When you’re watering tiny seedlings, it’s hard to remember they’ll soon be sprawling plants with heavy fruit. But that’s when you should install your supports. Plants grow quickly, and you don’t want to miss your opportunity. Plus, early supports help train plants to grow upward and prevent damage and disease. Ideally, introduce supports when you transplant your starts outside. Or if you grow plants from seed, install them after you thin the seedlings.
Do you ever wake up in the morning lacking inspiration for breakfast? I know that I do! Then occasionally I will have breakfast ready for my boys when they wake up in the morning but when they come downstairs they might ask for something completely different. And who can resist such a cute little face?
One of the most important considerations for indoor gardening is light. While some vegetables will chug along with a bare minimum of six hours of light daily, they will flourish with 12-16 hours daily. Clearly, grow lights are a must, especially during winter. However, one of the most common mistakes among indoors gardeners is using the wrong type of light.
A home solar energy system is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint, increase your home value, and lower your electricity costs for decades to come. In recognition of the many benefits that solar offers for homeowners and the environment, many organizations – including the federal government, states and towns, and electric utilities – have established incentive and rebate programs to lower the cost of solar. Income tax credits, rebates, and tax exemptions are just a few of the incentives that could be available where you live.
In general, ducks are less destructive and lay better in the winter. But, they are far messier and noiser than chickens. Having both is awesome, though and I seem to get the best of both worlds. Perhaps try them both for yourself and see which you like best. Or maybe you’ll be like me and just love them both!
The bandana is an item that is on practically every list of recommended survival gear, and for good reason. It’s incredibly lightweight and has many different uses in survival situations. For this reason, it’s a good idea to carry several in your survival kit, and not just one. To give you an idea of just how versatile a bandana really is, here are a list of uses.
A root cellar is a great option to include in your food storage plan, since they require no energy to use and require very little maintenance. It’s great if you can build in a root cellar when your home is under construction, but it’s also possible to add a root cellar to your basement, or build one outside your home. Root cellars are a great low-cost, no-energy way to store food and extend the shelf life of fresh produce.
Although I think it’s possible to survive most types of disasters while living in the city, that doesn’t mean the city isn’t more dangerous than the countryside. By choosing to remain in the city, you are facing several potential dangers, and it’s important that you be aware of those dangers. In this article I’ll cover the 7 greatest dangers for preppers in the city.
Have you ever bought something that came in one of those plastic mesh bags? Of course you have — produce… toys… I’ve even seen socks packaged in them. Typically, you rip into the bag from any old angle, dump the contents, and toss the bag in the garbage. I used to do that, too, until I became enlightened by the homesteader’s spirit.
The role of cat litter in sanitation is to bind up the moisture in the gloppy mess of sewage making it easier to handle, inhibiting bacterial growth, and thus reducing odor. We need enough to bind the moisture and cut the smell to acceptable levels. As you cannot measure smell, this estimation will be based on the amount of water we need to bind.
Lavender is a beautiful perennial evergreen plant that hails from southern Europe and the mountain regions located on the western border of the Mediterranean and also North and East Africa, Arabia, India and the Canary Island. Today, this highly versatile plant is grown all over the world for both personal as well as commercial use.
It’s a common weed, easily found all over the world. It’s edible and has an abundance of nutrients, including protein, vitamins and minerals. Externally, it is used for wounds, even on open skin, for drawing out toxins and increasing the permeability of bacterial cell walls.
When preparing for a long term emergency, it’s good to have a variety of foods stored away for times when you might not be able to get to a grocery store for a while. “Food fatigue” is a real thing, causing people to choose to starve instead of eating the same thing over and over again.
Now, I was raised on Off! as a mosquito repellent, but these days, it seems we’re looking for things that are a little less toxic to the skin. Unfortunately, the easiest and most effective method to repel mosquitoes involves the toxic chemical DEET. While the health effects of DEET are not conclusive, they are scary enough to warrant the government recommending limited exposure. Even though many repellents may have low concentrations of DEET, I’d still rather steer clear of any mosquito repellents with chemicals.
The concept of concealing your preparedness by blending in with the crowd during an emergency is behind the gray man theory. While it is generally referred to as the ‘gray man theory,’ this theory can of course be applied to anyone, man or woman, of any age, who needs to blend into a crowd amidst a disastrous situation to conceal the fact that they have survival skills and/or are carrying tactical gear.
