Gaz and Lou's Safe House

Gaz and Lou's Safe House

How to survive the apocalypse age...

Congratulations Survivor and welcome to Gaz and Lou's Safehouse. From now until the cloud comes down we'll be posting and sharing all the info we can find to help you live, eat and travel safely, with as little energy, money, and environmental impact as possible.

Pest Control

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Fri, January 16, 2015 10:41:59

Hello Survivors

I once had a garden with a border of wild roses. Every summer it was infested with blue bottles, yeah, that's right, blue bottles and, just in case you're not familiar with the term, blue bottles are massive blue/black flies that would erupt into a cloud, whenever the roses were disturbed. I tried all sorts to get rid, but had to stop spraying chemicals. They weren't working, and the roses were starting to suffer.

A local lady suggested soapy water, dish water to be specific. At the time I thought I might be being teased, but by that time there was nothing to lose.

It worked, and since then I've learned that soapy or oily water will help remove other pests, such as green fly and black fly infestations, and there are many other natural proactive and reactive measures to keep your vegetables and fruit healthy while they grow.

So, if you plan to grow your own organic food, you'll probably want to take a look at this extensive advice page from Sustainable Baby Steps. With this information and the previous blogs about organic grow towers, you should have a sustainable source of free fruit and veg throughout the growing season.

Good luck and keep surviving.

Here's the link to chemical free pest control:

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The Worm Core (part of Build Your Own Grow Tower)

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Wed, January 14, 2015 10:32:19
The central component of any grow tower is, essentially, a functioning worm farm. As worm farms are a stand alone unit, which many gardeners keep to produce liquid fertiliser, there's no reason why the worm core can't be established before the grow tower is constructed.

To see how to make the cylinder for the worm core, watch the video from yesterday's post. You'll need to stop water and worms escaping through the holes, so give the drilled cylinder a couple of coats of cling film, and jam the bottom into a plant pot, to stop the whole thing emptying out while allowing the valuable liquid to drain.

Remember to remove the cling film before building the worm core into your grow tower.

About the worms:

The standard earthworm won't do the job. You need 'tiger worms'.

Tiger worms are surface dwellers and can be found beneath leaf piles, or near the top of existing compost bins. They are richer in colour than earth worm Jim, and have noticeable bands, hence the name.

Here are the links to all the details you need to prepare and establish the worm core:

How to find and identify tiger worms:

How to keep the worms alive:

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Build your own grow tower

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Tue, January 13, 2015 10:03:09

Hello Survivors

'How can I build one of these myself?' you're probably thinking. The example in yesterdays video looked complicated, I thought.

So, after watching a lot of videos, I've found what I think to be the simplest self build to produce a robust and re useable tower. The guy from MIgardener explains and justifies each step clearly and thoroughly.

What tools will you need? An electric drill. As you are a survivor, I assume you have an electric drill. if you don't, please try to borrow before trekking into town.

Here's the video:

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Big farms in small spaces

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Mon, January 12, 2015 12:41:16

Hello Survivors

When the chickens have all thawed and the bread's gone green, tinned food is all we'll have left, and that's not going to last for ever. But, we all need to eat, right? And there's little better for us than home grown vegetables, right?

I know what you're thinking: Where would I find the space?

This guy, John, from knows where:

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