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Giant World Seed Bank

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A few hundred miles from the North Pole and above Norway a set of islands called “Svalbard” exist. They are controlled by Norway and are hosting something that is quite unique – a Doomsday Seed Vault. This Global Seed vault holds over 1.5 billion seeds. This is an incredible amount and within those seeds a tremendous variety exists. Wheat alone is represented by over 50,000 collections from all over the world.

The intended purpose

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VersaPot – The simplest way to a fresh healthy vegetable gardening!

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When it comes to aspects of preparedness gardening is one of my favorites. There is just something about preparing the dirt, dropping some seed in it, watering – and then watching as a bit of green breaks through the soil within a few days. Very satisfying.

Although I have an in-ground garden and a couple of raised beds, container gardening can be rewarding as well. In fact container gardening has some great benefits including weed

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From the Desk of John Rourke – July 9th, 2015

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The situation yesterday with the New York Stock Exchange and United Airlines had a lot of people thinking. Combined with the free-fall Chinese stock market and their economy along with the situation in Greece people were beginning to wonder if the pieces of the puzzle were starting to come together.

Officials were quick to come out discounting the event as a cyberattack however I wouldn’t be surprised if it was and there is a cover

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Review – Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

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My brother bought me the book Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre a while back. He knows my passion for gardening as well as a desire to learn everything “homesteading” that I can. I live in a typical suburban community – so I am maximizing my property within confines of the Rules and Regulations of the community Homeowners Association.

I have been gardening for 10 years and every year has

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REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

 

The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club.

Promo code MODERNSURVIVAL25

Joining the Seeds of the Month Club – you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store.

Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.70 PER MONTH! (25% discount not included) 8 packs of seeds your

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Creating a raised bed garden

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Rourke: This post originally appeared HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com.

 

I recently made a second raised bed garden to add to my fruit and vegetable growing capabilities. Living in a typical suburban neighborhood my space is limited. In this particular case I built this raised bed for blueberry and blackberry plants.

Blueberries ready for planting.

I purchased some blueberry plants at SAM’s – hoping they survive the project.

All side

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Free online garden planner & resource

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I recently came across a great free online garden planner where you can create a garden of up to 12 feet x 4 feet, add your crops – and print it out. Great for smaller raised beds.

The website also has many educational resources such as Getting Started, When to Plant, Container Gardens, Compost and Fertilizer, as well as numerous guides on individual fruits and vegetables.

Worth checking out.

Rourke

 

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REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

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The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club.

Promo code MODERNSURVIVAL25

Joining the Seeds of the Month Club – you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store.

Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.70 PER MONTH! (25% discount not included) 8 packs of seeds your

Continue reading REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

Indoor Gardening 101: 3 Basic Tips for Urban Gardeners

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By Cherie

Whether youโ€™re living in an urban environment without the space to create an outdoor garden or if you want to grow seedlings from the inside of your home, you can bring your green thumb inside with these indoor gardening tips:

Start Small

Unlike traditional outdoor garden plots, indoor gardens are much smaller. Use small containers โ€” no more than three to four inches across โ€” like yogurt cups, recycled cell-packs or pots from

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Are you saving seeds?

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We spend tons of money on guns, ammunition, knives, backpacks and all kinds of things labeled “tactical” – but what about seeds? Many of us that prepare for “bad times” ahead consider gardening an integral part of our systems. Seeds are ultra-inexpensive and readily available most anywhere.

I am not going to get into the whole Heirloom versus Hybrid debate. Why? It’s pointless. Why again? Because most of the vegetables seeds that are available locally

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Survival Gardening: Squash and Zucchini

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This post was previously published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.

Spring is fast approaching and many will start gardens for the very first time. Wanna have guaranteed (well…..almost) success? Over the years I have found it incredibly easy to grow both zucchini and crookneck summer squash. I have grown these in containers, raised beds, as well as in the ground.

Provided there is decent soil, water and sunlight – throw the seeds in

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Video of the Week: Solar Powered Rototiller

YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

This is an excellent repurposing of a broken tiller and a car starter. What a great grid-down efficiency tool and at a very low cost.

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GARDENING AND SURVIVAL

The following post was published a little over 2 years ago over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com and I thought it was deserving of another look here. Gardening is one of the most underrated skills as well as preps in most preppers/survivalists systems. If you do not garden – start now. I learn something every year and mistakes need to be made now – not when it really counts. – Rourke

 

By Pam

The ultimate in self-sufficiency

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Pull them suckers from the crotch….

If you thought the title had anything to do with anything other than pruning tomatoes then your mind must be in the gutter. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Removing “suckers from the crotch” is a pruning technique for tomato plants that can help grow more fruit and less plant.

First off – What is a “sucker“? A sucker is a growth that occurs in the crotch (area between the stem and branch). Why remove the sucker from the crotch?

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VIDEO: Gardening and Survival

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Sootch does a great job explaining the necessity of gardening as a preparedness skill and activity.If you do not garden on a regular basis this is the perfect time to get started.

 

 

Happy Gardening!!

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REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

 

The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club.

Promo code MODERNSURVIVAL25

Joining the Seeds of the Month Club – you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store.

Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.70 PER MONTH! (25% discount not included) 8 packs of seeds your

Continue reading REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

The gift that keeps on giving!!!!

The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club.

Promo code MODERNSURVIVAL25

Joining the Seeds of the Month Club – you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store.

Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.70 PER MONTH! (25%

Continue reading REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

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The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club.

Promo code MODERNSURVIVAL25

Joining the Seeds of the Month Club – you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store.

Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.70 PER MONTH! (25% discount not included) 8 packs of seeds your

Continue reading REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

planting-seed

 

The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club.

Promo code MODERNSURVIVAL25

Joining the Seeds of the Month Club – you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store.

Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.70 PER MONTH! (25% discount not included) 8 packs of seeds your

Continue reading REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

 

The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club.

Promo code MODERNSURVIVAL25

Joining the Seeds of the Month Club – you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store.

Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.70 PER MONTH! (25% discount not included) 8 packs of seeds your

Continue reading REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

 

The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club.

Promo code MODERNSURVIVAL25

Joining the Seeds of the Month Club – you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store.

Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.70 PER MONTH! (25% discount not included) 8 packs of seeds your

Continue reading REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

Row Gardening: Easier & More Bountiful than Square Foot Gardening

From Rourke: This post was originally posted over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be seen HERE.

By Beverly Sandlin

For all of the hype about square foot gardening and raised beds, when two of my sisters, both avid and experienced gardeners (better than I am) stopped by last week, we had a little discussion and all decided that raised beds and square foot gardening is less productive and harder than the time tested standard row garden.

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Special discount for ModernSurvivalOnline readers……

 

The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club.

Promo code MODERNSURVIVAL25

Joining the Seeds of the Month Club – you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store.

Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.70 PER MONTH! (25% discount not included) 8 packs of seeds your

Continue reading Special discount for ModernSurvivalOnline readers……

Are you saving seeds?

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We spend tons of money on guns, ammunition, knives, backpacks and all kinds of things labeled “tactical” – but what about seeds? Many of us that prepare for “bad times” ahead consider gardening an integral part of our systems. Seeds are ultra-inexpensive and readily available most anywhere.

I am not going to get into the whole Heirloom versus Hybrid debate. Why? It’s pointless. Why again? Because most of the vegetables seeds that are available locally

Continue reading Are you saving seeds?