23 Free Workshop and Shed Plans

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23 Free Workshop and Shed Plans This is the mother load of free workshop and shed plans. Spring is pretty much here so that means you need a great looking shed to potter around in and look awesome! Whether you’re just dreaming it or you’re ready to build it, the backyard workshop is the ultimate …

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How to Get a Free Survival Map of Your Local Area

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How to Get a Free Survival Map of Your Local Area A survival map is an important part of any survival kit. There is no excuse not to have one because getting one is quick, easy, and free. Print maps of all areas you may need in the event of an emergency. If you have a …

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Are we as free as we think?

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Are we as free as we think we are? Richard McGrath “Finding Freedom” Audio in player below! This week on Finding Freedom Special guest Chris Weatherman “AKA” Angry American, author, prepper, and survivalist. Chris was also on season 1 of History’s hit show Alone. Chris’s book series i one of my favorites, starting with Going … Continue reading Are we as free as we think?

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How to Stockpile Food and Other Goods Cheaply

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How to Stockpile Food and Other Goods Cheaply Stockpiling can be an enormously expensive task if you go about it in the wrong way. Even if you’re doing all that you can to keep costs down, if you’re stockpiling for a big family, it can still be exceptionally pricey to get your stockpiles to where …

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Free Campgrounds by State (and Zip Code!)

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Free Campgrounds By State (and Zip Code!) Who doesn’t like camping? I think everyone I know likes to camp at least once a year. I actually go camping more like 3 or 4 times a year. The cost can add up so I wen’t hunting for some free campsites near me and came up with a …

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Free Cold Weather Refrigeration

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Free Cold Weather Refrigeration homesteadinginmaine.blogspot.com have an awesome article on how to get free cold weather refrigeration. They actually ended up getting free refrigeration for 6 months, this is a really good article to read if you are thinking about getting off the grid or already off the grid and looking to save even more …

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Best Free Preps!

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Best Free Preps! Highlander “Survival and Tech Preps” This is all about those free preps you might not have known you can get for… well free! What about all those different items that you can reuse for prepping? Not only the reuse but also what we can do to make a little extra money for our prepping … Continue reading Best Free Preps!

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81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist

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81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist When it comes to preparing for the worst you could have all the preps, all the food or water, even all the ammo on the planet but if your mind isn’t sound then you may struggle with the stress, panic and turmoil that will …

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Over 4000 FREE Survival Handbooks & PDFs

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Over 4000 FREE Survival Handbooks & PDFs While browsing the interwebs this morning, I came across the mother load of all free survival PDFs and manuals. They are separated into categories so its super easy to browse and a nice easy layout. All are FREE and can be downloaded and saved to your computer. I would also recommend printing them …

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10 Free Things You Can Do To Prepare For Disaster

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10 Free Things You Can Do To Prepare For Disaster It’s happened to almost every prepper. You look at a list of survival supplies you want to buy, then you look at how much spending money you have, and your heart sinks. How are you ever supposed to afford all this stuff? When it comes …

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55 FREE Survival Downloads and Handbooks

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 55 FREE Survival Downloads and Handbooks You can’t beat FREE. I have all of these articles downloaded on my computer in PDF and hopefully someday printed (need a free printer tho lol) … The downloads and handbooks are top notch by great authors and institutions. They are definitely worth your time downloading them. If you have no time now, bookmark …

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Preparing for Less: 10 Ways to Prepare for Next to Nothing

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Preparing for Less: 10 Ways to Prepare for Next to Nothing I won’t beat about the bush, prepping is expensive and can consume pretty much all of your money if you’re not careful. I personally went a little gung ho a few years ago on preps and left my self with no money for my …

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100 Military Manuals You Can Download for Free

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100 Military Manuals You Can Download for Free Some of these manuals date back fifty years. Some are this year’s edition. The value in learning tactics from a bygone era is that today’s opposition will have not been trained to counter them. The tactics of war, like many things are cyclical. None of this information …

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Hair And Urine: The Best Way To Keep Animals Out Of Your Garden?

