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Archive for February, 2010

The squash as a survivalist food source

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 27, 2010 Comments Off

The squash is one of the better choices for any garden. Its pest resistant, easy to grow, and the harvested squash can be cooked in a variety of ways. It can be fried, baked, grilled, or just eaten raw.

There are several reasons why squash should be favored by survivalist – can be eaten raw, it’s high in nutrients, can be cooked, and some types of squash can be stored for several months. The squash is in the melon family and can develop a hard outer skin. The squash should be harvested when it is in an immature stage. If the squash is left on the plant too long, the skin and the seeds will harden, making it undesirable to eat. Squash plants can grow to be about 3 feet tall and 3 – 4 feet across.

The squash is not what you might called a “high production plant”, but it does produce more then once. In this picture we can see several small “squash” starting to grow on the vine. The squash plant produces a vine, but not a long one. This “vine” may grow to be just a few feet long. The center vine of the squash plant in the picture may be about 18 inches long.

Planting a community garden

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 26, 2010 Comments Off

In these tough economic times, its important for people to come together. ne way that families can work together to safe money, is to plant a community garden.

In this example, 3 families, it breaks down to 11 people, 6 adults and 5 children are working together to plant a garden. This garden will be shared equally between everyone involved.

Planting potatoes, peas and corn

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 26, 2010 Comments Off

Potatoes, peas and corn – plant them in that order.

Commercial grade fertilizer has 3 numbers, such as 13-13-13. Those three numbers stand for nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (also called Pot Ash).

nitrogen – large leaves, tall growth – greens, spinach, corn, okra
phosphorus – root growth – potatoes, turnips
potassium / pot ash – pod production – peas, beans, corn, okra, squash

Kerosene lantern considerations

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 20, 2010 Comments Off

A few things to consider:

Type and quality of the kerosene – clear, colored, scented
Size of reservoir on the lantern
Trimming the wick before use
Keep the lantern away from children

No bug out bag for me thank you

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 16, 2010 0 Comments

From what I see, most of the people that talk about “bug out bags” have never faced a “real” disaster. But lets not group everyone together – I’am sure some of them have.

Personally, I do not subscribe to the “Bug Out Bag” train of thought. I have had to bug out / evacuate in the face of too many hurricanes, and like to think I know the difference between reality and myth.

Looking for a camping spot on the river

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 13, 2010 Comments Off

A few days ago I got information that the Army Corp. of Engineers has some primitive camping spots along the Angelina river. So my son and I loaded up in the boat to go take a look at them.

The Angelina river runs between lake sam rayburn and steinhagen reservoir.

Taking the new boat out

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 12, 2010 Comments Off

A couple of weeks ago my dad bought himself a new boat, so he gave me his old one. Its a WeldBilt aluminum boat, 15 feet long, 42 inches across and is driven by a 30 horsepower Evinrude outboard motor.

Berkey Water Filter Contest

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 1, 2010 Comments Off

When disaster strikes, will you and your family have plenty of safe drinking water? If your one of the lucky 8 winners, that problem might be taken care of (at least for a little while). Jeff  “The Berkey Guy” (from “LPC Survival Ltd.”) is holding a contest where there will be 8 winners Here  [ Read More ]