Food Storage Tips
Edited 2/25/13 - The author of the guest post had sent me an email that I missed, asking me to hold off on posting their article. They should be getting me an updated and expanded one soon. Sorry for the confusion!
Bug Out Box Subscription Service
A long-time reader sent me this link to the Bug Out Box subscription. For $27.95 a month (including shipping) you get 5-8 survival gear items, plus information for how to use them in different situations. I don't know what they include, but it might be worth looking in to if you want to get an older relative set up with some basic supplies or if you have trouble sticking to a monthly budget.
Starting My Seeds
I got my first tomato seeds started in the grow box today. I had some more tomato and pepper seeds left over from last year, but I can't find them. I think they must be buried in the freezer so I'll look more this week. Last year, I filled my red Solo cups a couple at a time with super rich soil from my garden box, then carried them across the yard to the green house. I got a little smarter this year and filled a bucket from the box, then sat at the grow box with a stack of cups and my seeds. MUCH quicker and efficient! My wife cut me a piece of black canvas to fit the top, then serged it so it wouldn't unravel. I stapled it to the back edge and stapled the front edge to a dowel rod. Now, when we have a clear, cold night, I can roll it out to cover the top and prevent convection heat loss to the atmosphere. Then the next morning I can quickly roll it up before I leave for work.