Chickens are moved and Kennel chicken run built.

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Mom has been living in her new house this weekend.  We tore down the kennel that Mom uses for her chicken run and move it out to her new home.  We both knew it would bee a tough job and having an weather change with an ICY wind really made the job suck!  One of the kennel walls has a 4 x 8 foot chunk of OSB that made a bitch to move, but that OSB wall cuts the wind blowing into the little chicken door to the chicken house.  It was about 45 minutes prior to sunset when Mom opened the chicken door to the kennel and the birds had a blast scratching around in the protected ” Chicken Run”.

We still need to add a some top fencing to the kennel to keep out predators but we are looking at using green plastic garden/snow type fencing rather than adding chicken wire.  Mom likes to add a tarp to the top of the kennel to protect the birds from the weather and the plastic fencing won’t tear up the tarp like the metal chicken wire.  I’m still working on adding a light weight wood frame to support the kennel “roof” that will angled so snow will slide off rather than way down the fencing on the top of the kennel.

The weather has shifted, so instead of all the cold weather running down the east side of the Rockies and freezing you all back east it is our turn for cold weather with coming down the western slope of the Rockies.  Looks like Mom was right that FEB. and March being our cold months locally.  Heck you folks back east need some warmer weather and I hope flooding won’t be a problem.  I am doing very good on wood as all my pine seems to be burning well after having a couple of months to season naturally.  I prefer burning fruit wood or even Douglas fir rather than pine but after my mad scramble to find wood to burn last fall I have several full wood racks and even better a good plan to get a mix of fast & hot burning wood.  Plus the Dually pickup to get long burning fruit wood from the local Orchards.

I did have a have some bad news on my Dogs.  Diana the Peke passed away in her sleep after a great 15 years of life.  Tucker the peke got into a fight and pop out an eyeball and the eye could not be saved.  So the vet removed the eye and sewed the lid shut.  Tucker is doing darn good around the place thought he looks a bit like Popeye with his sewed lid.  Another $700.00 for Tucker’s surgery killed my newly created “emergency fund”.  Well it was an Emergency, so I guess it all worked out.  Going to take a few months being tight with funds to start building a new Emergency fund and get the new garden beds installed.  At the very worst I’ll have to use last years garden beds, which is not so bad in the grand scheme of things.

 

The House with No Bills

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PR Blurb from property company

….this might be harder than you think

An Australian housebuilder has launched a search for a family to live in its prototype Home with No Energy Bills.

Mirvac is building the house in a suburb of Melbourne – the least sunny spot in Australia, with a total of 2028 hours of sunshine per year. The problem is striking the right balance between free energy from the sun, and power-hogging cooling bills in the hottest months.

The company is currently searching for a photogenic young family to live “free” in its “house with no bills” “for a year.”

And the idea that a brand new prototype home will generate no bills is laughable when you consider the number of little things that go wrong in every new home during the first year. The moving costs alone on this project will be excessive.

It will be hard to find just the right individuals – sassy enough to give good interviews, but willing to play along as the PR department dreams turn into a DIY nightmare.

Mirvac has teamed up with a group of tech companies around the Pacific rim including Fujitsu and Fischer & Paykel, both renowned for putting PR stunts ahead of reality.

Off-Grid forecasts the story if it appears, will be less than forthcoming about the actual cost of the huge number of batteries that will be needed so that their typical family can always flick on the light switch. There is also considerable doubt over the size of the solar panels and inverters. These numbers will no doubt be kept away from prying eyes as part of the “ proprietary information” that will give Mirvac the “commercial edge” in its future eco-builds.

The company is trying to wrap itself up in the sustainability flag, while building developments of 2,000 homes. Surely the local media outlets are not going to fall for that one?

“The first ‘House with No Bills’ will become home to a key worker family of four over a 12 month period,” says the press release. In an industry-first initiative, Mirvac will utilise a long-range study to follow their energy useage (sic) within the home to uncover how average families consume energy and how the house design and associated sustainable technology performs.”
Leaving aside the bloopers, how will a 12-month freebie for this unfortunate family turn into a “long range study”? And given the energy is all free for the family, what possible motive will they have to limit their consumption? Saving the planet is all very well, but once the “key worker family” are tucked up in bed and one of them remembers she left the lights on in the kitchen, will she really respond in the same way as if she was paying?

