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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

How the Unprepared Will Act After SHTF


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Alpine strawberries are a real treat, but you’ll never see these fresh summer fruits at the grocery store.  Learn to grow alpine strawberries, and you can easily harvest them at home.

Alpine Strawberries

Alexandria and yellow wonder alpine strawberries

The first time I had an alpine strawberry, I couldn’t believe what I was tasting: it tasted like the Platonic ideal of a strawberry, what strawberries should and were meant to taste like. I knew at that moment I had to get my hands on some, and since this was a strawberry I knew I’d never be able to buy (it has a near-nonexistent presence commercially), I decided to grow my own.

Alpine strawberries are not a new phenomenon, they grow wild in wooded areas all over the world, and there’s evidence that Stone Age civilizations ate them — not to mention the fact that they were first domesticated in ancient Persia.

Humans have been developing alpine strawberry varieties for at least 300 years, and eager horticulturalists are still tinkering with this diminutive perennial to refine the fruit’s incredible sweet flavors even more.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

The 11 Best Pack Horse Breeds

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Horses don’t just have to be an expensive and occasionally temperamental way to get around or hit the trail on the weekend.

pack horse breeds collage

Since time immemorial, mankind has relied on beasts of burden to move people and cargo, and we still do so even today where vehicles don’t measure up.

Pack horses have been used for centuries to carry heavy loads over long distances and treacherous terrain with sure-footed certainty.

Some are better suited for carrying loads than others, and though there are many different breeds of pack horse, each has its own unique characteristics.

In this article, we will take a look at 11 of the best-pack horse breeds. We’ll discuss their vital characteristics and temperament and also highlight the attributes that make them good for carrying loads. Let’s get started!

12 Overlooked Places to Get Water After SHTF

Monday, May 29, 2023

10 Ways to Clean Drinking Water After Disaster

How To Make Homemade Herbal Shampoos

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The state of one’s hair can be a telling sign of the state of one’s body. This article will teach you how to make your own herbal shampoos. Chamomile, nettle, and soapwort are herbs suited for natural hair care, and they can make great shampoos.

Dry hair, oily hair, soft or otherwise; we all have very different qualities and types of hair, and we are left to work with what nature has given us.

However, the vast majority of people aren’t satisfied with the quality of their hair and are actively seeking ways to improve it, which is why the market is flooded with commercial hair products.

But why not try using herbs to make our own products the natural way?

Sunday, May 28, 2023

DIY Salt-Water Survival Bottle (Compact Desalination Kit)

How to Prepare Your Home for Extreme Weather Conditions

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ByHeather Jones

We have all experienced the situation of an inclement weather report that makes our hearts begin to pump more blood than usual. These reports can be bothersome as a homeowner because your home is valuable to you, and safeguarding it will always be your top priority. In addition, nobody wants to be accosted by home repair bills due to bad weather conditions.

The rise in global warming has brought with it a high level of extreme weather conditions. As a result, we all have experienced either more heat or cold over the past few years than usual. These changes may not be noticeable for those who are not conscious enough. But if you pay attention to the weather reports, you will discover that the hurricanes come now almost the same way the snow falls.

While it is true that weather is very unpredictable, there are steps you can take to reduce its damaging effect on your home. This blog post contains a few things you can do to prepare your home against inclement weather conditions.

What Type of Weather Are You Preparing Against?

Saturday, May 27, 2023

How To Make Wood Gas Biofuel (and an experimental gas collection method)

Practice These 15 Bugging Out Scenarios

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Are you prepared for a disaster? The truth is, no one can be fully prepared for everything, but there are certain things that you can do to increase your chances of survival. One of those things is practicing bugging out.

bugging out scenarios collage

In this blog post, we will discuss 15 different scenarios that you should practice for. These scenarios could be natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, or man-made disasters, such as terrorist attacks or nuclear meltdowns.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Far Worse Than We’re Being Told: The World’s Energy Problem

How To Make Amish Dried Beef

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by  CHARL  M

The Amish are great people to learn from. You can turn to the Amish if you wish to learn how to live off the land.

