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How To Make The Perfect Hay Bale Gardening For Spring-Step By Step-Hay Bale Gardening Effortless Food Production with No Weeds, No Fertilizer & Less Watering

We have decided to do Hay Bale gardening this year in Louisiana. This video shows us getting everything set up and the conditioning process started. No more worries about the yard flooding. The Hay Bale Garden series begins….

Hay bale gardening is probably the most fun you’ll have growing your own food and herbs, requiring almost no work or maintenance.

After a search online to find the simplest and easiest “no work” gardening method, I stumbled upon straw bale gardening. The concept is simple: You plant directly into bales of straw, and as the season progresses, the straw is broken down into virgin soil that nourishes the plants from inside the bale. One amazing benefit of this method of gardening is that the bales provide a raised bed, which keeps predators away and makes picking your vegetal treasures at the end of the season easy on the back. I watched every video I could find on the subject, and have since concluded that using HAY bales instead of STRAW bales is far superior.

Why Hay Bales are Superior to Straw Bales?

Before we get into why hay bales are superior to straw bales, let’s first define what they are:
Straw bales are basically stalks of plants, usually corn, that have been dried out and baled together into various shapes and sizes.
Hay bales are grasses that have been dried and baled together.

In my research, the idea that hay bales may have seeds in them and could grow weeds is the same reasoning reiterated time and time again by proponents of straw bale gardening. The reason why this idea holds little water is that when nitrogen is added to feed the bacteria and fungi to start the decomposition process of the bale, a process called “Conditioning your bale”, the interior of the bale can reach temperatures as high as 130 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

The likelihood of seeds surviving these extreme temperatures is slim, and a number of other benefits that come from using hay bales make it a far superior approach in my opinion.

-Straw is likely made from genetically modified plant matter – The problem with straw bales is that they will usually be made of genetically modified corn or soy. Do you really want your food growing in decomposing genetically modified plant matter?


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-No fertilizer needed with hay – Hay is made of dried grasses, and for its ability to convert sunlight and soil minerals into dense nutrition, it has been said that grass is the healthiest plant on the planet. When we use hay bales for gardening (as opposed to straw bales), the compost that is formed within the bale to feed the plants is far superior in nutrition and, unlike straw bales, no fertilizer needs to be added to feed your plants throughout the season.

Less Watering – Straw holds water less effectively than hay, so instead of watering once per day with hay bales, you might have to do it 2 or 3 times per day.I like your concept

How to Grow a Hay Bale Garden


The first step to growing a hay bale garden is to acquire your hay bales. Take a look on your local classifieds like Kijiji or Craigslist and find a local farmer who is selling them. Once you find a nearby farmer with 40lb hay bales for sale, email them and arrange a time to pick them up or have them delivered to you.

Once you have the bales and have arranged them in your yard, the next step is to “condition” your bales. Buy yourself some 42-0-0 fertilizer, or some urea (nitrogen), and from here you will be introducing nitrogen into the bales over a 10-day period that will have the fungi, bacteria and insects breaking down your bales into fresh, virgin compost to feed your plants. You can also pee on your bales, as it is high in nitrogen and minerals, so start saving up pee in bottles for a fertilizer cost savings of about $40.

Days 1,3,5,7,9 – Add 1/2 cup of nitrogen to your bales and spray them with water so the nitrogen will soak in.
Days 2,4,6,8,10 – Soak the bale with water only.


During the conditioning process, the temperature of the bale will rise significantly, from my research, up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, the bales will become so hot that it’s important to keep the bales wet to eliminate the risk of a fire. Although risk of fire is minimal, keep this in mind when deciding where to stage your bales. When the conditioning process is complete, you’ll know it because the temperature inside the bale will have come back down from hot to warm. Now you’re ready to plant!

Simply plant your vegetable seeds or germinated seeds into the bale, water them once a day and you’re on your way to healthy produce in a few exciting months. The best part is, at the end of the season you’ll have yourself a heap of fresh compost that you can further compost or add to your other gardens or perennial plant beds for nourishment.

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  1. Monti 24 August, 2017 at 15:29


    Title includes the text “No Fertilizer”.

    Article text
    “-No fertilizer needed with hay –
    no fertilizer needs to be added

    next step is to “condition” your bales. Buy yourself some 42-0-0 FERTILIZER ”


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How to Grow Tomatoes in Straw Bales- 2 Easy and Cheap Creative DIY Project

How to Grow Tomatoes in Straw Bales- 2 Easy and Cheap Creative DIY Project

Straw bale gardening is probably the most fun you’ll have growing your own food and herbs, requiring almost no work or maintenance.

How to Grow Tomatoes in Straw Bales-DIY # 1

Harvest tomatoes once the green is gone.

Many gardeners utilize wire cages to provide growing tomatoes with support. Unfortunately, lesser-quality cages will buckle under the weight of your tomatoes, which can yield 10 to15 pounds of fruit under optimal conditions. Another option that requires little space and investment is a straw bale, which provides an ideal environment for several vegetables, including tomatoes.

1.Locate an area in your backyard or garden in full sun. Spread a layer of newspaper on the ground to prevent weeds from growing around the straw bales and helps ensure the twine doesn’t degrade.

2.Set two to three bales on the newspaper. Leave the twine to help the bales stay intact throughout the growing season.

3.Dampen the bales for the first three days. For the next week, fertilize the hay bales with a mixture of 8 tablespoons of bone meal, fish meal or compost per gallon of water required to dampen each bale. Begin this process in the spring after all danger of frost has passed.

4.Check the straw bales’ temperature by inserting your arm into the center of each. If the center is cool, or at least below your body temperature, the bales are ready for planting. If they’re still warm, continue to dampen each and monitor the temperature.

5.Create five 3 to 4-inch deep holes with your hands or a small rake. Lower a single tomato seedling into each hole, making sure the seedlings aren’t smothered by the straw. Cover each seedling with approximately two cups of compost before providing a healthy drink of water.

6.Feed the growing tomatoes with a fish emulsion or compost tea once every two weeks. As the tomato plants begin to grow larger, switch to fertilizing the bales once per week. Water the bales as needed to keep them evenly moist.

7.Harvest the tomatoes once they are completely ripe and bright red. Store your ripe tomatoes in an environment between 55 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.


Hay-Bale Garden Update For Spring: Happy Growing! Success!

