Episode-57- TSP Rewind – 10 Uncommon Edible Plants for Every Backyard

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-383- 10 Uncommon Edible Plants for Every Backyard and was first published on Feb. 22nd, 2010.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Today we discuss 10 edible plants that are not very common in most backyards or stores and the unique advantages they offer the modern survivalists concerned with producing their own food. Each of these plants offers unique advantages to the backyard and small homestead grower. Advantages such as good nutritional profiles, disease resistance, ease in seed saving, heat tolerance and more.

Note that the seed sources below are comprised of many sources. You can get many of these seeds from multiple providers. I just wanted the opportunity today to expose you today to a variety of solid providers of organic and non GMO seed.

Join me today as we discuss the following unusual edible plants…

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Episode-56- TSP Rewind- Episode-534- Prep? Save Money? Or Enjoy Life?

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-534- Prep? Save Money? Or Enjoy Life? and was first published on Oct. 19, 2010.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

A question I get often is some variation of the following….

  • When do I stop prepping for a while and simply save some of our money?
  • When have I invested enough into prepping and should just start blowing some money once in a while?
  • How do I stay positive in the face of all the problems headed our way?

In essence these folks are asking at the core of things….

  • Is there hope in spite of the danger?
  • Is it okay to just have fun in spite of what might be coming?
  • Is there a such things as a “maintenance mode” as a prepper?

The nice thing is the answer to those last three questions are yes, yes and yes.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • A quick refresher on commonality and probability
  • Exactly what is “money” anyway, why do we have it
  • What is life all about, what are we surviving for?
  • Setting your personal goals, the big ones
    • Time to debt freedom
    • Time forward in self reliance
    • Percentage of self sufficiency
    • Where you will go if you have to leave
    • How you want your daily life to be
    • What you need for basic comfort
    • What you need to be truly happy
    • What level of physical security do you desire
    • What level of financial security do you desire
    • How much redundancy do you want
  • The reasons most people won’t ask these questions
    • They require you to be 100% responsible for yourself
    • The answers are subject to your self imposed limitations
    • We have been conditioned to think focusing on what we want is selfish
    • The resulting answers require massive action
    • We all have a desire to “fit in” on some level, even me
    • Your plan is going to require sacrifice for some period of time
  • Why you can make it happen
    • In the end you make the decisions
    • You have the courage to ask the questions
    • It ain’t as hard as “they” make it out to be
    • We don’t have to prepared for “the end” just change

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Episode-55- TSP Rewind- You Can’t Lose by as a Modern Survivalist

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-305- You Can’t Lose by as a Modern Survivalist and was originally published on Oct. 28th 2009.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.
The number one question I get from non preparedness minded individuals when I tell them about The Survival Podcast is simply, why?

Why takes many forms such as…

  • Why do you worry about so many things you can’t control?
  • Why do I need to do anything different then I am doing now, I got this far OK, right?
  • Why should I spend money on things I may never need or even use?
  • Why should I sacrifice just to be “debt free” because “you’re no one unless you own money in the nation anyway”?
  • Why should I store food?
  • Why do I need a gun, we have a nice town and a great police force?
  • Why do you feel the need to be an alarmist?

Oh and that list of why’s goes on and on, I assure you. Yet I always answer every single why with the same answer, “because the way I do things my life is better even if nothing bad ever happens”.

Tune in today as we discuss this concept and thoughts on how…

  • Living debt free is the only way to have the freedom we all desire
  • Why most people tolerate things in their life they should never allow
  • Why tax is theft and why understanding it creates freedom
  • Why no matter what people say you do need to prepare for bad times
  • How the media and the government create plastic lifestyles that we choose to live within
  • Why storing food will always pay itself back even if you never have to rely on it directly
  • Why a garden is liberating and a financial gain
  • Why so many people that start to prep fail and fall out and how to change that

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Episode-54- TSP Rewind – Threat Probability and Threat Impacts

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally,  Episode-165- Threat Probability and Theat Impacts and was originally published on March 25th 2009.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Due to ongoing site level issues today’s show notes are brief and will have to be upgraded later. Today’s show covers two main concepts,

The Threat Probability Matrix and The Threat Impact Scale

As one decreases the other increases yet by focusing on the order of probability you can be must more effective in your planning and prepping.

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Aromacare Pet Ear Wipes – 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 Aromacare Pet Ear Wipes.  I have tried a variety of different products for this need and have settled on these.  As many of you know we have three dogs.  A giant German Sheapard named Max, a Pit-Pointer Mix named Charlie and a Pitskey named Lucy.  A Pitskey is a Siberian Husky crossed with a Pit by the way.

