Preppers often think of all the bad things that could, and do, go wrong.
From natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes (to name a few) to man-made calamities like earthquakes from fracking and terrorist events, we dwell on bad stuff.
And while terrorist events take center stage, much more harm is done to mankind by Mother Nature. THAT is what we need to be concerned with, primarily.
At the end of the day, you must be prepared for anything.
The recent earthquakes left many deeply shaken. A friend was in an elevator inside a high-rise; another watched from the street, stupefied, as a nearby condominium swung side to side on its foundations.
I spent the entire year of 1994 learning how to become an Air Force Survival Instructor. We learned to survive in all four seasons–on the sand, snow, and water. Every time I went into the wild, I went to learn and to work. What I forgot during that intense time was how to relax in the wild.
The first time I went camping in 1995, I set up my tent, gathered some wood, set up the camp…and had no idea what to do next. It took me some time to figure out how to just enjoy being outside without a specific objective in mind. I learned a few lessons that first time out, most notably that the items I used for work weren’t conducive to relaxing.
Here are some critically essential tools you'll need if you go on an extended “camp.”
Obviously, a tent, some cookware, sleeping bag, and stove.
But you may want a chair, lighting, and an air mattress (or self-inflating sleeping pad).
Some of us are restricted entirely to small spaces, and some of us have either clay, rock, or sandy soils that are easier to avoid than to mitigate. Some of us keep container gardens going for convenience, enjoyment, and mitigating seasonal threats from pests to cold, high winds or thunderstorms to dry conditions, even when we have some elbow room and decent starting soil.
On a windowsill or a bookcase, up on a balcony or down on a patio, and even out in the yard or lining our driveway, there are some practices that can make our container gardens more productive, more efficient, and easier to maintain.
I love container gardening. Well, I love ALL gardening. But if you live in a place where you don't have a lot of room, growing your garden in containers is the only way.
And it's pretty good, too. In fact, in some very important ways, growing a container garden is better.
Why? First off, less wasted water. We know water is a finite resource. It's also expensive. With a container garden, you direct water in more precise amounts and don't water spaces where plants aren't growing.
With a more traditional garden (bed or open land), you do indeed waste a lot of water.
Plus, any soil supplements or fertilizers are concentrated in the exact areas you need.
Overall, you have less waste with a container garden.