Six Tips to Growing Wild Mushrooms at Home

Six Tips to Growing Wild Mushrooms at Home

Cultivating wild mushrooms at home for gourmet or medicinal purposes is an exciting and rewarding experience. Fresh wild mushrooms are most tastier than the ones purchased at a grocery store. It requires some specific tools and a cool, dark place for the spores to cultivate. If done properly, you can have your own wild mushrooms within six weeks. The two most popular mushrooms that can be grown at home are the oyster and shiitake mushroom.

Things you’ll need:

  • Wild mushroom spore or spawn
  • Large pan or growing tray
  • Mushroom growing medium (hardwood shavings, straw, composted manure)
  • Heating pad
  • Potting soil
  • Cloth
  • Spray bottle

 Step 1

Pick your variety of wild mushroom spores (aka seed) or spawn (seedlings). You can purchase these at spore banks. Shiitake and oyster mushrooms (as shown above) are some …

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How to Send Messages During An Emergency

How to Send Messages During An Emergency

Every family and even community living in a disaster prone area should prepare a sound and clear emergency communications set up. It’s of important importance that you train among each other and ensure that everyone understands the steps completely. This can be especially true for kids, since they’re prone to forget what doesn’t interest them personally. Otherwise, they should understand the importance of your training sessions and why you, as a family, have to do this.

Optionally, you can try to turn it slightly into a game, however you still have to point out that, in a real emergency scenario it won’t be as fun as during the training. The concept is to engage all members of the family, have them all understand the importance of your emergency communications plan and yet, not be stressed during the training.

The principle behind the acronym COMMUNICATE

This acronym is popular among preppers (and crafted by and they use it to easily remember some of the most crucial points of an emergency communication plan.

  • Create the family plan and stick to it. Spread among all family members emergency phone numbers, including the personal phone numbers of each family member. Give information to meeting locations.
  • Options: you can use various items to establish communication. From the cell phone, to stationary phones and emails as well.
  • Make sure to get acquainted with your child’s school emergency plan
  • Make a plan on where to meet if you can’t get to your home, in case of a disaster/emergency
  • Understand – it takes time to get through to all your family members. It requires patience. Don’t panic.
  • Needs – your pets also must be considered, including their needs. Take a cage if you have a cat. Don’t leave them behind.
  • Information – You need to stay informed at all times. Get an emergency radio, watch the news, read online, etc. In severe cases, only the battery-operated radio will be of help.
  • Copy the plans, and keep them in a place which you can access within seconds. This is especially important during emergencies, when you need to leave quickly.
  • Ask your children and partner how they feel, both about the situation and the emergency plan. Discuss the plan together. Make sure the kids understand it.
  • Take your children and spouse to see the meeting locations and spots. Go there together now and then in order to remember the directions. They need to get through to them without much of a thought.
  • Emergency – Talk about the different levels and severity of emergency situations. Talk about the dangers of each emergency type, and how that will affect your plan.

This was a simplified overview offered by the government so that you remember the most important aspects of the emergency communications plan.

When talking about the emergency communications plan, we need to point out the purposes of this plan. These are three simple purposes:

  • To initiate the plan, or change some step of its execution
  • To initiate/inform the beginning a stage/phase of the plan
  • To inform of your status/requirements, also known as situation report (SITREP)

It can be said straightaway that if you need to communicate for some other reason or purpose, this suggests that your plan has actually failed. An emergency communications plan shouldn’t be about anything however the beginning, phases, ending of the plan, and regular reports. No other reason should be enforced in your plan …

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Prepare for Anything

Prepare for Anything

A war, at some point in the future, is a nearly inevitable prospect, no matter where you live. That means it’s crucial that you understand not only what it would mean for a war to occur in your area, but also that you understand what you should do if that war does occur.

By understanding how to prepare yourself before the war occurs, you’ll be ready for the event if and when it ever does. After all, you definitely don’t want your family to be stuck suffering from a war that they have no control over. Make sure you prepare for war to reduce this possibility.

Building your stockpile

One of the first things that you want to do is create a stockpile of everything you could possibly need if you became cut off from the rest of the world. That stockpile should include a large number of things but there are some that will be more important than others, and that means you need to make sure you have those items in larger quantities.

So what should you be including in your stockpile so that your family is going to be safe and protected no matter what may come?


The most important thing in your stockpile is going to be food and water. You need to have enough so that if you are cut off from the rest of your city or town you’ll have enough to get your entire family through. This is going to take up a lot of space in your stockpile and that means you need to have a dedicated area where you can easily store it.

Make sure you are stockpiling foods that are perishable rather than a lot of microwave or even stovetop meals. You need to operate on the assumption that you will have no electricity and that means only items you can eat as they are (the majority of your stockpile) or items that can be cooked over a fire.

