Two new garden beds are complete!

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The 10 foot long by 32 in wide and 6 inch tall raised beds are complete. I added 6 cu. ft. of garden soil and 3 cu. ft. of steer manure compost mix to fill the beds.  I need to run the tiller one more time to make sure all of the soil is mixed well and ready to plant.  I added in the wood mulch between the beds so I no longer have to walk in the garden to till or weed the garden.  That should make weeding easier during the season and working the garden in the off-season should be less of a chore.  I have room for one more of the new raised beds but I need to wait until the 1st of May to buy all the materials needed for that bed.

Tucker the peke tilled up the kiddie pool, so it is ready for leaf lettuce/ greens and spinach. I am gifting Mom my small (2 ft x 4 ft.) beds to start a garden at her new place.  This not a perfect solution but it is a good start for her garden area.  Heck if her herb garden does okay and she can make a small salad garden she will save money and eat good food through the summer.  Right now my garden area will be the main focus for growth and harvest.  Mom will be doing  container gardening until she figures out the Micro-climates around her new house.  It looks like I have a few volunteer plants/trees and Mom wants to plant a volunteer maple I found in my yard.  Once the holly bushes start producing seed berries we can get those plant growing to make a wind break around her land.

I’m a bit late starting plants indoors but the weather forecast is looking great so I can start plants like lettuce, carrots, radishes, cauliflower and broccoli by seed in one bed.  I want to add a root crop bed for for beets, parsnips turnips and colarabi.  The last built bed will be the hot loving plants like tomatoes, peppers, onions and such like plants.  I am still trying the 3 sisters garden in my southern exposed beds. I think what the plants need is more soil mounded up and less watering compared to last year.

I love the new little fence posts I got from D&B (local farm store).  These posts are made for an electric fence but they work great with temporary plastic garden fencing. The spike at the bottom of the post is easy to “step” into the ground a couple of zip ties attaches the fence to the post and it easy to use two posts to make a gateway/access to your garden.  Using just a few of these posts made the temp. fence faster and easier to install and has kept Tucker the peke from digging in the new garden beds.  One thing about Tucker, he loves digging in freshly turned beds!  I did leave his digging spot under the walnut trees alone.

I will start plants indoors for a second/fall planting in the beds. I still need a frame for frost protection these beds are designed to work as a cold frame in the future.  That should extend my growing season by a few weeks. Once the backyard area is cleaned up and a little luck,  I might be able to build my hard side green house this fall.

I’m still using containers for several plants like my potatoes, strawberry, raspberries and blackberries.  Some plants spread and some plants take some time to find a happy spot in the yard. Large container plantings work great for plants and if you have limited space for growing.  Comfrey is a great medicinal plant but it can take over a garden.  It really grows great in a kiddie pool with very minimal attention. Sunchokes grow great in poor soil and are great for choking out poor soil weeds.  But they can also spread.  I did not plant the grapes in my yard and it has been a lot of work to learn how to keep them cut back and under some control.  I have literally taken a small chain saw to cut back the grape vines, holly and lilac trees.  It is some work to cut them back so be aware of how much effort you are willing to keep plants cut back and healthy.  If you love those plants you can transplant them from the containers into a spot in your yard.  From my experience those plants will grow the way they want and not the way you want the plants to grow.

The making dog food thing is going well over all thought there has been a glitches.  As I have written before the green bean as vegetable matter in dog food is not a fix for an overweight dog.  I still put down a quality dry dog food kibble so the pups can get basic food basics and vitamins.  The dogs really seem to like the peas & carrot mix for the veggies.  They did eat the green beans when not offer an alternative.  I’m trying out several recipes and ingredient mixes and the dogs preferred the beef, broccoli and barley mix over the chicken, white rice and green beans.  Of course I also have empty doggie food bowls no matter the mix.  Before I had to throw out wet canned dog food that got all crusty and dried out.  While I do have canned dog food as back ups it is nice that I can simply cook up a new batch of dog food from my fridge/pantry and not buy dog food from the local mega-mart.

There is a huge difference between what I want to have and what I need to have.  As money and time allows I’m working on the need to haves first this summer.

Vehicle Attack in Toronto – Nine people are dead, 16 Injured after Van Attack

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Toronto Police have confirmed that nine people are dead and 16 more are are injured after a man purposely drove a rented Ryder van into pedestrians in the city’s Yonge and Finch area […]

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How to Stockpile for Your Motorcycle

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There’s a huge number of articles on bug out bags and how to pack a bug out 4v4 vehicle. But few talk about motorcycles and what should load on them. Maybee they’re not as popular as cars, bust still, they deserve a lot of attention. The items selection is smaller (meaning you have to be picky about what …

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If Fukushima Has Decimated The Ocean — Why Hasn’t the Price of Fish Gone Up

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Its a valid point, one worthy of a deep dive.   

I took a stab at it the other week, with a report on farmed fish.   And please, before you buy into the “marketing plan” for Tilipia, in which the marketing genious wanted to take a shit water garbage fish and market it “exotic asian”, please study it, there is a basic “meat” issue that make Tilipia really bad. 

Will you pay more for “wild” fish?    You should if you want to eat fish at all.

