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No Fuss Seeds: 10 Seeds That Love To Be Directly Sowed

Ready Nutrition - 5 hours 15 min ago

Is everyone as busy as I am in the garden? I did a lot of prep work in Fall and I still find myself hoping I have enough time to get all of my seeds in. But the soil is starting to warm up and there are seeds that love to be directly sowed.

What I like about directly sowing seeds is it’s a no fuss method to getting your garden started. As long as the soil is warm and moist, seeds can be sown and it will germinate quickly. Mid-spring to early summer (April-June) is the best time for to get your seeds in the ground. The secret to success is to prepare a good seedbed, free of weeds and with a loose soil.

These are 10 of the best seeds that love to be directly sowed.

Golden Bantam Corn
Danvers Carrots
Hales Best Cantaloupe
Green Lincoln Peas
Pickling Cucumbers
Green Beans
Rainbow Swiss Chard
Bunching Onion
Bloomsdale Spinach
Zucchini Summer Squash

You can bet I’m getting these in the ground over the weekend.

 

See you in the garden,

Tess

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Originally published April 21st, 2018

Energy Is The Non-Negotiable Element Defining Our Future

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:05
Executive Summary
  • What the Laws of Thermodynamics tell us about Energy
  • How those same Laws then apply to the Economy
  • Why the science convinces us a "forced economic contraction" is in our future
  • What we can choose to do about it

If you have not yet read Part 1: The Economy Is Cooked, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

One of my bigger 'learnings' from writing The Crash Course in book form was the deepening of my appreciation for the utter importance of energy to our way of life and to the process of creating (and maintaining) wealth. 

I spent time reacquainting myself with the laws of thermodynamics and came away with a far more focused view of the predicament in which we find ourselves.

I know that 'thermodynamics' sounds awfully bookish, wonkish, and geeky, but it is by far the most important concept there is, if one wants to understand the role of energy in our economy and why our economy will almost certainly fail to operate well in a world of declining net energy.

The laws of thermodynamics have never been violated by humans, not even for a millisecond.  Just like the law of gravity, they just exist as something we can either pay attention to, or not.  Our choice.  But they cannot be violated. At least, they haven't yet; so betting on a future where such laws have been repealed by human ingenuity would not be, shall we say, a sound wager.

A problem with the laws of thermodynamics is that they require a little bit of study to understand and they are loaded with wacky jargon which masks some very simple ideas.  Gravity is easy - all one has to do to appreciate it is get a few feet off the ground - the farther the better - in order for the reptilian portions of the brain to kick in and take over and make you very, very aware of gravity's potential consequences. Unfortunately, the laws of thermodynamics are less obvious, and we don't have a hard-wired evolutionary pathway that will force awareness upon us.  We have to come by an appreciation of the laws intellectually.

The first law simply states that..

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The Economy Is Cooked

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:04

Hours ago, Eurpean Central Bank chief Mario Dragho conceded: "The growth cycle may have peaked"

Of course, those paying attention to the data already knew this. Our politicians and central planers have been peddling to us the fantasy that the global economy is strengthening, finally ready to fire on all cylinders after nearly ten years of dependence on monetary stimulus.

That just ain't so.

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Daily Digest 4/20 - Good News Friday: Victories Since The First Earth Day, De-Nuclearizing North Korea

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:03
  • Philly's House of Correction, a 'dungeon,' to close by 2020
  • Opioid Prescriptions Dropped In Every State Last Year
  • FDA committee recommends cannabis-based drug
  • Bernie Sanders Backs Bill To Punish States With Harsh Marijuana Laws
  • Seoul: N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point
  • New York Gov. Cuomo gives parolees the right to vote in his state
  • Flat-pack heaven? Robots master task of assembling Ikea chair 
  • 48 Environmental Victories Since the First Earth Day

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Off The Cuff: Silver Set To Soar?

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 01:24

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Davefairtex discuss:

  • Crazy Like A Fox?
    • Evaluating Trump's colorful record so far
  • Silver Set To Soar?
    • An epic short squeeze looks in the making
  • Commodity Complex Break-Out?
    • Rising oil prices are leading the way
  • Beware The Bitcoin?
    • Reasons to proeed with caution before re-entering the crypto space

PeakProsperity.com's gold & silver analyst joins Off The Cuff this week to discuss his tingling spider-sense, which is predicting a price breakout in silver.

