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Here’s the weekly vlog update for 18 July 2010 …

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I finally shot a video update of the container garden and posted it on YouTube.

I’ve been adding new containers almost weekly and plan to continue through the growing season.

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I’ve recently stumbled upon another really cool podcast, Outdoors Aloud!  The podcast is available on iTunes or via the Woods Monkey website.

This is a relatively new podcast, with just eight published weekly episodes (at the time of this writing).

The podcast is hosted by Garrett Lucas of Woods Monkey.com and Adam Francis of Equip2Endure.com.

They have a great conversation style that has a very natural feel; covering a wide variety of outdoor, hiking, camping, bushcrafting, gear reviews, and just plain old entertaining conversation topics.

If you are interested in hiking, camping, bushcrafting, wilderness survival, or the great out of doors, you may want to check out an episode or two (or eight).

Do you have any podcast recommendations that fall within the same genre?

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related links

iTunes Link for the Podcast

Woods Monkey

Eqip2Endure

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Mora of Sweden- Clipper FP-840

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the mailbox today to find the package with my new Mora Clipper.

I finally have a Mora in my knife collection!  I’ve been thinking about adding a fixed-blade bushcrafting knife to my collection for months.  As a novice bushcrafter, my first choice could be none other than a Mora.

After making a few quick feathersticks I quickly understood why nearly everything I’ve heard or read about the Mora was positive.  This sub $12US carbon steel knife seems well worth the money. It feels extremely comfortable in the palm of my hand.

For months I’ve looked for one locally but was unable to find a retailer that carried them.

After watching the “DIY – Knife Bowdrill Handhold Mod” YouTube video from David Wendall of BushcraftOnFire, I decided to finally order one.

I did some basic research and ended up ordering it on eBay from power seller Amoscutlery.  Not only did they offer it for an excellent price, their checkout, packaging and shipping speed was all fantastic!

Based on this transaction, they will be one of the first places I shop for gear in the future.

I can’t wait to give the knife a good workout tomorrow.

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related links

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=spisblog-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B000HAOTB4&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr” href=”http://amzn.to/2lGHeQ8″ target=”_blank”>Amazon has the carbon steel version for less than $15US

Amoscutlery eBay Seller Profile

Mora of Sweden (Frosts Mora English version)

BushcraftOnFire’s YouTube Channel

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For Valentine’s day, my lovely wife bought me a three pack of mini pots for our kitchen windowsill garden. I didn’t waste any time getting these filled and into the sunlight. These three pots will be the first herbs in the windowsill garden. We’ve decided to start with Oregano, Sage, and Dill. I’ll be adding more herbs to the outdoor container garden I’ll be starting this week.

Material list-
Instead of using rocks, pebbles, or broken pot shards in the bottom of the containers, I prefer to use coffee filters. For these small pots, I fold them in quarters and trim them down to about a six inch diameter. This fits these small containers very well. I find that this works much better at keeping the integrated saucer free from debris.

For the potting mix, I’m using Schultz’s Garden Safe- Natural/ organic potting mix. So far I’m very impressed with the water retention and quality of the mix. Menard’s has this mix on sale this week, with a $1 per bag mail in rebate. I purchased the six bag limit (for the rebate). This will be the primary mix for our veggie and herb containers this season.

The seeds were all old packets I had in my seed bank. The oldest packet being from the 2005 season. They have been stored well, so I don’t expect any problems.

I’ve covered the pots with plastic wrap to create a mini-greenhouse.  This works very well to help raise soil temperature and retain moisture,  I poke holes in the plastic to allow for some airflow and remove the wrap as soon as the seeds spout.

Growing location-
As Springtime draws nearer, our kitchen window is getting better and longer sun exposure. This window faces East-Southeast.

Update on the green onions-
Since the last green onion post, we’ve added some more green onions to the mix. We’ve harvested the onions two or three times. After the second cutting four of the plants have failed. While the five others are still growing back they are much weaker.

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The survival and homestead library

This week the postman delivered the most recent addition to my Survival/ Preparedness/Homesteading library.  It’s a 1999 reprint of William S. Wicks’ book “Log Cabins and Cottages- How to Build and Furnish Them”.

My copy is a nice little fabric covered hard bound 1999 version.   The original was published in 1920.

The book covers some basic design variations, steps, and considerations that one would use to design a cabin or cottage.  Topics include location selections, foundation, walls, beams, siding, roof materials, fireplaces, etc.

It’s full of wonderful hand drawn illustrations that are more informative than useful.  The floorplans that corner some of the prints are very small and provide only a basic insight of the cabin’s layout.

I bought this book on Amazon, from a 3rd party bookstore.

With shipping, it cost less than $8.  In my opinion, it’s worth every penny.

Here’s a link  for the paperback copy at Amazon… Log Cabins and Cottages: How to Build and Furnish Them

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Today we received our first real snow accumulation of the season.  Nearly two inches, with more to come.

I really love snow and look forward to getting out and doing some hiking in it tomorrow, but that’s another post 🙂

This is a great time to assess the winter car survival kits and make sure everything is still in both vehicles.  This will also be a great time to confirm that the spare tires are both properly inflated in case of curb hits or flat tire.

For as long as I can remember, I have kept small ‘winter survival kits’ in the trunk of the car and cab of the truck.  These ‘kits’ consisted of the bare minimum for a Great Lakes region winter- heavy duty window scraper/snow brush, battery jumper cables, pair of leather gloves, wool army blanket, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, collapsible snow shovel, reflective belt (to be worn during roadside emergencies), shake-style flashlight, shop rags, can of sand, and umbrella.

Another important consideration that I’ll be doing this year (that I haven’t done in years past) is review the kits with my wife so she knows exactly what is and is not in the trunk.

I am, also, currently building some general purpose survival bags that contain fire building materials, cordage, simple tools, headlamps, cutting tools, etc. These will be part of the nested vehicle go-bags I’m working on.

These kits are being updated and expanded on a budget, so they will take time to fully develop.  I plan on creating a post with photos once these bags are fully stocked.

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