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Hair And Urine: The Best Way To Keep Animals Out Of Your Garden?

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If you are into saving money and making the most of natural resources – and who isn’t? – then you may be overlooking some readily available and renewable options. In fact, you may be flushing one of them down the toilet or throwing the other one away when you clean your brushes and combs.

Yes, human urine and human hair can be surpassingly effective in your garden as deterrents to pests and as fertilizers.

Human Urine in the Garden

Contrary to what you might think, fresh human urine is clean and bacteria-free. It is only when urine is stored for more than 24 hours that it gets that familiar, unpleasant odor. Healthy human urine is about 95 percent water, 2.5 percent urea and 2.5 percent a mixture of hormones, minerals, enzymes and salts.

Seamazing: The Low-Cost Way To Re-mineralize Your Soil

In his 1975 study “Urinalysis in Clinical Laboratory Practice,” Dr. A. H. Free detailed some of the nutrients found in human urine, including creatinine nitrogen, urea nitrogen, uric acid nitrogen, amino nitrogen, ammonia nitrogen, chloride, sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, inorganic phosphate and inorganic sulphate. Plants require all of these macronutrients.

Hair And Urine: The Best Way To Keep Animals Out Of Your Garden?

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The only real problem with the use of human urine as a fertilizer is the potential for excess nitrogen and inorganic salts. Soil conditions as well as rainfall and watering – in addition to the needs of your particular plants – should come into consideration when using human urine as a fertilizer, but diluting the urine usually takes care of the problem.

A ratio of one part urine with 10 parts water helps mitigate the excess nitrogen and reduces the chance of offensive odor as well.

Speaking of that odor, dilution will make the urine undetectable to the human nose, but garden pests will still be able to smell it. And that’s a good thing. Rabbits, deer, groundhogs and skunks dislike the smell of human urine and tend to stay away from it.

Try spraying your urine solution around the perimeter of your garden to discourage these unwelcome guests. Another option is to place cotton balls soaked in the solution around the edges of your garden, perhaps in disposable containers if you’re really squeamish. Human urine and hair (below) are particularly helpful if you have a garden that you can’t monitor on a daily basis. In fact, many gardeners say urine and hair are the only deterrents that work.

A few words of advice:

  • Use only healthy, fresh human urine
  • Use a spray bottle or bucket that is clearly labeled and dedicated for this purpose
  • Reapply after rainfall or irrigation
  • Some gardeners believe that male urine works better than female urine as a deterrent for pests.

Human Hair in the Garden

Another renewable resource for your garden is on the top of your head. Human hair can deter animals and work as a fertilizer for your garden. Working as a natural mulch, human hair adds nutrients to the soil as it decomposes. You can sprinkle it throughout your garden.

haircut-1007891_640Mississippi State University researchers found that human hair has significantly more nitrogen than manure, and therefore can serve as a natural replacement for some traditional fertilizers. In the study, researchers compared the use of human hair with commercial fertilizers on the health and productivity of lettuce, yellow poppy, wormwood and feverfew.

Plant yields were higher for the hair-fertilized plants when compared with the untreated control plants, overall, but were lower than for the lettuce and wormwood plants treated with commercial fertilizers. However, the yellow poppy saw higher yields with the hair treatment. Results did not differ with the feverfew.

The researchers concluded that since lettuce and wormwood are fast-growing plants, the time it takes hair to degrade and to release nutrients was a factor in the study results. Human hair, as a fertilizer, breaks down very slowly.

A report published in the journal Hort Technology found that human hair contains all the organic nutrients plants need to grow, but it takes a month or more for those nutrients to decompose into an inorganic form plants can use. The report suggested that hair is a good fertilizer for slow-growing plants such as basil, sage and certain ornamental shrubs. For quicker-growing plants, try mixing hair with other fertilizers for the first few weeks.

