Reading The Weather Signs And Preparing Accordingly

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Here we go again! Us preppers, always talking about the great and heavy importance of staying prepared. And with the issue at hand, today is no different. Weather forecasting is a dying skill and people nowadays rely too much on the weather channel to plan their trips. As we all know and can fairly easily … Read more…

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5 Gardening Myths That Seemingly Everyone Believes

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5 Gardening Myths That Seemingly Everyone Believes (No. 2 Shocked Us)

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We have all grown in our gardening experiences by words of wisdom from those gardeners who have come and gone before us, and we’ve even followed gardeners who have TV shows, blogs and websites dedicated to their art.

Of course, there’s a lot of advice that we’ve accepted that is nothing more than myth. This is not to say the advice is not entirely false, but it is not entirely true, either.

These myths have been around so long that even some of the experts take them to heart.

1. All organic pesticides and sprays are safe. Although it’s common sense to question how safe a pesticide is, many gardeners take organic pesticides for granted. Most of the time it is safe, but there are some natural ingredients that are just as dangerous, or more so, than commercial chemicals.

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Sulphur, for example, was used by early gardeners, but it can be deadly. The same goes for warfarin, sabadilla, rotenone and nicotine, even though they are plant-based. Even pyrethrin, when used long enough, can harm you and your garden. When looking for natural alternatives, be sure to investigate their safety.

2. Fresh vegetables are far more nutritious than frozen or canned vegetables. Well, how fresh is fresh? It is true that fresh vegetables are healthier for you, but only when they are freshly picked. The vegetables you purchase in the grocery stores usually make quite the trip from the field to the shelves of the store. Sometimes the journey takes several days or even weeks to get to the final destination. Enzymes are naturally being released by the vegetables during storage and shipping, causing the vegetables to lose nutrients and minerals. However, when the produce is fresh-picked and quick-frozen, most of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are preserved. This is good to keep in mind for your own garden produce: If you’re not planning on eating your harvest within a short time, don’t delay in preserving it.

5 Gardening Myths That Seemingly Everyone Believes (No. 2 Shocked Us)

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3. Kitchen scraps are all you need for compost. How many of us have compost bins by our gardens, and walk our kitchen scraps out there after each meal? Yet kitchen waste, if that’s all you’re using, is too strong for your garden. You need a mix of leaves (known as brown) and kitchen waste (known as green). There needs to be the correct balance between the two, meaning having more brown than green. The breakdown of these two things creates compost. You can always put extra kitchen scraps into a worm box, or vermicomposter.

4. Watering vegetable plants in the sun will kill them. How often have we been told this one? It’s definitely one believed by many experts. The most common reason gardeners accept this myth is on the premise that the water acts as a magnifying glass. The sun’s rays will hit the water and they will burn the vegetable plants, especially the leaves.

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The truth is the water isn’t strong enough to magnify the sunlight enough to the required heat needed to burn the leaves and plants. Now, this doesn’t mean high noon is the perfect time to water your garden. Be reasonable.

5. Organic gardens are more expensive than traditional gardens. This myth has become more common as people are starting to want more and more organic products and food. Organic produce from any grocery store is more expensive — it’s true. Growing your own organic vegetables are not, however. When you cut out any commercial fertilizers and pesticides, you are saving money. By making your own mulch and compost from scraps and leaves from your yard, you will be saving even more money. Re-use containers and use mixtures of hot soapy water, garlic and hot pepper to keep away unwanted pests. Dead leaves can be used, along with lawn cuttings and scraps, to make fertilizer. Save seeds from your current produce to use for next season. Dry the seeds out and store them in a cool, dry place away from the sun. This is a great way to have a successful garden, as the healthy plants have healthy seeds.

The best way to garden is to do your research and speak to experts and fellow gardeners alike. The more you know, the better your garden will be. You will be able to decide what is true and what isn’t, and your garden will thank you.

What myths would you add to this list? Share your myths in the section below:

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When you are NOT at the top of the food chain

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People want to move out to the woods, people often do not understand what that means.  By that I mean that wild animals often call the shots and while unlikely could turn the tables on the almighty human.  Here are a few examples I’ve seen / observed in the last 2 weeks.

  • Bear:  There has been a big bear stalking our trash, he even opened a “bear proof” locking trash container and had his way with everything inside.  It was NOT left out overnight.
  • Bear x2:  Dog going crazy out on the deck at night and I went outside, there was the same bear about 20 yards away just staring at me before slowly walking off like he didn’t have a care in the world.
  • Lion:  Recent snow (yes it still snows at elevation) revealed mountain lion tracks close to the homestead, a neighbor up the road lost a goat to said lion recently.  More than the bear these are freaky because you never see  them.
  • Fox, Turkey, Deer, Elk:  Not exactly a threat but nonetheless still around which do draw the larger predators in.

I love living out here and when I go outside, especially at night, I’m overly cautious and have a firearm on me.  The chances of getting assaulted by a bear or lion are slim but they are still there and under cover of darkness they have the advantage.  We humans believe we are all powerful and run the show but reality is out here, we could be nothing more than a meal.

Good times.

 

Are You Ready to Pay $8.00 per Gallon for Gas

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If you have filled up lately, you have noticed that gas prices have been steadily inching higher.  Enjoy these prices while they last because chaos is again on the horizon. 

Garden Vegetable Calories

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While deciding which vegetables to grow in your ‘survival garden’, among the many things to consider might be the number of calories that you will get in return for the vegetables that you choose to grow. In an environment in which you are doing your best to procure calories, this will be especially important as you seek to maximize your caloric return for your time and effort. When it comes to survival & level 4 preparedness (self sufficiency), your gardens will need to produce calories. Lots of vegetables are low in calories, but there are some which carry a fairly

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Weekly Watchman & Current Events – May 1, 2018

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Current Events and Bible Prophecy – Prepped & Aware!

 

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “The Age of Insecurity″ – 4/29/18
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – April 29, 2018
  • Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update – April 30, 2018.
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – April 28, 2018
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – IRAN HAS 80,000 FIGHTERS IN SYRIA – 4/29/18
  • Mark Correll Ministries – “Prophecy in Today’s News ” – 4/26/2018
  • Jason A – They DON’T Want You to See This! (2018-2019)

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “The Age of Insecurity″ – 4/29/18

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – April 29, 2018

 

Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update – April 30, 2018.

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – April 28, 2018

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – IRAN HAS 80,000 FIGHTERS IN SYRIA – 4/29/18

 

Mark Correll Ministries – “Prophecy in Today’s News ” – 4/26/2018

 

Jason A – They DON’T Want You to See This! (2018-2019)

 

Peace
Todd

Home invasion in Argentina: 3 Very important lessons learned

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Home invasions usually go down in a somewhat similar manner. Bad guys break in, if there’s occupants inside they may or many not get hurt/killed, sometimes they fight back and kill/injure the bad guys and that’s pretty much it.

Its not always that simple though and this recent incident that took place in Argentina is an interesting case study.

79 year old Carlos lives with his disabled wife and grandson in City Bell, Argentina. They are good people and help neighbours in need. One such person is 23 year old Nahuel Alejandro Ferraro, who sells cleaning supplies door to door to make a living. For months Carlos helps Nahuel with money, feeds him when he’s down on his luck, buys some supplies for him to sell. They become friends and Nahuel eventually introduces them to his new girlfriend. One day said girlfriend drops by to visit Carlos, asks if she can use the bathroom and as she walks into the house a man wearing a motorcycle helmet pushes both of them in at knife point demanding money. The old man walks towards his room and gives the burglar what little money he had. That’s not enough and the burglar demands more. When the burglar is distracted Carlos grabs a Doberman revolver, 32 caliber. As he turns he sees the attacker closing in with his knife. He shoots once, hitting the man in the chest, stopping the attack. The man later dies in the hospital.

You can imagine the old man’s surprise when after removing the helmet they ID the robber as Nahuel Alejandro Ferraro, the young man he had been helping all along.

Carlos would later say “I am very sorry, I had no choice but to shoot. I treated him like my own grandson, fed him, gave him money”.

Carlos’s actual grandson would later say during an interview, crying with frustration “You know, we treated him like family. The sad thing is that my grandfather would have given him the money anyway if he had just asked”.

This is one of those sad, ironic stories, but there’s a few good lessons here:

1)You cannot trust strangers… or people in general.

This guy was a friend of the family. They were already helping him out. There was no reason for him to use violence. They knew that he had a troubled criminal past and helped him out in spite of it with food, money and friendship without judging him, trying to keep him on the good side of the law. None of that mattered and he still went after them with a knife.  Was this criminal an idiot? Sure, many criminals are, but he was also evil.

But the point is that while most criminals attack people they don’t know, others are borderline psychotic and will befriend their victims, spending months or years planning and lying, pretending to be friends and earning their trust. This is particularly common in fraud and identity theft, or marriage followed by murder just to keep the inheritance.

You just have to careful with who you trust.

2) 32 long is the best caliber for stopping knife attacks…

I’m joking!  But it did get the job done. My point here is sometimes we obsess over the ideal round and stopping power yet its not the first time I hear of a single 32 long round to the chest stopping someone cold. Shot placement and sure, a bit of luck, goes a long way. If I get to choose I’d go for a 357 magnum. If that’s too much for the person to handle then some good 38 special defensive loads. But a 32 sure is better than no gun at all. So is 22LR.

3)The use of the revolver. The Doberman 32 revolver used in this case saved this man’s life.

It had been inherited and 79 year old Carlos was definitely not a gun person. But remember the post I did just a few days ago, about when is a revolver better than a pistol? This is the perfect example. Little or no training, forgotten for decades, yet a good revolver (in some cases even a bad one) can save the day and go “boom!” when you pick it up and pull the trigger. An auto in the hands of someone with little or no experience is more likely to cause trouble. Empty chamber, safeties, things that just can go wrong at the worst possible moment if someone isn’t well trained in the use of such firearm. Do I recommend getting a revolver over a Glock? Well yes, if you are not going to get professional training and practice with certain frequency then I do. For those serious about self-defense autos are clearly the better choice.

What’s the Doberman revolver like? It’s junk.

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I had a Doberman 22LR revolver myself that belonged to my father. What a POS. The trigger, hammer and frame were pot metal and eventually broke after a couple hundred rounds fired. I literally ended up breaking that gun to pieces with my bare hands, so soft and brittle was that excuse of a gun. Broke it and left it to rust away in a flowerpot, only useful as iron for the plants. I think the barrel and cylinder where the only parts made of actual steel.

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”

Book Review: Carrying Concealed Weapons

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Book Review: CCW Carrying Concealed Weapons Ahern brings more than two decades of concealed carry writing experience (and more than a quarter century of actually carrying concealed weapons on a daily basis) to his new book This is the definitive “how-to” book giving step-by-step, illustrated instructions on how to carry concealed weapons and how to know when others are as well. Sound advice and alternatives are provided from choosing your weapon, to body language, to holsters, to clothing restrictions, ankle and leg carry options, off-body carry, fanny packs, and much more. This book also provides information on concealed storage of weapons, spotting

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Free PDF: ARC Checklist for People with Mobility Problems

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For the millions of Americans with mobility problems, emergencies such as fires and floods present a special challenge. Protecting yourself and your family when disaster strikes requires planning ahead.  This American Red Cross Checklist for People with Mobility Problems will help you get started. Discuss these ideas with your family, friends, or a personal care attendant, and prepare an emergency plan. Post the plan where everyone will see it. When I worked in the states fixed nuclear facilities program my main duty was training, but I had additional duties to ensure that the local emergency management officials at the county levels knew the

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Malaria: Important Things To Know

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MALARIA

World's most dangerous creature?

