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Gardening in a drought

Gardening in a drought
Guest post by Mark M. NOTE: This may be something to print out and store in your SurvivalMom Binder for future reference. image by International Center for Tropical Agriculture I have lived in many countries over the years, and have always had a vegetable garden. Not just for cost, as many of the countries I have lived in have had what we considered dirt cheap food, but for the quality. Recently, some friends told me about the bad drought in Texas. Kenya and Botswana. So how do they manage that? The technique involves three separate things, all of which are easily made by anyone with the ability to use a shovel, hammer or a trowel. Raised beds When we rented our home in Botswana, in the yard behind the house was a series of concrete troughs, roughly 4 foot wide, 2 foot deep and 15 foot long, running north to south. Shade netting Every 3 feet in the troughs was a hole, just the right size to take a ¾ inch PVC pipe. Thread watering Watering plants is the biggest problem during a drought. Related:  Methods

Create your self-fertile garden | Backyards of yesteryear Étape 1: Faites un plan. Saviez-vous qu’il serait possible d’avoir un potager presque sans entretien? Qu’il n’y aurait aucun arrosage manuel, fertilisation chimique ou crainte de voir tous ses fruits ou légumes dévorés par les hordes d’insectes ou détruits par une quelconque maladie ou champignon. Étape 2: Délimitez le terrain En effet, le potager deviendrait un organisme vivant en soi, se régulant seul tout en augmentant sa productivité de manière naturelle. Étape 3: Buttez en creusant vos sentiers Avec la collaboration de Madame Suzanne Gendreault, celle-ci m’a remise quelques photographies (explications à l’appui) suite à sa formation sur lesquelles on peut visualiser la mise sur pied d’un jardin autofertile respectueux de l’environnement mais aussi destiné aux jardiniers écologiques. Étaoe 4: Creuser le tour du jardin Par la suite, il y aura une période d’adaptation mais le potager devrait se régir de lui-même et s’autoréguler. Étape 5: Aplanissez vos buttes Étape 12: Paillez le carton

100 Items to Disappear First 100 Items to Disappear First 1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. of thieves; maintenance etc.) 2. Water Filters/Purifiers 3. Portable Toilets 4. From a Sarajevo War Survivor: Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war - death of parents and friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks. 1. 5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden | Eartheasy Blog - StumbleUpon It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Fukuoka spent over three decades perfecting his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort. Here are the strategies we used which enabled us to greatly increase our garden yield, while requiring less time and less work. 1. With ‘no-till’ gardening, weeding is largely eliminated. 2. Gardeners are always on the lookout for free sources of clean organic mulch to add to their garden.

Survival Stressors in a Survival Situation Any event can lead to stress and, as everyone has experienced, events don’t always come one at a time. Often, stressful events occur simultaneously. These events are not stress, but they produce it and are called “stressors.” In response to a stressor, the body prepares either to “fight or flee.” The body releases stored fuels (sugar and fats) to provide quick energy. This protective posture lets you cope with potential dangers. Injury, Illness, or Death Injury, illness, and death are real possibilities that you have to face. Uncertainty and Lack of Control Some people have trouble operating in settings where everything is not clear-cut. Environment Even under the most ideal circumstances, nature is quite formidable. Hunger and Thirst Without food and water you will weaken and eventually die. Forcing yourself to continue surviving is not easy as you grow more tired. Isolation There are some advantages to facing adversity with others.

How 1 MILLION Pounds Of Organic Food Can Be Produced On 3 Acres By Andy Whiteley Co-Founder of Wake Up World The quality and accessibility of our food supply is a mounting issue today. So, with limited space, how can we create an independent food supply? I recently came across this amazing video of a man, urban farmer Will Allen, who has figured out a self-sustaining system that can grow 1 million pounds of food every year, on just 3 acres of land, using the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a re-circulating system. If you’re interested in starting your own Aquaponics system in your home, be sure to check out our exclusive special offer to Wake Up World readers at the bottom of this page. Grow 1 Million Pounds of Food on 3 Acres Using greenhouses and a closed eco-system technology known as Aquaponics, Will Allen has taken urban farming to new extremes. * Maintaining 3 acres of land in green houses * Producing 10,000 fish * Using 300 to 500 yards of worm compost * Utilizing vertical space * Using 1 simple aquaponic pump Growing Power

How to eat wild stuff and not get poisoned (how-to) Let's play pretend for a moment. Are you with me? Let's pretend you can't go down to the supermarket for food to eat. In fact, let's pretend that there is not a supermarket for one hundred miles in any direction, and you don't have any food with you. Does this seem unlikely? What this guide is:This is a guide to wild things that are 100% safe to eat. What this guide is not:This is NOT a guide to figuring out if something may or may not be safe to eat. BerriesThis is very easy to make 100% foolproof. Unless you are completely sure, do not eat non-aggregate berries - berries that are shaped like blueberries or gooseberries. Green StuffMost "green stuff" is not outright toxic, but can definitely cause you some distress. Note: You should use caution when eating any plant, particularly plants found in the water - they can harbor any creepy crawly that may have been living in the water, including giardia cryptosporidium among others. CrittersNever eat wild critters raw!

