How To Raise A Homestead Dairy Cow

A lot of homesteading prepper families choose to invest in a homestead dairy cow for their property. This will provide a lot of milk for your family – and possibly some extra for your pigs, if you’re raising those as well.

You can consume the milk, or create yogurt, ice cream and other items from her milk. Each type of cow and size will produce different amounts of milk, so you may want to consider a smaller option such as a goat (see video below) if your family doesn’t use much milk.

Or, if you live in a prepper community, you could share the milk with others in the community – along with the chores of raising it. It’s critical that you milk your cow at the same time each and every day, so scheduling is important.

Some people have questions about the safety of drinking raw milk, but you can also buy a pasteurizer for your family to use. They’re not expensive and it will provide you with the same safety that you get off the grocery shelves.

It can get expensive to raise a dairy cow if you’re having to buy all of your hay, but many prepper families grow their own, so that cuts down on the cost of raising your dairy cow quite a bit.

You can visit a dairy farm and ask if they have any lower milk producing cows they want to get rid of. If the volume isn’t enough for a dairy farm, they’ll often sell off the cows to a family that requires a much lower volume of milk.

Most experts recommend that you get a Jersey dairy cow, but there are many choices. You want one that’s gentle and won’t be hostile to you or your small children in a farming situation.

You have to make sure that your property has room for her to graze and roam around. If you get a Brown Swiss or Dexter cow, then you can allow for more grass grazing than hay feed, which saves you money in the long run.

Your dairy cow will produce milk twice a day for about a year. After about 10 months, give her some time off for a few months and then let her produce another calf to begin milk production again.

Remember that your water supply has to be enough to provide for a dairy cow’s needs. They can drink anywhere from 25-40 gallons of water each day. Be sure you have enough water for her and the needs of your family.

Your homestead dairy cow might produce anywhere from 2-8 gallons of milk per day, so make sure you don’t over-invest in something that’s going to make all of the milk production go to waste.

How To Identify Poisonous Asparagus In The Wild

Asparagus is a great wild food to forage for. However you need to be careful, because there is a wild asparagus look-alike that is very poisonous. Before you forage for asparagus READ THIS ARTICLE then come back and watch the following video.

The video will show you exactly how to find SAFE wild asparagus you can eat. So before you grab that first morsel of what looks to be asparagus read the article and watch the video.

9 Simple Tips To Grow A Lot Of Food In A Small Off Grid Garden

In this post you are going to learn some simple tips you can use to grow a lot of food in small off grid garden. In fact there are 9 of them that just about anyone can use no matter where you live.

We like these tips because it allows you to control what’s in the food you grow (such as chemicals).

Most people understand that organic food is the best way to go but feel it’s to expensive. Here’s your opportunity to grow your own organic food. Watch the video below now to get started.

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Lost Survival Lessons That Will Make Anything You Know About Prepping Obsolete

We’ve lost to history so much survival knowledge that we become clueless in front of what our great grandfathers did or built on a daily basis to sustain their families.

People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.

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13 Top Medicinal Herbs To Grow In Your Survival Garden

In these uncertain times, more and more people are gardening to grow their own food and medicinal herbs. Being able to grow your own food gives you an edge in terms of independence and ability to get the most for your food dollar.

The same is true of being able to grow your own medicines. In this article, we will discuss the use of medicinal herbs for healing and make recommendations for the best and most useful herbs to plant in your survival garden. Read on to learn more.

There Is Nothing More Traditional Than Herbal Medicine

It is odd that modern Western medical practices are called “traditional” and herbal medicine is referred to as “alternative.” The fact is, herbs have been in use for healing far longer than chemicals.

Their use dates back many thousands of years and herbs have been proven effective for protecting and restoring good health. Regular use of herbal supplements helps strengthen the immune system to help keep you naturally healthy.

A medicinal herb garden is easy to grow and you can reap marvelous benefits from it. Here are 13 of the top herbs you should include in your survival garden.

1. Echinacea helps boost the immune system by activating your white blood cells. This helps your body deflect colds and flu and fight infection.

2. Feverfew is helpful for reducing fever and relieving headaches. This is accomplished by chewing the leaves. You can also make a tea with the herb that will help relieve arthritis pain.

3. Milk Thistle has been clinically proven to help cleanse and strengthen the liver.

4. Ginseng is also an excellent liver tonic and has been shown to have a positive effect on cholesterol  levels.

5. Basil is a tasty kitchen spice that is also a superstar in the world of healing herbs. It is naturally antiseptic and also has some powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful for a wide variety of  problems ranging from topical treatment of scrapes and cuts to ingestion for the treatment of digestive problems.

6. Lavender has deeply calming properties. It is excellent for aromatherapy and for tea. It also has strong antiseptic and anti-fungal properties and is a good addition to salves and ointments.

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Ancient natural medicine, herbal, vials and scale on wooden background

7. Chamomile is flavorful and soothing. A cup of chamomile tea can settle your tummy and/or help you sleep. It is also an excellent addition to salves for treatment of skin inflammation.

8. Peppermint contains the well-known medicinal ingredient, menthol. It is good for soothing irritated skin, calming and settling the stomach and soothing bloating and stomach pain.

9. Lemon Balm also helps calm the tummy and promote rest and relaxation. It is a bit more powerful than chamomile and can help relieve pain and discomfort. It is also a good appetite stimulant.

10. Parsley has very high chlorophyll content, so when consumed fresh it is an excellent source of enzymes that help promote good gut health. Additionally, chewing fresh parsley is an effective remedy for bad breath. The high ironcontent in parsley can help relieve fatigue. Parsley tea is a good remedy for bladder and/or kidney infection, upset stomach and flatulence.

11. Sage has powerful astringent and antibacterial properties. It is very good for soothing inflammation of the mouth, gums and throat. Drinking a cup of sage tea can help soothe mouth ulcers.

