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Fifteen uses for five-gallon buckets

Five-gallon buckets are cheap, easy to get and one of the most useful items to have at your home or bug out location.  Personally, I always try to keep extra buckets on hand.  My buckets are mostly food grade, but … Continue reading






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Grow Bags Can be a Useful Tool for Hidden Gardens

A couple of years ago we started to experiment with raised bed gardening.  A large part of the reason was that with age and arthritis it gets harder to bend over.  After looking at all the options, it turned out … Continue reading






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Growing and Preserving Figs

We have a large fig tree in our back yard.  For the amount of space and the limited care it takes, it produces way more fruit than any other fruit tree of which I am aware.  It will produce two … Continue reading






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Treat your plants to natural calcium, Eggshells

My vegetable and flower soil looks like it has the measles. I have mixed the soil with eggshells. The eggshells have a lot of nutrients that the plants need. Your eggshells are recycled and you have cheap food for the … Continue reading






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Digging Bars Should be Included in Your Preps

This morning I got up early and planted a couple of fruit trees before it got to hot.  Now the area in which we live is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the soil can be very … Continue reading






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Raised Beds make for Easy to Maintain Gardens

Summer is here and it is time to have your garden planted.  Now I am not a gardener, I like the produce, but gardening is something I do under protest.  Now my wife likes to garden.  However, in recent years … Continue reading






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Keeping Deer Out of the Garden

Summer is rapidly approaching and it is time to plant our garden.  I have lived in this house since 1987 and last year for the first time, I had a problem with deer attacking my garden.  This year I expect … Continue reading






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Gardening For a Fistful of Dollars

Here is a guest post by Joe on the subject of how to make extra money by gardening.   This is a great way to learn new skills, while increasing your own preparedness. Howard For those of us suffering from weeks-long … Continue reading






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Gardening in South Africa When I was a Child

I have been talking to my father about gardening, when I was a child in South Africa in the 1950’s One thing that most people here would never do is use human manure for fertilizer.  Back then we would take … Continue reading






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Rainwater Collecting can Provide Water for Drinking an Other Uses

In California, we are finally starting to get a bit of rain.  Not enough to break the drought, but enough that you should start thinking about how to collect rainwater.  When I was a child living in South Africa, we … Continue reading






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