Compost Tumbler vs Compost Bin

Compost Tumbler vs Compost Pile (or Bins)

Composting is something I've done since childhood. My dad always kept two or three large bins which he turned and rotated, and even let the chickens scratch through now and then. So, when I wanted to start composting for our urban garden, a three-bin setup was my choice. The problem, for me, with bins is that I'm not tall enough to turn the piles. The sides of mine are short and I can reach into them with a fork, but I don't have the arm length and upper body strength to turn the piles, so my husband does it. Sometimes. Our 'stirring' and rotation schedule is way off and our composting efforts are pitiful. Read More: Composting 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know The Compost Tumbler Journey I've long wanted to try a compost tumbler because they appear so contained (read tidy and neat) and they seem easy. When Gene from The Rain Barrel Depot (we've worked with him before, ... continue reading...

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Manual Kitchen Tools Everyone Should Have

Have you been through some kind of storm that knocked out the electricity at your house? One time when it happened at my house I discovered my electric can opener and my coffee maker were absolutely useless to me! It changed so much about how I stock my kitchen. It is the reason I will never be without a manual can opener, a manual French coffee press and a handy way to sharpen my knives. It seems I usually learn my best lessons the hard way; I want to spare you the trouble and share the wisdom. Here are the manual tools every prepper's kitchen must have: Stainless Steel French Coffee Press I say the French press must be stainless steel because they are sturdier than the glass ones. I have a stainless steel French coffee press that I can take anywhere without fear of breaking it. In an emergency situation, I can boil water over a can of sterno or over an open fire or ... continue reading...

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The Surprising Health Benefits of Chamomile

Disclaimer: We are not doctors or medical professionals, nor do we pretend to be. Nothing written on this blog is to be taken as medical advice. Please consult with your doctor if you have health concerns. Chamomile tea is one of my favorite beverages to drink when the weather is cool. I enjoy it so much; sometimes I even drink it when it is hot outside. I’ve even been known to make iced chamomile tea. Lucky for me, chamomile contains beneficial nutrients that provide benefit beyond the increased liquid intake that I get when I drink tea. Chamomile has some of the following health benefits in the body as shown by two studies on chamomile published in Phytotherapy Research and Molecular Medicine Reports. Chamomile Promotes Healthy Sleep The most well-known health effect of chamomile is sleep improvement. Chamomile contains a flavonoid called apigenin, which helps ... continue reading...

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How To Choose a Camp Stove for Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

As I became more interested in preparing for the “what if’s,” I realized the true value of our camp stove in an emergency situation. Camp stoves are perfect for Bug-Out Bags and emergency preparedness kits, and should definitely be included in your family's emergency plan! But.. there are so many kinds of camping stoves - how can you tell the difference? Learn more: Important Family Camping Safety Tips What Kind of Camping Stove Do You Need? There are 2 basic kinds of camp stoves: canister fuel stoves and liquid (multi-fuel) fuel stoves. (There are “alternative fuel stoves” as well but I’m keeping it simple today. That’s a whole other post). Here's a basic breakdown of the differences between these fuels and stove-types. Canister Fuel Camping Stove Canister fuel stoves are what most people are familiar with. These stoves use fuel that comes in a metal canister that ... continue reading...