Episode-2152- Food Production on Small Properties

Our Urban Garden in 2010

Today we look at homesteading and mainly producing your own food on small lots.  I would define this as 1/20th to 1/4th of an acre.  The average home being built in America today is sitting on about .11-.16 of an acre, or about in the range of 50-60 feet wide by about 100-120 feet deep.

Lot’s of people dream of owning more land at some point, but the truth is more land is more work.  Even with three acres I am mostly focused on about 3/4ths of an acres on my property adn put 80% of my effort into about a quarter of an acre total.

I also grew up for a time in rural Pennsylvania.  We had a garden of about 1/20th of an acre on about a one acre property.  I always saw the farmers as having so much more land then us, most were 40-120 acre holdings.  But those we knew as family friends when I visited them I noticed, that they had about an acre around their homes, and a garden about the same size as our own.  Those 40 acre tracts grew corn and beans.  This was the 80s by the way.

This has always been the way, the majority of what you produce for your own use, doesn’t really require much land.

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Cable Matters 6-Outlet Wall Mount Surge Protector – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Cable Matters 6-Outlet Wall Mount Surge Protector and it is one of my favorite little gadgets for making my life easier.  It is available in both black and white depending on your preferences.

There are so many reasons I love this thing.  First is my wife and her fricken air fresheners that plug in.  She has them all over, and okay they smell nice but plug in one and you loose two outlets.  This lets me take them back for more practical things like my favorite power failure lights.  But I will admit those too take way an outlet and most of the time it doesn’t matter.

But then you are cooking and want to plug in your spice grinder or some other gadget, fricken outlet is blocked.  By expanding dual boxes into quads or six ways you can still plug in another item or two.

Next there are the USB ports, these have two 2.4 amp charging ports for USB devices.  While not as fast as 3.1 USB ports they are not snails either.  I don’t really use them that much anyway because we have a charging station in the dining room.  But there are times when the phone is low and say I am cooking, I want to plug it in but am listening to music and don’t want to walk to the other room to skip songs, etc.

The next thing I love is something that could be a problem for some folks or in some rooms, suffice to say I won’t put one of these in my bedrooms.  Why?  Well they have a green power indicator light on them.  It is actually bright enough to be like a night light.  So when you get up in the night you have enough light not to stub your toe.  I am sure you could paint over part of this light to dim it down a bit if you wanted to.

Last but not least the entire unite is a surge protector that protects your electronic devices from surges.  And to top it all off, they give you two micro USB charging cables with it for free, total cost, 17 bucks with free shipping on Prime.

Frankly I have looked at dozens of similar products and for the money nothing beats this one.  So check out the Cable Matters 6-Outlet Wall Mount Surge Protector today and take back your outlets!

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

 

Episode-2151- Listener Feedback for 1-22-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on EMP, media, hunting, fishing, kegerators, narcissism, cast iron, situational awareness, dogs and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • I found the Harris response to prepping for an EMP
  • Are you acting like an easily led moron, an exercise to break the cycle
  • Early season fishing and poison pigs?
  • Of kegerators and small kegs
  • The narcissism of people shows up in stupid comments to a recent guest
  • Getting paint off cast iron
  • How to “case” a public place in case something goes wrong, it ain’t hard
  • Dealing with a dog with a “Napoleon complex”

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Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger.  To me this dual charger is the best bang for the buck you can’t get on the market today.  First I love Anker, they are just a stand up company with a great warranty and very good support.  They stand behind everything they make, all the time.  And yea even with a 10 dollar product like this.

This little charger is 24 watts, most of this size and price range are 5-15 watts, simply put this thing charges fast, really fast.  Compared to some of the other stuff we have used almost twice as fast for my wife’s iPhone 6 and my iPhone 7.

What I really like is it is so compact, it takes almost no space up and yet provides two ports.  The top port gives you the fastest charging at 4.8 amps, the lower port charges at 2.4 amps and that still gives you a quicker charge that most 10 dollar 12vdc chargers.

Our view is we keep an Anker Astro E7 fully charged, if you use it plug it into the lower port to top it off.  Given that power bank will charge an iPhone 10 times you are pretty bullet proof at that point.

Steven Harris and I both have the same view on cell phones.