Survival gear

There are a large number of products that should be part of your survival gear stockpile. These would include things like knives, rope, hiking boots, canvas or tents and anything else you might need if you had to hike through the wilderness. This is entirely possible if a war occurs and especially if that war starts to get ugly quickly.

You may need to simply disappear with the rest of your family and make sure that you are able to survive in the wilderness. There are a lot of tools you’re going to want and you’ll need to make sure that most of them can fit into a knapsack before you go as well.

The best thing to do with your survival gear is to find the most important items, things like a compass, a large knife for cutting branches or meat if you go hunting, rope, canvas and non-perishable food and packing it into a heavy duty knapsack. You’ll want a bag for each member of your family, but make sure that it’s the right …

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How to Survive Doomsday

How to Survive Doomsday

For those of you who suppose that social collapse is nothing but a good idea for a horror flick, we’ve got news for you: even National Aeronautics and Space Administration thinks it’s attending to happen all too soon as a result of our society has reached the same stage all great societies do before crumbling to the ground. The point is that we’ve spent most of our natural resources, which will result in our unimpeded doom. But there are also other scenarios we might want to think about that will hasten our demise, apart from global warming, like a virus or perhaps a generalized power outage.

In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to understand to get yourself prepared for an occurring disaster that might ruin our society, and the way you’ll survive in those heinous conditions.

What are the worse case scenarios?

To be honest, the absolute worse that can happen is a nuclear bomb. But if that’s the case, we’re all dead, except those who’ve built impressive and durable bunkers with tons of provisions. However, there are some different things that may happen which we can be ready for.

A zombie virus

It’s true that medicine has advanced tremendously, but that facilitated the evolution of different dangerous things, since certain viruses have become immune to medication. It’s not far-fetched to think that we can be infected with something so strong which will control our minds, and remodel us completely.

Besides, there are all types of experiments being done we don’t know about that can facilitate the evolution of this kind of virus.

A power outage

If that happened, we wouldn’t have any access to:

  • Food – Crops need to be watered, and irrigation systems will fail. But food also needs to be transported, and that can’t be done without electricity.
  • Running water – You can’t have that without electricity, and generators work for a limited time.
  • Heat – Most heating systems need electrical power to work.

Additionally, all the prisons in the world have electrical fences and power-activated doors, which would suddenly …

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How to Escape Handcuffs, Zip Ties & Duct Tape Restraints

How to Escape Handcuffs, Zip Ties & Duct Tape Restraints

Though most preppers, survivalists and escape artists teaching folks how to escape from restraints, no matter if they’re handcuffs, zip ties, duct tape or rope automatically assume you’re trying to escape from a home invasion or kidnapping situation, even though when talking about a society collapse scenario, your biggest threat will most likely be police and military personnel.

In a society collapse situation, money will likely be worthless, stores will be pillaged and their shelves will be empty and the infrastructure can likely be down, that means no fuel, electricity, water, sanitation, law or order. In fact, emergency situations even not as severe, usually turn cops into violent, power-hungry control freaks and/or vigilantes.  Then there’s the probability that martial law ….

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How to Make a Bow in Your Garage With $15

How to Make a Bow in Your Garage With $15

One of the benefits of archery is that in the long run, it’s not a really expensive hobby. Unlike firearms, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on ammunition to maintain your proficiency. And since bows aren’t as loud or damaging as firearms, there’s a good chance that you won’t need to pay to visit an archery range unless you live in the town. Your backyard would be sufficient for that.

However, there will be some steep up front costs. Still not as bad as the price of a firearm in most….

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17 Ways to Keep Your House Cool and Save Money

17 Ways to Keep Your House Cool and Save Money

The seasons come and go, each with its own set of characteristics that can either be easy or difficult to get through. Summer is just around the corner and while it’s fun to go to the beach, the same cannot be said about going back to a home that feels like an oven. Turning on the air conditioning is the most convenient solution, but you won’t be excited to see the electric bill.

As the summer heat seems to lengthen and intensify each year, we preppers need to do something about it without having to resort to the expensive and artificial way of cooling our homes. Here are some tips to deal with the heat wave while saving money in the process.

  1. Dehumidify

If you live in a humid area, your sweat will stay wet. Wear loose cotton and other natural fabrics. Removing the humidity will help you feel cooler.

  1. Reduce and reflect sunlight

Sunlight alone can increase the temperature in your home. Keep that light from entering your interior and you can feel the difference.

  1. Turn off lights when not in use – especially incandescents

Light bulbs produce heat, especially the incandescent ones. If you can’t replace these antique type of bulbs, the least you can do is minimize their usage.

  1. Be smart about your doors

If a room is cooler than the outdoor temperature, close the door. This way the cold will not leave the room even in the warmest part of the …

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