Things You Will Need


2. 2 to 3 straw bales

3.Bone meal

4.Fish meal


6.Tomato seedlings


1.Near the growing season’s end, or when temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, pick immature, green tomatoes and allow them ripen in temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.Several varieties of tomato, including Valerie, Jet Star Hybrid, Sungold, Large Cherry Red and Yellow Pear, thrive in cooler coastal climates.(source)


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How to Grow Tomatoes in Straw Bales-DIY # 2

This traditional method of growing tomatoes in straw bales and other tender plants like peppers and cucumbers is a great way to produce an early crop in our uncertain climate. Basically the straw bale is being composted and the heat from that process encourages the plant growth. Outdoors the method can also be useful for pumpkins and squashes, courgettes and marrows.

The straw bale method can be used to good effect in an unheated greenhouse, a polytunnel or for growing outdoors. It’s also useful for growing tomatoes outdoors where the soil is thin and poor or even on a patio or paved yard.

At the end of the growing season the straw bale should have decomposed enough to be put on the compost heap or mulched.

Finding Straw Bales for Growing Tomatoes

The big problem nowadays is actually getting hold of suitable straw bales. Most large arable farmers produce straw which is rolled into huge cylindrical bales for mechanized handling rather than the traditional bale around 20Kg to 30Kg that a man can lift (with care).

The other problem is that the crop may have been treated with a selective weed killer and the residue of this will kill your tomatoes.


Ask around at stables, farm markets etc. and you should be able to find a farmer who will sell you a few bales but do ask about what chemicals have been used if he’s not an organic farmer.

The ideal is wheat straw, although barley or oat straw can be used. An alternative that may be easier to find is hay bales but hay tends to contain weed seeds that may germinate and become a problem. Hay isn’t really ideal because of its structure either but if you cannot find suitable straw bales then it is an option.


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Preparing the Straw Bales

If possible, dig a shallow trench the same size as the bales and line with polythene to retain water in the bale or just sit on polythene as a second choice.

Place the bales in position with the straw sitting vertically as this helps it to absorb the fertiliser we’re going to be adding. First of all wet the bale thoroughly using a fine rose on your watering can with a nitrogen rich solution.

Traditionally and organically this was urine mixed 1:5 with water. This may be somewhat unpleasant but urine is sterile when produced and doesn’t present a health hazard. You’ll also need quite a lot which can be a problem.

Another method is to wet the bale and then sprinkle with 500gr to 750gr of nitro-chalk fertiliser and water in, repeating this some 3 or 4 days later. An organic equivalent of nitro-chalk would be to use double that amount of dried blood.

Both the methods above are relatively slow, taking around three weeks to get the bale ready to plant. In the days when some commercial glasshouse tomato growers used straw bales they worked with a faster method said to take 7 to 10 days.

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Thoroughly wet the bale and then sprinkle with a mix of:

  • 500gr nitro-chalk
  • 450gr Superphosphate
  • 350gr Potassium Nitrate
  • 150gr Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salts)
  • 75gr Ferrous Sulphate (Sulphate of Iron)

Thoroughly water in the above mix. You’ll still need to feed as you grow but it provides a good basic environment for tomatoes.

Keep the bale damp, if it dries out it will stop the composting process. After a few days to a week the straw should begin to warm up due to the microbial action. It will also be giving off CO2 which is a benefit to plant growth in a greenhouse or tunnel. The warmer the environment, the faster fermentation will start and run.

Ideally you need a compost thermometer with a long probe to measure the temperature inside the bale although the old timers relied on touch and experience. It should rise to at least 43ºC, often getting up to 54ºC.

Check the temperature every day or two, it will rise to the peak and then start to fall. When it drops from the peak temperature to below 38ºC you’re ready to start planting.

Planting in Straw Bales

Start by making a hole in the top of the bale and putting a couple of handfuls of compost in. Plant tomatoes deeply, they have tiny hairs on their stems called adventitious roots, which is the start of root formation. Planting deeply means the plants will produce more roots which will help to improve the plant’s root structure and enable it to take in more nutrients.

With vine tomatoes growing up canes or strings you can fit 3 or 4 plants per bale (more with larger bales, obviously) but bush tomatoes take more room so less plants per bale.

It’s important to remember the benefit of the straw bale method is primarily the warmth around the base of the plant and that the straw does not provide any nutrients. You must feed regularly – I’d suggest twice a week – with a high potash fertiliser. Either proprietary tomato feed like Tomorite or Chempak or organic feed like comfrey tea or sheep’s manure tea.

At the end of the season the straw bale can go onto the compost heap – cut the twine to allow the straw to spread and mix with grass cuttings for best results.

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Grow Better, Not Bigger. The Market Gardener-How to Make a Living From a 1.5 Acre

Grow Better, Not Bigger. The Market Gardener-How to Make a Living From a 1.5 Acre


Picture the scene, you‘re awoken by the morning sun, grab yourself a coffee and step outside. As you take your first sip you watch the sun rising and enjoy the serene sound of birdsong. Everything’s tranquil as you take a leisurely stroll around your market garden, making a list of today’s tasks. There is a lot to do but you enjoy every tiny piece of it and can’t wait to begin.

Can you imagine this life for yourself? Do you think it’s possible for you to enjoy this kind of lifestyle and actually make a decent living from it?

I’ll let you in on a secret. The biggest challenge in life is YOU and your beliefs. When it comes to commercial vegetable growing, the idea of a profitable micro-farm is frequently met with scepticism. Some cynics will try to discourage you from starting a market garden, declaring that production simply won’t be enough to make your family’s ends meet.

Time and time again we have to remind ourselves that it is possible because, as Allan Nation, pioneer of grass fed movement states: “If somebody has done it, it can be done.”

So, today I want to introduce you to Jean-Martin Fortier (JM) and his wife Maude-Helene, Market Gardeners. JM and his wife make $140000 from 1.5 acres, and live a life that other people only dream of. They challenge the belief that a small family-run farm cannot stay afloat in today’s economy.

Let’s learn more about their operation.

Les Jardins de La Grelinette – Quebec, Canada – 10 acre property – 1.5 acres of raised beds – 10 years of establishment


Founded byJean-Martin Fortier and his wife, Les Jardins de LaGrelinette, is an internationally recognised 10-acre micro-farm. Only 1.5 acres are cultivated in permanent beds, using bio-intensive growing methods. In the last decade, the focus at LaGrelinette has been to grow better, not bigger. To optimise the cropping system, they use low-tech solutions and place heavy emphasis on intelligent farm design, appropriate technologies and harnessing the power of soil biology as their key components to successful farming. You can find more about their methods in Jean-Martin Fortier’s book, The Market Gardener.

