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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ready for that road trip?

By Marcus Parish

There is no better time to practice survival then now. Summer is right around the corner and people will start taking the family road trips and why not combine a survival retreat exercise with your planned road trip. For some people this might be their very first road trip to the wide open country side and as such they will want to make sure that everything is just right particularly if they have young children with them. Here are a few important things which you might want to consider checking twice.

Always check the vehicle you are taking. Ask yourself if you would really trust it to go from destination A to destination B without any sort of problems. Remember you may have to place the safety of your family in this vehicle one day. If you feel confident in the workings of your vehicle then let’s review a few quick maintenance tips.

Everyone knows that a proper oil change will make your vehicles engine last longer as well as to keep it running coolly. Before you make that trip you should stop into your local Oil change shop and get an oil change completed. It takes very little time and the cost is generally under $30.00. The peace of mind knowing that you are taking the proper care of your vehicle is well worth the cost associated with it. Now moving on, consider whether or not you have recently checked your Anti-freeze. Once again maintaining the proper coolant in your automobile system will ensure that your car runs cool and will not overheat in traffic.

Remember you are thinking more about what you’re going to be doing when you reach that cozy cabin in the woods then when you are driving on the road. With the gas prices rising in cost once again you may want to inspect your tires for the proper air pressure. It is little things such as these that help you to save on your gasoline expenses which in turn means you have more money to spend when you arrive at the cabin. Additional things which you may wish to consider are your various belts as well as your transmission fluid.

I always keep a flashlight in my trunk and a tire iron handy for those unexpected emergencies. It goes without saying that you should make sure that you have a jack safely stored in your car. Make sure that your spare tire is in good shape. There is nothing worse then getting a flat tire and finding that you can not change it because your spare is either missing or also flat.

Now that you have assured yourself that your family vehicle is road worthy it is time to plan on what you will take with you.

I have been asked many times about benefits of installing a GPS system in my vehicle. Sure they are nice to have but what happens if you lose the signal at a crucial time or even if the darn thing may break down on you. Do yourself a favor and stop at a greeting center and grab yourself a map. Now mark out your route for your trip. In this way if anything were to happen you will still end up arriving at your destination. Grab your cell phone and if you don't have one then go and get one of the readily available prepaid units. This will help you in case anything was to happen on your trip and you need to call someone fro help. Don't forget to grab that car charger for your phone.

If your are like me I do not like to stop very often when on a trip. I just want to get to my final destination so I can relax and enjoy my time away from home. Sounds like a good plan doesn’t it however think for a moment that if you require some rest then perhaps your vehicle does also. Your vehicle has a lot of moving parts in it and needs to rest occasionally also. Stop at a rest area and get out. Stretch your legs by taking a short walk or maybe play with the kids or the dog for a short period of time. This will give your vehicle time to cool down and relax and at the same time keep you awake. Remember if you get too tired pull over for the night.

No one ever plans to break down on the highway. Even after having the oil change and your mechanic has checked every aspect of your vehicle to ensure its operating properly things do happen. If however it does happen you will need emergency food and water until the tow truck can get to you. You should considering that there may be no air conditioning when your vehicle breaks down so you will certain appreciate having water readily available even if it is not very cold it is still something that will prevent you from dehydrating.

Many people fail to think about the small things that could happen on a trip. Not that these things will happen but you never can tell. Here are a few things to take with you when planning your trip. A credit card is always a good idea to carry in your vehicle. A list of emergency phone numbers including one to AAA for roadside assistance. A good way to pass some time on your drive to the cabin is by use of CD's and a portable DVD player. If you have children you might want to pack some hand games or something that they can play with to make their trip go by a little better. Don't forget about snacks. I am one that loves snacks while driving and I’m sure the children will want something also. In addition it is cheaper then stopping along the highway to grab a bite to eat.

This article is by no means everything you might need or want to know however it is a basic starting point to get you thinking.

Copyright @2009 Marcus Parish


Original: http://www.survival-training.info/articles9/Readyforthatroadtrip.htm

SEVEN MINUTE BREAD

Here’s the recipe I use for making five loaves of fresh whole wheat bread, on the run. Instead of using a big block of time, I can squeeze this preparation in between many other obligations, during a typically busy day. It only takes about seven minutes for each segment of the process, which means I can make bread while juggling the rest of my life.

