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Just like the other tasks, organic farming additionally needs full nonetheless discreet attention. There are things that gardeners should do in order to attain healthy garden whereas, on the opposite hand, there are also things that require being avoided so as to keep up and preserve the garden.

https://youtu.be/kmyzvci9_5w

#CommonGardenPlant #HowtoOrganizeaGarden

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#VeggieGardenIdeasforSmallYards

There is nothing more satisfying as growing your own vegetables and eating them fresh right out of the garden. The herb garden need not be the monoculture garden of old. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y46Mmu7OEJ0

#GardenIdeasForSmallYard

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It’s easy to growing okra from seeds, but it does need a lot of moisture and takes its time germinating.

This plant is worth the wait, though, as it’s delicious and full of fiber and other nutrients. It grows best in tropical climates but can be grown where it’s arid, as long as there is enough water.

The seeds have a hard shell so to speed up germination, soak them in water overnight before planting. https://youtu.be/NhbmSqbDkpY #GrowingOkraFromSeeds

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Fire Hazard : Dusty Bathroom Exhaust Fans; 22 Confirmed Fires Over The Past 30 Months In Mesa, Arizona

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You never know when disaster will strike. The best way to survive disaster is to be prepared for any short-term emergency. Each of your family members should have a quality survival kit ready.
http://www.survivalkits.org/disaster-preparedness-strategy/

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I just joined. I am pretty big on survival and primitive skills but I have a lot to learn about prepping. I have a nice stockpile of food and items but I understand that is only a small part of sustainability. I hope to learn a lot here. Thankyou.
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Prepper with a kid? Goats may be the answer 

    So you are a prepper and you just had a baby. Whether you decided to breastfeed or not, feeding your baby is still a major concern. If something were to happen to civilization as we know it what would you do? Mothers have been known to dry up during periods of great stress and that aside once your child gets a little older he will be needing larger quantities of milk. 

    Well the answer may be as simple as getting a goat and learning to milk it! Since it has slightly less lactose than cows milk and do to its molecular structure goat milk is much easier to digest than cows milk and even some lactose intolerant children can drink it. To put this in perspective the size of the molecules of goat's milk are about 1/9th of the size of cows milk! Because of this and the fact that it has a chemical make up much closer to human milk, it is easy to digest and assimilate into the human body. It has also been noticed that the people who drink goat's milk have less problems with allergies of all types. Also goat's milk will not cause mucus like cow's milk. The only downside of goats milk when used for baby formula is that it does not contain very much folic acid or B12 but this can be easily remedied by store-able supplements.    
 
Goats milk actually has more fat in it than cows milk, typically about ten grams of fat per cup. Whole cows milk is about 8. But before you get the idea that all that fat could not be healthy, lets look closer at the type of fat. Cows fat will separate from the milk into what we know as cream the agent that causes it to separate is agglutinin. Goat's milk does not contain this, as a result the fat globules in goat’s milk do not cluster together, this makes them easier to digest.  Goat milk contains more of the essential fatty acids linoleic and arachnodonic acids, in addition to a higher proportion of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids. These are easier for intestinal enzymes to digest. And all that fat is great for infants! Breast milk is 50% fat and I would assume nature knows best. More and more studies are proving now that many infants health and development problems are linked to to little of the right fats. 

From a prepper's perspective there are some other benefits of goats over cows as well. For one goats require far less space and food than cows. Typically, you can comfortably raise six goats on the same acreage as a cow. Also the quality of the pasture doesn't need to be nearly as good.  Cows only have teeth on the bottom and they eat by pinching the grass between their tong and teeth thus it requires better quality pasture with longer grass for them to thrive. Goat's though they have similar teeth don't let a picky pallet slow them down, as you know they are notorious for eating anything. They are actually healthier and do better if they can eat weeds and bushes and tree bark which any self respecting cow will not touch. Now, that said their milk does not taste nearly as good with that diet! To be completely honest milk from free ranging goats does not taste the best. For the best tasting goat milk they do need to be feed quality alfalfa, but as we have said  before survival does not often feed us to suit our taste buds. 