The farm grosses more than $100 000 per acre, with operating margins of about 50%, enough to financially sustain the family. Every week, the market garden produces enough vegetables to feed over 200 families. The low-tech strategy kept start-up costs to a minimum, and overhead expenses low. The farm became profitable after only a few years, and he claims they have never felt the pinch of financial pressure.

So, let’s do the math.

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Farm Income

For the last decade, the Fourtiers have had no other income than from their 1.5 acre micro-farm.

When I asked JMF about this income he replied:Our economics are not complicated. We sell around 150k of veggie produce on site. Our cost of production (including two salaries for employees that are around 6 months) makes up about 50 % of that amount. The other half is the net profit that my wife and I share. Our salaries, if you want.”

Here is a brief summary of the numbers from their 1.5 acre operation for 2013:

  • Revenue: $140,000
  • Customer sales breakdown:

CSA operations (140 members): 60%
Farmer’s markets (2): 30%
Restaurants/grocery stores: 10%

  • Staff: 2 paid employees plus the Fortiers
  • 2013 Expenses: $75,000
  • 2013 Profit: $65,000 (~45% profit margin)

Ok, so this proves that it is possible to have a career in market gardening. In fact, one can envisage making a pretty decent livelihood. Their initial start-up costs were in the $40,000 range. They did, however, receive financial aid in a form of a government grant of $30000 because of their sound business plan. With this additional support, the chances of market gardening success improve greatly. But grants or no, one fact remains: keeping costs low when starting a business reduces financial risk and ensures profitability over the short-term.

This, in itself, is a winning business model.
So, let’s elaborate…


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The Market Gardener Model

The features that characterize their operation are: high productivity on a small plot of land, intensive production methods, season extension techniques, and selling directly to public markets.

However, that is only one part of the equation. To start an operation like this you must first reduce start-up costs, avoiding mechanization and machinery-related costs (purchase, fuel, maintenance, etc.) and, most importantly, limit dependence on outside labor.

Let’s start from the beginning.

1. Location and size


Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a 10 acre farm located in Quebec, Canada. This is a cold climate and a zone 5 plant hardiness area. The family cultivates 1½ acres (including one greenhouse and two hoop houses), and JMF considers this the optimal land base for tractorless  farming.

The farm is conveniently located close to their main market, being just one hour away from Montreal, although they sell 40% of our products locally at the grocery store, restaurants, and a farmers’ market.

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JMF emphasises that finding the right site to grow vegetables is the most important initial stage for establishing a successful market garden. Each site has unique characteristics, and there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ site. It is very important to understand and prioritize factors like soil fertility, climate, topography, water access, and infrastructure before investing in a site.

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2. Farm design


When interviewed, JMF said that Permaculture had been one of his biggest influences. This is reflected in the way he looks at the farm as a system. To explain:

When designing the farm his aim was to organize different working spaces so that the workflow would be as efficient, practical, and ergonomic as possible. All fixed elements needed in a market garden (storage facilities, water reservoirs, greenhouses, windbreaks, etc.) are placed according to a well thought out plan for conserving energy and improving efficiency.-Wach This Free Video ⇓


The farm also has a standardised garden layout – several smaller sized plots called ‘field blocks’ with uniformly sized raised beds. With this method, he can use materials cut to standardized interchangeable lengths, a system that offers great versatility.

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3. Low start-up costs


The start-up costs (cost of equipment) total $39,000. This might sound like a lot of money to pay upfront, but if we do the math, it’s well worth the investment. Here’s what I mean:

JMF claims that a well-established, smoothly running market garden with good sales outlets can generate $60,000 to $100,000 annually per acre in diverse vegetable crops. That’s a profit margin of over 40%. A bank loan of $39,000 spread over 5 years at 8% interest  means an annual investment of around $9,500, which is reasonable when compared to the potential revenue a market garden offers.

However, this doesn’t factor in the mortgage and other business expenses such as the delivery vehicle and other variable costs (inputs, administration fees, supplies, etc.) Even so, the initial costs are  still relatively small, especially in comparison to the costs of equipment used in mechanized vegetable growing. Furthermore, some items can be purchased second-hand or over time.

4. Low operating costs


Reducing start-up costs is a good first step. Avoiding mechanization and machinery-related costs (purchase, fuel, maintenance, etc.) is another. But the most important one of all is limiting dependence on outside labor, which generally accounts for 50% of the production costs of a diversified market farm.

In his case the Lion’s share is done by the owner-operators with the help of either one or two seasonal workers, depending on the area under cultivation and the number of greenhouses. The major operating costs are therefore reduced to inputs (amendments, seeds, plant protection products), which are generally fairly minimal.

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5. Productive farming method


JMF book serves as a manual for his growing method, please refer to the book for more detail. Here, however, is a quick summary.

Les Jardins de la Grelinette contains 180 standardized raised beds, with 40-50 vegetable crops in cultivation. These are grown using a biologically intensive approach, (intensive spacing and encouragement of biologically rich soils). To cultivate the beds they adopt minimum tillage but use appropriate machinery including a two-wheel tractor, broadfork and tarps. The biology of the soil is of paramount importance and soils are fertilised organically using good compost, poultry manure and green manure crops.

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The growing season is extended by using floating row covers and low tunnels, caterpillar tunnels and hoop houses. This allows for the protection of crops from cold and frost in both early spring and late fall, and has a market advantage of offering ‘out of season’ crops.

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6. Direct selling


Their sales method is a direct exchange between producers and
consumers, CSA (community supported agriculture). To summarize, the consumer buys a share in the farm’s production at the beginning of the season. In exchange, the farm commits to providing quality produce, usually harvested the previous, or even the same, day.

In their case, although they sell at two farmers markets, CSA has always been the preferred option since it guarantees sales and simplifies their production plan. For new market gardeners, JMF recommends CSA because of the many advantages and its tailor-made sales outlet. When starting out, adopting CSA provides backing and security because customers are paying up front, therefore 30% is guaranteed income.

CSA or not, the point of direct selling is to build a loyal customer base and forge interdependent relationships. People want to build a relationship with those who grow their food and CSA facilitates  this. However, when it comes to customer loyalty, JMF emphasises that the quality and presentation of products are key to success.

7. Planning and management


At Les Jardins de la Grelinette nothing is left to chance, everything is planned in minute detail. During winter months a cropping calendar is prepared and decisions made as to what exactly they are going to plant, and precisely when and where they are going to plant it. Crop planning is absolutely fundamental to profitable market gardening. Once you develop your crop calendar and garden plan, running a complex production system becomes much simpler, and forward planning removes the anxiety from those hot summer months.

