Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Complete Guide to Controlling Weed Growth without Chemicals

Whether you are just beginning or are already experienced at gardening, you have probably found out how annoying weeds can be in the garden. And, while the use of herbicides and other chemicals are slowly becoming popular, it is still important to keep in mind that they kill not just the weeds but also the soil. Certain chemicals can persist in soils for up to 20 years and that is something you would surely want to reach your food, right?

In addition, exposure to herbicides can also result to devastating effects to a person, if it is continued for a long time. Immediate side effects that one will experience can be as mild as rashes, nausea and headache but it can go towards the severe end such as seizures and even death.

So, how do you prevent those annoying weeds from growing out and competing with your plants for space and nutrients?

The answer depends heavily on the type of plants that you are growing in your garden. Basically though, the best and most recommended method would be hand pulling and using pre-emergent but there are also methods that you can use. It is also important to get to know each gardening tool a little bit more as they play a role in making sure that the weeding and cleaning process goes as smooth as possible.

You will have to remember though that taking out the weeds is not just a one-time session. In fact, you might expect to be doing the same thing during certain phases of your plant’s growth. It is also important that you know a few more prevention tips to help keep the weeds out for as long as possible.

So, avoid the herbicides and keep your plants, yourself and your family chemical-free. Surely, you wouldn’t want to stop and smell the roses – and inhale those nasty and toxic chemicals, right?

Lisa Farland is a content writer in Happy to Survive – a blog that will help you thrive and survive, and offers articles about preparedness, and off-the-grid, self-reliant living. Lisa is an avid minimalist camper, prepper and survivalist.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Prepping Is Not Just for Men: How Women Can Prepare for Social Instability

The prepping movement may have a lot of men, and male preppers certainly have significant visibility, but there are plenty of female preppers out there and many reasons for women to join the prepper movement. Here are some of the reasons women should consider preparing for the social instability that is very likely in our future:

  • Women may have more safety concerns than men in an unstable environment.
  • Women with children need to be prepared to safeguard the lives and well-being of their children and other family members.
  • Single women on their own need to be able to defend themselves and be prepared to survive.

At its heart, being a prepper just means being prepared. Most women are already engaging in prepping behavior, from having first-aid kits in the home and the car, to stocking up on food items. For the woman ready to dive deeper into being prepared for disaster and social unrest, here are some ways to do so.
  1. Learn Self-defense and Get Comfortable with Weapons

    Take a self-defense class so you're prepared to defend yourself physically. Additionally, learn how to shoot a gun and consider buying one. Get a concealed carry permit and use it. There are even great options today for a stylish concealed carry purse, and being a prepper does not mean you have to give up your femininity.

  2. Learn How to Use Tools and How to Handle Various Basic Repairs

    Get your hands on some basic tools and get comfortable using them. Try learning some repair skills with your tools. From changing tires to repairing something broken in your home, if you're prepared with skills like these, you won't have to rely on others.

  3. Make Plans to Fortify Your Home

    You don't necessarily have to put bars on the windows now, but you should be prepared with what you need to fortify your home against intruders in the future. Have strong locks for all doors and windows, consider creating a safe room with extra security, and have the items necessary to defend yourself.

  4. Learn How to Grow Your Own Food and How to Store Food

    If disaster strikes and going to the grocery store is no longer an option, you need to learn how to grow and store your own food if you want to survive long-term. Start doing research by reading prepping blogs. Put what you learn into action, starting right away.

  5. Learn as Much as You Can About Potential Disasters and How to Survive Them

    The number of different potential disasters that preppers are guarding against, and they all present different challenges. Learn more about things like nuclear attacks, biological attacks, natural disasters, and major social unrest. Find out how these potential challenges are different and make a plan for how to respond to various scenarios.

  6. Teach Others

    One of the biggest strengths women have is their connectivity and community building skills. Once armed with knowledge and skills, it's your duty to share what you know with other women and the men in your life. Plus, although some people prefer to go it as a “lone wolf” in survivor scenarios, having the right allies with complementary skillsets can be a huge boon to survival efforts.

We all hope none of these disasters ever come to pass, but to ignore these ever more realistic scenarios is something no woman can afford to do. Face the possibilities and start to prepare! Whether or not you have a man by your side, you need to accept that you have unique challenges as well as unique strengths that can help ensure your survival and will even allow you to thrive, no matter what. With planning and training, you can hold your own against any man, and you can protect yourself and your loved ones against threat.

About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

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