Episode-1957- The Beginners Guide to Growing Food

I have done some really advanced stuff with agriculture and permaculture over the years but I realized it has been a long time since I have done something totally devoted to a true beginner.  The person looking at a patch of ground and a back porch and just wanting a garden and some of their own food on their own table.

This does not have to be complicated and it also doesn’t have to be expensive.  Our grand parents and great grand parents didn’t spend a lot of money to grow a garden, they didn’t have design certificates or gadgets either.  Still today we have a lot of options they didn’t, by combining their simple approach and some modern convience we can get off the ground running fast.

We can have a great harvest in our first year and lay the ground work for a garden that gets better and better over time.  We can also do things in a way that shortens the learning curve and makes us feel good about what we are doing, rather than demotivated and frustrated as many first year gardeners become.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • An example of why the “green thumb” is a myth to be ignored
  • What is the goal of a family garden
    • Produce food
    • Save money
    • Improve quality of life
    • Provide better healthier nutrition
  • Should you go with “raised beds”
    • What is the ground like
    • What is your climate like
    • Can you either automate or simply irrigation
    • Are you going to want “borders” if so why
    • Where are you going to get your material and how much will it cost
  • Why I recommend buying plants your first year, at least some of them
    • Plants I recommend buying
      • Peppers
      • Tomatoes
      • Broccoli/Cauliflower
    • High success rate
    • Very broad availability of varieties now
    • Cost is not bad, and this is a learning year
  • Plant I recommend planting from seed in the ground
    • Peas/Beans etc.
    • Beets
    • Radishes
    • Arugula
    • Dill
    • Squash
    • Melons
  • Plants I recommend starting in containers even in your first year or buying
    • Chard
    • Lettuce
    • Basil
    • Parsley
    • Chives
  • Why everyone should grow sweet potato
  • Bed establishment
    • Double dig, sheet mulch or both
    • Bring in material – yes till/turn it in
    • Mulch with wood chips
  • The things that will make your plants successful almost no mater what
    • Dr. Earth 1014 Premium Gold Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer (balanced NPK) – Link
    • Garrett Juice Plus (foliar feed) – Link
    • Blood and Bone Fertilizer – Link
    • GS Plant Foods Liquid Kelp – Link
    • Hydro Organics Earth Juice Cal-n-Mag Plant Food – Link
    • Liquinox Iron Zinc Chelated Solution – Link
    • Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation – Link
    • Azomite consider sourcing locally – Link
    • Green Sand consider sourcing locally – Link
    • Lava Sand – source this locally!
    • Expanded Shale – source this locally!
  • Going forward or doing more in the first year (composting-worms-etc)

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Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Drill – 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 Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Drill.   Any long term listener will know that I am a huge fan of Dewalt tools.  I have a large existing collection of old school 18 volt power tools.  Most are over 10 years old and still work as good as the day I bought them.

Last year I found out about the 18 volt to 20 volt adapter, I picked up one as a kit that included two batteries and a charger, since then I have decided whenever an 18vdc gives up the ghost to replace it with new 20Volt batteries and move on to better technology.

In fact I liked the adapter so much I bought a second bare one so that I don’t have to keep switching between tools.  I realized recently that Dewalt made a very savvy business decision in coming out with the adapters.  For a long time they seemed to be trying to smoke old guys like me out!  Charging more and more for the old batteries and offering no conversion solution to the installed base (the installed base is people like me).

Then a listener told me about the adapter and I got one.  So now when I need a new tool, what do you think I am going to buy?  Well more 20v lithium ion of course.  I have my eye on an angle grinder right now, but don’t need it yet.  I am doing a ton of projects right now though and decided to get another drill.  I like this one because it will also give me another battery and charger for less then I could buy them separately.  One can never have too many batteries or chargers you know!

This is not Dewalts top end drill by any measure but it is a damn solid tool for what most people need a drill for, drilling and driving.  When I picked up mine I also found a great add on item.  It is this, 30 Pack of Dewalt #2 Bits for $4.94 but again it is an “add on item” meaning your total order must be over 25 dollars to buy it.