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Daily Digest 4/19 - The Civil War Is At Home, Don’t Wait Too Long to Leave the Party

Peak Prosperity - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:00
  • Sweden’s violent reality is undoing a peaceful self-image
  • Don’t Wait Too Long to Leave the Party
  • What It's Like to Live in America Without Broadband Internet
  • Nobody ‘stealing’ your jobs, you spend too much on wars, Alibaba founder tells US
  • Our Strange Attraction to Self-Destructive Behaviors, Choices and Incentives
  • The Civil War Is At Home
  • “Take a Pill” Consequences
  • The Strike: Chemicals, Cancer, and the Fight for Health Care
  • Iraqis’ Diet Fifteen Years After the Invasion. Travelling Through Baghdad
  • War between Iran & Saudi Arabia could send oil to $300 per barrel & impoverish the world
  • $100 Oil Is Back On The Table
  • Americans waste 150,000 tons of food per day: study

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Your Best Self: How To Find Time To Transform With Workout, Meditation, and Study

Ready Nutrition - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 06:33

Well, the Winter is almost over.  Hopefully, you have continued through the Winter months with your physical training and exercise, along with continuous development through study and preparation.  It is truly an ongoing effort, requiring the allocation of time and the discipline to employ that time (i.e., use it wisely).  If you have not been maintaining a “ready posture” through the Winter, well, now is the time to get back into the groove.  Break down this “restart” with a method I call “WMS,” that translates into Workout, Meditate, and Study.  Let’s jump into it!

Transform Into Your Better Self

Workout: your physical training is imperative to your survival and optimal performance when the “lights go out all over the world,” and also in day to day business at hand.  I have written other articles on the importance of a training calendar to keep track of your time and budget it wisely.  I also stressed that your workouts should not last longer than an hour.  Your workout is for you, tailored by you, whether you’re into aerobics training or strength training.  The exercise is important for the health benefits, and also (when you’ve expended the energy), your body becomes more relaxed.  As we’ve covered exercise in plenty of articles, now let’s jump to the next step.

Meditate: After you’ve taken your supplements and your high-protein shake (no more than 20-30 minutes post workout!), limber up and prepare to meditate.  That’s right!  Meditation will relax your body and mind.  Meditation and working out also has a synergistic effect on the mind. It is proven to develop junctions in the synaptic nerve endings and reinforce connections between nerve centers of your brain.  Deep breathing exercises, while sitting in a comfortable position and listening to instrumental music, as you focus on relaxation and clearing your mind: this is what it’s all about.  You want to use music or tones (such as sounds of nature, as the ocean waves, or the songs of birds) without any words.  The words throw off your concentration upon relaxation…the words stimulate the mind to think of images or situations.  That’s not what you want.  You want to develop Alpha brain waves, and “de-stress” after your workout.  Wind down from the physical and bring your body back to a good state.  The time can be of your choosing…15 minutes to 30 minutes is fine for just starting out.  Now, step 3!

Study: Yes, study!  You pick the subject.  Have a nice cup of tea or coffee with your studies and give it about 15 to 30 minutes of effort.  After a good workout and a thorough meditation, along with a good cup of coffee (it is proven to help with concentration and mental alertness), you can feel refreshed.  It is also a good time to get the creative juices flowing in the brain…and improve yourself before starting out your day with work or whatever is in it.  Learning new things (such as a language) is very good to stimulate development (physically) of the human brain.

The key to the whole endeavor is to be disciplined.  This means you must make a plan and then follow through with that plan in action.  All of these three steps should run you under 2 hours.  It’s hard: juggling the treadmill for the week, the kids, and all of the “trappings” our constantly busy society offers.  Guess what?  You have to make time for yourself.  Do those three things, and you will find that the other things will become easier, and not harder.  Perseverance, persistence, and determination are needed to establish this as a new routine.  Make it a permanent one!  Don’t stop after a few days.  You’re investing in something for the long haul.  You will emerge from your three-part training program ready for a good breakfast, a refreshing shower, and then you can face the world both healthier and clearer.  The key is to face it on your terms and win each day, for yourself and your family.  JJ out!

