CHIEF Supply 20% Off Top Apparel Brands Sale Until October 5

I try not to blog on Saturday if at all possible. But I just had to spread the word about this big apparel brands sale from affiliate marketing partner CHIEF Supply (blogged about here) going on until Monday, October 5. From an e-mail I received this morning from the Charlotte, North Carolina-based vendor of public safety and apparel:

Thru Monday

20% Off Top Apparel Brands

Use code OFFAPP20 in cart

*Qualifying brands are Dickies, Oakley, Horace Small & Tru-Spec. Oakley sunglasses, on-sale & clearance flag items, and additional discount codes excluded. Offer ends Monday, Oct 5th.

CHIEF offers free standard shipping for online orders with an order total of $99 or more.

Click on the banner ad below and see what CHIEF Supply has to offer. Please note that by clicking on the ad and purchasing a product (be sure to use that promo code!), I receive a commission from the sale.

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Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 Advertiser Specials, Clothing, Public Safety No Comments

2015 Illinois Solar Tour Tomorrow, October 3

Just found out this morning (I was at my family’s place in Wisconsin yesterday) about a free solar energy public educational event taking place tomorrow around Illinois. From (a website belonging to the Illinois Solar Energy Association):

You’re Invited…

The Illinois Solar Tour, on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 is a FREE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE.

Home and business owners with renewable energy installations will open their homes to the public to share their passion, knowledge and experience of owning and living with renewable energy.

Visit any site at any time between 10 am and 2 pm. Homeowners will be available at each site to provide information, share experiences and answer questions.

Attend the Illinois Solar Tour to:

• Learn how home and business owners are utilizing solar and other clean energies to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and to become energy independent

• Meet people who have renewable energy installations, learn why they did it, the process, what they love about it and lessons learned

• Learn about the different technologies and see how they are installed

• Hear how different renewable energy technologies work together

• Find out all of the ways you can use clean energy to power your life

Regrettably, I’ll be tied up with other things Saturday. However, this sounds like one event I would very much like to attend in the future (2016?).

For more detailed information, visit the 2015 Illinois Solar Tour website here, particularly “The Tour” section accessible via the main menu bar.

Christopher E. Hill
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REI Survival-Related Classes In The Chicago Area For October Thru Mid-November

Chicago-area readers- below are survival-related classes from REI this October thru mid-November:

Map and Compass Navigation Basics, Oakbrook REI (west suburbs- Oakbrook Terrace), October 6, 6:30-8:30 PM, $30 member/$50 non-member, 4 spots left
Introductory to Backcountry Skills Class, Deer Grove Forest Preserve- Grove 5 (northwest suburbs- Palatine), October 11, 9 AM-2 PM, $60 member/$80 non-member, 8 spots left
Prepare for the Unexpected: Urban Emergency Preparedness, Northbrook REI (north suburbs- Northbrook), October 15, 7-8:30 PM, Free, 22 spots left
Wilderness Survival: 3-Season Skills, Palos Forest Preserve- Wolf Rd. Woods (southwest suburbs- Willow Springs), October 17, 9 AM-2 PM, $65 member/$85 non-member, 3 spots left
Zombie Preparedness- Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse, Oakbrook REI (west suburbs- Oakbrook Terrace), October 23, 7-8:30 PM, Free, 18 spots left
Backcountry Navigation with a Map & Compass- Level 1, Deer Grove Forest Preserve- Grove 5 (northwest suburbs- Palatine), October 24, 9 AM-2 PM, $60 member/$80 non-member, 11 spots left
Map and Compass Navigation Basics, Lincoln Park REI (city north- Chicago), October 29, 6:30-8:30 PM, $30 member/$50 non-member, 9 spots left
Zombie Preparedness- Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse, Schaumburg REI (northwest suburbs- Schaumburg), October 30, 7-8:30 PM, Free, 3 spots left
Wilderness Survival: 3-Season Skills, Blackwell Forest Preserve- Silver Lake Boat Launch (west suburbs- Warrenville), October 31, 9 AM-2 PM, $65 member/$85 non-member, 12 spots left
Wilderness First Aid with WMI and REI, Edgebrook Woods – Mathew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center (city northwest- Chicago), November 14, 9AM, to November 15, 6 PM, $225 member/$255 non-member, 15 spots left

REI membership is still available for only a one-time fee of $20. For more information about REI, visit their website here.

