Urban Farming

Insects that Are Beneficial for your Garden

While many insects are perfectly happy to munch away on your herb garden, many insects are actually beneficial, and they’ll help to keep your garden healthy and safe. Here’s a quick list of some beneficial insects.
Ladybug: The orange spotted ladybug is a common insect found throughout North America (there are over 400 species found across the continent). Ladybugs typically eat aphids and other smaller, soft-bodied insects that dine on leaves and other plant parts. Ladybugs also love flower […]

6 Things to Upcycle Now

While “recycling” means reclaiming materials to make something entirely new, “upcycling “ means converting something you were going to throw away into something new and useful. Upcycling projects are a great way to practice seeing everyday objects in a new light and to get your mind thinking about ways to make the most of what you have in difficult situations. To inspire you, here are 6 of our favorite upcycling ideas:
 1. Umbrellas into Trellises
Patio umbrellas never seem to last […]


As the nation recovers from the housing market bust, homeowners seem to be asking themselves if they can be happier with less and in less space. The shift away from McMansions to more modest housing caught our attention because the possibilities to use micro housing for emergency preparedness or off-the-grid living are virtually endless.
A micro house is defined as having less than 1,000 square feet of living space. Some are much smaller – as small as 120 square feet! […]

Five Ways to Make Use of Your Food Waste

Recent studies reveal that Americans throw away about 40% of their food. Consider how much you could save by cutting your food budget by almost half, or how much further your food stores would stretch if you could put to good use everything you buy. The little effort it takes to use food that would formerly have gone in the garbage can be well worth it. Here are five ideas for ways to use food waste:
 1. Make Soups
If you […]


Saving the Honeybee

Preppers talk a lot about gardening because the ultimate preparation is being self-sufficient, or mostly self-sufficient, in a way that lasts for generations. However, we’re never truly self-sufficient because we are always dependent on Earth’s systems. For example, we need it to rain, we need sunshine and we need worms to break down organic matter so soil builds up nutrients. We even need things that are hard to appreciate like spiders, vultures, snakes and sharks. And…bees.
By now you probably […]


It seems like everybody is headed to the back yard for salad these days! Foraging is a great skill to cultivate.  Now that it’s gaining popularity, there is even more information out there about how to do it well and how to do it safely. If you’re ready to forage for dinner or for a salad to go with your tasty Wise entrée (eh-hem), here are some tips:

Be sure you know what you’re eating. The first rule of foraging […]

Pickling 101

Most people think of “pickles” as pickled cucumbers and only as a garnish. Did you know you can pickle a wide variety of fruits and vegetables? Pickles of one kind or another have been made for more than 4000 years and are so popular in the United States that at one time 40% of the pickle production was earmarked for soldiers in the field.
Pickling is great way to preserve food because you create an edible, anti-microbial liquid. It seems […]

Three Great Prepper Equipment Investments

It’s rewarding to see new Prepper products continually coming on the market. Not only does it mean that more and more people are paying attention, it means that engineers are busy designing great things for us. The first product that we love is only $25 and we think everyone ought to have one. These three items are investments but they promise long-term returns.
Rain Bladder Tanks

A water storage device made our Spring must-have list: The Rain Brothers Rain Bladder Tank. […]

Square Foot Gardening

Square foot gardening is an efficient method of growing vegetables and herbs in small, organized spaces. So-called “square foot gardens” are raised beds divided with 1”x1” wood into individual sections that are, you guessed it, a square foot each. So what’s wrong with row gardening? Mel Bartholomew, the creator of the Square Foot Gardening Method, says it’s all wrong:
“After looking at other people’s gardens, it was usually very predictable. Here’s what I found out about single row gardening: Too […]

Composting 101

Composting is more important than ever as many of us are starting with gardens in suburban neighborhoods where the fertile topsoil has been lost to construction or chemical pollution. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden outside of suburbia, composting will still increase your yields and the quality of the food you grow.
It use to be that compost was collected in heaps – big piles of smoldering organic matter in an unused corner of a barn lot or […]