 

 

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published April 19th, 2018

Daily Digest 4/18 - Healthcare Costs Out Of Control, How To Save Your Privacy

Peak Prosperity - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:38
  • Venezuelan farms have begun feeding their workers — so they don't faint from hunger
  • A family was billed $937 for a baby's ointment—and that's more than most Americans can afford
  • State budget reserve could run out after two more years of funding government (Alaska)
  • S&P lowers CT’s bond rating citing hefty debt
  • Russia dumps US debt, reducing holdings to lowest level in a year
  • IMF Spots Trouble Ahead for the Global Economy After 2020
  • UK PM’s husband’s Capital Group is largest shareholder in BAE, shares soar since Syrian airstrikes
  • How to save your privacy from the Internet’s clutches

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Ashwagandha: This Ancient Herb Has Been Used in Natural Medicine For Over 2,500 Years!

Ready Nutrition - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:04

ReadyNutrition Readers, we’re covering a unique herb that has been around for quite a while as a holistic support and herbal supplement.  The herb is Ashwagandha, also known as Indian Ginseng, or Withania somnifera scientifically.  It has been in use in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 2,500 years.  It is not a commonly-known herb, but the benefits are incredible and worth covering in this report to you.

For those who are not familiar with it, Ayurvedic medicine is the medicine that is traditionally used in the nation of India and has been in practice for more than 5,000 years.  The interesting thing is that we’re exploring the herb for its qualities known to traditional Western medicine, as well as in the context of American Sports Nutrition.

How Ashwagandha Can Improve Health

Ashwagandha can be taken in pill, tincture, or capsule form.  It is an anti-inflammatory that bolsters the immune system, relieves the pain and swelling of inflammation, and it reduces anxiety.  Yes, it is a stress-relieving herb that works on mild to moderate depression, as well as enabling physical recovery from strenuous work or exercise.

The herb is an adaptogen, a term used to describe an herbal substance that has a homeostatic effect on an organism.  What this means is that it works to bring your body into balance if there is an overage or a shortage that results in a person’s condition.  For example, if a person is hyperglycemic (too much blood sugar), an adaptogen will lower that blood sugar and bring the person closer to normal values.  If the individual is hypoglycemic (low blood sugar), the adaptogen will work in the opposite direction and raise the blood sugar closer to normal.

Most scientists do not know why an adaptogen works the way it does.  To Herbalists and other Naturopaths, the reason is not as important as the fact that the results can be documented and monitored, as well as the amounts a person needs to take in order to achieve those results.  The principle of Herbalism is that the whole herb (in whatever form it is consumed) is more effective than any of its individual constituent parts taken alone.  Examples of other adaptogens include ginseng (the most well-known and widely used).

Ashwagandha also works on male infertility, and at dosages of around 2,000 mg per day will help with low testosterone and low libido.  In much the same manner as ginseng, Ashwagandha enhances the human body’s ability to deal with stress.  It also improves reaction time, mental clarity, and performance as it relates to physical exercise and work.  Although there is no general consensus on the exact dosages across the board, following the packaging instructions from the manufacturer will ensure you take what is needed.  Usually, a dosage of approximately 500 mg either 1 to 2 times per day with a meal will suffice.

The good thing about such adaptogens is that they can be used to supplement a workout routine and help to reduce recovery time for a person.  When taken routinely, Ashwagandha is very productive for athletes, people working physically-demanding professions, and for stress…basically everybody!  Check it out in one of your grocery stores or in your health food concerns after clearing it with “Dr. Happy,” your friendly family physician.  It is not expensive, and it delivers a lot of benefits without any side effects or precautions.  JJ out!

 

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published April 18th, 2018

Daily Digest 4/17 - Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak, The End Of Reality

Peak Prosperity - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:42
  • Morgan Stanley Warns Markets the Best Times May Be Near an End
  • The End Of Reality
  • Google works out a fascinating, slightly scary way for AI to isolate voices in a crowd
  • Two American Power Centers Are About to Clash
  • ‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak
  • New Sanctions On Russia Could Lift Oil Prices Further
  • I’m a Flint resident. I’m done paying for water that is not safe.
  • Only three caribou left in South Selkirks herd

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Doug Duncan: Even US Government Economists Predict Trouble Ahead

Peak Prosperity - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:53

Doug Duncan is not your average beltway economist.

