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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

Top 10 Most Influential Survival and Preparedness Blogs When it comes to the blogosphere there always seems to be a group of blogs, like individuals, that stand out from the crowd and provide great content and a lot of influence. In the survival and preparedness community this is no exception. In this list I share the top 10 most influential survival and preparedness blogs. Well, without further ado, here are The Top 10 Most Influential Survival and Preparedness Blogs: 10. Starting out the list we have The Survival Mom. With a wide range of articles related to survival and preparedness, consistent updates, and a number of fantastic guest posters, The Survival Mom will have you coming back for more. Here are a few of my favorites: 9. Although it is promoted as a survival-gear review site, The Survival Cache has such a great number of articles on preparedness and survival that brings it to our number 9 spot within the top 10 blogs. Here are some of my favorites: 8. Here are a number of great reads from Ferfal’s blog: 7. 6. 5. 4. M.D. 3. 2. 1.

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

Tips for a Drought Friendly Vegetable Garden | A Sonoma Garden As a native Californian, you get used to the word ‘drought’. It comes up every once in a while so you do what you can to cut back on your water usage. Sometimes it gets so bad that you expect that everyone has to let their lawn die that summer, you adopt the rule, “if it’s yellow, it’s mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.” But this year is different. So what do you do in this situation? Grow Your Crops Before the Summer Heat Starts – Instead of doing a heavy summer planting, do the majority of your planting in spring with short season vegetables. Do you have any water saving tips that we can add to our list? Like this: Like Loading...

Mystery, The Pick Up Artist After about ten years of trial and error, Mystery assumingly learned how to talk to women. Not content with being the only Casanova on the planet, he formed his aptly titled "Mystery Method." This eventually led him to start appearing on television. Rinato"/> Just The Facts Erik James Horvat-Markovic is his real name. Cracked on Mystery "I'm gonna get you laid." Mystery first became known for marketing his technique designed to seduce women. However, he still would have remained out of the public's eye had it not been for the book The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pick-up Artists. This is him, right here. Things only went downhill from there. Super Sergeant Shag Hat Things could not have possibly gotten any worse for the normal guys who just wanted to get laid. If only we were talking about the shitty movie with Tony Stark The Bullshit that is The Game "Game" was a term coined early in the 70's urban area to describe one's ability to attract a female. Seriously Style, Fuck you. Wings?

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.

How to Build a Rainwater Collection System: 9 steps Steps Method 1 of 4: Getting Rain Barrel Supplies 1Obtain one or more water storage barrels. You can buy a water storage barrel online, but it's cheaper to get a used one from a company that uses large barrels to store food and other merchandise (just be sure to clean it thoroughly with soapy water). A rain barrel can also be made from a large plastic trash can. Get a barrel that will hold 30 to 55 gallons of water. 2Get additional supplies to turn the barrels into a water collection system. Method 2 of 4: Building a Rain Barrel Platform 1Level an area right next to your downspout. 3Stack concrete blocks on top of the pea gravel. Method 3 of 4: Adding the Spigot and Overflow Valve 1Drill a spigot hole in the side of your barrel. 4Make an overflow valve. Method 4 of 4: Assembling the Collection System 1Connect the downspout elbow to the downspout. 4Connect the additional barrels. Tips Ad Warnings Sources and Citations

Survival Food Series: Medicinal Plants for the Survival Garden Plants have been revered through out history for their magical healing powers. In a dire situation where over the counter medicine is no longer available, many will be forced to turn their backs on modern medicine and reacquaint themselves with more homeopathic and natural forms. In this type of situation, many will be turning to alternative medicines to alleviate and assist some of the more chronic health issues such as high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, migraines, anemia and arthritis. Acquiring books on herbal medicines for a disaster scenario would be a great knowledge source to add to any preparedness library. In the book, Herbal Medicine: The Natural Way To Get Well and Stay Well by Dian Dincin Buchman, Ph. 1. “Cayenne pepper is a powerful stimulant, producing a sense of heat in the stomach, and a general glow ove r the body without a narcotic effect. This pepper can assist as a digestion aid. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. A tea made of common sage can help lift depression. 8. St. 9.

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

Rainwater harvesting Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to run off. Rainwater can be collected from rivers or roofs, and in many places the water collected is redirected to a deep pit (well, shaft, or borehole), a reservoir with percolation, or collected from dew or fog with nets or other tools. Its uses include water for gardens, livestock, irrigation, domestic use with proper treatment, and indoor heating for houses etc. The harvested water can also be used as drinking water, longer-term storage and for other purposes such as groundwater recharge. Advantages[edit] Rainwater harvesting provides an independent water supply during regional water restrictions and in developed countries is often used to supplement the main supply. More development and knowledge is required to understand the benefits rainwater harvesting can provide to agriculture. Quality[edit] System setup[edit] Life cycle assessment: design for environment[edit]

Surviving the Middle Class Crash 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.

Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water (NaturalNews) Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I'm about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else. As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from "diverting" water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use.

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