Now, I’ve purposely held off on sharing this recipe because I have this fear that too many people already think that the ONLY way to use wheat is for baking bread and I haven’t wanted to contribute to that misconception. Don’t want to be part OF the problem. (responsible baker) Please promise that you’ll remember that wheat really can be cooked like rice and served in salads, soups, and casseroles. In fact, I suggest that it’s smart to purchase a wheat grinder only AFTER you have purchased your 3 month and year supply of food. Please invest in the food, first! Wheat grinders can be borrowed or purchased later as luxury items in your food storage.

Here we go!

1. PREPARING THE SPONGE: (Evidently, this is what the pioneer babes called it. I don’t know how it works but it makes whole wheat bread that is…spongy, like white bread. Only thing better than hot spongy bread is that this first part of the process should only take about 7 minutes of your time.)

Grind nine cups of whole wheat kernels into flour. Mix 6 cups of fresh whole wheat flour with 5 cups of warm water.

Stir until completely blended, like thick oatmeal. I love this step. It reminds me of when I was little and did pretend cooking, mixing dirt and grass, with friends. (That came out wrong.)

Cover and allow to sit for 3 to 6 hours. This is when you get all the other stuff done on your daily list.

When you come back to the sponge, after a few hours, the gooey oatmeal mess will have magically turned into something that looks like…Flubber.

2. ADD INGREDIENTS AND MIX (So far, you’re into this 7 minutes and now you’re going to spend another 7 minutes adding the rest of the ingredients.)

First, add the sponge to your mixer. (I love my Bosch! Easily the best mommy-tool I ever bought.)

Then add:

1 tablespoon of salt

1/3 cup of oil

2/3 cup of honey

Mix for 2 minutes

Add 6 cups, more or less by 1/2 cup, whole wheat flour to your mixer.

Now add:

2 tablespoons of Saf-Instant yeast (people who know have told me not to substitute)

2 rounded tablespoons of Vital Wheat Gluten (magical ingredient?)

2 rounded tablespoons of potato flour (more magical ingredient)

3. COVER WITH LID AND KNEED ON MEDIUM SPEED FOR 15 MINUTES. (This time doesn’t count because YOU don’t have to do anything.) See how the dough now looks smooth and mostly pulls away from the sides of the bowl? That’s a good thing.

4. FORM INTO FIVE LOAVES AND TOSS INTO BAKING PANS. (Not even 7 minutes.)

5. COVER PANS WITH PLASTIC OR WAXED PAPER AND ALLOW DOUGH TO RISE FOR 45 MINUTES. (Change laundry, unload dishwasher, run child to lesson…you know the drill.)

6. BAKE AT 350 DEGREES FOR 30 MINUTES. COOL 5 MINUTES, REMOVE FROM PANS, AND BRUSH TOPS LIGHTLY WITH BUTTER.

HA!


Original: http://www.idareyoutoeatit.com/2009/02/seven-minute-bread/

Attitude toward Gear

My attitude to gear is that I'm not simply carrying a bundle of things on my back. Choosing an item of gear and seeing how it relates to what is there already is my concern. That the gear I carry feels like a single unit is important to me. When I have the feeling that an item I'm carrying is somehow a loner in my pack then I reject it, and find something else. Being satisfied that every item has it's place, and every item is a reflection of the whole I think I have assured myself that when a major disaster comes this simple attitude to gear selection will make all the difference. Of course if I should lose the pack........ :-(

I just have ton admit gotta be King here for odd ball stuff.... I go out and return too! But I take things from a couple different centuries (LOL) I look on with suspicion at folks that have all BRAND NEW stuff... By Stuff I mean everything I can see..... If it is all brand new I avoid them......I like to see well used clothing, and equipment... A brand new canoe for example with well used paddles is fine..... I think it likely the canoe was replaced, but when I see a brand new canoe, paddles, life jackets, and clothing I look out for inexpedience....

To be contrary I carry a pocket stove, but I also carry a strike anywhere matches in a Marbles Match Safe, and a real file steel steel in a tin with tinder and char.... I use a bic lighter in orange so i hopefully won't loose it.... I don't generally carry to many tools on my wood walks likely a belt knives most the gear stay's at home mostly, but I can take more for long trips about!out....

I have been known to bark up the right tree and create gear from scratch when the need arises, even when I carry a line of modern materials... that happens when I am fishing and get bored sitting around and the season is right.... I live where the fishing and hunting is pretty good, and if that time comes need to survive an am really hungry I make do with less gear , as catching 1 fish at a time won't feed me fast enuff cut some poles make simple rods or a trot line.

