Monthly Archives: January 2012

Episode-831- Seed Starting Primer for 2012

Starting Seeds

Starting Seeds is Easy

I get a lot of questions from people who are looking to start plants from seeds vs. buying plants at the nursery.  Many people struggle with seed starting for a variety of reasons so I am dedicating most of today’s show to help you master the skill of taking tiny seeds and turning them into food and medicine producing plants.

The reality is starting seeds can be frustrating if you don’t do it correctly but it doesn’t have to be difficult as long as you follow the blueprint Mother Nature has laid out for us.  Once you do that starting your own makes producing your own food extremely cost effective.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Understanding how seeds germinate in the wild (this answers so many questions)
  • What are the needs of a seed
  • Cubes, pots, paper and peat
  • Why starting indoors is a good idea
  • Light and not all light is equal
  • The role of the greenhouse and getting by without one (sort of)
  • Building a simple grow light
  • Mist watering and watering from the bottom
  • Creating constant temperatures
  • Culling and “pricking out”
  • Starting seeds in pots that are generally considered “direct sow”
  • Seeds that should almost always be direct sowed
  • Hardening off seeds
  • Potting up the why and how
  • Holding back in ground planting until you are sure
  • Mulch is your friend

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-830- Listener Feedback for 1-30-12

It is time for another show based 100% on emails the audience has sent in to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com  Remember to submit content for a show like this.

Please realize I get hundreds of submissions a week and can only get about a dozen on the weekly feedback show.  That said I do read them all and often put out many of them on facebook and twitter even if I don’t put them on the show.

The best way to make sure I read your question or comment is to put “question for jack” or something similar in the subject line of your email.  This will also help to prevent accidental spam sorting.

Tune in Today as I Respond to Your Emails on…

  • The right carry gun in black bear country
  • A not so easy to answer 5th amendment issue
  • Changes to Google’s Privacy Policy and why I don’t use Gmail
  • Thoughts on portable back up heat
  • How to get a husband on board with the self sufficiency component of prepping
  • Moving from hobby farm to profitable business
  • India to pay for oil with gold, why it might be a step toward war
  • Moving from rocky soil to productive land
  • ACTA what we don’t know is the problem
  • New Colt AR in 7.62 that can also take mil spec 5.56 uppers
  • McDonald’s to remove “pink slime” from their burgers
  • Could we have a new “little ice age”, may be
  • Cool Idea Flexible LED Light Strips

Resources for today’s show…

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-829- Listener Calls for 1-27-12

So it is Friday and we have some calls today on some great stuff.  Today we hear about attracting bees, overlooked chemical threats, dealing with mean dogs, national reciprocity, alternatives to concealed carry and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.  The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.  Also call from a quite area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.  I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get most of them on.

Join me Today as I Cover Your Questions On…

  • What is real poverty really like, most of us don’t know
  • What are some concealed carry alternatives
  • What’s up with the USDA, National Agricultural Classification Survey
  • Want bees plant radishes and let them go to flower
  • Keeping bees around year round
  • Is a gas mask a good idea even for something we might call “minor”
  • A lesson given by two escaped cows
  • Doritos for making friends with dogs
  • Wood chips, nitrogen, fungus, hugelkultur and more
  • Dealing with debt contingencies in the event of a spouses death
  • Thoughts on the national reciprocity law for concealed carry

Resources for Today’s Show…

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 and you might hear yourself on the air

Pictures from the TSP Dinner at Tommy Bahama’s during SHOT Show

We had a great time at SHOT Show in Vegas. The dinner with about 30 members of the audience was certainly one of the highlights. I think everyone that attended is in at least one picture. Dorothy did an awesome job of making sure of that.

Episode-828- Steve Solomon on Organic Mythology and Soil Health

Steve Solomon author and founder of SoilAndHealth.org

Steve Solomon founder of SoilAndHealth.org

Steve Solomon writes books on food gardening.  He officially “retired” at the age of 44 after selling the mail order seed business he built up with great success in the 1980s.  Today he makes his home in Australia where he grows the majority of the food they consume.

Steve considers himself a political libertarian and sees his role in life to be “encouraging others food self sufficiency and better health.  He describes his methods and books as “beyond organic” or even as “outside organic”.

