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Starting a SHTF Garden BEFORE SHTF

Many of us have fruit and vegetable seeds in our preps. Sometimes it can be hard in the blustery spring to figure out a plan for how to turn those into a functioning, food producing garden. But if you’re planning a SHTF garden, you need to start it BEFORE SHTF. by Farmer Jennie, contributing writer and farmer My Top Tips for Starting a Garden Before SHTF Location is everything. If you are starting a garden, the location you place it will determine its success. If you want a salsa garden,…

Don’t Be Sheep, People Eat Sheep

Where’s Calamity been lately? I’ve gotten a few emails lately asking if I’m still going to write here.  Have no fear, I’m still around, and still writing. Things have been a little hectic in my real life.  Hectic in a good way though.  Certain things have reached a tipping point in my personal evaluations of the long decent.  Hubby and I are in the process of getting closer to the doomstead.  That means I’m juggling job hunting for a new day job, while ramping up the small vegetable growing operation…

6 Ways To Prepare for Ebola

Ebola.  Even the name is a bit creepy.  The disease itself, is horrifying.   First you get flu like symptoms, then vomiting and diarrhea, then your organs start shutting down and you bleed from all your orifices before dying. The death rate from this virulent disease is anywhere from 55-90%. Those are not good odds.  Basically, there are no proven cures for this yet.  Some experimental stuff, but who knows how far those will come.  I’m sure there’s not much profit in it for the pharmaceutical companies in a rare disease that…

Cooking Food After the SHTF – It’s NOT Optional

It can be easy to lose sight of the basics as a prepper. You get to worrying about how many beans and bullets you have, and it can be easy to forget about things like how you’ll cook those beans. Remember, most SHTF scenarios are things you can survive.  Some will be short enough that you can skate through on meal replacement bars, canned fruit and water. For anything longer than a few days though, you’ll want to consider a way to cook some hot food. Cooking is crucial to…

Tornado Talk

Well, most of our readers will probably remember that I live in NW Iowa.  We’ve been dodging more than our fair share of bad weather the past week.  In fact, this post is being typed up in Word, because we haven’t had internet since Monday. Storm after storm, floods on top of floods, and of course, tornadoes. Thankfully, most of the tornadoes have stayed on the Nebraska side of the river. I have friends on that side that I’ve been keeping close tabs on, but so far me and mine…

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 pressures in your garden, than I do in mine.  I’m going to try here today to get some of the basic and general points all in one place, so anyone looking at a new garden,…

Weighing the Options for Drinking Water

Water is one of the basic needs for every prepper.  But, does every prepper know exactly what they are guarding against and how to best deal with all the pitfalls? I think some people hesitate because it’s a life or death thing and they don’t want to make a mistake. So let’s take an in-depth look at water purification. Boiling, filtering, chemicals, and solar are all purification methods that a good prepper should know about. Let’s define all of those first, so we’re all on the same page. Then pros,…

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 garden (feet squared). Not that it’s the only criteria, there are things I grow just for the pleasure of growing them. I wondered though if the thinking would have to change if one had to…