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How to naturally improve your soil

Soil is crucial for growing a conventional greenery enclosure. It supports your plants, and creates a bounteous harvest. Your dirt needs mind.

You can’t simply drop seeds in the ground and expect a huge amount of produce. Planting drains the dirt of crucial supplements. As a cultivator, it’s vital to return those supplements.

In today’s general public, numerous individuals swing to concoction composts. These have been exceptionally figured to give your dirt a precise measurement of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Be that as it may, concoction manures additionally contain undesirable fixings. They likewise don’t consider the other basic supplements your dirt needs.

A superior arrangement is to spare your dirt normally. You’ll be giving your dirt precisely what it needs with no unnecessary chemicals. You’ll additionally be set up for an emergency circumstance. In the event that you aren’t ready to purchase concoction manure or favor test units, your greenery enclosure will in any case develop.

What Nutrients Does Soil Need?

Three Nutrients are vital to your soils need mentioned below

Nitrogen
Phosphorus
Potassium

The other nutrients are also important. But, not every plant needs exactly the same amount of each of these. That means some plants will still grow well even with a deficit. Those nutrients are:

Magnesium
Sulfur
Calcium
Iron
Zinc
Boron
Chlorine
Manganese
Nickel
Copper
Molybdenum
Hydrogen
Carbon
Oxygen

When time passes, the soil will lose its nutrients. Every year you need to keep that soil healthy by creating your own fertilizer which you will add during fall.

How Do You Know When to Improve You Soil?

If you notice a slow in harvest, its probably time to change your soil.

Discoloring Leaves

If you notice your plants leaves changing colors, then you need to actually change the soil.

Discolored Plants

If you plants are discolored, then its time to change your soil. If your plants are dying all of a sudden, then that’s your soils fault and you need to change it.

Excessive Moss Growth

Is moss starting to creep into your garden? Moss thrives in acidic soil. It’s an indicator that your soil is becoming too acidic.

Add nutrients to your Soil

If you can get your hands on some rabbit droppings, you’ll go a long way to restoring the nutrients in your garden. Other manure helps too—just make sure to manage it correctly before adding it so you don’t burn your plants.

A compost pile is vital

All the organic matter you add to your soil helps feed the tiny microorganisms living in your soil. Those creatures digest the material you added. This process helps improve your soil structure and increase your yields.

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The Zombie Apocalypse Guide

You should be prepared for any kind of emergency like even the most far fetched senario, like a zombie apocalypse. You might find it funny, but if it ever were to happen, then you’ll be happy if you are reading this article.

A Brief History of Zombies
We are sure you have seen at least one movies about flesh-eating zombies taking over, but you should know about where zombies actually come from and the reason why they love eating brains. Zombie comes from Haitian and New Orleans voodoo origins. The word refers to a dead body mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead. Through ancient voodoo and folk-lore traditions, many movies have come out depicting zombies. The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen.

So when it does happen you will need to be prepared with:

  • Disaster or Blackout Emergency Supplies
  • Some of the supplies for your emergency kit
  • Better Safe than Sorry

You will need to have an emergency kit at home. Keep water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp

You will need items to include with your kit below:

 

  • 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • Perishable Food
  • Medications
  • Tools and Supplies
  • Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Clothing and Bedding
  • Important documents
  • First Aid supplies

You should pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home.  You should choose the right place outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home right away.

Identify your emergency contacts like the police, fire department and your local zombie response team.   You should Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food , which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance.

Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Prepared

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How to Keep your food cool without electricity

If you live in the United States and are reading this, chances are you have a good-sized refrigerator. This is where you store much of your food, putting it in the fridge because it’s convenient and you don’t have to think much about the food once it’s there. Most produce from the store, if you buy any quantity at all, is often tossed into the fridge. Leftovers go into the fridge and often scoot to the back, forgotten for a long while, if we’re honest.

If you ever happen to be in a situation where you lose your electricity power. Everything turns off and stays off for a long time. You will need to find some type of refrigeration. Below are ways you can create refrigerators without any electricity.

1. Create A Zeer Pot. Was first created by a Nigerian Pot-Maker in 1995

A Zeer Pot works through evaporative cooling. To make one, you will need two unglazed Terra Cotta pots that will nest together and leave a space between the pots, wet sand to fill that space, and a wet cloth. Place the smaller pot inside the larger pot, fill the space between the pots with the sand, and cover your pot-in-pot with the wet cloth. As the water evaporates, it pulls the warm air outward, causing the inside of the pot to be cooler than the outside air. Place whatever you want to keep cool in the inner pot. Dampen the sand and cloth as needed.

