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Medicinal Plant Map of the United StatesMedicinal Plant Map of the United States This is a 1932 map of medicinlal plants by Edwin Newcomb. This shows the medicinal plants in each state. Below is a clickable map that can be blown up by holding your CTRL and rolling your mousewheel forward. There is also a link that will take you to a cartography service to get an actual high quality map printed if you...

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100 Different Ways to Reuse Broken Household Items100 Different Ways to Reuse Broken Household Items On the contrary, there are many different projects that you can do with those broken items and create stunning décor for indoors and out, all from things that you may consider to be trash. We have collected a list of 100 different projects that call for those broken items or common household trash. Repurposing is...

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Disaster Prepardness in Annapolis Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits continues to highlight building safety throughout the month of May. This week’s theme “Bounce Back Faster from Disaster – Build to Code,” emphasizes the importance of preparing your family and home for natural disasters. Anne Arundel County is vulnerable...

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What a real life economic collapse looks likeWhat a real life economic collapse looks like I ran across this while in my internet travels. Pretty interesting read. Good site, worth checking out Did you ever think about what your life would be like if the stores were closed? I’m not talking about a post-apocalyptic Mad Max scenario or a winter storm that clears the shelves. I’m talking about a long-term...

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A vertical garden from a 50 gallon drumA vertical garden from a 50 gallon drum This set up will let you grow 50 plants in an areas 2ft x 2ft. These barrels are easy to find. Craigslist is generally filled with them. You would prefer food graid and you want to make sure this wasn't carrying anything toxic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufEQ6ZljJBE&x-yt-cl http://www.half-pinthomestead.com/GardenBarrels.html

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Medicinal Plant Map of the United States

Category : Equipment, First Aid, General Info

This is a 1932 map of medicinlal plants by Edwin Newcomb. This shows the medicinal plants in each state. Below is a clickable map that can be blown up by holding your CTRL and rolling your mousewheel forward.
There is also a link that will take you to a cartography service to get an actual high quality map printed if you like.

http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~260602~5522896:Medicinal-plant-map-of-the-United-S?sort=pub_date%2Cpub_list_no%2Cseries_no#

Medicinal Map

100 Different Ways to Reuse Broken Household Items

Category : Equipment

17-reuse-old-platesOn the contrary, there are many different projects that you can do with those broken items and create stunning décor for indoors and out, all from things that you may consider to be trash. We have collected a list of 100 different projects that call for those broken items or common household trash.

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Disaster Prepardness in Annapolis

Category : Equipment

Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits continues to highlight building safety throughout the month of May. This week’s theme “Bounce Back Faster from Disaster – Build to Code,” emphasizes the importance of preparing your family and home for natural disasters.

Anne Arundel County is vulnerable to all types of weather emergencies – earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and other severe storms. The International Code Council offers several tips for protecting your home and family inhurricane sandy the face of inclement weather.

Develop a family action plan and practice regularly what to do during a weather emergency. Select a safe location away from your home where your family can meet if required to evacuate; assemble a disaster supply kit containing water, food and medications for each family member and pets, to last at least three days; and know how to shut off electricity, gas and water services.

Severe storms and hurricanes are possible in the mid-Atlantic region.  Prepare for high winds and improve your roof’s resistance to uplift by applying a ¼-inch bead of caulk along the intersection of the roof deck and support element; and secure your home with impact-resistant doors and windows or shutters and panels, or mount temporary emergency panels on window exteriors. 

Secure lawn furniture, trash cans, grills and other items that can become wind borne and cause damage or injury during a storm.

Use Surge Protective Devices (SPD) to protect electronic appliances from lightning strikes.

For more tips and information about Building Safety Month, go to www.iccsafe.org/BSM, or to learn more about Anne Arundel County’s building codes, go towww.aacounty.org/IP.

What a real life economic collapse looks like

Category : Equipment, General Info

I ran across this while in my internet travels. Pretty interesting read. Good site, worth checking out

prepperideas.com swatDid you ever think about what your life would be like if the stores were closed? I’m not talking about a post-apocalyptic Mad Max scenario or a winter storm that clears the shelves. I’m talking about a long-term disruption of services caused by an economic collapse.

What if you couldn’t run to Wal-Mart to get soap?  What if the grocery store had supplies so limited that they were rationed out to people in such small amounts that the food you got was not enough to meet your needs? What if there were no diapers for your baby or aspirin to cure a headache?

This is exactly what happens in a serious economic collapse. It happened a couple of years ago in Greece, and it’s happening right now in Venezuela. Bloomberg.com reports a scene of desperation:

Long lines, some stretching for blocks, formed outside grocery stores in the South American country’s capital as residents search for scarce basic items such as detergent and chicken.

