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Backyard gardens are making a comeback for a variety of reasons. Some people want to save money. Some want to know exactly where their food came from (and what has or hasn’t been sprayed on it.) And some just want the pleasure of digging their fingers into warm moist earth and producing something more meaningful than a high score on their favorite video game. But when it comes to choosing what to plant, many new gardeners often don’t know where to turn. Should they go with something simple, or the ingredients for their favorite dishes? If you’re preparing for a disaster or to achieve a self-sustaining lifestyle, then you really want to look at which produce yields the highest nutritional […]

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National Gardening Month 1. Gardening is delicious. Homegrown produce, especially juicy tomatoes and fresh basil, are usually tastier than when store-bought. Plant what your family likes to eat and enjoy the rave reviews. 2. Gardening is good exercise. Pulling weeds, digging holes and hauling dirt burns calories comparable to brisk walking. It also challenges and tones both lower and upper body muscles. 3. Gardening is good for children. They can learn the science of seeds and plants. They can learn planning and researching skills by deciding what and where to plant, and what each plant’s water, sun and nutrition needs are. They are also motivated to eat healthier foods. This whole process teaches patience in today’s era of immediate gratification […]

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Extreme weather taking a huge toll on global food production An increase in the prevalence of extreme weather events due to global warming will seriously affect global food production worldwide, climate and agriculture experts are increasingly warning. “Climate change threatens to make large areas of the planet unsuitable for human habitation and for an adequate level of food production,” writes Ervin Laszlo in the book Quantum Shift in the Global Brain. “Very few countries are still food self-sufficient — and the internationally available food reserves are shrinking.” In the past few months, a drought has devastated the Russian wheat harvest, floods have destroyed vast stretches of Pakistani farmland, and a heat wave led to the death of 2,000 cattle in […]

Organic Compost

Posted: 8th May 2011 by cindy in Survival Gardening
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Many types of organic compost are really packaged human sewage Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/032305_organic_compost_human_sewage.html#ixzz1LlvgwqTj (Natural News) Do you want everything that goes down your drain winding up on your backyard produce? Well that’s what happens to those who use organic compost made with municipal sewage. More than half of the 15 trillion gallons of sewage flushed annually by Americans ends up in a fertilizer product and those products contain everything that goes down the drain from Prozac flushed down toilets to the motor oil rinsed off factory floors (http://motherjones.com/environment/…). The U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn’t regulate which fertilizers can be labeled as “organic” which means anyone can use the term, including those companies that are packaging what we flush. A 2009 […]

Rooting hormone and plant growth

Posted: 14th February 2011 by Preppers in Survival Gardening
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Weeping willow water rooting hormone  Planting time is almost here…… To make your own weeping willow water rooting hormone first collect inchthick branches from a weeping willow tree. Cut up the branches into inch longpieces and soak them in water for 24 hours. Once soaked, drain the willow waterinto a separate container to strain out all the chunks of weeping willowbranches. The resulting brew is somewhat of a weak strength liquid rootinghormone. The cuttings then need to be soaked in this solution for 24 hours before being planted. Cuttings need to be soaked for a long time for the weaker willow water solution to be absorbed. The benefit of using the weaker willow watersolution is that there is little risk […]

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Howdy, I wanted to share with you and your readers how I built an underground root cellar in my backyard. First I marked out a rectangle on the ground measuring 8’x12′.  Then I set to work with my post hole digger and dug a 6″ wide trench 6 and a half feet deep all the way around.  Next I tied re-bar mats and slid them down in on all four sides.  I used 8′ chain link posts as digger handles after about 4′ of depth. Then I lined the inside of the trench with 1/8 inch Masonite paneling and poured the trench full of concrete.A couple of weeks later I had a friend come over with his backhoe and dig out the […]

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The contest is open to everyone! One winner will receive a # 3 seed kit from Down to Earth Seeds.       This contest will be a scavenger hunt ! every other day we will post what to hunt for. You must email us at: pioneerliving@pioneerliving.net and tell us the answer is. At the end of the contest we will randomly pick the winner who has completed all tasks.   Forum Posts: Survival Seeds         Have fun everyone.     Please check our forum for more information!   www.Pioneerliving.net

Starting a Pepper Garden

Posted: 24th January 2011 by admin in Survival Gardening
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Starting a Pepper Garden I have recently started a journey into a world of pain and I can’t be more excited. I have been a chili head for years. My father would buy Frank’s Red Hot by the gallon and toss a few dashes on most meals he consumed. Understandably, I picked up the habit. With the ever expanding interest in spicy food, exotic peppers and bizarre hot sauces that has occurred over the last 20 years, I have had the opportunity to nurture this culinary masochism into something truly terrifying. It is time for the next logical step. I have started to grow my own peppers. Gardening is another area where my father has been a big influence in […]

Bug Zappers

Posted: 24th January 2011 by admin in Bug control, Survival Gardening
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I’ve been gardening for over 30 yrs and would not be considered an organic gardener.     My garden has been as large as an acre and a half but have since cut back considerably to about 7/10 an acre.     I have dealt with all the calamities that come with gardening,  the bugs,  the pests,   the varmits,   climate conditions,  etc etc,   but one of my worst problems was with the caterpillar worms that attack my green leafy plants like collards,  cabbage,  lettuce,  broccoli,  etc etc,   and “especially” the corn earworms…..My success with corn,  because of the earworms,   always bordered a total loss……I never discovered where these worms came from until some extensive reading on the subject recently.   The information i found revealed it was nocturnal […]

Organic Soil Prep

Posted: 24th January 2011 by admin in Survival Gardening
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In the fall you might think your done for the year and now that the harvest is over you can relax. Wrong! Fall is a very important time to get ready for next years garden. First, you need to plow under any remaining plant and add a good amount of manure. One pound per square foot is a good start. Note: If you live in an area with heavy winter rains it might be better to add manure in early spring. Second, till in any nutrients your garden is lacking like bone meal or wood ash. Soil improvement involves a steady ongoing process like a compost pile, mulch, manure, and any other needs. Your soil always needs-Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium […]