Perhaps you remember the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in which they had to truck in natural snow from a park close to the Canadian Rockies. The snow machines could not meet the demand of replacing melting snow on lower mountain slopes. The 2009-2010 El Niño began in the summer of 2009 and its effects reached a peak just in time for the February Olympics. While that was an inconvenience, during the 1997-1998 El Niño event, 35 counties in California were […]
During Christmas week 2015, tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding impacted the holidays for millions of people in states including Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. People were reminded of the powerful toll severe weather can wreak, with nature causing loss of life in multiple states. Depending on the region of the country where you live, winter can bring severe blizzards, ice storms, sleet and freezing rain, rainstorms, flash floods, thunderstorms, and even tornadoes.
Experts say that community […]
Herbs, aside from being delicious, are rich with health-boosting compounds and nutrients, and can sometimes be used as basic medicines. That’s why it’s often a great idea for those who are interested in emergency preparedness to start their own herb gardens. Since herbs usually have a short shelf life, many people choose to dry their herbs after picking in order to preserve them. Unfortunately, drying an herb will not only change its basic flavor characteristics, but it may also […]
Looking to grow stellar, incredible veggies and fruits? Well, then you’re going to need some high-quality, healthy soil. But how do you know if the soil in your yard is truly healthy? Actually, by using the ten-step Willamette Valley Soil Quality Guide, you can determine the overall health of your soil. Bear in mind that the test isn’t foolproof, and in order to get the best results, consider the overall results from the entire test—not just from one or […]
Composting is an excellent way to lower your landfill impact, recycle your organic waste and also save money on fertilizer too. Composting basically involves taking organic matter and recycling it—allowing it to, over time, decompose. Brown matter—like wood chips or paper—can be mixed with green matter—organic material with moisture, like food scraps, coffee grounds or grass clippings—to create “compost,” which is a rich, highly prized soil amendment that’s similar to store-bought fertilizer. You can buy a compost bin, or […]
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 nectar […]
Have you ever tried using a vegetable wash to clean your produce? It’s always important to wash your produce before you eat it, and most people simply choose to wash their produce with a bit of water. However, you can also use a vegetable wash (most washes feature natural cleaning agents like citrus or coconut) to ensure that your veggies are extra clean before you eat them—a good wash should remove dirt, pesticides, and small insects, and it should […]
Securing your home is extremely important. In order to ensure that both you and your loved ones can live in a safe environment, it’s crucial that you take some time to secure your home from potential home invasions. Here are a few tips on how to secure your home easily, courtesy of the Modern Survival Blog.
Firstly, and this is a rather basic step, but keep your doors and windows locked as much as possible. Of course, remember to use […]
Rich in protein and calories, cheese can provide an individual with the energy and calories needed to survive a challenging emergency event. However, most cheeses need to be refrigerated, and since it’s entirely possible for a home to lose power during an emergency situation such as a natural disaster, a prepper’s stockpile of cheeses could potentially spoil. Coating a cheese wheel in wax, though, can help to increase its shelf life, as the wax protects the cheese from accruing […]
Fishing isn’t only a fun activity—it’s also a practical skill that’s important to learn. When camping or hiking—especially in a rugged and remote area—fishing can serve as an excellent resource for fresh and nutrient-rich food. If you know how to fish, you don’t have to stress about bringing as much food with you on a camping trip—you can always just pop over to your nearest lake, stream or river and catch a fresh meal. Additionally, in the event that […]