Christopher E. Hill
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Friday, October 2nd, 2015 Emergencies, Health, Preparedness, Training No Comments

Signs Of The Time, Part 89

Nonsensical visions of a nationwide push for BB gun “control” and panic buying of Daisy Red Ryders came to mind as I read the following from David Chanen over at the Star Tribune (Minneapolis-Saint Paul) website yesterday.

What’s that? It’s the scary looking semi-automatic BB guns that are to be banned, not the lever-actions? Oh, okay.

Chanen wrote Monday:

A small BB gun found in a felon’s car has been ruled a firearm by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and its possession means more prison time for him.

Since 1977, the state’s two appellate courts have repeatedly agreed with the Legislature that a BB gun is a firearm when involved in various crimes, such as drive-by shootings.

As the result of a 2005 felony drug conviction, David Lee Haywood wasn’t supposed to have a handgun. The BB gun was found in his glove compartment during a traffic stop in 2013.

He was found guilty of a felony in Ramsey County District Court and received a mandatory minimum of five years in prison…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Chanen noted that Haywood owned “a Walther CP99 Compact .177-caliber BB gun.”

In other words, a BB gun powered by a CO2 (carbon dioxide gas) canister.

Funny. I thought firearms were defined as such if the projectile is discharged by an “explosive.”

Awesooome, but definitely NOT a firearm
“Walther CP99 Compact BB Pistol”
YouTube Video

I understand Haywood’s case is going to be appealed before Minnesota’s state Supreme Court.

In the meantime, I better head over to the PyramydAir website to “stock up” before their Fall Clearance Sale (100+ products up to 61% off) wraps up today.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (


Chanen, David. “Minnesota Court of Appeals rules BB gun is considered a firearm.” Star Tribune. 28 Sep. 2015. ( 30 Sep. 2015.

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Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 Air Guns, Crime, Firearms, Hunting, Legal, Shooting Sports No Comments

Big Savings From Limited Time Offers Expiring Soon

Recently, I started listing limited time offers from this blog’s affiliate marketing partners on the right sidebar.

And for the next couple of days, the savings are quite substantial in many cases.

However, starting noon Eastern Time today (in the case of Paladin Press) a number of the deals start to end one by one.

Check out the limited time offers now if you haven’t done so already. Please note that I receive a commission from purchases made via the corresponding banner ads.

Thank you ahead of time for any purchases you do make.

With much appreciation,

Christopher E. Hill

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Fire By Friction, Land Navigation Classes In Chicago Area This October, November

I spotted the following local survival-related training opportunities on (online marketplace “for fun & affordable classes in the community”) this morning:

Fire by Friction with Robert Reed
Impress your friends and be self-reliant!

Class Info

This is a must have skill for anyone seeking to be self-reliant!

This course will teach you not only how to build a fire that will start in just about any weather, but how to do it using nothing more than a few pieces of wood and some string. By the end of this course you will understand how to properly prep a fire, make a tinder birds nest, and most importantly how to spin out an ember and blow it into a raging fire.

Skills to be covered:

*The bow drill kit fundamentals
*Collecting fire material
*Forming a birds nest
*Prepping the fire
*Using the kit to spin an ember
*Blowing an ember into a flame

Come learn the amazing skill that is sure to impress anyone – yourself included! After all, you will have just created…FIRE!

According to Dabble, the class will be held on Sunday, October 4, from 1 to 3 pm out in West Chicago.

