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40 Fast Growing Shrubs and Bushes For Creating Privacy

A garden should be a private, secure and peaceful place. In this article, we will examine how you can use fast growing shrubs and bushes for creating privacy. Successful garden design takes into account how an outside space operates as an ecosystem but also how well it works for human inhabitants. Creating privacy can be an important consideration, especially in more built-up urban environments. High walls and high fences, however, are not the only option. Choosing the right planting plan is also important. Sensible, sustainable garden design takes the future into account as well as the present. But there are…

12 Things You Forgot to Add to Your Stockpile

Building a survival stockpile is a never-ending task. No matter how much you have, it always seems there’s something more to add. Stockpile a month’s worth of food, and then you’ll want two months worth. Bring that up to a year and you start asking yourself if that’s really enough. But the biggie that we’re all afraid of, is forgetting to stockpile something that we’re going to have to have. There are a lot of things we are going to need in the aftermath of any major crisis, which will not be readily available. Some, like a sewing kit, are…

10 Survival Books Every Prepper Should Read

Many survivalists I know are voracious readers. Whether we read online or we read actual books, we love to read. We read because we want to learn. We are all aware of the fact that everything we need to know in order to survive is written somewhere in a book. I don’t know what type of reader you are or how you like to learn new things, but I find that what works best for me is learning from a narrative, rather than from a factual book. A well written fiction, belonging to someone who knows the lessons they want…

10 Survival Books Every Prepper Should Read

Many survivalists I know are voracious readers. Whether we read online or we read actual books, we love to read. We read because we want to learn. We are all aware of the fact that everything we need to know in order to survive is written somewhere in a book. I don’t know what type of reader you are or how you like to learn new things, but I find that what works best for me is learning from a narrative, rather than from a factual book. A well written fiction, belonging to someone who knows the lessons they want…

5 Delicious Recipes Made with Ingredients that Last 100 Years

Imagine some 2000 years ago a Pharaoh was buried in the great pyramids and adorned in gold and riches. Radical wealth disparity in that ancient Egypt, huh? Not only did the great pharaohs spend eternity under a blanket of gold and jewels, they were also entombed with all kinds of trinkets and even foods! In fact, Archeologists have found honey in these tombs that is easily 2000 years old. The oldest sample has been dated at 3000 years old! An ingredient like honey basically lasts forever! Of course, it’s not the only ingredient that will last for a very long…

Remove These 14 Things from Your Medicine Cabinet Immediately

Medicine cabinets are interesting things. While useful for the storage of medicines and other things that we need, many seem to turn into a black hole. Anything that enters into the gravitational pull of a medicine cabinet is there forever. You never see it leave. That can be good when you need something, but it can also be very bad for you and your family. The basic problem is that many of the things we use won’t last forever. While the expiration dates on many products are a bit arbitrary and most medicines will be good far beyond that date,…

5 Things You Can Do If People Find Out You’re A Prepper

You’re a prepper and I’m sure you’re doing everything you can to make sure that your family will be safe when and if a disaster strikes. Part of that is doing everything you can to maintain OPSEC, so that nobody knows what you’re really doing. After all, you don’t want people showing up at your front door when everything goes to pot. I always wonder though; how much are we fooling ourselves, thinking that our friends, family and neighbors don’t have any idea of what we’re doing? Every neighborhood seems to have at least one nosy neighbor, who knows everything…

Cheapest Foods that You Can Stockpile

Anyone who has even thought about prepping quickly came to realize that it’s not a hobby for the faint of heart. One look at what it costs to build a stockpile is all it takes to send many potential preppers packing. I personally know quite a few people who have expressed interest in prepping, but haven’t started. Their reason, in every case, is not having the money to do it. Keep in mind that none of these people have actually sat down to calculate the cost of prepping. Nor have any of them looked at how to make prepping any…

Is It Legal To Go Off The Grid In Your State?