2. Turn your Solar Oven into a Fridge. If you use a solar oven to heat food, you can use that same one to create a radiant fridge and it can also make ice during night time. This is based on an ancient Egyptian way. To use your solar oven as a radiant refrigerator, place a jar or pan in the solar oven with two bags around it with air pockets in each of the bags. Alternatively, fill the bags with water — experiment to see which works best. Either put water into the pot or jar and you will end up with cool water or ice to use during the day for cooling, or put your food straight into the jar/pan to cool it. Adjust your radiant refrigerator so that it is only seeing the clear night sky, and then be sure to retrieve your ice/cool water before the sun comes up, for coolest results. Insulate your cool water/food/ice during the daytime to help maintain the cool temperature.

3. Create An Evaporative Fridge.

Use a heavy-duty plastic utility shelving unit, and set up the top shelf so that it will hold water. If you are unable to re-adjust the top shelf, you can alternatively find a large shallow pan to place at the top of the shelf.

Once you have your shelf set up where you need it, you will need enough burlap or other heavy cloth to completely cover all around the shelving unit. This might take some piecing together and sewing. Or, you might be lucky and have one huge piece that will wrap all around the unit and leave you a way to get into the front. Wet the cloth and wrap it around the shelving unit, securing it with clamps or clothespins and leaving some extra length of the burlap hanging into the top of the shelving unit/pan filled with water.

As water wicks down the burlap/cloth and evaporates, this causes a cooling effect and cools whatever you place inside on the shelves. Refill the water on top as needed.
Evaporative cooling will be more effective, the more arid the climate. Because of this, you will want to locate your evaporative cooling units in an area that receives plenty of air movement and as little humidity as possible for optimal performance. You may also want to be careful what you have around your evaporative refrigerator, as it will be damp around it.

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How to use Socks in a Survival situation

You can find socks everywhere. And people will overlook them in their rush to find items that were made explicitly for the needed function. Finding socks in a survival situation will not be that hard.

The pro’s about socks is that they are small and lightweight. This makes it possible to carry quite a few of them without weighing down a pack or tote. On the bad side, they are they are usually small and lightweight. Therefore, you need a lot of them if you have a bigger project planned. And you’ll need to find heavy duty socks if you want extra thickness or bulk.

You can get a lot of creative uses for socks. They are great for straining liquids. Just pour the liquid in through the top and larger items will be filtered out while the liquid runs through. If smaller granules need to be filtered, like sand for instance, then you’d need a sock with a much smaller weave. The thicker the sock, the heavier the yarn will be, and hence the looser the weave. So, for straining smaller items, you should look for dress socks that have a smaller weave.

Socks with larger weaves work well for holding long items. For example, if a person has whittled some spears or arrows and wants to carry them, they can be slid inside a sock and poked through the bottom to hold them in place. We assume here that the person isn’t actually wearing the sock, but just carrying it. In other words, if you’re in a pinch, the sock can take the place of a quiver.

Feet aren’t the only place that can benefit from using socks. Socks are also great hand warmers. You can use them as oven mitts when needing to move very hot or cold items. You can fill socks with rice and heat them up to make a bed warmer. Or fill them with rice or sand and use them as a weapon.

You can cut the top portion off of a sweat-type sock and stretch it out to use as a headband or wristbands. Or you can use it in place of a large rubber band. Socks actually make great holders for a lot of different types of items.

Use the thread from the sock. If necessary, a sock can be pulled apart and the thread or yarn taken to be used for other things. If needing something pretty heavy-duty, a lot of socks would have to be undone and the various threads would have to be combined to add strength.

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Survival Items for your Pocket

In this article we want to show you which pocket survival items you will find the most useful in case of some sort of survival situation.

Lipstick for survival

Almost every woman you know who owns a purse you know has at least one lipstick in her own purse.   So how does a lipstick help you in a survival situation?   You can use a lipstick to write your rescue message.  You can use it as a lubricant.  A Barter, sunscreen, lip balm and also waterproofing small items like matches.

Keys for survival

A key may be used for other things instead of just survival, it can be made into a weapon.  Putting the key in between your fingers while forming a fist can do serious damage.  The key must be flat between your fingers. If you have the teeth facing your skin you’ll do damage to yourself, too.  You can also use a key to scratching messages so you can leave a message for somebody, a key will scratch concrete, wood and even glass.