You might have your food, water and protection all planned out, but one modern luxury that will be sorely missed when the SHTF is the unsung hero: toilet paper. Toilet paper is something that we all use and rarely think about until it’s not there. You’re never as thankful for a new roll of toilet paper as when you think you’re out and find one emergency roll sitting behind you on the toilet.
Anyone can learn and put into practice the types of things many homesteaders have been using for more than one hundred years. Once you are able to master many of these concepts you will wonder how you were able to survive so long without them. This article was designed to share several of the steps you can use in your own lives in order to become much more self-sufficient.
You will need kosher salt, sugar and cure #1 A.K.A. prague powder, instacure or pink salt.
It's easiest to work in grams and I just found the 2nd of the two calculators below and its much simpler and cleaner than the first one plus it has a conversion calculator as well.
Oil pulling is the act of placing roughly a tablespoon of a good quality oil (preferably unrefined and organic) in your mouth and swishing the oil around for 15-20 minutes, forcing it back and forth through the teeth. The oil is then spit out (DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL), and the mouth is rinsed with water or salt water and/or the teeth are brushed. It depends on which recommendations you follow.
So how does this relate to you? Well, you’re probably not planning on taking any outdoor baths in the winter, but it’s all too easy to fall through ice on a lake, slip into a stream while hunting, or be forced to enter water to save someone or something during an emergency. As soon as you get wet and cold, the hypothermia clock starts ticking. What do you do?
Keeping herbs on a bright windowsill is not just convenient when preparing home cooked meals throughout the winter months in cooler climates; it’s also a good option year round for apartment or condo dwellers. With plenty of light, water, and good soil, the right herbs will thrive indoors.
1. Self Defense – First and foremost, a knife is a weapon. It can be used as a defensive tool against both people and wild animals, and thus provides you with instant security the moment you pick it up.
Once I started harvesting them, I learned quickly that fresh radishes are bad about getting really rubbery if you leave them out at room temperature for more than a day. After a little experimentation, I learned a couple of ways to store fresh radishes to keep them crisp until you’re ready to use them.
In a normal survival situation, fire is something you need for things like light, heat, protection, and the ability to cook food. But in the event of a house fire, it can become your biggest enemy and something you need to escape from immediately.
I don’t care how good of a driver you are — there are situations where you can’t keep on trucking. I remember an icy parking lot that put me in a snow bank, simply because I couldn’t get enough traction to overcome gravity (the parking lot was sloped, and the exit was uphill). I’ve seen the same happen to truckers, who literally had to bail out of their rigs when gravity overcame friction and their trucks started sliding backwards, down the mountain. Then there were the times when blizzards cut visibility to the point where I or someone else drove off the road, thinking we were driving on it.
Disclaimer: I am going to be somewhat verbose and poetic when setting the stage for this article, but I promise to be as concise and matter of fact as I am capable of with the bulk of it. Please indulge me in this, as I not only want to share the knowledge I have gleaned about this topic, but also a little bit of the passion I have learned for it that motivates this article in the first place. Thank you in advance for your patience!
Even the most prepared of families can fall on hard times when winter comes. Depending on where you live in the world, winter can mean extreme cold temperatures, harsh winter storms, and complete lack of food resources. This can add up to life-threatening situations, which is why prepping for winter should be at the top of everyone’s list. Here are some of the best tips to keep in mind for making the most of winter survival.
Growing your own vegetables is the best idea if you want to have fresh food all year long and make sure that what you eat is organic. Did you know that you can grow fruits and vegetables in containers? This is a great solution for those who live in an apartment but still wish to have their own small garden at home. One of the vegetables that can be grown like this are bell peppers which need warm soil in order to grow healthy. The first step of growing bell peppers is to buy the plant from a nursery and choose the right sized pot for it.
PVC pipes aren’t just useful for plumbing, they are a good material for a lot of DIY projects. Besides the fact they are quite cheap, these particular type of pipes are easy to work with, light to move around and durable! So without any further a due, we like to present you a number of projects that will require PVC pipes and will in the end improve your homestead. Take a look at the watering grid or the tool holder, any of these projects will help you organize in a better way. The hand-held corn and bean planter, as well as the strawberry planter tower or tomato cages will do a lot for making gardening easy. There is a chicken feeder, chicken tractor or even a milking stand which you can try to make with PVC pipes. Browse through the projects and find your favorite one.