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They also keep records throughout the growing season, making notes of what works and what doesn’t. These are important when preparing crop plans for the following season. Record keeping is also highly significant in determining customer preference , allowing them to prioritize the production of the most profitable crops.

This kind of planning and management leads to improvements and when they talk about profits using big numbers like 150k a year, one must understand that these profits are a result of fine-tuning production.

Summary and JMF’s Remarks

It is clear from this model that willpower and hard work do not, by themselves, make a successful market gardener. Farm design, good managing practices, use of appropriate technologies and careful planning are all key components in developing a successful system.

While this system uses permaculture principles, there is a difference between production farming and permaculture. In response to my email regarding his income JMF states:

“Our goal was not to set up a system that is low maintenance, but quite the contrary. Intensive, in our scheme, means high production due to high input of  labor and attention. What we have done is used our intelligence to make our work truly productive on a human scale.”


Here are some crucial points to consider if you are interested in starting a market gardening operation:

  • Only 1.5 acres of permanent beds can bring in revenue of $140,000. At a 45% profit margin this equates to $65,000 profit.
  • The goal is to grow productively in a small area and limit the use of heavy machinery and dependence on outside labor
  • Cheap start-up costs, economical portable infrastructure and use of appropriate low technologies keep expenses down
  • When setting up a market garden, the farm design will determine how efficiently many day-to-day chores will be carried out
  • High production is achieved using a combination of biologically intensive methods of cultivation, productive growing techniques and a standardized garden layout and standardized tools
  • Market gardening is as much about selling as it is about growing, having the farm close to the market is crucial
  • CSA guarantees sales and simplifies production – making it easier to plan in advance and produce what customers want
  • Everything is planned in detail during the off-season – things just get too complex during summer

To conclude, I’ll quote JMF on the future of farming: “The challenge of our lifetime is to reinvent the profession of farming and to feed people locally, with demise of cheap oil comes an era of resilient biological agriculture. There is a bright future in farming!”

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M7+ Earthquake Expected & Hurricane Irma-Hurricane Irma Is Now Larger Than Ohio, Setting Off Earthquake Seismometers

M7+ Earthquake Expected & Hurricane Irma-Hurricane Irma Is Now Larger Than Ohio, Setting Off Earthquake Seismometers

A magnitude 7 earthquake is expected to occur in the next three days. Swarm activity continues in Southern Idaho. Hurricane Irma is gaining strength.

US-bound Hurricane Irma has gotten so strong that it is showing up on equipment designed to measure earthquakes.

Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, said seismometer recordings on Guadeloupe, an island group in the southern Caribbean Sea, show the now-Category 5 storm approaching the Lesser Antilles, another Caribbean island group.

“Seismometer recordings from the past 48 hours on Guadeloupe show Cat. 5 #Hurricane #Irma driving closer toward the Lesser Antilles,” Dr Hicks tweeted.

US-bound Hurricane Irma has gotten so strong that it is showing up on equipment designed to measure earthquakes.

Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, said seismometer recordings on Guadeloupe, an island group in the southern Caribbean Sea, show the now-Category 5 storm approaching the Lesser Antilles, another Caribbean island group.

“Seismometer recordings from the past 48 hours on Guadeloupe show Cat. 5 #Hurricane #Irma driving closer toward the Lesser Antilles,” Dr Hicks tweeted.

Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have declared states of emergency.

Rick Scott, the governor of Florida, has said Irma’s exact path is unknown, but that the storm could affect “millions of Floridians”.

Because of Irma’s size and power, very dangerous weather could also occur up to 200 miles away from the eyewall, the most devastating region of a hurricane.


“The hurricane force winds in Irma are wider than Florida,” tweeted Bryan Norcross, hurricane specialist at the Weather Channel. “You won’t need a direct hit to get Wilma-type winds & storm surge on both coasts.”

As Florida and nearby states and territories prepare to be battered by Irma, Texas continues to reel from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in August.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has suggested repair costs could total $180bn. Donald Trump sent Congress a $7.9bn request for an initial down payment for Harvey relief and recovery efforts.

Meteorologist Warns Hurricane Irma a ‘Catastrophic Event’ for Florida

Hurricane Irma has the most powerful winds ever recorded for an Atlantic Ocean storm at 185 mph. The dangerous Category 5 hurricane is in the Caribbean and could hit Florida over the weekend.

The chief forecaster for WeatherBELL Analytics, Joe Bastardi, gave CBN News his predictions. He believes the storm will devastate the Virgin Islands and then give Puerto Rico “a bad storm,” but not hit it directly.

Bastardi says the storm will continue into the Turks and Caicos Islands before ultimately hitting Florida.

“I do believe Florida is going to get hit, and it’s going to be a catastrophic event where it hits,” he predicted. “The easiest way out if you want to call it that with this hurricane is that after the Southern Bahamas, it goes west into Cuba, weakens for a while, then comes back north.”

“If that’s the case, we have a severe hurricane – no doubt about that – for south Florida,” he continued. “If it just stays over the water and goes between Cuba and Florida before coming into Florida, this could be as bad a hurricane as we’ve ever seen hit south Florida.”

“And in the worst case scenario, I could see the pressure in this – the barometric pressure – falling as low as the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, which brought winds of over 200 miles an hour to the Florida Keys,” Bastardi said.

And in response to that possibility, the meteorologist has advice for people in the path of Hurricane Irma.

“Listen to whatever authorities on that matter have to say,” Bastardi said. “...You prepare for the worst; pray for the best, and that’s what I would do.”

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Wake Up and Live America! Jim Willie: ‘We Are In A Situation That No One Has Ever Seen In The History Of The World’ -9 Thoughts on “Jim Willie: US Dollar Will Not Survive 2015!”

Wake Up and Live America! Jim Willie: ‘We Are In A Situation That No One Has Ever Seen In The History Of The World’ -9 Thoughts on “Jim Willie: US Dollar Will Not Survive 2015!”


Editor’s Note: With the potential for a GREXIT & a Greek debt default merely hours away, with the potential for global contagion and derivatives collapse in the aftermath, we thought it apropos to revisit Jim Willie’s Most Explosive Call and Hat Trick Letter in recent memory: By Jim

In the closing months of 2014, on numerous occasions the position was put forth that as the days of January stacked up, toward the end of the month and going into February, that the global financial structures would show severe strain, widespread disruptions, and possible signs of cracks in breakdown. The forecasts were clearly stated and repeated. Even the present flow of events has been shocking, despite the expectation.

The forecast certainly has proven correct.

The disruptive events and pace of systemic breakdown are surely going to continue. The year will go down in history as extremely messy, extremely chaotic, and extremely important in the demise of the USDollar.