Another potential problem of using human hair in your garden is the effect of any styling chemicals on your plants. Be sure to use unwashed hair that is free from sprays, coloring or other additives.

Need Non-GMO Seeds For Your Organic Garden? The Best Deals Are Right Here!

Just as with human urine, human hair can serve as a deterrent to animals, especially snails, rodents, rabbits and deer. In addition to sprinkling hair in your garden, you can tie cheesecloth or nylon bags filled with unwashed hair onto posts or branches near your garden to deter animals.

Upon request, barbers and hair salon will save some of the snipped hair they sweep off their floors for you. Since it is unlikely this hair is chemical-free, it’s best to use this hair as a deterrent instead of a fertilizer, however.

A few tips:

  • Human hair will lose its scent within a week or two (less in rainy conditions) and will need to be replaced frequently.
  • Save clippings from shaving to add to your hair collection.
  • You can also mix dog and cat hair with human hair in your garden.

If you’re struggling to keep pests out of your garden this year – or you’re looking for a cheap fertilizer — then give these overlooked solutions a try.

What advice would you add? Share your tips for using hair or urine in the section below:

Bust Inflation With A Low-Cost, High-Production Garden. Read More Here.

Hair And Urine: The Absolute Best Way To Keep Animals Out Of Your Garden?

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Hair And Urine: The Best Way To Keep Animals Out Of Your Garden?

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If you are into saving money and making the most of natural resources – and who isn’t? – then you may be overlooking some readily available and renewable options. In fact, you may be flushing one of them down the toilet or throwing the other one away when you clean your brushes and combs.

Yes, human urine and human hair can be surpassingly effective in your garden as deterrents to pests and as fertilizers.

Human Urine in the Garden

Contrary to what you might think, fresh human urine is clean and bacteria-free. It is only when urine is stored for more than 24 hours that it gets that familiar, unpleasant odor. Healthy human urine is about 95 percent water, 2.5 percent urea and 2.5 percent a mixture of hormones, minerals, enzymes and salts.

Seamazing: The Low-Cost Way To Re-mineralize Your Soil

In his 1975 study “Urinalysis in Clinical Laboratory Practice,” Dr. A. H. Free detailed some of the nutrients found in human urine, including creatinine nitrogen, urea nitrogen, uric acid nitrogen, amino nitrogen, ammonia nitrogen, chloride, sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, inorganic phosphate and inorganic sulphate. Plants require all of these macronutrients.

Hair And Urine: The Best Way To Keep Animals Out Of Your Garden?

Image source: Pixabay.com

The only real problem with the use of human urine as a fertilizer is the potential for excess nitrogen and inorganic salts. Soil conditions as well as rainfall and watering – in addition to the needs of your particular plants – should come into consideration when using human urine as a fertilizer, but diluting the urine usually takes care of the problem.

A ratio of one part urine with 10 parts water helps mitigate the excess nitrogen and reduces the chance of offensive odor as well.

Speaking of that odor, dilution will make the urine undetectable to the human nose, but garden pests will still be able to smell it. And that’s a good thing. Rabbits, deer, groundhogs and skunks dislike the smell of human urine and tend to stay away from it.

Try spraying your urine solution around the perimeter of your garden to discourage these unwelcome guests. Another option is to place cotton balls soaked in the solution around the edges of your garden, perhaps in disposable containers if you’re really squeamish. Human urine and hair (below) are particularly helpful if you have a garden that you can’t monitor on a daily basis. In fact, many gardeners say urine and hair are the only deterrents that work.

A few words of advice:

  • Use only healthy, fresh human urine
  • Use a spray bottle or bucket that is clearly labeled and dedicated for this purpose
  • Reapply after rainfall or irrigation
  • Some gardeners believe that male urine works better than female urine as a deterrent for pests.

