Grow Food All Year Long: Recycled Patio Door Greenhouse Project

In the 1960s, my father spit out the word “plastic” as if it were poison. To him, anything made of a substance other than real wood, metal or glass was junk. Now, I understand. Our...

How Many Canning Jars Do You Need?

When we work our way toward a goal of self-sufficiency, a lot of times producing and preserving food comes up. There are lots of methods, and there are thankfully things like dry meats, grains...

Act Now to Ensure You Have Food Security for your Family

In our recent contest, I asked a question of the people who entered and it was, “What aspect of prepping would you like to learn more about?” The answers were all across the spectrum...

Your Survival Garden’s Worst Enemy: Weeds

With so many Americans growing vegetable gardens for the first time, I thought it apropos to write a post concerning the one culprit that has caused my husband and I to want to throw...

Back to Basics: How to Stockpile Food for Emergencies

Last week I began a new series called, Back to Basics. As I said in my first article: “Why and How to Stockpile Water for Emergencies”, this may be familiar ground for a lot...

8 Easy Garden Hacks

It’s something that’s going to come as a shock for those who don’t practice ahead of time, no matter how many tricks get applied. However, we can save some time and stress on our bodies with a few low-cost and low-skill tricks and tools, and see increased yields.

Stacking Functions: Increasing Efficiency with Multi-Function Spaces

Analyzing homestead elements for multi-functionality and redundancy were covered in the first article. This time we’ll look at combining them into multi-function spaces.

How To Plant Bare-Rooted Fruit Trees

As a child I grew up in a house named The Orchard and although the land had long since been sold off several large apple trees remained which gave us a reasonable harvest each...

5 Things You Need to Go Off Grid Now – Pt. 2

Our last article; the first in this series of 5 things you need to go off grid now, began with the concept of preppers looking for an ideal life of untethering ourselves from “the...

5 Perennials Preppers Should Consider

Right now, here’s a look at my top five perennials preppers should consider, selected as such due to their versatility for all stages of preparedness.

Start Gardening Differently

Small scale or large, when it comes to the veggies, doing things differently can buy us the time and space to get started or expand our harvests.

Prepper Lessons from History – Castle Gardens

And yet in these periods when death by violence and disease was prevalent, when survival was a constant chore, we find castle gardens within the very walls that were so utilitarian.

How to Get the Most Food from Your Survival Garden

Here are a few ways we can cut down on the labor and time of gardening and increase our yields, whether we’re just getting started with some pots or whether we’re ready to expand our production in times of crisis

Permaculture Guilds and Growing a Camouflaged Food Forest

If you watch Doomsday Preppers like me you probably saw this Thursdays episode that showcased two Preppers. The difference for me this week was that I have actually heard of two of the preppers...

Let’s Bring Back Victory Gardens

As the U.S. government begins scaling back its Food Stamp Program, I wonder how 48 million recipients (almost 1 of every 6 Americans) are being advised to make the transition to reduced or discontinued...

1881 Cyclopedia Explains Composting Methods and Benefits

When garden composting caught on in the early 1980s, I thought back to my mother sending us kids to the garden every night to bury the day’s apple cores, carrot tops and hickory nut...

Understanding Seed Types and Their Importance

Maybe we’re stuck in a rut because of the things we read about seeds, and maybe aren't really and truly understanding seed types and some of the terms we see.

Author Marjory Wildcraft Goes from Hong Kong Highrise to Texas Prepper

Last summer, when a friend presented me with a set of author Marjory Wildcraft’s gardening DVDs, I thought I already knew everything about growing vegetables. This winter, I finally started watching “Grow Your Own...

More Food From Small Spaces – Review

Far too long ago I was given a copy of the book  “More food from small spaces” by Margaret Clark to review. At that time I told Margaret that I wasn’t the fastest reader...

Edible Weeds: Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Backyard

Don’t kill, spray, tear up, or destroy the weeds in your garden, yard, and fence rows. Many of them are actually highly-regarded, widely-used, and extremely-valuable medicinal herbs! What could be easier than growing an...

Winter Prepper Project Ideas – Outdoors

There’s a lot that winter (or early spring) can tell us about our properties, both for planting decisions, siting various things around our property, and for mitigating some of the weather that comes with winter and spring.

Going “Green” Instead of Being A “Prepper”

I can tell you we’re not all that bad. You may find that it is wiser to couch your actions by going green instead of broadcasting you are a prepper. And sometimes, preppers and greenies are already kind of walking in lock-step. We just don’t always realize it.

SHTF Survival Options – Indoor Gardening

If you have a south-facing window, or better yet, a sun-room, indoor gardening can be the solution. Where window space is limited, you’ll have to decide which crops to grow, and which you can do without.

Gardening During Disasters

It can be frustrating to plant a garden and watch it fail. It can be mean life and death when it is the food your family is counting on for survival.

No Excuse for Starving

Faced with a SHTF event, I know that the acquisition of security, shelter, food, and water will be imperative to ensuring my family’s survival.

How to Procure and Test Seeds

Gardening starts with the very seeds we plant, so I’d like to look at two of the seed sources we see in the preparedness fold, and how to test seeds to find out if stored seeds are still viable.

Seven Tips for a Smart and Healthy Victory Garden

During the difficult days of World War II, victory gardens became popular symbols of frugal living and self-reliance. As the nation’s resources became focused on the war effort, families did their part to economize...

Survival Homesteading: Crop Production and Storage for Livestock

One of the hardest cords to cut for homesteaders is dependence on commercial feeds. However, I’ve put together some ideas for root vegetables that can cut some of our feed bills and feed dependency and alternative or “forgotten” ways of storing and using grains.

Ten Plants for Edible Landscapes

Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Phillip Meeks. Phillip submitted another article titled, "Six Lessons From the Ultralight Backpacking Movement". We routinely think of a garden as...

Feeding the Beast During SHTF – Soups & Substitutions

Here are some formulas and ideas for turning common storage foods into actual meals, increasing the variety of meals we can make with a few standard ingredients.