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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Fall Gardening Tips

August is here and though the heat may be blazing, Autumn is just around the corner. But that doesn't mean your gardening activities must come to a halt. Here are some tips to keep you busy over the next few months:

Grow a Fall Garden. In many places across the country, mid-August through mid-September is the time to plant your Fall Garden. Crops to consider for the Fall include lettuce, cabbage, kohlrabi, turnip greens, mustard greens, spinach, kale, and radishes.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Emergency Food Storage (Book Review)

Over the last couple of years, I've been reading every book I can get my hands on that may help me prepare for the very difficult times that lie ahead - survivalist handbooks, homesteading tomes, books offering everything from financial advice to old-time country skills. The book I am discussing in this review fits the category of a "prepping" guide, and is the best in that category that I have found to date.

Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton is not a book detailing hard-core survival skills in the midst of a disaster or homesteading advice for surviving over a long-term economic crisis. Rather, it is a book about preparing ("prepping" as some would say) for temporary disruptions in the comforts of civilization.

What would you do if you could not buy any food at a restaurant or grocery store for a week or two? What if the seemingly endless supply of clean water from your local waterworks suddenly ceased for a few days?  What if the local Wal-mart, Target and other big-box stores closed their doors? What if the Post Office, FedEx and UPS no longer delivered to your neighborhood? What if you had no gas for your car, and no one else did either, and you couldn't go to work, or shopping, or even to your doctor?

There are a hundred and one reasons why such a scenario might come to pass - from natural disasters to political & economic turmoil. Could you survive more than a day or two without all the comforts of civilization that we all take for granted? Peggy Layton's book will help you prepare for those difficult times.

Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook covers preparing for short-term disasters, with detailed information and lists for everything from an emergency car kit, to a 72-hour emergency kit (aka "bug out" kit), to building stockpiles of food, water, medicine and other necessities. Included in the book is a section on ideas for apartment dwellers and others with little storage space.

But the book is more than just lists of things to buy. Also discussed are how to obtain, store, organize, rotate and use the items. There is a recipe section for what do do with all that long-term food storage, along with information on how to use powdered milk, how to cook whole wheat, tips for using rice and so forth.

The thing that impressed me the most with this book it that it is very detailed without being overly-complicated (most other prepping books I've seen are either too general, lacking needed details, or way too complicated, and boring, for the average person).

The only problem I have with the book is the Resource Guide near the end. Because the book was written back in 2002, many of the web addresses and even physical addresses for the various stores and companies are out of date.

Here is the Table of Contents:


Chapter 1: Preparing for short-term emergencies

Chapter 2:  Storing water for emergency use

Chapter 3: Economics of long-term emergency storage

Chapter 4: Logistics of long-term emergency storage

Chapter 5: Building your stockpile of food & other necessities

Chapter 6: Obtaining food storage

Chapter 7: Implementing your food storage program

Chapter 8: Recipes using stored foods

Resource Guide


Friday, June 17, 2011

Review: Gerber Prodigy Survival Knife

Several months ago, I purchased the Gerber Prodigy Survival Knife from (regular price $82, but I got it on sale). This is a survival/tactical knife based on the well-proven LMF II Infantry knife design (really, it is just a scaled down version of that design).

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Review: Cold Steel Bushman Survival Knife

I purchased the Cold Steel Bushman from (regular price $35, but I got it on sale for less) for a survival knife based on several reviews & demonstrations of it on You Tube. However, actually holding the knife in hand leaves me even more impressed than watching the videos. As a rural/backwoods fixed blade survival knife, I give the Bushman five out of five stars. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Review: Military Tanto Knife, Fixed Blade

This is the first in a series of reviews of prepping supplies and survival gear. 

Review: Military Tanto Knife, Fixed Blade