Disaster Preparedness 101: How to Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit

As we all know, a natural disaster can strike at anytime. You may not always have a day or two notice when severe weather is on its way, in fact you may just have a matter of minutes. Because such severe weather and disaster can occur at the drop of a dime, it is important to have an emergency supply kit on hand at all times. Most people are aware they need emergency supplies on hand, but are not sure exactly of what those supplies in their entirety may be. Below, you will find a comprehensive list of how to assemble a basic disaster supply kit and keep your family prepared in the case of an emergency!

Don’t be caught unprepared. Take a look below at the items that agencies such as Red Cross and FEMA deem necessary for surviving a disaster. It is ideal that you have enough to last 72 hours, or at least three days, so keep that in mind when making your own list and assembling your kit. Here is how to get started.

How to Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit:

Here is what you need, why you need it, and  how much you need of it.


You are going to want one gallon of water per person per day. You should have enough for at least three days. Remember you will not only need it for drinking but for sanitation reasons as well. Save your gallon milk jugs to store water and keep it fresh for sanitation, and opt for bottled water or spring water in the gallon jug for consumption. In the case that your water is still unsanitary, you will want a water purification kit.

A Life Straw is a HUGELY helpful piece of equipment to keep in your kit for an emergency situation that outlasts your water supply.


You will want at least a three-day supply of food. All food items should be non-perishable. You don’t want to need your food stash only to see it is spoiled, so be sure your items have a lengthy shelf life. Examples include canned fruits and vegetables, canned meat products for protein such as canned ham or Spam, dried goods such as beans and rice, etc. Opt for foods with high fiber and protein contents. Don’t forget, to open these items you will need a manual can opener as well.  Energy Bars are great short term emergency food items.

If you have pets or young children, don’t forget you should have a supply of canned pet foods and baby formula you can use. In the case of an emergency, they won’t be able to make due on the canned food products and will need their own specialized food items.

Battery-powered Radio:

A radio will be your link to the world, so you will want a reliable one as well as plenty of batteries to keep it operating. You can’t count on having electricity so a battery or hand crank, or even solar powered radio is a must. You can find these anywhere electronics are sold and many makes are models are recommended by the National Weather Association.

Flashlight and extra batteries:

Electricity may not be available and if you should find yourself in the dark, you will want a flashlight and plenty of batteries to keep it operating. Disaster can strike at any time of day, so a reliable light source is a must.  Once you have a flash light, feel free to add candles and matches (kept in a container to stay dry) to the kit as well.

Again, this LED Flashlight doubles as a weather radio, smart phone charger and power bank with cables.  It’s also handcrank and solar powered to survive when the batteries run out!  If you’re going to be able to work on anything with your hands free – might be a good idea to have an LED helmet in your bugout bag.

Household linens:

There is no telling how long you will have to wait out this emergency, so keep a water proof tote full of blankets, warm bedding, and changes of clothing. Don’t worry about them matching or being pricey or fancy. You just want to aim for practical. You can keep them in a protective tote with a dryer sheet for freshness. Plan on one change of clothes per person for three days.


So where do you store all of these items? You can find waterproof, airtight containers at many retailers and on Amazon. These are ideal for storing all of these supplies. For an added measure of safety, you can choose to put your supplies in a plastic zip bag before putting them in the containers. Container should then be stored off the ground on simple shelving in your basement, cellar, closet, or wherever your location in an emergency would be.

You don’t need to feel anxiety about disasters happening. Instead, take that energy and make sure you and your family are prepared. As we have already seen, you may only have a moments notice, so a disaster kit such as this is essential.

Not Just for Summer: Tips for Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden

Gardens don’t have to be saved just for the summer season – get ready for Fall with a Fall Vegetable Garden!

Most everything you plant in spring you can grow in your fall garden, too.  Wouldn’t it be fun to enjoy your garden and all of its produce well into the fall season? Below, you will find tips for planting a fall vegetable garden that will continue to give you a harvest well after summer. You will notice that these are cool season plants, meaning they will tolerate a light frost. They will also thrive in short daylight hours and perform best with mild temperatures. So if planting a fall vegetable garden is something you wanted to try, read on! [Read more...]

Make them Last: How to Care for Your Vegetable Garden Supplies


You may not have put much thought into how to properly care for your vegetable garden supplies. Chances are you have shovels, hoes, spades, rakes, gloves, pots, and more to help you achieve the garden of your dreams each season. If you find yourself needing to replace these supplies each year, you are most likely not caring for them as you should. Instead of buying new supplies each year, take a look at how easy it is to provide them the care they need so they last you many more seasons! [Read more...]

