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New Gardening E-book Just For You - Tips and Advice to Start Gardening For Today and Tomorrow!

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Gardening is one of my passions and a skill I continue to build on. Over the years, I have shared a lot of what I have learned and what I continue to learn. I think gardening is a skill that is beneficial to everyone - not just preppers and homesteaders. We all need a little encouragement and advice to get started and keep going when we are working on a skill. That is what I am hoping to provide to you in this e-book - Tips and Advice to Start Gardening For Today and Tomorrow. In this e-book, you will get a background about how I started gardening, some of my failures as well as successes, and what you can do to be a better gardener. Right now, this e-book is being offered for $3.99. That's it!

Wouldn't you want an e-book that not only gives you great tips and advice but also tips to be more productive, ideas to grow edible perennials, and more? This is what this book offers you!

I did write this book from a prepper's perspective but do not let that stop you from buying …

10+ Vegetables You Can Grow & Store Without Canning or Freezing

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Food storage is one of the most fundamental facets of prepping, homesteading, and self-sufficiency. You want to make sure you have your needs for water, food, and shelter covered before all else. That is basic prepping, but in this day and age, you might want to take your food storage to the next level. 

To increase food storage (and take it to the next level), a lot of people (including me) really push growing your own food to help supply your food storage. You have better, more nutritious food on hand and you get back far more food than what you pay for seeds and plants. You are relying a little less on the food supply chain which also helps your budget.

Growing most if not all these foods listed below is fairly easy. You want to have good soil or use raised beds, but these vegetables do not need a lot of tender loving care to grow. You will want to keep the plants from being eaten by deer, rabbits, and other creatures until they are big enough to survive. 

With cold frames or row cove…

Bartering: How It Works, How It Should Work, and Why It Doesn't Work

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For many preppers, bartering is part of their plans. Bartering is the exchange of goods and services without the exchange of money. Say you needed eggs from your neighbor, but didn't have any money to pay for them. You might offer some produce from your garden as payment for the eggs. Your neighbor and you are bartering goods with the outcome that it will be beneficial to both of you.

Bartering works if you are practical about what you have and the value of the items you have to barter with. Most people will be looking to barter things they can eat or use. They will be more willing to help you roof your home in exchange for you helping roof their home. Ideally, bartering should be equal value and equal service. Most people will be very happy to trade on these terms and be conscientious about fulfilling their end of the bargain.

Having watched many people (including my father) barter successfully time and time again, bartering does work. You need to be conscious of the value of the t…

15 Things You Can Do To Prepare For Uncertain Times & An Uncertain Economy (Getting Ready For The Next Round)

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Depending on what part of the country you are in, the coronavirus restrictions are lifting in time for the summer. Although many businesses and other places are being cautious about letting people in again, they are starting to open up. 

However, this party is not over with yet. There have been predictions of another wave of this virus as well as possibly a third wave. Schools may not be able to have school the whole year again and some schools are already talking about going online for the next year. 
If you were not prepared for the first wave of this pandemic, you were not alone. Many people were not prepared. If some of the preppers were being honest, they were not totally prepared either. There were a lot of unpredictables and the timelines differed depending on where you lived. 

If and when the next wave(s) of this virus comes, there will be a few things that you can be fairly certain will happen:

1. More local businesses will be closed again or operating under severe restrictions.
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100 Shelf-Stable Foods To Store In Your Pantry/Stockpile

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Besides water, food is the next critical thing to store for any prepper. Food is one of the seven core areas of preparedness. You can live three days without water and three weeks without food, but who wants to do that if you can be prepared ahead of time. Having a good supply of shelf-stable foods is essential for your well-being as well as for survival. 

Most of the food you store will be shelf-stable (meaning you don't need a refrigerator or freezer to keep the food good). Ideally, you want to start with 2-4 weeks worth of food for short-term preparedness. For most events that can happen right now, 2-4 weeks is ideal because you will still have access to the grocery store at some point. 

For long-term preparedness, you want to start with at least three months of food stored which means you will be leaning heavily on your food storage unless you are able to grow food in the meantime. You want to have a good variety of foods that are filling. If you are planning to eat the same thi…

Self-Sufficiency 101: Get To Know Your Local Economy

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With the renewed interest in self-sufficiency and learning new skills, we are constantly looking for new ways to live a simpler life. You want to become more independent and learn to produce your goods and food. Those are noble things to do and learn! 

In the course of learning new things and picking up new skills, you may need to purchase items that you cannot make yourself. You may not have the knowledge yet to make the thing you need or you need that item to finish your project. 

You may live in an area where you can grow a lot of food and have wonderful gardens, but you are restricted from having chickens, rabbits, or other livestock to produce your meat. You want to supplement what you are growing and producing, but feel resigned to going to the grocery store to get the rest of your groceries. 

While one of the biggest tenets in self-sufficiency to produce and grow your own food, you also need to realize that you may not be able to produce it all. Some people are willing to drastica…

100 Things You Should Have in Your Home and Your Preps

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You want to be more prepared. Tougher times are coming. I get it. I really do because I was there too. I had four kids under 13 at home who were depending on me to keep them fed, clothed, and with a roof over their heads. I was struggling on one full-time income with sporadic child support and any other way to make money that I legally could make. I was on SNAP for awhile just to keep my kids fed, but money was still really tight.

Life is better now, but tough times still happen and money still needs to be saved. Tougher times are coming still. With people not working now, events being canceled, school being canceled, and more, you may need to tighten up the purse strings for the coming months.

I believe there are certain things you should have on hand at all times. These things help you to be more prepared, save money, fix things, and generally make life a little easier. These are things you should have at home. I'm not talking bush or wilderness survival. I'm talking about hom…

Why Being Prepared Is More Important Than Ever

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I'm really frustrated with the state of our country right now. A lot is going on and we are being held hostage by a pandemic.

This pandemic is serious, but there were a lot of important people who downplayed the seriousness of this virus. That was a mistake, but a lot of people were comforted and stopped from being properly prepared. We kept hearing that this virus wasn't that bad and it was similar to having influenza. Well, I don't know about you, but I don't want to catch influenza. I have helped three loved ones through influenza and they were pretty miserable.

I don't want to catch COVID-19 either. Again, it sounds pretty miserable. I have read survivor reports that it feels like influenza and pneumonia combined on steroids. To me, staying home when I can, keeping my work environment clean and safe, only going to the stores when I have to, and being aware of my surroundings sounds like the best thing to do right now. I certainly don't want to catch it and I …