The rest of the PR blurb runs as follows: “The House with No Bills is an innovative initiative forming part of Mirvac’s ambitious sustainability strategy ‘This Changes Everything’, which aims to drive a more sustainable future for Australians. This strategy focuses on not only reducing environmental impact but also considers social impact.
The home will look, feel and operate the same as a typical home but has been designed to reduce its reliance on electricity to the point it will not generate any bills with methods including increased roof insulation and the installation of solar PV panels and batteries, use of LED lighting, energy efficient appliances, intelligent controls and smart metering and monitoring systems, which will assist homeowners in keeping track of where and how their energy is being used.
“By gathering data on the trial family’s everyday energy consumption, it will shed light on how to best roll-out this home model on a wider scale.
The study is an important step towards creating affordable energy efficient communities across Australia. The adoption of greater sustainable and green building practices in residential communities could be achieved by offering such market-based solutions to buyers, similiar to those featured in the ‘House with No Bills’.

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The House with No Bills

PR Blurb from property company

….this might be harder than you think

An Australian housebuilder has launched a search for a family to live in its prototype Home with No Energy Bills.

Mirvac is building the house in a suburb of Melbourne – the least sunny spot in Australia, with a total of 2028 hours of sunshine per year. The problem is striking the right balance between free energy from the sun, and power-hogging cooling bills in the hottest months.

The company is currently searching for a photogenic young family to live “free” in its “house with no bills” “for a year.”

And the idea that a brand new prototype home will generate no bills is laughable when you consider the number of little things that go wrong in every new home during the first year. The moving costs alone on this project will be excessive.

It will be hard to find just the right individuals – sassy enough to give good interviews, but willing to play along as the PR department dreams turn into a DIY nightmare.

Mirvac has teamed up with a group of tech companies around the Pacific rim including Fujitsu and Fischer & Paykel, both renowned for putting PR stunts ahead of reality.

Off-Grid forecasts the story if it appears, will be less than forthcoming about the actual cost of the huge number of batteries that will be needed so that their typical family can always flick on the light switch. There is also considerable doubt over the size of the solar panels and inverters. These numbers will no doubt be kept away from prying eyes as part of the “ proprietary information” that will give Mirvac the “commercial edge” in its future eco-builds.

The company is trying to wrap itself up in the sustainability flag, while building developments of 2,000 homes. Surely the local media outlets are not going to fall for that one?

“The first ‘House with No Bills’ will become home to a key worker family of four over a 12 month period,” says the press release. In an industry-first initiative, Mirvac will utilise a long-range study to follow their energy useage (sic) within the home to uncover how average families consume energy and how the house design and associated sustainable technology performs.”
Leaving aside the bloopers, how will a 12-month freebie for this unfortunate family turn into a “long range study”? And given the energy is all free for the family, what possible motive will they have to limit their consumption? Saving the planet is all very well, but once the “key worker family” are tucked up in bed and one of them remembers she left the lights on in the kitchen, will she really respond in the same way as if she was paying?

The rest of the PR blurb runs as follows: “The House with No Bills is an innovative initiative forming part of Mirvac’s ambitious sustainability strategy ‘This Changes Everything’, which aims to drive a more sustainable future for Australians. This strategy focuses on not only reducing environmental impact but also considers social impact.
The home will look, feel and operate the same as a typical home but has been designed to reduce its reliance on electricity to the point it will not generate any bills with methods including increased roof insulation and the installation of solar PV panels and batteries, use of LED lighting, energy efficient appliances, intelligent controls and smart metering and monitoring systems, which will assist homeowners in keeping track of where and how their energy is being used.
“By gathering data on the trial family’s everyday energy consumption, it will shed light on how to best roll-out this home model on a wider scale.
The study is an important step towards creating affordable energy efficient communities across Australia. The adoption of greater sustainable and green building practices in residential communities could be achieved by offering such market-based solutions to buyers, similiar to those featured in the ‘House with No Bills’.

