how to save seeds

How To Save Seeds For Next Year’s Garden

I greatly enjoy being able to harvest seeds from plants I've grown in my own garden. Being able to have seeds for the following year, instead of going out and buying them, makes me feel even better about what I'm growing in the garden. I buy quality seeds and make sure they come from plants who will continue to produce great seeds, year after year. If you enjoy having a garden of your own and are looking into raising plants you can save seeds from, here are some tips on saving seeds. Which Types of Plants/Seeds to Select? Choose open-pollinated plants, as opposed to hybrid varieties, if you are thinking about saving seeds for future plantings. Seeds from hybrid plants are a product of two different parents, so the plants grown from these seeds won't be exactly like the original plant. When you choose open-pollinated varieties, whether they are self-pollinating or ... 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...