Survival Uses for Cattails

6 Survival Uses for Cattails

Cattails can be found virtually anywhere in the wilderness where there is a water source. They can be found growing along streams, rivers, lakes and ponds. The plant is not only edible it has other uses such as cordage, bedding, insulation, baskets and even hats.

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Cricket Chirps Nature’s Thermometer Formula

Cricket Chirps Temperature Formula

Did you know that you can figure out the temperature by counting a crickets chirps? So the next time you hear a chirping cricket and want to know what the temperature is, you can use the formula below.

This is the formula that is endorsed by The Old Farmer’s Almanac 

To convert cricket chirps to degrees Fahrenheit, count number of chirps in 14 seconds then add 40 to get temperature.

Example: 30 chirps + 40 = 70° F

To convert cricket chirps to degrees Celsius, count number of chirps in 25 seconds, divide by 3, then add 4 to get temperature.

Example: 48 chirps /(divided by) 3 + 4 = 20° C

 

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Boiling Times For Safe Drinking Water

Water boil times for safe drinking

Water temperatures at 160° F (70° C) kills all pathogens within 30 minutes and above temperatures 185° F (85° C) kills all pathogens within a few minutes. So the instant water reaches a rolling boil, it has already become safe to drink Remember: Boiled water will not remove chemical toxins that could be present.

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Remaining daylight

How To Determine Remaining Daylight

Remaining daylight

There are certain circumstances when knowing how much daylight  you have left  is critical. Knowing how many hours of sunlight you have remaining will let you know when you should stop walking and start focusing your attention on finding a safe place to make a shelter. This method can accurately help you to determine how many hours of daylight remain.

 

The method below is for an average size adult. Each finger equals 15 minutes of daylight time remaining, so one hand would equal an hour.

Here is how you do it..

1. Stretch your arm out in front of you towards the sun. Next bend your wrist so that your palm is facing you and your hand is horizontal with your thumb on top. The bottom of the sun should rest on the top of your pointer finger.

2. Next outstretch your other hand and place it below the first.

3. Continue walking your hands down towards the imaginary horizon line, counting the hands as your go.

The picture above shows two hands for 2 hours of remaining daylight.

 

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What to Know When Storing Water

What to know when storing water

You will need 1 gal of water per person per day. This isn’t including the water that you will need to cook or bathe with. Storing water isn’t as easy as throwing it in a jug and forgetting about it. Most people don’t realize that you should replace your water every six months. You should also use a proper container for storing your water, one that is BPA free and can prohibit uv light should be used. You never want to use a container that has had any type of toxic chemicals, no matter how many times you have cleaned it. If you don’t want to replace your water every six months you can use a water preserver that will keep your water safe for up to five years. You can also use a high quality water filter like the Berkey.

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Square Foot Garden Planting Guide

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Square Foot Garden Planting Guide

If you’re planning on starting a square foot garden, here is a guide on how many plantings you can have per foot for various vegetables and herbs. If you don’t have a lot of space you might want to consider a square foot garden for their good yield and variety. Not only that, but they also tend to have less weeds and conserve water.

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How to Get Our Facebook Posts – Infographic

Facebook Infographic

Ok this is the way that I get all of my favorite Facebook pages post. So I thought I would make an infographic showing people how to make a list so you will get a separate feed for your pages. I have yet to miss any pages posts this way and it is the only way I use Facebook. Having specific lists for certain interests makes life a whole lot easier.

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Refrigerated Foods Shelf Life InfoGraphic

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Here is a list so you can learn how long foods stay fresh in your refrigerator, with the power on. Now imagine how long this same food will last when the power goes out.

Refrigerated Food Shelf Life

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 Bear Safety Tips

Here are some items that may prevent a bear from attacking!

Frontiersman Bear Attack Deterrent with Hip Holster

Falcon Safety Super Sound Horn

Fox 40 Sonik Blast CMG Official Whistle (Black)

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How to make Vitamin C

How to make Vitamin C

Homemade vitamin C has live enzymes that allow the vitamin C to be 100% absorbed into your body. It has its own natural source of rutin, hesperidin, and bioflavonoids. It’s easy to make, all you need are organic orange or lemon peels and a coffee grinder or magic bullet.

 

1. Cut the peels into thin strips. Place the peels on a plate and let them dry at room temperature until they are dry and crisp.

 2. place the peel strips into your coffee grinder or magic bullet and grind them into a powder.

 3. Mix 1 rounded teaspoon with your morning smoothie. One rounded teaspoon will supply you with more organic vitamin C complex, rutin, hesperidin, and bioflavonoids than your body needs for the day.

* Make sure you use organic oranges and lemons. You don’t want to consume any chemicals.

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