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Vest Pockets for Everyday Carry

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A few days ago I read a comment here on the blog from “Skeezix”. I had been intending to write an article about a wearable vest with lots of pockets for everyday carry items, and she got me motivated to do it. Here’s what she said: Last year I started wearing the Uncle Miltie Travel Vest. Rothco Uncle Milty Vest It looks like a fisherman’s vest and it replaced my purse. It didn’t work out quite as well as I had hoped. The weight of it when loaded cut into the back of my neck. Strangers would comment, “Oh, you’re

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Book Review: The Complete Modern Blacksmith

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If your a diy’er, prepper, aspiring blacksmith, or just interested in cool books, then this is a deal. The Complete Modern Blacksmith is actually a collection of three books. (The Modern Blacksmith, The Recycling, Use, and Repair of Tools, and The Making of Tools). I had already purchased the out of print The Making of Tools, and was impressed with the quality of the book. This book covers everything you need to know to make basic tools – chisels, pliers, screwdrivers, tempering of metals, forges, how to set up a workshop. If you are the least bit interested in blacksmithing or

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5 Best Small Knives for Survival & Self-defense?

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Hi Fernando!

I found your website a couple of days ago, but I already like it very

much. I also signed up on your youtube channel, but I have a question

I hope you will be able to answer. I live in Hungary, where the legal

size of a knife is if the blade and the cutting edge is maximum 8 cm

long unless you can prove it you need longer knife, like fishing,

hunting, hiking. I am looking for a fixed blade knife for EDC,

defence, and survival.

Thank you for help!

-Attila

 

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Hello Attila.

You have some good options even with an 8cm blade limit.

These are the knives that by far I recommend the most:

CRKT Minimalist $25.44

Neck knives are surprisingly handy and this is one of the best options. The grip allows for good control and retention. This is a knife that is well suited for everyday utility tasks and you could use it for defense as well.

KA-BAR TDI Law Enforcement Straight Edge Knife

Kbar TDI $36.36

This is one of the best defensive use knives within your blade length limitations. It is surprisingly devastating in spite of the short blade length. It allows great blade retention and the angle of the blade allows you to stab with basic punching strikes. This isn’t as practical as a utility knife although it could be used of course for cutting, but it is clearly intended for a defensive role.

Spyderco Delica 4 Lightweight Blade Combination Edge Knife, Black

 Spyderco Delica 4 $84.47

The Delica 4 has a 7.3cm (2.87″)  blade, well within your maximum allowed blade length.

I know you said fixed blade but in my experience people eventually get tired of fixed blades and start leaving them behind. A small folder in your pocket when you need it is infinitely better than the fixed blade knife you left home.

The Spyderco Delica4 is very well made, uses quality VG10 steel, its surprisingly tough for its size and often chosen by experts that want or need a minimalist folding knife. The pocket clip can go in four positions, tip up or down, left or right pocket. For a small EDC folder, this is as good as it gets. If you want an assisted opening afordable folder, consider the Kershaw Cryo.

Don’t forget to get some basic knife fighting training. If you already bought my first book “The Modern Survival Manual” check the chapter on knives where I explain how to use one for self-defense. Knowing how and where to strike turns a knife into a devastating weapon in close quarters, especially at contact range.

Best of luck!

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Free PDF: CJTF-7 OIF Smart Card 4 The IED and VBIED Threat

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CJTF-7 OIF Smart Card 4 The IED and VBIED Threat is a trainign document made in Iraq by the combined joint task force 7 IED and VBIED are the largest cause of Coalition injury at current time, and the largest threat that coalition forces face. An IED can be almost anything with any type of material and initiator. And vehicles of every imaginable sort can become a vehicle borne IED. Vigilance in performing your duties and ensuring there is 360 degree security are keys to not becoming a statistic to the IED threat. The main lesson of this card is

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Did Russia Just Place the US in Check in Syria?

