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    10 Ways to Make Fire Without Matches

    Updated videos on methods of creating fire
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Thursday, April 28, 2016, 8:24 PM

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    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.  We store water and put food away for shortages or emergency situations.  We make sure we can communicate with family, friends, and loved ones.  We are all working on building resilience our own ways and learning from each other. 

    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 – the skill of making fire.

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    Phil Williams

    How to Make a Codling Moth Trap and Lure

    DIY pest control
    by Phil Williams

    Monday, March 14, 2016, 9:52 PM

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    Last year, a lot of my apple crop and some of my pear crop were infested with codling moth larvae. Given that I don’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’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’ve already had our best cherry harvest yet, and the apples and pears still look pretty clean.

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    Phil Williams

    How to Grow Shitake Mushrooms in Logs

    DIY fungi gardens
    by Phil Williams

    Thursday, August 13, 2015, 10:29 PM

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    Over the past six years, I’ve enjoyed growing healthy fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs. One part of my diet that I’ve overlooked is fungi. Until now, I hadn’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.

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    Rope Making 101

    DYI tutorial for creating your own rope.
    by bgarrett

    Monday, June 29, 2015, 2:03 PM

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    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’t be able to hold anything strong until they are bound together as rope.

    Making rope is a great skill to know and very easy to do. Below, we’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.

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    Dinner Fork Door Lock

    Simple DIY lock with silverware
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7:13 PM

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    An informative video showing how you can create a simple but effective door lock using a dinner fork.   A handy backup for when the zombies come knocking at your door.

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    Phil Williams

    How to Make a Chicken Waterer

    In 5 Minutes for $15
    by Phil Williams

    Monday, May 18, 2015, 10:31 PM

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    I use overhead chicken waterers that my chickens cannot foul. I am going to describe how to build your own in less than five minutes for between $13-$16. These waterers work great to deliver clean water to your flock. A 2 gallon waterer will last about a week for six chickens. I use (2) for…

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