Kind of related?    Poor immune system function, morbiidty, directly affected by radiation.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/why-are-more-and-more-canadian-adults-getting-shingles-1.3897103

And Majia continues to expose insults to our environment

http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2018/04/greenpeace-japan-alleges-lack-of.html

Fish farming, unsavory business.
http://www.nukepro.net/2018/04/we-all-know-that-eating-fish-is-healthy.html

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Why isn’t the price of fish rising?
Is it possible that cloned fish is being sold to keep prices down?
I believe the masses won’t notice the death of the Pacific until the price of fish rises substantially.
It’s all about money these days.

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fish haul appears to be quite high. Fukushima didnt kill the ocean yet! But several fisheries are closed. Tax payers subsidize the impacted industry. Fish farming is overtaking wild fish catch as the main source.
There are nearly five million fishing boats scouring the ocean. Average consumption of fish flesh is nearly 40 lb per year per person. Governing bodies have somehow decided that this huge killing of fish is sustainable.
Its like a science fiction nightmare…an overpopulating species figures out how to spread nets and consume the living world. 100 million tons is a lot of life going down ape-mans gullet into the sewer. Indeed 80 per cent of the world’s fish stocks for which assessment information is available are reported as fully exploited or overexploited
http://www.un.org/depts/los/convention_agreements/reviewconf/FishStocks_EN_A.pdf
With reports of coastal decimation (Durnford, Blanch), and the incredible mortality events of multiple aquatic animals, its indeed a mystery that the fishery catches seem unaffected. How could this be?
https://www.pcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/1global-572×382.jpg
And the plastic garbage gyre is growing rapidly
Plastic patch in Pacific Ocean growing rapidly, study shows
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43490235
It was known since Chernobyl that plankton absorb nuke fallout, die and bring it to the bottom. This reduced otherwise more dire impacts from Fukushima.

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fish continued….it is shown that bottom feeders are considerably more contaminated. The death of fallout impacted plankton gave way to new blooms. Toxic algae blooms apparently increased. Nevertheless, the food chain continued.
An analogy could be made of a sick person. He lays in the hospital bed mortally ill but scientists take a count of the number of live organs and cells and declare the patient is sustainable.
The obvious reality that escapes scientists; you cant kill and poison everything and expect life to roll along as usual. Its amazing many fish catches remain
95 percent decline of anchovie and sardine means the base of the food chain has dropped out. Management is dont in courts. It is beyond imagination that a 95% decimation of the feed fish wont have a ripple of similar magnitude throught the chain of life. https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2018/court-rejects-catch-limit-for-california-anchovy-fishery-following-oceana-lawsuit
http://oceana.org/press-center/press-releases/west-coast-commercial-sardine-fishery-closed-third-consecutive-year
We can briefly visit economics. Fishing is less exploitative to PEOPLE than many industries, yet we can still see that the end purchaser must work 3.4 times what he would if he were directly getting the fish, in order to pay the system of processing and middle man profit margins. Would you rather fish for an hour or work three and a half hours at your job in order to eat?
Commercial fishing…

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One can see the burden placed on consumers by the system. Commercial fishing vessels in 2012 landed about 4.6 million metric tons of tuna worldwide. The estimated dock value, or amount paid to fishermen, was US $12.2 billion. The end value, paid by consumers is $41.6 billion. Looking at data on interest payments and other economic metric shows that people work 3/4 of their lives just to carry bankers, wall street and middle men on their backs.
So enough economics…back to fish. Its a mystery how fishery hauls can apparently be unaffected by a crash of sardine and anchovie.
One thing is that data doesnt always tell the story…

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95 percent decline of anchovie and sardine means the base of the food chain has dropped out. Management is done in courts, an indicator of political forces often divorced from natural reality. It is beyond imagination that a 95% decimation of the feed fish wont have a ripple of similar magnitude throughout the chain of life.
https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2018/court-rejects-catch-limit-for-california-anchovy-fishery-following-oceana-lawsuit
http://oceana.org/press-center/press-releases/west-coast-commercial-sardine-fishery-closed-third-consecutive-year
Basing the health of a fishery on fish hauls may not be accurate. Increased numbers of commercial fishing boats and more aggressive catch techniques may confound the picture. The largest catch could be the last one
http://www.anu.edu.au/files/styles/anu_full_920_518/public/story/ship_waves_UKMinistryOfDefence.jpg?itok=AciFyHwm
Data varies….what is reported and data ruled upon may differ from reality.
Catch reconstructions reveal that global marine fisheries catches are higher than reported and declining
https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms10244
For any scientist or policy maker to assume the future is stable and even rosy, against the background of increasing pollution, nuclear disasters, overfishing and rising population is sheer lunacy. History shows that crashes are catastrophic and unanticipated. Well I anticipate it…

Book Review: Defiance

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All too often prepper fiction ends all rosy, with the hero saving the day. Now, there are occasions for Walter Mitty fantasies, but Defiance is not for those occasions. This novel is about a soviet sneak attack based upon some unknown biological or chemical agent that incapacitates the government in a single surprise attack. – The book does not get in detail as is is just a plot device to explain how communists are now running our country (it could have been an election instead). The hero has been locked up in a reeducation camp – he is released and then

