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Another Mental Exercise, or Is It?

Another Mental Exercise, or Is It?

By Paylie Roberts When the Ebola news first started to dominate the alternative news media, and the mainstream media, I kept my eye on it, but mostly kept the idea of a pandemic out of my mind. Mainly, because we’ve had previous false scares before, whether it was the...
Tearing it up with a Ridging Hoe

Tearing it up with a Ridging Hoe

For the survival-minded homesteader – or for those who simply wish to live a simpler existence – good hand tools are important. When you don’t have a tractor or when gas gets too expensive (or disappears), meaning your tiller is dead in the field… it’s good to have...
Grow Chaya for Years of Free Greens

Grow Chaya for Years of Free Greens

by David Goodman Chances are you’ve never heard of chaya. Heck, I hadn’t heard about it until just a few years ago – and I’m a plant geek. Now that I have it, however, I’d never go without it again. This is a must-grow vegetable for anyone in USDA Zone 8 and south....
4 Safe Edible Mushrooms for Foragers and Cheapskates

4 Safe Edible Mushrooms for Foragers and Cheapskates

Image credit NOTE: I shouldn’t have to say this, but I will, just in case a bureaucrat is reading: don’t go eating any mushrooms you’re not completely sure are safe. And don’t sue us if you get a stomachache. Do your own research on mushrooms. We’re just providing a...
Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness

Situational awareness is a term most often heard around military and law enforcement training centers.  It is, as simply as I can put it, being aware of everything around you while paying attention to what looks right and what doesn’t.  For the military this...
Growing Your Own Herbal Tea

Growing Your Own Herbal Tea

Last year my wife and I shared the magical experience of visiting an organic cocoa farm in the Caribbean. We tried bananas we’d never seen before… ate coffee cherries right off the bushes… tasted fruits we didn’t know existed… all while marveling at the incredible...
Gardening Tasks for Fall

Gardening Tasks for Fall

The air is crisp and the leaves are hanging tenuously on the branches. Even the weeds are starting to fade as the chill of fall sends its first tentative tendrils through the air to caress away the faded heat of summer. In some places – my condolences if...
The Delicious World Of Edible Hibiscus

The Delicious World Of Edible Hibiscus

When you think about delicious homegrown greens, you probably think of lettuce… mustard… spinach… Not hibiscus. Hibiscus is just that big flower that decorates Hawaiian shirts. Photo credit Preston Rhea I mean… vegetables aren’t usually printed on shirts, right? What...
Grow Buckets Of Calories in a Kiddie Pool or Tub

Grow Buckets Of Calories in a Kiddie Pool or Tub

  What if I told you there was a way to grow a few thousand calories in a kiddie pool? “What? In a kiddie pool? You mean, like, eating tadpoles, right?” No. Not eating tadpoles. That’s gross. I’m talking about another plant: the Chinese Water Chestnut. Known in...
Improve Your Food Forest By Adding Density

Improve Your Food Forest By Adding Density

Why is it that we find wandering through a lush woodland a wonderful thing… yet fight against lush growth on our own properties? In our yards we seem to have disconnected ourselves from natural ecosystems. They’re scary I suppose. I mean, what would the neighbors...
Using Greywater To Grow Bananas

Using Greywater To Grow Bananas

As drought continues to wreak havoc in much of the west, there’s a new interest in how much water we waste. In a survival situation, water is your #1 priority. It’s also #1 for plants. Unfortunately, many of us have homes that were designed to be linked into...
Gardening On A Compost Pile

Gardening On A Compost Pile

By David Goodman When I threw pumpkin guts on top of my compost pile last fall I wasn’t planning ahead. I also wasn’t expecting anything more than soil improvement. For the last year I’ve rotated my compost pile from garden bed to garden bed, rather than dumping it...
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