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11, The EASIEST way to grow sprouts.

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Prep With Mike ~ The EASIEST way to grow sprouts and harvest your own LIVE FOOD mineral supplements.

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12, Health Ranger’s GROW BOX improvements.

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Latest GROW BOX improvements from the Health Ranger – simplified, low-cost food production system.
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13, Growing lettuce & making shikimic acid.

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Growing lettuce / & making shikimic acid.

(Natural News) An update from the Health Ranger Ranch on Sunday, Jan 16th, 2022:

The suspended net pot non-circulating hydroponic systems are producing amazing, astonishing results. We’ve been growing all sorts of crops, both in artificial light (LED grow lights) as well as natural sunlight. The result is monster lettuce, kale, etc., producing food with almost zero effort or cost.

The video today is especially astonishing. This is a lettuce bin that I almost forgot about. I added water perhaps once a week, and after the initial nutrients from the very start, I added no nutrients whatsoever. And yet the results are amazing. Check out this photo of the red oak leaf lettuce:

See the video below to find out the results of growing lettuce with:

  • NO electricity
  • NO water pumps
  • NO air pumps or oxygenation
  • NO soil
  • NO weeding
  • NO additional nutrient inputs
  • NO float valves or complex parts
  • Almost NO care

Thanks to the non-circulating hydroponic technology — which we first taught years ago as part of the Food Rising Mini-Farm Grow Box Project — growing food has never been so simple and low-cost. (Also known as the Kratky suspended net pot approach.)

Using artificial lights for indoor crop production.

If you need to grow indoors, you can use artificial lights. Here’s a photo of the amazing results we’re getting with basil, lettuce, kale, chard and other crops, and the only electricity used here is for the lights (which are very efficient and low-cost). By my calculations, each bin is costing less than 20 cents per day in terms of electricity:


I’ve got a full video on the indoor system coming out this week, with more details and explanations so you can built your own system for just a few dollars.

We have greatly simplified the system

I’ve filmed another video which will post this week, showing the incredible simplification we’ve accomplished with this system. We no longer use float valves or external water supplies. We now have a super simple method for self-contained grow boxes that use only coconut coir as the medium for the roots to latch onto. The real magic is in the suspended “air” roots which hang down from the suspended net pots, reaching down to the nutrient water below. The combination of suspended roots and water-touching roots creates the full solution that the plant needs, without any circulation of oxygenation of the water.

We don’t currently have these systems available for sale, and we encourage you to build your own. The upcoming video will give you more details on how to do that. It is possible we may have these bins and lids available by March, but since the supply chain is such a mess, don’t count on it.

The good news is these systems are so incredibly simple to build and use that you can build them yourself. Watch for the upcoming new video later this week (showing how it works under artificial lights), and watch the video below for a sunlight-focused (greenhouse) grow bin experience.

Here’s what the root system looks like underneath the kale:

Harvesting Texas Loblolly pine needles and making shikimic acid extracts.

I also spent time today in the Texas “Lost Pines” loblolly pine forest area, which is gorgeous:

A friend of a friend has a large cattle ranch that encompasses the Lost Pines area, which has pine trees that are totally unique and not found anywhere else.

At our analytical food science lab, we have now confirmed very high levels of shikimic acid in loblolly pine needles. This is a huge find, and it means there’s natural medicine growing everywhere in the Lost Pines forest in Central Texas.

So I spent part of the day harvesting pine needles (with permission) from several pine trees. I only snip a small amount from each tree because I respect the trees and want them to keep producing:

I ended up with a couple of bins harvested. Next, these are going to be put into an ultrasonic “cleaning” machine, with water, to produce an extraction of the shikimic acid:

Once we complete the extraction process, we are using this extract as a raw material in an exciting, upcoming personal care product from the Health Ranger Store. (It’s not for internal ingestion, by the way…)

In the mean time, I am personally drinking some of the pine needle tea myself, although we aren’t commercially producing pine needle tea for anyone else, due to insane FDA regulations. However, we encourage you to respectfully harvest your own pine needles from safe sources and make your own tea. Do your research, however, since various pine trees have different phytochemical constituents, and certain kinds of pine trees have been known to cause spontaneous abortions in horses and cattle when they eat too many pine needles. Thus, it’s probably not a good idea to drink pine needle tea if you’re pregnant or conceiving. (Then again, it’s a horrible idea to inject yourself with a spike protein bioweapon known as a “covid vaccine” — those are known to cause over 4 out of 5 women to experience spontaneous abortions during the first and second trimesters.)

