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How Many Seeds to Stock or Plant

Saturday, 21 September 2013 00:00
Published in Food

How many seeds do I need to plant? How much seed is enough in a stockpile? They’re questions that come up here and there, they’re questions I get semi-regularly because I help people plant ecologically friendly gardens and plan permaculture plots, and unfortunately, they’re questions that don’t have particularly easy answers. There are just too many variables for a one-size-fits all answer, even per person. But there are some things that can be considered so that each individual can start to make their plans. Since harvests are in full swing and winter seedling plantings are around the corner, it’s a good time to start keeping track of some of those factors.

Wherever we are, there are almost always tasks for homeowners to accomplish in autumn. Even if you rent or own a condo or townhouse, there are ways to benefit from those tasks. Additionally, autumn offers opportunities related to its iconic holidays and the turning of seasons allows us to ear mark natural bounty in our areas. Here is a list of things to look for this autumn.

Perimeter Security: Trip Wire Alarms (Part IV)

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 00:00
Published in Shelter

In previous discussions, we’ve talked about encouraging an intruder to a specific area where he can be observed, and how we’re going to slow him down once he gets to the gaps we’ve created. At this point, according to the laid-out plan in parts I-III, you’re going to hit the intruder with a thorny hedge, and-or fence, and-or stumble wire. Unless he’s undisciplined, chances are you may not hear an “ouch” if you’re at the house, barn, or sleeping in your bed; and maybe your dog won’t either. So how does any of this do more than maybeslow down the intruder? You’re going to alarm that stumble wire. You can also just set up trip wires in the gaps, or arrange them in gaps in the stumble wire.

Perimeter Security: Stumble Wire (Part III)

Saturday, 20 July 2013 00:00
Published in Shelter

In an earlier article, we discussed setting up multi-purpose fencing in various sized yards. In that fencing, whether a typical fence or an edible hedgerow, whether you make one exterior fence or two, you’re going to leave breaks and gaps where they can be observed. These breaks are where the trip wires and stumble wires come in.

There are a lot of things that can be done to improve existing security around a home. Some of it can be done now without garnering the wrath of neighbors and the Home Owners Association (HOA). However, further hardening the perimeter will probably have to wait. Ideally, we would all Bug Out to a rural property, if that option was available, with our ideal number of group members waiting and have the manpower for regular patrols. However, there is a good number of Preppers that plan to shelter in place, or Bug In, at their primary residence.

Perimeter Security: Berry Brambles (Part 1)

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 00:00
Published in Shelter

There are a lot of options when it comes to securing your home in a grid-down situation. However, all of these options are not feasible now; due to homeowners associations and potential law suits if neighborhood children accidently infiltrate your perimeter. However, there are some things even suburbanites and city dwellers don’t have to wait to implement. Some of them would definitely raise some eyebrows now, but some are relatively fast and easy to put up once you decide you need to harden the home a little more. For now, let’s focus on foot traffic. It’s a big, expansive topic, so to save reader’s eyes, I’ve broken it into more readily consumed chunks.

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