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7 Essential Italian Herbs for your Garden and Personal Health

Posted on Feb 03, 2011 in DIY Projects, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Cordite Country

The rich delight of fine Italian cuisine is enjoyed everywhere in the world. The colorful array of flavors that excite the pallet can be largely attributed to the refined blend of herbs that has been grown by this wonderful nation for centuries in herb gardens.

Many people prepare Italian cuisine at home for their families and some even grow the plants and herbs needed in their own garden to keep a fresh and flavorful supply. If you wish to start supplying your family with fresh, healthy foods, this is a list of the seven most-used herbs to assure a complete authentic Italian herb garden.

1. Garlic is probably the most used herb to be grown in the garden and is the basic ingredient in many Italian dishes. One thing is certain, a garden that doesn’t grow garlic cannot be considered an Italian garden. This herb can be planted and will thrive requiring very little attention. Once harvested, they can be frozen or pickled and stored in the refrigerator for later use.

How to Grow Garlic at Home

Garlic is grown from the individual cloves....

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How to: Create a Network When the Govt Turns Off the Internet (Guerrilla Networking)

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles – Kevin Hayden

Source: PC World

Does your government have an Internet kill-switch? Read our guide to Guerrilla Networking and be prepared for when the lines get cut.

These days, no popular movement goes without an Internet presence of some kind, whether it’s organizing on Facebook or spreading the word through Twitter. And as we’ve seen in Egypt, that means that your Internet connection can be the first to go. Whether you’re trying to check in with your family, contact your friends, or simply spread the word, here are a few ways to build some basic network connectivity when you can’t rely on your cellular or landline Internet connections.

Do-It-Yourself Internet With Ad-Hoc Wi-Fi

Even if you’ve managed to find an Internet connection for yourself, it won’t be that helpful in reaching out to your fellow locals if they can’t get online to find you. If you’re trying to coordinate a group of people in your area and can’t rely on an Internet connection, cell phones, or SMS, your best bet could be a wireless mesh network of sorts–essentially, a distributed network of wireless networking devices that can all find each other and communicate with each other....

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How to: Build a Sawdust Stove

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 in DIY Projects

Source: Mother Earth News

As we who live in the industrialized nations of the world are increasingly forced to tighten our belts and live less energy-intensive lives, we might do well to examine the gentler technology of the so-called “underdeveloped” countries for “new” recycling and fueling ideas. I’m indebted, therefore, to B.R. Saubolle, S.J.—of Katmandu, Nepal—or telling my readers how some inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent derive useful heat from what is commonly considered a waste material in the U.S. and Canada. Perhaps we need more of this “reverse” Peace Corps work.

One of the simplest fuels for cooking and for heating the house in winter is sawdust . . . a waste product which is usually thrown away and which, therefore, is obtainable free or at nominal cost. (True, not everybody lives conveniently near a sawmill or lumberyard, but the same objection applies to many other alternative sources of power. Not everyone has a stream running through his property to generate electricity, or keeps cattle to supply manure for methane. We must make use of whatever resources are available to us.)

Sawdust will burn properly only in a specially constructed stove, which is very simple to make and costs practically nothing....

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How to: Turn a Lighter into a Motorcycle

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 in DIY Projects

Source: Gizmodo

As hard as it is to believe, what you’re looking at is a before and after. Because inside every cheap plastic lighter, there’s a kickass mini motorcycle yearning for the open road. Here’s how to set yours free.

Now, a bit of a warning: it’s not a totally easy conversion, and the instructions? Well, they’re in Chinese. But! Just follow the pictures, and you should be okay. Probably. Maybe.

How To Turn a Lighter Into a Lightercycle

If there was ever a rock-solid motivator to quit smoking, it’s so that you can use all those old fire starters to start a dirtbike ralley....

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How to: Make a Bump Key and Open Most Locks in Seconds

Posted on Jan 02, 2011 in DIY Projects

Source: Google Videos

A “bump key” can open nearly any residential lock in seconds and is much easier to do than lock picking. If you think you have a decent lock on your door, then you might want to try this and see just how decent your lock really is. Is it safe? Are YOU safe?


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When to Plant Your Crops and Garden

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Source: Cordite Country

It’s important to plant your garden seeds at the right time, and the key is knowing when your area will see its last spring frost. Some garden plants taste even better after a little frost, but you’ll sure be sorry if you put your warm season crops in the ground too soon.

Some crops thrive in cool weather, while others only grow well when it’s warmer. So how do you know when to plant what? The key factor that should guide your decisions is your average last spring frost date.

Most cool season crops, like cabbage, broccoli, lettuce and many others, can tolerate a light frost and will grow best when sown a couple weeks before your last spring frost.