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Free PDF: Storage Barrel

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I don’t know where this Storage Barrel PDF originated, but it is a pretty good idea.  I am a big believer in emergency kits, I have then in my car, my house, my land, my momma’s house, and few not to be named…  My first 72 hour kit was a red cross kit in a corrugated box. After a few years and practice runs the box was toast and the kit moved to a 5 gallon bucket.  This was much sturdier and allowed the case itself to be useful. 5 gallon buckets can be used for so much during a

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Free PDF: Storage Barrel

I don’t know where this Storage Barrel PDF originated, but it is a pretty good idea.  I am a big believer in emergency kits, I have then in my car, my house, my land, my momma’s house, and few not to be named…  My first 72 hour kit was a red cross kit in a corrugated box. After a few years and practice runs the box was toast and the kit moved to a 5 gallon bucket.  This was much sturdier and allowed the case itself to be useful. 5 gallon buckets can be used for so much during a

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A Flashlight That Runs On Water

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We are always trying out new gadgets. Love to find new items that are great for a survival situation. These are going in our bug-out bags. The American Red Cross Blackout Buddy H2O water-activated, emergency light, pack of 3, Work great. We were surprised about how bright they actually are. Put a drop of water in the bottom and it lights up!! The only bad thing is it stays lit for about 3 days!

Something to put in car, bug-out bag, or anywhere to have a quick light.

Yeti Responds to the NRA Lynch Mob in Email saying they Support the Second Amendment

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In a collective freakout from morons like Dana Loesch and her Steroid Freak Hipster Husband, the Lynch mob went into overdrive this weekend with threats of boycotts because supposedly Yeti Coolers now hates gun owners. […]

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Will Volkswagen’s 82 Billion Dollar Bet On Electric Cars Crush Tesla?

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German carmaker makes enormous investment in electric cars. Do they know something the rest of us don’t?

It is Volkswagen (OTC: VLKAY) and not Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) that holds the electric-vehicle future. If just one-third of VW’s electric ambitions bear fruit, Tesla is doomed.

The German-auto giant plans to spend $82.5 billion on electrification; an unidentified source told Reuters. Fortune reported in November 2017 that VW has as many as 80 electric models on the drawing board. Note: Volkswagen itself refused to comment on this rumor which means it is nothing but speculation.

Some important specifics that indicate the rumor might be true include:

  • Those plans will include five electric models in China by 2025, Volkswagen China CEO Jochem Heizmann told The Financial Times. Production of the first VW electric vehicles in the People’s Republic is supposed to begin in 2018.
  • Volkswagen plans to start building its first all-electric vehicle in the United States by 2020, Electrek reported. They will build the I.D. Crozz Concept sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a Volkswagen press release stated.
  • A second electric vehicle, the e-Golf hot hatchback, will also be built at Chattanooga at some point in the future.
  • Production of the e-Golf in Germany will be doubled to meet demand.
  • Volkswagen plans to market two electric cars in California: the e-Golf and the ID Cross by 2019, Green Car Reports revealed.
  • VW subsidiary Electrify America announced that it would build 500 fast-charging stations across the United States by June 2019, The Verge reported. Chargers will be installed at dealerships, and on highways, Porsche Cars North America CEO Klaus Zellme told Automotive News.
  • Volkswagen subsidiary Porsche is planning two electric models: the Mission E and an electric SUV based on the Cross Turismo, The Verge Both vehicles are scheduled to be on the market in 2020.
  • Volkswagen is so committed to electrics that it will change its logo to reflect a commitment to electrics, Bloomberg reported.
  • Volkswagen will need up to 40 factories producing enough batteries to hold a gigawatt (one billion watts) of electricity by 2030, CNN reported. Each would be the equivalent of one of Tesla’s gigafactories. VW will need 150 gigawatts of electricity to power all the cars it wants to electrify, CNN claimed.
  • Volkswagen’s Scania division has invested 10€ ($12.5 billion) in They plan to build a gigafactory battery-production facility and lab at Västerås, Sweden, Electrek reported.
  • Volkswagen’s MAN subsidiary is testing an electric semi-tractor, Clean Technica reported.
  • Volkswagen might have plans to electrify all 300 of its models by 2030, Electrek claimed.

Volkswagen Has The Money To Electrify

Volkswagen has the money to electrify as the automaker had $45.18 billion in cash and short-term investments on December 31, 2017, YCharts reported. That number was up from $43.3 billion in December 2016.

This fact means Volkswagen can pay for much, or perhaps all of its electric ambitions with the money it has in the bank. There will be no need to borrow or issue additional stock.

Volkswagen also reported a net income of $12.75 billion and earning $19.96 billion in cash from financing on December 31, 2017. Those funds came from annual revenues of $260.62 billion at the end of 2017. That number was up from $240.48 billion in December 2016, and $236.67 billion in December 2015.

Revenue figures indicate that VW has recovered quickly from the “dieselgate” scandal. The December 2017 annual revenue of $260.62 billion almost matches the December 2014 revenue number of $268.63 billion. If this continues, Volkswagen’s revenues will exceed the September 2014 high of $270.15 billion sometime next year.