Gear, or if you will tools,equipment or whatever you call constructed artifacts reflect two things; function and culture. A traditional kukri and a cold steel tactical knife both cut. The kukri is not a kukri without the trident notch and Cold Steel would be out of business if the powder epoxy coating was dayglo pink.The kukri would still be a superb chopper and the Cold Steel easier to find if dropped. In the real world a piece of wood, stretched deerhide or rabid squirrel could care less. We can agonise endlessly over "stuff" Just remember that in Nature the generalists usually survive over specialists. We can often be to clever for our own good. My gear is a sickening assembly of contradictions; surplus,cutting edge high tec, mickeymoused and redundant. I go out. It works. I return.

May your blades stay sharp, your guns shoot straight,your fires burn warm, and your wits stay about you......Scout Out!

Original: http://scoutinlife.blogspot.com/2009/02/attitude-toward-gear.html

Simple Survival Tips - The Value of Backups

During the course of our everyday lives, many of us have items that get misplaced (keys?), lost, break and even get stolen. In an emergency situation, the last thing you will need to be doing is hunting for something that has been lost or misplaced. It is time you may not have.

Simple things like an extra set of house keys may save you from being locked out of your home. A spare set of car keys may save you a lot of misery and embarassment from that look on the wife's face that says "Just who is the dummy now?"

You can have the best gear money can buy but if it gets lost or misplaced it will not be of much help. Even the strongest and best tools will do little to help your situation if they become lost. If your tool happens to break, then you are really in trouble!

Having a backup is one of the easiest ways to avoid a simple problem that could leave you in a desperate situation. A fully stocked emergency kit is a good thing! Having an extra emergency kit is an even better thing.

Got backup?

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

Original: http://stealthsurvival.blogspot.com/2009/02/simple-survival-tips-value-of-backups.html

Butter when you need it

By Joseph Parish

During extreme times of crisis and under emergency conditions you can certainly bet that you will not find any sort of butter in your local food stores. Butter will tend to become a valuable commodity in those particular times. You could however order the powdered butter for your emergency food supplies or you can take my advice and can your own butter. These cans of butter are great for those potential emergencies situations when the real thing is simply not available.

Our canned butter would be used just the same as any type of fresh butter whether it be in cooking or in baking. In addition, the canned butter is actually real butter and does not have a modified structure of any sort. I would highly recommend that when butter is on sale that you store up and can the surplus.

It is not difficult in any way to can your own butter. Start out by heating jars in your oven which should be set at approximately 250 degrees. At the same time melt the butter in a sauce pan and boil the lids to sanitize them. I would highly recommend the half pint jelly jars for this project. If you have 7 pounds of butter this would equate to about 16 half pints jars. If you care to make less then drop the proportions accordingly. This basically will provide you with 7 ounces of butter per jar.

Once your butter has started to melt continue to simmer it for an additional five minutes. Make sure that you stir it continuously to prevent it from scorching and developing a burnt taste. At the end of the five minutes fill as many jars as you can. Ladle the butter carefully into each of the jars leaving at least ½ inch of headroom. Place the jar lids and rings in place on your jars and place the jars on a kitchen towel to cool down properly until they are comfortable to handle.

Wait patiently for the lids to seal and then shake them occasionally while they are cooling. Once the jars have cooled sufficiently put them in your refrigerator to harden the butter properly. This next part is very important so make sure to follow these instructions carefully. Start out shaking the jars every five minutes or so and as the butter approaches the temperature of the refrigerator shake them every three min until such time as they are one solid mass. If you do not shake the jars as listed above the butter will tend to separate as it begins to solidify. In the event that this happens you will need to reheat the jars and re-shake them all over again. After about one hour you should be able to remove the jars from the refrigerator and store them as you normally do your other emergency food supplies. The butter that is made this way should last for about three years.

I would actually recommend for food storage purposes that you have both types of butters in your pantry – powdered butter and the canned butter. Powdered butter would be an excellent item for your long term storage requirements whereas the canned butter would actually have a shorter life span.

Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish


Original: http://www.survival-training.info/articles9/Butterwhenyouneedit.htm

The O-Man's Speech Explained

NOW, IT'S PERFECTLY CLEAR TO ME!