I’ll be posting another video soon about pine needle harvesting and the Lost Pines forest.

Bottom line: Grow your food, harvest your medicine, SURVIVE the global depopulation apocalypse.

The wonderful news in all this is that both food and medicine are abundant and easily produced using low-tech approaches. In upcoming videos and free, downloadable audio books, I’m focused on sharing the knowledge of how to build and use these systems for food, medicine and survivability.

Here’s some of what I have coming soon:

  • New FREE audiobook, “Ghost World 2022 – 2032” – currently in final production, expected in 2 weeks.
  • New 5-part video interview series with Steve Quayle, “Battlefield America 2022 – 2024”
  • New FREE audiobook, “Resilient Prepping,” teaching low-tech prepping and survival. Still in audio production.

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14, You should try hydroponic gardening.

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8 Good reasons you should try hydroponic gardening.
By Joanne Washburn

Hydroponics is a form of soil-less gardening or farming that makes economical use of space and resources. In the traditional farming system, plants depend on the soil for the nutrients they need. In contrast, hydroponics provides all of those nutrients minus sunlight, soil, intensive labor and more!

These features make hydroponics an ideal gardening method for those living in cities with little to no access to green space outdoors. Also, experts agree that growing plants indoors with nutrient-rich water and artificial light produces healthier plants than the standard method of growing plants outdoors in soil.

The many benefits of hydroponics

If you’re looking to maximize your indoor planting space, then a hydroponic garden could be just the thing you need. Read on to learn more about the advantages of hydroponics over the standard method of gardening.

You need less space

Plants grown in soil need to spread their roots in order to absorb water and nutrients. This means crops must be planted a certain distance apart from each other, which eats space fast.

In contrast, hydroponic systems don’t need a lot of space because the nutrients are delivered directly to the plants. In fact, plants grown hydroponically require 20 percent less space than plants grown in soil.

Because hydroponics produce healthier plants, it makes sense that the plants produce a greater yield as well. Put simply, healthier plants and more efficient use of space ensures a good harvest after each growing season.

You don’t need soil

It might not seem like it at first glance, but soil greatly limits food production for many people. For one, people living in rocky regions or near deserts are restricted by limited arable land. Moreover, soil conditions also limit the kind of crops they can plant.

Hydroponics eliminates all of those soil-related problems and greatly increases the possibilities for cultivation in areas that have limited arable land. Your crops are also never at risk of soil erosion, and you’ll never have to struggle to adapt to unfavorable soil conditions in any given area.

You conserve water

While it’s true that hydroponics relies on water, it still conserves far more water than gardening with soil. This is because excess water used is recirculated for later use. Plants grown using this system are also able to thrive with just five to 10 percent of the water needed when gardening with soil.

You have total control over climate

In the usual method of gardening, your crops are at the mercy of the elements. Taking care of them is also no guarantee that they’ll last the entire season, let alone produce a good harvest.

In contrast, hydroponics gives you free rein over climate, temperature, humidity, “sunlight,” the composition of the air and many more! This form of manipulation more than guarantees your plants are healthy and yield large harvests.

It also expands the kinds of crops you can plant. With hydroponics, you can plant even those crops that were not initially ideal for the climate in your area. Plus, you no longer have to wait entire seasons to plant certain seasonal crops.

Your plants grow faster and larger

Since plants don’t have to spread out their roots in search of nutrients, they can invest more energy in growing. Pesky, soil-borne diseases, which can negatively affect plant growth, aren’t an issue in hydroponics either.

You’re also in charge of the nutrient balance. In hydroponics, you “feed” plants a nutrient solution mixed with water. One benefit this has is you get to quickly detect any deficiencies your plants may be suffering from and easily address them. You no longer have to mess with fertilizers as well.

You have more control over pH levels.

Soil pH is important because it dictates how well the plants are able to absorb the nutrients they need for good growth. Hydroponics makes it easier for you to ensure that the optimal pH level is maintained at all times.

If you’re taking care of several plants that require different optimal pH levels, just change the pH level of each nutrient solution. Healthy pH levels range from 5.5 to seven, but some plants may favor acidic conditions.

No more weeds or pests.

Weeds are a gardener’s worst nightmare. Besides competing with crops for soil nutrients, weeds also take up space, which can make it harder for plants to flourish. Because hydroponic systems don’t use soil, they aren’t habitable for weeds. Plants are also less susceptible to pests, being grown indoors.

It is less labor-intensive.