World’s most dangerous creature?

The world is full of dangerous critters, and we’re lucky not to run into the grand majority of them during our daily lives. Animals that present a threat to humans usually live in habitats that are in the wilderness or the deep ocean, where population densities of people are low and encounters infrequent.

You might consider the Great White Shark to be the most dangerous animal in the world, but you’d be wrong. It’s not the black mamba snake of Africa, nor the cone snail of tropical waters; Indeed, in terms of the sheer number of human deaths, a creature much smaller is involved: The lowly mosquito, which puts Jaws and all the classic creatures from our nightmares to shame.

Mosquitoes, especially those in the Anopheles, Aedes, and Culex families, are responsible for more deaths than any other animal (humans excluded). According to the World Health Organization, mosquito bites are the cause of one million deaths every year. But a mosquito bite is a direct way of getting a disease indirectly; the mosquito itself isn’t the cause, it’s a “vector”, a way-station for a microbe on its way to its eventual host. These organisms are rarely, if ever, fatal to the mosquito they live in, but can be to their eventual host: Warm-blooded animals that the mosquito bites, like humans.

MALARIA

Life Cycle of Malaria

Life Cycle of Malaria

The majority of deaths from infectious diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are caused by a disease known as malaria. It was originally thought that the disease came from foul marsh air, thus came to be known as  “mal aria” or “bad air”.

The World Health Organization believes that 300-500 million cases of malaria occur every year, with 1 million deaths. 1700 cases are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) annually in the United States, mostly by those traveling outside the country.

Malaria is caused by one of four species of microbe called “plasmodium“, of which p. falciparum seems to be the worst. Plasmodium lives in the gut of mosquitoes. When female mosquitos (only females bite humans) of the anopheles species inject these micro-organisms into a human body, they colonize organs such as the liver. Once there, they travel through your circulation to damage blood cells and other organs.

modern range of malaria organisms

modern range of malaria organisms

Looking at the map of the current range of anopheles mosquitoes, you would think the United States is immune to issues relating to malaria. This is primarily due to the common availability of air conditioning systems, drained swamp areas, and improved health care in modern times. Malaria was thought, however, to be a significant problem, especially in the South, in the 18th and 19th centuries; even today, a remote homestead or a community off the grid due to a major disaster might still be vulnerable to an outbreak.

It should be noted that, besides anopheles, other species of mosquitoes carry micro-organisms that invade and cause damage to organs. One instance that created a sensation recently was the aedes mosquito that transmitted Zika virus to the brains of fetuses in Brazil in a 2015-16 epidemic.

SYMPTOMS OF MALARIA

Plasmodium organism under the microscope

Plasmodium organism under the microscope

Symptoms of Malaria appear flu-like and present as periodic chills, fever, and sweats.  The classic appearance includes:

High fever (often reaching up to 104° F or more)
Chills
Shaking
Extreme sweating
Fatigue
Discomfort (known as “malaise”), joint, and body aches
Headache
Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

Some develop jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes due to liver damage.

Although most people begin to experience symptoms 10 days to 4 weeks after infected, it is possible to be without symptoms for up to 1 year after you are infected. Bouts of severe symptoms every two or three days is common.

Some types of malaria can lead to repeat bouts of sickness. The parasites can go dormant in the liver for a period of time after infection. When they become active again, the person gets sick again, known as a “recurrence”.

Over time, the patient becomes anemic as blood cells are lost to the infection. With time, periods between episodes become shorter and permanent organ damage may occur.

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

Malaria can be treated and controlled

Malaria can be treated and controlled

Diagnosis of malaria cannot be confirmed without a microscope, but anyone experiencing relapsing fevers with severe chills and sweating should be considered candidates for treatment.  The medications used for Malaria include Chloroquine, Quinine, and Quinidine; other, later-generation drugs, are also available.

Sometimes, an antibiotic such as Doxycycline or Clindamycin is used in combination with the above. Physicians are usually sympathetic towards prescribing these medications to those who are contemplating trips to places where mosquitos are rampant, such as tropical climates. These drugs are also available as veterinary equivalents in avian or aquatic form.

MOSQUITO CONTROL

Of course, the fewer mosquitos near your retreat, the less likely you will fall victim to one of these diseases. You can decrease the population of mosquitos in your area and improve the likelihood of preventing illness by:

  • Looking for areas of standing water that could serve as mosquito breeding grounds. Drain all water that you do not depend on for survival.
  • Monitoring the screens on your retreat windows and doors and repairing any holes or defects.
  • Being careful to avoid outside activities at dusk or dawn. This is the time that most mosquitos are most active.
  • Wear long pants and shirts whenever you venture outside.
  • Have a good stockpile of insect repellants. If you are going to use sunscreen, apply it first and then apply the insect repellant.

Some insect repellants are meant to be applied to clothing only, such as Permethrin. DEET, however, is acceptable for exposed skin; those areas not covered with clothing.  DEET is acceptable for pregnant and breastfeeding women when used correctly (and, preferably, at 35% or less concentrations).

Many are reluctant to use chemical repellants, and there are EPA-accepted natural remedies. Plants that contain Citronella may be rubbed on your skin to discourage bites.  Lemon balm has been recommended in the past, but, despite having a fragrance similar to citronella, does not have the same bug-repelling properties.

When you use an essential oil to repel insects, re-apply frequently and feel free to combine oils as needed. Besides Citronella oil, you may consider:

  • Lemon Eucalyptus oil
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Clove oil
  • Rosemary oil

A large amount of damage can occur to humans as a result of small insects. Knowing how to recognize major insect-borne diseases, along with a program of systematic control of bug populations can decrease the number of people that have to deal with signficiant illnesses.

Joe Alton MD

Joe Alton MD

Joe Alton MD

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Free Bread Baking 101 Course!