12. Rosemary has relaxing and tummy settling properties, and it also helps clearphlegm when you have a cold or flu. Drinking Rosemary tea can reduce headache pain and improve memory. This may be because it helps increase circulation. Overall, it is beneficial to the central nervous system and the circulatory
system.

13. Thyme contains a strong antiseptic ingredient called thymol, which is used in many antiseptic commercial products. Thyme is an excellent choice for treating fungal infections and wounds.

How Do You Use Medicinal Herbs?

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It is possible to learn to create a wide variety of healing and personal care items using herbs, but generally speaking, most herbs can be made into tea. This is a quick and easy way to get started. While you will want to harvest and dry your herbs for year-round use, you can also make fresh herb tea. Here’s what
you’ll need:

-A quarter cup of fresh herbs
-A cup of water

Place your herbs in a teapot or other heat safe container. When your water comes to a boil, remove it from the heat and pour it over the herbs. Cover and allow the tea to steep for ten or fifteen minutes. Add honey and/or lemon if desired for taste.

The Benefits Of Keeping A Medicinal Herbs Garden

Most medicinal herbs are very easy to grow. In fact, sometimes you have to keep a tight rein on them to prevent them from running rampant. The essential oils found in herbs help them to resist pests, so you won’t need to worry about having your crop eaten by insects or animals.

When you plant your own medicinal herb garden, you and your family can literally reap a wealth of benefits in terms of health and well-being. These herbs are tasty, beautiful and good for you. Learning to create your own healing salves, ointments, tinctures and teas is fascinating, thrifty and enjoyable.

Jonathan Leger is a member of the Garden Writer’s Association and a gardening enthusiast. He is also a successful software developer and has created a number of software and service applications. He recently created a website where you can ask questions and receive answers from expert authors and researchers at AnswerThis.Co.

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Food That Magically Regrows Itself – Turn Table Scraps Into A Vegetable Garden. Green Thumb Not Required!

We thought that knowing how to turn table scraps into a vegetable garden was something that need to be shared. Especially with the growing season just around the corner.

We like the way that the foods shown in this post can almost magically regrow themselves with just a little bit of help from you. The great part about this is anyone can do it.

No green thumb, or gardening experience is required.

If you are just getting started growing vegetables (and some fruits), or even if you are somewhat experienced we think you’ll get a lot out of this.

Pineapple– Remove all of the fruit flesh or it will rot. Peel back the lower leaves from the crown to expose the root nodes. Place in a glass of water near sunlight and you will see roots begin to form in 5-10 days. I like to let the roots get really long so that I get a super strong and healthy plant when I put it in the soil.You can grow them in a large pot, raised bed, or put them straight in the ground. Pineapples are part of the bromeliad family and hold water in the space between the leaves. I water from the top a few times a week and have them planted in full sun to partial shade.It takes a full 18 months for the plant to fruit, but it will be the most delicious pineapple you ever tasted!

Celery– Cut off the bottom root end leaving about 3-4 inches of the stalk. Place the root end in water and place near a sunlit window. I removed more of the outer ribs after about 5 days to encourage more root growth. Once the roots are established, plant the celery in soil, covering the roots and base with about 2 inches  of soil. I have mine in a large pot in full sun. Keep the soil evenly moist but do not over water. Harvest in about 120 days.

Ginger– Choose a piece of ginger root that does not look dried out or shriveled up. I select pieces that have lots of “nubs” since this is where the ginger will sprout. Cover the root with soil, nubs facing up. I like to plant ginger in a large pot to keep it from spreading out too much in the garden. Keep the soil well-drained and evenly moist. Do not over water or the roots will rot. Harvest in about 4-6 months. Go to Veggietorials.com for more info on turning kitchen scraps into vegetables

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10 Reasons Why Cinnamon Is A Great Spice Every Prepper Should Have On Hand

Cinnamon is an ancient spice that many preppers, and survivalist are not aware of that has many health benefits. Cinnamon is an herb that comes from the inner bark of some South Asian trees.

It has many health benefits that make it worth having a good supply of. Here are 10 great health benefits of cinnamon. Every prepper, and survivalist should consider adding it to their food storage. Cinnamon has a very long shelf life.

1-Fights against infections
Cinnamon has anti fungal, anti parasitic and anti bacterial properties. It can fight against bacterial and fungal infections to keep you away from many diseases.

2-Cinnamon And Diabetes
It enhances the level of lipid and glucose, improves the ability of body to regulate blood sugar level. If you are suffering from type-2 diabetes, taking less than a half tea spoon of cinnamon is enough to control the level of blood sugar in your body.

3-Cinnamon And HIV
It prevents you from various diseases caused by virus. Recent research revealed that cinnamon is the most effective tool to fight against HIV.

4-Stronger Nervous System
Cinnamon helps prevent you from various neurogenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor. According to the recent research it contains certain properties that inhibit the development of these diseases to make stronger nervous system.

5-Cinnamon And Weight Loss
It increases blood circulation, reduces the negative responses of body to take fat rich meals. It is an effective metabolism booster, thus helps you lose weight rapidly.

To see health benefits of cinnamon tips 6-10 go to the full article at: PlainTips.com

 

Easy To Make Survival Food That Will Never Go Bad

What you’re going to learn in this post is a way to make a survival food that has a shelf life of 150 years. The recipe has been around for a long time.

Staying alive in a survival situation requires you to have enough carbohydrates to keep your energy up.

It was originally used by sailors on long trips. This super food has actually been around since ancient Egypt. It is known now as pilot bread, hardtack, sea biscuit, cabin bread, and sea bread.

Due to the fact that this super food last so long it’s a great idea to make up several batches and store it in different places like your car for an emergency.

When it’s time to eat this bread, it will be hard. To eat you simply dip it in water, or tea, or if possible you can even fry it. Watch the video for the recipe.