Whether for domestic or commercial use, setting up a hydroponic system undoubtedly costs more than a dirt garden. However, you’re sure to reap the benefits of it in the long run. For one, you no longer have to prepare the soil for each growing season. This means no more pulling weeds, laying mulch and tilling the soil.

Hydroponics is a smarter and more efficient method for planting food. By controlling the environment, you get to give your plants the exact nutrients and conditions they need in order to produce a good harvest.


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15, Ten Tips for growing cherry tomatoes.

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10 Tips for growing cherry tomatoes, a garden staple.
By Joanne Washburn

There’s nothing quite like enjoying fresh-from-the-vine cherry tomatoes. Healthy, tangy and thirst-quenching, these bright little tomatoes are a must-have in any home garden.

Luckily, cherry tomatoes are easy and simple to care for, even if started from seeds. This guide gives you a run-through of the many cherry tomato varieties, including tips on caring for the plant from seed to fruit.

Cherry tomatoes and their varieties

Cherry tomatoes are high-yield crops suited for inexperienced and seasoned gardeners alike. There are several varieties you can choose from. Here are three of the most popular varieties:

  1. Sweet Million – These bright red tomatoes boast a good balance of sweetness and tartness. Expect to harvest bucketfuls of the fruits after each growing season.
  2. Sunsugar – Sunsugar tomatoes are more sweet than tart but still possess that true tomato flavor. The tomatoes themselves also appear more orange or golden than the usual red.
  3. Black cherry – Beautiful black cherries look like large, dark purple grapes. They have a very rich and complex flavor profile and the plants themselves produce huge clusters of tomatoes.

These three are called “indeterminate” varieties, meaning the plants will continue to grow tall and bear fruit until a hard frost kills them.

Tips for planting and caring for cherry tomatoes

Once you’ve chosen your variety, it’s time to put on those gardening gloves. Here are some of our pro tips to help you get started:

Choose a sunny spot

Tomatoes prefer direct sunlight and a lot of heat, and cherries are no different. If growing them indoors or on a patio that lacks full sun, leave the plants in their containers on a spot that gets at least six to eight hours of sun, like on a windowsill.

Use rich and slightly acidic soil

Cherries prefer well-drained, rich and acidic soil. If in doubt about your soil’s nutrient content and pH level, do a soil test before sowing or transferring seedlings. If poor drainage affects soil conditions, grow the tomatoes in raised beds or in containers.

Practice crop rotation

Crop rotation helps return nutrients to the soil without the use of fertilizer. The process also helps deter pests and discourage soil-borne diseases from spreading.

Keep the soil moist

Cherry tomatoes need moist soil to avoid blossom end rot. This condition is neither a bacterial rot nor a soil-borne disease. Instead, blossom end rot occurs when the plant is in need of calcium even as it produces fruit. Two common causes of blossom end rot are insufficient watering and over-fertilization.

Plant in late spring

Cherries are sensitive to cold temperatures, so it’s best to wait until late spring to sow them outdoors. Once the temperature hits 60 degrees Fahrenheit, go ahead and plant them. Planting before that mark will put the seeds or seedlings in danger of a late spring frost.

Allot enough space for each plant

Tomatoes don’t mind a little humidity. But planting them too close to each other or neglecting to prune them can affect air circulation and place them at risk of sharing soil-borne diseases. Make sure to allot ample space for each plant for better airflow. Providing a trellis also gives them ample space for climbing.

Regularly fertilize the soil

If you’re working with nutrient-poor soil, make sure to prepare it before sowing with at least 2.5 pounds of organic fertilizer per 100 square feet. Once planted, cherry tomatoes will need regular fertilizing every two weeks or so. Don’t over-fertilize to avoid root rot, stunted growth and weak plant structure.

Start from seedlings

Cherry tomatoes can take at least 60–70 days to bear fruit. Starting the plants from seedlings can help reduce that maturation period for an early harvest.

Choose bush-type varieties for container gardening

If growing cherry tomatoes indoors, opt for dwarf or bush varieties, such as Fantastico, Patio, Better Bush and Gold Nugget. Follow these tips for growing them in containers.

Harvest cherry tomatoes before they crack or drop

Most cherry tomato plants should start flowering in about a month. In a few weeks, those flowers will turn into cherry tomatoes ready for harvest. You’ll know it’s time to harvest them if the fruit comes off the stem easily. If left on the plant for too long, the tomatoes will crack or split, which will make them rot faster.

Healthy, juicy and tangy cherry tomatoes are a favorite among gardeners. Use this guide to help you get started on your cherry tomato plants.


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16, Nine vegetables that grow in containers.