While power outages are highly likely to occur, many people are left unprepared when they happen. In a blackout, most people find themselves rummaging through their junk drawer, hoping to find a flashlight and praying the batteries still have a charge. Anyone can prepare themselves for a blackout, and there’s no reason to not be prepared as it’s a situation most of us will be in several times throughout our lifetime.
If you’re looking to save money on water for your household, consider collecting rainwater. Using rainwater has a lot of benefits, and rainwater collection systems are fairly simple to put together. Collecting rainwater also means that you are practicing more sustainable living.
Sports can certainly increase a child or teen’s interest in exercise, sense of well-being, and foster a respect for teamwork, but did you know that some sports also work to instill survival skills and have been practiced since ancient times? Here are six sports that teach some survival skills that, with practice, will remain for the rest of your life.
How to identify, test for and prevent goat diseases in your homestead goats People who own farms and land know how important it is to have healthy animals. These animals require as much attention as any other pets. It is not that difficult to keep your farm animals healthy if you pay regular attention to how they are.
This year I supersized one of our favorite dice games and took it outside. I made a giant set of dice for just a few dollars, and instead of sitting around the table, we’re taking our game of Yahtzee out into the backyard. This giant DIY Yard Yahtzee set is quickly becoming our favorite backyard game yet! Check out the step-by-step tutorial to make your own below.
If you have time, space, and inclination, you can turn your backyard into an edible garden that grows not only vegetables but a variety of fruit. Most supermarkets stock commercially cultivated fruits from all over the world, and all season long, so growing those may seem like a waste of time and effort. But there are many rare and unique fruits out there for you to grow and enjoy.
One of the myths that non-hunters seem to have is the overall ease hunters have when it comes to locating game and shooting it. Unless you're going for a game damage hunt, finding the critters can be problematic.
Security lighting is the best preventative measure that you can take for home security. This may include outdoor motion lights or other such lighting for burglary deterrence and nighttime security purposes.
A pergola is an outdoor structure that a lot of people can add to their property to provide a good amount of shade. If you want to build your own as a DIY project, then check out these pergola plans and ideas for your property.
I suggest that you take the following information very seriously. It is a fact that there are laws on the books that will enable .gov to take and redistribute what you have – as they see fit – under the same circumstances that many of you are preparing for…
I’m sure a lot of you are in the same boat, and you feel trapped. You want to homestead. You want to have a piece of land and grow a garden or raise livestock. But you don’t have any extra income to get started. And you wonder how other people do it.
One of the biggest fears many of us have in an emergency situation is the all-too-real danger of looting. All it takes is a protest to get out of hand, and before you know it, people are breaking into businesses and homes to take what they want. This only gets worse when you add in a true disaster that may never be recovered from. It’s times like these you have to ask yourself if what’s going on is simple looting or if it’s for survival.
In this article, I’m going to cover 11 powerless tools that will prove quite useful in a grid down scenario. NOTE: I’m didn’t include knives, handsaws, or hatchets since those should be in most bug out bags anyway.
Modern methods of fire craft date back to as far as 27BC when the flint and steel were used by the Roman Empire, and most likely before then. This man-made method relied on a simple piece of flint rock and a piece of iron pyrite, later on steel, to achieve a spark. Char Cloth is also used here to aid in the process by holding an ember within the charred fibers of the cloth. This is also known as percussion fire lighting.
People today are so used to BUYING everything, that they have lost touch with their ability to MAKE small pieces of equipment for their own use. Licensed ham radio operators are unique in that they are specifically authorized to construct their own radio equipment.
Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits and in the pioneer books I read they often tried to drink some of the apple cider vinegar daily to stay healthy. One book I read talked about how important apple cider vinegar was to helping them fight off scurvy when food became sparse.
Foraging is a great skill to have in your arsenal of knowledge. When you’re out camping, hiking, fishing or hunting, you’ll always have a little snack close at hand… and if something were to happen and you were stranded in the wild, you won’t go hungry! Today we’ll look at 10 wild plants you can eat. Learn them, find them, try them now. The more you practice your foraging skills now, the better off you’ll be should disaster ever strike.
This means the best ways for urban preppers to always be prepared is to stick with smaller, more manageable prepping techniques. By working with what you have at hand, you can be a more effective prepper and overall be ready for a variety of disasters without needing any extra space.