Condoms

Condoms have many uses and take up very little space so keep some on hand.  They can be used as water containers.   Condoms can hold up to two liters of water if you handle them correctly.  They are so delicate and can easily break, so its best when adding water , use a sock to protect it and give it stability.     Keeping your matches or tinder dry. Just be careful not to break the condom and your stuff will be ready for a fire when you are.  A condom is extremely flammable and will burn hot for several moments just long enough to get your fire going.  Condoms can be used as an elastic band to make a slingshot.  You can use them as rubber gloves.   Can be used to protect the muzzle of your weapon when crossing streams of wading through mud.

Tampons

The absorbent cotton tied to a string can be used to packing wounds, Stopping nosebleeds – particularly effective if you spray them with a bit of Afrin before stuffing them up there.  Use tampons to stop bleeding or Filter water.    Can be used as a candle wick. Just lay it in your fat, oil, sap or wax and leave the string sticking out to light.
A tampon string consists of several pieces of 4-6” string. That can be useful!

Hand Mirror

A hand mirror can be very useful.  You can check signaling, using the sun.  You can start a fire.  A Mirror can be used as a weapon, when you have a broken sharp edge.   You can cut rope with a mirror.

Bank Cards

Bank cards are just pieces of plastic when you think about it. They do have many uses though thus don’t ditch them when you run.  Removing stingers. Just slide the card in the opposite direction than the stinger went in and it will pull it right out. Starting a fire. They’re flammable and will burn for a few moments .  To cover a sucking wound: tape it down securely over the wound and it’s just as good, or better than, plastic wrap.  Finger splint: cut it in half lengthways and tape it to either side of your finger
As you can see, there are many uses for the things that you carry around with you daily other than just the uses that they were made for!  To find items such as these, check out our survival store by clicking here.

Using Primitive Skills for Survival

How To Build Your DIY Basic Bushcraft Kit

Bushcraft is related to surviving using your special skill set and your knowledge using other things with a less focus on equipment and technology. Having good bushcraft knowledge can often prove that less is really more.

Here are a list of the bare essentials you’d need to facilitate:

Shelter/security
Fire Starting ability
Water
Food
The Bushcraft Bag

Usually Bushcraft experts can do just about anything they need with just a knife and a fire starter of some sort. However sometimes your clothes become the bushcraft kit bag and it could get uncomfortable. You can’t walk around everywhere wearing the same clothes.

Leather bags were the traditional choice but a good leather bag is not cheap. However, there are many other inexpensive alternatives that will work just as well and can sometimes be obtained for next to nothing. For more alternative sources on building your own bushcraft bag, click here to visit our resource page at our store.

How To Heat Your GreenHouse

Keep your winter greenhouse productive with these heating and heat-conserving ideas. Greenhouses are perfect for the spring and in the summer as its doors and roof vents propped open, with cucumbers trailing from the ceiling and tomatoes ready for picking. This is not the same deal for winter though. You will need some kind of heat source to help you keep your greenshouse healthy. In this article will will mention different ways of heating your greenhouse effectively.

You should build a trench down the center of your greenhouse and, after by covering it with palettes. This will help moderate temperatures in the greenhouse and you’ll always have a ready supply of garden gold.

Another way is to create heat sinks which will absorb energy during the day time while released slowly in the cold dark. Having buckets of water inside the Greenhouse could moderate temperatures just enough to make a degree or two difference, a difference that might be critical.

Electric room heaters are the easiest and probably most popular way to heat a winter greenhouse overnight. Be sure that you follow all safety instructions and makes sure your heater is stable and away from any flammable material. Also take care if you’re running an extension cord out to your greenhouse. Make sure all connections, especially those inside the house, are snug.

Greenhouse Growing SupliesHeat circulation is important when using an electric heater. Moving the warm air around will stop any hot spots that may occur while also reducing condensation that heating will encourage. Some heaters have built-in fans, some need additional circulation.

Large, commercial-sized greenhouses are finding wood a viable alternative to expensive gas and petroleum products. When installing a wood stove in the green house be sure to follow all your local code requirements. Stand alone pellet stoves are especially easy to load and operate and most come with some kind of temperature control. Some have blowers to circulate heat. However keep in mind that stovepipes can get very hot and the risk of melting or igniting Visquee.

Insulation is also another great way to conserve heat without expending fuels. I’ve seen it recommended that those with Visqueen covered houses line the inside of their plastic with bubble wrap.

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