Here are our Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. Most of the following came from our readers. We try to emphasize small companies that make hand-crafted goods, here in the United States and in Canada.
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This week the focus is on Seeds. (See the Gardening section.)
Books & Audiobooks:
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Police Gear, Body Armor & “Tactical” Clothing:
Seed Savers Exchange
A TMEN article: Chinese-Style Greenhouses
Forest Gardens and Foraging:
Reader R. suggested:
“Galloway Wild Foods. This is a Scottish guy who has a wealth of experience in foraging and wild foods. While most of his examples are of UK/Scottish plants and animals, there is also a lot of general knowledge about foraging to be found on his website.
Martin specializes in edible food forests, i.e. self-sustaining ecosystems (large or small) which consist mostly of perennial plants/perennial vegetables. For somebody with even a bit of space (besides veggie beds), this is an interesting approach to food security, with comparably little effort in the long-term.
Again, Martin is located in the UK, but he covers plants from all over the world, and also explains extensively about their climate requirements et cetera, so that these books can be used in most locations.”
Foods & Beverages
Herb, Spices, and Teas: Starwest Botanicals
Herbs and Teas: Frontier Coop
A reader mentioned a company in Whitefish, Montana, so I signed up as an affiliate: For Love of Hunting (FORLOH). It is a new 100% made in the USA premium hunting apparel brand. They are the only technical apparel company that is 100% designed, sourced, and manufactured in the USA. They also just stated a collaboration with a Montana knifemaker.
Your New Search Engine:
Virtual Private Network (VPN) — to conceal your location and search/browing history — or just to stream your favorite BBC TV shows from the U.S. or Canada. We recommend NordVPN. (A SurvivalBlog affiliate advertiser with a great track record for maintaining your privacy.)
By the way, to celebrate their 9th birthday, NordVPN is having a special sale, with 68% savings on a two-year subscription, and additional service time. Here is how it works:
- Get the 2-year plan with 68% off and automatically get extra service time as a gift. Depending on your luck, you’ll get 1-month, 1-year, or 2-year extra subscription time, which will be automatically added on top of the plan you’ve bought.
- If refunded, both the additional free service time and the regular subscription are canceled.
- The campaign launches today (the 10th of February) and will approximately last for one month.
- You don’t need to do anything to retrieve the gift – when buying the 2-year plan, you will be notified about the gift via email. You will immediately see how much extra NordVPN service time that you got on top of the 68% discount and can enjoy it right away!
Reader “had these great suggestions:
1. Brinks Prepaid Card in lieu of PayPal. If someone only accepts PayPal, there’s nothing we can do.
2. Linux in lieu of Windows or Mac (for seven years now.) Linux Mint is so much better than either Windows or MacOS, and this saves us thousands a year on software). And no, it’s not any more difficult than Windows or Mac. It’s actually easier. My 80+ year old grandmother uses it, as does every member of our family. For those programs that MUST use Windows, I run a Virtual Machine inside Linux that runs a free version of Windows 10 since it does not need to be registered in order to continue to use it, unlike previous versions.
3. Gab, Mewe, Minds.com, or Telegram in lieu of Facebook and Twitter.
4. Brave in lieu of Firefox.
5. MEGA.NZ (aka Mega.io) in lieu of Dropbox.
6. The phone is not so easy. Dropped the iPhone, and bought a ruggedized Ulefone. This is a very nice phone, pretty inexpensive, and heavy. I never have logged into Google on it. Alternatives for Google Play are to download the APK files and install them manually. You can find instructions on DuckDuckGo, although looking for a good alternative search engine.
7. Protonmail in lieu of Gmail.
8. Mailfence in lieu of Gmail calendar.
9. Openphone in lieu of Google Voice.
10. Epik in lieu of GoDaddy
11. Webstaurantstore.com in lieu of Costco for many items.
12. Wire.com in lieu of Whatsapp or GV. [JWR Adds: I now use Wire instead of Skype for family and consulting video calls. You’ll need to install the Wire app on your computer or smartphone.]
Send a list of radios you are looking for in an e-mail to buytwowayradio.com.
Mobile for a vehicle:
Icom IC-F6021-51 Mobile Two Way Radio
(If you are off grid already and have 12VDC, just use this mobile as a base station radio and save lots of money.)
Heavy coaxial cable for UHF base station. (Determine length and order by the foot. To be exact, use a piece of paracord as a dummy for the cable run.)
Instructional Videos & Vlogs:
Reader Tim J. suggested: The Forgotten Truth About Pickled Eggs
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Featured Antique Gun of the Week
Our featured antique gun of the week is a S&W Safety Hammerless double-action .38 S&W. Like most other pre-1899 guns, it can be mailed or shipped directly to your doorstep without any paperwork or FFL dealer involvement. (Be sure to check your state and local laws before ordering.) Take a look at the many recently-added guns at the Elk Creek Company store.