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WEEDS CAN FEED

When we have guests over for dinner, we usually like to start the meal with a salad. When the salad is placed on the table, and after a bewildered examination by our guests, we are normally informed that the salad looks splendid, but then asked what is in it. Our salads seldom resemble the usual […]

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PROPAGATING YOUR TOMATO PLANTS

I read an article about propagating your tomato plants by removing the side-shoots that develop from the angle between the leaf stems and the main stem of the plant. Removing these side-shoots helps the main plant develop more fruit, but it also would give me more tomato plants FREE! I thought, why not try it […]

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FROM BOTTLES TO DRINKING GLASSES

My wife, Denise, and I believe in self-reliance and therefore we are always looking for ways to provide for ourselves.  Whenever we can, we would rather make something instead of buying it.  This not only saves money but provides us with a real sense of accomplishment. While looking through a catalog Denise saw a set […]

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DIY WATER DISTILLER

I have been interested for some time in building a Water Distiller, as it can be used to purify water and to desalinate water. Both would be handy in a survival situation. Keep in mind that distilled water can also be used in soap making, for use in steam irons, and to refill lead-acid batteries. […]

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DIY COUNTERTOP WATER FILTER

I wanted a gravity filter for filtering water in an emergency situation. There are various commercial brands available like the Katadyn and Berkey. These units cost in the $200.00 to $350.00 range and basically use ceramic filter elements in a top container which you fill with water. Gravity then draws water through the ceramic filter, […]

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FREE STANDING BAILS

Back when I was young (a long time ago), most pots for camping seemed to have bails on them.  It made them easy to hang over a fire, and lift out of a fire.  However, in today’s world of ultra-light gear, bails are often deleted from smaller pots, and replaced (sometimes) with small folding handles.  […]

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THE SURVIVOR MENTALITY

It has become a survival axiom that your most important survival tool is your mind.  I agree of course, but that mind must be working properly in order to be an asset.  Unfortunately, the onset of a survival situation throws the mind out of equilibrium.  In other words, the mind is thrown out of balance.  […]

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ARE YOU BLIND TO PREPPING?

Unfortunately, I see this all the time. Many people just don’t see, or don’t want to see, why it is important to prep. They just don’t seem to understand that prepping is not always about the end of the world, a zombie apocalypse, or Armageddon.  It is about being prepared for everyday situations. I recently […]

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BUG-OUT, DON’T STAND OUT

Oftentimes, articles, movies, and television portray those who “Bug-Out” as wild looking Road Warriors.  However, as the photo above depicts, this is not the way you want to look in a bug-out situation. In this article we will examine the concept of not standing out, or as it is sometimes described, being a “Grey Man.”  […]

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Are You Really Prepared?

When it comes to emergency preparedness, some people might be prepared with supplies, but are they really prepared to survive? It takes more than a few supplies. First, let’s discuss how some people prepare. They buy a bunch of freeze dried food in #10 cans and set them on a shelf for 14 years. They […]

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