My view on #2 screwdriver bits is this, buy them when ever you can at a discount, they are the single most used driver on the planet in my view and they absolutely wear out in time, then they strip screws and need replacing.  With this add on price they are 16 cents a piece.  In have made a note to always check my bit supply when spending over 25 dollars on Amazon on anything.  This is the best deal on these things I have found.

So if you are in need of a new drill/driver consider the Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Drill as a new addition to your tool kit today.  It will get you into the 20V Dewalt world with a great drill, two batteries and a charger all for under 100 bucks!

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. – I noticed a significant number of one star reviews on this drill and almost every one was about the “batteries not charging”, this made absolutely no sense to me, at all.  Dewalt is an incredible company with a multi decade rep for quality.  It is why I am so loyal to them.

Then it hit me, such reviews only showed up on kits like this, where you get the batteries and charger with the kits.  Many are clearly from people who are not well, “tool people” and I thought back to when I got my first ones.  When you put the battery in the charger it seems like it is seated, and it may or may not charge when you do so.  Leading you to think, well I did it right, nope, no you didn’t.

The battery must be pushed all the way in, until it clicks.  Further if you do it wrong, and then push it in without pulling it our first it also won’t work.  Check this quick video to see what I mean.  I wonder if Dewalt themselves have figured out this problem yet?

Episode-1956- Listener Feedback for 2-20-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on business, automation, aquaponics, keyhole gardens, rats, guns, hunting 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…

  • Another TSP listener business success story
  • Why the plutocrats would be fine with taxing robots
  • A question on “thriving with Aspergers”
  • Doing small scale aquaponics indoors
  • Thoughts on keyhole gardens
  • Thoughts on monetization of fish ponds
  • Dealing with rats in the chicken coop
  • Carrying a gun when company you work with is anti gun
  • A lesson from the movie “Ground Hog Day”
  • Thoughts on choices for a “second job”
  • The truth about “trophy hunting” myth buster edition!

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Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation – 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 Endo Mycorrhizae Sustainable Agricultural Technologies, Inc.  I have tried a lot of mycorrhizae products and settled on this one due to quality and price.  So exactly what are mycorrhizal fungi?

Mycorrhizal fungi form symbiotic associations with over 90% of the world’s plant species. They are particularly effective for agricultural plants that have high water and nutritional needs. Mycorrhizal fungi make nutrients available to growing plants, absorb water, retard disease, and condition soil.

Research has documented improved plant nutrient and water uptake and resistance to a wide range of soil diseases and environmental extremes. Plants establish and yield more abundantly and require less intensive care. Over 50,000 University studies have highlighted the benefits of mycorrhizal colonization on the health and yield of plants. What is Mycorrhizae? “Mycor” – “rhiza” literally means “fungus” – “root” and defines the mutually beneficial relationship between the plant and root fungus.

These specialized fungi colonize plant roots and extent far into the soil. Mycorrhizal fungal filaments in the soil are truly extensions of root systems and are more effective in nutrient and water absorption than the roots themselves.  Translation when you use this stuff it makes your plants more productive and more resistant to stress.

This product is available in three different package…

  • One pound for 19.95
  • Two pounds for 36.00 (18.00 a pound)
  • Eight pounds for 127.45  (15.95 a pound)

Think really hard before going for that 8 pounder!  This stuff goes a long way.  I just use a sprinkle on the roots of transplants, and about two tablespoons on the roots of larger trees when I am planting them.  To put it in perspective if you wanted to broadcast it on a full acre for land restoration, (not a terrible idea) you would use a rate of 10 pounds to the acre.  If we take that down to the typical garden, a pound or two goes a long way.

I’ve not found anything that makes as dramatic a difference on a plants ability to develop massive and healthy roots as this stuff does.  This particular product is a combination of 4 species endo mycorrhizae which I prefer to single species varieties.  It is also one of the most cost effective products by price per pound I have found.  If you want to give your plants a tremendous advantage this season give Endo Mycorrhizae Sustainable Agricultural Technologies, Inc. a shot this season.

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.