Shortly after class, an economics student approaches his economics professor and says, "I don't understand this stimulus bill. Can you explain it to me?"

The professor replied, "I don't have any time to explain it at my office, but if you come over to my house on Saturday and help me with my weekend project, I'll be glad to explain it to you." The student agreed.

At the agreed-upon time, the student showed up at the professor's house. The professor stated that the weekend project involved his backyard pool.

They both went out back to the pool, and the professor handed the student a bucket. Demonstrating with his own bucket, the professor said, "First, go over to the deep end, and fill your bucket with as much water as you can." The student did as he was instructed.

The professor then continued, "Follow me over to the shallow end, and then dump all the water from your bucket into it." The student was naturally confused, but did as he was told.

The professor then explained they were going to do this many more times, and began walking back to the deep end of the pool.

The confused student asked, "Excuse me, but why are we doing this?"

The professor matter-of-factly stated that he was trying to make the shallow end much deeper.

The student didn't think the economics professor was serious, but figured that he would find out the real story soon enough.

However, after the 6th trip between the shallow end and the deep end, the student began to become worried that his economics professor had gone mad. The student finally replied, "All we're doing is wasting time and effort. Even worse, when this process is all over, everything will be at the same level it was before, so all you'll really have accomplished is the loss of what could have been truly productive action!"

The professor put down his bucket and replied with a smile, "Congratulations. You now understand the stimulus bill."

Original: http://pft2009.blogspot.com/2009/02/o-mans-speech-explained.html

Some First-Aid Kit Examples

firstaidkits Some First-Aid Kit ExamplesFirst-Aid Kits are kind of a funny prepper item - there are SO many that you can just go buy that it doesn’t seem like a big deal. Yet, countless people I know barely have a box of band-aids in their home. Those who do go purchase a pre-made First-Aid Kit don’t typically pay much attention to it - it’s crossed of their ‘list’. But day to day use of the only medical supplies in the house means that after a year or so the First-Aid Kit is severely depleted and nobody notices until there’s a need for it.

Putting together your own First-Aid Kit is a pretty personal thing - it reflects your families medical situation and shows what you think you might have to treat someone for. For my family, we have endless supplies of medical stuff including a lot of specialized equipment. We have a 2 year old daughter with Leukemia and a 4 year old son who has some intestinal issues. We are also home birthers and use a lot of natural treatments. I explain all this because I’m about to show you some of our medical kits. These kits are specifically supplemental to our cases of medical supplies and to our extensive medicinal storage. Many of the things you won’t see in these kits are in our extended supplies.

The following 2 kits are put together for a bug out scenario (see picture above). One is a Fanny Pack that attaches to my MOLLE BOB and the other is a messenger bag that can be carried by any of the family. The Fanny Pack is more of a Triage system while the Messenger bag is more of a resupply and extended storage of things needed post-triage.

firstaidfannypack Some First-Aid Kit Examples

Here is the list of what is in my Triage Kit:

  • Environment and Prep
    • 5 Light Sticks
    • 50 Alcohol Wipes
    • 10 pr Vinyl Surgical Gloves
  • Procedural
    • Sting/Snakebite Kit
    • 1 Roll Medical Tape
    • 3 5×9 Surgical Dressing
    • 3 4×4 Gauze pad
    • 10 3×3 Gauze pad
    • 1 Burn Gel
    • 1 4.5 in x 4 yd Bandage Roll
    • 1 Ace Bandage Wrap
    • 3 Gauze Wraps
    • 1 Eye Wash
    • 1 Moleskin
    • 50 Multiple sizes Large to small bandaids
    • 2 Sterile cotton tipped applicators
    • 1 Surgical Scissors
    • 1 EMT Shears
    • 1 Hemostat
    • 1 Tweezers
    • 20 Safety pins
    • 1 Large Sling Bandage
    • 1 CPR Shield
    • 1 Lighter
    • 1 Ipecac Syrup
    • 2 Neosporin/Antibiotic Ointment
    • 1 Analgesic Gel (Benzocaine)
    • 2 Finger Splints

firstaidmessengerbag1 Some First-Aid Kit Examples

Here is what is in my Extended First Aid Kit:

