How To Grow Multiple Different Fruits On One Tree

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It’s pruning and grafting time in my small kitchen garden, as it must be for nearly everyone in hardiness zone 6 and lower (north of zone 6). But time is running out. You should stop pruning when the leaf buds on your trees start to plump up in preparation to open, and that usually happens in early April.

My last five posts have been about grafting and pruning. I hope you’ve put the information to use. This post and the next one finish read more

Diseases to Fear in the Aftermath of Disaster

Many people believe that the biggest fear in a post SHTF situation is going to be starvation or attack from our fellow human beings, but the likelihood of mass death by disease in the aftermath of disaster is a much more terrifying probability.

Think about it for a minute: if you’ve prepared for long-term survival either independently or with a group, you’ve likely got a defense plan in place, too. This includes invasion from read more

What to Eat When the Power Goes Out

When the power goes out, my kids tend to think it’s party time.  They like it because it means that we are definitely going to play some games, do some arts and crafts, and eat some food we don’t normally indulge in.

Of course we have back-up cooking methods for heating food when the electricity goes out, We became accustomed to it, since it happens with relative frequency, but in our old house in the city it wasn’t so easy.  Still, in the summer, we read more

Naturally Preserving Food for Long Term Survival

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Natural preservatives can come in quite handy especially when it comes to long term survival. There are many advantages to preserving your food naturally as it prevents the deterioration of food, thereby making it last longer.

Below are good-to-use natural preservation methods that won’t stress your pockets. What’s more, they will come in useful in emergency situations.

Dehydration

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The term read more

A Waterproofing Hack That Guarantees Fire

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What’s the best tinder material when making a fire is essential?

The best answer is dry, fibrous material which catches a spark even in wet conditions. Fire starting woes are compounded when the dry stuff isn’t available. Every bushcraft, camping, hiking, or emergency kit should include redundant layers for making fire.

The usual suspects for combustion tools include:

  • Lighters
  • Fero rods (ferrocerium), AKA firesteels
  • Flint and steel
  • Magnesium bars
  • Fire pistons
  • Plain ol’ matches or storm matches

A flic from your Bic doesn’t guarantee fire. It may produce a flame (depending on conditions) but you’ll need dry tinder read more

Bacteria and our Bodies

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How gut bacteria affects you

Although you might like to think of yourself as your own person, you actually share your body with many millions of bacteria.

In fact, it’s estimated that the human gut contains 100 trillion bacteria, or 10 times as many bacteria as cells in the human body.

These bacteria, or gut flora, influence health in many ways, from helping to extract energy from food to building the body’s immune system, to read more

The Antibiotic properties Of Cinnamon

As far back as 1978 research on cinnamon proved that it had many health giving properties, including those of a natural antibiotic. Why then do we hear nothing about this?

At a time when microbiologists across the globe are warning that we face a bleak future as more and more antibiotics fail to cure infection, you would have thought that the properties of this naturally occurring spice would be mentioned a read more

When they’ve Killed All The Humans Viruses Will Rule The World

Much is said about the demise of the human race. Asteroids,total failure of the electrical grid, a new super disease or even a total economic collapse. Some or all of these may be the trigger, but I really think that at the end of the day, whatever the trigger is, the final cause will be a virus.

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vaders are the epitome of adaptability. They are able to mutate at the drop of a hat, they cannot be wiped read more

20 Places to Find Local Food and Family Farms Near You

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As demand for local and raw goods continue to rise, more people are asking – where do I find local organic? Where do I find raw milk and join a herd share? Where are the farmers markets, co-ops and stands?

Search engines are actually terrible at locating these underground hubs, which makes it so frustrating to try and opt out of corporate chains, save money, and build your family’s health. If you’ve ever gotten a bunch of ‘Yelp’ read more

Skills You Need to Survive Economic Collapse

With the way that banks and the global stock markets have been behaving, many people fear that what will eventually take us down is an economic collapse. Governments are living WAY above their means and countries are printing money irresponsibly. It seems almost inevitable.

In the case of such an event, the world as we know it will change drastically for all but the most wealthy and politically read more

Getting Back Home with Small Children

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e have discussed the subject of a Get Home Bag before on the Prepper Journal, but in light of the winter weather snafu last week in the South I thought it was appropriate to revisit this topic. What started out as a normal day for a lot of people ended up being a long night because they were either trapped in their cars due to snarled traffic from the snow and ice or they were lucky enough to sleep on the read more

Bugout Bag Contents You’ll Need to Survive an Urban Disaster Scenario

I’ve never been one to condone bugging out on foot in a disaster, especially in an urban environment. However, there are several scenarios where bugging out of a city on foot could be necessary and it’s a good idea to at least think about it and have a plan just in case you ever do find yourself in this scenario. Today we will be going over the most important bugout bag contents that you will need in order to safely evacuate a city in read more

101 Camping Tips

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Whether you camp in an improved campground with all the amenities or on a patch of open ground in the backcountry wilderness, there are ways to make your outdoor living experience easier, safer and more ecologically responsible. Make good use of those tips that lend themselves to your style of camping.

SETTING UP CAMP

1 Arrive early. Give yourself plenty of time to set up camp before dark.

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8 Items to Produce at Home During Crisis

Sometimes disasters are unpredictable. When they strike, it is usually the unprepared that fare the worst. Even after the disaster has passed, most people still continue to grapple with the effects. Some communities are located in areas that predispose them to the most risk in crisis periods. While there is really nothing you can do about your location, there is a lot that can be done to help get you prepared for the read more

Strawberry Survival Food?

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A simple and deliciously sweet food to grow are strawberries. If grown properly, they can provide fresh strawberries from Spring into the Fall with a seemingly endless harvest throughout. What better treat from a garden than a bowl of fresh picked strawberries!

When choosing your strawberry plants, we suggest that you choose the ‘Everbearing’ variety which will keep on producing during the year, and read more

Indoor Winter Gardening

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How many of you have tried indoor winter gardening? Indoor greenery will not only improve your mood during the winter months, but if you are successful, any vegetables will provide a harvest to supplement your meals, especially useful post-SHTF collapse…

As you might expect, having good light is crucial to success. Plants that don’t have enough light will grow ‘leggy’ (long and spindly). When a read more

Sniper Basics For The SHTF Survivalist

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By Brandon Smith

God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best - Voltaire

For a long time sniper tactics have been consider by many, even in the military, to be akin to a kind of state designated “murder” rather than a legitimate combat strategy. Only in recent years has sniping achieved a certain level of recognition. Centuries of warfare have passed in which snipers were happily read more

Should You Have Only One Caliber?

By P. Henry

The great thing about hindsight is all the wisdom it produces. How many of you have ever wished you could go back in time to a point in your life with all of the knowledge you have now? A lot of us would like to do High School or College over with the brains of our more mature selves. This could be because you know so much more about what kinds of trouble that would be fun to get into, but most likely it is to make better decisions than you did in the past. For me at least, I have said the same thing on occasion about how my life would be so much different knowing then what I know now.

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5 Food Storage Lies You’re Being Spoon Fed Right Now

By LPC Survival

I have noticed a trend over the last few years when it comes to food storage.A lot of companies are claiming anything in order to get your business.I wanted to expose these things as food storage lies, whether intentional or not.

At the very least, they are misleading claims, but having received many calls and emails from food storage companies, I had to share this list of what I see as food storage lies or misleading statements when it comes to purchasing long term food storage. read more