  • Rule One – You don’t let your cell phone go dead, in fact you keep it fully charged all the time.  When you are home you plug it in, when you are in the car you plug it in, etc.
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  • Rule Two – Have multiple ways to charge your phone, especially in your vehicle.
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  • Rule Three – You don’t let your cell phone go dead, in fact you keep it fully charged all the time.  When you are home you plug it in, when you are in the car you plug it in, etc.

Simple no?  I also believe in buying quality and Anker gives you that and at 10 bucks, you should have one of these in every vehicle and one in your BOB, get home bag, travel bag, what ever you call your kit/kits of choice.  So check out the Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger and remember if you want the best back up battery pack on the market for your mobile devices in my opinion you just can’t beat the Anker Astro E7.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

Are You an Easily Led Moron? – Use this Simple Exercise to Find Out!

Okay assuming you are not an easily offended snow flake and the title didn’t outrage you beyond your ability to be rational, let me explain my goal in this short article.  I want to free as many people as possible from being easily led and controlled by outrage at things you don’t have any control over.

What don’t you control?  A lot of shit!  But let me tell you if it is on the national news and generating hundreds of memes on facebook there is a 99.9999999998% chance or there abouts that you don’t have ANY control over it at all.  Worse your outrage is going to be very short lived and replaced soon by a new “outrage de jour” (that means outrage of the day) but in these cycles it is generally more an “outrage de la semaine” (semaine means week).

Facebook really is a direct look at the control that the media has over America and I have marveled over the years watching this control.  I’ll admit I used to be an easily led moron too, I would get sucked into this stupid cycle.  I had to recognize the pattern to break free from it.  Now I simply mock these issues for my own personal amusement, usually angering both sides.  The reality though is my hope is always just one or two people will recognize how controlled they are and begin to break free.

See dear reader, the title isn’t really accurate, I watch otherwise intelligent people get sucked into this all the time.  They are not morons, more accurately they are manipulated into acting like morons.  And it is very hard to convince someone they are being a moron if they are an otherwise intelligent person and if they are acting on principle.

These issues usually split left and right and despite what each side thinks about the other the core philosophies of both are driven by a desire to “do the right thing”.  So the media uses this divide, over hypes shit that is NEVER going to effect you directly and you can’t do anything about it anyway, to rev you up and set all of you fighting like a bunch of retarded monkeys.

“Not I” you say?  Really than I have a challenge for you.  To do it you will need two things.  First a notebook, say something like this….

You will also need one of those big old metal clips, something like this….

And you will need a pen, I am sure you know what a pen looks like.  The last things you need will be a bit more difficult to get a hold of.  You will need a few months of discipline and a willingness to be honest with yourself.  One thing you won’t need is much time, this should all take way less than 5 minutes a week.

Here is what you are going to do, Mondays are great for this as the weekend news cycle will have people raring to go.  So every Monday open your book and write down what ever event is going on that you are most upset about.  Also write down how you think it will effect your life and what bad things are going to happen to you or your friends due to it.  If you believe you have some ability to influence it, write that down too.

Now take the metal clip and clip that page to the front cover so when you open the book you can’t see it.  From now on at least every Monday make an entry, if something really upsets you during the week, make an entry.   The rules are you are not allowed to look at anything held by the clip and as soon as you make an entry, you clip it.  Do this for at least two months, three is better.

If this week you are still upset about the same thing as last week, go ahead and enter it again.  Stick to it, be honest with your entries and be willing to follow the rules, once something gets clipped, you can’t look at it again, at all, no peaking.

Set a date on your calendar either 8 or 12 weeks in the future.  When the big day comes, remove the clip and start reading on page one, read each page up to the current week.  Then ask yourself…

  1.  How many of these things had I totally forgotten about?
  2.  How much influence did I have over the outcome of these things?
  3.  Is anything in my personal life actually different due to any of these things?
  4.  How many of them might I have never even thought of again had I not written them down?

Many of you just got it and won’t even have to do the exercise now, some of you think I am a jackass here.  So humor me, take the challenge.  I’d love to see videos of people reading their books aloud 8-12 weeks from now!

Most people that read this article won’t be willing to do this, that is fine, but just know most of America is controlled with this constant cycle of nonsense.

So what is the alternative, it is something I call “proactive apathy”.

Proactive apathy is a total lack of interest over that which you cannot control, with full focus and effort applied to that which you can control.

Anything else is simply being controlled by emotions generated by events you have no impact on.  The choice is yours, you can either be easily led and controlled or you can control your own, thoughts, actions and emotions.  Even if you think none of this applies to you, take the challenge, you have nothing to lose and it will teach you something about yourself.

