How To DIY A Greenhouse: 9 Projects For Your Homestead

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Today’s article is as green as it gets, because it’s about DIY-ing greenhouses. How do you build a greenhouse, you ask? The easy answer is: you build a house and you paint it green.

Ok, I am kidding, but today’s article is about the basics of DIY-ing your own-personal greenhouse, the types you can build, tips and tricks, and what to beware of. You know, the whole 9 yards in DIY for the self-conscious prepper. [Read more…]

How To Build A Walipini Greenhouse

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We use cellars because they maintain a more constant temperature than structures that are built above-ground. We use greenhouses to extend the growing season because they hold in heat. Well what if you combined a greenhouse and a cellar? You’d have a greenhouse that would allow you to grow plants year-round. [Read more…]

Self Sufficient Greenhouse Gardening [Part 1] & [Part 2]

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Self Sufficient Greenhouse

Greenhouse Gardening [Part 1]

With skyrocketing prices at the grocery store and an unstable economy, it’s no surprise people are turning back to the ways of their grandparents and great-grandparents. Self sufficiency is needed now more than ever, and a greenhouse can provide fresh, healthy food for families virtually year round. [Read more…]

Top Preserved Foods To Survive Winter

Preserved Foods To Survive Winter

Especially if you live in an area where the weather will be bad, you’ll need to stockpile enough food to get you and your family through the winter. This can be a daunting task until you do it a few times and get used to tallying in your head how much you’ll need. [Read more…]

Sustainable Living: Innovative Ways To Grow Your Own Food!

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Sustainable Living: Innovative Ways To Grow Your Own Food!

The word, Hydroponic, comes from Latin and means working water. Simply put, it is the art of growing plants without soil.

When most people think of hydroponics, they think of plants grown with their roots suspended directly into water with no growing medium. This is just one type of hydroponic gardening known as N.F.T. (nutrient film technique). There are several variations of N.F.T. used around the world and it is a very popular method of growing hydroponically. What most people don’t realize is that there are countless methods and variations of hydroponic gardening. [Read more…]

Hardtack: A Simple DIY Survival Food From History

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Hardtack: A Simple DIY Survival Food From History

With only two ingredients and a little time you can stockpile a survival food that’s been used for centuries. Let’s take a lesson out of the history books and learn from various soldiers, sailors, and explorers throughout time. [Read more…]

Food, Gardens & Fuel; What’s yours, is ours!

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Food, Gardens & Fuel; What’s yours, is ours!

Are you self sufficient?  Do you grow your own food, and sustain at least 30% of your family’s nutritional sustenance through your own permaculture or other off-grid technologies?  If so, this might be the most important article you’ll read this year.

Love him, or loathe him; in March of 2012 Obama passed Executive Order 16303 to directly target and destroy your personal liberties, and your pursuit of life and happiness.  Under the disguise of National Defense Resources Preparedness under EO 16303 Part VIII Section 801, this dictator has given himself the personal power to retain, control and confiscate the following at ANY given point, not just under an emergency:

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Getting Hotter or Getting Colder? Either Way You Need to Step Up Your Preps

Global-warming-or-cooling-224x300Climate change is the one subject that can polarize the guests at a dinner party in one minute flat, but what many people fail to recognize is that both scenarios require us to step up, and in some cases look in a different way, at how we prepare for the future.

  • Both warming and cooling will lead to food insecurity issues.
  • Both warming and cooling will cause a massive die off of the population due to ill health and malnutrition.
  • Both warming and cooling will require us to think carefully about how we insulate our homes: Either to keep the cold out, or to keep the heat out.
  • Both warming and cooling will affect the way our children are educated, how we earn our living and how we travel around during our everyday lives. Poor infrastructure cannot cope with extreme heat or cold on a long term basis.
  • Both warming and cooling will affect aging and ailing power grids across the western world as they fail to cope with increasing demand to either heat or cool our homes, workplaces and schools.

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Preparing for two scenarios that are on the surface at least, total opposites sound like an impossiblity, especially to those new to prepping.

The key is to look at the similarities as well as the differences.

We all know that personal sustainability is the only way forward. Self-reliance and our ability to adapt and thrive in adversity are the life skills that will ensure the survival of our families. we have known for a long time that governments cannot be relied upon in even a small scale emergency. Think Katrina, Sandy, the California drought and the UK floods. The response to all of these events was the same: Far too little far too late.

Robust systems need to be developed by preppers that means they can cover as many weather eventualities as possible. there is no point trying to plant trees to shade your crop after the drought has started…equally there is no point planting trees to act as a windbreak or for firewood use just a couple of seasons before you are likely to need them.

Regardless of it getting hotter or colder you are going to need an alternate domestic fuel supply, to cook with if not too warm your home. The required amount  of alternative fuel would just be many times larger in cold weather.

Those living in apartments need to seriously think about their surrounding, will they fry or freeze in extreme weather situations? What backups are suitable for apartments? Camping stoves, maybe? Is there a balcony that could be used BBQ cooking should the grid go down? Which windows would need shading to keep the heat in and the cold out or vice versa?

The electricity will fail if extreme heat or cold pushes the system beyond its capabilities.

Growing food takes a bit more effort than throwing seeds on the ground, or into a pot, and hoping for the best. Gardening like all skills takes practice. Thought needs to be given regarding how plants can be raised in cold weather, and how they can be assisted to survive in extreme heat.

Poly tunnels are one of the cheapest options, and one inside another gives much more heat retention and frost protection than a single tunnel. If it gets hot you have two tunnels ready to be adapted to provide shade to your precious veggies.

The tunnels can be ‘dappled’ with greenhouse shading paint to provide some respite from the sun. Even fabric laid over the top during the hottest part of the day will drop the temperatures around the plants significantly. Use light coloured fabric or mylar emergency blankets as dark colours soak up the heat.

These are just a few examples, something to think about. The whole point is that if you have a solution that will work in a warming world, often flipping it points you in the right direction to finding a solution for a cooling world. the windowsill that is way too hot to put plants on when the sun is streaming though, may be the warmest one in the house when the winter sun is weak.

We have got to start thinking outside the box, and as preppers that’s something we are very good at. Having a huge supply of stored food is great for getting through a crisis, but, if that crisis is going to go on for decades, or even centuries, no amount is ever going to be enough.

Regardless of where you live and the kind of property you live in if you intend to stay where you are you have to develop robust systems that will enable you to survive the coming climate catastrophe…be it a hot one or a cold one.

Take care

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SOURCE : undergroundmedic.com