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Container gardening tips for the urban prepper

September 18, 2019 -

Even if you have quality soil and a spacious yard, you can still try container gardening. It is a more convenient form of home gardening that can also minimize damage to your plants caused by harsh weather conditions.Modify pots

Before buying a container, check if you can make additional drainage holes. Adding extra holes one to four inches up the sides of the pots allows for adequate drainage that many pots lack.

A container should also be large enough ...

Red Sea attacks have DOUBLED the average cost of container shipping

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The primary driver behind this unprecedented increase is the ongoing disruption caused by Houthi attacks on cargo vessels navigating the Red Sea. These attacks, stemming from the Israel-Hamas conflict that began in October, have sent shockwaves throughout global supply chains, resulting in delayed shipments and a substantial escalation in transportation costs.

Data provided by London-based Drewry Shipping Consultants highlights the staggering impact on container shipping ...

Home gardening: How to start your spring garden

March 08, 2023 -

If you're a gardening beginner, it's never too early to start planning your spring garden. Spring crops are great for beginners because they are some of the easiest, most resilient and quickest growing veggies.Benefits of starting a spring garden

If you have doubts about planning a garden, these benefits might help change your mind:

Planning ahead means you can prepare and relieve some of the stress that comes ...

Bed Bath & Beyond files $31.7M claim against container shipping line for “brazen price gouging and profiteering” during pandemic supply chain disruptions

May 07, 2023 -

Bed Bath & Beyond says that Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) ignored their contracted minimum quantity commitments for cargo and vessel space so they could sell the space to higher-paying customers in what they termed “brazen price gouging and profiteering”. As a result, Bed Bath & Beyond had to find space on the spot market, which is far more expensive.

They say that just 70 percent of their required capacity in 2020 was provided by OOCL. Moreover, they allege that ...

Gardening tips: How to start a concrete block raised bed garden

June 26, 2023 -

If you want to grow different crops in lousy soil, you can do so with a concrete block raised bed garden. (h/t to

Usually, stacks of concrete blocks are associated with building construction sites, not gardens, so it is unusual to see tomato plants sticking out of them.

While the idea of putting a rectangular stack of concrete blocks in your yard sounds like an eyesore, you can make sure they complement your landscaping by planning ahead.

There ...

Home gardening essentials: Here’s how to use tarps for your garden

March 10, 2023 -

But according to Bob Rogers of Survivopedia, tarps can also be used in your home garden. (h/t to is tarping?

Rogers writes about tarping, which he discovered during a visit to a friend's farm in Oregon. His friend used tarping for weed control and season extension, giving him an advantage over his fellow farmers.

Tarping is a method that involves covering crop beds with tarps. This then warms the soil and gets rid of spring-emergent weeds a ...

13 Things to add to your to-do list for summer gardening

June 29, 2023 -

Organize, sharpen, sanitize and restore your gardening tools

Sharp-rust-free tools will make your gardening tasks much easier – whether it means digging into the soil or cutting through weeds.

If you keep your tools in good shape, you won't need to replace them as often.

Remove any rust or build-up that might be corroding them. Once the tarnish is removed, add a coat of boiled linseed oil to help stop the oxidation process. For shovels and trowels, you can use a handheld ...

Growing your own food: Gardening resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced gardeners

May 22, 2023 -

Science-backed resources

Your local extension office is one of the best authoritative resources backed by arboretums or botanical gardens and universities. For instance, with a vast network of 250 county Extension offices, 616 Extension agents, and 343 subject-matter specialists, the expertise provided by AgriLife Extension is available to every resident in every Texas county.

When searching for information online, add the word "extension" to your search. The search engine ...

Home gardening tips: How to make the best compost for healthy crops

May 16, 2023 -

But if you don't know what you're doing, you'll sometimes end up with smelly, useless sludge instead of compost.

To avoid this, learn some tips and tricks to produce good compost for your home garden. (h/t to you can compost

Start by learning which materials can be safely added to your compost pile.

Avoid the following materials because they will attract pests and produce unpleasant odors:

Here are other materials ...

Home gardening tips: How to create potting soil for hanging baskets and containers

April 23, 2023 -

To save money, you can learn how to do this at home using a simple formula. Keep reading to find out how to create potting soil for your home garden. (h/t to started with potting soil

A plant’s root system will thrive below the surface if you use quality soil. And when roots thrive, so will your plant.

But what makes potting soil great?

Potting soil needs to be light, with loose, well-draining soil with lots of nutrients.

These ...