P.S. – Why not bookmark this article and next time you see someone totally losing their shit about something that they won’t even remember in two weeks time, provide the link to them.

Episode-2150- Expert Council Q&A for 1-19-18

Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today the expert council answers questions on cider making, rocket mass heaters, investing, cryptocurency, grid down info gathering, boot care and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • Eden Brothers Seeds joins the MSB – Jack
  • Making sweet cider without blowing up bottle – Nicole Sauce
  • Retrofitting a rocket mass heater to an existing chimney – Paul Wheaton
  • ROTH IRA investing – John Pugliano
  • The crypto known as Rai Blocks – Ben Fitts
  • Getting info in full grid down scenario – Steven Harris
  • Get your free crypto currency from Brave and an ARK update – Jack
  • Basic boot care – Jack

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Kingbo Reflector 45W LED Grow Light – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Note – This is an encore item and one I am bringing around for the fourth time this year the reason is they just dropped the price to under 29 bucks.  Since I first reviewed this item over 700 of them have been purchased by TSP members and I have only had 100% positive feedback on them.  At the time in my view they are the best deal on grow lights you can find.

We are also headed into the fall and winter gardening season, time to get those greens, broccoli, etc plants started before it is too late.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Kingbo Reflector 45W LED Grow Light.  I just discussed this item yesterday on the show but I am so impressed with the value of it I am featuring it for the TspAz item of the day.

To grow well plants need full spectrum lighting and as LED technology has advanced it has become the go to choice of professionals in the indoor farming market.  Not only does it grow plants with greater vigor than florescent lighting it has a massive cost savings in electrical use and LEDs last a long longer so the longer equipment life cycle further drives down total cost.

Still the cost of quality LED grow lights has been quite high and it has held back the small time and hobby gardener for quite a while.  Recently some low cost lights have come along and worked okay but were made so cheaply that they would often fail in 90-180 days for many users.  And with that any savings was gone.

Over the past two years a company called Kingbo began producing some smaller LED grow lights and developed a good reputation with them, but they were two small to be useful to me for starting flats of seeds.  When they came out with the Kingbo Reflector 45W LED Grow Light I was pretty happy but figured I would wait a while and let others try it out and see what kind of reputation it had after some use by the market.

It has now been around about 9 months and seems to have maintained a good reputation.  I also like that they offer a full 12 month warranty and a 30 day money back satisfaction guarantee.

The big thing I like is how well it works, see the video below of one youtuber who tested his on basil and watermelon.  When you hear me talk about healthy and stocky seedlings this is what I am talking about.  I like this light so much that I recently ordered 4 of them for my own seed starting this year.  I’ll be putting together my system and sharing it with you soon.

In any event if you are looking for a great grow light to start your own plants indoors, of do indoor farming with a grow tent, check this one out, at 29 dollars with 4.6 stars with over 160 reviews it is hard to beat on the current market.   I do expect over the years for this technology to continue to improve and become more affordable, but at present time the Kingbo Reflector 45W LED Grow Light is my current top choice of what is available.  I have waited long enough to adopt LED grow light technology.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. Check out these videos testing testing the Kingbo Reflector 45W LED Grow Light.

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Eden Brothers Seeds Joins the MSB

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Okay guys and gals this is a big one all MSB members get 15% off all orders at Eden Brothers Seeds.  I realize that many of you have not year heard of Eden Brothers.  In the homestead world they are not as well known as companies like say Park, Burbee, Baker Creek, etc. but they should be, in fact they should be better known.

Nasturtiums are Edible and Beautiful

Eden Brothers has an incredible selection of garden vegetable varieties and herbs.  Some stuff that is frankly hard to find anywhere else but where they really shine is larger quantities (think 1/4-1 pound) of veggies, wild flowers, ornamentals, edible flowers, etc. along with larger quantities of herbs and greens as well.

I first found Eden Brothers when I was looking to buy a pound of Nasturtium seeds.    I figured that any of my typical suppliers would have them, well no, not so much.  Turns out a lot of things like this are very hard to get in quantities of 1/4 to 1 pound or more.  Or they don’t offer much of a discount if you do buy that much.  In my case I was able to get a pound of mixed Nasturtiums for only 29,95.  When you consider that a typical packet of them in the store is about 3 bucks and contains 15-20 seeds, this is a hella good deal.

