Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Rick Austin's Secret Garden of Survival & Without Land Chapter 2

Episode 37: Season Two Episode 2

Description of Today's Episode: Erika describes rumors she has heard about why the United States has been left with so little land after the devastating earthquakes that rocked the world. It could be that a disaster of this type will befall the US but many threats exist to your way of life. Growing your own food and being able to sustain that process is one way you can safeguard yourself from threats. Here to describe his Secret Garden of Survival plan is Rick Austin.

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 Lessons From Rick









Rick's frustration with traditional apple and orange orchard production caused him to investigate a better way of doing things. He was tired of spending a fortune on pesticides and fertilizers. He found out that we didn't always grow our food that way.

World War II had a major effect on the way we grow food. Less individuals returned to the farms and bomb producing materials were put to work in the farms as fertilizers and pesticides. This new chemical reliance gave rise to companies like Monsanto. This new farming technique also relied upon machines to harvest rather than people and farmers started to grow plants to fit these machines.

Because he was a preparedness minded person he wanted to find a way to garden that was self sufficient. Investigation into native indigenous people around the world revealed that these individuals used to live off of perennial (plants that grow every year without planting) rather than annuals (plants that must be planted every year). They didn't plant in rows, they didn't plant year after year, they didn't weed, they didn't fertilize, they didn't irrigate, yet they survived for thousands of years. Rick set out to put these concepts to work. 









The Secret Garden of Survival was developed. This garden will provide a reliable food supply for years after your traditional food stocks run out and it is hidden as a forest rather than a garden begging to be harvested by anyone passing by. Rick calls it "Nature-Culture." It's much more than just permaculture, it's planting a "food forest" that provides food year after year. Plants are planted in groups called guilds that create a symbiotic relationship and will attract good bugs. For example a fruit tree will be surrounded by a ground cover that likes the shade. Then another type of plant will surround that. The whole garden is surrounded by blackberries to create a natural border for humans and wildlife. 













This gardening style provides fruits, veggies, nuts and berries for your family. There is no watering using Rick's system because ground water is captured in the garden. Rick shows us how to create micro-climates to extend growing seasons so you can get a better harvest and grow more by planting in 3 dimensions. Rick's book Secret Garden of Survival will teach you step by step how you can set up your own Secret Garden of Survival. You will learn how to work with nature to create your own "Garden of Eden."














Rick Austin

Rick Austin is known as the Survivalist Gardener, and is a preparedness, homesteading and off grid living expert. He is the author of Secret Garden of Survival-How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest which is now the #1 Best Selling book in Garden Design.

Rick is also the author of the Secret Greenhouse of Survival, How to Build the Ultimate Homestead and Prepper Greenhouse.

Rick is a nationally recognized speaker on survival preparedness and has been featured on National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Castle, Doomsday Preppers, the documentary film Beyond Off Grid, as well as in Newsweek, American Survival Guide, Prepper &Shooter, Prepare Magazine,  and in Mother Earth News (three times).

You can also hear Rick on his #1 rated radio show-  Secrets of a Survivalist  -on the #1 Preparedness Radio Network, where each week he talks with the world’s best survival experts that share their own secrets of survival..

Links
The Secret Garden of Survival: http://amzn.to/1RrqlPz

Carrots Love Tomatoes: http://amzn.to/1Rl1Abb
Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com




 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Survival Sprouting, The Changing Earth Podcast Season Two Episode 1

Season Two Episode 1

The Without Land adventure begins. Our heroine from Day After Disaster, Erika, introduces us to her new surroundings and the life her family and she are living now. Erika strolls to her kitchen area where she snacks on some sprouts. Here to talk to us about how easy sprouting is and the benefits of doing so is Raymond Dean White the author of the Dying Time Series.

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Sprouting Lessons from Ray

Ray has been sprouting for over 30 years and brings a wealth of knowledge on this topic. He feels this is a very important topic. 

Sprouting is incredibly quick and easy to do. Plus, you don't need a lot of materials to get started, not even grow lights. Some seeds like, alfalfa, broccoli, clover, and radish take as little as three to five days to sprout but big seeds like beans and peas may take longer. 