Human Hair in the Garden

Another renewable resource for your garden is on the top of your head. Human hair can deter animals and work as a fertilizer for your garden. Working as a natural mulch, human hair adds nutrients to the soil as it decomposes. You can sprinkle it throughout your garden.

haircut-1007891_640Mississippi State University researchers found that human hair has significantly more nitrogen than manure, and therefore can serve as a natural replacement for some traditional fertilizers. In the study, researchers compared the use of human hair with commercial fertilizers on the health and productivity of lettuce, yellow poppy, wormwood and feverfew.

Plant yields were higher for the hair-fertilized plants when compared with the untreated control plants, overall, but were lower than for the lettuce and wormwood plants treated with commercial fertilizers. However, the yellow poppy saw higher yields with the hair treatment. Results did not differ with the feverfew.

The researchers concluded that since lettuce and wormwood are fast-growing plants, the time it takes hair to degrade and to release nutrients was a factor in the study results. Human hair, as a fertilizer, breaks down very slowly.

A report published in the journal Hort Technology found that human hair contains all the organic nutrients plants need to grow, but it takes a month or more for those nutrients to decompose into an inorganic form plants can use. The report suggested that hair is a good fertilizer for slow-growing plants such as basil, sage and certain ornamental shrubs. For quicker-growing plants, try mixing hair with other fertilizers for the first few weeks.

Another potential problem of using human hair in your garden is the effect of any styling chemicals on your plants. Be sure to use unwashed hair that is free from sprays, coloring or other additives.

Need Non-GMO Seeds For Your Organic Garden? The Best Deals Are Right Here!

Just as with human urine, human hair can serve as a deterrent to animals, especially snails, rodents, rabbits and deer. In addition to sprinkling hair in your garden, you can tie cheesecloth or nylon bags filled with unwashed hair onto posts or branches near your garden to deter animals.

Upon request, barbers and hair salon will save some of the snipped hair they sweep off their floors for you. Since it is unlikely this hair is chemical-free, it’s best to use this hair as a deterrent instead of a fertilizer, however.

A few tips:

  • Human hair will lose its scent within a week or two (less in rainy conditions) and will need to be replaced frequently.
  • Save clippings from shaving to add to your hair collection.
  • You can also mix dog and cat hair with human hair in your garden.

If you’re struggling to keep pests out of your garden this year – or you’re looking for a cheap fertilizer — then give these overlooked solutions a try.

What advice would you add? Share your tips for using hair or urine in the section below:

Bust Inflation With A Low-Cost, High-Production Garden. Read More Here.

How To Monitor Real Time U.S. Radiation Levels Online

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How To Monitor Real Time U.S. Radiation Levels Online U.S. Radiation Levels Online.. Never be in the dark again! Nuclear radiation is obviously nothing to take lightly and there are ways to measure and determine if there are dangerous levels of radiation in the area. These are great websites offering radiation monitoring results, all results …

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5 Essential Preps You Can Do Right Now That Are FREE

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It seems that most discussions about preparedness often revolve around guns, tools and gear. Sometimes we overspend, but today let’s take a look at things you can do that won’t cost you a dime. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and stop spending so much money.

Gear is great, but knowledge and practice are more important. Here are five free things you can do to be better prepared:

1. Get into shape.

This is, by far, one of the best things you can do to increase your chances of survival. Being fit is necessary, regardless of whether you’re “bugging in” our “bugging out.” You cannot afford to have your body fail you. The amount of energy you’ll expend on a daily basis will increase, the amount of food you’ll be able to procure will decrease and a sick body just won’t be able to cope with that.

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Now, you might be thinking you’ll need to buy weights to use at home. Yet there are many at-home workouts that only use your body weight. They focus on exercises such as jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, leg raises and so on. Of course, you should check with your doctor to see what you can and cannot do. Show him or her the list of exercises, but consider holding off on the real reason why you’re doing this. They might not understand.

2. Make a plan.

Not that I’m making you choose, but if you had a bug-out plan and no bug-out bag, you might be better off than someone who has a BOB but no clue as to how to evacuate.

