What Should I Do? http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/newest?title=&uid=&created= en How to Grow Shitake Mushrooms in Logs http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93936/how-grow-shitake-mushrooms-logs ]]><p>Over the past six years, I&rsquo;ve enjoyed growing healthy fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs. One part of my diet that I&rsquo;ve overlooked is fungi. Until now, I hadn&rsquo;t thought of the benefits of including mushrooms as a regular part of my diet. Mushrooms are high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. On the negative side, fresh and dried mushrooms, like Shitakes are expensive. We as gardeners can get around that by growing our own.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93936/how-grow-shitake-mushrooms-logs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93936/how-grow-shitake-mushrooms-logs#comments What Should I Do? DIY Growing logs Mushrooms http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/93936 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 22:29:32 +0000 Phil Williams 93936 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Direct Seeding Trees and Shrubs http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93717/direct-seeding-trees-and-shrubs ]]><p>I have planted well over a thousand trees and shrubs on my permaculture site. I have tried bare root, potted, long tap root pots, and seedlings. The problem with all of these options for plant material is that it is not the same as a tree that is planted from seed and is never moved. A tree that is seeded in place has a huge advantage in that it has its taproot intact, and it never had to go through transplant shock. The negative is that for certain seed like apples and pears, you will not get a true to type plant. If you plant a seed from a Gala Apple, the apple tree will not be a Gala.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93717/direct-seeding-trees-and-shrubs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93717/direct-seeding-trees-and-shrubs#comments What Should I Do? Permaculture shrubs Trees http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/93717 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:52:58 +0000 Phil Williams 93717 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Clean Water in an Emergency http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93648/clean-water-emergency ]]><p>Having access to clean water in an emergency is critical and almost always overlooked until it is too late. Here are a few obvious points to understand about water:</p> <p class="rteindent1"><strong>&bull; Without water you die very quickly </strong><br /> Depending on your health and age, you will live for 5-7 days without clean water. You can live much longer without food.</p> <p class="rteindent1"><strong>&bull; Water is heavy and takes up a lot of space </strong><br /> A gallon of water weighs about 8.3 pounds. Water is not easy to transport because it is so heavy. That means your emergency water plan should account for that.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93648/clean-water-emergency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93648/clean-water-emergency#comments What Should I Do? Emergency Prep water http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/93648 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:30:06 +0000 bgarrett 93648 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Farmer Phil’s Permaculture: The Original Permaculture Children’s Book http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93441/farmer-phil%E2%80%99s-permaculture-original-permaculture-children%E2%80%99s-book ]]><p>Most of the permaculture books and material you see is geared toward adults with at least a basic knowledge of the design science. My wife Denise and I feel strongly that children are under served in the permaculture world.</p> <p>This is why we wrote a permaculture children&rsquo;s picture book. This book is a great way to introduce young children to permaculture concepts. It is the original and the only permaculture children&rsquo;s storybook in existence. As a thank you to Peak Prosperity readers, I am giving away a free PDF of the book for everyone to try. The download is at the bottom of this article.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93441/farmer-phil%E2%80%99s-permaculture-original-permaculture-children%E2%80%99s-book" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93441/farmer-phil%E2%80%99s-permaculture-original-permaculture-children%E2%80%99s-book#comments What Should I Do? Book Education kids Permaculture http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/93441 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:25:28 +0000 Phil Williams 93441 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Rope Making 101 http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93314/rope-making-101 ]]><div class="post-entry entry std post-entry-with-image"> <p>Knowing how to make rope is a great skill to have in an emergency. You might be able to find weaker materials like twine, string, yarn, plant fibers or even plastic bags but they won&rsquo;t be able to hold anything strong until they are bound together as rope.</p> <p>Making rope is a great skill to know and very easy to do. Below, we&rsquo;ve listed some instructions on how you can make a simple rope design. Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to make a rope and many materials you can use.</p> </div> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93314/rope-making-101" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93314/rope-making-101#comments What Should I Do? DIY Rope Survival tutorial twine http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/93314 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:03:23 +0000 bgarrett 93314 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Build and Plant Large Hugelkultur Berms http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93241/how-build-and-plant-large-hugelkultur-berms ]]><p>Hugelkultur is basically soil over wood. Hugel beds can be any size, use different sizes of stumps and branches, and different decomposition stages of the wood &amp; different types of wood. There are allelopathic trees that you would not want to dominate your wood. It is OK to have a little black walnut, spruce, or hackberry but these alellopathic trees should not predominate. Also, if you use mostly pine, you will end up with more acidity in the soil.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93241/how-build-and-plant-large-hugelkultur-berms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93241/how-build-and-plant-large-hugelkultur-berms#comments What Should I Do? berm Garden hugelkulture Permaculture Plants http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/93241 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:02:07 +0000 Phil Williams 93241 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Control the Dreaded Potato Beetle http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93098/how-control-dreaded-potato-beetle ]]><p>The Colorado potato beetle is a leaf beetle that is <em><strong>THE</strong></em> major pest of potatoes. They can also be to a lesser extent a pest of eggplant. The adults are 3/8<sup>th</sup> of an inch long yellowish in color, with black stripes on their back with a dark orange head. The eggs laid by the adults are orange clusters, typically on the undersides of the potato leaves. The larvae do the majority of the damage by eating the leaves of the potato plants. If left unchecked the larvae will completely defoliate a potato patch.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93098/how-control-dreaded-potato-beetle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/93098/how-control-dreaded-potato-beetle#comments What Should I Do? beetle potato http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/93098 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:46:42 +0000 Phil Williams 93098 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Build a Grey Water Wetland http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/92991/how-build-grey-water-wetland ]]><p>How much almost clean water is wasted down sinks, washing machines, and showers? At my house, my wife and I use thirty to forty gallons a day, but the typical household can use up to 200 gallons. It is poor house design to not take into account reusing grey water in a safe effective way. I decided to rectify this situation at my own home. Please bear in mind that you may have local codes and ordinances against grey water systems.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/92991/how-build-grey-water-wetland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/92991/how-build-grey-water-wetland#comments What Should I Do? grey water Recycle water Wetland http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/92991 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 22:39:15 +0000 Phil Williams 92991 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Make a Food Dehydrator with Household Items http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/92910/make-food-dehydrator-household-items ]]><p>Dehydrating your own fruits and vegetables is fun, easy and makes a great nutritious food storage snack your whole family will love.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/92910/make-food-dehydrator-household-items" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/92910/make-food-dehydrator-household-items#comments What Should I Do? dehydrator DIY Food Preservation http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/92910 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 17:59:55 +0000 claytonk 92910 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Managing Fire Blight http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/92773/managing-fire-blight ]]><p>Fire blight is a devastating disease that predominately affects pears and apples, although pears are more susceptible. It is caused by a bacterium. It typically occurs in the early spring when temperatures are over 60 degrees, and the humidity levels are high with rain.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/92773/managing-fire-blight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/92773/managing-fire-blight#comments What Should I Do? disease fire blight fruit trees Garden Phil Williams WSID http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/92773 Wed, 27 May 2015 20:41:45 +0000 Phil Williams 92773 at http://www.peakprosperity.com