At the time I type this, there are only 3 spots left.

Cost is only $30 to attend.

There’s also this class from Mr. Reed in early November:

Land Navigation with Robert Reed
Camping for Beginners Classes in Chicago

Class Info

From reading a topographical map to improvising a compass in the wild, this course will teach you what you need to know about wilderness navigation.

Each student will learn about the different types of compasses, the different types of topographical maps, and natural methods of finding direction. By the end of this course, you will be confident in your ability to take an azimuth using your compass, how to apply that to a topographical map and how to combine the two skills to finding a control point.

Skills to be covered:

Topographical Map Reading
Universal Traverse Mercator –UTM
Using a compass
Different types of compasses
Pacing to track distance
Finding control points
Navigating without a compass
Trail plotting

According to Dabble, this class will be taught Saturday, November 7, from 12 to 3 PM in Raceway Woods in Carpentersville.

At the time I type this, there are only 2 spots left.

Once again, cost is only $30 to attend.

For more information about the Fire by Friction class and/or to enroll, head over to the Dabble website here. Likewise with Land Navigation here.

Christopher E. Hill
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(Editor’s note: Posting of information about any third-party instruction is not to be construed as being a recommendation from Survival And Prosperity and its editor, unless specifically indicated. I am not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented herein.)

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Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 Emergencies, Fire, Preparedness, Training No Comments

Robert Shiller: Stocks Look ‘Pretty Frothy,’ Home Prices ‘Getting High By Historical Standards’

Last investment-related piece for the day. Yahoo! Finance Editor-In-Chief Andy Serwer recently interviewed Yale economist Robert Shiller in a “Market Pulse” segment. Serwer brought up the stock market and housing in his chat with the Nobel Prize winner, who correctly-called the dot-com and housing busts of the last decade. These days, Dr. Shiller once again has concerns about both. From their discussion published September 25 on the Yahoo! Finance website:

SHILLER: I think there’s a little bit of over-exuberance in the stock market at the present time.
SERWER: Right. Even with this recent correction?
SHILLER: The correction that we had in August brought the market down 10 percent. But it’s halfway back up again. So it’s still looking pretty frothy

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Dr. Shiller added later:

The market is highly-priced by traditional- well, this isn’t a traditional measure this is a measure that I and my colleague John Campbell developed. On top of that, I have survey data showing that people think the market is overpriced. The percent who think that is quite high now. So, I think this creates a little bit of fear that there could be a correction. When we saw the correction in August of this year there was I think some anxiety thrown into people’s hearts when they also feel that the market almost tripled between 2009 and 2014- it’s really pretty high. And I think there could be a further correction. I certainly am not forecasting that because nobody really knows what the stock market will do. But I think we’re in some danger of that. My instinct would be not to take any extreme moves, not to pull out completely. But also not to be heavily exposed to the market. I think it’s worrisome at this point. Worrisome but not horrible. I think you keep something in the market. But not too much.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

On housing, there was this exchange:

SERWER: We’re seeing the housing market heating up again. Do you think that this is a sustainable recovery?
SHILLER: Well, home prices have been going up. But they’re still not in real terms close to the previous peak in most cities… Is this sustainable? I’m starting to worry a little bit. It’s getting high by historical standards. And it’s another cause for concern. But it’s not like the stock market yet in terms of valuation.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“Shiller: Stocks and housing are overvalued—here’s what to do about it”
Yahoo! Finance Video

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Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 Crash Prophets, Housing, Investing, Stocks No Comments

Peter Schiff: ‘Inevitable’ QE 4 Will Lead To U.S. Dollar Crisis

On August 28, 2015, Euro Pacific Capital’s Peter Schiff spoke at The Jackson Hole Summit, “the first ever event to discuss monetary and fiscal policy at the same time as the Central Bankers are discussing policy,” according to sponsor American Principles Project. Schiff, who correctly-called the housing bust and economic crisis last decade, warned those in attendance that because the Federal Reserve isn’t allowing market forces to fix imbalances in the financial system, the United States is ultimately heading towards a dollar crisis. From the presentation:

