Preparing for the Worst The Golden Rule of Food Storage

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Preparing for the Worst is Half the Victory

All your survival food stores need to be stored in some sort of container that is easy to transport. Containers for food storage need to be strong, sturdy thick plastic and heavy-duty enough to withstand the rigors of the weight of the food and movement in the event of a bug-out. Use ones that have a sealed snap lid, that are water proof and have strong heavy-duty handles for carrying. Never use cardboard boxes, they don’t last long and if they get wet, oh well. [Read more…]

They Grew 6,000 lbs of Organic Food on 1/10th Acre in the City! Here’s How…

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Ever thought of growing your own food but didn’t think it was possible? It’s more that possible! It might even be the way of the future. If the Dervaes family can do it while living in Los Angeles, I think you can to.

Urban agriculture is at the centre of the new story of food, and in the coming months we will feature many short films of how it is being practised around Australia and around the world. [Read more…]

Economic Chaos is Erupting Literally All Over The Planet, And Global Leaders Are Starting To Panic : The First 24 Hours of The Dollar Collapse – That Will Affect Every Man, Woman And Child In The Entire World

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Economic Chaos is Erupting Literally All Over The Planet

Mainstream news outlets are already starting to use the phrase “economic collapse” to describe what is going on in some areas of our world right now.  For many Americans this may seem a bit strange, but the truth is that the worldwide economic slowdown that began during the second half of last year is starting to get a lot worse.  In this article, we are going to examine evidence of this from South America, Europe, Asia and North America.  Once we are done, it should be obvious that there is absolutely no reason to be optimistic about the direction of the global economy right now.  The warnings of so many prominent experts are now becoming a reality, and what we have witnessed so far are just the early chapters of a crushing economic crisis that will affect every man, woman and child in the entire world. [Read more…]

The Benefits of Growing and Preserve Your Own Food

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The Benefits of Growing  and  Preserve Your Own Food

The Benefits of Growing Your Own Food

Environmentalists have been admonishing us for years to conserve fuel to lessen our impact on the planet. Some of us have taken heed by walking, biking, carpooling, combining trips, or trading in our SUVs for hybrids. While you probably appreciate these efforts, frankly, the majority of us didn’t change. That was until gas prices hit an all-time high last year. As a result, people actually modified their behaviors to conserve gas. The fact that it was a boon to the environment wasn’t the catalyst, although the effect was the same. Put simply, sometimes it takes a hit to the wallet to rustle up real change. [Read more…]

Survey Of Preppers Shows ‘Economic Collapse’ Most Likely Big Disaster

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‘Preppers’ is a term given to the growing numbers of people who are preparing for disasters and disruptions of all sorts. The prepper movement includes a wide range of people from those who are ready to handle a few days disruption to those who are getting ready for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it).
The possible collapse scenarios range from pandemics, major terrorism events, tsunamis, nuclear meltdowns, meteorites striking Earth, military coups, and famines.

“Growing Your Own Food Is Like Printing Your Own Money” ->

Of all the big scenarios for collapse, what do preppers consider most likely to occur?
A recent survey with 1,840 prepper respondents showed an overwhelming 76% believe Marjory giving presentation authoritarian shot the most likely big disaster is Economic Collapse. “Given the recent concerns with a US Fiscal Cliff, the banking meltdown in Europe, and the unsustainable accumulation of debt by governments around the world, this response is not so surprising” says Marjory Wildcraft, a leader in the survival and preparedness industry. Wildcraft has been described as the ‘Martha Stewart of self-reliance’. She Is a regular guest on national radio and television shows and was recently featured as an expert in sustainable living on National Geographic’s hit series “Doomsday Preppers”. Wildcraft is an author of several books, but is best known for her video series Grow Your Own Groceries , which is a crash course on growing food that is used by homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations.720X90_AQUAPONICS__4
Why the emphasis on growing your own groceries? “Regardless of the collapse scenario, being able to feed your family will be your biggest concern,” says Wildcraft. “It is well known that there are only about 4 days worth of food supplies in the grocery stores, and your food travels to you an average of 1500 miles. Any event that interrupts the just-in-time trucking system will mean people will be looking for food as a first priority. Of all the skills you need to survive, growing food is one of the most challenging”.
Wildcraft’s crash course video set Grow Your Own Groceries is rapidly becoming the standard video training tool and reference source for people who want to learn how to grow food and take control of their food supply.
Grow Your Own Groceries is endorsed by The Permaculture Activist, NaturalNews.com, World Hunger Relief Missionaries, The Organic Consumers Association, Alex Jones’ Infowars, and The Weston-Price Nutrition Foundation.
The principles in the DVD training course are universal and are applicable to everyone living anywhere, regardless of climate. People who live in apartments can also grow their own food.
Aquaponic offers much more than simply growing food and is quickly becoming the ‘go to’ source for information for people new to prepping. There is a large selection of videos, articles, and podcasts that provide useful information that is easy to understand. “We focus on practical information delivered with a bit of humor and lots of inspiration,” says Wildcraft, who noted that survival and preparedness used to be associated with fear tactics and gloom and doom. “I take the perspective that yes, change is coming – now how do we make the best of it?” says Wildcraft.
New preppers can get a series of impactful videos delivered to their inbox every week for free when they subscribe to PrepperFortress
What is it like to live through economic collapse of your county? What do you do when you can’t feed your kids? What illegal activities will you resort to when times get really tough? Marjory Wildcraft interviews economic collapse survivor Alberto Gonzales.