The chief economist for Fannie Mae is surprisingly outspoken about the troublesome outlook for the US economy. He's worried about the rising cost of debt service as outstanding credit continues to mount at the same time interest rates are starting to ratchet higher, too.

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Daily Digest 4/16 -The Doomsday Maps Of The World, Miami Racing Against Time

Peak Prosperity - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:13
  • Here's How Facebook Tracks You When You're Not On Facebook
  • The Shocking Doomsday Maps Of The World And The Billionaire Escape Plans
  • Inside The Secret World Of Russia's Cold War Mapmakers
  • Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show
  • IEA: U.S.-China Trade Row Could Dampen Oil Demand Growth
  • The world faces a future of floods, famine, and extreme heat — here’s what it’ll take to bounce back
  • Miami is racing against time to keep up with sea-level rise
  • Gulf Stream current at its weakest in 1,600 years, studies show 

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Grid Down: How to Get Water From Your Well When There is No Power

Ready Nutrition - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 21:21

One of the problems faced with an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) is that your well will not be pumping water into your home.  For those living in urban areas and are relying on municipal water, your water could also be short-lived and it’s important to have a backup plan.

Well water is a different matter entirely because it is your well and you are responsible for getting the water. There are several solutions to this problem, and we’re going to close the article with a “quick fix” to enable you to get to the water.  First, let’s cover Operational Security (or OPSEC) regarding your well.

Protect and Conceal Your Water

For starters, you’re not going to be the only one who is hungry or thirsty when it strikes.  You need to camouflage, hide, or protect your well.  A structure such as a small shed could come in handy in that regard, as well as providing a little bit of relief from the elements when you need to obtain the water.  Cut a hole in the floor of the shed, and then drop it down on top of the well.  Then it’s a simple matter to insulate the edges of where the ground and the hole meet with blow-in foam or such.

There are plenty of kits out on the market for you to be able to pump your own water out of the well by hand.  Most of them have a special pneumatic part that will enable the suction to occur through PVC pipes that you join up.  There are plenty of companies to offer such.  Another way is to pick up a small generator (especially a quiet one, such as a Honda that features maintaining silence).  Have a good electrician wire you up a connection on your electrical panel, so that you can just plug in the generator and run the pump.

If you pursue this option, ensure that the intake and the exhaust for your generator are sufficient to keep carbon monoxide and exhaust from going into the home.  This is why the good electrician is worth his weight in gold.  It will vary from state to state.  In Montana, you can get away with just about everything, whereas in other states, you need to deal with permits, inspections, and even certifications to accomplish a simple task.

An Affordable Option For Getting Well Water

Here is the last suggestion, the “affordable” one.  Measure the inside diameter of your well, and take a reading to find how deep it runs.  Next, you’ll need to cut a section of heavy PVC pipe and make it so there’s an inch on all sides when you place it into the well.  Drill two holes in the top of it and attach a line to it running across on both sides and then connecting as a triangle to provide support…I prefer aluminum cable-wire on this one if you can get it.  Next, run another stretch of aluminum wire through the center of your pipe-section.

The pipe should be cut to about 2 feet in length.  A rubber ball that does not float is necessary for this one.  The ball needs to completely cover one end of the pipe.  Thread the second cable through the top part of the ball and secure it so that if you pull up on it, the ball will rest.  You want the line to parallel the lifting line that you affixed to the top of the pipe.

You’ll lower the whole apparatus, and when the pipe fills with water, pull up the ball, “seating” it at the bottom, and then lift up the whole apparatus.  The ball will hold the water in at the bottom of the pipe, and then you just drain off the water you pull up.  I’m sure there are plenty of readers out there with good engineering experience, so your comments on improved design will be most welcome.  JJ out!

 

Additional Reading:

These articles are worth the time to read and will catch you up on pertinent information and essential preps.

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published April 15th, 2018

Ask Tess: How do I protect my animals from radiation?

Ready Nutrition - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 05:35

Tess,

So if I’m all protected with gas masks etc. how do I protect my animals?

