Thursday, August 28, 2014

Index to Forest Gardening Articles

Here is an annotated index of all my Forest Gardening articles I've written over the past few years. Forest Gardening is a very productive style of gardening, and I would encourage folks to try it. Forest Gardening does not take a lot of land, nor does it take the years and years of effort some folks assume it does to become productive.

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Introduction to Forest Gardening - Why Forest Gardening? What is a Forest Garden? The basics of Forest Gardening.

How To Make a Forest Garden, part one - Basic considerations; The Overstory layer; The Understory layer; includes species suggestions, hardiness zones, resources.

How To Make a Forest Garden, part two - The Shrub layer; The Herbaceous layer; Other layers; includes species suggestions.

How To Make a Forest Garden, part three - Forest Gardening organizations; Quick discussion of traditional veggie gardening.

The Pawpaw Tree - A wonderful, often overlooked, North American fruit tree to include in your Forest Garden.

Plants for the Soil - Lists a variety of Dynamic Accumulators and Nitrogen-Fixers that you may want to include in your Forest Garden.

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Size Doesn't Matter, At Least In Forest Gardening - You really don't need much land for Forest Gardening.

Using Grow Bags - An easy and fast method to start tree seedlings.

Trees are Our Future - The important roles that trees serve.

Forest Gardening Q & A - Answering some of the questions I've received over the years.

Not Just Layers - Other considerations besides just the layers. Could be considered part four of my How To Make a Forest Garden series.

Maintaining a Forest Garden - Watering, Feeding, Fertilizing, Mulching, and Clean Up. Could be considered part five of my How To Make a Forest Garden series.

I will eventually be moving the blog articles to this website, and will be cleaning up all the articles (fixing outdated links, correcting typos, etc.). I may even write a few new articles. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How to Use the Israeli Bandage

Invented by an Israeli military medic, Bernard Bar-Natan, the Israeli Bandage is also called the Emergency Bandage, Trauma Bandage, or the Israeli Pressure Dressing. Manufactured by FirstCare Products, It is designed to enable an individual to treat themselves or someone else to stop the bleeding of a traumatic injury (such as from a gunshot, puncture wound, or deep cuts). It serves as a pressure dressing, but also can be used as a mild tourniquet to slow blood circulation. The Israeli Bandage can be used one-handed, allowing for self-treatment, and is ideal for head injuries.

Most people have never used an Israeli Bandage, and their use is not typically covered in most basic first aid courses. However, it is not a good idea to let an emergency situation be your first experience with one, and that is not the time to be trying to read the instructions on the package. Below are a few videos demonstrating the proper use of Israeli Bandages.

Emergency Bandage (Israeli Bandage)

First Care Products Emergency Bandage - Head Wound

First Care Products Emergency Bandage - Arm Wound Self Application

Israeli Bandage by SkinnyMedic

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dr Bones and Nurse Amy

This is the fourth in a series of posts showcasing the preppers and survivalists that I really like and respect. These are the people who influence my own prepper thinking. I highly recommend these folks to anyone interested in preparing for a difficult future.

Dr Bones and Nurse Amy are a husband and wife medical team behind the Doom and Bloom survival medicine website, and podcast. They also have an information-packed You Tube channel, and are the authors of The Survival Medicine Handbook.

The Survival Medicine Handbook is a massive 554-page tome subtitled "A guide for when medical help us NOT on the way." I highly recommend this book to all preppers and survivalists, and consider it the second medical book you must buy after a good general first aid handbook (and take a first aid/CPR course while you are at it). The book is now in its second edition (click on the image to the left to go to the page for the book).

Joseph Alton (Dr. Bones) is a medical doctor, obstetrician, and pelvic surgeon, who has taught medicine at the University level. Now retired, he devotes his time to the topic of survival medicine. Amy Alton (Nurse Amy) is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with a Master's degree in Nursing, and a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She also has a strong interest in gardening and medical herbs.

Most of their You Tube videos deal with survival medicine, naturally, but there are some videos on gardening by Nurse Amy.

I like Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy because of their ability to present their extensive knowledge of survival medicine in a way that is both interesting and understandable to the Average Joe who has no medical training (like me).

So you can get a good sense of what Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are about, I am embedding a recent video on their You Tube channel. I encourage everyone to watch their videos and subscribe to their channel (click on the link above). You can also follow them on Twitter at

Snakebite: Survival Medicine with Dr. Bones

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fer_FAL, The Modern Survivalist

This is the third in a series of post showcasing the preppers and survivalists that I really like and respect. These are the people who influence my own prepper thinking. I highly recommend these folks to anyone interested in preparing for a difficult future.

Aguirre's first book.
Fernando Aguirre, The Modern Survivalist, also known as Fer_FAL, is a prepper (or modern survivalist as he calls it) who has written two books, has a very successful you tube channel, and a website where he occasionally blogs. He is also on Twitter: @Fer_FAL.

Probably more than anyone else, Fernando Aguirre has influenced my own thinking when it comes to preparing for emergencies and difficult times. With his personal experiences having lived through the collapse of Argentina's economy and the socialist dictatorship that emerged, as well as his experie
nce "bugging out" of Argentina for Northern Ireland with his wife and kids, Fernando Aguirre doesn't rely on theories of what might happen, but gives advice based on concrete realities of what actually happens.

Aguirre's second book.
Although Aguirre does discuss many typical prepper topics such as gardening or stockpiling food, water, and other supplies, those realities lead him to concentrate extensively on topics such as relocating, personal security, situational awareness, and home defense, as well as the various financial problems associated with collapse. Therefore, his books & most of his videos are not really about homesteading, bushcraft, or wilderness survival. This makes his information and advice very practical for those living in urban and suburban settings without access to lots of land.

So you can get a good sense of what The Modern Survivalist is all about, I am embedding below the most recent video off of his you tube channel (which happens to be his review of his second book, pictured to the right of this paragraph. I encourage everyone to follow The Modern Survivialist you tube channel (see the link above), and watch is videos. Also, I highly recommend his first book, The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse. I have recently bought his second book, but not yet had time to read it.

Book Review: Bugging Out & Relocating (extended version)