To add icing to the electric cake, Volkswagen reported $506.508 billion in assets on December 31, 2017. That means it should have no trouble borrowing money if it needs to finance new plants or equipment to electrify.

Volkswagen not only has the money to electrify, but it also has the resources to borrow the money and develop the technology needed to make EVs a reality. That gives it an advantage Tesla will never be able to match: money.

Tesla Has No Money

Tesla Motors reported an “annual net income” of -$1.961 billion on December 31, 2017. That means it lost nearly two billion dollars during the year instead of making money.

Elon Musk’s company reported an “annual operating income” of -$1.632 billion on December 31, 2017. That means Tesla lost $1.632 billion from its operations.

Disturbingly, Tesla’s actual losses might be far more substantial, as the company reported an annual “free cash flow” of -$4.142 billion on December 31, 2017. That means Tesla may have lost more than $4 billion from its operations in 2017.

Tesla Is Not Making Any Money From Its Operations

Tesla Motors also reported an “investing cash flow” of around -$4.19 billion and an operating cash flow of -$60.65 million, which sounds incredibly low on the same day. There was one positive cash flow number at Tesla: it had a financing cash flow of $4.415 billion. This amount comes from the borrowing and financing of cars the company sells.

The bottom line is that Tesla is not making any money from its operations. Despite the losses, it had some money in the bank in the form of $3.523 billion in cash and short-term investments on December 31, 2017. This figure is low for the auto industry; the Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) reported cash and short-term investments of $38.927 billion on the same day.

A disturbing conclusion that one can make here is that the money Tesla has in the bank came from the financing cash flow. That is, it might be money that Elon Musk borrowed. It might explain why Tesla has so little money in the bank, when the ailing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE: FCAU) reported having $15.756 billion cash and short-term investments on New Year’s Eve in 2017.

Tesla Cannot Compete With Volkswagen

Here are a few nonfinancial numbers that prove Tesla clearly cannot compete with Volkswagen:

  • Volkswagen operates 120 production plants in Europe alone. This statistic is an undercount because the figure does not include the VW factories in North and South America, Asia, and elsewhere.
  • Tesla has two automobile production facilities: a large plant in Freemont, California, and a small facility in the Netherlands. A third factory in China is still on the drawing board.
  • Volkswagen currently manufactures around 44,170 vehicles every week worldwide.
  • News stories indicate that Musk will be struggling to manufacture 6,000 cars a week by June 2018. Elon himself admitted that the company is stuck in “production hell,” Wired reported.
  • Volkswagen plans to increase production at its factory in Zwickau, Saxony, to 1,500 cars a day in the near future, Electrek reported. That means one VW factory can produce more than twice as many cars a week as Tesla’s maximum production.

A glance at the Volkswagen Group reveals that the $294.57 Tesla share price from April 19, 2018 was pure fantasy. The company lacks the resources to justify that price. The same data shows that Volkswagen AG (ETR: VOW3) was undervalued at $212.

Skeptics will wonder what the future of Tesla is. The simple answer is that Tesla will collapse and its remains will be gobbled up by another automaker. There are too many customers and too much high-quality technology at Tesla for a competitor like Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM) or Volkswagen to pass up. The Tesla brand will survive, but Elon Musk’s company will disappear.

I would not be surprised to see Tesla join the Volkswagen Group at some point in the future. Smart investors will ignore Tesla and buy through traditional automakers like VW.

State Ordered To Rehire Employees Accused Of Abusing Disabled Patients

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Colorado’s State Personnel Board demands “union driven” dangerous re-hiring precedent.

The state of Colorado was forced to rehire employees fired for abusing a disabled man and an imprisoned teenager. One of the employees was rehired twice even though she had reportedly kicked a mentally disabled patient.

The Pueblo Regional Center, a state home for the disabled, fired Melissa Lorenzo after she was accused of putting a blanket over a patient’s head and kicking him. The State Personnel Board ordered the Center to rehire Lorenzo, The Denver Post reported. Officials tried to fire Lorenzo twice, but the board directed them to rehire her both times.

Fulton Rushing was fired after he allegedly shoved a teenaged prisoner into the floor during a fight at a youth detention center. Rushing reportedly pushed the prisoner so hard that the teenaged boy ended up going to the hospital with a concussion.

The Personnel Board ordered the state to rehire Rushing. Instead of firing, the Board recommended that the state of Colorado dock Rushing’s pay by 5%. Rushing did not return to his job, and instead, he sued the state and settled for $117,000.

State Constitution Guarantees Employees’ Jobs For Life In Colorado

The state rehired the two because the Colorado Constitution guarantees state employees’ jobs until they reach retirement age, The Post reported. Case law requires that the state subject its employees to multiple layers of “progressive discipline” instead of being fired.

That means the State Department of Human Services cannot fire employees even if they abuse the mentally ill, the disabled, or teenaged prisoners. Under current law, the only way they may fire such employees is if they are convicted of a felony or commit several offenses against vulnerable people.

Any state employee who is fired can appeal his or her termination to the State Personnel Board. The board is composed of lawyers elected by state employees, union officials (who are elected by state employees), lawyers and “human resources experts” appointed by the governor. The board can overrule state officials’ decisions and force them to rehire any terminated employee.

