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For years now, I have been envious of those who grew the majority of their own food.  The idea of gardening, for some reason; however, seemed very daunting to me.  The amount of money I could save by growing my own food motivated me to do some research.  I am by no means an expert… Read more »


Survivalseeds

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As a horticulturist and emergency preparedness enthusiast, I always have a supply of seeds on hand. I love visiting garden centers and poring over websites and catalogs in order to choose new kinds for my stash. However, not everyone shares this passion. Do you need to have some seeds in your own home food storage… Read more »


Somebody stop that kid!

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When I was visiting my husband’s grandparents in Missouri last summer, we got to hear first hand about the problems that drought was causing for the farmers. Rain had been scarce, and they were about to lose much of the corn crop due to lack of water during pollination. Scarcity like this drives up food… Read more »


cherry tomatoes

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As part of my emergency preparedness, I’m really looking forward to planting a vegetable garden this year. It’s been a few years since I’ve been able to have one, but now I’m in a new house with room in the backyard for a decent size garden. In my imagination, this garden will be my best… Read more »


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Yesterday I took two of the grandkids to the California State Fair here in Sacramento as I do most summers.  One of the favorite things Levi and Taryn like to do at the fish farm exhibit is reach their hands into the various fish tanks to feel the slimy creatures swim against their fingers.  One… Read more »


Plant Hardiness Map 2012

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To be honest, I have never grown a totally successful garden.  I’ve really only tried gardening a few times, so I blame my failed attempts on my lack of experience. The idea of successful gardening still excites me, though.  My memories of other people’s successful gardens totally delight me, and when the seed catalogs come… Read more »


cherry tomatoes

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The first thing that will be affected during the upcoming financial upheaval will be the food supply.  Food is a commodity that will be worth it’s weight in gold!   Having a survival garden is very important for supplementing your food stores.


non GMO

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This post is a continuation from What’s the Big Deal about Genetically Modified Foods? How much do you know about the history of genetically modified foods? Several individuals in the industry are speaking out about what we don’t know about GMOs. The first commercially grown genetically modified crops appeared during the 1990s. Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont,… Read more »


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When you’re dealing with a restricted diet, accumulating food storage becomes kind of tricky. My husband and I avoid most processed foods, as many additives make him very sick. Other people avoid gluten, dairy, soy, genetically modified foods, coloring, etc. It’s all the same challenge: Companies want their food to taste good while they also want to… Read more »


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This is the third installment in my methods for growing really big tomato plants on your porch.  You’ll want to read the first two parts here and here. Right now while my plants are still in their infancy I only have to water them every other day or so, but in no time they’ll need… Read more »