The Three Sisters, Beans, Corn and Squash!

three sisters

By Nan Native Americans all across the USA planted these three crops for a very good reason. By combining them in there diet they had a base of complete nutrition. It is not just any kind of beans. corn and squash. You need to grow mature dry beans, corn as a grain and winter keeping […]

Raised Beds – Cheap vegetable gardening beds – Permaculture Design – Huglekultur Vegetable garden

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10 Must read tips for new gardeners

This is a guest post by Seamus Finn  and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. First of all, folks, let me congratulate everyone reading this about your beautiful, green garden. What? You don’t have one? What are you waiting for then? I know, some of you, like me, are living in apartments and don’t have a yard […]

Why Everyone Should Grow a Moringa Tree


This is a guest post by TN Mommy and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. One of the first things I started wondering about when I became a prepper is what I’m going to do to get vitamins after the SHTF. Especially things like calcium. I grow vegetables and fruits in my container garden, plus I’m working on […]

Q & A with The Wolf Pack : Ideas for homegrown pest controls

Question from – Burt We started growing tobacco last season for use as an organic garden pest spray. The results were pretty good as long as we sprayed every other day and after a rain. That’s a lot of spraying! We make a ‘sun tea’ using dried leaves, coarsely ground. Tobacco may also make a […]

Aquaponics: Vegetables and fish protein – family size

This is a guest post by Marvin H I have spent a lot of time researching aquaponics for my daughter. Over several months, I accumulated a lot of information, some contradicting others. From comparing and logical thinking, I have written this article that could be very valuable for anyone considering starting a home system. Survival is important, but […]

You could win a Garden Tower!

Our friends over at the Garden Tower Project are sponsoring a garden tower and grow package giveaway for readers of See list below. Grand Prize: ($349) A brand new v1.1 Garden Tower from Garden Tower Project ($289) Abundant Harvest Farms Organic Plant Food & Soil amendment: 2.7lb box ($12) 1 lb of Red Wiggler […]

Dangers and Rewards of the Home-Garden

I am amazed by the thought process of some readers who go to great lengths to convince me that raising a garden is not a viable survival strategy. After all, having a garden makes you a target, hungry people want food and will rob you of your harvest; they warn. A Yellowstone eruption or asteroid strike could […]

Crunching numbers instead of carrots … or looking at some common assumptions about how much land you need to live on or how much seed you need to store

This guest post by Victoria S and entry in our non-fiction writing contest. Like me, I’m sure you’ve seen the numbers out on the internet – “You only need a quarter of an acre to support a family of four” or “Five acres for a family of four” or “20 acres for a family of four” – but […]

Is treated lumber safe for building raised bed vegetable gardens?

After posting a photo of my new raised bed garden frames in last weeks “what did you do to prep this week” post, I received several emails from readers asking if I had built my frames using treated lumber and they then proceeded to inform me of the health risks involved with  the use of treated wood in my garden. One readers email gave a dire […]

The solar greenhouse that’s right for you


ALMOST ANY STRUCTURE that is built to look like a solar greenhouse will work. That is to say, the solar greenhouse concept is so right that you can ignore (or not know) the fine points of solar design and still build a house with much less need for supplemental heat than a traditional greenhouse. But once you understand a few basic solar-greenhouse design ideas, you can easily put together a greenhouse that truly lives up to the label solar, and provides remarkable efficiency.

5 Most Nutritious Vegetables For Prepper Families

This is a guest post by Marjory Wildcraft This is the time of year you start getting seed catalogs in the mail. As you start to plan ahead for the spring, Here are five of my personal favorite garden varieties to grow. I’ve chosen these for their great nutrition, easiness to grow, and as you’ll […]

How much land does it take to be self-reliant?

By Marjory Wildcraft from When thinking of becoming self-reliant, the question arises “how much land do I need to be able to sustainably grow enough food for my family?”  The exact answer to that question depends on several factors, but you can learn a lot, and make a pretty good estimate, by looking at the […]

Gardening with limited space

This guest post is by Jason S and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . Living on the side of a mountain is nice, but it raises some interesting challenges to gardening. Since the land my house sits on was literally carved out of the mountain, the soil is blasted rocks and dirt, leaving much to be desired […]

Grow your own Turmeric

Turmeric can be planted and you can harvest it. Simply buy the roots at an Indian market, dip them in water and root hormone, and pot them. They will grow and multiply and you will always have turmeric. They also produce a beautiful flower and potted plant. I ordered mine from they carry both white […]

Saving Heirloom Seeds Correctly Saves Your Garden

This guest post is by Debbie S and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . Those of us preparing to survive disaster weather man made or nature made agree that heirloom seeds are a prepper’s friend and we should be saving heirloom seed for the next garden. Heirloom seed saving has been an endangered tradition that is slowly regaining ground. […]

Growing Potatoes in Towers

Growing Potatoes

This guest post is by Sean M and entry in our non-fiction writing contest This year after being fresh back from out West and not having income for nine months. Me and my wife decided it was best to become more self-sufficient. So we decided it best to at least have a garden to eat […]