The Fed needs to raise interest rates right now. Not because the economy can take it, but because it can’t. Because, again, it is a bubble that needs to be popped. The sooner we pop it, the better. But of course we’re going to find out that the Fed didn’t save us from the financial crisis. They simply interrupted it. And they kicked the can down the road. And we’ve now caught up to the can. And, the problem is, because we’ve delayed solving the problem- see, the financial crisis was the beginning of the solution. And the Fed interrupted it. The market was trying to fix what the Fed broke. Real estate prices coming down were part of the solution. Banks failing was part of the solution. That recession was part of the solution. And the Fed interrupted it. And instead they gave us an even bigger bubble. And now we’re going to have to deal with that…

All the real economic recovery is being prevented. The Fed has got it all dammed up with its monetary policy. But it’s afraid to release the dam because it’s going to unleash all of these forces, this creative destruction that is so necessary, because we cannot have this genuine economic recovery that would actually lift living standards and create good jobs for the American people. We can’t do that unless we allow this phony economy that’s been resurrected on the foundation of cheap money collapse. But nobody is going to allow that to happen…

And then they’re going to launch QE 4. Which nobody really understands. I think it’s inevitable. I said this from the beginning. I said that when they launched the very first round of quantitative easing that they had walked into, checked into, a monetary roach motel. That there was no way out. Once they went down this line, that we were in for the duration. You live by QE, you die by QE. I said we’d have more QEs than Rocky movies. And I think they had six of those. And of course they got progressively worse. And so I think QE 4 is going to be even worse than the last rounds. And ultimately… ultimately, where we are headed is to a dollar crisis…

“Peter Schiff at Jackson Hole Summit: The Monetary Roach Motel”
YouTube Video

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Jim Rogers Identifies China’s Six Most Promising Industries

Today on Survival And Prosperity I’m going to be focusing on investment matters. First up is investor, author, and financial commentator Jim Rogers. He recently spoke at an asset management forum in Shanghai and talked about investment opportunities/activities in China. reported the following about the former investing partner of George Soros on September 21 (via a Google Chrome translation):

• Rogers is still bullish on China’s long-term prospects despite their recent stock market woes. I noted this back on September 9.

• He identified China’s six most promising industries are agriculture followed by tourism, “environmental protection industry, the financial industry, the pharmaceutical industry and the railway industry”

• The Singapore-based investor bought shares in the Chinese tourism sector around three weeks ago

On that second bullet point, back in November 2013 China announced economic and social reforms from which Rogers took away the following. I blogged on November 26, 2013:

Earlier today, Rogers appeared on CNBC-TV18 and told viewers:

Well, I’m excited by what happened. As the Chinese had an exciting announcement in 1978 and in 1993, they say this announcement is to be as significant and as exciting as what happened previously in those two years. So far what I have seen that’s correct- some sectors of the Chinese economy are going to benefit enormously. And as you all know if you can find a government that is going to spend a lot of money or give a lot of incentives to a sector, you should put your money into that sector too. So the Chinese are clear that they are going to do something about railroads, about healthcare, agriculture, pollution. They have made it pretty clear they are going to do something, so I would suggest that people read what they said and then try to find some stocks in those areas…

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“Wall Street predators Rogers: promising Chinese economy is continuing to buy Chinese stocks.” 21 Sep. 2015. ( 29 Sep. 2015.

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The Green Suite Of Chicago Offering Zombie Survival Training

Nick Conrad of The Green Suite of Chicago (first blogged about here in January 2014) is offering its signature Zombie Survival Training at the Holiday Club in Uptown (4000 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago) in late October. From their website:

Zombie Survival Training

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Holiday Club

Class Info

If the zombie apocalypse happened right now, would you be ready? Do you even have a plan?