Today he joins us to discuss why the quality of our food has been in decline for centuries.  The importance of mineral amendments in not just growing a lot of food or good looking food but growing highly nutritious food.  Why you should definitely do a soil test on the land you are growing on even if you are getting good or even great production and more.

Steve will even explain why although organic food may be free of many toxins it is often no more nutritionally valuable then conventionaly grown produce.  He will even challenge the definition of “heirloom seeds” in a quite convincing manner.

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

 

The Real Meaning of Downward Class Migration

The main stream media has been talking about slipping from the middle class a lot lately. They don’t really understand the bigger issue though. Here is the real story about what’s going on and why the problem is worse than most people realize.

It isn’t just that people themselves are slipping from one class to another, the entire meaning of the class structures themselves are falling when we look at lifestyle quality or all the components of quality of like that I like to call lifestyle quotient or LQ.

Episode-827- Dave Whitinger of AllThingsPlants.com

Dave Whitinger of AllThingsPlants.com

Dave Whitinger of AllThingsPlants.com

Dave Whitinger is the founder of many websites, most notably DavesGarden.com and AllThingsPlants.com.  Thousands of gardeners around the world use his websites for researching gardening information.

Dave is widely recognized as a leading figure in the online world of gardening. He’s the current president of his local master gardener association and lives a mostly self-reliant existence with his family on 90 acres in East Texas.

He joins us today to discuss the history of Dave’s Garden and his new and dramatically improved website, All Things Plants. We will also be discussing gardening, farming, self sufficiency, sources of online gardening information, advanced gardening topics, permaculture, hugelkultur, raising livestock, gardening in Texas along with the drought of 2011.

Resources for Today’s Show

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

 

Episode-826- Listener Feedback for 1-24-12

It is time for another show based 100% on emails the audicence has sent in to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com  Remember to submit content for a show like this.

Please realize I get hundreds of submissions a week and can only get about a dozen on the weekly feedback show.  That said I do read them all and often put out many of them on facebook and twitter even if I don’t put them on the show.

The best way to make sure I read your question or comment is to put “question for jack” or something similar in the subject line of your email.  This will also help to prevent accidental spam sorting.

Tune in Today as I Respond to Your Emails on…

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-825- Listener Calls for 1-23-12

So we missed Friday because I was flying back from the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, so are doing our call in show for last week on a Monday to catch up.  Today we have some calls today on some great stuff.  Today we hear about dealing with neighbors dogs, buying land, keeping cash assets liquid, prepper groups, theft of a bug out bag and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.  The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.  Also call from a quite area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.  I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get most of them on.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • Yep I said something totally wrong and dumb last week
  • Thoughts on keeping topics interesting for prepper group meetings
  • What do you do with surplus cash you want to keep “liquid”
  • How can you store food long term if you are doing the paleo diet
  • What can we learn from Israel about a nation facing internal and external attacks
  • What options are there in very rural areas for business class internet service
  • Concerns and gotchas when purchasing an “industrial property”
  • Preventing and recovering from BOB theft
  • Prepping for the highly mobile due to career or military service obligations
  • Dealing with dogs owned by neighbors specifically aggressive dogs
  • Dealing with health insurance costs if you are self employed

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-824- Dan Vamos from Homestead Dividends

Dan Vamos is many things.  A father, an English teacher, a homesteader, a DIY enthusiast, a prepper and a patriotic American.  He has also been listening to The Survival Podcast for a very long time, all the way back to the podcasting from the car days.

Along the way he founded a website called, “Homestead Dividends”, designed to help the average person transform their home into a true homestead and get more out of their homes both while living in them and when it comes time to sell them.

Join Dan and I Today as we Discuss…

  • What are some ways to get the most out your house or residence
  • What should you do to make your house start working for you
  • What are some ways to waterproof a basement
  • What are some common mistakes people make when working on their house
  • Why should I start planting permafood right away
  • Why start with small trees and plants
  • How a three-ring binder can help in selling your house
  • How you can have a “pick-up truck? without owning one
  • Why Dan cashed in a retirement accounts to buy a home

Resources for Today’s Show…

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.