Getting Your Yard Through a Drought

Droughts have been a common theme in our environment throughout history. Droughts occur when the demand for water exceeds the amount available. It is often due to changing weather patterns. Droughts can last for long periods of time and can come on quickly. However, you can reduce your impact on a drought by decreasing the demand for water and conserving the water you use, especially in your yard and garden. Conserving Water in Your Garden Most of us don’t realize how much water we are using when we water our yards and plants, but these tips and tricks can help you be more conscious of your water usage and have the most efficiently watered garden during drought season. Plant drought resistant plants. Planting drought resistant plants doesn’t necessarily mean xeriscaping  …

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A More Economical Way to Store Water

Water is often the most bulky and inconvenient item to keep in your food storage. The barrels take up a lot of space and the plastic contaminates the water over time, requiring you to either rotate the water or purchase a filtration system. However, water is crucial for survival and is one of the first things you’ll need in a disaster, so it is essential to store in case of an emergency. In the past, water has been stored in large plastic containers that take up too much room and are hard to move around. But these days are coming to an end. Water storage has been made more convenient with boxed water kits. These kits are the least expensive option as far as water storage goes and have a  …

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8 Ways to Use Your MRE Meals

Typically, people think of MREs as being a great option for food storage and emergency situations. They work really well for this! However, you have to switch them out every so often because they have a shorter shelf life. We did a little investigating and asked you how you use your MREs. These were some of the top responses: 1. Long Term Emergency Supplies The most common use for MRE meals is long-term emergency supplies. People like to keep them on hand for disasters like storms, hurricanes, or other situations where there might be a power outage because they provide a hot meal with no external heating source. However, MREs have a shorter shelf life, so you’ll need some secondary uses. 2. Bug Out Bags and 72-Hour Kits Because they  …

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What Does It Mean to “Shelter in Place”?

As you work on you emergency preparedness it is important to understand the new vocabulary. Terms that you hear quite a bit are “Shelter in Place” and “Grab and Go.” It is important to make sure you have emergency supplies that allow you to do both. Depending on the disaster and depending on the circumstances surrounding the disaster you may need to “Shelter in Place” or you may need to evacuate or “Grab and Go.” The term “sheltering in place” became very popular following 9/11. There was a lot of talk at that time regarding the possibility of a chemical or biological terrorist attack that would make it necessary for you to stay put, usually in your home. It’s similar to when families hunker down in preparation for a hurricane  …

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A Guide to Knives and Blade Types

Knife blades come in all sorts of different shapes, cuts, weights and sizes. Which can serve many different purposes. Sometimes that makes buying a knife really hard! What kind do you get? Why should you get that one instead of another? Below, learn what each knife design was made for – in the complete guide to knife blades. Your Advice Which knife blade do you prefer? Why do you like that one best. Comment below to help others know what they should do.

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Make Your Own Fish Cage Trap

Fish traps are as old as humans themselves. They date back to pre-historic hunter gatherer groups, and like many primitive tools, remain perfectly useful to this day. A stout fish trap offers a fisherman many similar advantages that land-based traps offer hunters. The main advantage of a fish trap is that it allows you to catch fish while you’re off doing other chores or gathering other supplies or food. With a bit of time, a few vines, and some strong reeds or tree branches, you can easily build a fish trap to gather fish for you. This kind of trap can be the difference between life and death in dire situations, or can make running a homestead much easier. Here’s how you can build a working fish trap out of  …

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Finding and Buying a Homestead

There’s a lot to consider when you’re looking to start homesteading. Fortunately, there are a lot of great resources out there. Books such as Homesteading: A Backyard Guide and Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills are both great places to start. In this article, I’ll discuss some of the first things you should consider when you want to find and buy a homestead. Finding the Perfect Location It’s important to look at many different areas when you are searching for a location for your future homestead. Laws and Regulations. Different areas offer many different amenities depending on the country, region and specific location. Consider the state and local laws regarding homesteading, hunting, collecting rainwater, raising livestock and owning firearms. It’s important to make sure your homestead is  …

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Clean Water in an Emergency

Before we get to priority #4 here is the summary of your top 5 Priorities of Emergency Preparedness. They are: 1. Make a Plan. Review, Rotate, Replace. Make adjustments for family size, age and local community needs. Consider evacuation, communication and staying put. 2. Gather Grab and Go Supplies. 72 hour kits, MREs, food bars, water pouches, water purification, first-aid, storage. 3. Gather Shelter in Place Supplies. Radios, flashlights, first-aid, sanitation, hygiene, warmth, shelter, storage. 4. Clean Water. Water storage, barrels, filters, storage. 5. Shelf Stable Food. Items in pantry, short term and long term food storage items. Priority 4 – Clean water Having access to clean water in an emergency is critical and almost always overlooked until it is too late. Here are a few obvious points to understand  …

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What’s Edible in the Wild?

This article is an excerpt from Bushcraft: The Ultimate Guide to Survival in the Wilderness by Richard Graves. We would encourage you to continue learning through his book and purchasing it here. Used by permission from Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Food and water are essential to living. Under normal conditions a person cannot live longer than three days without water, but one can live ten days or longer without food. Food, apart from its vitamins, minerals salts and other minute elements, must contain Proteins and Carbohydrates. Proteins are the flesh builders. Carbohydrates are the energy makers- the fuels for your body’s furnace. Every action calls for work from some of your body’s cells, and, although new cells are continually being made in your body tissue, old cells are dying. These body  …

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Advanced Knots For The Beginner

Being able to tie a variety of knots may not be something that comes to mind when you are preparing to survive in the wilderness (or in an urban environment after an economic collapse) but knowing a few advanced knots can save your life. Knots are useful for building shelters, constructing traps, securing a fishing line, and climbing steep terrain. If you use the wrong knot for any of these situations, you may have to cut the knot when you can’t untie it, or have it slip out and come undone. Here are five advanced knots that amateurs can master – and they each have unique applications in survival situations. 1. Square Knot The square knot is the one that you’re most likely familiar with already. It’s a very basic  …

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