  • 100 pr Vinyl Surgical Gloves
  • 200 Alcohol Wipers
  • 2 Surgical Scissors
  • 1 EMT Shears
  • 1 Hemostat
  • 2 Moleskin
  • 1 CPR Shield
  • 25 4×4 Gauze pad
  • 10 5×9 Surgical Dressing
  • 20 3×3 Gauze Pad
  • 5 4.5 in x 4 yd Bandage Roll
  • 2 Instant Cold Pack
  • 2 Instant Heat Pack
  • 1 Eye Wash
  • 4 Rolls Medical Tape
  • 2 btls Potassium Iodide (KI)
  • 1 Roll-able Splint
  • 1 box Nox-A-Sting Wipes
  • Emergency Candles
  • 200 Band-Aids

I’d love to hear other things you keep in your First-Aid Kit and any ideas you have for adapting mine.


Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/UtahPreppers/~3/82o49eYS0A0/

Low-Probability High-Consequence Events





This entry is for the more advanced reader.




The Basics
We all take basic precautions. We store some extra food, water and medicine. We have flashlights and radios and batteries. We employ prudent security measures. We have contact lists and plans to get home during emergencies. We learn to do things for ourselves. We carry “fire and steel” and other goodies that will help mitigate any problems that we could encounter as we go about our daily lives. Maybe we grow a vegetable garden. And by so doing, we are ahead of a large percentage of the population.

By taking these basic preparedness steps we are in a good position to handle any problems that are likely to come down the pike. If you are in this company - Congratulations, you will probably make it. You are prepared for what I call High to Medium Probability Events. Things like blizzards, floods, temporary breakdown of services caused by anything from a gas shortage to a Teamsters’ strike. Heck, you are even prepared for a terrorist attack that temporarily impacts on your life. You have stuff. It’s probably at home. And home is where you are going to stay come Hell or high water. If your home burns down due to a lighting strike – well, you’ve got insurance and family near by to stay with until you get a new house built. Again – Good Job – you will likely come through just fine anything thrown at you.


Likely
See, you will likely come through because you are prepared for likely events. You are miles ahead of your neighbors because they don’t even like to think about the things you are prepared for. You have accepted that those things are possible – even likely over the span of time and you have taken steps to mitigate any problems. Great. Do not allow yourself to become smug.


Murphy
Just when you think you have it whickered – Murphy shows up. And he usually brings friends. I am speaking of - you got it: Low-Probability High-Consequence Events. WHAT IF nukes went off 300 miles up wind of your homestead and lethal fallout was rapidly approaching?

“But Joe, there are no nuclear targets there!”

WHAT IF the bad guys were aiming for something else and missed?

WHAT IF the 4th Mongolian Horde (Airborne) parachuted in 20 miles east of you and started moving west?

“That’s ridiculous, Joe!”

Uh, huh – tell that to the Georgians.
Or the Bosnians.
Or the Christians in Sudan.

WHAT IF your house burned down for a totally “normal” reason and, as you were watching the firemen save your foundation, TEOTWAWKI happened (pick your own scenario this time).

We don’t like thinking about those things, do we?
It makes all of the steps we have taken, all of the work we have done, all of the plans (most of us) have made kinda moot – doesn’t it?

In scenarios like these, we become like the sheeple we scoff at. THEY don’t want to consider some type of emergency where .gov does not come rescue them. They think planning for that is ridiculous. They really don’t think it’s ridiculous – they are afraid to embrace the monster. In cases like these – so are we.


Embrace the Monster
I encourage you to think about what would “rock your world” (that would be High Consequence) and think through how you would deal with it. I encourage you to take steps now to help mitigate what you would face.

This is where PACE planning comes in. Primary, Alternate, Contingency and Emergency. If it’s easier for you to think of it as Plans A through D that’s okay with me. Whenever you have a Plan A – develop a Plan B. When you have that set up, ask yourself, WHAT IF that didn’t work and take more steps along the path.

Do not rest on your laurels.
Can you prepare for everything? Probably not.

Can you prepare for more than you are prepared for now?
You know the answer.

Original: http://vikingpreparedness.blogspot.com/2009/02/low-probability-high-consequence-events.html

Staying Healthy And Avoiding the Influenza Virus

I talk a lot about stocking up and gaining knowledge to prepare for an emergency or disaster that may some day affect us. I also want to emphasize the fact that staying in good health, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding diseases is almost as important as any other preparations.