TSP Directory Feature of the Week: Webology

Webology: Website Development and Online Marketing – Birmingham, AL

Today’s TSP Directory feature is my own business, Webology! I’ve held off on writing about my own business until now for a reason. Today, I am launching a special contest for members of TSP Nation. First, a little background. I have been doing web development and online marketing for a few years under the name Blake Development.

In September of last year, I finally quit my last job to build my own business full time. So, we rebranded as Webology SEO LLC this year. To celebrate, I am giving away either a free basic website, a logo or flyer design, or a month of on-page SEO work. The winner will get to pick, and it would be a great way to kickstart a new business with some free marketing.

The Details

If you want to know more about this contest, just visit my listing in the TSP Business Directory. Or go directly to the source and read my Free Website Giveaway page for all the details. Either way, you get all the info you need to enter. Basically, I am shamelessly asking for Facebook likes. I know, you can buy those. But I would much rather work for a member of the TSP Audience than give my hard earned dollars to Zuckerberg! So, visit my Facebook page, then like, share, and comment on the top post. The winner will be announced March 31st.

More About Webology

We’re a creative design and web development firm in Birmingham Alabama. We are a one-stop shop for all online marketing services. Our work includes everything from Agritrue to Appalachian Tactical Academy. Literally guns to gardening and everything in-between! We’re really good at technical on-page SEO marketing. In non-geek terms, that means we help rank your site in Google so you get inbound leads. We do a little bit of everything though. Here are just a few of the services we provide:

  • Web Development
  • Design and Logo Creation
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Marketing
  • Web Hosting
  • E-mail and Text Marketing
  • Banner Ad Retargeting
  • Cloud Software Development

Wait This Isn’t Fair!

Why do I get to promote a contest for my business! What about all the other outstanding business listed in the Directory? I’d like to do the same thing for everyone. So please send me your e-mails with your promotion ideas. I’m going down the list, and writing about every listing in the Bronze tier or above. Next week I will be writing about Individual Insurrection. So, if you scroll through the main list from there you can see where your business falls in the order. Get me your text or idea ASAP, and I will do my best to incorporate it into your feature post. You can e-mail directory@thesurvivalpodcast.com if you want me to write about something going on at your business. Have a great week, and continue working to grow your own personal liberty and resiliency. Cheers!

Webology: Birmingham SEO and Web Development Company.

Webology: Birmingham SEO and Web Development Company.

 

Episode-1955- Expert Council Q&A for 2-17-17

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 pasture establishment, crohn’s disease, rate swaps, generators, military trailers, dehydrating mushrooms, jug fishing 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

  • Planting forage for rabbits and chickens – Darby Simpson
  • Dealing with Crohn’s Disease – Gary Collins
  • The ins and outs of rate swaps – John Pugliano
  • Why you should consider a tri fuel generator – Steven Harris
  • The good and really not good on M101 trailers – Tim Glance
  • Drying mushrooms – Erica Strauss
  • Jug fishing for catfish – Jack

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Websites of the Expert Council Members

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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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 charge 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

Wheaton Laboratories PDC

I recently found out that my old friend Paul Wheaton is hosting and teaching a permaculture design course at his place in Montana, Wheaton laboratories in late May/early June.  Paul has been a friend of TSP since 2010 and has been answering questions since we started the expert council.

Well, now is your chance to do a complete permaculture design course and in this case, the emphasis is going to be on design!  This is going to be epic, folks.  This is not some holding hands and singing songs PDC.  The main instructor is Tim Barker (Paul assures me he will be teaching a big chunk of the course as well) who ran PDCs for Geoff Lawton, and if you don’t know who Geoff Lawton is, just stop right here, do a little reading, and then come back.

Register for the PDC and ATC here!

There will also be a bunch of guest instructors including:

  • Thomas J. Elpel
  • Helen Atthowe
  • Ernie and Erica Wisner
  • Jacqueline Freeman
  • Davin Hoyt

Paul talks about the PDC and all of the instructors on this episode of PETV’s Permaculture Smackdown with Josiah Wallingford.

