.


    • Norm, did you get hold of Seed Savers, in Tucson? They have the old varieties of Pima cotton and I think wild cotton, native to the state. Mostly, things like that will self-sow if allowed to, and look natural in a hidden garden, like weeds so post SHTF wanderers don’t ‘see’ it. The squares are good, too, if picked young, like okra, a cousin. Pima is short staple, but very useful for more than wicks. The seeds are very high in oil.

        • You have my email, and can send me basics on what is needed. Yes, be glad to help and thanks for asking. If I don’t get arrested today, 😉 I’m trying to step on a cockroach selling heroin.

      • An old cotton farmer here in the valley gave me the seed packed in an air free container awhile back. When we were. And, one of the things he said was they would work especially well if maybe 2 to 3 plants grown close enough for pollination. But over a couple of years they would start acquiring the wild tendencies again. But, he was surprised that I being 30years younger than him knew about fat lamps. And cotton fiber wicks. Seems that it was common knowledge just over a hundred years ago.
        Thanks for the tip on ss in Tucson, I wasn’t aware of them. Now I wonder if they have wild cucumbers. Because my intent is to plant as many edible wild things scattered around the fallback position as possible.

        • Good. Just so long as they’re not hybrids, they’ll keep producing. You can find gherkins, which aren’t cucumbers, but are used as, and will grow wild. Did you try buffalo gourds? No, the gourds are toxic, but the seeds good. Best thing about them is, everything that eats cucs and so on prefers them. 7 year melon (chilacayote), a squash, is a sweet one used like a melon, non-hybrid, and will store for years. Tatume is another good squash and does well in the drylands. Remember the teosinte. It grows best with tepary beans, and seed saver carries both. Hide the garden by gardening a la Native American. It’s not 3 Sisters, but more like 27 varieties of plants. Most of the old-time Native crops were types that people could plant, then return to the next year or several years later to harvest self-sow plants. Other than teosinte, I wouldn’t try grain because it attracts predators and animals. People know what most looks like. Many schools are teaching students how to garden. Remember, chia is still considered the best grain for the desert. Native Americans considered it one of the sacred grains because it’s a powerhouse, perhaps the best of all. May you thrive.

  7. I usually buy the iodized salt for most of my storage, and bulk salt for meat preservation. The iodized salt was originally made to provide a cheap source of iodine to the general population when we were in the middle of a cold war. Morton’s was the first producer. When their scientists discovered that the addition of iodine kept the salt from clumping together with moisture, they put the line “When it rains–it pours” on their containers. It was just a side-effect of the iodine, but they were able to capitalize on it.
    These are all good things to add to storage, but may I add one more–honey. It, too, can be used to help preserve some foods, and though it’s main use is as a sweetener, it can also be used to treat wounds, even deep ones, as an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antiseptic and promotes quicker regrowth of tissue with less scarring.

    • Keep some non iodized on hand. The iodized interferes with the bacteria in cheese and prevents aging of homemade cheese.

  8. Farnham’s Freehold, an early prepper novel, Robert Heinlein. Just a though, and yes, you nailed it on this. Sulfur should be found at any farm store. In fact, places like that are excellent for pretty much anything we need.

  9. Please DO NOT PUT SALT in your SOIL it does not help with fertilization all you will end up doing is killing your plants. Many garden vegetables are NaCl (salt) sensitive. Too much will KILL your crops !!!!

    • Depends on the area you live in. Acidic soils need salt added to lower the pH for some plants to grow. My soil, however, is too alkaline, and I add organic composts to my soil for the tannic acid that will raise the pH, else the tomatoes and such get cranky.

      • Add baking soda around the tomatoes for sweeter flavor. Lightly water it and apply weekly.

        • Egg shells! We save ours, dry them, crush, boil, use the water as fertilizer (a little goes a long way (nitrogen, calcium, phosphorous), spread the remains around tomatoes and such. Slugs and snails crawl over it and get cut up, birds will steal much of it, but also help themselves to bugs. Peppers like the extra phosphorus, but a little potassium (wood ashes, a pinch!) is great. We keep a butter bowl on the back of the stove and the shells usually dry out overnight.

    • Salt is a necessary nutrient, and prior to salt-laden fertilizers was recommended by agronomists. 1/4 ton/acre sea salt in the East and Northwest. All plants need salt to some degree, but too much blocks roots from absorbing moisture. Salt kills slugs and snails, but very destructive to plants, but can also kill fishing worms, vital to soil health (where y’all can have them, anyway). In drylands, I would not use commercial fertilizers because too much salt means growing salt pillars and not crops in the fields. Irrigation water is already mildly brackish and commercial fertilizers means using twice as much water just to flesh excess salt below the root zone. Green manures (AKA cover crops) are best, and should be plants that can be grazed or mowed. Best to you, the future is yours!

      • I’m sorry I missed this. Poison ivy? Unless allergic to it, why get rid of it? Aside from being a minor offensive weapon, it’s also a top-notch deer feed. I know that sounds strange, but it’s supposed to have a higher protein content–for animals, not us–and all birds like the berries. that includes quail and turkeys. If you need to kill it, buy a few goat lamb, then butcher them. They’ll get fat on it.

        As a defensive weapon, it’s like having bee hives around the property. People tend to avoid it. An old man I worked for as a child planted it on an acre of ground around his still (this was on a mountain covered with trees but acid soil, so no PI). While others were being raided, not him. He started this a few years after coming home from WWI. A sow and a few feeder pigs helped, and the deer were thick. May you thrive.

  10. Just wanted to mention. If you have a southern states store near you. A 50# bag of Morton salt is only $7.00 plus tax. Just a thought.

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