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23 Items (Besides Food & Water) FEMA Says You Should Stockpile

Editor’s note: This is the second story in a two-part series about what the federal government says should be stockpiled. Read part 1 here. Perhaps surprisingly, the federal government has been part of what has driven the prepping movement. FEMA’s “ready.gov” website was developed with the idea of helping people to prepare for a natural disaster so that they would have a better chance of surviving it. Whil

5 Super-Fast Indoor Vegetables You Can Grow In About A Month

Winter gardening is good for the mind. It keeps us thinking and learning new things, which helps our brains stay alert, healthy and young. But gardening can be hard when there is a foot of snow covering the garden. Have you ever thought about growing vegetables indoors? Indoor gardening helps us grow fresh produce until our outdoor gardens are ready to be used again. Incredibly, there actually are vegetables you ca

Bolt Action Or Semi-Auto: Which Is Best For Hunting?

Today, there are primarily two major types of rifles that comprise the majority of what hunters use for game: the traditional bolt action and the more modern semi-automatic. But is one better than the other? Both bolt action and semi-automatic rifles share one major thing in common: They began their careers as infantry weapons for militaries. After they had been perfected for battlefield use, they were then adapted

Why Almost Everyone Is Wrong About Tilling

For a long time my wife and I had sort of a running battle over the subject of my roto-tiller. I have watched vegetable gardeners and farmers alike going through the process of turning the soil each spring for as long as I can remember, and each year the crops roll in right on schedule. Seemed to be working just fine to me. So when we finally made the move to our homestead, my opinion when it came to the subject of

The Crazy, Lazy Gardener’s ‘Fall Trick’ That Will Eliminate Spring Weeds

For many gardeners, growing a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables for their family and friends to enjoy is a labor of love – but nevertheless still a labor. And when other activities and responsibilities start to mount up, it can be easy to let the garden suffer. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to make gardening easier, with less work and perhaps an even greater bounty? If this sounds like fiction or

The First 10 Foods That Disappear From Store Shelves During Disasters

I live in a hurricane zone. While we don’t get a lot of hurricanes that actually hit us, we do get a lot of threats from them. So, I’ve seen how people react to them, time and time again. The funny thing is, the same people go to the store and buy the same things each time one is heading for us. They never seem to prepare or even improve upon their last-minute preparations. Setting aside the lack of wisdom that

8 Simple Ways To Live Off Grid On Less Watts

How often do you take electricity for granted? If you are like I once was, it happens quite frequently. Often, I would shut off lights and unplug things when not in use, but I still never really took the time to think about what it would be like to go without power — that is, until I spent more than two weeks after a hurricane in just that situation. I didn’t like it at first, but after a while, it was kind of

The 12 Foods The Government Wants You To Stockpile (But Is It Enough?)

It’s hard to quantify, but the modern prepping movement has at least, in part, been caused by the government. I am not referencing fear in the government doing something stupid that would force us into survival mode (although that is possible), but instead in promoting the idea of disaster preparedness. FEMA’s Ready.gov website contains a host of information on how to prepare for a pending disaster, and radio c

9 Perennial Vegetables You Can Plant Once, Harvest Forever … And Never Worry About Again

Most gardeners are familiar with annual vegetables. These are the one you plant every year, reaping their harvest all season long until the first hard frost comes in the late fall. Many flower gardeners, on the other hand, are familiar with perennial flowers. These are the plants that you plant once and that will continue to return year after year. Lesser known to both vegetable and flower gardeners, though, are th

5 Things I Really Wish I Had Known Before Homesteading

I have not always been a homesteader. Most of my adulthood has been spent living a lifestyle far closer to what is generally considered mainstream — suburban home, food from the supermarket and central heat. Nine years ago, my husband and I embarked upon the steepest learning curves in our lives. Even though our previous lives had involved a great deal of outdoor activities and total immersion in the natural worl

The Most Accurate & Reliable LR Ammo You Can Buy …

An almost two-year quest led me to the goal of finding the most versatile 22 long-rifle ammunition on the market. After trying rounds from CCI, Remington, Federal, Winchester, Norma and a host of others, I settled on one brand: Gemtech subsonic to meet just about all of my rim-fire needs. If you learned anything about ammunition over the course of the past several years, it should be that the availability of 22 lon

4 Foolish Mistakes People Make When Picking A ‘Bug-Out’ Location (LOTS Of People Do No. 2)

When choosing a location to “bug out” to, there are three very common mistakes people make, each of which could seriously compromise your survival plan, or even worse. Don’t make these mistakes, and you’ll stand a much better chance of pulling through. Mistake 1: Head for the hills! Sure, we’ve all said it, either seriously or in jest. Things go south, we’ll fall back to the mountains and regroup. Espec

The Silent-But-Deadly Weapon Missing From Most Survival Caches

If there’s anything that will bring up controversy in the world of survival and prepping, it’s a discussion about weapons. Everyone has their own ideas about what’s the best, and most of those ideas are based upon some pretty sound reasoning. The truth is there is no one perfect weapon or even set of weapons that is the perfect solution in all situations. What is ideal in one scenario might be the worst possi