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Other useful resources:

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

 

Source : growyourowngroceries.org

Growing Potatoes in Straw: A Labor-Saving/Better Harvest Technique

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Growing Potatoes in Straw: A Labor-Saving/Better Harvest Technique

As a preparedness-minded person (& chief cook / bottle-washer), I often evaluate foods based on their shelf-life, ability to fill the eater up, adaptability in cooking, and how well they can extend the meal.  Potatoes really are winners in these ways.

If properly stored (in a cool, dark, somewhat humid place), they can last months and then the remaining ones can be used as seed potatoes for the following year’s planting.  A food source for “fresh” eating and a seed crop for the future-  pretty good. [Read more…]

Raised Bed Gardening, part 2

Probably the best known system of raised bed gardening is Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening method.  About 30 years ago, he began to question why “traditional” gardening is done in particular ways, especially ones that he felt were unnecessarily time, space, or labor intensive.  He met with a fair amount of resistance when he would ask “Why do you do it that way?” but he persisted with his notions that gardening didn’t have to be that hard.

After years of experimenting, he wrote his original book on the topic.  A few years ago, he released a newer version that he says even further simplifies gardening and almost guarantees success, even for the first-timer.  In it, he explains all the reasons why he thinks raised bed gardening is a superior method.  For the sake of brevity, I will try to condense them here.

Tenets of the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) Method:

1.  You start with “good soil” rather than spending years “developing” it.

2.  No wasted space–  you don’t weed the aisles and every bit of the growing area is utilized.

3.  Fewer seeds/plants needed to produce a robust harvest.

4.  The whole crop doesn’t have to mature at once–  you can successively plant  for harvest throughout the growing season.

5.  ”Gardens” can be anywhere you want them, especially close to the kitchen or water source.  They can be split up into many 4 x 4 sections wherever you have open space.

6.  Small plots can produce lots of food.  He says that SF gardens will produce as much as the traditional “row” gardens, but in 20% of the space.

7.  SFG in raised beds is much easier for people with joint trouble or other challenges to be able to plant and maintain.  No tilling, “double-digging,” or other difficult physical exertion.

8.  Gardening could even be “portable” with solid bottom boxes that could be put on tabletops or wheels.

His points are all both interesting and promising, though I am a bit skeptical of a few claims.  First, I don’t see the point in planting “space hogs” in raised beds, especially if you only have a few beds.  Winter squash and melons run for 20 feet or more sometimes, so they don’t seem like good candidates.

veggies2012042Mr. Bartholomew says you should trellis them, but the supports would have to be mighty high, sturdy, and well-anchored to support those heavy fruits.  Then they would cast a lot of shade on whatever you may have wanted to grow to the north of them.  That could be used to your advantage, but you’d have to plan ahead.  Sunflowers would have to be planted in the northern most box and one box would not accommodate many plants.

Corn and beans also need quite a bit of room if you want to get more than a couple meals out of them.  Our goal is to grow a surplus for storage, not just a sampling for the summer.  For this reason, we plan to reserve the new raised beds for smaller more productive plants and put the “space hogs” and “skyscrapers” in the old garden space.  I hope to use the Three Sisters method of companion planting to reduce the need for fertilizing and weeding.  Flowers like zinnias (our little ones love to grow them) and sunflowers will probably get spots there too.

Mr. Bartholomew has a very specific recipe for what should go into those raised beds.  His “Mel’s Mix” calls for 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 compost, and 1/3 coarse vermiculite.  He insists this is key to success.  Simplified, the peat moss holds moisture, the compost provides the nutrition, and the vermiculite keeps the soil light so there is plenty of room for root growth.  (In addition, you never step into the beds or otherwise compact the soil).

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I’m sure he is right about the benefits of using this particular mixture of soil.  Practically and economically speaking though, it’s not that easy to create.

