When the chaos dies down and you're sick of canned food, what will your long term plan be?

Zombie Carolers for the Holidays

Posted on November 29th, by Kathy in Post-Apocalypse Happiness Tips. Comments Off on Zombie Carolers for the Holidays

Les and Kathy Sue want to wish you all the best of the season, so they’ve decorated the fence with zombie heads and taught them to sing Zombie Jingle Bells!


Ramen Trail Mix!

Posted on November 23rd, by Kathy in Recipes that Never Expire. Comments Off on Ramen Trail Mix!

Presenting Ramen Trail Mix for that pick me up you need now and after the Zombie Apocalypse. Beef Jerky for protein, Peanut M&Ms for color and quick energy,craisins and dried apricots for vitamin C, and ramen for…well because the recipe book was called “101 Things You Can Do With Ramen.”  Write us and we’ll send you some if we haven’t eaten it all!


What Hardiness Zone am I in?

Posted on November 12th, by Kathy in Preparedness Tips. Comments Off on What Hardiness Zone am I in?

It’s easier to be prepared when you know what hardiness zone you’re in. It makes it easy to look up things like frost dates and when to plant different seeds (most seed packages give you general date guidelines by zone). The USDA has a great interactive map that not only shows you nation wide hardiness zones, but it also lets you click on your state and see hardiness zones by county.

 


What Can I Plant in My Area and When?

Posted on November 12th, by Kathy in Becoming a Farmer, Preparedness Tips. Comments Off on What Can I Plant in My Area and When?

When preparing for the zombie apocalypse, you’ll want to know what you can grow in your area and when to plant it. Gardenate.com can help you figure out what’s good in your neck of the woods and when you can start things in the ground. Just put in your hardiness zone and click on the month below to find out what you should be planting! Not sure you’ll remember? You can sign up for email reminders based on your area as well!


Vertical gardening with recycled objects

Posted on November 11th, by Kathy in Containers and Beds. 2 comments

Don’t have a fence or easy vertical space to grow your vining plants? Here’s another great idea for recycling in your garden:

Take two bike wheels, remove the spokes. Create a small bed or large pot with soil to plant in. Put one wheel on the ground and attach the other one to the top of a post in the middle of your growing area. Run strings back and forth through all the holes left by the missing spokes. Plant your seeds and you’ll have a beautiful barrel of growing green vines and veggies in the near future!

Keep in mind you can always use pallets, gutters, etc to create vertical gardens as well! Vertical gardening is limited only by your imagination. Need more suggestions or instructions? Keep an eye out for our 3rd issue of Quick! Plant Something! Container Gardening


Join the Zombie Apocalypse Farmer Corps

Posted on November 9th, by Kathy in Becoming a Farmer. Comments Off on Join the Zombie Apocalypse Farmer Corps

The ZAF (Zombie Apocalpyse Farmer) Corps is a global force for good and we want you!

The ZAF Corps will save the world in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse by growing the food we’ll need.  Wherever there’s a well-fenced yard, a deck, a patio, or a wide window ledge, Zombie Apocalypse Farmers will plant fresh veggies. These “Victory Gardens” will support our troops and survivors at home by making sure they have the food they need to beat back the zombies.  Start practicing this Spring, and you’ll be on your way!

You can be a ZAF Corps hero and we can help.  Over the winter, we’ll be publishing “Quick! Plant Something!” garden guides.  Each one will show you the 5 or 6 simple steps to get your garden growing this Spring.  Our first issue is all about building raised beds – the no arduous digging, no rototilling, no sweating (or at least not much) way to make a place to plant your veggies.  It’s free, so check it out here!  Our next two issues will show you a really easy way to start from seed if you don’t feel like buying seedlings from the store, and how to grow everything you … Read More »


Mobile Gardening

Posted on November 8th, by Kathy in Containers and Beds. 2 comments

We know its good to have a long term plan AND it’s good to have a “practice garden” pre-apocalypse, but what to do about that unstable time between now and when things “calm down” after the undead rise?

Shopping cart gardening. It’s mobile so it moves with you from place to place. It can be moved in and out of the sun depending on what you’re growing. It doesn’t have any drainage issues. What more could you ask for? Our photo example has a weathered straw bale as substrate (as it weathers the middle starts to turn into great compost), but there’s no reason you couldn’t pack that cart full of pots or other containers just as easily.

If you live in an apartment currently, you may want to think about how to make you garden somewhat mobile already. It can be hard to get started gardening if you’re not sure how to move your plants when your lease is up. Issue 3 of Quick! Plant Something! Container Gardening includes lots of options for people with no yard, limited space, or the need for plants to be mobile. You can garden whatever your living situation and we’re here to help make it … Read More »


Taste Testing Results – Jello Dishes

Posted on November 7th, by Kathy in Recipes that Never Expire. Comments Off on Taste Testing Results – Jello Dishes

Leah makes the most expressive faces when she’s trying our new recipes! Here’s a quick recap of how well (or not) she liked the Rainbow Tuna Ring with jello, tuna, and veggies, the Supreme Dessert with jello, peaches and Dreamwhip, and Polynesian salad made from spam, rice, orange jello, sprouts, celery and water chestnuts. If the colors of these dishes don’t cheer you up, and the taste is questionable, at least you’ll get some laughs.


Reading Lamp for the Zombie Apocalypse

Posted on November 5th, by Leah in Preparedness Tips. 1 Comment

We’re assuming power will be out (for a while… don’t worry we have a plan for bring it back) after the zombie apocalypse. We know you’re going to need light to reread your “Quick! Plant Something!” issues and think Listorama on Flickr has the best idea we’ve seen yet! Head lamps are battery operated and super useful, however they’re glaringly bright when you just want to read something. Water will be essential and you will need to have gallons of it. So behold! Head Lamp+ Gallon of Water = Reading light!! Brilliant!

While we’re still in preparation mode, use this where ever you want- camping, in your yard, in your house if you’re feeling really adventurous. When the undead start shambling around, you’ll want to make sure to use this sparingly- you won’t want to attract unwanted attention OR run out your batteries. Let us know how it works for you!

 


Why start your Victory Garden now?

Posted on November 2nd, by Kathy in Becoming a Farmer, Veggie Notes. Comments Off on Why start your Victory Garden now?

Yes, it’s important to be able to feed yourself when the undead rise, society falls apart, and you can’t run to the local grocery store for fear of being eaten by the bag boy. However, we STRONGLY recommend you start your victory garden NOW, not only to hone your skills, but because it’s good to know what you’re eating. Check out this science project that explains why we really don’t know what we’re getting in our produce from the store.

If a store sweet potato looks like a real sweet potato, but has been killed with chemicals enough it can’t grow a new plant, does that make it a zombie sweet potato?