If you watch Doomsday Preppers like me you probably saw this Thursdays episode that showcased two Preppers.
The show spent the first part of their episode focused on Rick’s camouflaged food forest that he has grown on his secluded property in the Appalachian mountains. What a Secret Garden Looks Like and Why It’s Important with Rick Austin from Sean Tounn on Vimeo. The brilliant aspect of this from the standpoint of preppers is that unlike a garden, the camouflaged food forest requires less maintenance, less water, no chemicals and best of all, doesn’t look like a garden.
I found this great article below on the Never Ending Food website that describes the process and concepts nicely. These protect the soil from the sun, help to hold moisture, and help to keep “weeds” (good plants in the wrong place) down. PDF of a Guild handout that we use for teaching.  Feel free to reproduce it, use it for teaching, and share it with others.  That is another Permaculture principle – Observe, learn, and share! There are tons of websites on it and I bet once the mounds got developed, they’d be perfect for these guilds. No, that is where the people who have the site where that Permaculture article and download are from. Imagine a garden that takes up very little space, but grows five times more food per square inch than a traditional garden. In a future world where there is potentially no electricity or refrigeration, no super markets or seed stores, and no fertilizers or pesticides, it makes sense to look at people who have managed to live successfully for generations without these “conveniences.” Studies of native indigenous people around the world—people who have lived off the land for generations without electricity, refrigeration, commercial agriculture, pesticides, or insecticides—showed that these people lived primarily on perennials (plants that grow year after year without replanting) as opposed to annuals such as typical grocery store vegetables (crops that must be replanted each year).
Simply put, perennials only have to be planted once and they will produce food for a lifetime, whereas garden vegetables have to be replanted year after year from seed. Plants in nature often grow in concentric circles where the tallest plant (often a fruit or nut tree) provides shade underneath it for shade-seeking plants, and outside of that shade, a layer of shrubs like blueberries and blackberries can grow.
And because these plants all grow together, and are in some cases intertwined, it does not look like a traditional garden, but instead looks “natural”—like overgrown underbrush, which camouflages the garden from marauders. Mint, comfrey, mountain mint, cucumbers, beans, peanuts, oats and clover, all growing together in this 2x2 ft. One of the biggest benefits of this type of garden for preppers is that it is almost no work to maintain, compared to gardening with annual vegetables.
Further, by planting primarily perennials- and a large variety of them- you will always have food for you and your family each year, no matter what the short term summer weather brings. Secret Garden of Survival-How to Grow a Camouflaged Food-Forest™ and Secret Garden of Survival™ are trademarks of Rick Austin and are used by permission.
There are links within this post on which we can earn a commission if you purchase something, but it doesn't cost you any more money. We’ve talked before about the potential for disaster to strike and how to be prepared for it. Chapter 1 talks about things we have learned from historical events that can help us prevent future repeats. Jim’s book also covers medicine, hygiene, shelter, security, tools, and even such topics as entertaining yourselves to avoid boredom, and bartering. Patrick BlairPatrick is a Christ follower, the father of a special needs daughter with a brilliant personality and two musically talented sons, the husband of a beautiful and incredibly wonderful woman, an avid cook and gardener, a craftsman, and a hopeful homesteader with a passion for researching. The 45 books on this list of books for preppers are the best in their respective categories. First published in 1986, with the revised edition released in 2009, this international bestseller is considered to be the ultimate guide for outdoor adventurers. Outdoor Life magazine has published this definitive survival guide to facing everything from an angry bear, to a tornado, to an armed insurrection.
Unlike so many other survival books on the market which focus on immediate skills like fire-building or basic first aid, this book prepares readers for long-term survival and self-sufficiency. No matter your skill level, this all-in-one volume is a must-have for any outdoor adventurer and survivalist. For those preppers who live in cities and other urban environments, Mushen has written this extensive guide to protecting families, kids, parents, and pets after disasters both natural and manmade.
