How To Make a Seed Germination Tray

I was going to try my hand at a video on making a seed starting tray.  The problem is that I basically ended up with a gag reel.  The family and I had some good laughs after watching it.  If I have time I might go ahead and upload it for fun.  In the mean […]

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Aquaculture and Aquaponics

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to visit Brandon’s Fish Farm. Rodney Strain, owner, was kind enough to explain the operation to me.  He has several aquaculture tanks and is experimenting with aquaponics. Aquaponics Defined Aquaponics is the combining of two farming methods. Aquaculture – the cultivation of aquatic organisms (as fish or shellfish) […]

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Does Potassium Iodide Belong In Your Preps?

I have heard of survival minded people keeping potassium iodide in their preps.  The reasoning being to protect them from radiation poisoning when the nuclear warheads go off.  I always thought that that kind of thinking was a little extreme.  The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has started me thinking otherwise.  Of course I […]

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Paracord and its Uses.

What is paracord? Paracord 550 is a light cordage nylon rope.  It is built to MIL-C-5040H type III spec.  It has a min. breaking strength of 550 lbs.  It is constructed of a braided outer sheath and 7-9 inner yarns. To keep the cord from unraveling the ends are melted.  It was originally used as […]

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Quick Update

I just wanted to give you a quick update.  Its been a while since I posted anything and I just wanted to let you know that I have been working on an article about permaculture.  The research has taken a bit longer than I anticipated.  I hope to have something ready in a day or […]

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Hugelkultur – A Cool Concept for a Perennial Garden

Hugelkultur is a great idea to create a permanent garden bed. Never heard of it? I hadn’t ether until about three weeks ago. Paul Wheaton explains Hugelkultur on his site richsoil.com as “Hugelkultur is nothing more than making raised beds filled with rotten wood. This makes for raised beds loaded with organic material, nutrients, air […]

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Electrical use on the Homestead. Part II

Alien writing? No, just an Electrical Schematic. One of the basic electrical skills you need is the ability to interpret electrical schematics.  These drawings use lines and symbols to represent power sources, transmission lines and loads.  This example has three lights in parallel with one lamp in series with the second lamp, controlled with a […]

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2011 Planning and Holiday Wishes

Happy Holidays! I wanted to take a brief moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!  Take this time to relax and make memories with the family.  As you are keeping warm together it would be a good time to plan for the things you would like to accomplish after the […]

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Our First Experiences with a Garden

Gardening? As I went through the “awakening” I searched for the best way to start living more self sufficiently. I settled on growing a garden. By growing plants that were non GMO I could immediately loosen the grip of big businesses like Monsanto. I could also control what was sprayed onto them and eventually what my family consumed.

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Root Cellars for Storing Your Surplus

Harvest Surplus November 24, 2010 marks the end of Season II for the garden. The past two years have been exciting. Learning what to do and what not to do is part of the fun. Once your garden is producing one of the things to learn is what to do with all that food! The trick is to preserve it before it spoils. There are several methods canning, freezing, drying, and dehydrating. Today I want to write about another method. You could also store it in a root cellar. The beauty of a root cellar is you don't have to spend hours preparing your harvest for storage. Potatoes, apples, squash, smoked meats all can be stored in the cold damp environment of a root cellar.

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