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If you’re afraid to get started with baking bread or struggle with getting a good loaf of bread then this course will help you. You’ll learn common terms and tips and tricks. I also touch on ways to be able to eat bread on a Paleo and Ketogenic diet! Bet you didn’t even know that […]

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Ron Paul: “Baby Alfie may have been murdered by the British health system”

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by Dr. Ron Paul

Originally Published at the Ron Paul Institute

Baby Alfie, the Latest Victim of an Omnipotent Government

Twenty-three-month-old Alfie Evans passed away in a British hospital on … Read the rest

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Companion Planting Chart For 10 Popular Vegetables

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Did you know that… – Some vegetable garden plants should NOT be planted next to each other. – Other vegetables LOVE to grow next to each other… Certain plants, when grown together, improve each other’s health and yields. For instance, some plants attract beneficial insects that help to protect a companion, while other plants (particularly herbs) act as repellents. Additionally, plants that require a lot of the same nutrients as their neighbors may struggle to get enough for themselves, producing lackluster crops. – Farmers Almanac   Tip: Flowers, especially Marigolds are as good as gold when grown with just about

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Preserving Your Favorite Treats – From Cheetos to Chocolate and Everything In Between

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As we work to build up our food stores, the most important things I can put back are foods that are nutrient-dense and will keep our bodies in tip-top condition.

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Cheesy Taco Casserole Recipe – An Easy To Prepare, Make Ahead Dish

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I have been making this cheesy taco casserole recipe for over 25 years. It is one of my favorite go-to, quick and easy weeknight meals. It takes little time to prepare and is a family favorite for even the pickiest

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But Where’s The Application?

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    I love to read inspiring articles and opinions/commentaries. And my heart is always over-joyed when the words I read echo the sound of the Lord’s voice that I hear. There are even times that I feel like I could have written what I’m reading — that’s how close the narrative is to how I would explain a particular Biblical truth or concept.
     But it saddens me when the narrative falls short of telling us how to apply that truth. Of course that is not true when reading the Bible. The Word is very clear how to administer God’s principles. For instance, He holds us accountable and responsible for every word, thought, action, attitude, and motive. He makes it clear how He expects us to respond …. When we offend others, we are to ask forgiveness and make proper restitution [if needed], as declared in Exodus and Leviticus. The application of this principle/concept is evident in the story of Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, in Luke 19:8-10. Furthermore, the result of the application is confession and salvation, as stated in Romans 10:10. God tells us what He wants us to do, and then He tells us how to do it.

     However, it is not only articles that have left me searching for how to walk out this Christian life. Oftentimes, I have heard brilliant sermons establishing God’s heart on a particular subject matter — for example, taking every thought captive. I have heard how to recognize when we need to take a thought captive; why it is important to do so; the consequences of failing to do it; and even where that captive thought comes from. But I have rarely been given the practical application of how to do it.

     So when I see an article’s headline that shouts The Only Way To Stop The Devil From Stealing, Killing, and Destroying In Your Life, I’m thinking, “This is going to be great! Not only does this article seem to be saying they have the Best method, but the Only method”. And, I have to tell you that I was really impressed with some of the ideas expressed … namely, we don’t have to let our feelings or circumstances control us when we are facing overwhelming situations. In those moments, God wants us to stand still and see His salvation/deliverance/healing.
    And I was in total agreement with the following paragraph: “If we are broken at the beginning of our journey, and we are not keeping our eyes on God, the enemy’s job is to take what is broken and scatter the broken pieces even further apart. The devil’s job is to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). Father wants us healed and whole. God is not expecting us to be perfect soldiers. He is looking for the soldiers that will say yes and obey His will. We are to believe and trust in becoming whole from brokenness as we remain in Him during our journey”. I have never heard such a concise implication of Luke 4:18-19 and Isaiah 61:1. Furthermore, these are the very experiences that I have witnessed in the Deliverance Ministry that my husband and I have been called to by God.
     I was thrilled to read the writer’s words: whether health issues, financial struggles, family issues, or brokenness that results in emotional and mental problems, abandonment, rejection or loneliness, it is always the desire of God’s heart to heal us. “You were created to overcome. You were created to have dominion. You were created for purpose, on purpose“. Amen! I’m in total agreement! But then I realize that I’m at the end of the article. I understand the concept. I understand that “Once we line up with [God’s divinely willed purpose for our lives], there will be no more broken pieces”. Again, I agree! I get that we need to come into agreement with God’s plan for our lives, and we can expect to be made whole. But HOW do we do that???
     It’s not enough to get the concept! If we aren’t told [or discern on our own] how to apply that truth of the concept to our lives, then does anything really change? If I’m unable to put that truth into action, then how do my circumstances change? How do I overcome? Have dominion?
    There is so much well-written encouragement and exhortation in our Christian media and from our pulpits. And I know how difficult it can be to express what your spirit and heart want to convey — I know I have been guilty of falling short of my desired goal many times. So, I am holding myself to the same high standard that I am calling the Christian community to… it’s not enough for me to call your attention to an important principle of Christian life without also presenting how God’s Word expects us to accomplish it. I am doing you a disservice if I’m unable to point you to His instruction in His Word; to encourage you to meditate upon it; and to determine your own belief system (based on Scripture) and be able to support it.
     Sadly, I discern that too many in the Body of Christ are willing to accept a teaching without ever questioning it or applying it. So you have Believers that are blown about by every changing wind of doctrine, or who settle for a diminished definition of the Great Commission because they have never been taught the full application of God’s Word, or seen it modeled. It’s not enough to recite a lot of Scripture, if you don’t know how to apply it. Knowledge is not revelation; and revelation without application does not bear fruit. It is my hope that the Christian community becomes more attuned to equipping the Body of Christ to make true disciples of our Lord; people who know God’s commandments and are able to guide others into the application of His will.

Philippians 4:9    The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the Source] of peace and well-being will be with you.