I use this product on all of them.  They get a good ear cleaning on the first of the month when they get their heart worm medication.  Simple and easy to remember.  For Charlie and Lucy this is all they need.  Generally a bit of gunk comes out of both of them but it isn’t much.  Their ears stay clean and don’t put off any odors at all.

Max though has always been a problem pup when it comes to his ears, and worse he doesn’t really like having them cleaned.  I don’t know if you have ever tried to get a 150 dog to do something he doesn’t want to do, but it is a hell of a case for good training.  Charlie and Lucy seem to actually enjoy getting their ears cleaned but not Max, it is like dealing with a pouting puppy every time.

But we get it done and it works.  Before I found these I had to clean his ears about 1-3 times a week, depending on the time of the year.  Some nights he’d wake me up shaking his head because his ears bothered him badly.  I’d have to get up and deal with his sulking and clean his ears at 2Am.

Now I simply clean Max’s on the 1st and 15th and even he seems to remain clear, happy and free of the dreaded “stinky ear”.  As the label indicates they use a combination of Aloe and Eucalyptus oil.

This certainly is not some beyond organic all natural product and it has some conventional ingredients but nothing I consider truly harmful and above all they work.  And they work damn good.  The price is right at 11 dollars for 100 pads and at my use rate one pack of 100 lasts me about a year.  Note that they may not last as long for you if you have more dogs of a pup with a real problem needing a lot more cleaning.

On Max this is what I did, when I got them I cleaned his ears once a day for a week, he was not happy about this.  I then went to once a week for a month, then went to my routine of twice a month.  I have been doing that now for about 4 months and he has stayed a happy and clean eared canine.

Anyway if you want to keep your packs ears in top notch shape, I recommend checking out Aromacare Pet Ear Wipes today.  I think you will quickly see why they have 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 280 reviews along with an A grade on Fakespot.

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Episode-53- TSP Rewind – Getting Your Spouse On Board with Survival Planning

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-69- Getting Your Spouse On Board with Survival Planning and was originally published on October 8th, 2008.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Today’s show was created by quite a few, “how do I get my spouse” (or girlfriend, boyfriend, fiance) on board with preparing and doing what needs to be done in order to live that better life? Honestly that question has been asked by almost as many women as men, hence if you are on either side of the equation then you are not alone. Rather then typical show notes I will simply provide my 21 rules discussed in today’s show and suggest that you not only use them in conversation but ask you spouse to take 40 minutes to listen to this episode and perhaps some others as well.

The 21 Rules of Getting a Spouse On Board with Survival Planning and Prepping are.

  1. Demand or insist upon nothing.
  2. Ask for help where you are weak and your partner is strong.
  3. Demonstrate a command of the facts and threats, don’t alarm but inform.
  4. Arrive at all decisions as a team, at least if it is in anyway possible.
  5. Don’t put your “pet items” at the top of any proposed priority.
  6. Explain that this is for the good of the family.
  7. Focus on saving money and elimination of debt as step one.
  8. Explain the investment value of food and saving money, leave bullets and band aids for later.
  9. Talk about a “better life style” for less cost and why you want that for both or you.
  10. Discuss the future and not waiting until you are 65-80 to really spend time together.
  11. Do not get over excited; don’t dump too much at one time.Start with a simple vision and a few small steps.
  12. Make the discussion about “us” not you, not them but truly both of us.
  13. Don’t expect a perfect result and a totally on board agreement.
  14. Do have a single small step to suggest and ask if you can do it together.
  15. Try to get your spouse to suggest a second small step and embrace it and do it with them.
  16. Work on creating a common vision of a truly happy and sustainable life.
  17. Don’t focus on what you don’t mean (cammo, militia, communes, etc.) just answer concerns that are offered.
  18. Be positive about the future for your family, compare prepping to life insurance.
  19. Ask “what would we do if” and listen to the answers you get and discuss them.
  20. Talk a little, get them talking and listen as if your life depended on hearing every word, because it does.
  21. Share my show with them along with this particular podcast.