Though written in 1945, Ellsworth Jaeger’s guide to surviving in the wild offers the same valuable advice today as it did then. Unlike most other survival books on the market, Christopher Nyerges’ book will prepare you with the skills needed to survive in whatever environment you happen to be when the big disaster strikes. If you’re new to the world of snaring, then Dale Martin’s 72-page book could be a valuable resource. Whether you are a seasoned butcher or a novice, this book provides valuable information about slaughtering and butchering everything from beef and pork, to venison and wild turkey. Samuel Thayer’s extensive library on edible wild plants have become go-to books for a number of outdoor and bushcraft schools, and are widely considered the best written on the topic. Though much has been written about the storage of food during times of disaster, the obtainment of water is of primary importance. A perfect little guide to keep amongst your survival pack, camping gear, or in your car, Hubbard’s Living Ready Pocket Manual will guide you in the quick steps necessary to stabilize a dangerous situation and save a life. Authors Joseph and Amy Alton, two premiere Medical Preparedness Professionals from a well-known survival website, base this book off of the devastating assumption that there will be no doctor or hospital available in the aftermath of a catastrophic event.
In most combat situations, military surgeons must attempt to treat injuries and save lives in circumstances that are less than ideal.
Murray Dickson’s definitive guide is used around the world by community health workers, educators, and other individuals who help people care for their teeth and gums. Like the above book, Where There Is No Doctor is a resource widely used around the world by health workers, clinicians, and others in the healthcare industry. Printed on heavy-duty, waterproof stock, this pocket-sized book is designed to store in a first aid kit, car, or camping pack.
If an unexpected disaster strikes, you may need to leave your home quickly, and this book aims to tell you everything you need to know in order to do just that.
Written specifically for outdoor enthusiasts who are becoming more serious about hiking, Conrad Blake’s Hiking Survival Guide clearly details the constantly-present dangers, and how to avoid or deal with them.
Though there are many books on the market to prepare you for camping or hiking in the wilderness, Paul Tawrell’s book includes useful information not found in most others. There could be a number of reasons as to why a compass is unavailable in the face of an emergency or major disaster.
These days, the threat of a nuclear, chemical, or biological terrorist attack is considered a likely scenario.
Bradley, a well-known prepper and author of the Practical Prepper Newsletter, has written this guide to prepare people for two potential events: the EMP attack and the solar storm. Using a simple, Do-It-Yourself approach, Bernie Carr details 101 important steps individuals and families can take to prepare for earthquakes, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. Consisting of just over 700 pages, Joel Skousen’s The Secure Home contains all of the information a family may need to implement a high security residence or retreat. In addition to being a traditional instructional guide, Joe Nobody’s Holding Your Ground also acts as a planning tool that prepares preppers for defending a location.
Violence pervades nearly every aspect of the world we live in, and as a result, more and more people are seeking practical solutions to deal with it. Jeff Cooper’s classic Principles of Personal Defense provides readers with practical and valuable advice about self defense.
This comprehensive guide authored by a Chief Instructor for the United States Concealed Carry Association, is geared towards anyone who currently owns a firearm or is considering the purchase of one.
Being a Nautical Prepper myself, when I am at sea and at remote locations onboard our ship, we utilize several sources of energy; Wind (to propel the boat and to drive the wind-generator), Solar (panels) and Diesel (diesel powered generators). Hydro-power is one source of energy that may be available to some terrestrial-based Preppers. Of course water wheels have been around since the Greek and Roman days, so there’s nothing new about that. If you happen to have a source of water (stream, pond, lake, etc.) and your power generating location is sufficiently lower in elevation than that source of water (downhill from the water source), you can tap into the available kinetic energy that is available and stored in that water. So, for example, if you can find a water source that’s 100 feet above the elevation of your location (uphill), and you ran a PVC pipe from that body of water and down that grade to the location 100-ft. Regardless of the grade of the hill, the pressure developed is a function of vertical drop, so in our example, where the grade was 10%, and we ran 1,000-feet of PVC pipe over a change in elevation of 100-feet, the pressure at the bottom of that run of pipe would be about 43 PSI, and this water pressure can be converted into electrical energy!