I’ve been reading this week about a particularly strong strain of the flu that is currently sweeping over the US. It’s proved to be highly resistant to traditional treatments, and so should act as a signal to us that we should always be prepared for the possibility of an influenza pandemic. Not only do we need to be prepared to treat any family members that would contract a treatment resistant virus, but we should do everything in our power to avoid getting sick. A strong immunity is the best defense against a deadly flu, so here are some foods, mentioned in an article on MSNBC today that help build and maintain a strong immune system:

1. Red Meat - one of the best sources of iron and zinc that will both keep your immunity strong. Limit portions to 3oz for optimal health benefits without worrying about fat and cholesterol.

2. Yogurt- you’ve probably heard a lot about probiotics lately and yogurt is the best source. It also provides calcium and vitamin D - all good things!

3. Chicken Soup- it is really a good remedy for the common cold, but also contains amino acids that help prevent and cure bronchitis and other upper-respiratory illnesses.

4. Sweet Potatoes - beta-carotene keeps your skin healthy which will help fight viruses and bacteria passed by touching.

5. Tea - drinking tea regularly helps your bodies cells put out up to 10 times more virus fighting cells than normal. Drink it regularly.

6. Mushrooms - all kinds of mushrooms boost your white blood cell count which in turn helps you fight infections faster.

7. Fish and Shellfish - all types help boost your immune system.

8. Garlic - we know garlic is a powerful antibiotic and it also lowers your cancer risk.

9. Oats and Barley- both contain beta-glucan which is a powerful antimacrobial with antioxidant properties.

In my continued quest to prepare myself and my family for survival - I’ve made a commitment to myself to eat a healthy diet. You’ll notice that most of these foods are either whole grains or vegetables. What doctors have been telling us to eat for years. Are you doing it? I try to eat a healthy, well balanced diet, but sometimes it’s easy to grab that bag of chips or something not so good for us. While treats are okay in moderation, I’m committed to making a greater lifestyle change by eating more whole foods and less junk. It’ll be good for my health and good for my survival.


Original: http://survivallady.com/?p=201

Free Shed Plans

Lately, I've been looking at those pre-built sheds that you see at various businesses along the highways. You know, the ones that proclaim "Rent to Own!". I've checked them out and it is tempting; you can buy them upfront or plop a couple hundred bucks down and then make monthly payments of less than $100 per month for some, even decent sized ones, and after 36 months it's yours to keep. They are nice, too.
I would like to have one because I currently live in a small house, and there is barely room for my office inside. There is also no room for my ham radio gear, and I would really like to set up a station again. A nice 12'x20' wooden shed would solve both problems.
The problem is, when you start crunching the numbers, the total price you would eventually pay is just too high. I mean, I had just about decided to buy one. They deliver the building in just a few days, and set it up for you. But in the end, I couldn't bring myself to commit to spending $6000 for a shed. Especially one I can build myself for a quarter of that, or less.
I have built my own sheds, too. In fact, I have designed and built my own sheds, and while they were functional, they sure didn't look like much; and in some cases I ended up spending more money, time and effort than was really necessary. I still like designing stuff for myself, but on anything more than a very simple structure, buying a good set of plans can save more than their purchase price in saved time and materials, not to mention eliminating mistakes that could come back to haunt you in the final product.
Well, I have found one of the best sites I have ever seen for shed plans, and all kinds of other stuff too, like doghouses, picnic tables, barns, decks, even boats. Furthermore, two sets of basic shed plans, one for an 8'x10' and the other an 8'x12', are free just for visiting the site.
Check it out.

Original: http://www.possumliving.com/2009/02/free-shed-plans.html

Don’t Neglect Your Victory Garden…

It’s just starting to warm up a little bit, but I’m already thinking of the coming growing season. What with the fluctuation of food prices, colony collapse disorders (some beekeepers are replacing their American honeybees with foreign bees- notably some from Australia, which are more aggressive than Western bees… fantastic!) and my general, healthy dose of skepticism, it’s a good time to get ready to plant. I’m thinking that potatoes, tomatoes, cukes, carrots, snap peas, green beans and some squash with a little lettuce thrown in should be a good start… May have to increase the size of the plot sometime…

Victory Gardens

If you haven’t got your Victory Garden in play, then it’s a good time to start plotting out your spot, and thinking ahead to how much food you’d like it to yield. Take a look at the how-to post from last year - and be sure to send in pictures of your own Victory Garden.


Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ShtfBlogcom-AreYouReady/~3/YGsCkw1Jgw0/

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