11 June 2012

Anita's Grab Bag: Four useful posts from around the Web

My wife Anita regularly sends me self-reliance and preparedness tidbits that she encounters as she browses on the Internet. Some of these inspire full-blown articles, while others get folded into some of the posts I write. Sometimes, there are just too many good bits for me to use in a timely fashion. That's why I've collected some of these things into a "grab bag" post like the four below.

Homemade Drip Irrigation System
First, here's a tip that will help keep your plants watered while you're on vacation this summer. You can view an article online at RecycleBank.com (or download this related PDF file) that describes how to reuse plastic milk jugs for drip irrigation when you're going to be away from your garden for a few days.

How to Make Homemade Plant Food
In addition to watering your plants, you'll probably want to periodically give them some plant food to help them grow. Last week, we mentioned using Epsom salts as a homemade fertilizer for your peppers. Actually, Epsom salts are good for other plants too, and also provide the foundation for a do-it-yourself plant food recipe.

Finding Dinner in Your Backyard
If you're not into gardening, or would like to enhance your preparedness plans a bit, consider foraging. Here's a brief video on foraging, showing that even urbanites can do it. The video is really a teaser; if you want more information on foraging, try this earlier post of ours on that topic or pick up a copy of Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Darina Allen.


National Rip Current Awareness Week
We conclude with another tip for summer vacation, this time on staying safe while swimming. National Rip Current Awareness Week was actually observed the week of June 3–9, but it's still worth noting because we're entering the summer vacation season. Rip currents are strong narrow currents moving away from shore that can attain speeds reaching 8 feet per second! About.com has a good article on rip currents, and they also link to the NOAA's page of resources on the subject.

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