During the California Gold Rush back in the 1800s miners would use this principle (gravity water pressure) to run powerful water jets known as ‘monitors’ that were in fact so powerful you could hose-down the side of a mountain over time. By using this available water pressure, it can be directed using one or two nozzles to spray against a compact water-wheel (Pelton Wheel) and that will cause that wheel to spin with enough force to drive a generator or an alternator, thus converting kinetic energy from the water into electrical energy. Back in the 70’s I helped some friends build a water-wheel that used the rear-end out of an old ford truck to drive a 12-volt permanent magnet generator salvaged off a big diesel engine out of a semi-truck. I spent some time looking around the Internet and found a couple interesting links; one is a do-it-yourself water-turbine (Pelton wheel) system, and another system that could be used in a stream or as a wind-mill that uses a slow turning generator that looks to be very heavy-duty. One of the major disadvantages is that these systems clearly are not portable, so if you are forced to bug-out from your location for whatever reason, you will do so without them, which is one of the disadvantages of sheltering-in-place. In the case of ‘Nautical Prepping’; our home and shelter is one-in-the-same and is also our bug-out-vehicle (ship). The difference for me this week was that I have actually heard of two of the preppers on the show. I was already familiar with the concepts but seeing his home and surrounding lush permaculture garden was interesting and got me thinking about this subject all over again. This could be especially helpful if we have some EMP event like Rick and Jane were prepping for. I also recommend getting Rick’s book the Secret Garden of Survival for some great photographs and practical application advice. I intend to build a garden like this around the perimeter of my yard since that’s where I have my free space (must keep the suburban lawn for the kiddos). Some of the plants are different but all the concepts of the guild should be the same for us here in the US. The ideas expressed on this site are solely the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions of anyone else. Because of the natural life-cycle of perennials, they have the time to put down deeper and longer roots, which makes them able to get more nutrients, reach water deeper in the soil, and makes them less susceptible to seasonal variations in sunshine, rainfall, cold and heat than an annual plant.


And in nature, plants grow together in three dimensions: some taller, some shorter, and they grow in a way where all plants get adequate sun, air, rain, and oftentimes share nutrients and benefit from natural pest control.
And in a doomsday scenario, preppers are going to have enough work to do, without having to tend to a garden every day, while exposing themselves to potential enemies. This is how we keep our site free for you and other readers, so we greatly appreciate when you do purchase through our links!
But what happens when the floods recede, the wind stops blowing, the earth stops shaking and the fires burn out? It balances hardcore planning with simple ideas that can make all the difference — like having portable solar panels to charge cell phones and laptops for vital communication and family entertainment.
Things like water, food, medicine, hygiene and security are all in their own section with extensive information about how to manage each situation.
Jim discusses, at length, pandemics, famine, economic collapse and other freak occurrences, their impact on society, and how we handled those situations. Let me tell you, if I’ve got an abundance of one thing and none of something else I need, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be making some trades! Some of the sections are kind of short, and they only skim the surface of the topic, so you’re not being inundated with too much information at one time. He and his wife live as frugally as possible and try daily to live as God intends them to live. Natural disasters, economic collapse, and terrorism are phrases that have become familiar to every news cycle in every part of the country. They cover everything from first aid and personal defense, to the construction of shelters and identification of edible plants in the wild.
Lofty Wiseman, a British author and professional soldier, aims to prepare readers to survive in any unpredictable and dangerous environment. Topics include building a survival kit, wading across a river, making a bow and arrows, CPR, treating frostbite, and anything else one may need to know in the face of danger.