A proposed state law, House Bill 1065, would make it easier for Human Services to fire any employee responsible for an egregious incident of mistreatment. The law is awaiting Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper’s signature.

Lorenzo is still working at the Pueblo Regional Center, but she is not allowed near the residents for their safety, The Post reported.

 

8 tips first time gun buyers need to know BEFORE they buy

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With all the political hubbub out there about firearms, I know that there are MANY people who do not own a firearm, but are now seriously considering getting one. And to those people, I strongly urge you to do so. Our 2nd amendment rights are under attack. So now is the time to exercise your […]

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Lyme Disease Part 3

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Lyme Disease Part 3

Lyme Disease Part 3
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio player below!

Lyme disease, aka borreliosis, causes a range of symptoms and can lead to life-threatening conditions. Common Lyme symptoms include fatigue, joint pain, fibromyalgia-like pain, trouble sleeping, and difficulty with focus and memory. Left untreated, which is common, Lyme can move deep into the body, into the central nervous system, heart, and eyes.

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Lyme Disease Part 3

Lyme Disease Part 3

Lyme Disease Part 3
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio player below!

Lyme disease, aka borreliosis, causes a range of symptoms and can lead to life-threatening conditions. Common Lyme symptoms include fatigue, joint pain, fibromyalgia-like pain, trouble sleeping, and difficulty with focus and memory. Left untreated, which is common, Lyme can move deep into the body, into the central nervous system, heart, and eyes.

Listen to this broadcast or download “Lyme Disease Part 3” in player below!

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Lyme Disease Part 3

Lyme Disease Part 3

Lyme Disease Part 3
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio player below!

Lyme disease, aka borreliosis, causes a range of symptoms and can lead to life-threatening conditions. Common Lyme symptoms include fatigue, joint pain, fibromyalgia-like pain, trouble sleeping, and difficulty with focus and memory. Left untreated, which is common, Lyme can move deep into the body, into the central nervous system, heart, and eyes.

Listen to this broadcast or download “Lyme Disease Part 3” in player below!

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Camping Gear List & Checklist of Necessary Things + Nice To Have

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When you go camping, what gear do you take with you? I know that some of your camping gear list choices will vary depending on what kind of camping you’re doing (self contained multi-day hiking excursion vs. ‘base camp’). But that’s okay. I’m curious to put together a general camping gear list, including necessary things (and also things that may not be ‘necessary’ but nice to have!). Plus, regardless of whether you’re tent camping or ‘roughing it’ in a trailer 😉 there are lots of common items to take along. When all suggestions are in, I’ll make a camping gear

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Movie Monday – Pioneer Quest (By Popular Demand)

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Pioneer Quest Episode 1

Two couples assume the lives of early settlers to the West. Using only the resources and tools of the period, they will attempt to build homes, raise livestock, hunt and grow crops

This episode introduces viewers to hundreds of candidates who volunteered to spend an entire year living as 1870s settlers, and profiles both the intense selection process used to select the two couples and their move onto the Manitoba prairie.














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

The Home Apothecary: Herbal Medicine, With Recipes

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How are my amazing Apartment Homesteaders doing so far?! Y’all are seriously ROCK STARS.

Please accept another one of my virtual high fives! 🙂

You’ve made the switch to…

Well. Done.

You’re well on your way to a sustainable lifestyle in your apartment homestead. Now it’s time to take control of your personal health and wellness through the use of natural, pharm-free medicines you can grow yourself or source sustainably.

Why Herbal Medicine?

Alternative, herbal medicine—becoming your own “apartment apothecary”—is absolutely vital to your life as an apartment homesteader.

You’ve probably seen the commercials at some point—the “buy this medication” commercials that say they’ll cure psoriasis or help reduce the risk of heart failure or help male members of the species get “ready for action” in 3.2 seconds flat.

But then they list 20 different side effects from that same medicine and you can’t help but stare at the TV with the same look you had last time you watched an ill-funded community theatre play….

Pharmaceuticals are formulated to tackle one problem and one problem only, and that is what the FDA allows them to print on the label: “This medication may help with pain management.” And that is followed with the warnings: “Excessive use of this medication may cause liver failure.”

Wait. WHAT?! Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.

We already talked about how eating local, pesticide-free food can help you save money at the doctor and pharmacy.

But the switch to herbal medicine is about so much more than saving money.

It’s about cultivating your own wellness through the use of plants (the kind grown in Nature), not toxic chemicals (…grown in a…um…petri dish?). Why not take your apartment homesteading a step further and teach yourself to be your own pharmacy with natural, sustainable alternatives?

What to Expect With Herbal Medicine

I’ve talked to so many people who tried the “herbal medicine” thing and went quickly back to pharmaceuticals because the herbal remedies “didn’t work.”

And I understand why that happened. We’ve been conditioned to assume medicine works instantly—that they get rid of our headaches, cure our sinus infections, or get rid of our yeast infections as soon as the pill, cream, or spray reaches our skin or blood.

When an antibiotic doesn’t work the first time, we’ve been taught to get a second one to knock out the infection. If one round doesn’t work, we throw more at it. Which makes sense … oh wait—no, it doesn’t!

