September 24, 2014

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Aftermath – Under The Cover of Darkness

Aftermath Episode 11 Under the Cover of Darkness You can see the full series of this fictional story here. “Bug-out.” The word cut through the tense night air like a sour note on a violin.  Patricia stared at her husband in disbelief, unwilling to accept the command.  He turned to her, and in his eyes […]

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September 23, 2014

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Grow Buckets Of Calories in a Kiddie Pool or Tub

What if I told you there was a way to grow a few thousand calories in a kiddie pool? “What? In a kiddie pool? You mean, like, eating tadpoles, right?” No. Not eating tadpoles. That’s gross. I’m talking about another plant: the Chinese Water Chestnut. Known in Latin as Eleocharis dulcis, Chinese water chestnuts are NOT the […]

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September 19, 2014

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Improve Your Food Forest By Adding Density

Why is it that we find wandering through a lush woodland a wonderful thing… yet fight against lush growth on our own properties? In our yards we seem to have disconnected ourselves from natural ecosystems. They’re scary I suppose. I mean, what would the neighbors think? Our gardening is feeble and contrived, as if we’re making mudpies […]

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September 18, 2014

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Book Review: Edible Perennial Gardening by Anni Kelsey

I read about 10-15 garden-related books a year. There are a few which I consider classics. Books like How to Grow More Vegetables In Less Space by John Jeavons, Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon and Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway fundamentally altered the way I look at growing plants. Edible Perennial Gardening does not. […]

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September 18, 2014

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Aftermath -Conspiracy Theories

Aftermath Episode 10 Conspiracy Theories You can see the full series of this fictional story here. “Can we defend ourselves? From here I mean?” “We could try.” “How many are they, what’ve they got?” “What do you mean?” “I mean how many men do they have, what kind of fire power, what are they going […]

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September 14, 2014

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Using Greywater To Grow Bananas

As drought continues to wreak havoc in much of the west, there’s a new interest in how much water we waste. In a survival situation, water is your #1 priority. It’s also #1 for plants. Unfortunately, many of us have homes that were designed to be linked into either wasteful septic systems or municipal sewers. Why do I say “unfortunately?” After […]

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