In this book, Rawles prepares readers to survive these disasters without having to rely on government or communities. Topics include security and protecting your home or retreat, forms of communication, dealing with refugees and community, and much more. Chock-full of detailed ‘how to’s and illustrations, Survival Wisdom & Know How compiles the knowledge of hundreds of accomplished contributors. Believing that survival depends upon one’s ability to keep the body’s core temperature at 98.6 degrees, Lundin uses humor and common sense to inform readers about maintaining their core temperature regardless of whether they’re in the middle of a desert or a blizzard. Organized into numbered sections and written in common sense language, this book offers practical advice on things like storing food, deterring looters, where to go (and why you may not want to go to a FEMA shelter), packing for kids and babies, ensuring the survival of pets, and much, much more.
Doubling as an account of life in the 1800s, this book contains a plethora of information about the early days of American exploration. Split into chapters on water, fire, food, shelter, clothing, tools, and weapons, the book goes through detailed practices suitable to any environment. In addition to explaining the differences between traps and snares, The Trapper’s Bible clearly details how to make pest snares, large animal snares, transplant traps, and various camp alarms and pathguards. In Nature’s Garden, Thayer uses a clear and conversational writing style to describe 41 edible plants (his own The Forager’s Harvest, a companion to this book, identifies and describes another 32).
As author Nicholas Hyde points out, most of Earth’s surface water is unsafe for human consumption. The book contains clearly written, step-by-step instructions for responding to dehydration, hypothermia, heatstroke, frostbite, gunshot wounds, allergic reactions, broken bones, and more.
The Altons use plain English to instruct the non-medical professional on how to identify and treat over 100 different medical issues. The book focuses on a wide variety of topics, including examining patients, diagnosing common dental problems, making and using common dental tools, removing teeth, and placing fillings, among others. The 450-page book presents easy-to-understand information on preventing, diagnosing, and treating common diseases. Written to be understood by Scouts and experienced campers alike, the book is a valuable resource for dealing with any kind of emergency situation in any type of setting. Through the clear-cut guidance of survivalist Creek Stewart, this book walks you through creating a Bug Out, disaster-preparedness kit for 72 hours of independent survival. McCann teaches readers how to create bug-out bags, get-home bags, and vehicle kits that are fully customized to help meet the survival needs of any individual or family. The 51-page book includes topics like preparing for a camping trip, what to wear when hiking, meal ideas, signaling techniques, first aid basics, building a shelter, and much more. In addition to traditional basics such as first aid, food and water, and finding shelter, Trawell also writes about panning for gold, forms of camouflage, dangerous animals and birds, and tracking techniques. Beard, one of the founders of the Boy Scouts, has written this 250-page guide that includes hands-on instruction and advice for building everything from a bark teepee or treehouse, to a log cabin or sod house. In this book, author Harold Gatty seeks to prepare his readers for survival without the use of a campus in the wilderness, in towns, in the desert, in snow-covered areas, and even on the ocean. Army officer, this book is geared towards the average citizen in the wake of a major attack or disaster. Everman’s Surviving Doomsday seeks to provide tips and techniques to help people survive a biological attack and mass warfare. For each, Bradley thoroughly analyzes the likelihood of it happening before describing the potential impact it would have on our nation’s infrastructure and how to meet personal needs in the absence of modern utilities. Written clearly and with humor, Lundin’s book educates people of all ages about survival psychology and the skills necessary to survive a disaster from one’s home, office, or car. Examples of Carr’s quick, smart and inexpensive projects include making a master list of passwords and code, calculating the amount of water your family will need, starting a food storage plan for $5 a week, making a safe from a hollowed-out book, assembling a first aid kit, cooking without electricity, packing a Bug Out bag, and much more. Bohan, a dedicated prepper and author of the book Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency, describes a variety of possible fortifications that can be adapted to suit any family’s personal defense plan.
Bohan has written this indispensable guide to acquiring and maintaining the most important element to your family’s survival: breathable air!