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The last few months of the Syrian Civil War have been a very significant transitional period.  Contrary to what many may think, this period has the potential to be far

Breakfast Hash Brown Sandwich

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For fulltime Van-Dwellers or full-time RV’ers their pantry space is limited, or those of us who are on a tight budget, finding tasty, convenient, easy to prepare, low-cost food is always a plus.
I’ve always enjoyed McDonalds Hash Brown Patties, at one time tried to duplicate the recipe and its’ form/shape at home but without success. Last week I was shopping at WalMart and on the shopping list was Tater-Tots. When at that freezer I noticed on the very bottom freezer shelf, the Great Value Hash Brown Patties! Wow, could it be true, are they like the McDonalds Hash Browns? So, I picked up a package and it does look just like McDonalds Patties. They’re sold frozen, fully cooked and ten to a package. Price? $1.70 ($0.17 cents each!) What a deal! I had to try them and was not disappointed.

Cost Breakdown:

Bun $0.16

Cheese $0.17

Egg $0.16

Hash Brown $0.17

Total = $0.66

Add meat such as a SPAM Slice $0.29

Grand Total with SPAM = $0.95

Suggestion:

Here’s how I prepared the first few I made. I no longer fry them, I microwave them now that I figured out how to defrost and cook at the same time. Micro-waving them to fast (too high a wattage) will toughen the perimeter edge.

If you feel you need some meat in it, you can add some canned sausage, bacon, ham, SPAM, chicken or whatever you prefer. This is a cheap, fast, great tasting and filling meal.

As packaged.

One patty out for you to see.

In the skillet at med/hi heat with a couple tablespoons of oil. Cook four minutes on one side and the three minutes on the other side.

Patty on a slice of toasted homemade Beer Bread. Normally, I use a toasted Walmart Jumbo Hamburger Bun. (4-inch dia.)

Added a microwaved scrambled egg.

Added a slice of cheese and topped with another slice of Beer Bread.

Yummy! Makes a great and cheap breakfast, or any meal you like. About seven minutes total prep time.


Florida’s Teacher of the Year Bluntly Writes WHY School Violence Is Out of Control

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by Daisy Luther

Kelly Guthrie Raley has been teaching for 20 years and currently educates kids at Eustis Middle School in Lake County, Florida. Just last month she was named … Read the rest

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New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better

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New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better

When Elise and I started MTJS, I began by reviewing my extensive Spyderco collection. Over the years, due to constant bugging by you lot, I started reviewing knives from brands I never really had much interest in. A good example would be Cold Steel. After much reticence on my part, I finally snapped and bought […]

This is just the start of the post New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!


New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

Video: Getting Rid of Rodents

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VIDEO: Getting Rid of Rodents in Good Times or Bad

not a very welcome guest

not a very welcome guest

Every year, a percentage of our food supply is contaminated by the dropping and urine of rats and mice. It’s bad enough in normal times, but it can be a disaster off the grid. Rodents also carry diseases that can affect the health of your group members at a time when modern medicine may not be available. Therefore, it makes sense to eliminate your unwanted guests!

In this video, which follows up on a previous video on rodent-proofing a home, Joe Alton MD tells you what to do if you already have an issue with rat and mice infestation. Various ways to tell that you’ve got visitors and methods to get rid of them are discussed in some detail.

To watch, click below:

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton

Joe and Amy Alton

Joe and Amy Alton

Learn a lot about over 150 medical issues in the 700 page Book Excellence Award winner in Medicine, The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way.

And don’t forget to fill those holes in your medical supplies with kits and items from Nurse Amy’s entire line at store.doomandbloom.net.

How to survive a boil notice

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A friend in Puerto Rico, Jennifer, tells me that her town has been on a boil notice for 5 1/2 MONTHS following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Yep, you read that right. Five and a half months. That’s almost 170 days without clean running water. She could probably teach a college course on how to survive […]

How to survive a boil notice

A friend in Puerto Rico, Jennifer, tells me that her town has been on a boil notice for 5 1/2 MONTHS following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Yep, you read that right. Five and a half months. That’s almost 170 days without clean running water. She could probably teach a college course on how to survive […]

Article – Scientists Know How You’ll Respond to Nuclear War—and They Have a Plan

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It will start with a flash of light brighter than any words of any human language can describe. When the bomb hits, its thermal radiation, released in just 300 hundred-millionths of a second, will heat up the air over K Street to about 18 million degrees Fahrenheit. It will be so bright that it will bleach out the photochemicals in the retinas of anyone looking at it, causing people as far away as Bethesda and Andrews Air Force Base to go instantly, if temporarily, blind. In a second, thousands of car accidents will pile up on every road and highway in a 15-mile radius around the city, making many impassable.