A Reader

 

Answer:

Reader,

Thank you for sending your question in. One of our Ready Nutrition writers, Jeremiah Johnson wrote about the very subject you are asking about. In the article, he provides an excellent excerpt from the government regarding livestock and poultry.  The source is PubMed, and here’s the link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3895719:

Farm livestock shows no measurable effects from being exposed to ionizing radiation unless the level is greatly in excess of the natural background radiation. Possible sources of ionizing radiation which might affect livestock or contribute to radioactivity in the food chain to humans are reactor accidents, fuel reprocessing plant accidents and thermonuclear explosions. Most data on ionizing radiation effects on livestock are from whole body gamma doses near the LD 50/60 level. However, grazing livestock would be subjected to added beta exposure from ingested and skin retained radioactive particles. Results of attempts to simulate exposure of the Hereford cattle at Alamogordo, NM show that cattle are more sensitive to ingested fallout radiation than other species. Poultry LD 50/60 for gamma exposure is about twice the level for mammals, and swine appear to have the most efficient repair system being able to withstand the most chronic gamma exposure. The productivity of most livestock surviving an LD 50/60 exposure is temporarily reduced and long-term effects are small. Livestock are good screeners against undesirables in our diet and with the exception of radioisotopes of iodine in milk, very little fission product radioactivity would be expected to be transferred through the food chain in livestock products for humans. Feeding of stored feed or moving livestock to uncontaminated pastures would be the best protective action to follow.

Livestock faces the same challenges that we do

Here is what needs to be done:

  • Suitable shelter needs to be prepared for them with some type of air-filtration system and enclosed with heat
  • All food and water need to be pre-stored for them and protected from the radiation, as well. This is a true challenge because a correct estimate of consumption needs to be prepared.  They need at least one year’s supply of food and water and must remain indoors under protective shelter for at least one month until most of the radiation decays.
  • Decontamination: supplies need to be pre-positioned, and there is also manure/offal to be disposed of regularly…perhaps in a location that is also secured if you’re to turn it into compost.
  • Existing structures need to be modified: Most barns will (depending on the roof type) at the minimum protect from Alpha particles. The windows need to be closed off and sealed, and the challenge will be to provide air that is filtered and circulating in their living quarters.  Henhouses and chicken houses need to be assessed for the ability to keep fallout from reaching the poultry.
  • Minimum subsistence and breeding stock: Your biggest challenge will be to support the minimum amount of a population of livestock to be used for breeding to replenish the herds and flocks. Your hens will still lay eggs that can be used for food, and unexposed/safe cattle for milk (watching out for U-238 and Strontium-90 that can go into milk).  This is a long-term goal of protection for you to undertake for them.
  • Mines, caves, and other possible shelters: You could use these if nothing else, should you not have the type of protection available on your property. Just a suggestion, but the last resort.

“The Earth Still Turns,” meaning: you still have to take into consideration the seasons and all of the related problems with them, such as frozen drinking water and extreme cold with (grid down following EMP or war) no electric heat.

Geiger Counters and Dosimeters: to be used to monitor radiation for them.

If you haven’t already done so, I strongly recommend getting a copy of Cresson Kearney’s “Nuclear War Survival Skills.”  Even though this piece discusses livestock, the principles of a nuclear war and the scientific breakdown of shelter construction and radiation hazards still applies to them.  Most of the country still has some time before winter sets in to obtain extra supplies for the livestock and take extra measures to protect them.  It is better to do something than just sit around behind a keyboard and skeptically inform others of how nothing can be done.  It can be done: you are the ones who can do it if you resolve yourselves to take action.

 

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published April 15th, 2018

Daily Digest 4/14 - WWIII Will Be Economic, The Supersized Future Of Energy Storage

Peak Prosperity - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:12
  • World War III Will Be An Economic War
  • Chinese police use facial recognition tech to identify suspect from crowd of 50,000
  • How I Own My Gold
  • Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?
  • Outside Disneyland, a Reminder for Governments to Be Careful What They Wish for
  • The Supersized Future Of Energy Storage
  • Cities around the world should prepare for running out of water, experts say
  • Death by Plastic: 64 Pounds of Trash in Whale's Digestive System

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Want All the Green Beans You Can Eat? Get the Best Harvest With These Growing Tips

Ready Nutrition - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 04:52

When I was growing up, I was lucky enough to have a grandfather who grew lots of vegetables (this is where my passion for gardening started). Without fail, every summer he would drop off bags of green beans and we would spend an afternoon breaking off the ends and putting them into a pot. I loved about green beans – the color, the texture, the flavor… Now that I have my own family, I’ve carried on that same garden tradition and green beans are always an addition to the garden.

