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The Benefits of Sprouts

February 28, 2013

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broccoli

Everyone can use a little more nutrition in their diets.  A lot of the food available on store shelves these days is nutritionally inferior to what our grandparents ate.  From the bleached bran-less flours to the tomatoes “developed” for picking and shipping unripe, much of the natural healthy content of common foods is missing unless […]

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Why You Should Include Sprouts in your Preps

February 18, 2013

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Bean Sprouts for your preps

Those of us in the over-35 age range probably have a bit of difficulty jumping on the “sprouts” bandwagon.  Though they lately seem to be making a more mainstream comeback, I know I associated “bean sprouts” with women who never shaved their legs or used deodorant.  This was not an a group I felt an […]

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When the SHTF – Gardening Afloat, part 3

July 11, 2012

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sailboat as a bug-out-vehicle

I came up with a simple method to grow some vegetables and be able to take our garden with us. A trip to Wal-Mart produced 3 trays about 18”x28”x9” and some potting soil.

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When the SHTF – Gardening Afloat, part 2

July 10, 2012

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Growing sprouts

Sprouts are best if eaten raw in salads or lightly cooked. Sprouting grains, legumes and seeds literally converts the seeds into fresh produce. It is like having an indoor garden when other fresh produce is not available.

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When the SHTF – Gardening Afloat, part 1

July 9, 2012

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Growing food on your boat

In our prepping planning process we could not figure how to plan for having fresh vegetables, as you might imagine, we have very limited garden space aboard our boat. So we came across the idea of sprouting seeds; this looked to be a good idea for fresh vegetables.

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Eating the Fruits of the Land: Blackberry Pie

June 29, 2012

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Wild blackberries

The older two kids and I had been working hard to erect a new fence line between our property and the neighbor directly to the south of us. The summer heat combined with weeks of drought made for a difficult, nearly debilitating afternoon. Yet, we trudged on. Then I heard a the unmistakable sound of […]

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Are You Eating as Healthy as You Think?

June 4, 2012

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Are those muffins made with GMOs

Eating healthy used to be straightforward. It was easy to tell the difference between “junk food” and “healthy food.” Today, it’s not so easy. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to know what’s good for you and what may have some experimental products in it. The FDA says that manufacturers don’t have to tell us. Got […]

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Companion Planting for Better Harvests and Fewer Pests

May 16, 2012

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Using marigolds as a companion plant

Hopefully, this spring you decided to try your hand (maybe for the first time) at gardening.  We are experimenting with raised beds this year and so far, it seems to be going well.  (If you don’t count the cats and chickens going over the fence and digging in that beautiful soft dirt, that is!). We […]

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Homestead Geese, part 1

April 12, 2012

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Getting Geese

Long time readers may remember me mentioning last spring that we were extending our animal menagerie and experimenting with ducks and geese.  A few months back, I posted some good arguments for including ducks in your preparedness plans.  In two posts, I want to share our experiences raising geese. We Were Goosed Most people have […]

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Growing Potatoes in Straw: A Labor-Saving/Better Harvest Technique

April 3, 2012

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growing potatoes

As a preparedness-minded person (& chief cook / bottle-washer), I often evaluate foods based on their shelf-life, ability to fill the eater up, adaptability in cooking, and how well they can extend the meal.  Potatoes really are winners in these ways. If properly stored (in a cool, dark, somewhat humid place), they can last months […]

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