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Episode-2110- Expert Council Q&A for 11-3-17

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 knife making, farming, corporate structure, diet, earth works, battery banks, egg production 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

  • Choosing and building custom knife scales – Patrick Roehrman
  • Building a profitable small scale farm – Darby Simpson
  • What is a public benefit corporation – John Pugliano
  • Making the move from vegetarian to beef eater – Gary Collins
  • How to calculate the size of a spillway – Geoff Lawton
  • Battery banks on the go and hydrogen fears dispelled – Steven Harris
  • Our egg handling process and personal vs commercial processing – Jack

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Websites of the Expert Council Members

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Oregon Self Sharpening Electric Chain Saws – Item of the Day

Special Note – I am running this again today because the corded saw currently has an instant 20 dollar coupon on Amazon, just tick the box to apply it.  That brings the cost down to 107 dollars on the corded saw.  Only 18 are available at the time of this posting.  I think this is a great tool for any prepper and at 107 bucks it is stupid cheap.  Thanks to Derek C. for bringing this to my attention.

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 a two fer.  They are the Oregon Cordless Self Sharpening Chain Saw and the Oregon Plug In Electric Self Sharpening Chainsaw.

cordedsawIn the video below I use both saws to cut seasoned live oak.  I can’t emphasize how hard this wood is, it will plumb smoke a drill bit.  I decided to do a seasoned hardwood log rather than a live piece of wood for the video to demonstrate a worst case scenario rather than a best case one.

You will note the plug in saw has a 18 inch vs. 16 inch bar compared to the cordless.  It also has considerably more power as you would expect.  The beauty of the plug in saw is cost, for only 135 dollars you get a self sharpening saw, that simple always works.  The down side is working with an extension cord attached to your saw.  I see this saw as best for bucking in one location or for the small property owner, say and acre or less that just needs a saw they can count on.

cordlesssawThe cordless saw has plenty of power, I really should have cut some green lumber with it to show the difference.  I have dropped, slashed and bucked quite large live oaks with it, say with trunk sizes of 10-12 inches.  It is very light weight compared to a gas saw and even if I am using my gas Husqvarna I still tend to have this with me for limbing and slashing.

The common attributes these saws have that make them wonderful are as follows.

  • Noise – they are much quieter than a gas saw, and they only run while cutting, no constant idle.
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  • Self Sharpening – pull a lever and run the saw a few seconds you are back to a seriously sharp chain.
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  • Self Breaking Chain – while the plug in is better at this (it is instant see the video) the cordless only lets the chain run for about 1-2 seconds after you let the throttle go.  This way reduces injuries.  Most not all but most chainsaw injuries happen after the throttle is released.
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  • No Tool Chain Adjustment – the number one reason your saw will start cutting poorly is the chain gets loose.  With most saws you loosen the cover with a wrench, tension the chain with a flat screw driver, then re-tighten the cover.  With these saws you have two dials, both can be turned by hand and proper chain tension can be restored in a few seconds.

Again while these saws have many advantages over a gas saw, they are not equal to one.  If I had to drop several trees I would reach for my gas saw.  However my little three acre homestead has been very well served by these saws.

They are ideal for small property owners, people that use a saw say a dozen times a year of less, etc.   Franky they are a pleasure to use, the self sharpening feature makes up for having less power then a gas saw.   Sure I can sharpen a chain, but that takes time, and like many time is one of my greatest assets, anything that saves time is valuable to me.

These saws do use special chains, which are sold with the sharpening stone.  I get a lot of use out of one chain though, I cut up a lot of dead stuff, prune a lot of trees and go though about one chain a year.  That isn’t much.

  • Here is the chain/stone set for the plug in 18 inch saw the cost is 36 bucks.  Get it Here.
  • Here it the chain/stone set for the 16 inch cordless saw the cost is 36 bucks.  Get it Here.
  • If you have the first generation of the cordless saw, it has a 14 inch bar.  Get it Here.

Please note that if you have the first generation saw with the 14 inch bar and want to upgrade to the new saw with the tool free chain adjustment (like I did) you can buy the bare tool and use your existing battery and chargers.

In any event if you are in need of a chain saw that will just work, all the time, be easy to maintain and won’t beak the bank or your ear drums, check out either the Oregon Cordless Self Sharpening Chain Saw and the Oregon Plug In Electric Self Sharpening Chainsaw today.

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. –  Chainsaws are dangerous tools, even modern saws like these with great safety enhancements.  I think anyone using a saw for the first time should take a class or get an experienced person to teach them safe use. 

I have some personal rules I follow.  One is I don’t let anyone near me when I am cutting, if I can touch you with my saw without taking a step you are too close.  I also always make sure to clear two avenues of escape when felling a tree, in case it falls other than were planned.  There is a LOT more, again if you are not experienced do not use these or any such saw without getting some instruction.

I have seen several chain saw injuries and they are really awful injuries!