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Creating a Survival Food Supply: Planning Ahead for Disasters

Has creating a survival food supply in case of emergency or natural disaster been on your mind, or even your to-do list?

Early planning and preparedness are the best defenses in the event of emergencies. The unpredictability of weather and natural disasters creates a need for always having survival staples at hand. It is important to not only have food and water available for every member of the household (including pets), but to know which kinds are the best at sustaining health during a crisis.

Water: Top Priority for Survival

Water is the most essential foodstuff, and having enough for everyone is important. A general rule of thumb is to have a gallon of distilled water per person, per day; although the more clean water you have on hand the better. Water is not only used for drinking, but for bathing and cleaning wounds. Individual bottles or canteens of water are also helpful for mobilization. In the case of a lack of clean water, a portable hot plate and pot are helpful for boiling rain or ground water.

Survival Foods: Canned Goods

Having an ample food supply is also crucial for disaster preparedness. Metal-canned foods are a good option for their shelf longevity and durable containers. A well-stocked canned food supply will include vegetables (such as carrots, peas, corn, beets, and boiled potatoes), legumes (such as kidney, garbanzo, and black beans), soups, fruits (such as pineapple, peaches, and pears – all of which should be in fruit juice, as opposed to heavy syrup), and tinned meats (such as tuna and chicken). Utensils and a can opener (or two, for good measure) are obviously also required for opening and eating canned foods.

Freeze-Dried Food: Ideal for Long-Term Survival Food Supply

Another, even more excellent option for durable food supplies include freeze-dried food. Long used in military kits, freeze-dried food packets were also popularized by being used in outer space missions by NASA. Freeze-dried food packets are made edible by adding water to rehydrate the food. For families, large #10 cans with entrees are an excellent choice. Other dehydrated options include dried fruits, such as apples, mangoes, and pineapple rings which would not need to be re-hydrated to be consumed.

Important food items to have on hand include raw nuts (such as almonds and walnuts), granola, raisins, nutritional yeast, protein powder, and vitamin supplements (such as iron, B12, and vitamin C drink mix packets). Overly salty and sweet foods should be avoided because of their thirst-inducing properties.

Most often, these supplies are kept in a basement or cellar of a home where they can stay cool. It is also wise to keep a smaller food and water kit in the car or truck, due to the possibility of commuting or traveling when a disaster strikes.

Learn about survival food and how to find it on author Maria T. Miller’s Survival Food List blog.

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Non Chemical Ways To Keep Bugs Out Of Your Survival Garden

Part of the reason people have their own gardens is to avoid the chemicals that are found in store bought foods, and vegetables. Of course with gardens come bugs.

In order to stay away from pesticides that could not only harm you, and your pets yet still keep the bugs out of your survival garden we found some natural deterrents to bugs, and pests.

Bugs, and pests are always a problem, however so are the chemicals that many people use to keep them away. Here are some natural ways to keep the bugs out of your garden.

• Use seaweed mulch. Known to repel slugs, it also contains iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium, which promote healthy plant growth and can keep bugs away.

• Install a drip-irrigation system to water the roots of your plants. Keeping your plants dry also repels bugs and fungus since they thrive in moist environments.

Soak-er hoses adhere to your existing hose, which sweat water into your soil. This way, your plants can receive their water without getting drenched, which attracts all sorts of pests.

• Mix canola oil with ivory soap. Making your own homemade mixture with one tablespoon canola oil and a few drops of ivory soap can kill insects in a safe manner, and is very cheap to implement. Spray over the entire plant for the best effect.

• Spread cucumber peels in your garden to repel ants. Ants have been known to dislike the bitterness of cucumbers, so if you choose this method, make sure the cucumbers are extra bitter to keep ants away.

• Plant herbs in your garden. Because of their strong scent, herbs tend to detract bugs and pests from gardens. Bugs have poor eyesight, and use scent to decide what plants to feast on. If you plant herbs in your garden, you will have much fewer pests visiting your garden on a daily basis. To read the rest of this article go to AmericanPreppersNetwork.com

 

Top 14 Vegetables For Your Survival Garden That You Can Grow During Winter

With the cold weather arriving many people believe they can’t keep their survival garden growing, thus missing benefits that can come from having a winter garden.

There are many healthy plants that can be grown during the cold winter months that actually do quite well in low double digit temperatures.

We’ve discovered 14 vegetables that actually thrive in the cold. Here are some wonderful winter garden vegetables that actually flourish during the cold winter months.

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Perpetual spinach, chard, parsley, rocket, lettuce and radishes can all be sown at four week intervals from July onwards for both a winter crop and some seedlings to overwinter for fast take off in spring. Chard is less hardy than perpetual spinach so if you only grow one of them, grow the spinach.

The radish ‘long white icicle’ does well and can be used as a vegetable as well as in salad. It will stand for a long time in winter undercover. A variety of lettuce from Thompson and Morgan called ‘Freckles’ is good for autumn sowing. It is hardier than most and slugs don’t like it. We have kept plants going all winter under bubble wrap in a cold frame.

Land cress and lamb’s lettuce are great for a winter garden and are wonderful, hardy salad crops which will stand outside all winter in pretty much any weather. Leave a plant of each to go to seed and you will have a steady supply of plants at different ages and stages springing up everywhere. Lamb’s lettuce is sown from July onward but you only need to sow it a couple of times, once indoors and once outside, to get a supply for months. It is expensive to buy and you often see it in those bags of ready-washed salad. Land cress can be sown from spring until September, but will stand for months from a single sowing if picked regularly. It has a similar taste and appearance to watercress. As well as using it in salads, make a mineral-rich soup using a watercress soup recipe.

Claytonia is another easy winter salad crop, although it does need a bit of cover. If you have a polytunnel, greenhouse or cold frame it will keep going all winter, and will self seed. Slugs do not bother much with claytonia or with lamb’s lettuce and land cress.