Eden Brothers Has Many Regional Wildflower Mixes

Guys and galls, a pound of nasturtium is a LOT of nasturtium so you may wonder why I want so many.  They are going into a massive seed mix that is going into every irrigated area of my property this year.  Along with things like a quarter pound of arugula and a 1/4 pound of South West Regional Wildflower Mix.  By the way they have those wild flower mixes specifically dialed in for every major US region and micro climate such as dry area, deer resistant, etc.

In the end I ordered about 115 bucks worth of seed in large quantities this year from Eden Brothers, and my discount came to 17 bucks, that is pretty awesome.  I also placed that order about 9 PM last night and by 10 AM this morning got a notice saying more order had shipped.  I would tell you I was impressed but having ordered from them several times in the past, I can say they simply now continue to meet my expectations.

I know a lot of you may do something similar and many of you may wish to do so at a smaller scale.  Well you can do that too buy buying a few ounces of various seeds.  Another option is many of you have formed groups, on and off line.  Think group buys here folks, one person taking delivery and dividing thing up among the group type of thing.  May be make a mini weekend meet up and trade additional seeds and plants type of think out of it.

In any event I am super stoked to add yet another amazing discount partner to the MSB this year.  Eden Brothers is committed to working with us long term, they immediately signed up for a full year and I didn’t even have to squeeze them to get you a full 15% off.  This discount code for Eden Brothers Seeds is already in the Benefits Section of your MSB Account.

P.S. – Oh by the way all orders over 79 dollars on Eden Brothers, yea they ship for free!  Think larger quantities or group buys folks, I’m telling this is a huge win for the MSB, an amazing supplier of top quality seed.

P.S.S. – If you have been on the fence about the MSB, keep in mind that it is now Jan. 19th and this year I have already added, ButcherBox, Gun Adapters, Ridge Wallets, OMG Leather and now Eden Brothers to the MSB.  The MSB has been a massive value for 9 years running, but in 2018 I am working hard to double the value, so consider jumping on board today.

Episode-2149- Listener Calls for 1-18-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on liberty, automation, pricing work, EMPs, composting, microgreens, seeds, ROI and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • A quick guest segment with Rachel Goldsmith of the Free State Project
  • Yea Our Site is having some display issues, help is on the way
  • A story of automation eliminating high end engineering jobs
  • Pricing work for friends when you are a professional service provider
  • Why do I think there will be no EMP attack ever
  • How to compost dog poo safely
  • The easiest microgreens to grow
  • Are organic seeds worth the premium
  • Some garden and seed source tips from a listener
  • The space/time ROI on aquaponics

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Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Perfect Cook – Digital Instant Read Thermometer – Item of the Day

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Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day the Perfect Cook – Digital Instant Read Thermometer.  This isn’t a hard item to figure out but there is a big misconception about the most valuable thing it does for you.

Many people feel that a meat thermometer is so you don’t under cook meat.  I refer to these people as “the people who ruin meat and are not worthy of a cows sacrifice to create a steak”.

Now don’t get me wrong there are minimum temps different meats should be cooked to, but very few people would actually eat and under cooked piece of chicken.  The problem tehre is you take the poor bird out before it is done, cut into it and ruin that wonderful roasting you had going as now it must go back in cut open.

So yes, a meat thermometer can help you make sure meat is done, but that is its second greatest use.  Its higher use is to ensure meat is not over cooked.  And that is why you need one of these.  I have gotten pretty good at doing steaks by eye, no matter how, frying pan, broiler, gas grill, charcoal, you name it I can nail it by eye and touch.

Well that is until I am trying to make 4 steaks and they have been requested to be 1 rare, 2 medium rare and 1 medium well (which I call almost ruined).  With a thermometer you remove each steak at just the right time, every time.   What you want your steak “well done”, okay you will have to do it yourself, I don’t ruin meat.  Perhaps I can interest you in say a pot roast

Seriously though, every good cook should have a good instant read meat thermometer.   And the Perfect Cook – Digital Instant Read Thermometer is the best one I have found under 25 bucks, hell it is the best one I have found under 50 bucks but it is only 22 dollars.  There are two things you need in a tool like this, first speed and the second is accuracy.

This one gives you a reading within one degree of accuracy in about 5 seconds or less.  It will change the way you look at your grill because now you will know you can nail the internal temp you are looking for every time.  It will also please your guest and in spite of my humor above, even the ones that insist on a “well done steak” even if you and I never understand their thinking.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.