Check the 7-year cycle for an amazing sequence that goes back to the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo, the 1980 Gold & Silver Hunt Brothers peak, the 1987 Black Monday, the 1994 Irrational Exuberance with ensuing Asian Meltdown, the 2001 Inside 9/11 Job, and the 2008 Lehman failure. The Year 2015 will be known for the USDollar demise with full fireworks, set up with Ukraine and the European repeat of Waterloo. A quickening pace of events is highly indicative in two natural types in nature, namely the lead up to a natural earthquake, and the lead up to a human childbirth.

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The forecast about fast acceleration of events into the January month has occurred on schedule. Normally a very big event occurs every several weeks, or every few months. In just the last three weeks ten have taken place of significance. The pace has quickened in an alarming fashion. The Great Quickening has commenced. Something big ugly and nasty this way comes. The events are worth emphasis, since each has enormous implications and fallout.

Russia jumped off the Petro-Dollar recycle wagon. Their entire oil trade will not be kept in USDollars. Instead, it will be exchanged immediately into Rubles. Expect some to be converted into RMB for their bilateral trade with China. The Russian action is an integral part of the demise of the Petro-Dollar. They react to US-led boycott.


The Swiss removed the 120 Euro peg to their Franc currency. For over three years their central bank had maintained a hoard of paper mache Euro currencies that accumulated perhaps as much as 800 billion Euros. It became unsustainable. They ran a long US Dollar trade with short Gold, which finally will go into reverse. The Langley crew had billions in SWFrancs stuffed in shrink wrapped palettes. They profited handsomely. The Swiss seem to have opened the gates of hell for the Gold market, and might have been slammed with a Gold margin call as leased gold bullion dried up.

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The Greeks have prepared to exit the European Union and to default on debt. Their defiant Syriza party won a mandate, a clear leftist majority. Next comes some severe disruption. They might print money to pay off their external debt, which would be an ironic justice. Expect great repercussions within Greece into Europe, at the same time the Russians are passing a gas pipeline as carrot to Greece. With the pipeline will come valuable fees to the Greek nation. They will leave the European Union, with almost certainty. They will soon export food products to Russia, lifting the economy.

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The Euro Central Bank announced details on their newest QE tampering. They are to pile on the bond and asset purchases, with a clever attempt to avoid it being corrosive unsterilized by means of cooperative gestures with member nations. Regardless of the details, the Germans are harsh critics of the Draghi procedures. The opposition has shaped up between the EuroCB and the Bundesbank. The Jackass is certain that Germany will leave the EU, leave the common Euro, and eventually leave NATO. The objection to the Draghi QE decision will lead to a major crisis in the European Union.

King Abdullah died and the transition for the royal family begin
He has been replaced by formerly crown prince Salman, who suffers from senile dementia, and will have a terrible time to hold power. The battle for succession has just begun, as rival tribes vie for power, after several decades of being excluded. The events inside Saudi boundaries will increase, turn more violent, and be highly disruptive. Pressure for reform will be fierce and unending.1

Merkel has offered a trade union proposal to Russia, which discards the US-led TTIP trade pact. At the Davos Economic Summit, the German Chancellor actually offered a trade pact with Russia which implicitly rejected the US-led TransAtlantic Trade & Investment Partnership. The ironic part is that Merkel has proposed exactly what Russia & China have been developing for two years, known as the Eurasian Trade Zone. Germany is looking for a way out of the European Union.

The German watchdog financial cop BaFin found no improper manipulation in the gold market. They mean from the DeutscheBank perspective. This decision is a setback for the camp that opposes corrupt markets in bond values, currency exchange rates, bank accounting. The backlash could come from numerous flanks, all of which seek justice and fair markets. Market rigging seems never to cease as the climax nears. In Germany, two camps are divided. The politicians are dominated by the banker elite, although loud rumblings come from the ministers levels. The industrial captains manage commerce, and wish to avoid profound economic damage. The US alliance is no longer working toward German benefit. The industrial camp will prevail, but with a huge battle and many unknowns to come.

The Swiss have set up a major RMB trading center in Zurich. An interesting competition is certain to unfold as London, Zurich, and Frankfurt compete for aliveChinese financial flow in RMB terms. Refer to currency exchange, bond issuance, and direct investment (FDI). While London has the tradition and Zurich has the prestige, the Germans have been hand-picked by the Kremlin and Beijing to serve as the cradle and crucible for European linkage to Asia. The industrial ties to Russia and China extend from Germany, along with huge and growing trade and investment.

The details for Gazprom pipeline extension through Turkey have been revealed, by way of the Black Sea, with volume stated in the plans. In a brilliant stroke, Gazprom decided abruptly to cut off Ukraine on the pipeline construction. It will not pass through Eastern Europe, where US Govt bribery, threats, and corrupt business plans were taking place to block plans. Instead, the pipeline will pass through Turkey, with announced hub on the Greek border. It is being dubbed Turk Stream. The construction will take at least 18 months. In the meantime, the European nations will have to struggle to find a way to connect to its gas lines, and to avoid wreckage from their errant destructive US alliance.

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The USEconomy had an enormous miss in expected Durable Good orders. The list of job cuts and project cutbacks in the US, Canadian, British, and European Economies was six pages in length for a recent work toward the January Hat Trick Letter. It was refined to a few pages. It is a veritable procession of business failure from failed monetary and economic policy failure. The USEconomy is stuck in a multi-year powerful recession. QE aggravates the economic deterioration. Numerous major name corporations are making utterly huge astonishing job cuts, the most recent being IBM. Big banks and energy related firms dominate in such news.

Events are flowing extremely rapidly, even at a dizzying pace. It is not remotely possibly to anticipate the next critical event, but one can surely expect something every two to three days recently, something of urgent important with extreme consequence.

In addition to the above events, the US & Canadian shale oil & gas sector is shutting down, without a single event to point to. The shale subprime debt implosion is imminent, already have triggered. The damage will be progressively worse over time.

The 2015 year is off with a very unstable bang, exactly as expected. Notice that none of the above events pertain to the BRICS Alliance.

Their movement will enforce the Global Paradigm Shift to bring about a return of the Gold Standard. Since the US-UK bankers control the financial sector in FOREX currencies and sovereign bonds and banking systems, the East will make steadfast progress in bring back the Gold Standard from the trade ramps. Details to above events, the universal disruption, and the BRICS initiatives are covered in the Hat Trick Letter.



