Here are some of my latest articles – click on over and check them out:
Weeds for Attracting Native Pollinators:
Growing Edible Cactus
Five Reasons To Save Your Own Seeds:
Planting A Survival Garden From Your Pantry:
Sorry, Pooh, That Ain’t Honey
Subsistence Farming In Ghana
This week over at The Prepper Project, I swear off Cheez-Its(TM) (again):
You know, I really like the taste of Cheez-Its. I just don’t like the highlighted bits:
ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE
[VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), SOYBEAN AND PALM OIL WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS, SKIM MILK CHEESE (SKIM MILK, WHEY PROTEIN, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES, ANNATTO EXTRACT FOR COLOR), SALT, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF PAPRIKA, YEAST, PAPRIKA OLEORESIN FOR COLOR, SOY LECITHIN.
Other than that, we’re almost cool.
In other news, this is hilarious.
Is “Mel’s mix” awesome? Is it worth building beds? Are there better alternatives?
This week at The Prepper Project, I take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the Square Foot Gardening method:
You’ve seen my writing on double-digging before. The more I do it, the more I’m impressed with it as a truly superior method of gardening in smaller spaces. Over at The Prepper Project, I share more on the “why” and “how” of this excellent practice:
When we look at our garden plants, we tend to think about only what we
see. If the growth above ground is green and happy, great!
Unfortunately – that’s only half the picture. Root growth is really, really important to the health of a plant and its ability to stand drought stress, find nutrients and keep itself supported. When you use a tiller, you’re
really only ripping up the top 6” or so of the ground. Beneath that, the
soil might remain hard and unyielding to plant roots.
The deep mulch method (also known as lasagna gardening or the “Ruth Stout” method) can loosen soil over time by attracting worms that aerate for you – but if you really want to get your gardens going in a hurry, double-digging is the way to put food on the table ASAP. (READ MORE)
Want to put a big bank of calories in the ground? I’ve got a new post over at The Prepper Project that tells you how – click on over and check it out:
There are very few similarities between these two
plants. One is in the sunflower family… the other is in the spurge family. One bears roots year-round… one does not. One has pretty flowers… the other has graceful canes and palmate leaves. They do have a few notable places where they overlap, however.
1. Both grow like weeds and produce in less-than-ideal conditions.
2. Both produce an abundance of calories.
3. Both are tall plants and not readily recognizable as food sources.
4. Both will mess you up if you don’t prepare them right.
5. Both are exceptional survival crops.
6. Both are bothered by very few pests.
7. Both are excellent chicken/pig feed.