Author Archives: Thoreau

7 Reasons to use Transplants in a Survival Garden

Should you direct seed your garden — planting seeds directly in the ground — or grow the seedlings in small containers, then transplant them into the garden? Many crops benefit from the transplant method, for several reasons: 1. Less seed … Continue reading

Giving Away Food when the SHTF

If you have a large cache of stored foods and perhaps also a survival garden, you are well-prepared for any disaster scenario that disrupts the food supply. But a certain problem is inevitable. Most persons do not store food. Most … Continue reading

My Top 20 Survival Food Crops

In alphabetical order, not order of importance, here are my top 20 picks for survival food crops: 1. amaranth – high in carbs, a complete protein, high yielding, easy to harvest (no hulling). 2. beans – good source of protein, … Continue reading

An Electrical Storm compared to EMP

Only a few days after my post on How an EMP Disaster would Endanger Our Lives, our region experienced a strong electrical storm. A bolt of lightning struck very near to my house, causing a host of problems. All the … Continue reading

Rebuilding the Seed Supply after the SHTF

Few people realize that, if any disaster collapses our current agricultural production system, we will need to rebuild our supply of seeds for planting crops — the main commercial supply and also the seeds for gardens and small local farms. … Continue reading

Bare Minimum Survival: 3 Foods Only

The absolute bare minimum of food that you need to survive (though not in particularly good health) is three foods, to provide the three macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. 1. a grain for carbs and some protein 2. an additional … Continue reading

How an EMP Disaster would Endanger Our Lives

I don’t think this particular TEOTWAWKI disaster will happen in the short-term. But nuclear proliferation is making it seem inevitable, in the long run. North Korea has nuclear bombs and missiles. They apparently don’t have a nuke small enough to … Continue reading

NASA says the World is Running Out of Fresh Water

Here’s a disaster scenario that Preppers don’t often consider: the world is running low on sources of fresh water. Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers – in locations from India and China to the United States and France – … Continue reading

U.S. Presidential Candidates on Gun Control

Here’s the article at Rolling Stone magazine — Gun Control: Where Each of the Presidential Candidates Stands. As you might expect, the democrats are generally in favor of greater gun control, and the republicans are generally in favor of protecting … Continue reading

Three Ways to Prevent Mass Shootings

In my opinion, there are only three ways to prevent mass shootings, like the recent Charleston, SC, church tragedy, and the Sandy Hook, CT, elementary school shooting. 1. Try to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the … Continue reading

TTAG: Flash Hider Shoot-out

The Truth About Guns blog has completed another muzzle device comparison test. The first two tests looked for the best muzzle brakes. This new test compares the flash suppression ability of muzzle devices: AR-15 Flash Hider Shootout. It’s no surprise … Continue reading

Stay Healthy When the SHTF: Electrolytes

Your blood is water-based. However, it has a degree of salinity; blood needs different types of salts to function properly. Human blood contains many components: red blood cells, white blood cells, proteins, fats, glucose, as well as electrolytes. The salt … Continue reading