Some, like peas and spinach, are so cold-hardy they can even be planted “as soon as the ground can be worked,” as many seed packets say. But warm season crops like squash, cucumber, and basil will be killed by frost if your seeds come up too soon. Ditto for warm season transplants such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplants — if you don’t wait until danger of frost has passed before you set them out, a late frost will kill them....

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Urban Gardening: You Can Grow Food, No Matter Where You Live

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: EarthFirst

Gardening is regaining popularity as a pastime for all types of people across the world, with gardens popping up in the most unexpected places. While the traditional image of a garden may not exactly fit into the reality of most urban environments, the fact is you can grow your own food whether you live on a rural farm or in a tiny Manhattan apartment. Urban gardening is all about using space wisely to regain a closer connection with your food and beautify your home or neighborhood.

There are a handful of different types of urban gardens, and the ones we’re going to focus on here are indoor gardening, container gardening, community gardening and guerilla gardening.  Perhaps you’ve got a tiny townhouse yard, a balcony, a south-facing window – or perhaps you live in a basement apartment that won’t support anything but mold. You can still grow enough of your own food to save a considerable amount of money and enjoy the freshest, healthiest produce possible.

Container Gardening – Growing Food on a Small Scale

Container gardening allows urban residents with small yards, patios or balconies to grow practically any plants in practically any container that will hold soil....

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Urban Gardening: Indoor and Balcony Gardening Tips

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Source: Off the Grid News

It’s quite feasible to grow your own food even if you live in an urban space and have no outdoor room to garden.  If you have just a bit of space on a balcony, patio or rooftop, you can grow even more.  Here’s an overview of how to grow food for yourself and your family if you’re living without a large yard and transportation to move large quantities of plants and supplies to your house.

Urban Survival Gardening: Challenges

Gardening inside presents unique challenges.  Techniques that are simple outside require a bit of ingenuity inside.  For people living in urban areas without transportation, getting all of the necessary supplies for gardening is also a challenge.

Issues for Urban Gardeners

  • Supplies:  where to find, how to have them shipped
  • Space: small apartments aren’t conducive to traditional fruit-tree growing techniques
  • Light: light levels are drastically reduced on the inside
  • Crops: which will produce in shadier conditions
  • Pollination: certain fruit crops require pollination (generally done by insects) in order to produce

There are ways to get around all of these issues. ...

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Army Reversal on Care Guidelines for M16 and M4 Rifles, Suggest Heavy Lubrication of Bolt Assembly

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 in DIY Projects

Source: Military Times

Army weapons officials might have found a way to improve the M16 family’s performance in the desert.

“Dust chamber” tests at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., last year show that M16 rifles and M4 carbines perform dramatically better when the weapon’s bolt assembly is heavily lubricated.

During each phase of the two-part “system assessment” at Army Test and Evaluation Command, testers fired 60,000 rounds through 10 weapon samples of each model.

Treated with light lubrication, new M16A4s and M4s, performed poorly in the extreme dust and sand conditions of the test, according to a January report from ATEC.

But when testers applied a heavy coat of lubrication to the weapons, the test results showed a “significant improvement.”

Out of the 60,000 rounds fired in each phase, the M4 stoppage-rate dropped from 9,836 with light lubrication to 678 with heavy lubrication.

The M16A4 stoppage-rate dropped from 2,124 with light lubrication to 507 with heavy lubrication, results show.

For years, Army weapons officials have preached to soldiers to virtues of applying a light coat of lubrication during weapons maintenance.

But the test results reinforce a recent change in weapons maintenance guidance Army units are practicing in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Col....

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How to: Build a Goat House Using Old Pallets

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Source: Starving the Monkeys


For those of you who have read Starving the Monkeys, you know that as we near a collapse of civilization, people will start using (and using up) materials and finished goods in unexpected and novel ways. The lowly material-handling pallet falls into this category. Reading through the homestead and preparedness literature, one often finds references to the use of pallets to construct useful things. For monkey starvers in particular, building things out of pallets is a great way to deny forage to suit-monkeys who demand their slice of our consumption pie.

We, like many others, enjoy using pallets for building material for several reasons. First, pallets are cheap. Each week, we get a half-dozen of them free from our local hardware store, saving the owner the cost of disposal. In urban areas, you might have to pay a couple of bucks each, but that is still cheap at the price. Next, pallets come in a variety of sizes and styles, and offer a lot of different materials for various construction projects. Third, the pallet scraps left over from such projects make great kindling, particularly since you wind up with a lot of splintered oak when using them....