The Amish are not survivalists or off-grid enthusiasts. Their survival know-how results from living the way their ancestors did. They avoid technology and as such have perfected living without electricity or refrigerators.

Chewing Food

One thing that you also need to know about the Amish, is that the elderly Amish are known for having all their teeth pulled and replaced with false teeth.

Plus, keep in mind that dentistry is a recent phenomenon. Anyone living two hundred years ago in relative isolation would rarely have seen a dentist, if ever.

Why do I mention this? It’s really hard to eat jerky or any other kind of dried beef without a full mouth of teeth, or like the elderly Amish, with false teeth.

Related: 5 Lost Survival Lessons I Learned from the Amish

So how do you get dried meat into a state that people who have difficulty chewing, can eat?

Thursday, May 25, 2023

EMP Myths Debunked by NASA Engineer

Here’s Exactly How Long an EMP Will Last

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An electromagnetic pulse or EMP is a burst of electromagnetic radiation that can disable or damage electronic equipment.

power lines

This type of pulse can be caused by a nuclear detonation, a lightning strike, or even a geomagnetic storm. While an EMP can be incredibly destructive, it doesn’t last forever.

But knowing how long you need to shelter your equipment before it is safe to remove it is an essential part of being prepared for such an event. So, exactly how long will an EMP last?

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

My NEW Favorite Seed Starting Method 🌱🌱🌱

9 Sweet Shelf-Stable Sweeteners to Prep

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By Linda Loosli 

That’s why stocking up on shelf-stable sweeteners would also be a great idea for every prepper. After all, there needs to be something to help you take your mind off of your situation. Wondering which sweeteners are the best for long-term storage? I’d love to help! These are shelf-stable sweeteners to prep that every prepper should have set aside for any emergency. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

I Wish I Knew This Vermicomposting Method When I Started.

7 Diseases That Will Become Deadly After Doomsday

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OP Readers, as you’re well aware, most of the focus from a medical perspective regarding diseases has been centered on the Covid pandemic. “Sideshows” have also surfaced, such as monkeypox, as well as the reappearance of avian flu (in U.S. poultry flocks and in England). Serious as these are, in a post-apocalytic setting, they’ll take a back seat to diseases that can prove just as deadly under the right conditions; diseases that most of us either ignore or take for granted.

Let’s jump into it.

Here are the situations that can lead to disease increase…

Monday, May 22, 2023

Compost Worm Farming

Common Commercial Landscaping Plants for Herbal Medicine

Disclaimer. I am not a licensed health practitioner. This is just another post on items you might wish to have available if needed so that a physician can treat you and your family as best as possible. No medication, including those available over the counter, should be taken without consulting a physician. Information shared here is for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not medical advice nor a substitute for licensed medical care. A qualified, licensed physician or other medical provider should be consulted before beginning any herbal or conventional treatment.

So much of writing about herbal medicine in a collapsed society revolves around finding plants in the wild. However, as the current pandemic has demonstrated, none of us had to bug out. We're all at home. We also found some medicines became a little more difficult to obtain. Fortunately, with social distancing, far fewer people are getting sick. But what will the next crisis bring? While food shortages and riots seem baked in, beyond that it's difficult to guess.

Still, illnesses can and will happen. What if you can't get the pharmaceuticals you want? What if you live in the city, or you're a student or apartment dweller? What if you can't grow your own herbal medicine?

Sunday, May 21, 2023

It's TIME to Get Serious About Prepping!



