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Having a garden is not only for pleasure and exercise... it can be a vital and essential part of your home emergency preparations and planning...

In this section you will find some great ideas and information on what you can do at home in your garden ....

10August

The Floating Gardens of the Aztecs

The Ingenious Floating Gardens of the Aztecs...

When Cortez discovered the Aztec Empire in the year 1519, he found 200,000 people living on an island in the middle of a lake.  Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City, was the biggest and best-fed city in the world, and this fortress city was completely surrounded by water.

To feed their enormous population, the Aztecs ingeniously built chinampas, or floating gardens, to convert the marshy wetlands of Lake Texcoco into arable farmland.  These floating gardens were a masterpiece of engineering.

Posted in Establishing Household Food Security, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Home Preparedness - The Garden

21May

Youtube - Backyard farmers by necessity: self-sufficient & debt-free

Youtube - Backyard farmers by necessity: self-sufficient & debt-free

Everyone has a story of hardship, if you haven't then it is only a matter of time before you experience it in one form or other.... especially in these times of uncertainty and instability.

Concerns regarding our future, our finances, food and housing, just to name a few, matter a lot... and then of course we all worry about our kids and their future so it is really inspiring to come across a story about someone who, against the odds, and through his own realisation, hardwork and determination has found his own way to cope and deal with his hardships and become financially independant, raise a family, have his own home food security and become debt free in the process.... 

 

Posted in Establishing Household Food Security, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Remote Living - Coping & Resilience, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Coping, Home Preparedness - The Garden

10July

DIY Aquaponics... made easy

Who said aquaponics was difficult? 

Check out this diagram of a simple system and how it works.

 

Posted in Home Preparedness - The Garden, Projects - Great Idea's

10July

Seedling Trays

Seedling Trays

Start you seeds off using  a home-made seedling tray.... re-using egg cartons.

Posted in Home Preparedness - The Garden