With the acceleration of events in progress and in view, the pressures will grow against the entire King Dollar Court, the corrupt fortresses in Wall Street and London Ce
ntre, the crime syndicate hive. The USDollar will not survive the year. It might not vanish this year, but will surely show its eventual destination in the dustbin of  history.

The four legs of the Petro-Dollar might be described as being the banking system, the FOREX currencies, the sovereign bonds, and crude oil.

a) After the Lehman killjob crisis failure, the banking system turned insolvent. Thanks to the FASB accounting rules that were bent, the banks have continued as hollow reed pillars. They have been on the one side been settling law suits and investor claims, while on the other side been kept liquid by means of narco money laundering (confirmed by the United Nations). If one big Western bank enters failure, the entire set of big banks will risk failure simultaneously in direct contagion.

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b) The sovereign bonds are being supported by Quantitative Easing, the highly corrosive monetary policy by the US Federal Reserve. Other central banks had been well coordinated at the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, and the Bank of Japan. If not direct money printing, it is their usage of Dollar Swap Facilities. In the last couple months, evidence has grown that the major central banks are on their own, acting to preserve their economies, and taking action with local motive. The USGovt raided the Japanese $1.2 trillion pension fund. The Swiss ensured that all nations will break the coordinated monetary policy with the USFed.


c) The connection between the USDollar and Crude Oil price has been broken, in ways not described or reported in the press. A vast system of FOREX derivatives are being dissolved that connect to the Crude Oil price, resulting on lost control. The rising USD and falling oil price is evidence of the breakdown. The relationship between the USGovt and the Saudis has deteriorated to alarming levels, despite the photo ops on display to deceive. The Saudis have been working on monthly conferences with the Beijing leaders, in what could be called a lovefest for economic cooperation and financial joining at the oil hip. The Saudis and other Gulf Emirate nations will be working to convert their combined $2.2 trillion in sovereign wealth funds into diversified assets, led by Gold. These Arabs will work to replace their Gold bullion stolen in Swiss banks.

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The high exchange rates seen to favor the US Dollar does not mean it is strong. The global movement in fast clear trend is the wider usage of Chinese RMB. On at least 20 different bilateral conduits, the Chinese trade is almost exclusively done in RMB terms. The Yuan Swap Facility with numerous nations like Australia and New Zealand, lately Switzerland, Germany, and Canada, and several smaller Asian nations assures steadily higher RMB trade settlement. Even US corporations are fast converting US  Dollars to RMB which assure their import supply lines. The standard of USD trade settlement is going away.

The USDollar is dying like a rocket, shooting upward. Methinks the Petro-Dollar linkages are all broken. As a result, the USD rises, and correspondingly oil falls. Most people attach motive to the price movement. Doing so is erroneously. Instead, the price mechanisms are broken, predominantly a structural effect across most financial markets in an alarming development. The lost control is being manifested in a higher USDX index. It is paradoxically evidence of a dying King Dollar and a failure of its court.


Huge pressures are building. The year 2015 will be when the system openly breaks down, when steadfast US allies break ranks from the King Dollar Court, and work to enable their nations to survive. The year 2015 will be when the entire world (East & West) openly calls for the retirement of the USDollar in order to end the destruction, fraud, madness, war, and chaos. The USFed with its corrosive QE has hastened the major nations of the world to rush toward implementation of the Gold Standard. They must install it from the trade ramps, not the financial ramps. They are in race with time, since their economies are faltering.

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Mahatma Gandhi was a sage. He has a famous quote best presented in summary form. “Seven Deadly Sins: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Science without humanity, Knowledge without character, Politics without principle, Commerce without morality, Worship without sacrifice.” Without any hesitation, equivocation, or doubt, all these important sins are growing trends and priorities in modern United States.


London Paul summarized well the current path of disruption and powerful change. “The so-called experts have thrived in a world which was all about obfuscation. As this paradigm collapses, they are desperately trying to hang onto a totally failed construct and refuse to accept the reality of what is coming. The alternative terrifies them to their very core. Greece was a clear indication that the masses are waking up in significant numbers to the insanity of a cabal agenda of death, dest
ruction, and grand larceny all wrapped as being in our best interests. When I have spoken before about a time which will be savage and uncompromising, it was in my opinion a realistic assessment of what is coming. However, when we get through the other side, the world will transform out of recognition and in ways that would seem impossible from our current frame of reference. So we continue to accumulate Gold & Silver to protect ourselves against the financial carnage that is coming. Humanity is going to go through a very sharp learning curve and will have to work together for common goals and aspirations as it should always have been. Necessity is the mother of invention and we will all have to go through that process of total reinvention. The level of ruthless manipulation to divide and conquer humanity for decades and beyond will become clear and it will truly shock humanity.”

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The gold market is rallying in the Yen terms, in the Euro terms, and in the Can Dollar terms. The Swiss have ignited a global gold rally. They very likely covered a short gold position in a complex arbitrage trade. Notice the gold price decline from the $1900/oz level began at about the same time the Swiss announced their Euro 120 peg in late 2011. Notice the gold reversal has begun exactly at the time of the Swiss de-peg decision. It might be easy to conclude that the Swiss National Bank financed their Euro peg by crushing the Gold market. In the three and a half years during their peg, the gold price lost one third of its value on the corrupt COMEX market. With the Swiss lit fuse, no turning back. The reversals are significant. In Switzerland, the people have been given a hefty gold price discount due to the rising SWFranc currency. The Gold price in USD terms will be the last event, the ultimate event in confirmation.

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The Jackass has no problem admitting an error. They can be valuable learning opportunities. The last big error was made in expecting a higher USTreasury Bond yield in 2011. Big error indeed, as the learning curve featured forced comprehension of the powerful Interest Rate Swap derivatives. With Morgan Stanley putting on $8.5 trillion in IRSwaps in a mere six months time going into end 2010, the USTreasurys rallied with rising price and falling yield. This contrary event occurred despite greater USGovt debt, fewer USTBond investors, and a debt rating downgrade. The paradox is explained with the vast IRSwap machinery. Thanks to Rob Kirby, the Jackass learned more about the derivatives and the fabricated bond demand from computers, managed by JPMorguen. Too bad Bill Gross of PIMCO did not hire Kirby as a consultant.


