Gardening

Larder Staples

If not at the top of prepper lists, certainly food stocks are very close.  Most preppers understand the basic necessity for water first, but in short order people are going to get hungry.  This natural instinctive urge matters not the circumstances of either bugging in or out.  Basic and consistent nutrition is critical to survival… Read More

15 Ways to Repel Bugs Naturally

Having a healthy insect population in your garden is a good thing, but when you’re camping you can run into all sorts of things like mosquitoes, flies, spiders, ticks, fleas, ants and mites. If you’re an avid gardener, you might also want to keep the insect population on your lovelies in check. Pesticides and insect… Read More

Preppers and Survivalists Must Be Hunters and Gatherers

It just isn’t realistic to think all of our prepping supplies will hold out forever. My family, friends, and I may have devised the best survival plan there is, even better than most of the selection of “you can make it” books at the big box book store.  But, as time dwells on, the supplies… Read More

Survival Garden & Greenhouse

I am often asked, how much work is it to grow your own food?  The answer is, it is not that much work if  you are worried about eating.  With a little planning and a little bit of elbow grease, you can grow food almost anywhere in the lower 48.  I live at 9,000 ft… Read More

Garden Basics: Weeding 101

Weeding. I know, it seems mundane, but it's a skill that could mean the difference between a bumper crop and a failed crop in your survival garden. This is really one of those skills you learn best by doing. I can tell you everything I know, but you'll likely have a different set of weed… Read More

What If You Had To Grow Your Food Indoors?

So there I was, toiling away in garden #3, getting my tomato and pepper transplants tucked in, and my mind wandered a bit. It takes a LOT of ground to produce enough food to meet even modest food goals. I am usually thinking about the prices of vegetables versus the space they take in the… Read More

Tools for Food Production

So we all know where half the fruits and vegetables in the US are grown right? California. Currently experiencing some massive drought problems. You are growing some food this year right? I think you'll be better off if you have some closer and cheaper options for your weekly salads at least, and if some of… Read More

Gardening 101: Selecting varieties

One of the harder lessons to learn as a food grower is how to fit what you want, in the space and time you have. Let's explore a few of those variables today and discuss some of the reasons to choose a particular variety over another. I know I've mentioned this one before, Know your… Read More

Easier Gardening

Everybody loves food straight out of a garden. Especially when prices at the grocery store keep going up for quality that keeps going down. Everybody also loves it when the work to keep that garden producing doesn't take over every free afternoon. So let's talk, how do I keep my gardening as easy as possible… Read More

Start Your Food Garden, 101

You've got your piece of dirt picked out. Perhaps it's still covered in sod, or weeds? Spring is definitely sprung though, and if you're still dithering over what needs to happen and when, let's sort that out right here, so you can get things going! Start with the dirt! If there's sod, till it under… Read More

The Ups and Downs of Urban Farming

Urban farming is what I call my food growing style, hopefully me living in Iowa doesn't automatically exclude me from that title.  If the proper authorities are reading this post, you let me know. I grow food in my front lawn, I grow food in spare corners of church lots, I grow food in parks… Read More

Dirt Simple Seeds

I got a comment last week asking for some simple seed saving tips. Now, let me preface this with a warning, seed saving is one of those things that starts out really easy and then sucks you in as you try to master all of the subtleties.  So, I'm going to limit this post to… Read More

Transplanting Tips

If you're like me, you have some need to start garden plants indoors. Anything that needs a long growing season has to have a head start in order to have any chance of being productive in the short zone 4 summer here. Knowing how to start transplants, and keep them alive is a great skill… Read More