Pak choi, Chinese cabbage and other similar Chinese greens need to be sown after mid July or they will go to seed. They are best in a tunnel or cold frame. Slugs love them so keep an eye out for damage. Garlic can be planted at most times of year but July plantings work well and are ready the following July. We put single cloves back in the ground whenever we harvest some and have it dotted all around the garden, to pull as required. If none is ready, the green tops can be cut and used. Spring cabbage can be used as a cut and come again crop as well for full sized cabbages.

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Carrots (stump-rooted) do well on most soil and will stand in the ground for a long time, to pull as needed.

Celery is easy to grow pretty much anywhere. Sow it after mid July for winter crops, or it may to go to seed. There is no need to earth it up.

We have been sowing a culinary celery seed, variety unknown, for several years with great success. It can also be sown in September and the small plants will overwinter and start growing again in the spring.

To see more healthy vegetables that grow well in Winter months along with how to grow, and care for them see the full article at: http://www.Permaculture.co.uk

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How To Successfully Grow Potatoes In Old Tires

 

We recently discovered a very unique way to grow potatoes using old tires. The first question that usually comes up is why would someone want to even grow potatoes in old tires?

Short answer is it’s a great way to grow if you have limited space, and it’s also inexpensive. Growing potatoes in tires is a great way to garden, and recycle at the same time.

Before using the old tires make sure to get a good scrub brush, and a bucket of soap, and water. You’ll want to make sure and clean the tire completly to remove any oil. and grease.

Better yet if you have access to a pressure washer, or DIY car wash can make for even better cleaning of your tires. Follow the easy directions in the video, and you’ll be growing some fine taters in no time.

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8 Gardening Foods That You Can Regrow From Table Scraps

 

If your searching for a healthy way to get the most out of your garden, knowing how to regrow gardening foods from kitchen scraps may be what you’ve been looking for. Many people waste a lot of scraps that could be used to grow a sustainable garden.

There are many widely used herbs, and vegetables that will regrow themselves from scraps that usually get tossed into the garbage, or composter. Here you will find 8 garden foods that you can regrow from table scraps. After reading this you might rethink what you toss into the trash.

Please keep in mind that the quality of the “starter” vegetable scrap will help to determine how good the re-growth will be. You want to use organic, or pesticide free  if at all possible

Author:  Andy Whiteley

1-Lemongrass

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Lemongrass grows just like any other grass. To propagate it, place the root end (after you’ve cut the rest off) in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny position.

Within a week or so, new growth will start to appear. Transplant your lemongrass into a pot and leave it in a sunny outdoor position. You can harvest your lemongrass when the stalks reach around a foot tall – just cut off what you need and leave the plant to keep growing.

2-Ginger

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Ginger is very easy to re-grow. Simply plant a spare piece of ginger rhizome (the thick knobbly bit you cook with) in potting soil with the newest (ie. smallest) buds facing upward. Ginger enjoys filtered, not direct, sunlight in a warm moist environment.

Before long it will start to grow new shoots and roots. Once the plant is established and you’re ready to harvest, pull up the whole plant, roots and all. Remove a piece of the rhizome, and re-plant it to repeat the process.

Ginger also makes a very attractive house-plant, so if you don’t use a lot of ginger in your cooking you can still enjoy the lovely plant between harvests.

3-Potatoes

Potatoes

Re-growing potatoes is a great way to avoid waste, as you can re-grow potatoes from any old potato that has ‘eyes’ growing on it. Pick a potato that has robust eyes, and cut it into pieces around 2 inches square, ensuring each piece has at least one or two eyes. Leave the cut pieces to sit at room temperature for a day or two, which allows the cut areas to dry and callous over. This prevents the potato piece from rotting after you plant it, ensuring that the new shoots get the maximum nutrition from each potato piece.

Potato plants enjoy a high-nutrient environment, so it is best to turn compost through your soil before you plant them. Plant your potato pieces around 8 inches deep with the eye facing upward, and cover it with around 4 inches of soil, leaving the other 4 inches empty. As your plant begins to grow and more roots appear, add more soil. If your plant really takes off, mound more soil around the base of the plant to help support its growth.

4-Garlic

Garlic

You can re-grow a plant from just a single clove – just plant it, root-end down, in a warm position with plenty of direct sunlight. The garlic will root itself and produce new shoots. Once established, cut back the shoots and the plant will put all its energy into producing a tasty big garlic bulb. And like ginger, you can repeat the process with your new bulb.

5-Onions

Onions

Onions are one of the easiest vegetables to propagate. Just cut off the root end of your onion, leaving a ½ inch of onion on the roots. Place it in a sunny position in your garden and cover the top with soil. Ensure the soil is kept moist. Onions prefer a warm sunny environment, so if you live in a colder climate, keep them in pots and move them indoors during frostier months.

As you use your home-grown onions, keep re-planting the root ends you cut off, and you’ll never need to buy onions again.

6-Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

When planted, sweet potato will produce eye-shoots much like a potato. Bury all or part of a sweet potato under a thin layer of soil in a moist sunny location. New shoots will start to appear through the soil in a week or so. Once the shoots reach around four inches in height, remove them and re-plant them, allowing about 12 inches space between each plant. It will take around 4 months for your sweet potatoes to be ready. In the meantime, keep an eye out for slugs… they love sweet potatoes.

7-Mushroom

Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be propagated from cuttings, but they’re one of the more difficult veggies to re-grow. They enjoy warm humidity and nutrient-rich soil, but have to compete with other fungus for survival in that environment. Although it is not their preferred climate, cooler environments give mushrooms a better chance of winning the race against other fungi.

Prepare a mix of soil and compost in a pot (not in the ground) so your re-growth is portable and you can control the temperature of your mushroom. I have found most success with a warm filtered light during the day and a cool temperature at night. Just remove the head of the mushroom and plant the stalk in the soil, leaving just the top exposed. In the right conditions, the base will grow a whole new head. (In my experience, you’ll know fairly quickly if your mushroom has taken to the soil as it will either start to grow or start to rot in the first few days).