Green beans are one of the easiest and most popular summer vegetable varieties to grow in your garden. What makes the green bean so easy to grow is because once planted, they require little attention other than a drink of water now and again. One reason that green beans are favorite choices among gardeners is that they have high germination rates of 70 percent and the seeds can remain viable for 3 years. Therefore, they are great for storing long-term garden plans. As well, bush beans, in particular, are a great cover crop for warmer climates.

We prefer growing the Blue Lake Bush variety of green beans because of their many uses. They were originally developed as a canning bean, but quickly became a fresh food favorite and are now commonly served along with salads or steamed as a healthful side dish.

One drawback to planting bush beans is they tend to take up precious space because they do not grow tall like pole beans. But, what they lack in height, they make up for in production. In addition, they require less work planting, staking, weeding, and watering. Another incentive to grow more beans in the garden is they have a symbiotic relationship with soil-dwelling bacteria. How this works is that the bacteria take gaseous nitrogen from the air in the soil and feed this nitrogen to the legumes; in exchange, the plant provides carbohydrates to the bacteria. The gardener can take advantage of this and plant nitrogen-loving plants near the growing beans like corn, lettuce, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and cabbage. I usually plant a few bush beans around the base of a tomato plant. This provides added nitrogen and helps to shade the delicate roots in the soil. Native Indians also used this companion gardening trick and planted corn and squash near green beans (although they used pole beans to grow up the corn stalks). This is called the “Three Sisters” method and makes great use of garden space.

Growing Tips for a Big Crop of Beans

Like we mentioned, green beans are one of the easiest plants to grow, but there are some tricks to enhance the production process.

Plant them at the right time. Green beans prefer warm weather, so make sure all danger of frost is gone before planting. For the best growing results, when the air temperatures are between 60-70 degrees F, sow seeds directly in the soil where it will receive full sun. Those living in northern climates should plant beans at the beginning of the summer growing season. If your area has longer seasons, you may be able to harvest multiple crops. As a precautionary note, green beans do not take well to transplanting and could get stressed or damaged in the process.

Simply plant the seeds (with their eye facing down) about 3 to 6 inches apart and leave about 1 to 2 feet between rows, depending on the size and shape of the garden bed. Green beans usually germinate in 7 days so keep an eye out for emerging young sprouts!

Succession planting is best. Keep in mind that bush beans produce most of their crop all at once. To take advantage of a long growing season, plant a new crop of green beans every 2 weeks. As a rule of thumb for planting, plan for about 10 to 15 green bean plants for each person in your household each time you plant a new crop.

Mulch ’em. Green beans prefer warm, moist soil. During the growing season make sure that soil is kept moist during flowering and fruiting, as hot and dry conditions can make them drop their flowers or young beans before they’re big enough to harvest. A thick mulch of 1-2 inches under the plants will keep soil moister and cooler in the middle of summer, as well as serving to feed the earthworms and other soil life.

Deep watering is best. Ensure that your green bean plants receive one inch of water a week for good growth. Deep watering at least once a week (when there is no rain) is preferred, especially during the blossom and fruiting stage.

Rotate your crops. Rotating the growing areas keeps the garden healthy and prevents crop-specific pests and diseases from building up and carrying over from one season to the next in the soil. For best measure, beans should not be grown in the same spot more than once every four years.

Troubleshooting Growing Issues with Green Beans

Although green beans are relatively easy to grow, you could run into some problems now and again.

Pests: Bean weevils, Mexican bean beetles, leaf miners, cutworms, and aphids are some of the most common pests that will affect your green beans. Once your green bean has lush foliage, be on the lookout out for damaged leaves, eggs underneath leaves and signs of pests.

Releasing beneficial wasps could be advantageous in preventing pest infestations. For instance, the Pediobus wasps can help mitigate Mexican bean beetles. As well, planting companion flowers and plants such as yarrow, dill, and catnip around your garden can also help control pests. As well, control cutworm damage by making a protective collar around the young plants. Here’s a great video on how to make theseRemoving any damaged leaves from the plant can help it recover. Spraying soapy pepper water on plants with pests is also a great deterrent.

