Gardening for Beginners

At the turn of the 20th century there were nearly 7 million farms in the US and 15 million people working those farms. The population of the country at that time was about 75 million, which meant that 20% of the population identified as farmers.

By the turn of the 21st century the number of farms had dropped to just over 2 million and the number of people who worked those farms had dropped to just over 3 million. The population of the country in 2000 was about 300 million, which means the number of people who identify as farmers had plummeted from 20% a century earlier to about 1%. (more…)

How to Survive an Earthquake

We can predict when an eclipse will happen hundreds of years in advance, but we can’t predict earthquakes. We know where they are likely to occur, but not when. That’s because the number of variables involved is beyond calculation. So if you live in an earthquake prone area the best you can do is prepare as though one may strike at any time, because it might.

Earthquake preparation has as much to do with knowing how to react when the ground beneath you suddenly begins to rock and roll as it does with storing supplies. Another important aspect of earthquake survival is knowing how to conduct yourself in the aftermath, where you may have to deal with injuries and environmental hazards are likely to be everywhere.

Below we’ll take a quick look at what an earthquake is, why it happens, and what to do before, during and after one in order to give yourself the best chance of survival. (more…)

How to pack a Tactical Backpack

A tactical backpack can be an invaluable asset, or it can make your day an insufferable, painful slog. If it does, however, it’s not the pack’s fault. A lot of thought goes into the design of the best tactical backpacks, but whether they live up to their promise depends in large part on whether the people packing them know what they’re doing.

Below we’re going to take a comprehensive look at the tactical backpack, how it’s built, what to put in it and, most of all, the right way to pack it. (more…)