Since I was small, I’ve been raised to be able to take care of myself in case Something Bad were to happen. I grew up foraging, sewing, shooting, and cleaning the deer my father brought home. On the east coast, where I was born and spent much of my childhood, there just don’t seem to be quite as many people preparing their kids with these kinds of skills. That’s one of the reasons my father decided to migrate out west, here to Idaho.
I was always a little bit of an outsider out east because no one else went mushroom hunting and shooting with their dads. So it was nice to come out here and realize that I wasn’t alone in my upbringing!
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As one of the most ubiquitous crops in the world, the potato is poised to feed the entire world. Along the way, scientists discovered that the popular staple of many people’s diets may also have potential to help power it as well.
A couple years ago, researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem released their finding that a potato boiled for eight minutes can make for a battery that produces ten times the power of a raw one. Using small units comprised of a quarter-slice of potato sandwiched between a copper cathode and a zinc anode that’s connected by a wire, agricultural science professor Haim Rabinowitch and his team wanted to prove that a system that can be used to provide rooms with LED-powered lighting for as long as 40 days.
At around one-tenth the cost of a typical AA battery, a potato could supply power for cell phone and other personal electronics in poor, underdeveloped and remote regions without access to a power grid.
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Sure, gardening may be fun today but once disaster hits, things are going to look way, way different. Post-collapse, food is going to worth more than gold and, if people find out you have it, either you or your garden could become a target.
In what follows I want to give you a few things to do to prepare for various SHTF scenarios. I’m assuming you’ll be bugging in, since bugging out means leaving your home for who knows how long. Still, even if you are planning to leave, you need to have a bug out location, such as a house in the woods and the space to start a garden, of course.
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There are a lot of obstacles to overcome when transitioning to a more self-sufficient life. Unfortunately, sometimes the area you live in is the biggest roadblock, and moving isn’t an option. When it comes to growing your own food, you might find yourself stuck in a difficult position.
There are three major disadvantages to starting a large garden in an urban atmosphere:
- Lack of space
- City permitting requirements
- Social issues with your neighborhood
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Anyone who has wished they had electricity when no power was available can appreciate the value of having a portable electric generator available for use. Whether the generator is merely a backup power supply to use in the event of an emergency power outage or the generator is used occasionally for convenience or recreation, portable electrical power is available in a number of different models and styles of generators. Some buyers may even rely on a portable electric generator to provide electricity to power tools they use daily in their trade or profession.
This guide discusses a number of ways a portable electric generator can be a beneficial or even essential device to have. The guide also provides a reference to the sizes of generators required to power specific devices. Generators can be purchased from home improvement stores, farm supply stores, some department stores, and discount retailers.
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Actually, dozens of diseases may afflict a vegetablegarden, but fungus, bacterial, viral and environmental factors that cause root rot are the most common to vegetable gardens planted across the United States. Diseases caused by fungus are among the most prevalent to plague vegetable garden planters and growers, and can turn a once thriving and flourishing garden into a disaster.
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A garden is one of the most important aspects of a self-reliant lifestyle. They provide a means of growing your own food and gardening itself is a very rewarding activity. However, some people aren’t blessed with a green thumb and can find themselves struggling to keep their plants alive.
Here is a quick troubleshooting guide to common gardening mistakes.
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If you have a survival garden, kudos! But I have a question: Are you growing high-calorie foods? It occurred to me that a simple backyard garden isn’t going to sustain your family very long if you’re growing typical vegetables like cucumbers, radishes and tomatoes.
Although healthy and nutritious, those foods are very low calorie and really only work as part of a larger meal. If you want to get a substantial amount of calories from your garden during a long-term disaster, take a look at this food calorie chart.
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