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Month: October 2009

Patio Gardening Project – 1st Update

This is the first update to our patio gardening project.  Last week we took 2 tubs – in 1 tub spinach and onions were planted.  In the other tub some radishes were planted. The Radishes were the first ones to sprout.  The onions are green onions that my wife and bought from a local grocery store.  She cut the tops off to use in a baked potato, and the bottoms were then planted.  Once the bottoms are planted, the roots start to sprout new tops, which can then be cut again. In 7 more days another batch of radishes and spinach will be planted, and the results will be posted.  Hopefully, in 2 more weeks we will get our first harvest of radishes. Patio Gardening Continue Reading….

Urban Survival Patio Gardening – Episode 1

This is the first video in a series on Urban Survival Patio Gardening. The plans are to take a plastic tub and turn it into a small garden. The tubs were used to store canned goods and dried products under beds and out of sight of friends and family members. Once the food is taken out of the tubs, they are just sitting there not doing anything. So lets take them fill em full of dirt, add some fertilizer, seeds and lets see what happens. Urban Survival Patio Gardening – Episode 1Rate This Article

Generators and disaster preparedness

Picking the right generator to power your house during a power outage can be a tricky job. If your serious about getting the right generator for the job, then its time to call in a professional. For this video, Billy Williford of Doug Williford & Son AC and Heating was interviewed. Billy installs Generac generators in the Jasper, Texas area. So if you need a generator, and live in Southeast Texas, give Billy a call at 409-384-5458. Instead of having to worry about storing gasoline, consider getting a generator that runs off of Propane or Natural Gas. During power outages, gas stations do not have a way to pump gas out of the underground storage tanks. After hurricanes, uprooted trees have the chance of pulling Continue Reading….

Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger Review

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maxpedition sitka gearslingerThis review of the Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger should be able to answer most of the questions that people have about the pack. First of all, when the Sitka was received, it was well packaged. Inside the box was a large packing slip that was easy to read and everything was spelled out. The toll free phone number is located in the top left hand corner of the packing slip – so its easy to find.

First impressions: This is everything you might expect to find in a daypack – and more. There is a pouch on the outside for a 32 ounce water bottle, a compartment for a water bladder, the main compartment is big enough for a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE), or an Eversafe meal, rain poncho, some tent stakes (for setting up an emergency shelter), water filter or water purification tablets, and a few other odds and ends. The large outside pocket is big enough for a small first aid kit, TOPO maps, flashlight, matches,,,. The small outside pocket is big enough for map compass, medium sized GPS and maybe a couple of other small items such as a swiss army fire starter.

The reason why its called a “GearSlinger” is because the pack has one shoulder strap and another strap that goes under the opposite arm. The under strap is released and the pack can be “slung” under the right arm and positioned in front of the wearers chest. The pack is designed to be unzipped in a horizontal position while being worn.

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Recommended Products and Contest for October

Contest:  Survival Ebooks is having a contest for a collection of CDs packed full of all kinds of information. First Place Prize: 22,000 Military Manuals And Survival Books 5,000 Military Technical Manuals Second Place Prize: 2,100 Firearm Manuals and Books 2,100 Medical Military manuals and books The Military History Library Third Place Prize: The Interactive firearms Manuals Library The Interactive Survival & Military Manuals Library Go on over to the forums and get signed up for the Survival Ebooks contest. Recommended Products: Products that have been tested and Survivalist approved. Maxpedition Condor II – 17.5″(H) x 14″(W) x 6.5″(D) main compartment, approximate overall capacity of 1950 cubic inches, 2 quick release compression straps per side, 1000-denier cordura which is water and abrasion resistant, YKK zippers, Continue Reading….

Getting ready for deer season

Bow season started this past weekend here in Texas. Now its less then 1 month until rifle season. Its past time to get out to the woods and start looking for deer sign.

Since Bow season started, the rifle hunter need to be considerate of the bow hunters and keep the noise down. Lets not be running chain saws early in the morning or sighting your rifle in late in the evening.

It looks like the bucks are entering into rut, because I found some fresh scraps in the creek bottoms and lots of rubs. It looks like one deer was trying to fight with some shrubs – they were broken, twisted and the bark was rubbed off.

Post your comments in the getting ready for deer season thread of the hunting forums.

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Consumers Warned Not to Eat Certain Imported Dried Plums

The Texas Department of State Health Services is warning consumers not to eat certain imported dried plums and products containing imported dried plums because they have elevated levels of lead. Most of the products typically are sold as salted or candied treats in Asian and Hispanic markets but also are available in other retail outlets. DSHS officials believe the dried plums came from Asia, but an investigation to identify specific sources is ongoing. Test results from the DSHS laboratory in Austin show that the dried plum products or products containing dried plums contain lead levels ranging from 0.11 parts per million to 30.3 parts per million. Health officials say lead should not be consumed in any amount but DSHS used a U.S. Food and Drug Continue Reading….

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