This do-it-yourself guide will walk readers through the planning, construction, and outfitting of a high security shelter within one’s own, already built house. Skousen guides preppers through the design and construction of adding to any existing home a complete, live-in security shelter to protect against tornados, hurricanes, fire, intrusion, and nuclear fallout, to name but a few. Through easy to read, step-by-step instructions, this book aims to teach readers how to defend one’s home and family. Jerry Van Cook’s 225-page book offers common sense advice for surviving everything from an unexpected attack to any legal aftermath that may occur. Farnam’s 30 years of teaching defensive firearm techniques to police departments, federal and state agencies, and even foreign governments. Preppers who are able to have a reliable source of energy during and after an unexpected event, will fare much better than those without. However with the latest technological breakthroughs in high-output, high-efficiency alternators and generators combined with the design innovations in Pelton wheels have created some cool opportunities for Preppers. The diameter of the pipe used will affect how much volume can be delivered at any given pressure, so a larger diameter pipe on the example 10% grade (100-ft.
There was a lot of structure that had to be placed to secure the system along-side the creek. So the entire operation, including our solar and wind energy systems can relocate with us as needed, and can do so within minutes, to any location that is contiguous with the oceans of the world. Rick Austin is the author of the Secret Garden of Survival: How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest which is an excellent introduction and thought starter on the concepts of Permaculture guilds and how they can be incorporated into the Prepper garden plan. If you don’t know what I mean by camouflaged you can watch the video below where Rick shows you some of what he has grown. One fear of a massive EMP strike is that there is no longer any power for long periods of time. Maybe I should augment the article with that note so that others aren’t wondering the same thing. I am sure the long-term benefits are great, but unless you have a lot of trees and sticks to bury, I can amend my soil with compost that we create naturally with leaves, chicken coop waste and chicken scraps. The author may or may not have a financial interest in any company or advertiser referenced.
In nature, plants don’t grow in rows and don’t need to be cultivated, trimmed, weeded, or treated with pesticides. Herbs in this position have the added benefit of attracting insect pollinators as well as predatory wasps, which will feed on many of the “bad” bugs that would normally attack the fruit on the central tree and berry bushes. Anyway, the show’s premise is that the power has been shut off and cannot be turned back on.
Speculating an EMP, he says it could occur either by nuclear detonation, or a geomagnetic storm sent via the sun. Read the book, digest it well, read it again… and if you need to know more, you can always visit Jim over at Survival Weekly where he blogs about survival and preparedness, too! But preppers are aware of the danger, and know that fully preparing for any of type of disaster could mean the difference between life and death.
And when the big disaster finally occurs, the knowledge within their pages could be invaluable when it comes to taking care of yourself and your family. The eleven chapters range from basic camping craft, to navigation by stars and the sun, to survival at sea. Each conveniently indexed topic is presented through checklists, clear instruction, and even inspirational stories of survival. Topics include how to filter rainwater, protect money, plant and harvest an effective garden, ration food, secure your home, and other essential survival tactics. The book also includes a number of checklists and quizzes you can use to test your own preparedness. For the hobby camper and hiker, the book includes sections on tying knots, fishing and ice-fishing, canoeing, first aid, white water rafting, and more. Davenport’s educational text thoroughly guides readers to the knowledge needed to do these things in any unexpected situation, and unlike most books on the market these days, focuses on wilderness survival as opposed to wilderness living.
Despite its broad focus, the book is well-illustrated, and written in easy-to-follow language for preppers both new and advanced. Army, this handy little guide now serves as a survival aid for anyone interested in the outdoors or botany.


Though it lacks much information beyond the actual construction of traps and snares, Martin’s book acts as a great crash course for those interested in the basics of snaring and trapping. Each description is also accompanied by illustrations and photographs for easy identification. Thus, Hyde’s book seeks to guide readers to finding and renewing a water supply to help them survive.
Some of the topics covered include Likely Medical Issues You Will Face, Medical Skills You Will Want to Learn, The Mass Casualty Incident, Patient Transport, The Medicinal Garden, Fractures, Essential Over-the-Counter Drugs, and over 90 more. Army for just such circumstances, details and illustrates nearly 200 surgical and treatment topics that can be used outside of a hospital or in a danger zone.
