March 25, 2017

5 Tips to Start Your Apartment Garden with Very Little Money

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been seeing Facebook posts about starting up this year’s garden.  I know it is still early March and in many areas the cold is still lingering.  But it is not a bad idea to start thinking about growing a few herbs and vegetables in your apartment balcony or patio. With a little planning, you can get your apartment garden started a minimal cost.  That’s why it’s best to get started early. Set […]

Interested in Living Off-Grid? This Book will Tell You How

    Living in an apartment in a big city, I wondered what it would be like to make a complete change and live off grid in a nice piece of land somewhere.  That’s why I was excited to read Tammy’s Trayer’s new book, How to Embrace an Off-Grid Lifestyle. Who is the author? The author of the book, Tammy Trayer, blogs  at TrayerWilderness.com.  She is also a radio show host at Mountain Woman Radio. Tammy and her family live […]

Make Hibiscus Tea from Dried Flowers

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   I never knew flowers were edible until my mother in law told me about edible zucchini flowers and hibiscus flower tea. At first I thought it would be gross to eat a flower, but now that I am interested in self sufficiency skills, it actually makes sense. I thought it would be a good skill to learn how to make tea from dried flowers. I think it’s great to be able to […]

DIY Hand and Foot Warmer

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Although winter 2017 officially started on Dec. 21st, thousands of people have been experiencing the bitter cold for several weeks.  I thought I’d post a season appropriate project anyone can do. Some days I have really cold hands and feet and cannot seem to get warm no matter what I do.   So I decided to try making my own foot warmer. I originally saw this project in Surviving and Thriving a while back […]

Can Apartment Preppers be More Self-Sufficient? Interview with Author LeAnn Edmondson

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Last week we featured a review and giveaway of Aftermath II, A Story of Survival. Today I am delighted to share an interview with the author, LeAnn Edmondson.  LeAnn writes the blog Homestead Dreamer.  Having been an apartment prepper herself, she knows all about the challenges of preparing for emergencies in an apartment, as well as some encouraging words for those of us who aspire be more self-sufficient. 1.  A person who is […]

Self-Sufficiency Skill: Basic Shoe Care

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of my earliest memories was of my grandfather showing me how to shine our “church shoes.”  He was very particular about his appearance, but was very frugal so he kept his shoes looking new for years.   In my free spending days, I never bothered to shine my shoes as I got rid of them as soon as they showed signs of wear.  I was not alone in this, as our […]

Make Your Own Deodorizing Spray

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I had tried using deodorant substitutes before, and reported the results on the blog.  I thought it would be interesting to try out a actual recipe and see if it would work.  I found the original recipe on the Root Simple blog. Deodorizing Spray Ingredients: 1 tablespoon Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) Tea tree oil and Eucalyptus oil (I used Eden’s Garden but any brand should work) 1 cup of water Spray bottle In […]

Make Mouthwash from Common Ingredients

I ran out of mouthwash. Instead of going to the store I decided to try making my own. I like a minty flavor so I started adjusting the mixture until I had the right taste.

Many of the mouthwash recipes I’ve seen uses mint essential oil but this recipe uses mint extract instead. I had a full bottle of mint extract in the kitchen that I never used so I thought I’d use it for this. […]

Monday Musings 11/30/2015: Homemade Cards and Gifts

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog. First the blog updates… The 7 P’s Of Survival podcast  Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1st I’ll be chatting with Josh, host of The 7 P’s Of Survival podcast  http://prepperbroadcasting.com/the-7-ps-of-survival/ at 9 pm Eastern.  We’ll be talking about projects in my new book, The Penny-Pinching Prepper.  Stop by and visit!   You can log into […]

Aquaponics for Small Spaces

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been fascinated with aquaponics for quite some time now and have been wanting to try it myself.  Now I finally have a small system set up. What is aquaponics? Aquaponics is a planting system wherein plants and fish are grown together in a way that they benefit each other:  the fish waste, consisting of ammonia and nitrates, fertilize the plants, the plants purify the water which is great for the fish. I […]

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