What Should I Do? http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/newest?title=&uid=&created= en 10 Ways to Make Fire Without Matches http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/79894/10-ways-make-fire-without-matches ]]><p>As we look at preparing for uncertain times, we seek to have the resources on hand to weather the storm and be more resilient in our daily lives.&nbsp; We store water and put food away for shortages or emergency situations.&nbsp; We make sure we can communicate with family, friends, and loved ones.&nbsp; We are all working on building resilience our own ways and learning from each other.&nbsp;</p> <p>Knowledge and skills acquisition is a topic that resonates greatly with the Peak Prosperity community. In this article we will explore a critical skill to learn and practice that can help you in really tough times or emergency situations &ndash; the skill of making fire.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/79894/10-ways-make-fire-without-matches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/79894/10-ways-make-fire-without-matches#comments What Should I Do? battery DIY fire friction lens Methods Prep Resiliency WSID http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/79894 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:24:51 +0000 jasonw 79894 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Establish a Wildflower Meadow http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/97921/how-establish-wildflower-meadow ]]><p>Over the past couple of years, I&rsquo;ve been working to establish a wildflower meadow on the lower part of my property, zones 3 &amp; 4. In time, trees may be added, but for now I would like the native meadow to provide habitat, diversity, nectar, pollen for my bees and the other pollinators, and beauty, all in a low maintenance package.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/97921/how-establish-wildflower-meadow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/97921/how-establish-wildflower-meadow#comments What Should I Do? Growing Permaculture pollination wild flowers http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/97921 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:49:36 +0000 Phil Williams 97921 at http://www.peakprosperity.com 8 Tips To Help Your Chickens Lay More Eggs http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/97724/8-tips-help-your-chickens-lay-more-eggs ]]><p>If you start to raise chickens to be more self-sufficient, you want them to be as productive as possible. But what if they aren&rsquo;t laying as many eggs as you&rsquo;d hoped?</p> <p>The most common reasons that chickens aren&rsquo;t laying eggs is because they are too young, too old, the hours of daylight are too short, it is molting or the feeding is not of sufficient nutritional value. You might not be able to affect those first points, but you can help contribute to a stress-free environment for your chickens while keeping them healthy and well.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/97724/8-tips-help-your-chickens-lay-more-eggs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/97724/8-tips-help-your-chickens-lay-more-eggs#comments What Should I Do? Chickens eggs health Tips http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/97724 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 23:44:34 +0000 bgarrett 97724 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Make a Codling Moth Trap and Lure http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/97375/how-make-codling-moth-trap-and-lure ]]><p>Last year, a lot of my apple crop and some of my pear crop were infested with codling moth larvae. Given that I don&rsquo;t spray my trees, I needed to come up with an alternative for control, unless I wanted to grow apples for the moths. This season, I&rsquo;ve sprayed kaolin clay, which is a tiny clay particle that you spray on to the leaves and the fruit. This acts as an irritant to the pests, causing them to move on. This has worked well so far, as we&rsquo;ve already had our best cherry harvest yet, and the apples and pears still look pretty clean.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/97375/how-make-codling-moth-trap-and-lure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/97375/how-make-codling-moth-trap-and-lure#comments What Should I Do? coding moth DIY Trap http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/97375 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 21:52:37 +0000 Phil Williams 97375 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Chicken Paddock Shift in Action http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/97110/chicken-paddock-shift-action ]]><p>I have a flock of chickens that graze the upper slopes of my property between swales. Their manure migrates into the swales, feeding the trees on the downslope berm. They are moved weekly along this two acre stretch of property. The chickens benefit from fresh ground, insects, and vegetation. They are healthier and consume less feed in the process. The only negative is the work involved in setting up and taking down the electronet fencing each week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/97110/chicken-paddock-shift-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/97110/chicken-paddock-shift-action#comments What Should I Do? Chickens free ranch paddock rotation http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/97110 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 20:12:12 +0000 Phil Williams 97110 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Start Your Seeds Indoors http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96934/how-start-your-seeds-indoors ]]><p>It&rsquo;s that time of year when you can start planning for your planting!</p> <p>Many people are beginning to plant vegetables and flowers indoors in order to transplant them outdoors when the weather is warm enough. This helps you get a head start on your spring garden. Check out the advice below to see what things you can do to start your indoor seeds.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96934/how-start-your-seeds-indoors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96934/how-start-your-seeds-indoors#comments What Should I Do? Growing indoors Plants http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/96934 Fri, 19 Feb 2016 21:21:53 +0000 bgarrett 96934 at http://www.peakprosperity.com #1 Tips For Building Log Homes http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96662/1-tips-building-log-homes ]]><p>Ever dreamed of building a sustainable and beautiful log home?&nbsp;&nbsp; Want to have a small cabin in an off-grid homestead?&nbsp; Below are the #1 tips and pieces of advice from 21 log cabin owners, builders and manufacturers for making your log cabin project a success! We really hope you find useful insights and knowledge to use and apply when building your log cabin home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96662/1-tips-building-log-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96662/1-tips-building-log-homes#comments What Should I Do? advice housing log home Tips http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/96662 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:45:45 +0000 jasonw 96662 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Build a Compost Tea Brewer and Brew Tea http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96582/how-build-compost-tea-brewer-and-brew-tea ]]><p>I had a free 55 gallon barrel that I decided to turn into a compost tea brewer. Compost tea is a great way to magnify your compost by breeding the beneficial microorganisms and spraying them on your plants. Plants sprayed with high quality compost tea will be healthier, less affected by pests, and produce better fruits and vegetables.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96582/how-build-compost-tea-brewer-and-brew-tea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96582/how-build-compost-tea-brewer-and-brew-tea#comments What Should I Do? brew brewer Compost tea http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/96582 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 19:50:39 +0000 Phil Williams 96582 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Build a Survival Shelter http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96346/how-build-survival-shelter ]]><p>When you need to find a site to build an emergency shelter, you need to consider a few key elements to ensure your survival. Whenever possible, use existing terrain for shelter &ndash; look for hills you can camp between, or caves and overhangs for protection from the elements.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96346/how-build-survival-shelter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96346/how-build-survival-shelter#comments What Should I Do? dugout Emergency Shelter Tent http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/96346 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:47:17 +0000 claytonk 96346 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Mason Bees http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96145/mason-bees ]]><p>The mason bee namesake comes from their habit of sealing their nests with mud. They typically nest in hollow reeds or holes in wood made by wood-boring insects. The blue orchard mason bee and the hornfaced mason bee are the most common here in Central Pennsylvania, although there are many. Mason bees are excellent pollinators in the early spring when many fruit trees are blooming. They are more efficient pollinators than honeybees and they only travel up to 300 feet from their nests, so if you grow mason bees close to your food forest, they will be there.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96145/mason-bees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/96145/mason-bees#comments What Should I Do? attract Bees mason support http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/96145 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 22:06:02 +0000 Phil Williams 96145 at http://www.peakprosperity.com