Also included is a chapter on maintaining oral health when luxuries such as store-bought toothpaste are not widely available.
The book especially focuses on nutrition, and preventing infection and disease in areas where bacteria are otherwise prevalent.
In addition to more traditional information such as bleeding, shock, and broken bones, the guide also provides invaluable tips on surviving floods, hurricanes, tornados, house fires, earthquakes, mudslides, and other natural disasters. Topics include a checklist of things to pack based upon your individual survival skill level, photos and explanations of every recommended item, and practice exercises that teach you how to use the items.
In addition to hundreds of detailed descriptions and photos, the book includes advice for building kits that include fire and light sources, signaling equipment, first aid items, and more.
According to the author, this book is recommended for those with some hiking experience who are preparing for an extended stay in the wilderness. This book is written for outdoor adventurers of any skill level, and includes well-written tips on hiking in both Summer and Winter. He describes ways in which one can find their way by observing birds, animals, weather patterns, vegetation, shifting sands, patterns of snow fields, and the positions of the sun, moon, and stars.
Armed Forces Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Counter-Terrorism Handbook, and contains the military’s best practices in an attempt to prepare readers to survive any such attack. Through clear and thorough descriptions, the book describes various types of shelters that can be put together in mere hours by untrained men and women. The book covers topics such as what to do before and after you become contaminated with fallout, how to set up and use a quarantine room, food to stockpile, what you’ll need in the event you must leave your home, personal and home defense, and how to forecast weather using only senses. Topics include constructing homemade Faraday cages, establishing micro-infrastructures, and protecting personal vehicles.
Topics discussed include drinking water, foods, heating and cooling, alternative options for lighting, building toilets and composting, and even the safe disposal of a corpse. Topics include securing the perimeter and settings traps, fortifying a house and setting up safe rooms, securing storage, the safe usage of firearms, and gathering intelligence and forming alliances. The first part of the book details how to seal a bunker or shelter with duct tape and plastic sheeting in order to escape dangerous airborne particles after a nuclear, biological, or chemical attack. Topics include high security rooms, fire-resistant barriers, materials for radiation protection, backup power, concealment strategies, and much more.
The book also includes a list of specific product and equipment recommendations that can save a prepper months of research.
Topics include how to train a defensive team, hide in plain sight, pre-position supplies, and more. Aimed at novice and experienced shooters alike, the book details various types of handguns and the most effective tactics for using them against potential criminals. In addition to the clearly written descriptions, the book includes a number of helpful illustrations, as well as a forward written by firearms expert Louis Awerbuck.
Topics include avoiding conflict, handgun and shotgun basics, the physiology of violent encounters, legal aspects of using deadly force, and much more. So if you have a vertical pipe full of water that is ten feet tall, the water pressure at the bottom of the pipe would be about 4.3 pounds per square inch (PSI). Obviously, unless the source of water is above your location on the top of a cliff, there will be some form of grade over the decrease in elevation, meaning, you would have to run much more than 100 feet of PVC pipe.
The point being that, by having enough of a vertical drop in the column of water, miners were creating more than enough water pressure to move tons of dirt and rocks through their sluice-boxes. But generally; we welded a paddle-wheel frame to the steel wheel that bolted to the axle, which would normally have a rubber tire on it, and that paddle-wheel was driven by the force of the creek. With this is the potential for vehicles to no longer work, gas pumps and pretty much any other electronic devices unless they are heavily shielded. Any action taken as a result of information, analysis, or advertisement on this site is ultimately the responsibility of the reader. These herbs, in a way, provide a defensive perimeter around the fruit, nuts, and berries that bad bugs must cross at their own peril.
I love that, because it truly immerses you into a situation that helps you to better understand what you’re reading.