Using simple seeds like broccoli and alfalfa makes harvesting easy. Plant your seeds, let the plant grow to full development when it produces seeds. Pick the seed pods and let them dry out. Break the pods up over a white sheet. The sheet makes it easy to see the seeds and then collect them. 

You will need a constant source of seeds. You need the seeds to grow your own plants to produce more seeds and you need the seeds for the actual sprouting process.  Use plants that have a high seed yield with low plant requirements for space and water. 

There are many different types of seeds used for sprouting. Mix and match different types of seeds to develop your own flavor blend. Some common bean seeds for sprouting are adzuki beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, mong beans, peas, peanuts, pinto beans, soy beans and brasikas. Broccoli, cabbage, kale mustard, and radish also provide a flavor pop to your mix. Leafy sprouts like alfalfa, water cress, clover, lettuce are also welcomed additions. Exotics like carrots, dill, fennel, fennel greek, garlic, leek, onions, and sweat peas are also popular among sprouters. There are also many types of grain sprouts used for sprouting.

In a bug out situation, sprouting would be a viable source of highly nutritious food while on the move. There are many areas where seeds may be procured including nurseries, hardware stores, bartering with fellow gardeners, health food stores or harvesting them from old gardens. In a normal day to day situation you can order them in bulk online or be your own supplier.

Growing the sprouts for consumption is extremely easy to do. You will need a jar with a lid, cheesecloth, seeds, and water. The size of the seed will depict the amount of water you want to put in your jar. Cover the seeds with water and let them sit overnight. Keep them warm but don't let the sun hit them, yet. In the am, drain the water, rinse the seeds and cover them again. Rinse them in the morning and night to get more sprouts faster or once a day if you want less sprouts and a slower sprout time. In three days you'll have sprouts in 4-5 days your jar will be full. Only allow sunlight into the jar if you want your sprouts to turn green. For more information on sprouting sprouts visit: Survival Food: Sprouts.

It's easy to preserve your sprouts as well. Drain them in water and let them dry out a little, about a day or two. Put them in a plastic bag in the fridge or freezer.

Nutritionally sprouts rock! They have been grown and eaten for over five thousand years. They provide protein with beans, alfalfa and clover providing the most. They are packed with vitamins A, B, C and E. They also provide calcium, amino acids, and some sprouts like alfalfa and carrots provide vitamin K. 

Sprouting is something you can do at home, whether you live in an apartment, a college dormitory or a house in the country. Sprouting can also be done on the go. Start practicing now so you are ready to sprout if you need to.
Raymond Dean White

Raymond Dean White was born in a small town in Kansas and lived an adventurous life, hunting, fishing, trapping and tracking, backpacking, spelunking and mountaineering until he got older, wiser, and married. A lifelong avid reader, he writes what he loves to read--fast paced, action-adventure stories complete with intriguing characters, a touch of humor and a bit of information thrown in on how to prepare for emergencies. As a hyperactive ten year old (who still loved to read) he stumbled onto Andre Norton's Star Man's Son and his lifelong love affair with apocalyptic fiction was born. Now retired, he writes terrorist thrillers and apocalyptic action/adventure novels including The Dying Time: Impact and After The Dying Time. He has also written one non-fiction book titled "How I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell How In Their Own Words" which details their (and his) adventures in traditional publishing. That book, co-authored with Duane Lindsay, is currently available here on Amazon.

Links:

The Dying Time: Impact
After the Dying Time
  




















Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Monday, March 21, 2016

Survival Foraging: Stinging Nettle

 


Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica)

Stinging Nettle is a plant that you have probably seen before. Maybe you cursed it for giving you a prick while walking in the woods but I bet you never knew how useful this herb (not a weed) is. On the last season of The Changing Earth Podcast this plant became the topic of conversation many times. Cat Ellis mentioned it's arthritis preventing powers when I interviewed her about herbal arthritis remedies. Then again Abe Lloyd mentioned it as a plant that is readily available across most of the United States when I interviewed him about wild foraging in North America. Having been brought up multiple times, I felt it was time to give this plant a second look.