3 Muffin Recipes That Are Easy To Make

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I’m sharing 3 muffin recipes with you today because you can make them year round. I love them for breakfast, snacks, and brunch get-togethers. Mark and I had to pick up some muffins for about 150 people for a picnic at the park in our neighborhood a few weeks ago. Homemade ones are so much better than store-bought ones, but life is too hectic to make that many. We served breakfast to families which included muffins, juice, bananas, milk, and chocolate milk. The chocolate milk went really fast as well as the store purchased muffins. You know when you go a few months and you forget how good a moist breakfast cupcake is, that’s what I call them, you know it’s time to bake some.

These 3 muffin recipes are can be made with ingredients from your pantry. Please teach your children to cook from scratch. If your grandchildren or nieces or nephews live close to you they would love to grab a bowl and mix up a batch, I promise. I use bread flour because that’s all I store. Yes, you can use regular enriched white flour. Cupcake/Muffins Liners and Silicone Liners

3 Muffin Recipes

3 Muffin Recipes

1. The Perfect Muffins

I love this recipe because it’s a basic one that you can add just about anything to it that you enjoy.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour (I use bread flour)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 egg, slightly beaten

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 12-muffin pan, or use paper liners. Combine the dry ingredients, then stir in the egg, oil, and milk. Mix with a fork just until the flour disappears. The batter will be lumpy. Use 1/4 measuring cup to scoop the batter into muffin cups. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

PRINTABLE recipe: by Food Storage Moms

3 Muffin Recipes

2. Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups flour (I use bread flour)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg, slightly beaten

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup fresh blueberries or thawed frozen blueberries

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 12-muffin pan, or use paper liners. Combine the dry ingredients. In a small mixing bowl, mix the egg, milk, and oil. Make a well in the flour mixture, pour in the egg mixture and blueberries. Stir until the flour mixture is moistened, the batter will be lumpy. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

PRINTABLE recipe: by Food Storage Moms

3 Muffin Recipes

3. Apple Muffins

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups flour (I use bread flour)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 cup peeled, shredded/grated apple

1/3 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the dry ingredients. Stir together the remaining ingredients. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened. Fill the greased muffin cups half full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

PRINTABLE recipe: by Food Storage Moms

I hope you try my 3 muffin recipes because you can make them from scratch with the ingredients out of your pantry. Add some fresh fruit and eggs from the refrigerator and you are good to go. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world.

More Quick and Easy Ones by Linda

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Blueberry Muffins: AdobeStock_90602914 by Sewcream

Apple Muffins: AdobeStock_59697848 by Karinrin

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In Praise of Growing Parsley (With Recipe)

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I love parsley. But I have to confess, it’s not something I have grown a lot of in previous years. I normally just keep two plants in my greenhouse to cut on throughout the year for cooking and garnish.

Back when I suggested the idea of a “Green of the Month” blog series to Merin Porter, our fabulous director of editorial content, she was totally on board. However, she cautioned me that TGN readers were pretty discerning on the subject of healthy greens and were looking for something more than just posts on how to grow lettuce at home. In particular, she pointed me to a post on healthy salad greens wherein one of our readers raised the subject of lots of lesser known greens.

You can check out the full article here.

Read More: “Spice Things Up With These Healthy Salad Greens” 

I want to zero in on part of a comment from Paul. He writes:

“No mention that parsley is likely one of the best greens in the world (with more phytonutrients than any plant).”

As an avid herb gardener, I have always thought of parsley as an herb, meant to be used sparingly. When I read Paul’s comment and started to think about the flavors that make salads and sautéed greens tasty, I realized Paul had a point.

The Goods on Growing Parsley

There’s a lot to love about parsley.

Ridiculously Nutritious

Paul’s right on the health front. There’s compelling evidence that parsley might be a super green—even in small quantities. Like many flavorful greens, parsley is a powerhouse of vitamins A, C, and K. In just 8 calories’ worth—or half a cup—you can get 554% of your daily allotment of vitamin K, over half your vitamin C, and 15% of your vitamin A. You also make a dent in your required amounts of folate, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium.

Where parsley really rocks, though, is in the phytonutrients. Now, I am not a medical doctor, scientist, or nutritionist. But what I understand about phytonutrients is that science is just barely scratching the surface of knowing why these are so important. What we’re learning, however, is that even small quantities can make a big difference in human health.

Parsley in particular has a wide range of flavonoid antioxidants, including uteolin, apigenin, lycopene, beta carotene, and alpha carotene. It also has volatile oil compounds like myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. 1)https://draxe.com/parsley-benefits

Parsley’s particular mix of phytonutrients are believed to have anti-aging, cancer-preventative, antifungal, antibacterial, gastrointestinal, and bad breath-fighting benefits. It is often used as a digestive aid and as a diuretic to help promote urinary tract health.

Delicious

Like mustard and arugula, two greens I’ve also covered in this series, parsley has a strong flavor profile. I wouldn’t call it “peppery,” but more like “savory meets lemony and minty in a balanced way.” It has tang, yet when mixed with other greens, its flavor is not overwhelming.

Read More: “Growing Arugula: The Rocket in Your Salad Bowl and Garden (With Recipe)”

Read More: “Mustard Greens: What You Need to Know Before You Grow (With Recipe)”

Even though it took reading Paul’s comment to make me think of parsley as a green, I’ve been a huge fan of its flavor for a long time. My favorite way to eat parsley is chopped to bits, drowned in garlic, butter, and salt, and poured over potatoes, pasta, or escargot (when I can find them at the store). Its pungency stands up well to the creamy, spicy, sharp flavors of that particular combo quite well.

I am also learning to appreciate its subtlety in a salad. Finely chopped, it blends right in with other softer-textured greens. It adds a lemony, crisp freshness that makes even simple salads stand out. Of course, it is also awesome in tabouleh.

Garden Versatility

Some greens don’t age well. Once they hit maturity, you have to harvest them or they turn bitter and lose their texture. Parsley, however, is most often left in the ground as a long-standing herb. As a biennial (meaning it flowers and goes to seed in its second year of life), it can even overwinter in warm climates (or greenhouses).