Meticulously planning access routes is one of the most overlooked aspects of scouting, especially on pressured or public land. If your goal is to wrap your tag around the antlers of a good buck, taking your entry and exit routes seriously is critical. Hunters often identify where they'd like to end up on a property. But failing to plan your access route usually results in spooking the deer out of the area you want to hunt, making for long, slow days in the woods.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

9 Beginner Raised Bed Garden Mistakes to Avoid

Simple Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for Bugging Out

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By Bob Rodgers

As preppers, we know that when the brown stuff hits the fan, we need to get away from trouble fast. We made our vehicles bug-out ready, and with the simple tips from this article, any like-minded person out there can turn their family car into a bug-out vehicle. 

In our country, there are plenty of natural disasters occurring each year, and people will have to deal with forest fires, hurricanes, floods, and blinding blizzards. All these disasters have one thing in common, they are causing mass evictions, and ordinary people will leave their homes in a hurry, searching for safety elsewhere.  

If you want to get your family out of harm’s way, you need to have a reliable vehicle. A vehicle that’s always prepared and ready to move at a moment’s notice. Let’s discuss what items I keep in my vehicle and the steps I would follow if something were to happen. 

The circumstances you may face in your state may be different, and you have to keep in mind that you will need to bring along items suited to your area. Also, you may have time to load your vehicle(s) with other items as well. This is a general guide, and the suggestions can be adapted based on your own personal situation.  

Friday, May 19, 2023

7 Things You Can Bury in the Garden to Add FREE Nutrients

Green Beret Tips on Land Navigation

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It seems as if 99% of humans have grown a new appendage: the cellular telephone. The happy cell phone is almost indispensable for most and even provides GPS coordinates complete with maps, robotic voice instructions, etc. These make land navigation a cinch, right?

The user enters their location, then the destination, and bingo! Point A to Point B plotted and calculated, with rest stops and great places to shop with their debit cards listed along the way. A perfect world, right?

Here’s the other part of that scenario:

Suddenly, the car loses power, slowing to a crawl and then coming to a stop. The phone screens go dark. Mr. and Mrs. Happyfamily stare at one another, and the kids’ computer movie screen in the back goes out. A glow akin to a second sunrise is seen shimmering across the clouds.

No, it’s not an area of “no service” or a power surge. An EMP, an electromagnetic pulse, as just been detonated over the continental U.S. The missiles will soon follow the EMP. The cell phone era will have officially come to a close.

Some may attribute such to “fearmongering,” but take a look around you…

Everything else warned about on virtually every single platform – all of the sites, the blogs – it’s all coming to pass. Those formerly labeled “crackpot conspiracy theorists” (a moniker created, by the way, by our “government” to marginalize dissenting views) are, in essence, correct and accurate.

It’s been incremental: the pandemic, the destruction of food-producing plants, the corralling of the masses into tighter surveillance with more obstacles to their movement, the rising prices, the shortages in supplies.

No, you don’t have to trust these words. Trust your instincts. Trust in your common sense, and look around you. Put aside whatever pin you wear, blue donkey or red elephant, because both are meaningless when it all hits the fan. Put them aside, and look at what has happened to the U.S. and the world in the past ten years. In just the past five, for that matter.

The best resources are the ones you build within your mind and heart. That being said, let’s jump into land navigation.

Thursday, May 18, 2023

A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing a Survival Axe

Can Pigs Eat Peanut Butter Or Peanuts? Is It Safe?

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Peanut butter really is a perfect food, or nearly so. Delicious, packed with vitamins, minerals, fats, and protein, it can fill you up and keep you going.

a pig enjoying some peanuts
a pig enjoying some peanuts

And the stuff seems to last basically forever. It is also no wonder that so many animals seem to love the stuff.

Dogs, raccoons and even mice will eat it up without hesitation. But how about our pigs? Can pigs eat peanut butter or peanuts?

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Wool Blanket Cleaning: How to Care for Your Wool Blanket Woodsman Style!

The Dangers Of Wildfire Smoke And How To Protect Your Family

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It was a late-summer evening in western California. I had just finished putting my kids to bed when I noticed an unusual odor filling the room through the open patio door. Something like a burning campfire mixed with smog.

