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 […]
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 […]
Every emergency kit should feature at least one basic communication tool. From signal mirrors to cellphones, it’s important to have at least one tool that can help you to communicate with others in the event that you’re stranded or in need of assistance. Radios, like basic two-way units, are especially popular with “preppers.” A small group of individuals can use some basic two-way radios to stay in touch with one another over a short distance, and other units can […]
Many throughout the West Coast and the South West are eager for rain this winter. This year’s drought has been particularly hard, and the popular consensus is that incoming El Nino storms might bring some much-needed rain to the two regions over the next few months. However some of those storms are also predicted to be rather strong, and the chances of flash floods are fairly high throughout California, Utah and a number of other western states. In fact, […]
Believe it or not, but a smartphone can be an extremely useful tool during an emergency situation or event. If you have access to either WiFi or a cell signal, you can call or text for assistance, check weather or news reports or use the GPS to help you and your family evacuate to a safer location. So, when you’re preparing your emergency kit for your home, make sure to pack away a cell charger as well.
However, what […]
If you’re preparing an emergency kit for your home, it’s important that you remember to pack away something that you can use for signaling for help. While a radio is always a good way to go, sometimes a basic signal mirror is all you need to signal for help if you’re ever stranded or in need of assistance. However, in order to use a signal mirror effectively, you need to be able to use it during the day. Without […]