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Start Your Spring Garden Now by Planting Garlic, Onions, and Shallots

Start Your Spring Garden Now by Planting Garlic, Onions, and Shallots

Being mostly self-sufficient, I like to think ahead about where my food will come from. For many people (me included), that means food storage and preservation. I also think about my gardening and what I could do now to have food later. Planting garlic is generally accepted by most gardeners to plant in the fall. You can plant garlic in the spring and still have a good harvest. I have better harvests when I plant in the fall. I tend…

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National Preparedness Month: Getting Ready for the Future By Covering the Basics

National Preparedness Month: Getting Ready for the Future By Covering the Basics

National Preparedness Month is upon us. I love that a month is devoted to helping people prepare for natural disasters and more. As a prepper, I really want other people to be prepared so I do not have to worry about them. I want to encourage everyone to have a plan and supplies in place to be ready for whatever life throws at them. Being prepared means covering the basics of what you need to be ready. The basics of…

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How To Can Fresh Peaches

How To Can Fresh Peaches

Fresh peaches are truly a summer delight! I usually buy a few bushels for eating, baking, and preserving throughout the summer. One of my favorite ways to preserve peaches for eating later is to can them. Canning peaches is pretty straightforward. You can use your water bath canner which makes the process easier. Supplies: PeachesWater bath cannerJars, lids, and ringsA pot for blanching the peachesA large bowl of cold water to cool the peaches downA large bowl to put peeled…

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Scarcity Mindset and Hoarding: Two Trauma Responses That Can Derail Your Prepping

Scarcity Mindset and Hoarding: Two Trauma Responses That Can Derail Your Prepping

Do you know someone who has many things in their house that they don’t need but may need ‘someday’. They purchase items they will never eat or use, but they would rather have them than be without them. They believe having rooms stuffed with things would help them get through the next Great Depression. These actions come from having a scarcity mindset. Having a scarcity mindset develops from being obsessed with a lack of time, items, or money in your…

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Prepper Update: Where I Am Now and What I Am Thinking (May/June 2022)

Prepper Update: Where I Am Now and What I Am Thinking (May/June 2022)

Hello? Is this thing on? Anyone there? Okay, maybe it’s not that bad. I have essentially been MIA for the last two months on this blog and almost everywhere else on social media. I could say that life is too busy, but the truth is that I have too much to do most days and don’t have a lot of time to sit down to write. Now that the garden is mostly in and will be holding steady for a…

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How To Prepare For Rolling Blackouts and Power Outages

How To Prepare For Rolling Blackouts and Power Outages

Power Outages happen from time to time due to weather events or issues with the electrical grid. We have all experienced them once in a while. Rolling blackouts have been a relatively new event in the last twenty years. Residents of California have experienced them consistently for at least two years of the writing of this article. Electrical companies intentionally do rolling blackouts to reduce the load of the grid. Summer is a particularly tough time for the grid, and…

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