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

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 (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.

OMG Leather Works Joins the MSB

OMG Leather Works is run by long time friend of the Spirko family and show supporter Jeff Dheere.  Jeff is one of those guys that can do 100 different things but his real passion is working with leather.

Last year I got to a point where I was blatantly sick and effing tired of shitty dog collars.  So I went to several pet stores (big ones like PetSmart and smaller family ones) to get all three dogs, new collars.  I was at the point that I didn’t care what they cost, I was tired of spending 20-30 bucks for shit that was frayed and stinking in 3-6 months.

Max my big old German Sheppard had an old (like 10 year old) heavy leather collar.  It was still okay but had seen better days, so I figured I would buy something like that for him along with similar ones for Charlie and Lucy.  Well a decade changes a lot of things!  To be blunt everything I found was complete total garbage.  Chinese made total shit.  No matter what I was willing to pay, quality just wasn’t an option.

So when Jeff taught at my spring workshop on leather making I explained my situation, he quoted me a price and he made me the three collars below.  These were custom made, to spec, per dog and not that much more in cost than the best you can buy in a store.  Except these were all bad ass, custom engraved, and will last 10 years, more if you treat them with oil, say once every six months.  Conversely most store bought collars today are lucky to make 1-2 years maximum.  And again they stink to high heaven in about 6 months.

The one with the spikes was for Charlie, seemed like a good idea at the time but in the end with our Granddaughter climbing on him all the time I decided to make it a “show collar” (Check Charlie Out He Looks Great In It).   I was worried my little gal would get hurt by the spikes, so Jeff was hired to build a more practical one.  This one below was the result and it is now part of Charlie’s EDC, the spikes come out for the fun of it once in a while still.

So this fall I got with Jeff again and got him set up with the MSB.  MSB members can now get 10% off all items in the OMG Store or on custom orders.

Much as Patrick Roehrman of MT Knives, has become my personal knife maker I now consider Jeff Dheere my personal leather crafter.  If I need anything I am going to him and either buying off the shelf or getting him to make me specifically what I need.

Jeff gets my highest endorsement and now MSB members get 10% off all his products.  Learn more today at OMG Leather Works, and the discount code is already sitting in the benefits section of the MSB.

P.S. – So it is now January 17th,  and in only in 17 days I have brought you GunAdapters.com, ButchrerBox, RidgeWallet and OMG Leather as discount partners for the MSB and guess what folks another partner is coming tomorrow! Yes tomorrow.

If you are not an MSB member yet, tell me the thing you want a discount on and I will go get it for you.  Otherwise consider buying an MSB Membership today, it pays for itself many times over for most members.

That’s why MSB has a 87% retention rate at 3 years.  Got that, 87% of members keep their membership at least three years!

FWIW, the retention rate at 6 years, is still an amazing 64%, so we are doing something right.   Get on board today and find out why we have such loyalty among our members.

Episode-2148- Ryan Lewellin of the Cold War Cast

The 1983 TV Movie called “The Day After” Impacted Many Who Grew Up in the 70s and 80s, It Even “Depressed” President Ronald Reagan and Changed the Course of The Cold War.

Ryan Lewellin is the host of the Cold War Cast, a podcast that chronicles the history of the Cold War and tries to tell as much of the story as possible through the pop culture of the time.

Ryan has also written an ebook with in-depth analysis of Red Dawn from his historical and military perspective called “Wolverines: Reflections on Red Dawn”.

Today Ryan and I discuss dystopian fiction and lessons from it, including Red Dawn, The Day After, 1984 and The Twilight Zone.  We also discuss the mind set of people from the 50s-80s vs today in regard to the cold war threat, basic preparedness and other issues.

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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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Chard/Cary 9.5 quart Smart Pressure Canner and Cooker – Item of the Day

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Special Notice – I am bringing this product around today for two reasons.  First it has gone out of stock many times and has currently come back into stock at good levels, where me running it won’t sell out all inventory in an hour, annoying people who can’t order one. 

The bigger reason is it is on sale, on sale so low it is like stealing it to get one right now.  We are talking $94.15 with free shipping.  Screw the “Insta Pot” this thing does everything that thing does and more.  If you have been waiting to pick up one of these, the time is now.  Tune in today for how I made ribs with this cooker/canner last night.  

Every day I will 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 Chard/Cary 9.5 quart Smart Pressure Canner and Cooker

In the past I have recommended the PowerPressure Cooker XL, as it was the only electric canner guaranteed to be safe for pressure canning by the manufacture.

The Chard is better in so many ways, while also being guaranteed safe by the manufacturer for pressure canning, it has several additional features that make me want to exchange my PowerPressure Cooker, they are…

  1. The Chard allows you to can quart vs. pint jars.  In fact with it you have the ability to can, four quart jars, six pint jars, eight jelly jars or ten half-pint jars in one batch
  2. It also does a separate water bath or steam function for water bath canning
  3. It uses true petcocks and hence can be used at higher altitudes then the PowerPressure Cooker
  4. It has twenty built in safety features to ensure your safety.

Additionally while I brought this product to you first almost a year ago it was constantly sold out and would go up in price as quantity dropped.  Cary now seems to have supply side worked out and they are readily available for under 120 dollars with free shipping.

Remember you can always see 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.

