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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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Why Should Preppers Store Lime

There are many things that we should store that will make life easier after a major disaster and I know it is not possible to store everything.  Near where I live there is a old limestone quarry that still has … Continue reading

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What is Aquaponics?

Here is an informative article that was sent to me on the subject of Aquaponics. Howard Food preparedness is a major consideration for any serious prepper. Canned beans will run out eventually and your ability to stomach them might give … Continue reading

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The California Drought and How it Affects You

Yesterday my wife had to make a quick trip to Southern California to help her aunt who is in her late 80’s.  Over the years, she has made this trip many times and is familiar with the central valley area.  … Continue reading

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Purslane, A Common Edible Plant

Purslane, also known as duckweed, fatweed, pursley, pussley, verdolagas and wild portulaca while considered a weed in the United States, can be a good source of vitamins and minerals.  Purslane has fleshy succulent leaves and stems with small yellow flowers.  They … Continue reading

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Water Conservation and the Drought

This year with the drought in large areas of the US, water conservation is more important than ever.  Here where we live we are making decisions on whether to water decorative plants or vegetable gardens.  Surprisingly at least to me … Continue reading

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The Long Term Storage Life of Seeds

Today, I am doing something that I rarely do and that is repost an article. The article is on the storage life of seeds.  With the advent of all the genetically modified seeds, this subject is becoming more important.  In … Continue reading

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Raised Planters for Your Garden

  At the beginning of April, my wife and I set up some raised planters to make it easier for her to garden.  We used some horse troughs because it was cheaper than buying redwood.  Here is a link to … Continue reading

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Deer Problems and Gardens

I have lived in the same home for over 25 years in a semi rural area.  We have a stream and large batches of blackberries and trees across the street from us.  Although this has been home to much wildlife … Continue reading

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