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.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Preppers Checklist: Everything You Need for Any Disaster

From earthquakes to fires, there are a number of natural disasters that can take place when you least expect it. Unfortunately, most people are not prepared for the worst to occur. To ensure that you have everything you need during an emergency situation, there are a few important supplies to have on hand.

Emergency Water Filter

Water is a resource that will allow you to stay alive after a disaster occurs. A compact water filter is an essential product that you can take on the go without having to carry extra weight. This will allow you to have safe drinking water to ensure that you survive.

Portable Camping Toilets

Portable camping toilets are essential for emergency situations when you need to use the restroom in a public setting. Some companies, like Blackpine Sports, know that having a compact and lightweight toilet makes it easy to take them on the go. You can enjoy using something that is easy to sit on instead of trying to find a grassy area or an empty lot.

Solar Flashlight

A solar flashlight will allow you to use a flashlight without having to use batteries to power the device. You'll have more light at night when walking on trails or trying to flag down other people. The product must be exposed to sunlight to obtain power at night and work for several hours. Magnetic shake lights are also ideal because they don't require batteries and are powered by shaking the product for several seconds.


A multi-tool will come in handy when you need to cut through rope or cut a cord. Multi-tools are a convenient item to carry with you and often include a small saw, a folding knife, pliers, a hole punch, and scissors. You can carry the product in your pocket and even survive the great outdoors while using the tools.

Lighter and Matches

Many people are cut off from gas and heat during a disaster, making it important to have a lighter and matches on hand to start a fighter when you need to boil water or want to keep warm at night. You can easily light cotton balls that are dipped in petroleum jelly, which will work as a sparking device when you need a fire.

Although no one can anticipate a disaster from occurring, there are several ways to prepare ahead of time by having the right products on hand. With the right materials, you can get through the emergency with ease.

Written by Rachelle Wilber

Monday, August 01, 2016

Three Ways To Prepare Your Finances For Disaster

Most people will experience a catastrophe in their lifetime. Beyond the emotional damage, these events can cause serious financial hardships that only prolong the pain and anxiety. Often, these hardships are the result of a failure to prepare. Simply addressing three key areas of you finances can put you in a position to protect yourself, your family, and your legacy.

De-risk Your Portfolio

Eliminating risk from your investment portfolio is no longer as easy as moving money from stocks to high quality bonds. Investments that were once considered safe now appear vulnerable.

A perfect example is American International Group. Formerly the world’s largest insurer, the once-AAA rated company nearly brought down the banking industry when it found itself on the cusp of bankruptcy.

When a crisis hits, bond and equity markets can become irrational. In order to combat this, avoid these investments and move your cash into liquid instruments like an FDIC-insured money market account. You also want to make certain that your deposit does not exceed the insurance limit.

If you have significant assets, you may find it difficult to withdraw your entire balance in cash. Many banks are only obligated to pay you an equivalent of cash. For instance, if you ask for $50,000 in cash, banks can deny your request and instead offer you the same amount in the form of a bank check.

If you believe that you’ll need hard currency, it would be wise to get a head start and accumulate funds over time.

Diversify Your Assets

One of the most overlooked aspects of financial disaster planning is diversifying currency. History is littered with examples of nations whose currency was devalued into oblivion.

Fiat money is only as strong as the government that backs it. For example, if you believe that the United States’ excessive borrowing could become a serious problem, it would behoove you to open banking accounts that would allow you to exchange your dollars for another country’s currency.

Another way to hedge yourself against a devaluing currency is to buy a hard asset that can be used as a medium of exchange, such as gold or silver coins. One thing to be cognizant of is transportability. It may be difficult to travel with significant assets across borders, especially by airplane.

If you believe that you may need to leave the country, you should open accounts abroad. Many foreign banks will allow you to open an account online as long as you can meet minimum deposit requirements and send copies of personal documents such as a valid passport.

In addition, programs like the Perth Mint will sell, store, and ship to you either your precious metals or its value.

Find a Lifeline

Disaster planning begins with creating an emergency fund. However, when the cost of an unexpected event depletes your savings, you may be left to choose between car payments, mortgage payments, and food.

The best solution to plugging a temporary gap is to utilize a financial supercenter such as Tracy Rawle’s Check City. Express cash loan centers allow you to turn future paychecks into cash today. In addition, you can use your assets or current employment as leverage to obtain short-term loans on the same day that you apply. This strategy should not be viewed in the same light as a credit card. Rather, this source of funds is an excellent way to solve cash flow issues that you expect to be resolved in the near future.

How To Find the Right Balance

Determining how to best protect your finances can be emotionally draining. Protection usually requires that you take something away from another area. It could mean saving instead of spending on a vacation, or forgoing the possibility of an early retirement by moving money out of the stock market and into safer assets.

Nothing feels better than the peace of mind in knowing that your loved ones are protected in the event of a disaster. Focusing on how you would like your family’s future to look, and that of generations to come, can help guide you in making the right decisions today.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

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