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Book Review: Edible Landscaping With a Permaculture Twist

October 23, 2014



It’s no secret that I dig (sometimes literally) edible landscaping. I’ve written about its value before, particularly in a crash situation in which obviously edible plants are liable to be stolen. I gave a talk a few weeks ago in The Villages. For those of you not familiar with that particular slice of Orwellian central […]

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Using Greywater To Grow Bananas

September 14, 2014

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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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Must-Watch Gardening Videos For Preppers

August 24, 2014



Thanks to the internet we have a vast treasure trove of information at our fingertips. If you’re interested in gardening and survival, the following videos are eye-opening and helpful enough to warrant gathering together in one gigantic post. Not all of these are directly related to survival gardening; some are more about thinking through how […]

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14 Tough Gardening Questions Answered!

August 14, 2014



Have you asked any of these tough gardening questions? Q: Why won’t my bell peppers grow well? A: Bell peppers? Seriously? I basically gave up on those stupid things a long time ago. So has John Kohler, so I’m in good company. Here’s the deal with bell peppers: they’re really touchy, whereas hot peppers and smaller sweet peppers grow […]

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5 Reasons To Add Ponds To Your Homestead

May 22, 2014



Ponds. They’re mosquito-ridden little green pools of algae-infested slopwater… if managed poorly. But even if they ARE managed poorly, they’re still an asset for the thoughtful prepper. I have three old hot tubs that serve as small ponds on my homestead. I’ve also got a couple of little in-ground ponds, one which uses a liner… […]

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Food, Gardens & Fuel; What’s yours, is ours!

January 10, 2014


Are you self sufficient?  Do you grow your own food, and sustain at least 30% of your family’s nutritional sustenance through your own permaculture or other off-grid technologies?  If so, this might be the most important article you’ll read this year. Love him, or loathe him; in March of 2012 Obama passed Executive Order 16303 to […]

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