Stinging Nettle's History

Marie Miczak states in her book, Nature's Weeds, Native Medicine,that the native peoples of North America used to use this herb for many things. Stalks soothed skin rashes, women were given nettle tea to build back blood cells after blood loss due to menstruation or child birth, it also helped bolster milk supply, and poultices were applied to curb severe bleeding.

Stinging nettles history is not one based solely in North America, though. Penelope Ody states in her book, The Complete Medicinal Herbal, that Roman nettle (U. Pliulifera) was introduced to Britain because soldiers used to beat themselves with it to stay warm and combat arthritis.

 Identifying The Plant

Stinging nettle is called stinging nettle because it will prick the heck out of you if you try to pick it. You must wear protective clothing when harvesting this plant!

The nettle plant can grow up to seven feet tall in favorable conditions. It has leaves that are spear or lanced shaped and grow opposite of one another on the stalk. The stems are covered with the cursed stinging hairs and you curse as you run into them or try to pick them. The young plants will emerge with a red hue and turn green as they near maturation.

For foraging, drying and storage tips visit: http://gnowfglins.com/2013/10/02/stinging-nettle-part-2-using-nettle-in-everyday-life/ 

Eating Nettle

Nettle is a power packed herb! It can be used as a spinach replacement in meals. Abe Lloyd indicated that once the plant has been blanched the stingers are rendered useless. The nettle is important because it has a protein component which can be highly valued when wild foraging but it is also packed with numerous other vitamins including: vitamin a, b, c, and high amounts of iron.

Their is no limit to the uses of nettle but for some great recipes to get your creative chef juices flowing you can visit: http://momprepares.com/7-ways-to-prepare-and-eat-nettles/

Other Uses

Lesley Bremness mentions in her book, The Complete Book of Herbs, that there are valuable additional uses of nettle beyond it's food and medicinal qualities. She mentions that you can make a nettle beer from the plant. Also that it makes a great greenish-yellow die for wool. Additionally the fibers can be used to make cloth and paper. In addition to these great uses Penelope Ody mentions that a rinse can be made from the roots that can be used as a hair conditioner to prevent dandruff and hair loss.Who knew how versatile and nutritious this plant was?

Medicinally

Penelope Ody indicates in her book that the leaves and stems (or aerial parts) of this plant are especially valued and should be harvested during flowering. An infusion* of these parts stimulate circulation, help curb the effects of arthritis, rheumatism, gout and eczema, and help nursing mothers bolster milk supply. A tincture* can be used for arthritic problems, skin problems, and heavy menstrual bleeding. A compress* can be applied to painful joints whether that is from arthritis, gout, sprains, tendinitis, etc. An ointment* made of nettle can be applied to hemorrhoids and a wash of nettle can be applied to burns, insect bites, and wounds to help with healing. 


*Tincture - Process of steeping the dried or fresh herbs in a 25% mixture of alcohol and water. Can be stored for up to two years.
*Infusion - Preparation similar to making traditional tea where the leaves or flowers are put to steep in boiled water. Should be made fresh for each dose.
*Compress - a cloth soaked in infusion
*Ointment - Melt 500g petroleum jelly or soft paraffin wax in a bowl over a pan of boiling water, stir in 60g of dried herbs and heat for about two hours or until herbs are crispy. Pour this mixture into a jelly bag or cheese cloth fastened snuggly with a string or elastic band to the rim of a jug. With rubber gloves on (mixture will be hot) squeeze it through the jelly bag into the jug. Quickly pour the strained mixture into clean glass storage jars. The mixture must still be hot to pour properly.  


Attention Use At Your Own Risk

I am not medically trained in anyway. I am simply a student. I read and experiment with ancient herbal techniques. I am simply passing on the knowledge I have gained from studding many texts on the subject and I am in no way responsible for anything you do with this information. 

For this article I used these resources the most:
Bremness, Lesley. The Complete Book of Herbs. New York: Viking Studio, 1988. Print.
Miczak, Marie. Nature's Weeds, Native Medicine: Native American Herbal Secrets. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Light Publ., 1999. Print.
Ody, Penelope. The Complete Medicinal Herbal. London: Dorling Kindersley, 1993. Print.

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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