Growing Potatoes From True Potato Seeds, by ShepherdFarmerGeek

Potato Seeds

Take a quick look at this clever video (1:47) describing the advantages of growing potatoes from potato seed.

Advantages of Growing Potatoes From Seed

Using traditional cross-breeding techniques, a company in the Netherlands named Solynta (So-lynn’-ta) has developed a line of potatoes that reliably produce “true potato seed” (“TPS”). Most potato seeds have a lot of genetic diversity, which is not a bad thing for home gardeners. They produce potatoes with varying sizes and colors, so they’re unsuitable for commercial production.

Less than one ounce of their seed can be planted in place of 5,500 pounds of “seed tuber” potatoes that would otherwise need to be cut up into pieces and planted. The seeds are lightweight, compact, and will last in storage several years. I don’t know if they’ll survive freezing. But how hard could it be to protect a thimbleful of seeds that could … Continue reading

Letter: Earthbag Shelter

earthbag shelters

Regarding the Odds ‘n Sods entry last month: Owen Geiger has several earthbag shelter designs that are inexpensive but labor intensive and that are an option for radiation protection.


SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

American Redoubt

This column is posted on Tuesdays. Here, we present news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies in the region of interest to preppers. Today’s focus is on newly-elected Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte.


First in our news headlines: The row over Idaho’s sales tax on groceries continues. The Idaho Governor actually missed his deadline to veto a bill that would have ended the tax, but they let that slide.  (The veto was somehow certified.)  See: Clash of the Idaho Titans

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This innovative small company in Sandpoint, Idaho deserves a special mention: Advanced Offroad Trailer (AOT). Check out the videos of their ATV trailers in action. What a great design!  (Note: The elk carcass loading video is not politically correct. But … Continue reading

The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

Survivalist Odds 'n Sods - EMP

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods – a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Today’s focus is on survival food.

Survival Food

Canadian Prepper has a video review of the SolSource parabolic Solar Cooker. If you like cooking with solar energy, you might want to take a look at it. This is not an inexpensive device, but its efficiency is very good. It does need full sunlight in order to cook, but it works well. It is also large and primarily plastic (the reflector), which makes it fairly durable but difficult to transport and store. This is something that you would set up in your backyard rather than transporting when traveling.

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Reader DSV sent in the link to this article on Continue reading

Editors’ Quote Of The Day

James Wesley, Rawles

“Cartridge firearms are compact vehicles for change that have shaped modern history. The righteousness of their use is entirely up to their users, since like any other tool they can be used both for good or for ill. A firearm is just a tool with no volition. A rifle is no different than a claw hammer. To wit: A hammer can be used to build a house, or it can be used to bash in someone’s skull—-the choice of uses is entirely up to the owner. A bulldozer can be used to build roads, or to destroy houses. A rifle can be used to drill holes in paper targets, or to dispatch a marauding bear, or to murder your fellow man. Again, the choice of uses is entirely up to the user.” – James Wesley, Rawles, in Tools for Survival (2009)