The Forecast Calls For Food

https://youtu.be/Xi7ycNiaSoI Following on the heels of yesterday's blog, I thought this video update may be more interesting. It's certainly more current. Captured just this morning in the mildly sweltering heat and humidity of a fine July morning. This new grid down garden is modest in size no doubt. It has required a decent amount of …

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Emergency Prepper Or Metro Jethro

  "She's my girl, she's putting up with me...." Those are some lyrics I wrote about my wife in this swinging blues song from my former band Cool Disposition.  She does indeed put up with some of my quirky self reliance practices. God bless her! The thought has certainly not escaped me that my brand …

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A New Garden Emerges “From Scratch”

Why mow where you can grow? The thought has occurred to me many times that I need to better utilize my plot of land. As I've mentioned previously, we have a large yard. Yet, even blessed with a homestead on nearly an acre of suburbia, our growing space is limited. Much to my consternation, we …

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One Of These Things Doesn’t Belong Here

https://youtu.be/sxJXICxrx64   Pardon the unrehearsed, spur of the moment singing. I was a better blues singer back in the day than a "classic children's programming jingle" singer. In an earlier article, I posed the question "to till or not to till". In the spirit of "throwback Thursday", here is a short video from just a …

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Garage Sales Are Great For EP (Emergency Preparedness)

For those of my generation  (post baby boom), many of our parents were preppers in a sense. They just didn't know it. That's because basic self reliance practices were a way of life for many who grew up in multi-generational farming families. In my mid-western experience, this applies to practically everyone born in the early …

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When Nature Seems Tardy

The climate changed on us this year. I suspect it will change again next year. It does indeed change afterall .... as it sees fit. As it always has. As it always will. Imagine that. It has been a disappointing spring to say the least in many parts of the country.  My little slice of …

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Adding Garden Space In A Grid Down Life

https://youtu.be/OCmo5hu_l2I   When I don my preparedness hat, there is a frustrating irony that confronts me. When we were in the suburban home buyer market, one of my country boy prerequisites was that I needed "space".  Gardening and preparedness wasn't even the motivation. That light bulb moment hadn't yet occurred. Yet, instinctively I knew I …

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