This course is designed to teach you how to survive the worst disaster imaginable, even a wide-spread pandemic of flesh-eating zombies. Using the zombie apocalypse as the worst case scenario, we will discuss survival strategies, food and water preparation and improvised weapons. Class consists of a one hour lecture followed by a thirty minute hands-on workshop. This unique experience is perfect for zombie lovers and survivalists alike.

After this class you will know where to go, what to eat and how to defend yourself when the unthinkable happens. Join us for good food, cold beer and life-saving survival tips.

What to bring

Two empty, uncrushed beverage cans. (Needed to make survival stove.)

The Green Suite Video

At the time I type this, shows the cost is only $30 to attend (9 spots left).

For more information about the class and how to enroll, head over to The Green Suite website here.

Christopher E. Hill
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Monday, September 28th, 2015 Food, Preparedness, Self-Defense, Training, Water No Comments

Another Violent Chicago Weekend: 4 Dead, 53 Wounded By Gunfire

Just read on the Chicago Tribune website a short while ago that 57 people were shot (4 fatally) from last Friday night through early this morning.

Alexandra Chachkevitch and Jeremy Gorner reported this marked “the second consecutive weekend in the city in which shooting victims topped 50,” where 53 people were shot (8 dead, 45 wounded) last weekend.

Chicagoans know that this type of violence typically occurs in certain parts of the city.

However, the amount of shootings going on these days- Chachkevitch and Gorner added “more than 40 were shot on four consecutive weekends in August”- is somewhat mind-blowing.

And while the arrival of more seasonal weather may result in a drop in these numbers soon, not only do I feel this level of violence is going to be a recurring issue for the city, but I think it will escalate and spread as the fallout of Chicago’s financial ills converges with the next major economic crisis that will soon grip the nation.

If this scenario does in fact arrive in the “Windy City,” a focus on self-defense and security (among other things) will be required by residents to come out the other side of this storm in one piece.

Christopher E. Hill
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Gorner, Jeremy and Chachkevitch, Alexandra. “Ten-year-old girl among 57 shot over bloody weekend in Chicago.” Chicago Tribune. 28 Sep. 2015. ( 28 Sep. 2015.

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Monday, September 28th, 2015 Crime, Debt Crisis, Public Safety, Security, Self-Defense No Comments

Quote For The Week

“If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn.”

-Irish proverb

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Sunday, September 27th, 2015 Quote For The Week No Comments

Beware Of Uncle Sam?

Since the time we were subjects of the English monarchy, plenty of Americans haven’t been big fans of government.

Particularly fans of Big Government.

From the folks over at the Gallup website Monday:

Almost half of Americans, 49%, say the federal government poses “an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens,” similar to what was found in previous surveys conducted over the last five years. When this question was first asked in 2003, less than a third of Americans held this attitude

Overall, Americans who agree that the government is an immediate threat tend to respond with very general complaints echoing the theme that the federal government is too big and too powerful, and that it has too many laws. They also cite nonspecific allegations that the government violates freedoms and civil liberties, and that there is too much government in people’s private lives.

The most frequently mentioned specific threats involve gun control laws and violations of the Second Amendment to the Constitution…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

On September 9, the U.K.-headquartered internet-based market research firm YouGov reported on their website that based on recent research:

29% of Americans could imagine a situation in which they would support the military seizing control of the federal government…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

That percentage grew under the following scenario:

The proportion of the country that would support a military takeover increases when people are asked whether they would hypothetically support the military stepping in to take control from a civilian government which is beginning to violate the constitution. 43% of Americans would support the military stepping in while 29% would be opposed…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Long-time readers of Survival And Prosperity might remember me blogging about a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey asking about a Second American Revolution that was conducted in April 2013. I wrote on May 3, 2013:

Armed revolution in the United States.

