Is Rainwater Collection Illegal?

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Is the harvesting of rain illegal? The internet seems to think so, at least some parts of it. For clarity, when I say “harvesting of rainwater” I am referring specifically to the collection of rain falling from the sky before it hits the ground, not taking water out of an aquifer, reservoir or anything else. … Read more

How to Make Soil Fertile: 40 Easy Ways

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It can be difficult to grow vegetables and other plants if your soil is lacking in vital nutrients. While most soil contains everything plants need to be healthy, over time, that soil can be overworked and the nutrients depleted, so that very little life exists. Here are some of the easiest ways to improve the … Read more

Botulism and Canning – What You Need to Know

Canning is a fantastic way to preserve food for when SHTF. While you can certainly buy pre-canned food, home canning can save you a whole lot of money, especially if you have your own garden. Unfortunately, canning can be quite dangerous if done improperly. Indeed, botulism – a rare, yet potentially fatal disease – is … Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Raising Sheep

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Raising sheep will supply a survival homestead with not only meat and wool, but a money making opportunity. Selling the raw wool, dyed wool, or clothing and toys made from wool, can become quite a lucrative home-based small business. Sheep are typically extremely docile animals, making them a great way to introduce homesteading and self-reliance … Read more

Can You Live Without a Fridge?

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Can you live without a fridge? I posed this question to my teenage daughter and her immediate response was, “why would someone want to live with no fridge?” I imagine many people might respond the same way. But there are people doing it. Some by choice, some not. Many people in impoverished countries live without … Read more

How to Start Beekeeping for Survival Purposes

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Beekeeping as part of your survival plan will not only provide you with sweet tasting honey, but a natural healing agent as well as sustainable and substantial bartering material. A beekeeper has ample bartering options when running a successful backyard operation. Honey can be used to prevent bacteria from getting into wounds and enhance the … Read more

How to Get Rid of Roaches Fast

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No matter where you live in the world, you’re probably familiar with cockroaches and what a pain they can be when they invade your home. In a SHTF situation, cockroaches will thrive in abandoned homes and buildings which means they may become even more of a problem for everyone as they multiply unchecked Roaches carry … Read more