Living off grid is not illegal in any of the 50 states – at least not technically. There are many simple off the grid living activities you can do anywhere, but some of the most essential infrastructure aspects of disconnecting from modern society are either strictly regulated or outright banned. You can grow your own food using off grid water delivery methods in all states throughout America. It is not illegal to operate a residential off the grid greenhouse. You can light, heat, and cool your livestock barn using off grid measures. It is when folks want to remove their…

How I Survived Alone for 10 Months Living Off the Land

My ten-month, off-the-grid adventure started with me being unprepared in the sense I’d not planned a trip. I didn’t really pack to leave. I was in a life-threatening marriage. I was watched most of the time, and there was a serious threat on my life if I ever left. One March afternoon in 1968, I realized I was alone and that it would be about 20 minutes until someone arrived to watch me. I knew I couldn’t go to friends or family without endangering someone else. In one quick, panicked moment, I decided this wasn’t living, so I grabbed a…

12 Things You Need to Know Before Choosing Your Bug Out Location

Bug out plans are part and parcel of good prepping. While bugging in is the more popular option, for a number of reasons, there is always the risk of being caught in a situation where your home becomes untenable. When that happens, you’ve got to have a Plan B: your bug out plan. Sadly, very few preppers have a complete bug out plan. Oh, they’ll have something; some sort of general plan about what they are going to do. But in most cases, they’re missing the most important ingredient; a bug out location. Without someplace definitive to go to, all…

Here’s What Happens When You Go Without Power for 7 Days

I don’t know if you’ve ever lived through a major power outage, but I have. I live in a hurricane zone, so I guess it’s no surprise that I would end up suffering through a hurricane sometime. The one I got wasn’t one of the big, sexy ones which brought in FEMA agents and lots of non-profit agencies to help us recover, but it was bad enough that it took a week for our power to get back on, so we could put our lives back together. You don’t really realize how much you need electric power, until you are…

Man Eats Expired Food for 365 Days. This Is What Happened

We go through a lot of food here in the US; some 815 billion calories per day. Unfortunately, about 200 billion of those calories of food are wasted. That’s something like 200,000 tons of food; enough to feed 80 million people. But why is this so? Are we just a wasteful society, as some say, or is there something behind all this waste? Some estimates say that as much as 40% of the food in this country is wasted, thrown away because it is supposedly bad. Food is wasted in every step of the process, from the farms that grow…

High-end custom-built RVs have the power to drive you far off the grid…

IT’S WELL KNOWN that RV salesmen live lives of high adventure. Consider the case of Don Smith, the newly hired representative for EarthCruiser out of Bend, Ore. Last week, the gods that toy with salesmen’s fates decreed that Mr. Smith, 51, be dispatched from Chicago to Las Vegas to take a reporter and photographer, and the photographer’s damn dog, into the Nevada bush for an overnight camp. Just like that, Mr. Smith found himself far into red-rock canyon country, the Logandale Trails OHV area, sharing bourbon and moonlight with two men and a 45-pound Vizsla, in a slightly used, still-formidable…

Prepper friendly states: Is going off the grid legal where you live?

Some preppers want to live off the grid, but they often forget one important thing: paperwork. Going off the grid requires you to read laws, submit permits, and process all the relevant documents related to utilities you’ll need. If you want to try living off the grid in your state, you have to start reading on local and state policies. (h/t to AskAPrepper.com) Rules and regulations – things to look out for Living off the grid is not outright illegal in any of the states. However, there are laws and regulations that vary in each, which can be advantageous for…

Communications Are DOWN in Parts of California: Radio, TV, Internet, Cell Towers Fall Victim to PG&E Blackouts As Wildfires Rage

California is burning, and the planned power outages initiated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) have understandably enraged a lot of residents, particularly due to an unexpected consequence: the blackouts have cut power to many cellphone towers. Not having cell phone service is contributing to a dangerous lack of access to vital information. Many impacted residents are also without television and the internet, and 26 radio stations were out of service as well, further limiting emergency communication. Without cell service, signing up for emergency wildfire evacuation notices or using backup chargers to keep phones going during a power outage…

Bookmark This: 500 Survival and Prepping Links You Must Save

We live in perilous times, and at any moment our lives can be interrupted with natural disasters such as tornados, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and droughts. Even more worrisome are threats of mass violence, riots, and nuclear disaster. If you are anything like myself and are interested in staying prepared for events such as these then you most likely are looking for the necessary resources. Listed below are over 500 survival prepping sites you should bookmark to better prepare for unexpected occurrences. By no means is this list complete as there are thousands of great prepping sites available that I…