You can grow parsley as a green in beds like you would lettuces. Alternately, you can use it in your edible landscape or herb garden. Parsley doesn’t mind partial shade, particularly in hot weather. It also grows well in containers—even indoors in a sunny windowsill.

Habitat for Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars

As I said, I’ve been growing parsley in my greenhouse. In spring and summer, I open up my greenhouse doors and windows. So, sometimes I get wildlife visitors.

Two years ago, I came in one morning to find all the leaves of my parsley plant missing. I thought maybe a rabbit had visited until I noticed beautiful caterpillars crawling all over my plant. I counted 20—which explained why so many leaves were missing. I did a little Internet research and discovered they were Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly larvae.

Since those caterpillars had pretty much eaten all the leaves already, I cut off the stems with the caterpillars in place and took them over to a stand of Queen Anne’s Lace I had growing.

I thought my parsley was done for. How could it recover from such devastation?  But o my surprise, a few days later it had new growth. That plant came back with vigor and grew strong until the following spring.

The moral of the story? In addition to be being tasty and a nutritional powerhouse, parsley makes a perfect habitat for swallowtail butterflies. Plant a few extra as encouragement for those beautiful pollinators.

Read More: “Attracting Pollinators to the Garden Year After Year”

Parsley Recipe

Don’t let all that parsley go to the butterflies, though! Save some to use for this super-simple sauce that goes great on fish, pasta, or potatoes. Parsley sauce is often considered an old-fashioned sauce. Personally, I think it deserves a revival!

Simple Parsley Sauce

  • 3 Tablespoons butter or lard
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour (or other thickening agent)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to your taste

Parsley sauce is a kind of gravy. You start by making a roux. To do this, melt your butter or lard in a sauce pan. Toss in your parsley and garlic and sauté them together for a few seconds. Then, over low heat, add the flour and stir the mixture quickly to make a smooth paste.

Once you have your paste, add your milk little by little. As you stir, your milk will start to thicken. As it thickens, add more milk until it is all stirred in. Remove your sauce from the heat. Add salt and pepper to your taste.

If you don’t use flour, substitute whatever thickening agent you prefer. Corn starch or arrowroot powder also work, although they do change the flavor profile a bit.

Personally, I love this sauce served over trout or gnocchi. You can also add a splash of lemon juice and some capers to the sauce to lighten it up.

A Few Cautions About Parsley

Now there are also a couple of things to be aware of before you make parsley part of your garden and your diet.

It’s in the Carrot Family

Parsley—like carrots, parsnips, fennel, celery, dill, coriander, and caraway—belongs to the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family. If you are planning to include parsley in your garden rotation, you will want to avoid planting it after its relatives.

It’s also susceptible to some of the same pests as carrots, such as the carrot root fly. If you already have issues with these, you may need to take extra precautions by growing lots of parsley for regular greens.

Health Concerns

Just like with other leafy greens high in vitamin K, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing—especially for people on blood thinners or who may be pregnant. Although it’s rare, some people may have skin reactions when handling parsley.

Growing Parsley

My previous Green of the Month posts are about really-easy-to-grow mustard, arugula, and kale. Those three plants can be started directly in the garden and are almost hard not to grow. Parsley takes a bit more work to get started. However, once established, it’s a low-maintenance plant and can be harvested for a year in some climates.

Soil Preparation

Parsley can tolerate soil pH ranges from about 5.5 to 6.7. Unlike carrots, which are light feeders, parsley is considered a heavy feeder.  It will need more fertilization than other plants in the carrot family to make a lot of top growth. Fresh applications of compost or worm castings prior to planting can help. It also needs consistent moisture in the soil and good drainage.

Growing parsley in loamy soil that is loaded with organic matter will get you the best results. For this reason, many people often grow parsley in pots filled with fresh potting soil. Mulching with straw or wood chips will trap moisture and reduce the necessity of frequent watering.

Seed Starting

Similar to carrots, parsley seeds can take three weeks to start. They germinate in soil temperatures between 50–80°F, with 70° F being the sweet spot. You can start them in seed mix or good potting soil. Sprinkle seeds on top of the soil and water regularly.

Parsley growth is very slow initially. For indoor starts, expect it to take 8–10 weeks in ideal temperatures with sufficient light for plants to reach their transplanting size of 3 inches tall. Plants started outdoors can take even longer and often need to be watered more than once a day during dry periods.

Parsley is one of the few plants I always start in containers or in the greenhouse. In my rural area, country produce stores sell flats of parsley so cheap that it often makes more sense to support my local economy and buy plants than to start my own.

Transplanting Parsley

Transplant your parsley when plants are about 3 inches tall. There is a defined juncture between the root system and the above-ground green stems in parsley plants. This is often referred to as the crown. Make sure your crown does not sink below soil level.

Mulch around your transplant to help maintain moisture. However, do not cover the crown with mulch. Covering the crown can encourage fungal diseases. Water daily until the plant is well-established.

Mature Plant Care

Established parsley plants need regular watering for best production.  Applications of compost tea once every two weeks encourage leafy production.

Read More: “Compost Tea: An Easy Way to Stretch Your Compost”

Plants need about a square foot of space if you plan to harvest regularly. If using mainly for decorative purposes and light harvesting, give plants a few extra inches to accommodate their mature size.

Swallowtail butterfly larva are the most likely “pest” and those can be transferred to other host plants like Queen Anne’s Lace or overgrown dill plants as needed.

Aphids and carrot root flies can also be an issue if your parsley is stressed either by too much or too little water. Generally, though, with mulch and watering as necessary, those pests prefer other plants (like your carrots).

Parsley can also be susceptible to fungal diseases. Maintaining consistent moisture in the soil is the best prevention for this.

Harvesting Parsley

To harvest, cut the largest leaves at the base of the stem. Parsley can be long-lasting in the refrigerator. However, leaves lose nutritional value after harvesting. For best results, harvest as needed and use fresh.