Episode-2109- Listener Calls for 11-2-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on herbs, electric motorcycles, chainsaws, spreading preparedness 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…

  • Storing bulk herbs and spices and blends
  • What is the Alta electric dirt bike
  • Choosing a chainsaw
  • The argument you benefit from socialism applied to disasters
  • Ideas for preparedness “house warming gift”
  • Monetizing a blog and accepting crypto currency

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Sponsors of the Day

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Gaia Herbs Echinacea Goldenseal Propolis Throat Spray

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 Gaia Herbs Echinacea Goldenseal Propolis Throat Spray.  I just used this product for the past week and I am more than a little impressed.

This spray is made of three main ingredients and all are immune boosting power houses.  Of course due to the dot gov I have to say the following.  First I am not a Doctor, I don’t even pretend to be one on TV, like say Dr. Oz does.  So anything I say in this review or at any time is only my personal opinion, not a prescription for the use of any products.  Any claims about what they do are based on credible sources with citations of said sources.  The claims are not my own.

DON’T YOU JUST LOVE THE GOVERNMENT’S CONCERN FOR YOU?

Anyway here are the three ingredients…

    • Echinacea – Has been shown in some studies to boost immune response, reduce the occurrence of the common cold and increase white blood cell count.  Source – The Lancet
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    • Goldenseal – Has been shown to have a number of immune enhancing effects in clinical studies. However, in relation to this product the most important component is likely that goldenseal contains, “phytochemical alkaloids that produce a powerful astringent effect on mucous membranes, reduce disease-causing inflammation and have antiseptic effects.”  Source – DrAxe.com
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    • Propolis – Propolis does has proven antibiotic and antiseptic properties and may also have antiviral and anti-inflammatory – Source DrWeil.com

I personally feel this product is best used as a preventative or at the very first signs of a head cold, throat problems etc.  My personal results were quite good, but my use was delayed far more than it should have been.  I had been dealing with symptoms for about four days before beginning using it, laryngitis as you know if you listen to the show had set in pretty hard, I was having trouble sleeping due to sinus drainage etc.

I had used a spray in the past that was mostly just echinacea which had worked well but I realized I was out of it and that it is no longer made.  So I found this option gave it a shot.  Echinacea is well known in the herbal world as an immune booster, as is goldenseal. Both are used often by herbalists and are well thought of.

What I really loved though was the addition of propolis, propolis is basically “bee glue”.  Bees make propolis to seal up any unwanted holes in their hives.  This is one reason it is an anti viral and anti biotic, it is simply evolution that bees came up with this as it helps protect their hives.

Here is what even WebMD has to say about propolis…

Propolis has a long history of medicinal use, dating back to 350 B.C., the time of Aristotle. Greeks have used propolis for abscesses; Assyrians have used it for healing wounds and tumors; and Egyptians have used it for mummification….

Propolis is used for canker sores and infections caused by bacteria (including tuberculosis), by viruses (including flu, H1N1 “swine” flu, and the common cold), by fungus, and by single-celled organisms called protozoans. Propolis is also used for cancer of the nose and throat; for boosting the immune system; and for treating gastrointestinal (GI) problems including Helicobacter pylori infection in peptic ulcer disease. Propolis is also used as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

In short if it is good enough for Aristotle I figure it is good enough for me.  Anyway my results again were quite good, I got my voice back sooner than expected.  The bottle advises three sprays to the back of the throat each hour when you have a cold or throat problems, that is what I did.

I tend to deal with a lot of cold issues this time of year, the combination of the changing seasons, travel, large events, etc. seems to be a common theme in such things.  I plan to use this 2-3 times a day while well though this season this year and see how it works.

It seems like a natural preparedness item as it will store well and is made of three well known immune supporting components.  What about the taste though?  Well let me relate a story, one time I cam in from working though I had not worked that hard.  I told the wife I think I need a shower and she said as follows, “well you don’t smell bad, but you don’t smell good either”.  That is a perfect description of the taste, “the taste isn’t bad, but it ain’t good either”.  It does have a bit of heat to it, so that might make it harder to get kids to use.  It goes away fast though.

The burn is likely because this product is a herbal tincture meaning it is a concentrated herbal formula using alcohol, about 60% alcohol in this instance balanced by water.  The amount in a few sprays is insignificant in alcohol’s effects on the body but I did want to let you know that it has alcohol in it since some of you refrain from any and all uses of said same. 

Anyway Gaia Herbs Echinacea Goldenseal Propolis Throat Spray has found a home in my herbal tool kit and my winter regime.  Consider adding it to your home this year.  I think this one is going to be on par with Dr. Christopher’s Tissue and Bone for happy stories from the audience.  Yes it seems to be that good.

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