“I’ve visited six stores already today looking for detergent — I can’t find it anywhere,” said Lisbeth Elsa, a 27-year-old janitor, waiting in line outside a supermarket in eastern Caracas. “We’re wearing our dirty clothes again because we can’t find it. At this point I’ll buy whatever I can find.”

http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/this-is-what-a-real-life-economic-collapse-looks-like-01272015

A vertical garden from a 50 gallon drum

Category : Equipment, Food

This set up will let you grow 50 plants in an areas 2ft x 2ft. These barrels are easy to find. Craigslist is generally filled with them. You would prefer food graid and you want to make sure this wasn’t carrying anything toxic

http://www.half-pinthomestead.com/GardenBarrels.html55gal. vertical garden

Build-a-bag for your car (or for a Christmas present) for under $75

Category : Equipment, General Info

As the holiday seasons are upon us and you’re probably going to be doing a lot of running around shopping. It’s a good idea (if you don’t already have one) to put together a little contingency bag for the vehicle. Shopping crowds are ridiculous in some places. Those crowds can cause just as much chaos as a severe weather event. Add to that, that  at this time of year there are many areas of this country that are regularly under threat of  heavy duty storms or floodings that come after, and you could find yourself in some hairy situations. A bag is a nice little edition to the car.

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Raised Bed Gardens

Category : Equipment, Food

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Introduction

So you want a vegetable garden, but don’t have a large area to till up for the project? Your “soil” is hard as rock? A good way to compensate for such lack of space and rocky soil is by gardening in raised beds. Doing so helps you overcome problems with our less-than-perfect soil.
A raised bed for vegetables can be as simple as raking the soil into flat-topped mounds (berms) several inches higher than paths. Or, for deeper beds, you can box soil with landscape timbers (raised bed).
Raised beds, especially in Miami-Dade County, offer a number of distinct advantages, particularly for growing vegetables:
¾ Digging is not needed.
¾ Helps plants grow better. For root crops such as sweet potato, carrots or malanga, it is much easier to provide needed space for the edible plant parts to grow.
¾ Replenishing soil is easy to do.
This helps to overcome the build up of disease or nematodes. Depleted soil can be quickly removed from a raised bed and replaced.
¾ Ease of cultivation, especially for those with limited mobility.
¾ Lessens the risk of plants becoming water logged, particularly in areas
with poor drainage. This limits the chance of root rot diseases.
¾ Reduces soil compaction and prevents damage to soil and plants from foot traffic.
¾ Saves resources; fertilizer is applied only in the beds, not broadcast
over the entire garden area.
¾ By using peat-based and organically enriched soils, the pH is in the “ideal” range for most plants.

There may be a few disadvantages to using raised beds, the major one being cost if the bed walls are to be durable.
One other consideration is that additional irrigation may be needed. For this reason it is advisable to install some type of drip irrigation system to efficiently water your plants.
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Lowering your Heat Bill This Winter

Category : Equipment

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 Replace old and worn weatherstrip in doors to reduce heat loss and drafts

 

caulk baseboards

2. Seal baseboards and caulk windows. This is especially an issue with older homes with wood floors. Cold air can come right up through the baseboards or the windows. Caulk is fairly cheap and this fix will save you BIG.

3. Wrap the water heater and ducts, insulate the pipes and change the filters.
Wrapping the water heater keeps it from having to work so hard in that cold area that it is in when it comes time to heat up water. Sealing ductwork is a MAJOR savings. Air can leak out through seams and joints in duct work and its like pouring money down the drain

door snake

4. Add a door sweep to rooms that you use less frequently. A favorite tool of my grandmother on the farm. If you don’t or can’t install a sweep, you might want to use my grandmother’s favorite ‘tool’ for the winter…a door snake.’. These are great for stopping drafts in door and very simple to make. http://www.17apart.com/2013/11/how-to-diy-door-snake-draft-stopper.html


5. Replace an old thermostat with a high-tech, smart thermostat like Nest.

Nest, which automatically learns a family’s habits and runs when it needs to, helped the Andersons get $337 back this year. You don’t have to use Nest, but you probably do want to update that thermostat to a digital model. Old thermostats are inefficient and just get worse with age.

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Winter Storm Fact Sheet

Category : Equipment

1220-Winter-Storm-holiday-travel_full_600A major winter storm can be lethal. Preparing for cold weather conditions and responding to them effectively can reduce the dangers caused by winter storms.

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Winterizing Your Gear

Category : Equipment, General Info

Winter-DrivingOn equipment with plastic fuel tanks drain the tanks before storage. Conversely, you should fill metal fuel tanks to prevent them from rusting. In either case, drain the carburetor bowl.

Generally, equipment managers “winterize” equipment to increase or maintain performance in winter or prevent problems after long periods of winter storage. However, this is not only necessary in the winter. Many engines that operate in areas that see no winter at all still need this type of service. Therefore, I like to refer to this as seasonal service, not “winterizing.”

Some people perform seasonal maintenance simply because the owner’s manual tells them to, without understanding that good practical reasons exists to perform this maintenance. It helps the engine perform better and last longer. Seasonal
maintenance also reduces down time and repair bills. Whenever an engine does not run for an extended time (6 to 8 weeks or more), regardless of climate,you should perform this service.

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