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

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 Thoughts From A Seasoned Prepper About What Is Coming and What You Can Do

This has been an interesting last six months, hasn't it? 
While I have been deemed an essential worker and am living in a state that did not shut down, this pandemic has affected me a little bit. It has affected my kids a lot although some more than others. We went from a household of two as of March 15th to a household of seven as of April 30th. 
Schools shut down. Colleges shut down. Jobs were impacted for many whether you were considered an essential worker or not (Sorry, but everyone is an essential worker. The government just thinks differently.). Small businesses struggled with being closed to the public and to continue to do business in other ways. Some businesses closed their doors permanently due to loss of income.

Now many businesses are struggling to stay open under the weight of many restrictions and reduced income. States are mandating a lot of things. Schools are struggling with the decision to reopen and how to do run a school. Colleges are placing students under a lot…

5 Ways To Prepare and Adapt To An Ever-Changing Political and Social Climate

The key to surviving and thriving in most situations is being adaptable. Adapting as well as somewhat conforming will help keep you alive. Adapting makes sense because you are trying to survive. 
Some preppers do not want to be adaptable because they see it as an infringement on their rights and freedoms. Some preppers want to make sure the prepping message gets out there which is important but can attract unwanted attention. Some people don't care if everyone knows they are a prepper and believe they can handle whatever the world throws at them.
While all of this is admirable, but at some point, you need to adapt to the ever-changing political and social climate. That may mean you need to change how you are preparing, how you are presenting yourself to the world (in-person and online), and how you are living as a prepper. We don't always want to change because part of prepping is to be prepared for where you are living. However, you may need to change to a safer location. 
5 Way…

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

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

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)

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.

100 Shelf-Stable Foods To Store In Your Pantry/Stockpile

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

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…