That’s what scientists know for sure about what would happen if Washington, DC, were hit by a nuke. But few know what the people—those who don’t die in the blast or the immediate fallout—will do. Will they riot? Flee? Panic? Chris Barrett, though, he knows.

I don’t think you need to be a rocket scientist to figure out what happens to survivors, behavior-wise, if someone cracks atoms over a major US city – some folks will flood the streets in a run-for-you-lives moment, some will frantically roam the area looking for loved ones, and a very, very small percentage will have their poop in a group and grabe their gear, evac to a pre-assigned rally point, link up with their fellows or leave messages there, and move to a safer location. I idunno about you but I know which group I’d like to be in.

We’ve seen this behavior counteless times in the past….9/11, Katrina, etc….some folks stampede, some function optimally. Normalcy bias is a killer but having a plan and sticking to it can make a difference.

10 Cool Season Plants You Can Grow Today!

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Who’s itching to get back in the garden and start growing some yummy veggies? For those who are in the “I can’t wait” group (I’m definitely in this group), there are a few vegetable varieties that you can grow now and tend to do well in colder conditions. In fact, sometimes the cold weather makes certain vegetables taste better! My grandfather always planted his turnip greens in the fall so they would get some frost on them. He said they always tasted better that way.

That made me ask why this was? I found out that when colder temperatures hit vegetables like parsnips, celery, carrots and, kale it causes a biological reaction and the vegetables begin producing sugars, thus making them sweeter. Pretty neat, huh? That said, you want to plant cool-season crops early enough in the fall or spring so they can complete their full cycle up to harvest before the temperatures get too disagreeable. As well, make sure you that you plant early enough in fall to allow plants to reach maturity before hard frosts hit or the daytime temperature drops too low. In spring, you’ll need to take the opposite approach, waiting to plant until the air and soil temperatures are warm enough for the plants to thrive.

Growing in the cooler temperatures also have fewer insect infestations that bother growing plants.

10 Cool Season Plants You Can Grow Today

Even though the days are still cool, there are some seeds you can start today.

  1. Beets – The trick to growing beets is to not plant them deeply. 1/2 inch to 1 inch deep is sufficient! Go with 1 inch deep, as the temperature warms, because it will be cooler underground. When the beet matures, you want to see a portion of the root above ground. You can use the greens in salads or stir-fry, or give them your livestock as a treat.
  2. Broccoli – In the Fall or Spring, plant broccoli in full sun. They love the sunshine! Too much shade causes legginess and slow maturation. When the plant matures, it will bear five to six-inch heads but new side shoots will produce so you can harvest regularly.
  3. Bunching Onion – These little guys will be one of the first seeds to germinate and want to be grown in groups of 6 or more. Start seeds 6 weeks before your last frost date and plant in successions for a continuous harvest.
  4. Cabbage – Who doesn’t like fresh cole slaw or sauteed cabbage in their stir fry? The great thing about cabbage is it can be stored for up to a month in the refrigerator. An easy way to ensure cabbages grow big heads is to make sure you have quality soil and a good nitrogen-rich fertilizer to give them while they are growing. As well, adding lots of compost right before planting will ensure the small cabbage plants grow to their maximum growth.
  5. Carrots – The secret to growing carrots is to plant them in heavily composted, sandy soil. Mulching really helps keep the soil moist so the carrots can grow fast and keep weeds out. As well, plant the carrots in full sun and strategically space them so they have room to grow.
  6. Kale – This green leafy vegetable is the talk of the town these days thanks to its big health benefits. Growing kale is a breeze and will produce is as little as 50 days if you give it the right conditions. If you are planting in during the cool seasons, plant it in full sun and plant with some companion plants like beets, celery, cucumbers, herbs, onions, spinach, chard, and potatoes. Water well and give your kale some organic fertilizer every 6-8 weeks for optimum growth.
  7. Peas – Peas are easy to grow, so are an ideal first crop for beginner gardeners. They are simply one of the easiest plants to grow. Start seeds outside after the last frost date. Plant them with low-growing companions plants like carrots, radish, and turnips.
  8. Radish – Growing radishes is one of the easiest seeds to add to the garden. These little guys want to grow for you! Plant radishes in a seedbed with adequate drainage and space seeds ½ inch to an inch deep and one inch apart in rows 12 inches apart. Radishes need full sun and little to no fertilizer.
  9. Spinach – This is one of my favorite leafy greens to plant while it’s still cold out. Spinach loves cool weather and many gardeners have two crops; one planted 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost in the spring, and again 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost in the fall. Make sure your soil has a neutral pH. Spinach is one of the few vegetables (along with beets and chard) that prefers a neutral to alkaline soil (pH 7.0 or above).
  10. Swiss Chard – This vegetable variety is as prolific as it is tolerant to the growing conditions. It has a long growing season and is a great substitute for spinach if you’re looking to shake things up in the kitchen. Soak seeds overnight to help expedite the germination process. Sow seeds two weeks before your last frost date. When seedlings emerge, thin to 12 inches apart. Give Swiss chard plants 1 or 2 inches of water each week and heavily mulch around them to conserve soil moisture and keep weeds at bay.

