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Smoking Meat

Methods and tips for success
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 6:59 PM

Before freeze drying or refrigeration, people would preserve foods by smoking them – especially meats. Smoke would extend the shelf life for the winter and add flavor while making the meats tender.

Now, smoking has evolved into a fun way to add tons of flavor to your cuts of meat. You might think that it’s as easy as putting meat on the grill – but it’s a very different process. Here are some things to consider when you want to smoke meat: » Read more

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How to Build a Timber Forest Area

Creating woodland resources
Monday, April 27, 2015, 3:22 PM

I have installed two areas that I would consider my timber forest area and my zone 4. I originally planned for three areas, but I decided against making a timber area in front of the pond as I already have a swale here with fruit trees that I did not want to shade too bad. Also, I have existing forest that is moving in, so I will simply let it go for the area that I want to cover without shading the sun for my fruit trees. » Read more

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Phil Williams

Using Garden Fertilizers

The basics for improved growing conditions
Monday, April 20, 2015, 8:53 AM

If you are growing an annual vegetable garden, having sufficient fertility is of paramount importance. Most people know that plants need nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to grow. These elements are represented on fertilizer bags everywhere in percentage terms by the three numbers prominently displayed. For example a 24-18-12 fertilizer has 24% nitrogen, 18% phosphorus, and 12 percent potassium. This is also an example of a chemical fertilizer.

This I can tell simply because the percentages are too high for an organic fertilizer. An organic fertilizer rarely has more than a single digit percentage of any of the NPK ratio. There are also secondary elements and micronutrients that are often overlooked but still vital. For example, if you have a calcium deficiency you can apply all the NPK you want, but the plant will not be able to use it. » Read more

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Net Fishing

Alternative Fishing Methods

Fishing without fishing gear
Monday, April 13, 2015, 5:03 PM

When you are in a survival situation, knowing how to fish can get you a great source of high-energy protein quickly and easily. But let’s say you are in a survival situation and don’t have any fishing gear such as tackle, line, or hooks. What then?

Knowing a few basic techniques for catching fish without gear can be the difference between going hungry and staying alive. » Read more

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Stone Edging

Rocks and Stones in the Garden

Not just for decoration
Monday, April 6, 2015, 11:56 AM

Rocks & stone can be a great addition to a garden or an orchard. Most gardeners will take the rocks out of their garden, but many times that is a mistake. In “Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture”, Sepp Holzer tells a story from his childhood about how he had the earliest, sweetest, biggest strawberries that he grew in a rocky area. He noticed his best strawberries were closest to the stones. » Read more

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Where to Place Your Bee Hives

Tips for finding the right spot for your hive
Monday, March 23, 2015, 10:58 AM

I decided to get a couple of bee hives to help with pollination, support the dwindling bee population, and eventually harvest a little honey and honeycomb. My first concern was where is the best place to locate a hive? There are some general rules of thumb, which are beneficial, although none are an absolute necessity. » Read more

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Alfalfa: Phil Williams

Growing Nitrogen Fixing Plants

Great garden companions for fertility
Monday, March 9, 2015, 3:38 PM

For those of you into permaculture, you know the importance of nitrogen fixing plants. These plants, especially when pruned release nitrogen into the soil, helping to boost fertility to the plants nearby. By practicing chop and drop when moisture exceeds evaporation, you can supercharge the establishment of a food forest, or a timber forest. These plants can also be great companions in a garden or orchard. Be careful in the garden, as some nitrogen fixers can be invasive. » Read more

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Tips for Better Food Storage

Location is Key
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 7:06 PM

Imagine an emergency occurs and you have to open your food storage only to discover that it’s not good anymore. That would be horrible.

How and where you store your food can have a huge impact on the life of your food storage. In this article we will explore various location requirements for maintaining your emergency food supply and keep it secure and at its best quality for when the time comes for you to use it. » Read more

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Wall Construction: Phil Williams

How to Build an Earthen Pond and Dam Wall

Steps to constructing an earthen pond
Monday, February 23, 2015, 3:19 PM

It is extremely important that you choose your pond site wisely before bringing in the heavy equipment. I addressed how to do this in my pond planning article. In this article, we use the existing topography and soil types to make the best pond site choices. » Read more

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Sheet Bend Knot

Advanced Knots For The Beginners

Knot knowledge for survival
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 9:45 PM

Being able to tie a variety of knots may not be something that comes to mind when you are preparing to survive in the wilderness (or in an urban environment after an economic collapse) but knowing a few advanced knots can save your life. Knots are useful for building shelters, constructing traps, securing a fishing line, and climbing steep terrain. If you use the wrong knot for any of these situations, you may have to cut the knot when you can’t untie it, or have it slip out and come undone. Here are five advanced knots that amateurs can master – and they each have unique applications in survival situations. » Read more