Herbal medicine is not a “quick fix” like the aspirin or Pepto-Bismol most of us are used to.

Herbal remedies create a lifetime of health and wellness by healing your body and helping each system in your body work the way it was intended to.

Alternative medicine is individualized, holistic care for a lifetime of personal health and wellness.

The goal is to find herbal remedies that work for you. The beauty of alternative medicine is the process of finding what works best for you specifically.

Start with the herbs and plants listed in the next section to start cultivating your own best alternative medicine cabinet and be on the road to your own personal, holistic health and wellness routine.

Natural Medicines to Grow Yourself and How to Use Them

If you’re visiting The Grow Network for the first time, I urge you to click around on the blog in the “Medicine” section while you’re here. The network of gardeners, homesteaders, and writers here has done some absolutely amazing work in alternative medicine already. My list below comes from the wealth of knowledge this network has already provided.

Want to learn even more about herbal remedies and all other aspects of apartment and modern homesteading? Sign up for the Lab!

Marjory published her list of the top 15 antibiotic alternatives in this blog post. I want to reiterate her list and talk about how you can grow some of those 15 super plants and use them in your own alternative medicine practice.

Garlic

Marjory will instruct you on everything you need to know about the wonder that is garlic, and you can even get your free copy of “The Miracle of Garlic: Your First Home Medicine” here.

As Apartment Homesteaders, we can grow garlic in containers in our patio gardens. Make sure you give them plenty of room to stretch out in the soil in a container that is around 18 inches deep and 12 inches wide.1)For instructions on how to grow garlic in containers: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-plant-garlic-in-contain-158494

Check out this video from TGN’s 2016 Home Grown Food Summit on how to grow great garlic!

Echinacea

One of the most visited sections of the pharmacy is the Cold and Flu section. Sinus “yuck” sufferers, get out of the pharmacy and into the garden!

If you’re like the women in my family, you know how nasty the winter sinus infection can be. The only time I’ve had to take antibiotics is for sinus infections, but Echinacea is an herbal alternative that can help knock out the sinus yuck without the harmful side effects of pharmaceutical antibiotics.

You can grow Echinacea in a pot on your garden patio.2)For instructions on how to grow Echinacea in a pot: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/growing-purple-coneflowers-containers-60904.html

But where most people dry Echinacea, recent studies have shown that fresh Echinacea has far more power to treat colds than the dried plant.3)See http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20251749,00.html

Echinacea Tea Recipe

You can make a simple fresh Echinacea tea to drink during the cold and flu season by simply adding 1/2 cup of fresh Echinacea to 8 ounces of water. Bring the water to a simmer over medium heat for a few minutes, then add the Echinacea. Simmer covered for 15 minutes. Strain and add 1-2 tablespoons of raw, local honey. (The honey is especially helpful for a sore throat and a cough).4)Find Echinacea tea and other recipes for using Echinacea medicinally here: https://thepaleomama.com/2015/07/21/homemade-echinacea-tea/

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper has shown itself worthy to replace over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen—especially for muscle and joint pain.

This is another area of the pharmacy that is overused; acetaminophen and ibuprofen have droves of loyal consumers who take the medicines daily in an attempt to heal chronic pain. But they have side effects like liver damage and ulcers, so we need a natural alternative like cayenne pepper to replace the medicines we take for pain relief.

You can grow cayenne peppers in your patio garden or in a small pot indoors.5)For instructions on how to grow cayenne peppers: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-cayenne-peppers-container-47525.html Then, simply dry your peppers in the oven on parchment-lined cookie sheets.

Cut the peppers into chunks so they dry faster and place them in the oven at about 200°F for 1–3 hours until dry. You can then grind them into a powder to use in this simple pain salve recipe:6)Recipe from https://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/herbal-pain-relief/

Pain Salve Recipe

1/2 c. olive oil
2 T. cayenne powder
1/2 oz. beeswax

Infuse the olive oil with the cayenne powder using a double boiler technique. Strain through a cheesecloth. Then melt the beeswax and stir in the cayenne-infused olive oil. Pour the liquid mixture into jars or tins. Let it cool.

You can rub this salve directly onto the painful area. Not only does it allow you to avoid the dangerous side effects of over-the-counter pain medicines, but it may also work quicker than the oral pain relievers because it reaches the area of pain immediately without having to go through your blood stream to get there.

Turmeric

Turmeric, a bright orange root, is a great one to add to your garden for dietary and medicinal uses on your apartment homestead.

Turmeric has been shown to help mobilize fat in the body and may help reduce bad cholesterol.

High cholesterol is something many American adults struggle with, and too many of us depend on cholesterol medication to keep us out of the hospital for cholesterol-related issues. You can grow turmeric on your patio or indoors and harvest for treating a whole host of other health issues, as well—from inflammatory bowel disease to gall stones.7)For instruction on how to grow turmeric in a pot: http://balconygardenweb.com/growing-turmeric-in-pots-how-to-grow-turmeric-care-uses-benefits/

Live in the Midwest like I do? Here’s how to grow turmeric and ginger in the Midwest.