Varieties of Parsley

There are two main varieties of parsley—curly and flat leaf. Curly parsley is more decorative and often provides more leaf mass for chopping. Flat leaf, also called Italian parsley, is usually more tasty (in my opinion).

Seed companies have different strains of parsley, such as varieties grown for larger and more decorative leaves, stronger or milder flavor, or better heat resistance.

Unconventional Growing Tips for Adventure Gardeners

Try growing parsley root. Most of the parsley grown in the U.S. is flat or curly leaf parsley. In other parts of the world, parsley is also grown specifically for its root. Root parsley is often called Hamburg parsley or turnip parsley in seed catalogs.

The tops are similar in flavor to regular parsley, though they tend to be tougher. The roots look and taste a bit like parsnips (though with a less cinnamon-like flavor punch) and are more delicately aromatic.

Parsley roots can be eaten raw or cooked. They don’t store as well as carrots or parsnips. Plan to use them for fresh eating.

As with parsnips, the roots take around 120 days to form, so they do take up a lot of bed time if you are growing in small spaces. However, if you want to impress friends and family with your culinary prowess, parsley root will do it. The taste is mild enough to convince bland eaters, and the idea of eating parsley root is interesting enough to wow even the gourmands.

Do you have high praise for parsley?  How about any great cooking or salad tips?  We’d love to hear your parsley parsings in the comments below.

 

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1. https://draxe.com/parsley-benefits

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New Zealand Pig Farmer In Deep

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new zealand pig farmer fined for runoff

New Zealand farmer Robert Dawson claims independent water samples show he’s innocent.

New Zealand pig farmer Robert Dawson has been not only fined, but cut off from a supply of grocery store scraps he was feeding his beloved but muddy friends.

The Taranaki Regional Council of New Zealand recently sent investigators to Dawson’s farm. Regional council officers “revealed a significant amount of decayed vegetable waste” discharging from three low lying areas draining to the river. This, despite previous abatement notices issued to the farmer to comply with new regulations which require reduced runoff, reports said.

In a report to the regional committee, resource management manager Fred McLay said the latest complaint against the farmer was that his pig slop seeped from a poorly fenced paddock, where the pigs were kept.

Dawson, who has a proud history of hog farming, has been accused of animal neglect and non-compliance. He was fined $ 6000 for animal neglect in 2016 when his herd was up to twelve pigs. (He now has six pigs) He had been fined for complaints of a strong odor coming from his farm.

His wife, Liz Dawson, said the allegations were false and highly sensationalized. The couple refused to discuss the incident.

Pigs Allowed To Wallow In Mud

Dawson stated that he was ‘slowing down” on his piggery after neighbors continued to complain about odor and runoff. Neighbour Murray Sandford said pigs were neglected and “wallowed” in the mud at the property. “The place is tidier than it was, it is improving but there is still a powerful smell and it’s still an eyesore,” other neighbors said.

The family pig farm sits next to the Waiwhakaiho River and in February the Dawsons were fined $750 by the council after heavy rains forced water from his piggery into the Waiwhakaiho River.

Dawson was also fined $300 in March for burning rubbish as he attempted to clean up his farm. Some neighbors complained about smoke drifting across their properties.

New Charges

According to the regional council, Dawson has also been retrieving out-dated food and scraps from local grocery stores to feed his six pigs. Three area supermarkets were ordered to stop supplying food scraps to Dawson or face fines and possible imprisonment. The message is clear: help this New Zealand Pig Farmer and we’ll drax you up.

Unidentified sources claim Dawson was illegally collecting scraps like bread, vegetables and fruit from the stores and then feeding them to his pigs, often at night so he wouldn’t get caught.

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Outdoor Skills for All to Master

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Hopefully, you never end up stranded in the wilderness, but it does happen, and if it does you need to know how to survive even in the harshest and cruelest conditions. There are a few basics that you need to live, and those are water, shelter, and food.

With these three things, you should be fine until help comes (or you find it), but a surprisingly large number of people don’t actually know how to live if they end up in a tricky situation. There are five key skills that every man and woman who is off hiking or camping should know, and this guide will take you through each of them.

Build a Fire

You need to be warm, especially when the cold nights hit, but fire also helps keep unwanted campsite guests away, so it can help to keep you safe too. Hypothermia is a real risk in the wild, and if your clothes are wet, then it is even more dangerous. Being able to build and light a fire (without a lighter) is a skill that you desperately need.

Make sure that the wood you collect is dry and thin to start with, as this will help the fire to grow. You can add thicker dry wood on later, but the kindling needs to be nice and slim. You can also use some dry grass and other soft material, as this is what is called a kindling nest.

Next, you can grab two sticks that are fairly strong. Create a notch in one of the sticks, place them together in the kindling nest, and rub them. The friction causes heat, which will the cause sparks. You can also use two sharp rocks and hit them together to create sparks if they are available.

Foraging

While it is true that people can live for weeks without food, it is still important to know how to gather your own out in the wild. You should spend some time learning about various berries and mushrooms so that you are able to determine which are safe to eat and which are poisonous in the wild as this is a great way to get prepared in advance.

Berries and green plants have very few calories in them, whereas fish and game have much more. Trapmaking for things like small animals might become necessary if you are stuck for some time, and it is possible to fish successfully by fashioning a spear from a long stick. If you are stranded in the wild, you will likely need more calories than normal to sustain your weight, and so berries and greens may not be enough.

You need to make sure you know what you are doing, so before you head out on any camping or hiking trip, you should do your homework and make sure that you have thoroughly researched everything. After all, you don’t want to end up stuck, starving, or possibly poisoned.