10 Benefits of a Raised Vegetable Garden Bed


What exactly are raised vegetable garden beds? Raised vegetable garden beds are great if you are working with a small amount of space. They keep weeds at bay,  allow for great drainage and protection from bugs. The  bed siding will protect your garden acting as a wall or fence, providing a barrier. As you can see, raised vegetable garden beds are quite idea for many reasons!

If you think these are the only benefits, think again…  The benefits of a raised vegetable garden bed are many. Read below to find out even more perks that can be brought your way this summer, courtesy of a raised vegetable garden bed!

The Benefits of a Raised Vegetable Garden Bed:

  1. Raised garden beds reduce strain on the back when tending the bed.  In fact, with elevated  raised beds, you won’t have to bend over at ALL!
  2. Raised beds on the ground do not have bottoms so they can still reach into the soil for nutrients.
  3. Raised garden beds fit all budgets – From $30 beds on up, you can find great deals this time of year by watching the weekly hardware store ads.
  4. Boxes can be made on your own for little cost – see our Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Tutorial Here!
  5. They keep pests at bay, not only 6-legged ones, but furry ones like dogs, bunnies and more!
  6. You can make multiple boxes to create  a cluster garden, with pathways between them.
  7. They keep the soil toasty.
  8. They allow you to plant earlier in the season.
  9. You can build them in a way that allows you to drape netting over them easily, or tent them in the event of an unexpected frost.
  10. Avoid soil compaction and improve drainage.

Convinced yet? When planning your garden, why not consider the many perks listed above of a raised vegetable garden bed? If you want to ease back strain, are limited on space, or just want to get an early jump on the planting season, a bed such as this could be the perfect arrangement for you!

7 Best Vegetable Garden Mulch Options

A successful vegetable garden counts heavily on your garden mulch.

Mulch helps do a variety of things for your garden. It helps it retain moisture, prevents weeds from taking over, and can improve your soil. Mulch is often nutrient rich, inexpensive, and easy to use. But how do you know which mulch to use? Thankfully, you will find your many options for the best vegetable garden mulch below.

Whether your garden be big or small, take a peek at these to find one that suits you…

Best Vegetable Garden Mulch Options:

  • Alfalfa
    Alfalfa is high in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. It increases organic matter in the soil as well.

  • Cardboard
    This makes an excellent layer when you are composting. It will  suffocate your harmful weeds!

  • Hay
    Hay is mostly made of carbon and one of the most common mulches.

  • Lawn and grass clippings
    Clippings are high in lovely nitrogen and should be layered on in thin layers.

  • Dry leaves
    These are high in carbon and low in nitrogen. Bag up your leaves and keep them for your mulching needs.

  • Newspapers
    Newspapers opened and spread thick make an excellent weed barrier.  Check out our post on the many benefits of Newspaper vs. Landscape Fabric

  • Dry pine needles
    Pine needles are full of carbon and great for vegetable gardens!

As you can see, there are quite a few mulch options that involve materials you already have around your home and yard. You don’t necessarily need to go out and buy mulch. If you have an abundance of pine needles, clipping, leaves, newspapers, or hay you are all set! Use it to your advantage as a mulch material and really get some bang for your buck.

Mulch truly is marvelous and acts as a barrier against the bad while holding in the good. Take advantage of all that it offers this growing season and watch your garden flourish! You will be so glad you did!



Vegetable Garden Layout Option: Block Style Gardening


Vegetable Garden Layout Option | Block Style Gardening

Have you ever heard of block style gardening? Block style gardening (also known as square foot gardening) is a method of laying out your plants that  increase your growth compared to a row style garden design.

It’s the perfect way to plan your garden and get the most bang for your buck!  The special design reduces the need for frequent weeding and makes harvesting and water much simpler. Perfect! If you are looking for a vegetable garden layout option, block style gardening may work well for you.  To accommodate this vegetable garden layout, a raised bed is best.  Check out our Vegetable Garden Raised Bed tutorial for detailed instructions.


If you are interested in this method, take a peek at how block style gardening is done!

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Cute Valentine’s Day Ideas: DIY Candy Bowl

Valentine's Day Candy Bowl


If you are hosting a Valentine’s Day party or just want to get into the spirit, you are going to want to round up cute Valentine’s Day ideas! And while you might think that equals spending big bucks, you might be surprised! The truth is you that you will find many cute Valentine’s Day ideas can be whipped up for just a few dollars or less.

In fact, take a peek at this adorable Valentine’s Day candy bowl! Looks are quite deceiving with this project! With just a few easy supplies, you can create one yourself in no time. Here is how!

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