One of my favorite ways to use turmeric is in a tea.8)For turmeric tea recipe: https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/balanced-living/turmeric-tea-benefits/

Turmeric Tea Recipe

Boil four cups of water, add one teaspoon of ground turmeric, and reduce the heat to simmer for 10 minutes.9)Learn how to make turmeric powder: https://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/how-to-make-turmeric-powder-at-home-from-raw-turmeric Then, strain the tea and add honey or lemon to taste. You can also add a pinch of black pepper for increased absorption. 

Ginger

Ginger is another plant you can grow fairly easily indoors on your apartment homestead.10)For instruction on how to grow ginger indoors: https://newengland.com/today/living/gardening/how-to-grow-ginger-indoors/

Ginger has been shown to have antiviral effects as well as antibacterial properties. Replace Pepto-Bismol, Imodium, Nauzene, and other medicines for stomach upset with ginger.

Ginger is one of my favorites to use when I suffer from stomach bugs. This is another one I like to take in tea form.

Ginger Tea Recipe

Simply steep between 1 and 1-1/2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger in boiling water for about 10 minutes; then, strain and sip.11)For the ginger tea recipe: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/easy-ginger-tea-23528 

Essential Oils: Round Out Your Medicine Cabinet

We’ve talked about the power of essential oils before, but we can’t have a chapter on alternative medicine without talking about essential oils!

Essential oils are super-concentrated plant extracts. They can be used to replace any and all over-the-counter medicines. And while many herbal remedies can take a little while to work, some essential oils can work almost instantly to reduce the symptoms of our maladies.

While you won’t be able to grow all the plants you need to create every herbal or alternative medicine in your apartment homestead, purchasing therapeutic-grade essential oils can help round out your apartment medicine cabinet. 

Two of My Favorite Natural Remedies

In my own alternative medicine journey, I’ve had the most difficulty replacing over-the-counter medicine in treatment of the common cold. Here are two of the best recipes I’ve found for natural alternatives to cough drops and cough syrup.

Honey and Essential Oils Lozenges Recipe

2 c. raw, local honey
20 drops Thieves essential oil blend*
20 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops oregano essential oil

Heat honey in a pot until candy thermometer reads 300°F (the “hard crack” stage). Stir constantly. Remove from heat and continue stirring until it cools slightly and starts to thicken. Make sure it is not still boiling continuously before adding your essential oils. Stir the oils in.

Then, in candy molds or on parchment paper, spoon out cough-drop-sized amounts of the honey/oils mixture. Allow to cool completely to room temperature. Store at room temperature.

* Thieves essential oil contains cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary essential oils. I buy mine from Young Living, although you could theoretically make it yourself.

Simple Cough Syrup Recipe

2 c. water
8 sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 c. fresh ginger root, finely chopped
1 c. raw, local honey
1 fresh lemon, juiced
1/8 t. cayenne pepper

Simmer thyme and ginger in water in a small pot over medium heat until the water is reduced by half. Allow to cool completely; then strain the herbs. Return the tea to the pot and whisk in honey, lemon, and cayenne pepper (which you hopefully grew yourself!).

Store in an airtight container.12)I got this recipe from the Traditional Cooking School, but I adapted it so I could make it without an instant pot: https://traditionalcookingschool.com/food-preparation/instant-pot-cough-syrup/ Take one tablespoon to soothe sore throat and calm your cough.

Check out other TGN posts on alternative medicine to arm yourself with all the tools you need to be your own apartment apothecary!

 

You can read the rest of the articles in the Apartment Homesteader series here.

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(This article was originally published on December 9, 2017.)

 

References   [ + ]

1. For instructions on how to grow garlic in containers: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-plant-garlic-in-contain-158494
2. For instructions on how to grow Echinacea in a pot: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/growing-purple-coneflowers-containers-60904.html
3. See http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20251749,00.html
4. Find Echinacea tea and other recipes for using Echinacea medicinally here: https://thepaleomama.com/2015/07/21/homemade-echinacea-tea/
5. For instructions on how to grow cayenne peppers: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-cayenne-peppers-container-47525.html
6. Recipe from https://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/herbal-pain-relief/
7. For instruction on how to grow turmeric in a pot: http://balconygardenweb.com/growing-turmeric-in-pots-how-to-grow-turmeric-care-uses-benefits/
8. For turmeric tea recipe: https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/balanced-living/turmeric-tea-benefits/
9. Learn how to make turmeric powder: https://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/how-to-make-turmeric-powder-at-home-from-raw-turmeric
10. For instruction on how to grow ginger indoors: https://newengland.com/today/living/gardening/how-to-grow-ginger-indoors/
11. For the ginger tea recipe: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/easy-ginger-tea-23528
12. I got this recipe from the Traditional Cooking School, but I adapted it so I could make it without an instant pot: https://traditionalcookingschool.com/food-preparation/instant-pot-cough-syrup/

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Best Gift For High School Graduates

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Do you have some high school graduates this year? I realize we usually send money, which all graduating students can use, but for me, I like to put together an emergency preparedness kit that high school graduates can store and have available when needed. The minute those awesome kids move out and into their own living quarters, some of these items may not be available like they were at mom or dad’s house.

I have had a few grandkids move out and go to school and they quickly learned that those “Bandaids” at moms house are now 300 miles away. It’s the simple things we take for granted that a young adult who is moving out of the nest needs in their own apartment, rental home or student housing.

