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What is Aquaponics?

aquaponicsHere is an informative article that was sent to me on the subject of Aquaponics.

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Food preparedness is a major consideration for any serious prepper. Canned beans will run out eventually and your ability to stomach them might give out before the supply. Sooner or later you will need fresh produce and animal protein. In order to guarantee your security, you need to control your food supply. This is where Aquaponics steps in.

What is Aquaponics and why does it matter for preparedness?

Aquaponics is in essence, two somewhat complex food-production techniques, combined to create a sum that is greater and less complex than their parts.…

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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.  She called me after arriving and said that she was shocked at how dry the country was and how few crops were being grown because of the drought.

With this being the third consecutive year of drought, the water reserves both federal and state are almost gone and the farmer’s only possible source is wells.  The water levels of the wells are dropping to levels that have never been seen before.  …

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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 look like small jade plants. The stems lay flat on the ground and radiate from a single taproot forming flat, circular mats up to 16 inches across.  The stems are often reddish at the base.

Purslane grows from the late spring to the start of fall.  Its succulent characteristic makes it very drought tolerant.  It grows wild across large parts of the United States. …

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Water Conservation and the Drought

water conservationThis 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 many people are choosing their lawns.  Me I am choosing the vegetable garden. So this post will deal with vegetables and not ornamental plants.

With a vegetable garden, you need an adequate supply of water during the growing season.  This is directly related to produce quality and yields.  Vegetables can’t go dormant like many other plants.

Choose native plants if possible.  …

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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 the future the only way to get heritage seeds may be to preserve your own.

The Storage Life of Seeds

I spent part of today talking to a retire Professor from the California University system.  His expertise is in plants,storage life of seeds particularly tomato plants.  The subject we discussed was the long-term storage of plant seeds.  Based on his many years of experience he said that the best method is to store seeds in a paper sack in the refrigerator. …

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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 the first post where we show what we did, Some Easy to Make Raised Planters. 

My wife planted various seedlings she got from a local nursery.  The soil that we used is mulch that my father (he is in his 90s) had made last year.  He gets horse manure from his neighbor and mixes it with leaves and yard waste. The mixture then sits for at least a year. …

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Deer Problems and Gardens

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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 including deer, we have had very little trouble with deer until this year. With the ongoing drought, this all seems to have changed.  This year I have a deer problem.  They are trying to eat my garden.

The other night they ate all the flowers and buds of my wife’s roses.  Fortunately, I saw them before they got to the garden and ran them out off the back yard. …

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Some Easy to Make Raised Planters

One of the problems of getting old is that you don’t bend over as easy as you used to.  My wife has wanted to try some raised planters for a while, to see if it is easier on her back.  Well I promised her some.

So I thought I would go and buy some redwood and throw a couple of raised planters together.  That was before I got sticker shock at the lumberyard caused by the price of redwood.  So I decided I had to find a cheaper way.  I couldn’t find a good deal on scrap lumber, so I went in another direction.…

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Now is the Time to Start Your Garden

Having a deep larder is one of the most important things that you can do as a prepper.  But learning how to garden and raise some of your own food is equally as important.  With the advent of spring (at least where I live) now is a good time to start thinking about your garden and what you grow this summer.

Hopefully you are storing seeds and the tools your need to grow your crops.  If not you should be. Assuming you are now is a good time to rotate the seeds.  Buy new and use the oldest you have.  Here is a link to a post on The Storage Life of Seeds

Now me I do not particularly like to garden, I do it because it is a necessity. …

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Ergot Poisoning and Grains

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Ergot poisoning is a sickness that can occur from eating rye and other grains that are infected with the ergot fungus.  It transforms the grain into enlarged, hard, dark spur-like structures.  It is most commonly found in rye and symptoms of the illness have been credited by some authorities for the Salem Witchcraft trials.

Poisoning caused by Ergot is referred to as ergotism.  If you are suffering from ergotism you can have either convulsive and gangrenous ergotism.

The symptoms of convulsive ergotism are a nervous dysfunction.  This can result in the victim twisting and contorting their body in pain, trembling and shaking, which simulate convulsions or fits.  …

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