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How to: Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 in - Food & Recipes

Source: Frugal Forums


Bread Making: Honey Whole Wheat Bread
Yield: 2 large loaves

3 cups water
½ cup honey
2 Tablespoons softened butter or oil
½ cup skim milk powder (or regular milk)
3 cups red wheat flour
1 Tablespoon salt
2 Tablespoons dry yeast
1 additional cup red wheat flour
4 cups white wheat flour

• In saucepan heat the water, honey, and softened butter or oil until warm.
• In large bowl combine the skim milk powder, the 3 cups red wheat flour, salt, and yeast.
• Pour warm (not hot) liquid over flour mixture in bowl and beat until smooth.
• Stir in the 1 cup red whole wheat flour and enough of the white whole wheat flour to make a medium-soft dough. Knead 5 minutes. Place in buttered bowl and let rise until doubled.
• Punch dough down and divide in half. Shape into loaves and place in buttered 5”x 10” loaf pans. Cover and let rise until 1” above rim of pan.
• Bake @ 375° for 40-45 minutes. Tent with foil half way through baking time to prevent over browning.

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How to: Homemade Vegetable Oil Lamp

Posted on Oct 04, 2010 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Judy of the Woods

If you like candles, live without electricity, or like to have some lighting back-up, you might like this simple little DIY project. An oil lamp can have a number of advantages over candles and mineral oil lamps:

  • very cheap to run – can even burn used cooking oil
  • the fumes are less toxic than those of paraffin candles or mineral oil lamps
  • the production of renewable vegetable oil is less harmful to the environment than petroleum based products (including paraffin candles)
  • for the extreme survivalist, vegetable oil is easier to store in bulk, or can even be produced on the home farm
  • due to the wider base, more stable than candles, and the flame of any burning wick falling into the oil will be extinguished
  • odor free when using olive oil

Making an oil lamp is very easy, quick and cheap, and gives plenty of opportunity for a creative outlet. The basic element is nothing more than a piece of twisted wire, a length of twine, some vegetable oil and a vessel to hold it all in....

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How to: DIY Oxygen Absorbers for Food Storage

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 in - Food & Recipes, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Cordite Country

(edited slightly for content and spelling)

Most commercial oxygen absorbers are nothing more than fine iron powder mixed with a polymer grain to allow air circulation through the powder – the rusting of the iron powder depletes the container’s contents of oxygen.  It’s that simple.  It’s also very easy to replicate that process.


  • Steel Wool ‘0000′ superfine (don’t use “SOS” pads)
  • Salt (table salt is fine)
  • Paper towels
  • Stapler

Depending on the container size, take a wad of steel wool and lay it on a open paper towel.  Sprinkle table salt over the steel wool and work it into the fibers.  Then fold the towel over and staple it into an envelope shape. That’s it!

The salt’s acidity activates corrosion of the fine steel wool and the rusting of the steel absorbs oxygen in the container. Just leave a wad of steel wool outside overnight to see this process in fast forward … you don’t even need the salt for that experiment.
Keep all your unused DIY Oxygen Absorbers in air-tight freezer bags until you need them....

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36 DIY Survival Projects

Posted on Sep 08, 2010 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Survival Spot

by Chrystle, aka Survival Girl

One of the most rewarding things in life is the ability create things. As a Prepper, I really enjoy “Do It Yourself” projects that help me to discover new ways for my family to become more self sufficient. One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday is scour through my folder of “How To” articles and pick out a family project to get involved in.

Here I’ve compiled this list with some of my favorite guides to get you started:



Beef Jerky

Survival Food Bars






Sports Drink





Hygiene Products

Dental Products



Lip Gloss

Shaving Cream

But Repellant

Organic Baby Wipes

Feminine Hygiene Pads

Health and Nutrition


Apple Cider Vinegar


Nut Milk


Survival Gear

Survival Gear

Glow Sticks

Fishing Bait

Turkey Calls

Solar Energy

Log Splitter


Bow and Arrow


Household Items


Floor Cleaner

Carpet Cleaner

Air Conditioner


Laundry Detergent

Thermal Shades

Bottle Cutter

Please let me know if you have any good resources I might have missed!

This article was contributed by Chrystle Poss a.k.a....

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How to: Proper Cast Iron Care

Posted on Sep 03, 2010 in - Food & Recipes, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Cordite Country

Cast iron has a porous surface. The seasoning process serves to fill and smooth the surface of the pan. It’s true that the more you use and season a cast iron skillet, the more nonstick the surface becomes.

Here is how you season a new or used cast iron utensil:

If the pan is new, be sure any adhesive label is completely removed.

  • Wash with very hot water, rinse and dry the utensil.
  • Grease the inside surface with Crisco or other solid shortening. A medium-light coating, as you would grease a cake pan, is sufficient.
  • Put your greased utensil in a preheated 300°F oven for 1 hour.
  • Remove, cool and store the pan.

A skillet or other utensil can be seasoned as often as necessary to maintain a good surface.

For example, after making tortillas and, after all that heat, the surface of your skillet looks dry, just season it again before you put it away.

You should wait until the pan is very well seasoned, either by many uses or repeated seasonings, do not attempt to cook foods with a high acid content (tomatoes, for instance)....

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