Check Out Popular Mechanics Magazine this Month
The theme is surviving on your own, which is NEVER a good way to survive. Let's face it, two minds (or more) are better than one, as the old saying goes.
However this issue has some great preparation considerations, such as:
- knowing if where you live now is where you can survive
- basic orientation of plants in vegetable and fruit garden design
- companion plantings that prove mutually successful
- different types of hydroponics and how they work
- well drilling
- important non-electric devices to have on hand for weather prediction
- basic tools for homesteading
- the different power sources
There is also a must-read article by Smith Henderson called "The Art of Staying Alive" which analyzes the self-sufficient lifestyle of the author's father (he is pictured on the cover of the magazine, hunting elk with his bow):
". . . set back from the highway. There's always a garden. There's a windmill that can pump water from the well in the event of a power outage. There's a root cellar and generator. There's a creek nearby, stocked with trout. The woods have game, ..." (p. 69).
Smith Henderson, who has grown up watching his father always "tinkering" also considers how to conquer the overwhelming feeling of beginning or completing large projects, by practising what he calls the "adjacent possible":
"You manage the fear of creative work by engaging with the next closest thing, and then the next and then the next. By breaking it up this way, you never have to look at the terrifying whole" (p. 71).
There are words of wisdom just in this article alone that make buying this magazine worth the money.
Why Lehman's Catalogue Is So Great
Non-Electric Farming and Homesteading Tools
Are you realizing that you need a simple hand-held push plow (cultivator)?
What about a horse hitch to use it with (just in case you find a horse)?
Do you think you might want to have a hand-turning clothes wringer to help your clothes to dry faster on the clothesline?
What about a butter churn?
Our ancestors had basic tools that saved their backs, hands, arms, and shoulders from too much strain (and injuries).
Check out this website: http://non-electric.lehmans.com/hardware/Catalog (plows are listed under "cultivators")
Even if you don't buy from them, their catalogue will teach you so much, and help you when checking out the antique stalls!