The “The Prepping Academy” and talking all things gardening. There’s not a single good reason anyone could give for not building a seed bank. In the eventuality of a grid down scenario, or even unemployment, a seed bank could be life saving. Continue reading Gardening for Preppers and Survivalist→
The process of gardening is the result of more than tilling, planting, weeding and harvesting. It is also the result of preparedness to overcome challenges such as location, pests and other unforeseen complications like unusual weather. Imagine the pressure a prepper will be under to produce a harvest after TEOTWAWKI when their life depends on it. After the SHTF, an ordinary vegetable garden becomes a survival garden Continue reading PREPPER SUPPLIES: Growing Your Own Food→
Karen Lynn a professed “tomato” addict once titled herself the “Tomato Queen” on the boards at various homesteading sites but realized she could grow a prolific amount of tomatoes but has always felt like she could do more if she had more tomato knowledge. Continue reading Grow Epic Tomatoes!→
This week Karen Lynn’s guest is Tessa Zundel blog owner of Homestead Lady is coming on the show to talk all things homesteading with Karen Lynn. Karen Lynn had to push back her show from the original date and she can’t wait! Tessa and Karen Lynn have so much in common it truly is going to be the “Homesteading Hour” this week. They both are passionate about their solar ovens and their gardens! Tessa has an engaging personality with lot’s of humor and is extremely knowledgeable about all things homesteading in addition to Continue reading Homesteading & Self Sufficiency!→
Seeds and Prepping Plans, two great shows for tonight from our Saturday hosts “The Prepared Canadian” and “The Road Less Traveled”!
Seeds, what’s the difference? Now that the snow is gone, or almost ,our thoughts will be turning outdoors. More specifically to the gardens. There is no shortage of skills to learn or knowledge to be gained when it comes to growing your own food. We have to think about soil and amendments, water and storage for irrigation, mulches, hugel beds, etc. but how about spending some time thinking about your seeds. We have all heard that we need to have heirloom, or open pollinated seeds, but why? What is the difference between hybrid and GMO? Are they both bad for us? Continue reading Seeds and Prepping Plans!→
Recently it has come to my attention that a new law proposed by the European Commission would make it illegal to “grow, reproduce or trade” any vegetable seeds that have not been “tested, approved and accepted” by a new EU bureaucracy named the “EU Plant Variety Agency.”
After watching Mark Bakers struggles to save his pigs and Montana Jones in Canada lost her rare breed Shropshire sheep…they were all KILLED even the pregnant Ewes. The CFIA claimed three years ago that a ewe she sold years further back had scrapie. No signs, no symptoms, for a disease that poses no harm to humans – but they killed her ewes anyway. After death, tests came back negative as Montana knew they would. Continue reading Animals and seeds are IMPORTANT to us all!→
With gardening season right around the corner, many of our thoughts turn to seeds. Within a few short weeks, many of us will be starting our plants indoors and a lot of questions about seed types come to mind. What’s the difference between heirloom and open pollinated? What’s wrong with planting hybrid seeds? Do I really need to worry about GMO seeds when shopping for my garden supplies?
On this episode of The Prepared Canadian we’ll take a look at these and other questions pertaining to seed banks, seed harvesting and saving, as well as general talk about starting your seeds indoors. Planning to start your own tomatoes this year? Do you worry about temperature and light issues? What containers should you use?
During the last 3 broadcasts of “Preparing To Provide”, we’ve been discussing seeds, primarily vegetable seeds. But as important as seeds are for growing food, there are some seeds that I feel are much more important. So as we prepare for Christmas, I’d like to talk about the seeds that we sow each day by our actions. In everything that we say and do, we plant a seed. It can be as simple as saying hello to a stranger, paying for someone else’s meal in a restaurant, or calling the owner of a lost dog after seeing the phone number on the dogs caller. In each case, it’s possible that you may never see that person again. But you don’t know what the future holds. There may come a time or situation where you desperately need help, and one of those people remembers how you had helped them. Or they may show up at your door one day with a gift of thanks. You just never know how things will play out. But one thing is certain; you can’t reap a bountiful harvest without first planting the seeds. I have numerous accounts of harvests that showed up when I least expected them. And they are always right on time.
Now, I don’t want this to be all about me. I’d like to hear from some of you. It would be great if you could call into the show and share your experiences. Simply dial 347-202-0228 to talk about the little things that you did, and how you were blessed with a harvest later on. With so much negativity in the world today, encouraging stories can be really helpful. I think we all have plenty of instances where our acts of kindness have been rewarded and often many times over. If you’re unable to call in during the show, and would like to share your story, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll make sure that your story is heard.
Over the past month on “Preparing to Provide” we’ve discussed the different “types” of seeds…. Open Pollinated, Heirloom, and Hybrid. Now it’s time to find those specific “varieties” that will do well in your area. From Florida to Ontario, from Texas to Oregon…. growing conditions vary greatly from one location to another. So it makes sense that what grows well in one area would not necessarily grow so well somewhere else. If you want to grow onions, do you need a “long day” or “short day” variety? If you’re growing tomatoes, which is more suitable… a long producing indeterminate, or an early producing determinate variety? If you’re farther north and have a short growing season, what can you do to increase your chances of success if you decide to grow heat loving plants like watermelon and okra? Another factor to consider is the specific growing method. Whether you’re planting in long rows, growing in raised beds, or maintaining a container garden on your patio, there are some varieties that will do well in each situation. Tune in to get answers to the above questions, as well as many more. And feel free to call in and share your own personal experiences. The goal here is to provide as much information as possible to help each other to have more productive gardens.
You want to grow your own vegetables, but you’re unsure of what seeds to buy. With so many seed catalogs and online options to choose from, it’s not always easy to make the right choices. Open pollinated, heirloom, hybrid… and even GMO. What are the differences? What type should you buy if you want to save seed? Which ones can help you deal with potential disease problems? Who should you buy from? How can you be sure that the seeds you purchase are not GMO seeds? Join Bobby on “Preparing to Provide” as he offers a thorough explanation of vegetable seeds and provides answers to these questions and many more. After this discussion, you will be able to open any seed catalog and know exactly what seeds you should purchase to meet your needs.
Listen to Bobby in this very informative show in player below.