Diseases: Mold, funguses, powdery mildew, root rot, and other diseases can affect growing green beans. The best way to circumvent this is by prevention and have your soil tested to ensure it has the proper balance of nutrients. By doing so, you will know exactly what your soil will need and, in turn, will reduce the diseases and pests that could affect your plants. Soil kits are available at all garden centers. Another preventative measure is a crop rotation every few years.

Excessive Moisture: Moisture or over watering could also be a culprit. Keeping leaves and fruit are off the ground will greatly reduce diseases brought on by this. While bush beans do not require staking, but keeping the leaves and beans from sitting in wet soil will reduce the number of pathogens splashed on the leaves from the ground. Some gardeners lay medium-sized sticks around the bean plants to act as a barrier. Moreover, for added measure, stay away from your bean plants when their leaves are wet. Bacterial diseases become sticky when they are wet, which means they can attach to your hands, clothes, and tools, and you can carry them from plant to plant. If you find diseased plants, remove them from the garden right after you harvest the beans. Disease pathogens can grow amidst the stems and foliage and infect future plantings.

Time to Garden

If you are looking for an easy-to-grow plant for the garden, green beans are an ideal addition. As well, they are a great starter plant to help teach young gardeners about plant care. Make sure you plant plenty of extra plants for enjoyment!

See you in the garden!

 

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published April 14th, 2018

What To Prepare For

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 19:45
Executive Summary
  • Projecting the 5 most likely outcomes from the current standoff with Russia over Syria
    • Level 1: Conflict avoided
    • Level 2: Limited skirmish
    • Level 3: Escalated regional conflict
    • Level 4: War
    • Level 5: Things go nuclear
  • The truly crazy option to keep our eyes out for
  • Why preparing now is an absolute must

If you have not yet read Part 1: Risk Of War Outbreak Now Too Damn High, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

NOTE:  If you've not yet read our special report on how to prepare for an outbreak of war with Russia, or could use a refresher, please do so before reading further.

In that report, you'll find that “war” may mean anything from a trade war to cyber-attacks to an actual shooting war. Due to that broad spectrum of possibilities, preparing for a US/NATO war with Russia must include everything from the basics (food, water, fuel) to holding some cash out of the banks (in case they stop working for some reason), to having a modicum of physical gold and/or silver bullion handy.

Here are the base level preparations you should have in place regardless of what sort of war comes along:

  • A minimum of three months of food for your family plus others.  You decide how many others that might be.  A couple of close friends?  Half your neighborhood? 
  • Water filtration devices capable of filtering one gallon per person, per day, for three months.  You may have to buy extra devices and/or filters to accomplish this.  If you do not have access to your own water (well, nearby pond, lake or stream), then stored water sufficient to last several weeks.
  • Cash out of the bank that can cover three months of living expenses.
  • A bug out bag pre-loaded with your most valuable documents, irreplaceable pictures, medicines, weapons & ammunition, some cash and some gold/silver bullion.  As the natural disasters of late have shown, you never know when you might have to pick up and flee with little/no warning. 
  • All the basics in case of a nuclear exchange or a grid-down event that causes nuclear plants to overheat and explode as happened in Fukushima.  Dosimeters/Geiger counters, plastic sheeting, tape, and disposable coveralls and facemasks. Read our complete report on the topic here.

As for the likeliest outcomes to expect from this flare-up in Syria, we calculate them as follows...

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The War Machine Springs To Life Over Syria

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 19:45

The events of the past few days involving Syria, the US and Russia are highly concerning.

Currently, the US is busy readying to drop missiles on Syria to punish it for an alleged poison gas attack on its civilians. I say "alleged" because no on-the-ground investigation has been conducted.

At this point, we don't really know with confidence what was done by whom. But America's war machine is straining hard against it's chain, eager to strike. And this poison gas atrocity may just be the excuse the West needs to unleash it.

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Peak Prosperity Summit: Chicago, IL

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 16:59

More than ever in recent years, understanding where events are headed next is critical to preserving your wealth and well-being.

Being keenly aware of this, Chris and I have been working for months on solving the question: How can we better arm people with the insights and answers they need to take informed action in their lives?

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Peak Prosperity Summit: Columbus, OH

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 16:58

More than ever in recent years, understanding where events are headed next is critical to preserving your wealth and well-being.

Being keenly aware of this, Chris and I have been working for months on solving the question: How can we better arm people with the insights and answers they need to take informed action in their lives?

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