Herbs are also seed choices you can start early. They may need more time indoors to grow but will be ready to plant for the summer.

Although these cold-hardy vegetables like lower temperatures, young plants may need a little protection. Cold frames or garden tunnels, like this one, are great for the smaller gardens and easily expand and can be removed. Adding these at extreme temperatures (usually below about 55° Fahrenheit) will protect young plants during crucial growing phases.

By starting the growing season early you can enjoy your harvest with fresh, seasonal vegetables. Happy Gardening!

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

10 Cool Season Plants You Can Grow Today!

Who’s itching to get back in the garden and start growing some yummy veggies? For those who are in the “I can’t wait” group (I’m definitely in this group), there are a few vegetable varieties that you can grow now and tend to do well in colder conditions. In fact, sometimes the cold weather makes certain vegetables taste better! My grandfather always planted his turnip greens in the fall so they would get some frost on them. He said they always tasted better that way.

That made me ask why this was? I found out that when colder temperatures hit vegetables like parsnips, celery, carrots and, kale it causes a biological reaction and the vegetables begin producing sugars, thus making them sweeter. Pretty neat, huh? That said, you want to plant cool-season crops early enough in the fall or spring so they can complete their full cycle up to harvest before the temperatures get too disagreeable. As well, make sure you that you plant early enough in fall to allow plants to reach maturity before hard frosts hit or the daytime temperature drops too low. In spring, you’ll need to take the opposite approach, waiting to plant until the air and soil temperatures are warm enough for the plants to thrive.

Growing in the cooler temperatures also have fewer insect infestations that bother growing plants.

10 Cool Season Plants You Can Grow Today

Even though the days are still cool, there are some seeds you can start today.

