Archive for May, 2012

Study Reveals Fukushima Radiation in Bluefin Tuna Off California Coast

A recently released report [1] reveals that Bluefin tuna is contaminated with radiation from the crippled Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear reactor in Japan has arrived off the coast of California, over 6000 miles away from the radiation source. Levels of radioactive cesium contamination were 10 times higher than normal – although we’re told it’s still well below […]

Natural Rock Pools of Pamukkale, Turkey

The natural rock pools in Pamukkale, Turkey is an extraordinary natural wonder. The mineral-rich waters rise from the ground at a temperature of 35°C and tumble down the mountain from a height of 100 meters, forming a myriad of pools. Cream colored stalactites are formed as the water overflows the pools, creating a breathtaking sight […]

Sixty Uses Of Baking Soda

Baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) has been around for ages and it’s uses have treated everything from upset stomachs to putting out fires. The ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of natron, a mixture consisting mostly of sodium carbonate decahydrate, and sodium bicarbonate. The natron was used as a cleansing agent like soap. In 1791, a French […]

Edible Wild Plants: Cattail (Typha Latifolia)

The common cattail (typha latifolia) is one of the first of the wild edible plants that all hikers should familiarize themselves with. It not only has several edible parts, but there is some part of the plant that can be harvested for food during any season. In addition, it has other uses as well. In […]

Bushcraft: Fatwood, Nature’s Best Fire Starter

If you’ve ever needed to start a fire in less-than-ideal conditions, you may have found the task easier if you’d had some fatwood for kindling. No, fatwood isn’t just wood that could stand to go on a diet. Also known as pitchwood, lighter pine, and dozens of other nicknames (greasewood, pineknot, fat lighter, lighter knot, […]

Homemade Garden Compost: Natural Way to Make Food for Your Garden

Few things are better for your plants and for the environment than home-made garden compost, yet why is making it never quite as straightforward as the experts would have us believe? Perhaps unrealistic expectations, coupled with the modern desire for instant results, are mainly to blame. The commercial garden industry, anxious to sell us a […]

Edible Wild Plants: Nodding Wild Onion (Allium Cernuum)

Nodding onion is edible, and its bulbs were widely eaten by native peoples and European settlers, either raw, cooked or dried for winter. Being strongly flavored, it is mainly used as a flavoring. Cooking removes the strong smell and flavor, converting the sugar inulin to the more digestible fructose, and the bulbs become very sweet. […]

Heat Wave Survival: How To Stay Cool Without Electricity

As everyone gets ready for a family and fun packed Memorial Day Weekend so is mother nature! There is a major heat wave forecasted from the Midwest to the Eastern United States this holiday weekend. For our advanced civilization we tend not to think of a heat wave as a big threat but what happens […]

Protect Your Plants From Late Frost & Hungry Animals

With the crazy weather we have had the past few growing seasons, especially this growing season, a friend of mine came up with an excellent idea to protect your young, vulnerable plants from a surprise late frost or hungry animals. This will also protect your young plants from severe damage caused by torrential downpours, which […]

Edible Wild Plants: Sassafras (Sassafras Albidum)

The aromatic sassafras is a 35-50 ft., deciduous tree with horizontal branching in cloud-like tiers. The mahogany-brown bark is deeply ridged and furrowed. Little bunches of yellow-green flower balls are scattered profusely over the female tree; more sparsely on the male. Dark-blue fruits on scarlet stalks appear on female plants in late summer. Bright-green, mitten-shaped, […]

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