Gardening 101: How to use fertilizer properly for healthy plants with better yields

April 05, 2023 -

Just like humans have different dietary needs, different plants usually need more than a bag of 10-10-10 fertilizer. In some cases, 10-10-10 fertilizer can be bad for plants. For example, once fruits and vegetables start flowering, they will need something other than 10-10-10 fertilizer.

If you're new to home gardening, fertilizer selection can be intimidating. But with some research and practice, you will learn which fertilizers your crops will need during the growing ...

Scaremongering climate “experts” spread absurd myth that HOME GARDENING is hazardous for the planet

25 days ago -

This research by University of Michigan scientists, which was published in the journal Nature Cities, looked at how much carbon dioxide (CO2) was produced when growing food in different types of urban farms. It found that, on average, a serving of food made from traditional farms creates 0.07 kilogram (kg) of CO2. Meanwhile, the impact on the environment is almost five times higher at 0.34kg per portion for individual city gardens, as per the study.

The paper's first author ...

Gardening tips: 12 Non-toxic ways to get rid of weeds in your driveway

May 23, 2023 -

Weeds come in all shapes and sizes, and they can take over almost anywhere, including your driveway. If you want to keep your driveway free of weeds, here are some non-toxic methods to try. (h/t to

While store-bought weed killers are effective, they aren't safe to use if you have pets, livestock or young children around who could be exposed to the many harmful chemicals in them.

Below are several options to try if you are looking for a safe ...

Sustainable gardening: What you need to know and do if your land is composed of clay soil

April 10, 2023 -

Identify your soil type

Knowing whether your soil type is chalk, clay, loam, peat, sand or silt will help you determine your soil’s exact condition so you can improve it more effectively and economically.

According to the Royal Horticultural Society, the best way to tell what type of soil you have is by touching it, rolling it in your hands, squeezing it, pouring water onto it to see if it drains quickly, and doing an acid test.

Clay soil has a smearing quality. ...

Survival tips: How to keep food on the table during a GLOBAL FAMINE

July 26, 2023 - container gardening approach to at least provide you with some nutrient-dense alternatives to supplement your diet.

If you're considering homesteading, learn how to create an edible food forest. The point is to take advantage of every square foot of your garden and see if there's an edible alternative that's pleasing to the eye and the palate.Learn food preservation techniques

Anyone who has aggressively planted a vegetable garden or orchard knows the experience ...

Food supply 101: How to grow food for your stockpile and be more self-sufficient

May 10, 2023 -

Who is Marjory Wildcraft?

Marjory Wildcraft is known as the female leader of the Survival and Preparedness movement.

In 2009, she founded The Grow Network, a community of like-minded individuals who valued modern self-sufficient living.

Wildcraft has a DVD series called Grow Your Own Groceries, which has over a half million copies in use by homesteaders, foodies, preppers, universities and missionary organizations worldwide.

She spends her free time experimenting ...

Texas Ready’s Lucinda Bailey and the Health Ranger discuss how to MAXIMIZE food garden production when it matters most

June 01, 2023 -

Bailey is an expert in food production yields, who wants to teach people how to get the most out of their gardens. Adams said gardening isn't just about seeds. but also about knowing how to turn those seeds into edible food in the most efficient way possible. Bailey's company, which is based in the Lone Star State, provides not only seed collections but also training.

According to the Natural News and founder, growing vegetables as a hobby will become a key ...

Does water expire? A basic guide to storing tap water for survival

September 26, 2023 -

Determine your water needs

Every member of your household (including your pets or livestock, if you have any) will have different needs, which will depend on their age, diet, health, physical condition and the weather. If you tracked every drop, you'd be surprised at how much water each of you consumes a day.

Store one gallon of water per person in your household per day for as many days as utilities could be off during an emergency. A family of five would need 15 gallons ...

Hydration and health: How to ensure that your drinking water is safe

March 06, 2023 -

If you are worried about your family's health and the water quality in your area, read on to learn how to make sure that your drinking water is safe.

With recent catastrophic events like the Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, and its effects on the environment, many people are wondering if their water is safe to use and drink.

Detailed below are tips that will help you avoid common sources of water contamination and how to keep drinking water ...

Cost of shipping cargo across the seas in freefall due to lower demand

May 02, 2023 -

Container rates have sunk since peaking in August last year, with long-term ocean freight rates falling by as much as 24 percent. (Related: Global shipping to split into Western and Eastern blocs soon.)

According to the Freightos Baltic Daily Index, one of the main indexes for gauging the cost of transporting freight  containers across the Atlantic, the average rate for shipping cargo from Europe to the American East Coast was hovering a little above $3,000 per forty-foot ...

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