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Cut and Come Again Crops

Friday, 25 July 2014 01:00
Published in Food

A multi-purpose item is regularly a money saver, and that extends to growing. When one seed can lead to weeks and months of harvest, there’s better return on the investment in money, care and growing space than a one seed-one fruit harvest. Crop types where they are cut for harvest and returned to at a later date can make a big difference for small spaces, especially, such as overwintering green houses and raised beds or container gardens. So, let’s look at a few plants that are perfect for the fall growing season. 

Garden Super Friends - Radish

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 01:00
Published in Food

Today I want to reintroduce you to a humble spring and fall fast crop, one that just doesn't get the widespread attention other companion plants enjoy. It is another that follows the ROT “grows together, goes together” and the “goes together, grows together” spin-off sometimes applied to companion plants, but its uses spread beyond same-dish, same-harvest-time ease of access.

Garden Super Friends - Buckwheat

Thursday, 08 May 2014 02:00
Published in Food

Companion planting is something that was originally passed down from grandparents. Science has proven out some, such as Three Sisters and density-planting marigolds with or ahead of cabbages to decrease destructive nematodes. Science has disproved others along the way. In large part, science ignores the practice of guild planting, in particular, because of difficulties with harvest efficiency. However, there are plants and methods of integrating them that can improve harvests without undue inefficiency, whether using mechanized methods or hand harvesting techniques.

Garden Reuse-its: Soda Bottles

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 01:00
Published in Food

As a greenie, I take the order of reduce-reuse-recycle pretty seriously. I can only do so much when it comes to reducing the packaging things come in, but I seek endlessly for ways to reuse what would otherwise be trash.

10 Must-Haves for Your 72 Hour Kit

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00
Published in Survival Bag

72 hour kits are crucial for being truly prepared. For example, what if your house were to burn down? Unfortunately, the food storage, and all your emergency preparedness, would burn with it. Your only saving grace would be having your 72 hour kit in your car. 

Survival Cuisine: Edible Game in a Pinch

Friday, 13 September 2013 00:00
Published in Food

You never know when you'll need to put simulated survival skills to work in real life. Knowing how to hunt and trap game in a survival situation is a crucial skill. Rabbits and squirrels are some of the most common small game animals for hunting and trapping food. There are other sources of meat that can get you through in an emergency. You may actually like them once you try them.

Forgotten Grains - Amaranth and Quinoa

Monday, 23 September 2013 00:00
Published in Food

Grains are credited with the population booms of the human race. Once humans figured out how to grow and harvest increasing yields of high-calorie starches, our numbers started exploding. Once we perfected the chemicals and machines we needed to plant enormous blocks of the highest-use and highest-yield grains, we left by the wayside some of the more traditional grain crops.

8 Best Options for Freeze-Dried Meals

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 00:00
Published in Food

Looking into buying freeze-dried meals for your home food storage or next camping trip? If so, good choice! Freeze-dried and dehydrated meals are very convenient, nutritious, and store easily. Most have a shelf life of at least 8 years, and they have a very short preparation time. There are tons of different brands and meals out there, so trying to find the best-tasting ones can be time-consuming. We did the research to help save you some time by making a list of the top 7 freeze-dried meal options out there. In no particular order, here they are!

Don’t know the difference between freeze-dried and dehydrated food? That’s okay, we are here to help, and you are not alone. Many people aren’t aware of the differences and similarities between the two. It is important to be educated on this if you are going to be storing either in your home food storage supply, so that you know how to use each tastefully in your food storage and cooking. Knowing more about the products can also help you to make a more educated decision on what to buy for your family’s needs. In this article we outline the 8 major differences between freeze-dried and dehydrated food, so that you have the know-how to do just that. 

Food Storage With A Little Help from Our Friends

Friday, 17 May 2013 13:50
Published in Food

Putting up large buckets of wheat and rice and beans at home after collecting buckets, oxygen absorbers, and hitting bulk stores and feed stores is undoubtedly the least expensive way to increase food storage. For some, it’s not an option. It requires a fairly large outlay, although price per serving is low. It requires confidence that an iron really will seal a Mylar bag or purchase of a heat clamp. It requires purchase in enough bulk to use up the oxygen absorbers, or getting large packs of those is just a waste of money. It also requires storage space for a stack of buckets, and with heavy things like grains and beans, kitty litter buckets don’t stack well, so it requires the ability to haul large buckets around.