I shut the door, thinking that my neighbors were grilling. It’s probably noting, and I decided to go to bed.

The next day, when I woke up, the sunrise was eerily beautiful, with rich orange colors set against a fog-like haze. I poured myself a cup of coffee and walked outside to admire this beautiful sunrise.

As I stepped outside, I realized that the vibrant fog was actually smoke, and the smell from the night before was getting worse. I went inside and shut the door.

Soon, I realized that the smoke wasn’t coming from a grill but from some of the largest wildfires in California. The smoke from these wildfires would linger over our region for over a week, a time in which the air quality was ranked as some of the worst in the world.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Concealed Wilderness Fire: The Dakota Fire Pit

7 Climate-Positive Ways To Get Started With Permaculture Living

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By Kirsten Bradley

Nick, Kirsten and Ash of Milkwood - permaculture living

So – you’ve heard of permaculture, but aren’t quite sure what it all means or where to begin?

We’ll get you started, with this free guide that outlines seven excellent but super-simple ways to start practising permaculture at your place – wherever in the world you live, and whether you have a backyard veggie patch, a windowbox in your apartment, or even no garden at all.

Because permaculture isn’t actually about gardening, as some people think.

Monday, May 15, 2023

11 Essential Knots for Survival and Bug Out

Minor Wounds Off The Grid

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Any break in the skin can lead to cellulitis

In long-term survival, the performance of tasks like chopping wood, cooking food over open fires, and other activities will likely lead to a number of soft tissue injuries. These are ones that do not involve bony structures. 

From a simple cut to a severe burn, any damage to skin is akin to a hole in your body’s protective armor. Your skin is a considered an organ; indeed, the largest organ in the body. It serves as a barrier against infection and loss of fluids. When this barrier is weakened by an injury, your health is at risk. Rapid and effective treatment of these injuries will prevent them from becoming life-threatening.

Movie heroes can be shot in the arm and shrug off the injury. In real life, it’s not so easy. “Minor” injuries aren’t without consequences and have the potential to cause trouble down the road. As the healthcare provider in survival scenarios, you must monitor the healing process of every wound. Each is different in its nature and also in the process of evaluation, treatment, and recovery.

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Complete Bow Drill for Beginners

Garlic Scapes (Tips for Harvest & Use)

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By Laurie Neverman

Garlic scapes are one of the first garden harvests of the season. We'll share what they are, when to harvest, and how to use them.

garlic scapes

What are Garlic Scapes?

Garlic scapes are the flower stalk and bud of hard necked garlic. You can find them in late spring and early summer at your local farmers market – or in your garden.

Scapes have a fresh, green garlic flavor, similar to garlic bulbs. You can use them as a substitute for garlic cloves in recipes, but the green stalks also work well as a vegetable in stir fries and other dishes.

When to Harvest Garlic Scapes – How and When to Cut Them

Saturday, May 13, 2023

How To Make Char Cloth | Gray Bearded Green Beret

17 Preparedness Facts That Will Make You Think Twice

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Friday, May 12, 2023

Fatwood for Beginners

Ferro Rod Techniques from a Green Beret | Gray Bearded Green Beret

How to Bake Bread Off-Grid

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By the author of  An Arm and a Leg and The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications

In The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence of Arabia notes that by switching to carrying flour rather than rice in their packs, his men were able to carry much more calories with them. Preppers have a special affinity for rice, but are there better options out there for long-term bug-out situations? We’ve talked about this briefly in the past before, discussing non-traditional BOB foods, but what does that look like in practice?

If you incorporate flour into your BOB, how do you use it out in the woods?

Here are two means of using your flour while out in the wild I thought you might be able to glean something from.

I’ll start by saying that neither of these recipes is my own. I totally stole them from Creek Stewart of “Fat Guys in the Woods” (one of my favorite shows when it aired). He highlights these recipes in his field manual that we’d discussed in the top non-military field manuals post.