Finding and Purifying Water

Unlike food, you need water, and you can only survive for three days without it. Your body is 70% water, and it is the key component when it comes to how your body works. Without it, you cannot function. If your body’s water percentage becomes less than it should be, you will start to become dehydrated, and this is a process that can happen very quickly. Here are the symptoms of dehydration for you to keep behind your ear when you are out in the wild:

  • feeling thirsty (the first and most commonly ignored symptom)
  • mild headache
  • reduced urinary output
  • lethargy
  • the inability to perspire or produce tears
  • nausea
  • rapid heart rate
  • tingling of the skin
  • high body temperatures
  • hallucinations
  • heat exhaustion
  • and eventually death

Finding and purifying water literally is the difference between life and death, and this is how you get it done. If you find a spring or stream that is away from mankind and pollution, take the opportunity to fill up your water bottles while you can, and if you are concerned, you can boil the water before drinking to purify it.

In cold weather, you can collect snow, but should never eat the snow as it will lower your body temperature. Instead, collect and boil it for later consumption. You can sometimes find clean water underground as well, especially in dry riverbeds. If you are able to dig down, you can hit underground streams that provide you with clean, fresh, and untouched water to drink.

Never drink sea water or salt water of any kind as this will severely dehydrate you due to the amount of salt in it, and this also goes for sea snow and ice as well. You can boil it to remove the salt, but this should only be used as a last resort.

Navigation

Being lost can be a pretty terrifying experience, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Electronic GPS can fail, and so you should learn how to use a compass before you head out on any kind of adventure. Map reading is good too, but the compass is more robust and not damaged by adverse weather conditions. It’s an underrated survival skill that many seem to have forgotten about, and it is something we certainly take for granted. Learn the skill, you won’t regret it.

Building Shelter

You need to know how to keep out of the elements when you are stuck in the wild, and building shelter is the best way to achieve this. After all, there are plenty of weather conditions that we were not built to survive outside in such as:

  • freezing temperatures
  • sweltering heat
  • high winds
  • deep snow
  • driving sleet
  • heavy rains

Before you leave on your trip, you must learn about the area you are visiting and the kind of plant life that lives there. That way, you know the kind of debris that is going to be available for you to use. The most classic form of shelter is the spider shelter, and this is made by placing rows of thick sticks in an upright triangle and placing foliage all over it to create a seal.

Through this, you keep out of the wind and rain, and are also able to retain some warmth. It is also advisable to use foliage to keep yourself warm at night in cold conditions. Shelter is the thing you need to build first, and it is important that you learn how to build it effectively.

In Conclusion: There are plenty of survival skills that can benefit you in the wild, but these are the best and most important ones for your next trip. Hopefully, it has given you some insight and a better understanding of what you need to know in order to live. Always remember that shelter, food, and water come before anything else, read up on your survival knowledge, and you should be fine until help comes.

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Growing potatoes in buckets

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Alright guys….this is a post I wrote last Fall for another blog but they never published it. Wanna grow some potatoes? It is amazingly easy. Check it out…….


Over the past few years I have tried growing potatoes. Not wanting to use precious garden space for experimenting with potato’s – I tried growing them in containers. I found it surprisingly easy. In the Spring of 2010 I planted 27 buckets and had great success. Potatoes are generally started in cooler weather. For those that have never tried bucket potatoes – this is for you.

To grow your own potatoes in a bucket – here is how I do it –

First – things you will need:

A bucket (at least 12 – 16 inches in diameter – bigger the better), Gravel, Compost/Rich Soil, Seed Potatoes

Second – the steps:

  1. Get Your Seed Potatoes. A seed potato is nothing more than a potato that has sprouted. You can get these sometimes from the grocery store, online from a seed supplier, or from a local farmers market. I generally look through the potatoes at my local grocery store and will find some that are starting to sprout – and bring those home (I have had no problem with red potatoes – but it is said that some store bought potatoes are treated so as not to sprout). I have had success planting potatoes that have short sprouts of only an inch or so.
  2. Prepare Your Bucket. I use orange Home Depot buckets the most – but any similar sized bucket or larger will work (don’t use black if the temperature gets hot in your area). You need to drill several holes on the sides toward the botttom of the bucket to allow draining. Holes should be 1/4″ to ½” in diameter. Next – pour 1 – 2 inches of inches of gravel in the bottom of the bucket. The gravel helps make certain the drainage holes do not get plugged up. Now – place your soil mixture in the bucket so that you have 4-6 inches at the bottom. The soil mixture can be a combination of your local soil, potting soil, compost, and inexpensive top soil. If the combination is too hard and stiff – add a little sand to loosen it up. After watering the soil will compact down and this is to be expected.
  1. Plant Your Potatoes. Take your seed potatoes and push them into the soil in the bucket so that the upper half – the part with the sprouts – are pointing up. Now – cover with approx 3-4 inches of soil. Depending upon the size of the bucket and the potato – place one or two potatoes in each bucket. If you use something very large – like a tire or the bottom of a 55-gallon barrel – many potatoes can be planted. If the potato is large with multiple eyes you can cut it in half dividing the potato so there are sprouts on both halves. You can then plant each half separately. One thing to keep in mind is if you do cut it in half – set the cuts in a window sill for 2-3 days to “cure” the cut surfaces – this will help reduce the chance of mold.
  2. Water. It is important that the soil remains moist – but not too much. I water the buckets about every other day depending upon rain and temperature. Generally I will provide water until I see some coming out the bottom thru the holes. I have used liquid Miracle Grow in the past – have no idea if it helped or not.
  3. Light. I always place all my buckets in direct sunlight. I actually use the buckets around the outside of my garden.

 

Almost any container will work.

Third – watch them grow:

As the potato plant grows – you need to cover the new growth to facilitate more potatoes. Generally – once the plant has grown above the top of the soil 4-5 inches I will dump new soil until just the tip of the plant is showing. I continue this until the bucket is full. New potatoes form on new growth once it is covered with soil.

Once the plant itself turns yellow and die’s off – you can empty the bucket and collect your potatoes.

Summary:

Growing your own potatoes can be very rewarding. In a long-term survival situation combined with normal gardening – these bucket potatoes can be a great addition to establishing sources for food.

Rourke