I heard it being talked about yesterday in the mainstream media after the release of some new poll findings, so I decided to go to the source this morning. From a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind news release Wednesday, concerning their most recent national survey of 863 registered U.S. voters from April 22 through April 28, 2013:

The poll finds that 29 percent of Americans think that an armed revolution in order to protect liberties might be necessary in the next few years, with another five percent unsure. However, these beliefs are conditional on party. Just 18 percent of Democrats think an armed revolution may be necessary, as opposed to 44 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of independents…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Funny how that “29 percent” number pops up again.

Interesting times we’re living in, huh?

Two things come to mind here:

• Uncle Sam knows darn well about these polls/surveys
• Such views could be the real reason behind all those military training exercises in America’s big cities lately

Or maybe not.

One last point. As an American citizen and former civil servant at the federal level of government, I’ve always taken pride in our (relatively) peaceful transfer of political power since the founding of the Republic.

Here’s hoping that continues to be the case.

You can read that Gallup piece in its entirety on their website here. The same goes for that YouGov article here. Insightful and disturbing stuff.

Christopher E. Hill
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Signs Of The Time, Part 88

The Financial Times (UK) website reported yesterday that Z/Yen, billed as “the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank,” just published its eighteenth Global Financial Centres Index. GFCI 18, as it’s otherwise known, rated 84 of the world’s financial centers. From a Z/Yen press release Wednesday:

London has moved ahead of New York to reclaim the number one position. London climbed 12 points in the ratings to lead New York by eight points…

London, New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore remain remain the four leading global financial centres. New York, in second place is now 33 points ahead of Hong Kong in third. Tokyo, in fifth place, is 25 points behind the leaders…

Toronto (8th), San Francisco (9th), and Washington, D.C. (10th) were other North American cities in the “top ten” of this year’s Index.

You can read the entire Z/Yen press release on their website here (.pdf format).

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Thursday, September 24th, 2015 Asia, Europe, North America, Signs Of The Time No Comments

Project Prepper, Part 38: Food Garden And Survival Seeds Update

Back on March 30, I blogged about starting a food garden. From that post:

I hope to achieve a number of things from this food garden:

• Better nutrition
• Better health
• Improved food security

I went into more detail about that garden on April 27. I wrote:

I purchased heirloom seeds put together by My Patriot Supply, an affiliate marketing partner of Survival And Prosperity (discussed here). In particular, I purchased a flagship product of theirs called the Survival Seed Vault. From the website of the now Salt Lake City, Utah-based “Patriot Owned Survival Store”:

The Survival Seed Vault contains only the highest quality heirloom vegetable survival seeds. These Patriot Seeds are 100% Non-GMO, open-pollinated and placed in specially sealed packets allowing for long term storage…

• 20 varieties of hardy heirloom survival seeds passed down from our forefathers.
• Survival seeds rated for 5+ years of storage at 75F, longer at lower temperatures.
• No hybrids, GMOs, or outdated survival seeds. All harvested seeds are reusable.
• Each seed bank is hand-inspected and packed by our American staff to ensure quality.
• Includes detailed survival seed saving guide.

Survival Seed Vault contents

Survival Seed Vault contents


In that April post I mentioned “I plan on starting small with the food garden.” And that’s what I did. In June, my girlfriend and I prepped two areas in our fenced-in backyard which receive lots of sunlight. The first consisted of an existing raised bed along the east-facing rear wall of our garage, while the second was originally part of our lawn, in which grass was removed and transplanted elsewhere. In both areas, my girlfriend and I mixed in Dr. Earth-brand organic soil to the existing soil, along with some peat moss.

On June 27, the following went into this concoction within the raised bed:

• Scarlet Nantes Carrot- about two dozen or so heirloom seeds of over 800 provided in the Survival Seed Vault
• Marketmore Cucumber- 3 heirloom seeds of over 150 provided
• Golden Bantam Sweet Corn- 8 heirloom seeds of over 250 provided
• Crimson Sweet Watermelon- 3 heirloom seeds of over 60

Ringing this all in was a plastic safety fence donated by my girlfriend’s sister stapled to several scrap wood “posts,” with a few marigolds strategically placed within to help deter rodents (or so I’m told).