Bio and hyperproductive: the magic of a Quebec farm farmer Jardinier-maraîcher ? Fermier de familles ? Jean-Martin Fortier lui même a du mal à qualifier son métier. Ce canadien de 35 ans exploite depuis 2005 la ferme des Jardins de la Grelinette, à Saint-Armand, à quelques kilomètres de Montréal, au Québec. Sa ferme est une micro-ferme. Elle mesure moins d’un hectare, loin de la taille moyenne d’une exploitation française qui est de 55 hectares. Avec sa compagne, ils appliquent des techniques découvertes en voyageant et travaillant dans des fermes notamment au Nouveau-Mexique et à Cuba. Terra eco : Pourquoi avez-vous souhaité travailler sur une très petite surface, ce que personne n’avait jamais fait au Québec ? Jean-Martin Fortier : Nous souhaitions démarrer notre production, mais nous n’avions pas les moyens d’investir beaucoup. Pouvez-vous résumer votre méthode de production, que vous appelez bio-intensive ? Puisque nous travaillons sur une petite surface, il nous a fallu intensifier au maximum notre production. Tout à fait.

Do-it-yourself Survival Kit The Do-it-yourself Coffee Can Survival Kit This is a compact kit that can be carried in the car, on the boat, or in a pack for hunting, hiking, exploring, etc. Most of the contents will fit in a one-pound coffee can which doubles as a pot for melting snow and device with which to dig an emergency snow shelter. (However, if you can carry it, include a small shovel. Keep three points in mind when putting together a survival kit. Thirdly, bring enough to enable you to spend at least one night out. Thanks to Allan Priddy who helps teach the Wilderness Survival class for putting this list together. General Items Repair Kit Sewing kit Dental floss (It's strong and useful as thread for sewing, or a fishing line or for lashing branches for improvised shelters.) First Aid Kit (Also see Lightweight First Aid Kit) Moleskin Sterile pads (2 x 2 and 4 x 4) Sterile Gauze Neosporin Bandaids Aspirin First Aid Tape Nourishment Optional Folding saw Compass (learn how to use) Hard Candy

How to Make a Seed Bomb The seed bomb is an important part of the arsenal of Guerrilla gardeners all over the world. You too can use it to transform empty plots of land into green habitats of flowers and birds. If you’re afraid that the authorities wouldn’t approve of you digging up the sides of roads in cities, use the seed bomb. Or convert inaccessible strips of clay by the side of the road into green havens for tiny living things. All without burning a hole in your pocket. How it works: Before we look at the steps to build a seed bomb, let’s look at how the seed bomb works. Difficulty Level: Easy, any beginner can do it. Time Required: Not more than about 15 minutes for the rolling of each bomb and a day for drying. Resources Required: Clay, from your area, or if you live in an area surrounded by hard concrete unrelieved by clay, then you can buy Crayola Air Dry clay that will protect your seeds from seed-loving animals and insects. Estimated Cost: Low. Instructions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 1. 2. 3.

This is How NASA Grows Food In Space Easily grow food indoors all winter even if you only have a small apartment. Sustaining year round cuts back on time spent preparing food for storage and provides maximum nutrition via fresh picked raw fruits and veggies. Image:YouTube apartment gardeningDIYGrow Foodgrow your own Related Posts « 20 Things We Should Say More Often A Must See! Food Forest Suburb Absolutely FREE videos by Geoff Lawton, World Renowned Permaculture Teacher, Designer and Consultant. In this video we explore an idyllic intentional housing estate created 38 years ago by architect Michael Corbett. Geoff Lawton revisits this 60 acre property to see if nearly four generations later it lives up to its reputation as America’s most forgotten Garden of Eden estate. A place of fruit tree and swales abound in abundance. Could this place be a template of how humanities future will be envisioned? Geoff Lawton explains in detail it’s mysteries. In the other free videos you will discover how: Geoff Lawton designed his farm to be totally self-sufficient and how you too can create a paradise on Earth with all the food and water that you need.Property Purchase Checklist. These free videos will only be available for a limited time, to get access to watch these videos right now, fill out your name and email in the form on the right. Over 7,500 comments and thousands of views

Growing Food is Like Printing Your Own Money | DIY Join Ron as he embarks on his next project: igniting a (horti)cultural revolution! Ron envisions a world where gangstas garden, where cool kids know their nutrition and where communities embrace the act of growing, knowing and sharing the best of the earth’s fresh-grown food. Ron is ready to realize his vision for community gardening and rejuvenation. In part of this effort, Ron is planning to build an urban garden in South Central LA that will serve as an example of a well-balanced, fruit-and-veggie oasis – called “HQ.” Join the movement. Sources: ronfinley