8-Pineapple

Pineapple

To re-grow pineapples, you need to remove the green leafy piece at the top and ensure that no fruit remains attached. Either hold the crown firmly by the leaves and twist the stalk out, or you can cut the top off the pineapple and remove the remaining fruit flesh with a knife (otherwise it will rot after planting and may kill your plant). Carefully slice small, horizontal sections from the bottom of the crown until you see root buds (the small circles on the flat base of the stalk). Remove the bottom few layers of leaves leaving about an inch base at the bottom of the stalk.

To see 8 more garden foods you can grow from table scraps see the original article at WakeUp-World.com

 

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5 Urban Garden Secrets To Grow Food In Any City

 

These urban garden secrets will show you no matter where you live it’s possible to grow your own food if you really want to. It’s becoming more important to learn how to grow your own food in case times get hard.

Growing your own vegetables taste better, and are cheap to grow, saving you money. Not only that, it’s fun, and gives you a great sense of satisfaction. What we have here are 5 ways to grow food in any city.

We’ve also included videos to go along with each method to get you going. Pick the one that applies to your situation and go for it.

Urban Garden Secrets:

1-The community garden concept: An increasingly popular option in the urban/suburban environment is the concept of a “community garden.” As Natural News has reported in the past, this concept has been adopted by organic- and fresh-produce-minded people in cities large and small, and the movement is definitely “growing,” if you’ll pardon the pun.

One organization, in fact, is dedicated to the spread of a version of community gardening known as “urban farming” (which just happens to also be the name of the organization). The group began in 2005 with just “three gardens and a pamphlet.” Today, its website boasts over 62,300 “residential, community and partner gardens that are part of ‘The Urban Farming Global Food Chain(R).'”

The concept is simple: Find an empty lot and get together with your neighbors to plant, cultivate and harvest a range of crops. Everybody shares in the labor and everybody shares in the harvest.

Now, for individual efforts:

Urban Garden Secrets For Vegetables

2-Bucket veggies: You’d be surprised what you can grow in a five-gallon bucket you pick up from Lowe’s or Home Depot.

“Even if you don’t have much sunny ground, you can still experience the pleasure of harvesting your own vine-ripened tomatoes and other crops. All you need is a generous-size container, good potting soil, and a suitable spot – a patio, deck, or corner that gets at least six hours of full sun a day,” Sunset magazine notes.

3-Urban Garden Secrets ForSprouting: Growing your own sprouts is a great way to augment your other crops. As noted by Jules Clancy, creator of The Stone Soup food website, “sprouting turns legumes and grains into living plants with more vitamins, such as vitamin C, B and carotene. It also helps the absorption of minerals.”

 

4-Rooftop raised gardens: Don’t live in a house with a deck? With a little help from neighbors and permission from the landlord, you could build some raised gardens on the roof of your apartment building (provided you have easy-enough access to the roof). Your crops will get plenty of sun, though you will likely have to irrigate them at some point (which is true of anything you’re trying to grow).

5-Window boxes: Though limited in what you can grow in them, window boxes are another way you can grow fresh. Herbs and sprouts do well in window boxes.

Article Source: Natural News.com

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How To Make Delicious Homemade Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese

If you love cheddar cheese, you’re going to love this video. Cheddar cheese is one of those great American foods. It’s also getting pretty expensive to buy. So in this post you will learn how to make your own cheddar cheese.

This video will take you through all the steps in the cheese making process. It’s fairly easy to do. Simply follow the step by step directions in the video and you’ll be making your own cheese in no time flat.We recommend that you watch the video, and take notes so you can refer back to them when making your cheese.

 

 

 

Easy Homemade Self-Watering Container Gardening System…Great For Off Grid.

Growing a vegetable garden is great when you to have the chance eat your work, however, some planting can be tough. Growing tomatoes and peppers can be labor intensive, however a self-watering planter such as the one shown here will make it a snap.

Near the end of the following video you will also learn how to plant and grow tomatoes in this system. One of our favorite parts of this self-watering container gardening is that it  is great for off grid gardening, because their is no need for power.

This is a cheap project to complete because you may already have most of the things you need to make it. Here is what you need:



Tools:

Drill and drill bits
Hose cutter
7/8th hole saw
Knife

Parts:

Zip ties
Clear hose with ½ inch internal diameter

½ inch rubber grommet
½ inch 90 degree pressure fit irrigation connector
3, 5, or 7 gallon bucket and lid (in this case I used a 7 gallon bucket)
4 inch net pot (You can find these anywhere they sell pond supplies or from a hydroponics supply store)
Sharpie
Black garbage bag
Compost
Perlite
Peat moss
Fertilizer
Seedling

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Ultimate Off Grid Self Watering System For Container Gardening

We can’t think of a better system to produce a whole lot of food in such a small about of space (about a square foot or so) than this Ultimate Off Grid Self Watering System For Container Gardening.

Due to various reasons which include the variety of plants, and the density of planting along with the ability to stack these containers really makes this self watering system pretty special.  Imagine being able to grow forty plants in a one foot area! Until someone shows us a better system we’ll keep calling this the ultimate self watering system.

How To Start Your Own Survival Container Garden

There’s a major drought going on in California. In case you didn’t know, more than half of the nations vegetables, and fruits are grown in Central California. Right now Central California is not getting any water for their crops.  Without a doubt you’re going to see one heck of a price increase in fruits, and vegetables this Fall, if not sooner.

So, you have a few options. Stop eating fruits, and vegetables (not recommended), pay the high prices, or start your own survival container garden. Container gardens are great no matter where you live whether it’s a house, condo, or apartment. Container gardening will save you a lot of money.

For about 3 bucks you can get a pack of seeds that will last a long time, and provide you with some delicious vegetables. The 5 best container vegetables for a beginning survival garden are:

  1. Rolande bush bean
  2. Jade Gem lettuce
  3. Pot of Gold chard
  4. Astia zucchini squash
  5. Bush Slicer cucumber

You can easily start them from seed, or you can even buy them as bushes ready to go for a few dollars each, just start watering, and fertilizing.  You can get them on Amazon at the following link.

Full disclosure, if you purchase at the link that follows we make a few cents (literally) which helps support our site. Container Bush Vegetables From Amazon.  Make sure to watch this short video which shows you EXACTLY how to easily start your own survival container garden

 

 

 

 

How To Make Mouth Watering Beef Jerky…Best And Tastiest Way To Preserve Meat For Food Storage

 

Beef jerky is an outstanding method to preserve meat that does not require any refrigeration if done correctly. This method for making beef jerky is used all over the globe with various types of meat, and is fairly simple to make.

It can be as easy as rubbing the meat you’ve selected with salt and drying it with a solar dehydrator, or smoking it over a low fire. In a survival, or disaster situation, jerky could be a fantastic item to barter. Be sure to see the mouth watering recipe for beef jerky below the video.

 

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Mouth Watering Beef Jerkey Recipe

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup worcestershire
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 Tbl. liquid smoke
1 tsp. pepper
4 cloves fresh minced garlic
1/2 – 1 tsp. Morton’s Nature’s Seasons seasoning blend
2 Lbs. lean meat (no pork, bear or meat that could have parasites that require high temperature processing)

Combine first 7 ingredients (adjust according to personal taste if desired) .
Arrange meat in a marinade pan and pierce with fork to allow marinade to better penetrate. If you like your jerky very spicy, now is the time to spinkle additional pepper.
Pour marinade over meat and soak for 24 hrs, flipping marinade tray over after 12 hrs.
Spray trays with Pam. Place meat on trays and dehydrate at 155F to 165F for around 4 hrs.
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How To Supercharge Your Garden Soil Using Coffee Grounds

 

If you want to supercharge your garden soil to grow better plants, and vegetables you may want to consider adding used coffee grounds.

Coffee grounds are a high powered mulch that contains 10.31 pounds of nitrogen per cubic yard which makes them an outstanding source of nitrogen.

Used coffee grounds are a great free resource to put to work in your garden. They enrich the soil with nitrogen and other minerals, improve soil structure, and increase organic matter in the soil.

You can use them in compost, vermicompost, and as a mulch. Why not give them a try in your garden?

 

 

 

 

DIY Hydroponic Garden Tower Lets You Grow Over 100 Plants In Less Than 10 Square Feet

 

You’re going to love this hydroponic garden tower. When completed you will be able to grow over 100 plants in less than 10 square feet. You’ll save a ton of water, and money by making this system.

This DIY hydroponic garden tower is built with 4″ irrigation pipes. You can purchase all the materials needed at your local Home Depot or other such store, and a local hydroponics store if you have one, or online..

This system uses 80% less water than regular gardening. and it is not a labor intensive either. Watch the video first to see what you will be doing. We’ve provided written directions HERE Please see the notes section that appears below the video


  Video Notes

This hydroponics growing system can grow:

  • Spinach
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Arugula
  • Yellow Squash
  • Chiles
  • Lettuce (of all types)
  • Pickle Cucumbers
  • Basil
  • Cabbage (of all types)
  • Broccoli
  • Mint
  • Peas
  • Cauliflower
  • Cilantro
  • Strawberries
  • Green Beans
  • Oregano
  • Radishes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Parsley
  • Onions
  • Chives
  • Any above ground veggie

You can make them shorter and lower, such that it can fit onto the back of even a small patio. This homemade hydroponic system is a version of vertical hydroponics that can easily be disassembled and moved, if you are just renting, or can be put on rollers, if you want to move it around on your back patio.

Please consider building on yourself, so that you can produce local food in hyper-abundance. This beats food storage any day, and in a worst case scenario, you can sell the food for top dollar. When millions of people produce their own local food in hyper-abundance, then hunger doesn’t stand a chance.

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Here Is A Unique Way To Can Ground Beef…Once You Try It You’ll Never Go Back To Doing It The Old Way

Here’s some great information on a unique way to can ground beef. You may find you like this method of dry canning ground beef much better than other canning methods.

People who have tried this method of dry canning beef have discovered that the texture is awesome as well. Using this method you will be leaving out some of the normal steps you’d use such as the use of boiling water. The video will take you through the steps on how to dry can ground beef.

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How To Dehydrate Raw Eggs…Great For Preparedness and Food Storage

Dehydrating eggs is something that many people are not aware that they can do. Dehydrating eggs is really very easy to do especially after you watching this video.

It also is something that makes perfect sense. By dehydrating your eggs you’re stocking up the old pantry, and preparing for a disaster.

Eggs are one of those things that keep going up in price, so by stocking up now you’ll be saving some money down the road.

Dehydrated eggs are very convenient to use. Simply take a few tablespoons of the eggs put them in a bowl, and add water. Watch the video now and see how easy it is to dehydrate eggs.

 

 

How To Make Super Easy Survival Bread Even If The Power Is Out And You Don’t Have An Oven

When it comes to learning survival skills like most everything else it comes down to practice. You can have all the survival skills in the world, but if you don’t at least try them out every once in awhile you might find it tough going if you are forced to use those skills.

So, you’ve got a bunch of wheat stored in your closet and SHTF. What are you going to do? You’re going to be thinking about baking bread.

It seems like it would be a tough thing to pull of, but it’s not really that hard. All you really need is water, and some flour.

You can get away without yeast, sugar, baking soda, or really anything except the flour and water. We found a basic recipe that will get you going!