P.S. – The PowerPressure Cooker XL is available in sizes like 6 and 10 quart but that is all about capacity, none of them are tall enough for the lid to go on with quart sized jars inside of them.  I really don’t recommend it.

P.P.S. – I  have changed the item name here to the “Chard/Cary 9.5 quart Smart Pressure Canner and Cooker – Item of the Day” because the same product has been marketed under both names.  This is because Chard was founded Richard Carey, or as the brand came from riCHARD Carey, you can read about that here on the chard website.  Just know if the product says Carey or Chard it is the exact same product, I have verified this with the manufacturer.

Episode-2147- Seed Starting Primer for 2018

Last week we talked about a lot of great new plants to grow for 2018 so today is a good time to talk about starting all those seeds you’ve ordered or will be ordering this month.  Today’s show was prompted by a question about leggy seedlings of tomatoes grown for market sales, but I think it will help everyone.

Today’s show includes a segment from a show back in 2012.  I am doing this to help save my voice during my cold (dubbed snot slinger flu).  More so however, because I think this information is imperative to understanding how to get best results with seed starting, and frankly the way I teach it hasn’t changed in all these years.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • Understanding how seeds germinate in the wild (this answers so many questions)
  • Setting up your seed starting systems
    • How much do you want/need to start
    • Indoors, garage, outdoors. green house
    • Lights (LED, T5, T8, Natural)
    • Heating (mats, space heating, etc)
  • Determining your starting dates
    • Determine last frost date
    • Plan at least one week later
    • Count backwards based on time to “set out”
  • Trouble shooting
    • Slow / Low germination
    • Leggy
    • Poor color
    • Mold, slime, etc.
  • Final thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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.

Join the MSB Today

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Episode-2146- Listener Feedback Aquaponics Edition

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on aquaponics.  Since I launched my Indoor Aquaponics Project on YouTube tons of questions are coming in so I am taking today to answer a few of them.

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…

  • What is the best type of bed to make from 55 gallon drums
  • Should you build a system in full sun, partial shade or heavy shade
  • What is the best source of good bacteria to kick start a new system
  • What about feeding mosquito larva or other natural feed to your fish
  • What does and does not go in an aquaponics system
  • What kind of ROI do you get on a aquaponics system
  • How can you deal with “sludge” without a solids separator
  • What fish gives you the best ROI in an aquaponics system
  • Where do you get seed for black oil sunflower microgreens
  • What about pollinators in your system
  • More on grocery store planting any any concerns about it
  • If I could only have one, wicking, ebb and flow or raft which would I pick and why

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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.

Join the MSB Today

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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

Ridge Wallets Joins the MSB and Becomes a Show Sponsor

I have entered into an agreement for The Ridge Wallet company to become an official MSB show sponsor.  I am really impressed with this company and their products.

Their lead product is of course The Ridge Wallet.  These wallets come in a large array of colors and types but they offer three primary value propositions.  First they are compact, holding as much or more as a standard wallet in far less space.  No more sitting on a big lump when driving etc.  Next they are practically indestructible.

These wallets are made with your choice of aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber or polycarbonate.  I am a black titanium man myself but the choice is yours.  And this brings me to the third primary benefit.  Have you noticed how all credit cards, bank cards and even many IDs now have an RFID chip in them.

Well did you know that RFID tags can be easy to hack, really easy.  Check out this video on that.  An 8 dollar part on eBay and people can steal your credit card information.  Oh and the biggest thing!  Listen to the last 20 seconds, “the bigger thing is passive surveillance, with an antenna on this thing I can go into Starbucks and get the name of everybody there”.  Well every ridge wallet is immune to RFID sniffing.

There are cheaper ways to do this, you can line your wallet with foil I guess but with the Ridge Wallet you get all this security with a wallet that will last a lifetime, use less space and looks great at the same time.

The Ridge also offers some of the best looking, highest quality and functional phone cases as well.  Right now they offer options for the iPhone 6 -X but will be adding other phone types this year.  On top of this they offer one of the best minimalist back packs I have ever seen along with a great 10,000mh power back up pack that fits perfectly into a custom pocket for their back pack.  That back up power pack is 40 dollars as a stand alone but only 20 bucks if added to the back pack.

So you know I have a 10 year rep here of bringing you guys the best in show sponsors, companies that don’t just want your business but serve our community.  The Ridge is that type of company, founded with a 300K successful kick starter and our contact there is a long time listener to TSP.  But the other thing I do is get you guys DEALS.  And once again I have done that for you too.  MSB Members get 10% off all Ridge Products, the code is already added to the MSB Benefits Section.

So check out Ridge Wallet today and their amazing line up of products that are sure to grow.  I think we have a long term partner in Ridge and I am very excited to have them as part of the TSP Community.

P.S. – This year so far I have brought you Butcher Box, GunAdapters.com and The Ridge as new discount partners and I will be announcing a 4th one this week.  If you have been on the fence about MSB, I am telling you 2018 is the year we make the value so insane you’d have to be crazy not to be a member.  So if your not an MSB member, consider becoming one today.

P.S.S.  – I heard from a few of you last week that the High Mowing Seeds discount wasn’t working, so I reached out to Maggie over there and they just renewed for another year, the new updated code for 2018 is already in the MSB as well.