Monthly Archives: July 2010

Roughing it – or not

Last year our kids developed an interest in camping, so we thought we’d try it–in the back yard. They had a blast. We vowed never again. Of course time heals all wounds, or soothes all stiff muscles, and we tried … Continue reading

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Composting: Pile Placement

More composting information from Glory Lennon on Self Reliance Exchange. This article talks about location of your pile. We, too, have found that having the pile in shade doesn’t matter much, but it does do better in sun. At our … Continue reading

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Long term storage: Non-food items

Could this be the end?! Joan Crain’s Self Reliance Exchange series on long term storage seems to wrap up with a discussion of what non-food items to store. I’m a big fan of this one. Whenever the prices are low … Continue reading

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Organization tools

A friend recently asked my wife and I to address how to get organized in this blog. I’m still getting my thoughts together on the subject (after all, what could be worse than a disorganized post about organization!), but in … Continue reading

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Food storage and perishables

Self Reliance Exchange tackles the difficult task of storing perishables with some useful ideas and approaches.

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Composting: Common misconceptions

As promised, Self Reliance Exchange has begun their series on composting. This first post deals with composting misconceptions. I have had mice in our compost pile before, but then we were putting egg shells in it, so perhaps that’s what … Continue reading

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Drip watering systems – another take

Adventures in Self Reliance has an in-depth post about installing a drip watering system. I’ve often considered this, but have never gotten to it. It seems like it would make so much more sense than even our hand-watering.  

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More long term storage: comfort foods

Self Reliance Exchange continues their series on long term food storage with the latest installment: Comfort foods! It may seem trivial, but quite frankly when you’re in the middle of a long-term emergency where you have to rely on food … Continue reading

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The case for DIY

And speaking of Self Reliance Exchange, there’s another excellent article there about gaining the knowledge to do many things yourself. The writer (DDFD) uses the example of his car, and how you can learn a lot about your car and … Continue reading

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Min/max stocking levels

Self Reliance Exchange recently posted an article about how to determine the minimum and maximum levels to store of any particular item in your food supply. It’s a good article–a simple principle, but one that is easily overlooked. Let’s face … Continue reading

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