High School Graduates
It’s almost like they need a “graduation shower,” with items they will need if they become sick, hungry if the power goes out, or an unforeseen emergency happens. I will add the items you suggest, so bring it to me, my friends, let’s send these young adults off with the stuff they need.

Here’s the deal, I made a first aid kit for college: First Aid Kit For College  It’s definitely a good start, but they need even more now that our country and the world are so unsettled.

Gift Ideas-High School Graduates

Cash

Everyone can use cash, right? I would recommend some ones and fives in an envelope for an emergency cash stash.

First Aid Kit

Please start with fever reducers, cough syrup, silver solution, cough drops, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or whatever your young adult uses for over the counter drugs. I highly recommend this medical book and other items for every member of the family, and yes, even students:

I love essential oils, but I have to be careful or the FDA will shut down my website. Yes, it has been done to other bloggers. I will not say essential oils or a silver solution will cure anything, please use your own judgment when it comes to natural remedies. I rarely go to the doctor and my entire family is the same way. I have 17 grandchildren, so you know I have a large family.

We have learned to heal our bodies naturally, it’s not for everyone. Oh yes, we go to the doctor if there is any question. We are medical savvy, so to speak. I have had my grandchildren say, “grandma I need some silver or Breathe essential oils.” It’s how we roll, you must do what is right for you and your family.

Flashlight

If you want to give a flashlight, please throw in a few extra batteries, the high school graduates will thank you! I gifted a solar one to my granddaughter that is hand crank, USB charger, or solar. This is the one I buy for all family members: Goal Zero Flashlight

Water Storage

Here’s the deal with water storage. Yes, we can give a few cases of water from the grocery store, that’s awesome. But, for the long-term please consider these BlueCans. I know they are expensive, but all my grandkids will be getting these. Some already have them for emergencies. Think disaster, these will store in temperatures up to 145-150 degrees. They come 24 cans to a box. Skip a few sodas or eating out and you can afford these.

If you live near one of their distributors you can pick them up and save on shipping. This is all I wanted for Christmas last year, BlueCans. I can sleep at night. Like a baby.

Food Storage

It would be really nice to give pantry size containers like these for emergencies. I purchased these through Thrive Life. These could be freeze-dried and will keep for their entire college period if stored in a dark cool place.

High School Graduates

These are freeze-dried packages from Thrive Life that are great for couples for wedding gifts and high school graduates. Here is a link if you want to check these out: Thrive Life Food Storage

A few other items that would be awesome would be items to fill a pantry, or at least partially. Please give them a can opener and a pair of scissors. They will be opening packages of pasta, beans, rice and cans of just about any food to fill their bellies. I picture ramen noodles being a favorite. I know, I can hear some people say, “but that’s processed food.” Well, it’s also called starving students, I know, because I was there once.

Cell phone charger

Who wouldn’t love an extra cell phone charger, right?

72-Hour Kit

I’m sure you know what can go in a student 72-hour kit: toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, menstrual supplies, etc. The list is endless. I would just think to yourself: “what would I need for the next three days?”

Emergency Car Kit

The best place I have found for a fairly cheap emergency car kit would be Costco or Sam’s club. They have them once a year around Christmas time for under $35.00, typically. It’s a start, but a very good bag filled with car items for a student.

Tool Kit

You know we take for granted that we have a screwdriver, hammer, pliers, etc. A small tool kit for a student would be awesome. I have seen some really nice ones at IKEA. Or you can put together a tool kit bag for your student on your own.

Pans-Dishes-Silverware

If your student is lucky enough to have a food card, woohoo! If not, just think of any extra kitchen utensils like plates, cups, silverware, etc. They will gladly take them. I promise.

I hope this post today gives you several ideas for your high school graduate’s gift ideas. I will add others as I think of them. May God bless you and your family. Thanks for being prepared NOW for the unexpected.

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Graduation Cap: AdobeStock_63395468 by Ktsdesign

First Aid Kit by Linda

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23 Best Ways to Get Rid Of Mosquito Bites

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Editor’s note:  Mosquito season has started in many states.  It is predicted to be a particularly bad one in Texas, due to the recent floods and increase in breeding grounds.  The following article provides several great ways to get rid of mosquito bites using simple, inexpensive and readily available solutions. This article first appeared in Pest Strategies.com https://www.peststrategies.com/ How To Get Rid Of Mosquito Bites (23 Of The Best Ways) Imagine this. You’re on a well-deserved vacation in the Caribbean, and […]

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EMP Survival: How To Be One Of The 10% Who Survive

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The United States has conducted five atomic weapons tests in outer space. On July 9th, 1962 they conducted a test that would become known as Starfish Prime. The test was done in the Pacific and exploded so high that it devastated the satellites that were orbiting the earth. It wasn’t the explosion that mangled the […]

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Composting For A Healthy Garden – How to Compost

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Tired of the same ole ‘reruns’, endless tv series, media, commercials, and couch crashing? Me too… Getting back in tune with ourselves and our place in nature is now dire. Starting your own compost pile is but one of a million ways to get back to our ‘roots’ and spend a little more time outside … Read more…

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