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Raised Garden Project – Prepping on a budget

Raised Garden Project

Prepping on a budget – raised gardens. We bought a house with 18 raised gardens. In this DIY video series, we will restore them to their former glory. Be sure to watch both of our videos below!

 

Video Part 1

 

Video Part 2

After a one year hiatus, I am back and making new videos. I’m starting over on my preps. (It is not the end of the world if you lose your preps for the end of the world…)

I’m remarried to an apprentice prepper (@peaceofsand). We recently bought a house and are beginning our journey into preparedness together. We want to share our experience with you.

The house had 17 raised garden beds (I say 18 from time to time because there will be 18 when I’m done). They were in disrepair and as one of my first projects, I wanted to repair them. While this is a long term project, I wanted to get enough done this spring to enable me to get at least some crops in the ground this year. This project is in conjunction with my heirloom seed project. (Video coming soon!)

Next year, I should have everything up and running. For normal times, I want to be able to produce a lot of food. Should S ever HTF, I would be able to ramp up the production substantially and would already have everything I need on hand – seed included.

Thanks for watching our videos and please share them with others you know.

-Mike

 

References:

Oregon State University Extension Service: Raised bed lumber, pressure treated safe?

University of Missouri Extension: Raised-Bed Gardening

Penn State Extension: Environmental Soil Issues: Garden Use of Treated Lumber

 

Raised Garden Project

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Community Preparedness: Is Your Town Prepared for a Long Term Blackout?

Congress thinks we need a community preparedness “civil defense” plan for a long term electric grid outage. So why doesn’t your town have one?

 “Seven U.S. government departments and agencies have now concluded that if our national electric grid is not upgraded to ensure its continuity in the event of a massive solar event — which happen about every hundred years,– or of an attack, we could face a blackout lasting four to 10 years, costing countless lives and potentially bringing cataclysmic damage to U.S. society as we know it. It could emerge as the most severe crisis in modern history.” Representatives Yvette Clark (D-N.Y.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)

 

Read more about House Resolution 762 here.

Congresswoman Clarke - Community Preparedness: Is Your Town Prepared for a Long Term Blackout?

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

Rep. Trent Franks - Community Preparedness: Is Your Town Prepared for a Long Term Blackout?

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)

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VIDEO: HALO 3000 mAh portable charger: Gear Review

Here  my review of the HALO 3000 mAh portable charger. We got two of them for $54.96 from QVC. You can also get them from the company, Halo2Cloud LLC. I ran several tests and talk about the results.

HALO 3000 mAh portable charger

HALO 3,000 mAh portable charger

 

One point I didn’t mention in the video. When I first received them, one was not working. I called the company and they immediately replaced it – within four days I had a replacement. My only disappointment was that the replacement was black instead of OD Green. But that was a minor point (black also happens to be a pretty cool color). The company was very responsive and took care of the replacement issue immediately.

Specifications for the HALO 3000 mAh portable charger (From Halo2Cloud LLC):

  • 3,000 mAh
  • SOS and flashlight functions
  • Charges mobile phones, gaming systems, Bluetooth devices, cameras, and more
  • Compatible with devices that utilize micro USB, standard USB, or 30-pin tip
  • Compatible with all devices equipped with a USB male connection cable
  • iPhone(R) 5 adaptor tip not included; iPhone 5 can be powered using the iPhone 5 USB connection cable that came with your phone
  • LED fuel tank indicator: Red (E: 1%-33% charge), Yellow (1/2: 34%-66% charge), and Green (F: 67%-99% charge)
  • Can charge one device while being recharged itself with split charging cable
  • Measures 4-1/8″L x 7/8″W x 3/4″Diam
  • UL-listed charger; 1-year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Imported

 

Charging Information: 

The HALO 3000 mAh portable charger will hold its charge for approximately 6 months.

Fully charged itself, it can provide:

  • up to an additional 8.5 hours of talk time to the iPhone® 4
  • up to an additional 12 hours of talk time to the Samsung Galaxy S4
  • up to an additional 6 hours of talk time to the Samsung Galaxy SIII
  • up to an additional 3.5 hours of video playing to the Samsung Galaxy Note II
  • up to an additional 2.5 hours of video playing to the Samsung Galaxy Tab II
  • up to an additional 1 full charge to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5
  • up to an additional 3 hours of web use to the iPad mini™
  • an additional 1 hour of web use to the iPad® 4th generation
  • an additional 9 hours of talk time to the Blackberry Z10
  • an additional 3.5 hours of web use/reading time to the Kindle Fire
  • up to an additional 3 hours of reading time to the Nook Color
  • up to an additional 3 hours of web use to the iPad 2nd generation
  • an additional 8 hours of talk time to the iPhone 5

Information on the HALO 3000 mAh portable charger provided by HALO.

 

 

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