Tips for prepping on a backyard homestead

Don’t get stuck on the dream stage when thinking about your own homestead. With some planning and hard work, you can also set up a backyard homestead for all your prepping needs. (h/t to MDCreekmore.com) Getting started If you’re serious about homesteading, you need to understand one thing. Before you can relax on your porch and watch the sun set over your thriving garden, you’ll need to put in a lot of hard work to get your property in working order. You’ll also need funds to acquire the tools you need to maintain your homestead. Remember, you don’t need ten or…

What Is The Best Caliber For Self Defense Shooting?

Few topics can light up a range-side or gun store discussion like handgun caliber. Most every long-time handgun owner feels strongly about one caliber or another being the best. When speaking of self defense use, the term “stopping power” almost always enters the discussion. Is there a best caliber for self defense shooting? This article looks at both professional opinion and conventional thinking to answer that question. Lets talk primarily about the differences between two common choices for a self defense handgun. The 9mm Luger and 45, whether it be the ACP, Long Colt, or any other sub-category of 45.…

Bottled water is bullshit: Find places to top off your water bottle with the Tap App

Bottled water is bullshit. Its production and transport to market are sucking the marrow out of our planet and the majority of the disposable bottles that it comes in wind up in landfills instead of recycling centers. What’s more, in most parts of the world, when you buy bottled water it’s pretty much the same shit that comes out of your tap that you’ve already paid your taxes (I assume: do what you feel and keep both knees on the wheel,) to get. Carrying a reusable bottle with you is a very small way to slow the pillaging of our…

How To Turn Your Front Yard Into A Food Paradise

While grass is nice and ordinary for front lawns, have you ever considered how amazing it would be to turn that grassy spot into a delicious food paradise? Yes, it is a bit unconventional but imagine how much food you could produce even in the smallest of front yards. Often we reserve our front yards for presenting “curb appeal.” However, it can be seriously wasted space especially if you have a shady backyard and can’t grow much behind your house. Why not utilize your property as productively as possible? There are many advantages to growing your own food including saving…

Self-defense mistakes: 5 Guns that are NOT reliable

The right to bear arms isn’t properly exercised simply by heading down to the local gun shop and picking up whatever firearm happens to tickle your fancy. It’s about carefully choosing the right gun for not only your personal needs, but also for its intended purpose as a powerful and accurate self-defense weapon. In their eagerness to start packin’, some virgin gun owners make the mistake of purchasing firearms with poor reliability or unseen design flaws. Even some popular brand-named guns fall into the “lemon” category, which is why it’s important to always do your research before shelling out your…

The top 5 prepper-friendly states: Factors to consider before going off grid

More and more people are adopting the preparedness lifestyle, but not every place is suitable for this kind of living. Before you hit the road and go off-grid, learn which states are the most prepper-friendly. (h/t to ModernSurvivalBlog.com) Considerations for choosing a state for the prepper lifestyle When you live a preparedness lifestyle, you are practicing a sustainable, self-sufficient, and self-reliant way of living. From growing your own food and keeping natural remedies on hand to fortifying your home against attackers, a preparedness lifestyle integrates a certain aspiration towards freedom and independence. So how do you decide which states are best for living a…

Five Reliable Guns You Might Consider During Trying Times

Let’s imagine for a moment that the world of tax-funded public safety and well-stocked grocery stores are a thing of the past. Then you, perhaps with a handful of family and friends, must fend for yourself in a tough and hostile environment. Among the considerations for survival are, of course, firearms. Which would you choose? The most critical consideration for firearms in this scenario would be reliability. Does it go “bang” with every trigger press? Does it cycle the widest possible spectrum of ammo available in that caliber? Is it simple to maintain? What ammunition is likely to be found in the…

Build a $300 Underground Greenhouse for Year-Round Fresh Food

People who love to garden and put their hands in the earth to grow plants tend to know no boundaries, but when the weather gets cold, it can present a challenge. Some people use greenhouses to extend their growing season. It is relatively easy to construct an underground pit greenhouse, which costs less to heat than a standing greenhouse. This style of greenhouse originated in South America about twenty years ago, allows you to garden year-round, and costs just a few hundred bucks to construct. Once finished, you can go out and pick from your own garden any time of…