Making a survival plan isn’t hard. The hardest part is figuring out the various survival scenarios you might have to face. You’ve basically got three main categories: bugging in, bugging out and getting home.

Now, the more family members you have to take care of, the more elaborate the plans. If you have pets, you have to take care of them, too. As long as you have pen and paper or a computer, you can write down your emergency plans and improve them over time.

3. Make an inventory of everything you have.

5 Essential Preps You Can Do Right Now That Are FREE

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Speaking of plans, how about you make an inventory of all the things you have in your home that could be useful during a crisis? Hint: pretty much anything can be of value. When’s the last time you went through all the bags of old clothes and items in your attic? I bet you can find a lot of things up there you thought you’d never use.

Make an inventory and crisscross it with the list of survival items you were going to purchase.

4. Learn a new skill.

The list of survival skills you could learn is a long one, but don’t let that intimidate you. Making primitive tools and weapons (mortar and pestle, tomahawks, fishing spears, slingshots), starting a fire, finding water, crossing a river, signaling for help, escaping a burning building, fixing various things around the house – all of these can be learned for free or almost for free.

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If you’re thinking about bugging in during the next disaster, you might be interested to learn:

  • woodworking
  • plumbing
  • splitting wood
  • milking a cow
  • gardening
  • washing clothes by hand
  • planning your garden
  • recognizing and foraging for wild edibles (some of them may be in your backyard)

…and on and on.

5. Hunt coupons.

Coupons can help you save a lot of money on preps in the long run. If you’re smart enough to use them during sales periods, you might even be able to get some items completely free! The coupon hunt will take a lot of time, though. You’ll have to look all over the Internet, subscribe to a bunch of newsletters, look for them in newspapers and closely monitor when the survival items you want are on sale.

This means you have to know what you want. Make a list of items to purchase. If you do it in excel, you’ll also keep track of how much you spent, so you can make a weekly average and try to keep it as low as possible.

Related:

Why Many In The Survival Community Are Doomed

That’s our list – what would you add to it? What “free preps” did we forget? Share your advice in the section below:

Learn How To ‘Live Off The Land’ With Just Your Gun. Read More Here.

10 Ways To Prepare For FREE

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10 Ways To Prepare For FREE I won’t beat about the bush, prepping is expensive and can consume pretty much all of your money if you’re not careful. I personally went a little gung ho a few years ago on preps and left my self with no money for my car insurance and credit cards. …

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800+ Free Do It Yourself Backyard Project Plans

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800+ Free Do It Yourself Backyard Project Plans Planning a backyard project? Here are some do-it-yourself plans and good advice that will help. You’ll find free plans for planters, fences, gates, garden benches, dog houses, bird houses and much more. Everything is downloadable or online, so you can get started today. I love DIY, it makes …

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Free and nearly free Kindle books

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Every so often Amazon drop the prices on some of their Kindle ebooks down to ZERO. Yes – totally FREE. The drop in price is typically only good for 24 or so hours. Here are a list of books currently – as of this writing – totally free. Topics may include gardening, general survival and preparedness, homesteading, survival kits, medical and health, food storage, etc.

Please double-check the price before purchasing as these are limited time offers. Also remember that you do not need to have a Kindle to read them. There are Kindle apps available for tablets, phones, and even computers. Click HERE for non-Kindle reading apps.

 

 

 

 

 

United States Marine Corps – Winter Survival Course Handbook

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United States Marine Corps – Winter Survival Course Handbook Knowing how to survive is a hard task on a nice sunny day, imagine if it were the middle of winter or you were in a place where the nights get below freezing… Knowing skills that are taught to the marines could give you the edge …

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Free Hot Water from Compost Wheelie Bin

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Free Hot Water from Compost Wheelie Bin Compost piles do a great job of breaking down our organic waste and keeping our trash cans on the curb lighter with the benefits of organic matter to mix into our gardens. Although it does awesome things for our green footprint, it can do even more than you …

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