Soap: The Overlooked Prepping Essential That Will Save Your Life

Ask any prepper what the five most important tools in the Prepper toolbox, and we are willing to bet that not one of them would answer “soap”.  Unless, of course, you ask us.  The single biggest jump in human health… Continue Reading


Prepper Fails and Prepper Successes: How’d the Year Go?

Salty and I are not big on New Year’s resolutions; but there is a value in giving yourself a checkup now and then, considering what’s been going well and what needs to be improved upon.  In this podcast, we do just… Continue Reading


Conservation & Why It Matters For Preppers

One common theme that runs through the prepper community has always baffled Salty & Spice, and that’s the apparent lack of concern for the environment… the same environment we depend upon for our daily survival.  Spice & Salty are conservationists,… Continue Reading


BOL Invaded By Green Aliens! (And NO, It’s Not In Roswell, NM)

Spoiler alert:  It wasn’t These aliens: Having to weed a prairie is just not right.  I blamed the morning job on the blamed fool that decided that Sericea lespedeza would make a great import to northeast Missouri.  “It’s very hardy!”… Continue Reading


Podcast: Rainwater collection & water storage at both home and The Place

In this edition of the 3BY podcast, Salty and Spice take a look at their current water collection and storage situation at both the homestead and at The Place. Spice details her water collection system and drip irrigation systems at… Continue Reading


The Heat is On…but the power isn’t

This topic somehow rose naturally to the top of my mind as I worked and stayed at the (powerless)  cabin at The Place on these 95 F days.  No problem, for reasons you’ll see below, but it brings up a… Continue Reading


Battling the Hydra: The Autumn Olive menace to a BOL, and how to combat it

BOL is shorthand for a bug-out location, and the expression is usually used for a spot out in the country where a family can get away from it all.  Some BOL keepers spend considerable thought on things like lines of… Continue Reading


Know Your Place

Nah, this post is So not about telling you to behave; it seems to me when people say “Know your place” in that sense they’re always certain your place is below them, and I’m more of an equality kind of… Continue Reading


Things go bump (& make all kinds of other noises too) in the night…

Here’s what I would like you to do. First, turn your speaker volume down, the following recording is LOUD… yes, it’s the ‘tranquil night sounds of the country’ but trust me, it is really loud. Next, I’d like you to… Continue Reading


Product Review: The Loveable Loo composting toilet system

First off, this is more of a system than a product.  Although they will sell you things, happily, the people at humanurehandbook.com will also give you the plans for the stuff they sell, provide free instruction, and you can build… Continue Reading


Picking Perennials Part III: The Tame and the Wild

Pre-death raspberry

When Salty mentioned developing a new category of posts about “If We Had it to Do Over Again”, it wasn’t hard to come up with candidates.  I’ve done some of my best remembered learning ‘the hard way’ after all.  My… Continue Reading


The Tippy Tap: Keeping it clean when water’s tight

I *know* this prep isn’t something you’ve seen in some glossy magazine — because it’s dead cheap.  It’s also very useful for how it handles the intersection of two problems: 1) Getting clean water can take a lot of work… Continue Reading


Food on the Fin Part 3: Stocking and internal habitat.

Our first plan was to get some neat fish cover in the newly built pond before it built.  And if there had been even a single day between ‘dam built’ and ‘pond full’ that might have happened.  But nope, the… Continue Reading


Night Music: The Place in the spring

I posted this on YouTube a couple of years ago, but it’s kind of fun so I thought I would post it here as well… This is what The Place sounds like on a spring evening….