Four cubic foot bags of peat moss is readily available in most garden areas of stores.  The rest is is pretty tough.  His prescription requires 5 different kinds of compost (for example, compost from mushrooms, cow manure, plant waste, etc.)  I haven’t found any one place that carries that many types.  (If you are not sure of the origin of the “organic humus,” read the fine print on the bag-  I am finding that what big box stores carry locally is mostly waste from the factory farming of chickens- manure, “feather meal,” etc.).  The reason for the mixture of compost types is so that the nutrients provided will cover the gamut of the plants’ needs.  If all the compost if from one source, it will be unbalanced.

In addition, I am finding vermiculite in the amounts I would need to be exorbitantly expensive if available at all.

Mr. Bartholomew also insists that the beds be divided physically on top with some sort of lattice work to make individual “square feet.”   In his method, every SF should be planted with something different.  These are details I don’t feel inclined to fool with.  With some things like radishes, I probably don’t want more than 16 maturing in a week or two’s time because I would only be using them for fresh eating.  Many other things (like pickling cucumbers and tomatoes for sauce) I would need many of at once.

Since I have had trouble locating vermiculite for a reasonable price (even online) and it doesn’t offer any needed nutrients, I think we will have to proceed without it.  I have only been able to find 4 types of bagged commercial compost, but we have our own to add from the rabbits, kitchen waste, etc.

Overall, I am looking forward to (mostly) trying this new way of growing food in raised beds, but with the difficulty and expense to get started, I’m not sure I can go so far as to “recommend” it yet.  Preparedness-minded people always have to make careful decisions about how and where to spend their money.  Though I realize these beds should be seen as a long-term investment that will pay dividends in years to come, they are a bit pricey to get started with, at least if you go by Mel’s prescription.

I’ll let you know how the season goes and pass along any lessons we learn along the way.  Please share your own experiences too.

Related Posts : Raised Bed Gardening, part 1

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Raised Bed Gardening, part 1

Every year since we’ve owned our farm, we’ve delightedly tilled up the soil and lovingly poked seeds into the ground, envisioning the beautiful garden to come.  We’ve put up fencing and marked the rows.  We’ve cultivated the aisles.  We’ve hoed and hoed and hoed between the seedlings.  We’ve fertilized and picked off bugs and trellised cucumbers, and so on and so on.  And every year, it has been a great struggle.

Our problems have run the gamut and are probably familiar to anyone who has started a garden before-  some years the weather has been very uncooperative (once we had a late frost 15 days later than usual and several summers of drought), the bugs have been merciless, the wildlife has taken its share (one year the deer got all but 2 melons), but the weeds have been our main downfall.

We always started out with neat tidy rows of plants popping up where we wanted them.  In no time though, the weed seeds sprouted or the Johnson grass tubers we missed made whole new plants.  We formed plans of attack- everyone has X number of rows to weed each day or certain crops to tend to- but still they got ahead of us.  We’d get several days of rain in a row and the task would be enormous when we could get back in to work.  Slowly, the weeds would overwhelm us and we’d get hopelessly behind.  That was in large part because, if you really look at the area of the garden, much more of it was devoted to non-food growing areas than for crops!

The traditional method of row gardening makes sense if you raise acres and acres of a single crop and use machines to do most of the work.  But for those of us who are interested in raising the greatest amount of food with the least effort and in the smallest spaces would probably find much more success with raised bed gardening.

With this plan, the planting area is narrow enough to be reached easily from all sides, but every bit of soil is put towards growing food.  You don’t have all the wasted space of walkways and aisles, both of which have to be kept weeded as well as the rows of plants themselves.

In addition, rather than just taking what you get with that dirt plot that was “lawn” a couple of months ago, you are actually creating spaces that have the most nutritious, well-balanced soil possible.

We purchased kits of pre-formed frames for raised beds (we decided we could not make them any cheaper).  They came in 4 x 4 and 4 x8 foot dimensions.  So far, we have put up 8 of the larger size since we not only want to grow a lot of surplus food to “put up,” but we also want to establish beds of medicinal plants as well as herbs for cooking.

I’ve spent a while reading books about raised bed gardening and becoming convinced that this must be a better system.  I’ve begun purchasing and mixing the soil “ingredients” that will go inside them.  This has been a premature spring and I have been itching to tuck plants and seedlings into the new beds, but I’ve had some trouble locating one ingredient I intended to use.  In addition, that really late freeze we got one year has me a bit scared.  I should note though, that raised beds will be much easier to protect from frosts than long rows.

Periodically, throughout the growing season, I will give updates about our experiences as well as give reviews and recommendations for books you may want to read yourself.

Do you already use a raised bed system?  Do you think it is a better way to garden?  Please share your experiences in the comments section.  

Related Posts: Raised Bed Gardening, part 2

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SOURCE : preppingtosurvive.com