Into the other garden bed (not raised) went two blueberry and two raspberry plants, also with a number of marigolds “protecting” them.

Food garden- July 2015

Food garden- July 2015


Here’s how everything’s been working out so far:

• We initially lost a number of seeds/seedlings to the “wildlife refuge” on our property. That includes a bunch of carrots, 3 sweet corns, and 1 cucumber. I only replaced those 3 sweet corn seeds (about 2 weeks later).
• Animals managed to chew several openings in the plastic safety fence and take 2 small watermelons (as far as I can tell). Chicken wire is a better fencing option.
• The marigolds have been doing great. So good I think they’re interfering with the growth of the raspberry plants.
• I planted those cucumber and watermelon seeds in 2 different “mounds” (12 inch diameter) with 3 seeds per mound (a couple of inches apart). Based on the significant growth that’s taking place, I’m pretty sure the size of those mounds and spacing between the seeds should have been quite a bit larger.

Despite all the above, the food garden is producing. Right now, only cucumbers have been harvested, and they’re delicious!


Cucumbersaurus- when you let these babies grow!


While there’s been nothing from the blueberry/raspberry plants, everything else looks well on its way (fingers crossed!).

Food garden- September 2015

Food garden- September 2015


Hopefully, The Old Farmer’s Almanac forecast of above-average warmth for the area in September and October holds.

I’ll report back on the food garden in a later “Project Prepper” post.

In the meantime, I’m pleased to know I can grow something else besides that lima bean plant from Mrs. Muldoon’s 3rd grade class.

In all seriousness though, I’m grateful for the knowledge towards achieving food security this experience is providing me.

Christopher E. Hill
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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 Agriculture, Food, Gardening, Preparedness, Project Prepper No Comments

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  • Bank And Private Vaults Should Focus On Security Issues Post-Hatton Garden Heist, Pre-Financial Crises

    I’m still playing catch up on my offshore-related projects after that late summer break. So I just recently learned the fate of Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd, the London private vault that was burglarized over Easter weekend to the tune of £10 million. Jamie Grierson reported on The Guardian (UK) website back on September 1: […] ...
  • War Declared On Gold As Part Of Capital Controls?

    I’ve read/heard a lot about the following lately: Wealth confiscation. The War on Cash. Capital controls. But after reading two articles by Doug Casey and Ted Bauman the other day, I’m wondering if a War on Gold related to capital controls has begun as well. From Doug Casey on his International Man website recently, concerning […] ...
  • Related Reading: Storing Precious Metals In Offshore, Non-Bank Facilities

    I was doing some reading Monday when I came across an article entitled “Your Gold Is Only as Good as Where You Store It” on Doug Casey’s International Man website. Jeff Thomas talked about how those looking to safeguard their wealth against insolvent governments have moved their cash into potentially harder-to-confiscate real estate and precious […] ...
  • Related Reading: Bloomberg Article On Swiss Private Vaults

    A cursory look at material out there in cyberspace that I want to read and eventually discuss on Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes unearthed the following on the Bloomberg website. Hugo Miller wrote on September 17: Italians who want to stash their riches out of reach of tax collectors might familiarize themselves with a restaurant on […] ...
  • Thoughts About Bloomberg Article On Swiss Private Vaults

    Anyone get the chance to read that article I mentioned Wednesday? Here are my thoughts about “Italy’s Tax Dodgers Hide in a Swiss Loophole,” penned by Hugo Miller and published on the Bloomberg website on September 17. Miller wrote: One floor above Ristorante Pasta e Ravioli is the office of safe-deposit-box company Gestisafe, whose […] ...