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Nine vegetables that are the easiest to grow in containers.

(Natural News) You don’t need to have a backyard to grow your own food. If you’re limited to a cramped balcony, a small patio or even just a sunny windowsill, you can still grow vegetables. The key is to use containers, such as pots, planter boxes and barrels. You can even recycle old baskets and reusable bags as makeshift pots.

Here are nine vegetables you can easily grow in containers this summer: (h/t to

1. Green leafy vegetables

Kale, lettuce and arugula thrive when grown in containers. Containers also protect them from pests and weeds. They’re best grown in cooler weather but some, such as spinach, collard greens and romaine and leaf lettuce, are tolerant to heat.

Place your containers in a sunny spot but take them out of direct sunlight on hotter days. Take note that potted greens require more water than those grown directly on the ground.

2. Peas

Peas grow well in containers. You can choose between bush or climbing varieties depending on how much space you have. Climbing varieties need a trellis to attach their vines to. You can make your own trellis with all kinds of materials, from sticks to leftover chicken wire or a scrap piece of lattice.

Peas can take up to 70 days to mature, but they require minimal attention while growing. The roots of pea plants are also shallow, meaning you can easily grow them in narrow, shallow containers like window boxes or troughs.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most popular plants among gardeners because you can grow them virtually anywhere. They’re an extremely rewarding vegetable to grow no matter the space you have. Large containers and hanging baskets are both great options for tomatoes. As long as they get a lot of direct sunlight and support for their stalks, you’ll be harvesting tomatoes in a month or so.

Try smaller, hardier tomato varieties, such as pear, grape and cherry tomatoes. They generally have greater resistance to blights and other fungal diseases that typically afflict tomato plants.

4. Summer squash

Summer squash comes in either bush or climbing varieties. Both thrive in containers but bush varieties can stay more compact while growing. Give each plant its own pot to avoid crowding, especially if you’re growing a bush variety. The pot should be at least 12 inches deep. If you choose a climbing variety, provide a trellis for support. Summer squash requires about seven hours of sunlight per day.

5. Green onion

Green onions have shallower roots than most vegetables, which means they’re ideal for container gardening. Plant the seeds half an inch deep in the soil. If you’re using transplants, make sure the soil covers the white bulb of the onion. Leave an inch or two of space between each plant and keep them well-watered.

6. Peppers

Both sweet and chili peppers are easy to grow in containers. They love the sun and grow best in the summer. Peppers also thrive in moist soil, so make sure to water them at least once every day. Their roots will need plenty of room to grow, so plant them in pots that are at least 12 inches in diameter.

Provide a trellis for support. The stems are prone to breakage once they’re heavy with peppers. Bell peppers can be harvested after two to three months, while chili peppers take between two to five months.

7. Eggplant

Eggplant is another nightshade vegetable that grows well in containers. Because eggplants can get quite big, make sure to plant them in five-gallon pots or containers that are 12 to 14 inches in diameter. Eggplants prefer sandy loam soil, which you can easily make by mixing two parts potting soil and one part sand.

Because eggplants are warm-weather vegetables, they are sensitive to cold. You can grow eggplants in dark-colored pots in cooler climates to retain heat. Bring them inside if temperatures drop at night.

8. Cucumbers

Cucumbers should be planted in large pots because they grow extensive root systems. Some varieties don’t need pollinators to set fruit. But pollinators do help the plants to produce more fruit.

If your cucumber plants are situated where bees can’t reach, such as a screen porch or indoors, you may need to pollinate cucumbers yourself. Here’s an easy guide on how to do that.

9. Potatoes

Potatoes require a lot of space to grow, so an ideal container would be two to three feet tall with a 10- to 15-gallon capacity. Some varieties can take up to 120 days to mature. If you want a faster-growing variety, try growing seed potatoes. Despite their name, seed potatoes aren’t actually seeds. They’re tubers that you can use to grow new potatoes that will be identical to the parent potato.

Potatoes are ready to harvest when they flower. Dig through the soil for the potatoes. Brush away the soil. Don’t wash until you’re ready to cook them.

Take note that it’s easier to grow vegetables in large containers than in small ones because the former can hold more soil. In large containers, soil also stays moist longer. Make sure containers have drainage holes as well. Many plants grown in containers will need fertilizer as well. (Related: Container gardening tips for the urban prepper.)

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50, How to make an alcohol stove.

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How to make an alcohol stove / paint can heater for off grid cooking and heat (PrepWithMike).
This video reveals how to make a paint can heater / alcohol stove using isopropyl alcohol. Part of the video series.

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