Chances are you've never heard of chaya. Heck, I hadn't heard about it until just a few years ago - and I'm a plant geek. Now that I have it, however, I'd never go without it again. This is a must-grow vegetable for anyone in USDA Zone 8 and south. Further north it's probably still worth growing - I'd just keep it in a pot through the worst of the winter. What is Chaya? Chaya … [Read more...] about Grow Chaya for Years of Free Greens
Last year my wife and I shared the magical experience of visiting an organic cocoa farm in the Caribbean. We tried bananas we'd never seen before... ate coffee cherries right off the bushes... tasted fruits we didn't know existed... all while marveling at the incredible productivity possible in a year-round warm climate with great soil. One thing I found quite interesting was … [Read more...] about Growing Your Own Herbal Tea
Prelude A man and his wife walked up to my plant display at the local farmer's market. "What's that plant?" he asked. "That's a chaya," I replied. "Also known as Mexican tree spinach. A really easy perennial green for this area." He nodded. "And what about that?" "That's a Japanese persimmon... the fruit tastes like honey and sunshine. It's also really easy to grow... much … [Read more...] about The Muscadine Makes Growing Grapes Easy
When we prepare for an uncertain future, we often consider the big things. Things like preparing a bug-out bag, getting enough water, foraging for food, buying enough ammo or increasing our tactical skills. Yet there are smaller items that make life better. Having soap, for instance. Or toilet paper. Or, in the case of today's article, being able to shave and still feel like a … [Read more...] about Why Switching To a Double-edge Safety Razor Makes Sense
With all the hype swirling around in the prepping arena, self sustainability, and all that which can be implied, we often times lose sight of the little things that we can and should practice on a daily basis. Every Day Carry or EDC items are keys that can assist in a crisis or simply make a moment of life easier. I can’t tell you how many times that a pocketknife and a … [Read more...] about Will Others Die Because You Aren't Prepared?