EASY SURVIVAL BREAD

1 cup of fine whole wheat flour (buy from store or grind your own)
2 tbsp. of olive oil (optional, also regular vegetable oil works too)
1 tsp. salt (optional, add more or less to taste)
1/2 cup of water

Recipe Source: BeSurvival.com

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and scoop it togther into a ball. Lightly dust a cookie sheet, rock, or other flat surface with flour. Pour the dough ball out and knead for 5 mins. Roll out to about 1/8″ thin and bake at 350F for 20 mins.

Powers out? No oven? Put it in a dutch oven instead and cook it over a fire. No dutch oven? Throw it on a heated flat rock – or even in the ashes if you don’t mind some grit and charcoal flavoring – and flip it a couple of times till lightly brown and firm.

This will serve about 3-4 people if eaten as a side with a meal, or make about 2 sandwiches. The below nutritional info is for the entire loaf.

Nutritional info without olive oil

Calories
407
2.24g
Carbs
87.08g
Protein
16.44g

 

Nutritional info with olive oil

Calories
645
Fat
15.74g
Carbs
87.08g
Protein
16.44g

 

 

Your Step By Step Guide On How To Grow Shiitake Mushrooms…There’s More To Them Than Their Great Taste

Shiitake mushrooms have been grown in Japan for nearly 2,000 years. In Japanese, shii means -from a hardwood tree-, and take translates to “mushroom.” In its natural form, the shiitake mushroom has a rich, buttery, meaty flavor quite unlike the flavors of other mushroom types.

When it is dried, the shiitake’s flavors concentrate to a smoky richness. So learning how to grow these wonderful mushrooms makes perfect sense, and would make a great addition to your survival, or off grid garden. This video does a great job showing how to grow shiitake mushrooms. For additional information on the benefits of shiitake mushrooms see the article below the video.

What’s New and Beneficial about Shiitake Mushrooms

  • immune system support has often received much of the spotlight in shiitake mushroom research, recent study results involving support of the cardiovascular system have caught the attention of many researchers. In particular, recent studies have shown the ability of shiitake mushrooms to help protect us against cardiovascular diseases (including atherosclerosis) by preventing too much immune cell binding to the lining of our blood vessels. In order for immune cells and other materials to bind onto our blood vessel linings, certain protein molecules—called adhesion molecules—must be produced and sent into action. By helping to block the adhesion molecule production process, substances in shiitake mushrooms can help protect our blood vessels. (The adhesion molecule production that is partially blocked by shiitake mushroom components includes the adhesion molecules ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and E-selectin.)
  • Shiitake mushrooms have long been recognized as a very good, non-animal food source of iron. But a recent preliminary study has determined that the bioavailability of iron from shiitake mushrooms may be even better than we thought. Although conducted on laboratory animals (female rats) rather than humans, this study found the iron in dried shiitake mushroom to be equally as bioavailable as supplemental iron in the form of ferrous gluconate. (Ferrous gluconate is a very commonly used low-dose iron supplement.) While we don’t usually spotlight research on laboratory animals, we found this result to be especially promising for individuals who consume little or no animal products and are often looking for foods that can supply valuable amounts of bioavailable iron.
  • Shiitake mushrooms can be one of the most sustainable foods in your diet! While the majority of shiitake mushrooms produced worldwide have been grown on sawdust block in a non-natural setting, it is fully possible for shiitake mushrooms to be produced on natural hardwood logs in a forest setting. This approach to shiitake mushroom production is called “forest farming” and it has become an especially popular way of growing shiitake mushrooms in the U.S, where there are now more than 200 shiitake mushroom growers. Unfortunately, forest farming is not a requirement for organic certification of shiitake mushrooms. However, all of the plant crop standards in the National Organics Program regulations apply to shiitake mushroom production, and so the combination of these two features—certified organic shiitake mushrooms that have also been forest farmed—can make a great food choice in terms of sustainable agriculture. Just look for the USDA’s organic logo on your shiitake mushrooms to determine if they are certified organic. Then check for information about forest farming on the packaging. If no information is provided, there is a good chance that your shiitake mushrooms were not forest farmed. For this reason, we encourage you to ask your store staff or contact the product manufacturer to determine if your shiitake mushrooms were grown on hardwood logs in a natural forest environment. Article Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=122&tname=foodspice

 

How To Make $500 Worth Of Soy Milk And Soy Yogurt For $10

Soy milk, and soy yogurt is so good for you especially when it’s organic. The problem is it’s so expensive. In this video you’re going to learn how to really make  $500 worth of soy milk, and yogurt for $10.

Below the video we’ve included an article “6 Health Benefits Of Soy Milk”. Watch the video now and you’ll be making fresh soy milk and yogurt in no time.

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6 Health Benefits of Soy Milk

Soy milk, which is made from soaking, grinding and boiling soy beans with water, is a very nutritious drink. Soy is naturally high in essential fatty acids, proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals. These nutrients provide energy and keep your body functioning at its optimum level. Below are the six most important health benefits you can acquire from drinking soy milk.

1. Improve Lipid Profile

The most important attribute of soy milk is its ability to improve your blood lipid profile. Unlike dairy milk, which is high in saturated fat and cholesterol, soy milk fat is mostly unsaturated with zero cholesterol. The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids in soy can inhibit the transport of cholesterol into your blood stream. Studies have shown that regular intake of soy can significantly lower you blood concentrations of triglyceride and low density lipoproteins (LDL) and raise the level of high density lipoproteins (HDL). This combined effect makes soy milk an ideal drink if you have high cholesterol or have a family history of coronary heart diseases.

2. Strengthen Blood Vessel Integrity

The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as the powerful phyto-antioxidants in soy can effectively protect your blood vessels from lesions and hemorrhage. These compounds bind to the blood vessel lining and defend your lining cells from free radical attacks and cholesterol deposits. The binding of these nutrients also improve the fluidity and flexibility of your blood vessels so that they are much more resilient to blood pressure changes.