The latest error is minor, but interesting. The Jackass had stated recently in reports that Poland, Hungary, and other Eastern European nations were all exposed to home mortgages in Swiss Franc denomination. With a rising SWFranc exchange rate, their aggregate mortgage debt balances will be damaged from having risen in amount. They will have a higher debt burden suddenly. The Polish are exposed. However, in a three step process, the Hungarians side stepped the risk in a very clever adept maneuver. The Orban Admin forced the banks to convert all foreign currency denominated property mortgages into Hungarian Forint (HUF) mortgages. Note that the switcharoo took place just a couple of months before the Swiss central bank de-peg. The HUF is not pegged to any currency including the USDollar or Euro. The correction was given by a sharp Hungarian Hat Trick Letter client, who has been valuable not only with respect to matters pertaining to his country like the South Stream Gazprom pipeline project, but also to events in nearby Ukraine. Prime Minister Viktor Orban might be at risk. He has fended off the USGovt fascist pressures to block the Gazprom pipeline. He has gone on an independent path. He might be a Langley target. Maybe Budapest will be treated to some public shootings or explosions by yet more lone gunmen, like in Paris following the President Hollande comments in opposition to continued Russian sanctions.

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People had better prepare themselves for some conclusion events, certain to occur with fireworks. The USDollar is soon to go away, put to rest, killed off. Its rise signals its demise. The hidden dismantle of the Petro-Dollar mechanism has been eerie, mysterious, and full of intrigue. The Gold Standard will return, but through the trade window. The solution to the untreated Global Financial Crisis is the gold
route. The Eurasian Trade Zone will be built upon the gold route, and see a revival of the Silk Road.
It cannot be stopped, not even by war. The safe haven is not the USDollar, but rather Gold & Silver bars & coins, otherwise defined as money.


The crisis is better described as the Global Monetary War. Any nation wishing to establish trade or a monetary system centered upon gold is branded a rogue nation, subject to extreme propaganda. This is precisely why Russia is being vilified, since they want no more USDollar in trade or banking, and lead a global movement to discard the USD as global reserve currency. The solution is with precious metals as the core to banking, trade, and currency, even wealth preservation. The new 2015 year will be exciting. As the Jackass forecasted, 2014 did indeed end much differently from the way it began. The agents of change are working at hyper-speed now. The USDollar is doomed, and its captains are running for their lives. They are not worth bargaining with in magnanimous cut deals. Better to treat them like fire ants and bothersome fleas and diseased rodents and rabid dogs. The return of Gold to its primacy is long overdue.

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THE HAT TRICK LETTER PROFITS IN THE CURRENT CRISIS.b) The major currencies are in a grand disruption right here right now. The rush into the USD for settling derivatives and as safe haven has rattled the FOREX worse than at any time in recent history, perhaps including the 1995 Asian Meltdown. The emerging market debt involves several $trillion in volume, all of which rose on the balance for the debt burden. Defaults lie directly ahead. The US Economy will be greatly victimized by the higher USD valuation, with respect to stock and property investments, in addition to export trade.

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BREAKING: M6.6 Earthquake Strikes off Alaska Volcano! Tsunami Warning Buoys “Broken”

BREAKING: M6.6 Earthquake Strikes off Alaska Volcano! Tsunami Warning Buoys “Broken”

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is reporting a strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake near the Tanaga Volcano in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska at abut 1:30 PM Eastern US time today.  According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, there is NO TSUNAMI danger despite this earthquake taking place at a very shallow depth of 10km.

It’s a good thing there’s no Tsunami because the shoddy maintenance practices of the US Department of Commerce – National Data Buoy Center, has allowed almost FIFTY PERCENT of the Tsunami Warning Buoys in the north Pacific Ocean, to remain unrepaired for months, and some for almost a year!  In fact, the sole warning buoy which would alert folks in Hawaii if their lives were in danger, hasn’t worked in months!  

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Repeated calls to the National Data Buoy Center over the course of several months, in which SuperStation95 sought information about repairs to these life-savings devices, have never been returned.  So not only do these government folks not bother to fix the safety equipment we gave them, they don’t return phone calls either.  Nice folks, these government public servants!

 The map below shows the locations and status of the Tsunami warning buoys.  The ones appearing in red are broken:


Seismotectonics of Alaska

The Aleutian arc extends approximately 3,000 km from the Gulf of Alaska in the east to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the west. It marks the region where the Pacific plate subducts into the mantle beneath the North America plate. This subduction is responsible for the generation of the Aleutian Islands and the deep offshore Aleutian Trench.

The curvature of the arc results in a westward transition of relative plate motion from trench-normal (i.e., compressional) in the east to trench-parallel (i.e., translational) in the west, accompanied by westward variations in seismic activity, volcanism, and overriding plate composition. The Aleutian arc is generally divided into three regions: the western, central, and eastern Aleutians. Relative to a fixed North America plate, the Pacific plate is moving northwest at a rate that increases from roughly 60 mm/yr at the arc’s eastern edge to 76 mm/yr near its western terminus. The eastern Aleutian arc extends from the Alaskan Peninsula in the east to the Fox Islands in the west. Motion along this section of the arc is characterized by arc-perpendicular convergence and Pacific plate subduction beneath thick continental lithosphere. This region exhibits intense volcanic activity and has a history of megathrust earthquakes.


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The central Aleutian arc extends from the Andreanof Islands in the east to the Rat Islands in the west. Here, motion is characterized by westward-increasing oblique convergence and Pacific plate subduction beneath thin oceanic lithosphere. Along this portion of the arc, the Wadati-Benioff zone is well defined to depths of approximately 200 km. Despite the obliquity of convergence, active volcanism and megathrust earthquakes are also present along this margin.

The western Aleutians, stretching from the western end of the Rat Islands in the east to the Commander Islands, Russia, in the west, is tectonically different from the central and eastern portions of the arc. The increasing component of transform motion between the Pacific and North America plates is evidenced by diminishing active volcanism; the last active volcano is located on Buldir Island, in the far western portion of the Rat Island chain. Additionally, this portion of the subduction zone has not hosted large earthquakes or megathrust events in recorded history. Instead, the largest earthquakes in this region are generally shallow, predominantly strike-slip events with magnitudes between M5-6. Deeper earthquakes do occur, albeit rather scarcely and with small magnitudes (M<4), down to approximately 50 km.

Most of the seismicity along the Aleutian arc results from thrust faulting that occurs along the interface between the Pacific and North America plates, extending from near th
e base of the trench to depths of 40 to 60 km. Slip along this interface is responsible for generating devastating earthquakes. Deformation also occurs within the subducting slab in the form of intermediate-depth earthquakes that can reach depths of 250 km. Normal faulting events occur in the outer rise region of the Aleutian arc resulting from the bending of the oceanic Pacific plate as it enters the Aleutian trench. Additionally, deformation of the overriding North America plate generates shallow crustal earthquakes.