  1. Beets – The trick to growing beets is to not plant them deeply. 1/2 inch to 1 inch deep is sufficient! Go with 1 inch deep, as the temperature warms, because it will be cooler underground. When the beet matures, you want to see a portion of the root above ground. You can use the greens in salads or stir-fry, or give them your livestock as a treat.
  2. Broccoli – In the Fall or Spring, plant broccoli in full sun. They love the sunshine! Too much shade causes legginess and slow maturation. When the plant matures, it will bear five to six-inch heads but new side shoots will produce so you can harvest regularly.
  3. Bunching Onion – These little guys will be one of the first seeds to germinate and want to be grown in groups of 6 or more. Start seeds 6 weeks before your last frost date and plant in successions for a continuous harvest.
  4. Cabbage – Who doesn’t like fresh cole slaw or sauteed cabbage in their stir fry? The great thing about cabbage is it can be stored for up to a month in the refrigerator. An easy way to ensure cabbages grow big heads is to make sure you have quality soil and a good nitrogen-rich fertilizer to give them while they are growing. As well, adding lots of compost right before planting will ensure the small cabbage plants grow to their maximum growth.
  5. Carrots – The secret to growing carrots is to plant them in heavily composted, sandy soil. Mulching really helps keep the soil moist so the carrots can grow fast and keep weeds out. As well, plant the carrots in full sun and strategically space them so they have room to grow.
  6. Kale – This green leafy vegetable is the talk of the town these days thanks to its big health benefits. Growing kale is a breeze and will produce is as little as 50 days if you give it the right conditions. If you are planting in during the cool seasons, plant it in full sun and plant with some companion plants like beets, celery, cucumbers, herbs, onions, spinach, chard, and potatoes. Water well and give your kale some organic fertilizer every 6-8 weeks for optimum growth.
  7. Peas – Peas are easy to grow, so are an ideal first crop for beginner gardeners. They are simply one of the easiest plants to grow. Start seeds outside after the last frost date. Plant them with low-growing companions plants like carrots, radish, and turnips.
  8. Radish – Growing radishes is one of the easiest seeds to add to the garden. These little guys want to grow for you! Plant radishes in a seedbed with adequate drainage and space seeds ½ inch to an inch deep and one inch apart in rows 12 inches apart. Radishes need full sun and little to no fertilizer.
  9. Spinach – This is one of my favorite leafy greens to plant while it’s still cold out. Spinach loves cool weather and many gardeners have two crops; one planted 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost in the spring, and again 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost in the fall. Make sure your soil has a neutral pH. Spinach is one of the few vegetables (along with beets and chard) that prefers a neutral to alkaline soil (pH 7.0 or above).
  10. Swiss Chard – This vegetable variety is as prolific as it is tolerant to the growing conditions. It has a long growing season and is a great substitute for spinach if you’re looking to shake things up in the kitchen. Soak seeds overnight to help expedite the germination process. Sow seeds two weeks before your last frost date. When seedlings emerge, thin to 12 inches apart. Give Swiss chard plants 1 or 2 inches of water each week and heavily mulch around them to conserve soil moisture and keep weeds at bay.

Herbs are also seed choices you can start early. They may need more time indoors to grow but will be ready to plant for the summer.

Although these cold-hardy vegetables like lower temperatures, young plants may need a little protection. Cold frames or garden tunnels, like this one, are great for the smaller gardens and easily expand and can be removed. Adding these at extreme temperatures (usually below about 55° Fahrenheit) will protect young plants during crucial growing phases.

By starting the growing season early you can enjoy your harvest with fresh, seasonal vegetables. Happy Gardening!

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Bury a Powerful Communications Cache – Part 2 Tips and Techniques

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Editor’s note:  A few weeks ago, we posted  Why Build and Bury a Powerful Communications Cache  which generated a lot of reader interest.  Today, James Walton is back with Tips and Techniques to show you how to make your own. Bury a Powerful Communications Cache – Part 2 Tips and Techniques By James Walton We are going to take a second deeper dive on the topic of burying a powerful communications cache in times of disaster. In the first article, we focused […]

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Making An Emergency Food Supply On A Tight Budget

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People have seen several catastrophic incidents in the recent few decades. Most of these events were sudden and quite devastating. Millions of people did not get any chance of fighting for their life just because there was nothing left to eat and drink. Only few people bothered to actually make an emergency food supply. You … Read more…

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6 Survival Guns You’ll Need After The End Of The World

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With all the different makes and models of guns, it can seem impossible to decide which ones you need in your disaster arsenal, especially if you’re new to guns or prepping. But in reality, selecting the right guns doesn’t have to be difficult. Not all guns (or calibers) are created equal, and the result is […]

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Surviving the Flu with Herbs!

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Surviving the Flu with Herbs
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Need an herbal survival guide for the flu? Herbal Prepper Live has you covered. This week’s show is all about influenza, the H3N2 strain, and herbal remedies for the flu.

This episode covers:

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  • How to recognize the flu
  • How to support healthy immune function necessary for fighting off the flu
  • When to seek out medical care
  • Herbal remedies to make the flu more bearable
  • What to do if medical care is not available

The Real Risks of H3N2

The flu has been all over the news, and for good reason.

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