3. Promote Weight Loss

Soy milk is naturally lower in sugar content than regular milk. Cow’s milk has about 12 grams of sugar per cup as opposed to only 7 grams in soy milk. This is why a cup of whole soy milk has only 80 calories, which is the equivalent of skim milk. In addition, the monounsaturated fatty acid in soy milk can inhibit your intestinal absorption of fat, which is another great advantage for weight loss. Drinking soy milk also gives you an extra dose of fiber, keeping your feeling fuller for longer time. 

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Amazing $300 Walipini Greenhouse Let’s You Grow Year Round

If you live in the colder areas of the world and maintain a survival garden, or just enjoy gardening in general you’re well aware that when the cold hits the growing season ends. Unless that is you use a greenhouse, or something similiar. Greenhouses while a good option are expensive to heat, and construct.

If you are not familiar the Aymara Indian “walipini” you will be pleasantly surprised. Walipini means a place of warmth, and it certainly is. Compared to a greenhouse it is much less expensive, and a great alternative as well. Also know as an underground, or pit greenhouse it was first designed in the South American cold mountain regions.

This system gives growers the opportunity to keep a thriving garden all year even in very cold weather. Make sure to watch the video at the bottom of this page for a tour of a working walipini.

This earth-sheltered greenhouse taps into the thermal mass of the earth, so that much less energy is needed to heat up the walipini’s interior than an above ground greenhouse. Of course, there are precautions to take in waterproofing, drainage and ventilating the walipini, while aligning it properly to the sun — which the manual covers in detail.

Best of all, according to the Benson Institute, their 20-foot by 74-foot walipni field model out in La Paz cost around $250 to $300 only, thanks to the use of free labour provided by owners and neighbors, and the use of cheaper materials like plastic ultraviolet (UV) protective sheeting and PVC piping.

Cheap but effective, the underground greenhouse is a great way for growers to produce food year-round in colder climates. More over at the Benson Institute and the Pure Energy Systems Wiki.  Source: Tree Hugger.com

You also have the option to scale this down if you don’t have a lot of space to work with. Make sure to catch the video below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s A Unique Way To Grow Food With No Waste, And No Soil

A better way to grow food with no waste. The best thing about this system for growing your own food is you don’t need soil.

With no soil there is no weeding. What you will get is clean organic food that is better than any store bought food you can buy.

Take a few minutes and learn about this amazing way to grow your own food.

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How To Grow 6,000 Pounds Of Food On 1/10 Acre…Little Land Lots Of Food!

Imagine growing 6,000 pounds of fresh food on a tenth of an acre. Well, one family has done just that! In their tenth of an acre the are able to get 400 kinds of plants, 4,300 pounds of fresh veggies, 900 chicken eggs, and 1000 duck eggs.

In addition to that they are also able to harvest 25 pounds of honey, plus various seasonal fruits. What more is they report making $20,000 after they eat what they have grown, and produced.

If they had a full acre to work with that would amount to around $200,000! They do all this growing without the use of harmful chemicals. This is a must see video if you are at all interested in growing your own food.

 

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DIY Mounted Wall Herb Garden… Creative Way For Growing Your Own Herbs

Whether you live in the city, or the suburbs, in a house, or apartment growing your or herbs is a great way to get those healthy herbs. A couple of people came up with a really fun, and creative way to grow herbs. This mounted wall herb garden that they created is pretty clever.  They explain all the steps they took from the start of the project to its completion.

A Best-Practices Guide to Growing The Cheapest, And Best Lettuce, Tomatoes, And Peppers

Growing season is in full swing, and we came across this best practices guide for growing lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers. Follow the steps outlined in this video and you shouldn’t have any problems this growing season.

We’ve included an article at the bottom of page 2 titled ” When is Best Time Plant Vegetable Garden?” that we thought would benefit you.

Watch the video now and get growing the best, and cheapest lettuce tomatoes, and peppers. Make sure to read the article just below the video.

 

When is Best Time Plant Vegetable Garden?

Article Source: Vegetable-Gardening-Online.com

A container vegetable garden can be planted indoors any time of the year to deliver fresh vegetables year-round!
Also, a potted vegetable garden can be planted indoors year round, or outdoors during the planting season.
A raised bed vegetable garden, using vertical vegetable gardening to save space with a garden plan can be started outdoors in the spring when there will be no more freezing weather.

Design Your Own Vegetable Garden Layout Using our Free “Vegetable Garden Planner” Software!

Planning a vegetable garden layout that works for you, is key to your success as a beginner!

Vegetable gardening is an ongoing learning process, from planting a beginner vegetable garden to the most advanced design or layout. With each successful season’s harvest, a new adventure begins, bringing its own beauty and challenges to overcome. So let’s get started! READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE

 

99% Success Rate With This Unique DIY Hydroponic Greenhouse Project…Easiest, No Hassle Way To Clone Plants

This amazing greenhouse project is the easiest, no hassle way to propagate, or clone plants that you most likely will ever come across. It actually works 99% of the time.

One of the great features of this project is you won’t have to worry about a humidity dome, or anything other than what is shown here.

This video takes you step by step through the simple process. Watch It Now. After you watch the video make sure to read the article below the video.

We’ve also included another video that will introduce you to aquaponics. Aquaponics is a unique way to grow food with no weeding. It’s pretty amazing.

 

 

 Hydroponics

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Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, biochar, mineral wool, expanded clay pebbles or coconut husk.

Researchers discovered in the 18th century that plants absorb essential mineral nutrients as inorganic ions in water. In natural conditions, soil acts as a mineral nutrient reservoir but the soil itself is not essential to plant growth. When the mineral nutrients in the soil dissolve in water, plant roots are able to absorb them. When the required mineral nutrients are introduced into a plant’s water supply artificially, soil is no longer required for the plant to thrive. Almost any terrestrial plant will grow with hydroponics. Hydroponics is also a standard technique in biology research and teaching.

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