Jim has some great information on finding water sources as well as filtering, purifying, and properly storing it. We’ve selected the best-reviewed and best-selling books in each of the seven categories listed below. As a result, this book is both a fascinating pleasure read and one to keep in the emergency survival pack. Though the book is on the slim side (only 170 pages), readers will learn how to face problems and overcome challenges that last weeks, months, and even years. The more seasoned survivalist might enjoy topics such as surviving in the desert, wild animals, ice climbing, to name but a few.
At just over 600 pages, Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual includes just about everything one would need to know in order to survive. The 156-page book is filled with illustrated images of plants, alongside written information describing physical characteristics, habitat, distribution, edible parts, and other useful pieces of information, making it easier to locate and identify potentially life-saving plants.
Specific topics include Purifying Water at Home, Drilling Your Own Well, Practical Water Storage Solutions, Collecting Rainwater, Home Distillation, and much more.
Unlike other books on this list, Emergency War Surgery is written specifically for those with, at the very least, basic medical training. McCann also includes a section full of useful survival tips and skills to prepare for any emergency survival situation.
Beard’s own illustrations accompany the text to show readers exactly how their beaver mat huts, birch bark shacks, Navajo hogan, or pole house should look. Kearny also includes valuable information on the use of potassium iodide to protect the thyroid gland, and details ways in which a homemade fallout meter can be constructed to indicate radiation levels.
Included throughout the book are memorable anecdotes, personal stories, and relevant quotes. The second part then details how to safely ventilate the shelter to ensure that fresh air keeps its occupants alive. It is worth noting that this 110-page book was adapted from Skousen’s much larger work, The Secure Home. To supplement the common sense direction, the book also includes military tactics and historical examples. It is clearly written and therefore suitable for people from every background and skill level.
Farnam also adds important supplementary information on mental toughness, defensive ammunition, and the importance of testing and selecting the right handgun. The value of this book is widely considered to be the inclusion of topics such as combat mindset and proper defensive mental conditioning. So if you ran 1,000 feet of pipe to make the 100-foot drop in elevation that would be a 10% grade.
Many times, miners would build a large pond, or dam to hold accumulated rain water to power their hydraulic water jets. On the end (pinion shaft) of the differential where the drive-line would have bolted-on, we had a large diameter pulley mounted that in turn drove another set of ratio-ed pulleys on another bearing-ed shaft, with the final pulley on that set driving the smallest pulley on the generator shaft. Finally, around the herb layer is a lower level of ground cover, which often accumulates nitrogen (a natural fertilizer) that these plants take from the air, and make it available to the surrounding plants.
Supplementary chapters include information on using an axe, splitting and notching logs, and even making a fireplace. Preppers who have enough land with an appropriate grade (slope) could theoretically do the same at some scale.
This setup required two V-belts and was too complicated in my opinion, looking back at it today. Along with Rick was his wife (and this was news to me) Survivor Jane who has her own survival blog, started the #preppertalk hashtag on Twitter and speaks at Prepper Conferences also. Because we are growing in three dimensions, we can produce five times more food in the same space that you would plant a traditional garden.
Of course food storage is covered, but Jim also talks about the importance of diversification.
If your main food source is hidden in what looks like an overgrown patch of plants, you will be more likely to have your secret garden overlooked. If water is not in large supply, you’ll need foods that are easily eaten without having to add any water. The truck differential we used had about a 4 to 1 ratio, meaning that for each full revolution of the water wheel that was driving the axle and ring-gear in the differential, the pinion gear that drove the primary pulley (where the drive-line normally connected) would make 4.11 revolutions.
He also talks a little about gardening, foraging, fishing, hunting and trapping, and how to preserve what food you find.
We liked the idea of the truck axle and differential because the main gears and bearings were running in an oil bath.
It does you no good to get a deer if you can’t preserve some of that meat to eat at a later time. There were other modifications to the differential; we only needed one drive axle, so we pulled the unneeded axle out of the housing and cut-off the axle tube on that side and welded a cap and mounting bracket on it.




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