The skill of map reading is becoming a lost art…

Can you read a map? Since the advent of smartphones and GPS, people today are becoming increasingly dependent on technology — even for basic survival skills, like map reading. Bradford Parkinson, the man who invented GPS, says he “worries” about what effect his technology has had on society — and about what will happen if and when our handy gadgets fail us. The esteemed inventor says that people are “too dependent” on smartphones and satellite navigation and he fears that this dependence is a vulnerability. Smartphones and satellites are everywhere — but they are not unassailable. The “grid” we rely…

This 100 Year Old Gun Might Out Last Any Glock or Sig Sauer

More than a century after its introduction, how much longer can the 1911 go on? As a pairing of high-powered bullet and frame, it’s difficult to beat. Other manufacturers including Glock and Springfield Armory have come out with competing .45 ACP designs that also have lasting appeal. The 1911 is one of the most notorious handguns in history and easily the most famous in America, having seen action in every U.S. conflict since World War I. One of the most successful product designs ever, the 1911 has achieved something rare in the world of machines: immortality. Over a hundred years old,…

Morel Mushrooms: Tips For Hunting Them This Spring

The time for morel mushroom hunting is upon us. The temperatures are starting to rise, and signs of spring are popping up all around us. That means morel mushroom season is here as well. Morel mushrooms are a delicacy, selling for hundreds of dollars per pounds. They are a treat and only bloom once a year. You can’t walk to your local grocery store and purchase them. The only options are to find them yourself or buy them from someone else. Luckily, those of us who live in the upper half of the United States can hunt for morel mushrooms…

Overlooked Repair Parts That Smart Preppers Stockpile

Once someone starts upon the road of preparedness, it seems never to end. The idea of actually having enough to get through any crisis may be something we all aspire to, but it’s an elusive goal. There’s really no way of knowing what will be enough, without knowing what sort of disaster we are ultimately going to face. But even if we knew, the number of variables that could affect our survival are mind boggling. That’s why most serious survivalists work to develop plans that are both flexible and cover as wide a range of possible disasters as possible. Yet…

Which SHTF situation is most likely to actually happen?

The prepping lifestyle can be overwhelming for most people but at its core, preppers prioritize readiness in all aspects of their lives. But amid all the talk about prepping skills, survival gear, and food supplies, how do you know which disaster event has the highest chance of occurring within your lifetime? (h/t to TheSurvivalistBlog.net) How to prepare for possible SHTF events For this article, an “SHTF” event is defined as “any event that upends your life” after it occurs, such as flooding in a major city. These events would be classified as major disasters or catastrophes, not personal emergencies. On the extreme end of prepping…

Dirt 101: The Basics Of Nurturing Your Soil

I’m pretty much a novice gardener. While my dad could make a rock pile produce an abundant harvest, I can’t avoid killing silk plants. My thumb is black, not green! For instance, last year nothing produced in my raised beds and I couldn’t understand it. I mean, how hard is it? You have dirt, you put out fertilizer, and you plant stuff and wait for it to grow, right? Wrong! I recently acquired some literature about improving soil conditions in the garden and after reading the pamphlet realized that I had been doing everything wrong from the get-go. I had…

Prepping on a budget: Tips and tricks for preppers with limited storage space

As a prepper, you should know how to think outside the box. This is crucial, especially if you want to prep in an apartment with limited storage for your survival gear and supplies. (h/t to ThePrepperJournal.com) Limited space isn’t a problem for urban preppers The suggestions below apply to both urban preppers and those who want to prep on a limited budget. Prioritize your preps. Prepping can be overwhelming, but the key to effective planning is prioritizing likely SHTF scenarios. This includes short-term outages and house fires. Possible scenarios may also involve income reduction or loss, which can be caused by increased fuel,…

How to build a house out of shipping containers (video)

Architecture hacker/maker Ben Uyeda of HomeMadeModern designed and built his house out of shipping containers in the high desert of Joshua Tree, California. And he documented the process in fascinating detail. How to Build A Shipping Container House (YouTube)