Not only do goats require less food  than cows but all the way around they are much easier to take care of. They are hardier and are susceptible to less disease and there is only one very rare disease that goats can pass on to humans, unlike the several that untested cows can pass on. Also if cows are not milked at the exact time every day or if their caretaker is changed they can become moody and get mastitis. Whereas goats are much tougher, they might throw a fit but they seldom make themselves sick from it. And since they are smaller they are safer to keep in the back yard for the kids to play with :) They don't take that much time and you don't need a whole passel of them. A good nanny can produce a gallon a day that should be enough to keep most families in all the goat milk, cheese, and yogurt they need. Most nannies will milk for about two years without having kids (babies) before they need to visit a billy again.  

So if you are worrying about how to solve the milk problem at your house consider the goat.


For additional thoughts on the subject check out Prepper's Favoite Farm Animal? 
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Picky Eaters Die- Survival food

   When I was a child my parents never made a big deal about me cleaning my plate or me not liking certain foods. But there were certain rules. One, you never refused to try something and if you were at someone's house you ate a significant portion of what they fixed and pretended you liked it. You must never make someone feel bad about what they had fixed you for dinner. However if that same thing were fixed at home you just had to take a bite but you didn't have to really eat it. Those were just the rules, you didn't complain or whine about them, that’s just what people did.   

 At the time I thought nothing of it, that was just the way things were. Food was not something you were squeamish about but more and more nowadays I am seeing people raise their kids to be afraid of food. Most of the time they themselves are squeamish about food. To be completely honest I get really irritated at these childish people. But then I remember that not everyone was blessed with my unique and diverse upbringing. Not everyone was raised in a home with a revolving international door of house guests. Not everyone went hunting and fishing for their own meat; grew their own vegetables; milked their own cows, goats and horses; butchered their own rabbits, pigs and chickens; gathered their own chicken, turkey, goose and duck eggs and its highly unlikely that their father fed them turtles, snakes, worms, and bugs during their childhood. So I really should cut folks some slack, its not their fault they weren't exposed! 

And therein lies our survival discussion for the day- food exposure. 

If you will read the accounts of survivors as I have you will find that most of the time the food you will be faced with is not going to McDonald’s big macs and french fries. It is a sad fact that many people have died because they could not stomach the food that was available and by the time they were willing to, they were already too week to recover. Keeping your body as healthy as possible is is of the utmost importance, the people that survived concentration camps, POW camps, pioneers and every survivor of every war will be the first to speak up and tell you, “if it don't eat you, you eat it!” There is no time to waste being finicky when you are trying to survive.  

So if you want to be a survivor and set your family on the right track to survive, then branch out! Try something new! You don't have to start with chicken feet or tripe you can start small, have some fresh sugar cane or get online and try a recipe for bean sprouts. The main thing is to promote acceptance of new food in your home. If you have little kids I entreat you to expose them in a mature manure to new food, don't go around turning your nose up at things yourself, children pick up on that stuff! I have had the privilege many times of exposing people to many things they have never tried and yet when they did they loved it. So much of life can be missed out on if we aren't willing to try new things. Remember all of the things that you do and enjoy today were new to you at one time.
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Preppers Favorite Farm Animal- Goats? 

Today lets talk about, that infernal animal. The one that instilled nightmares into every little child they chased around their grandfather's farmyard; the goat. As it turns out they are actually pretty great animals. In recent years more and more attention has been given goats and not unjustly. They are so much easier on the environment than cattle and in turn easier to raise especially for people with less large animal experience. 

The first great thing about them is their diet. You can feed about four goats for what you have to feed one cow. Also they do not require nearly as good of food, goats are notorious for eating anything including the paint off of the car, and it doesn't seem to slow them down one bit. Actually goats do better if they are allowed to eat weeds, bushes and trees. As a matter of fack there is this business in my area that goes around renting their goats to people as weed eaters! They just put up a line of electric fence and unload the goats. Because goats prefer weeds to grass they can even be allowed on peoples lawns without causing much damage.  

   In terms of nutritional value, goat meat is pretty great. Goat meat is extremely low in fat; in fact, the only meat (white or red) to have less fat is ostrich at 2.8 percent (goat – 3%, turkey – 5.0%, chicken – 7.4%, beef – 18.8%). Moreover, goat meat has less calories and cholesterol than chicken, beef, pork, or lamb. As if that’s not reason enough, goat milk is also a nutritional wonder, for more about that see my upcoming post, Prepper With A Kid. It is high in protein, low in cholesterol, and contains more calcium, potassium, and most other vitamins than cow’s milk. 