Josiah (Joe) Wallingford informs me he will be attending as well and giving out PermaEthos PDC seats to whoever signs up for both the PDC and the ATC. You can contact him directly for more details on this josiah@permaethos.com

Episode-1954- Listener Calls for 2-16-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on guns, civil war, jerusalem artichokes, gardening, comfrey, content creation, trolls, jerky, teaching 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 please do your best to call from a quiet area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.

While I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get as many of them on as I can.

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

  • The future of song of the day, 96 WILL NOT HAPPEN
  • The advantages of a hammer less hand gun
  • Are we currently in a political civil war
  • Propagation of jerusalem artichokes
  • Using “forest soil” in a new garden
  • What exactly is a tow plow, why should we care
  • Comfrey’s role in garden bed establishment
  • The Sony Creative Cloud for content creators
  • How do you deal with trolls
  • The proper storage of jerky, why I don’t recommend vac sealing
  • A teacher quits for all the right reasons, and is still a teacher

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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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Betts 3 Foot Compact Cast Net – 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 Betts 3 Foot Cast Net.  This net is marketed as a product for kids learning to throw a net, and yes it is good for that, but it is great for “big kids” too.  Why?  Because it is so compact.

Take a look at the photo above, do you see how small this thing is?  When we travel to Florida I pack a 4 foot throw net in my luggage with my travel rod so I can catch bait in the surf.  It is pretty small and since I pack like a man it doesn’t put my bag over the 50 pound limit.

But I am working on a project right now, one I will likely reveal next week.  A truly compact behind the truck seat go anywhere fishing kit.  I am talking a bag the size of say a good range bag with two full sized rods in it, and everything you need to fish almost anywhere.  To make this work you must be able to acquire bait and that is one thing this does.   Not to mention a small net has big advantages in some bodies of water, especially small creeks surrounded by lots of trees.

And as I have written about before when it comes to subsistence fishing, all fish eat what lives in the water they live in, or in my grandfather’s words…

The best bait comes from the water you are fishing
in or from say under a rock on the banks around it.

Additionally once we can catch anything in a body of water we can then work our way up the food chain.  Please note that in Texas the capture of any “non game fish” with a throw net is legal.  You need to check your State’s laws to see if this is legal there and what you can and can’t keep if it ends up in your net.  Further in Texas sunfish like bluegill, green sunfish, red ear sunfish, etc are non game fish, again if your State lists “non game fish” you need to find out what your State means by that.

What this means for me is shiners, creek chubs, shad, sun fishes, etc, all can be caught and used for bait with this net.  And it is so small when folded up it takes up only one pocket in my fishing bag.

It will also rapidly pay for itself.  Have you priced minnows and shiners by the dozen, it doesn’t take many fishing trips to burn through the 22 bucks this thing costs.  And a three foot net is easy to throw.   I use a method called the “in teeth” method that some don’t like, but it works very well for nets 6 feet and under and it is very effective with small 3-4 foot nets.  I will have a video out next week at the latest showing how to do it.  That said no matter what method you use a 3 foot net is easy to throw and great to learn with.

This means I can now go to one of my creek spots, catch a bunch of shiners, chubs or bluegills, set some limb lines for cats, sit back with a rod tossing baits or lures, etc and not spend a dime on bait.  I can do this in a place I am familiar with or I can be somewhere, see an opportunity, grab one bag and be fishing in mere minutes.

So if you are looking for a compact way to be able to acquire bait check out the Betts 3 Foot Cast Net today.  Again though please remember to check your State’s regulations about these devices.  Some States are just not worth the hassle, check out Pennsylvania’s nonsense for example.

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. – I really do mean know and follow your laws, no wink wink implied.  That said, I think having and knowing how to use a cast net is a valid survival skill.  Legal or not, if say the SHTF for real, this is a tool that can feed you.  With a quarters worth of dog food and a few throws I could easily catch over 100 sunfish of various eating size with a cast net.

Additionally in many States what is illegal on public water is kosher on private water, again know your laws but also learn this skill in a pinch it will put food on your table.  Just something to think about.

P.S.S. – If you have any doubt about what is legal in your area, call your local wardens office and they will be happy to answer your questions.