Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of any diet. These food items provide many essential vitamins and nutrients our bodies need every day. On the other hand, produce is extremely difficult to keep fresh for long. Fruits and vegetables spoil rather quickly compared to canned and processed foods. In the United States, families throw out about a fourth of all fresh produce they buy each year because it has gone bad before it was consume... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 8, 2014 by Lorin John
I’m a lucky guy. Like many Americans, I have a modest suburban home, with a decent sized yard. A yard big enough that a 15x30 patch in the back corner, separated by old railroad ties from my lawn, serves as a vegetable garden. We also have a few cherry and peach trees and a small patch next to the house populated with raspberry bushes. It’s not enough for self-sufficiency, but from June through October, we don’t buy many vegetables at the store, and if you have a garden, you already know that fresh picked to your table beats store produce ever... Continue Reading →
Posted on March 5, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
Aches, pains, bruises, cuts, and scrapes can be uncomfortable and hindering, especially when they occur at inopportune moments, but mother nature provides many herbal remedies for common first aid problems. By creating, combining, and administering natural salves, tinctures, and essential oils, you can quickly and naturally sooth or heal common ailments that occur in the house or on the trail.
Incorporating herbal treatments into your first aid kit can save you money and reduce t... Continue Reading →
Posted on January 15, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
It’s always a drag to come down with a mild illness or to suffer a minor injury, at home or in the back country. Fortunately there are an abundance of home remedies to help soothe your scrapes and burns, to settle your pounding headache, and to ward off your colds and sore throats. Below are several helpful home remedies that can be useful in uncomfortable situations. Please note that I am not a doctor. If you need medical attention, please visit a doctor or emergency room.
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Posted on January 13, 2014 by Brian Meyer
In a world where firewood is your only real source of cooking or heat, an axe is not only a useful tool; it can mean the difference between life and death. This is why choosing the right axe is so important. There are a few key points to choosing the right axe for survival and they’re outlined below.
Most people have at least held an axe before, so you should have a basic idea what we’... Continue Reading →
Posted on December 31, 2013 by Kent Page McGroarty
A working knowledge of which plants, vegetables and fruits are high in water could make a big difference in terms of survival. While the human body can last for up to a month without food, it won't make it more than a few days without water. Add to your list of survival skills by discovering which fruits, vegetables and plants contain a lot of water and keep yourself hydrated. After all, most illnesses and conditions stem from dehydration!
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Posted on December 11, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
Keeping an emergency food supply, especially for an entire family, is important but can be a bit overwhelming with all of the expiration dates and shelf lives. You can keep your supply fresh and your family happy by incorporating food storage ingredients into your daily cooking. It is surprisingly easy to use freeze-dried fruits and veggies, textured vegetable protein (tvp), and powdered dairy as substitutions in almost any... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 14, 2013 by Catherine Alford
I absolutely love tomatoes. I could eat them all day long, and there’s nothing truly as good as a tomato that you grew yourself! So, if you’ve always struggled with growing tomatoes, fear not. Just follow the steps below!
1. Pick a good spot!
Tomatoes love sunshine. The more sun they get, the better they will taste. Try to find a place that gets six to eight hours of sunlight every day. You'll also want to pick an area with nutrient rich soil. If nee... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 12, 2013 by Kent Page McGroarty
Container gardening has gained popularity within the past few years among those who don’t have traditional garden access due to city living and similar circumstances. This form of gardening is a great way to produce the fresh veggies and herbs you need without worrying about pesticides, GMOs and other nastiness. Check out a few of the best container garden plants and... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 4, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
Many of us spent our summer tending to our crops. Whether our gardens are on a large plot of farmland or a small garden oasis in the heart of a bustling city, it’s time to start packing in those planters and using or preserving your bounty.
All gardeners know that the yield from their garden can vary every season. Sure, it may be exciting to wake up one morning and see that all of your tomatoes are ripe and ready to be eaten, or sad to see that your zucchinis are starting to go bad because you’re leaving them outside for too long. Just as it is important to know how plant and to ... Continue Reading →