But the greatest thing about goats it their hardiness they are really tough. Cows can get themselves all worked up over something and die at the drop of a hat. But seldom will you find a goat that can be taken down without it throwing a kicking bawling fit. They are great scroungers and can pretty much fend for themselves if allowed to roam around a bit. They are tolerant of weather and depending on which breed  you get they can be very resilient in extreme heat or cold. Angora goats produce excellent hair that can be cut and used for spinning. 

Goats are good for people first getting into the livestock, not only are they hardy and a one answer solves all,but they are also less intimidating to handle than larger livestock. Most goats are about the size of a large dog and with a little attention they are actually easier to handle. Since they are herd animals once they know and love you they will willingly follow you where ever. Goats can easily be trained to pack and many areas that are closed to larger animals like horses due to land damage are open to goats; so they can be a hikers best friend; shaving a load of of that load! 

So if you are looking for an animal that will make the most of a small acreage consider some goats. Just  couple nannies can keep a small family supplied with enough goat milk and if they are bred every year you should have three to four kids to butcher. Most of the time it won't be necessary to own your own male as most goat owners will let your females visit for a small fee. So between milk, meat, packing and a low feed bill goats can be quite the asset around the house. Now don't get me wrong keeping goats is't all a bed of roses the little buggers are escape artists so when you get up one morning and see them standing on the hood of your car eating your favorite tree, I take no responsibility!  
 
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A Cold and Lonely Night- Emergency Shelter 

It seems like fire gets all the attention in survival shows. You can demonstrate ten ways to build a cozy shelter and people will get more excited over a flash of cattail tender that only lasts a nanosecond. Like moths, its just human nature. I am only observing not scolding, man's obsession with fire is rooted down so deep I would be a pompous idiot to try to fight it. But sometimes fire building is not an option it would take too long, materials are not available etc. Sometimes all you really need is a shelter. Now I am not trying to replace fire. Fire does things for you that no shelter can, like cooking your food and making you feel less alone. But in a pinch you can get by without one for a night or two. 

Of course the if you are in the tropics and its a lovely 70 degrees chances are you wont need a shelter unless you get sick of being rained on. But if you decide to have your emergency in the Rockies you are going to need some sort of protection from the elements. Even in the summer temperatures can get too low to sleep exposed without getting hypothermia. You can get hypothermia in 50 degree weather if you aren't careful. Right now we are just talking about a last minute shelter to get you through a rough night and perhaps catch some shut eye. It is possible in a lot of situations to keep moving and stave off hypothermia, however that is really a last resort when there is no other option. Let me explain why. 

They say trouble comes in threes and that really seems to be true. Not often are you going to be in a survival situation where the only problem you have is shelter. Most of the time you are also going to be short on or out of food. Also you could be lost or injured. That is why I say that staying warm by constant motion is not often the best answer. Try running back and forth with a broke leg! Even with an un-cast arm it's not much fun. If you are lost and you keep moving you will just make finding your way out harder or you might walk yourself off a cliff. Lastly if you don't have a good supply of food you are burning calories you shouldn't be wasting. At the very least you will wear yourself out. A decent nights sleep can be essential to thinking clearly and keeping up morale. So if at all possible you want to hole up in a shelter and sleep as much as you can. 

I hear a lot of you yelling at me right now, what if I go to sleep and freeze to death. Well that does  happen but there are other conditions that have have to be present for it to happen. For more about hypothermia see When Shivering Stops. In short you have to already be very cold for hypothermia  induced sleep to come. So if you got really wet and cold and you went through a period of shivering and even though the shivering stopped you still feel cold, stiff, achy and lethargic then yes you are right you should not go to sleep. There are always so may variables in any survival situation, what will work well one time is death another. As always thinking things out and having as much information as possible is essential. But as a general rule it is going to be very hard for a healthy person that is not already hypothermic to sleep through becoming dangerously cold. In general it is a very painful process that will wake you up at which point you can move around get the blood flowing and warm back up.     

So... what should you do if you cant build a fire and don't have time to build an elaborate shelter? 

Well probably the simplest is to scan the terrain and find some natural protection. On the leeward side of the mountain or slope, a depression in the ground, a big tree anything to give you some protection. You can then augment this by leaning branches, pieces of bark or stacking rocks or any other material near to hand, around your shelter. Obviously the more time you have the more elaborate the shelter can be. In upcoming pages we will look in greater depth at some specific shelters but when your in a pinch simply making a cubby-hole can really help. 

Though it wont be the best night you've ever had you should at least make it to the light of another day.
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