The Aleutian arc is a seismically active region, evidenced by the many moderate to large earthquakes occurring each year. Since 1900, this region has hosted twelve large earthquakes (M>7.5) including the May 7, 1986 M8.0 Andreanof Islands, the June 10, 1996 M7.9 Andreanof Islands, and the November 17, 2003 M7.8 Rat Islands earthquakes. Six of these great earthquakes (M8.3 or larger) have occurred along the Aleutian arc that together have ruptured almost the entire shallow megathrust contact. The first of these major earthquakes occurred on August 17, 1906 near the island of Amchitka (M8.3) in the western Aleutian arc. However, unlike the other megathrust earthquakes along the arc, this event is thought to have been an intraplate event occurring in the shallow slab beneath the subduction zone interface.


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The first megathrust event along the arc during the 20th century was the November 10, 1938 M8.6 Shumagin Island earthquake. This event ruptured an approximately 300 km long stretch of the arc from the southern end of Kodiak Island to the northern end of the Shumagin Islands and generated a small tsunami that was recorded as far south as Hawaii.

The April 1, 1946 M8.6 Unimak Island earthquake, located in the central Aleutian arc, was characterized by slow rupture followed by a devastating Pacific-wide tsunami that was observed as far south as the shores of Antarctica. Although damage from earthquake shaking was not severe locally, tsunami run-up heights were recorded as high as 42 m on Unimak Island and tsunami waves in Hilo, Hawaii also resulted in casualties. The slow rupture of this event has made it difficult to constrain the focal mechanism and depth of the earthquake, though it is thought to have been an interplate thrust earthquake.

The next megathrust earthquake occurred along the central portion of the Aleutian arc near the Andreanof Islands on March 9, 1957, with a magnitude of M8.6. The rupture length of this event was approximately 1200 km, making it the longest observed aftershock zone of all the historic Aleutian arc events. Although only limited seismic data from this event are still available, significant damage and tsunamis were observed on the islands of Adak and Unimak with tsunami heights of approximately 13 m.

The easternmost megathrust earthquake was the March 28, 1964 M9.2 Prince William Sound earthquake, currently the second largest recorded earthquake in the world. The event had a rupture length of roughly 700 km extending from Prince William Sound in the northeast to the southern end of Kodiak Island in the southwest. Extensive damage was recorded in Kenai, Moose Pass, and Kodiak but significant shaking was felt over a large region of Alaska, parts of western Yukon Territory, and British Columbia, Canada. Property damage was the largest in Anchorage, as a result of both the main shock shaking and the ensuing landslides.

This megathrust earthquake also triggered a devastating tsunami that caused damage along the Gulf of Alaska, the West Coast of the United States, and in Hawaii.

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The westernmost Aleutians megathrust earthquake followed a year later on February 4, 1965. This M8.7 Rat Islands earthquake was characterized by roughly 600 km of rupture. Although this event is quite large, damage was low owing to the region’s remote and sparsely inhabited location. A relatively small tsunami was recorded throughout the Pacific Ocean with run-up heights up to 10.7 m on Shemya Island and flooding on Amchitka Island.

Although the Aleutian arc is highly active, seismicity is rather discontinuous, with two regions that have not experienced a large (M>8.0) earthquake in the past century: the Commander Islands in the western Aleutians and the Shumagin Islands in the east. Due to the dominantly transform motion along the western arc, there is potential that the Commander Islands will rupture in a moderate to large strike-slip earthquake in the future. The Shumagin Islands region may also have high potential for hosting a large rupture in the future, though it has been suggested that little strain is being accumulated along this section of the subduction zone, and thus associated hazards may be reduced.



East of the Aleutian arc along the Gulf of Alaska, crustal earthquakes occur
as a result transmitted deformation and stress associated with the northwestward convergence of the Pacific plate that collides a block of oceanic and continental material into the North America plate. In 2002, the Denali Fault ruptured in a sequence of earthquakes that commenced with the October 23 M6.7 Nenana Mountain right-lateral strike-slip earthquake and culminated with the November 3, M7.9 Denali earthquake which started as a thrust earthquake along a then unrecognized fault and continued with a larger right-lateral strike-slip event along the Denali and Totschunda Faults.

Given the history of this area, and its ability to generate utterly FEROCIOUS and DEADLY earthquakes – and tsunami tidal waves –  one wonders what level of incompetence exists at the National Data Buoy Center that they would sit idly-by while almost fifty percent of the warning buoys under their care, remain broken?

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Living Fences – How To Make A Living Fence For Your Garden…

Living Fences – How To Make A Living Fence For Your Garden…


Fences on your farm or homestead define property boundaries and separate production zones (garden, pasture, orchard). They provide privacy and security from animal (and perhaps human) intruders. They confine livestock and protect them from predators. They guard crop areas from wild raiders (such as deer) as well as animal allies (such as sheep and goats).

Your first choice for such a multifunctional homestead necessity may be manufactured fencing: woven or electric wire, welded livestock panels, boards on pressure-treated posts, or even virgin or recycled plastic. As the energy and environmental crises deepen, however, such options are becoming less appealing and more expensive.

The chemical preservatives, paints, and galvanizing agents used in fence manufacturing and maintenance may have toxic spillover effects in the environment. Furthermore, most manufactured fencing is a “one for one” solution. A woven wire fence meant to contain livestock, for example, provides that service and nothing more. The key to a more self-sufficient homestead that imitates natural systems is finding solutions that simultaneously solve more than one problem, provide more than one service and support more than one project. Enter living fences.


The Many Benefits of Living Fences

A living fence is a permanent hedge tight enough and tough enough to serve almost any of the functions of a manufactured fence, but it offers agricultural and biological services a manufactured fence cannot. For instance, it provides “edge habitat” that supports ecological diversity. As more species (insects, spiders, toads, snakes, birds and mammals) find food and refuge in this habitat, natural balances emerge, yielding, for example, a reduction of rodents and crop-damaging insect populations.

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Depending on the plant or tree species you choose, living fences can provide food and medicine or fodder for your livestock. Your animals will also enjoy the shade of a dense hedge. The foliage of some hedge plants, such as elder and Chinese chestnut, contains more protein than the quintessential protein forage crop, alfalfa. Willow and honey locust also make good fodder. I’ve been experimenting with Siberian pea shrub recently, as the peas can be harvested to feed poultry.

Leguminous species included in the fence, such as black locust and pea shrub,fix nitrogen in the soil throughout the root zone, and you can harvest some of that nitrogen for garden mulches and compost in the form of leafy prunings. A living fence increases soil humus as its leaf litter and root hairs (which the plants shed to balance loss of top growth to pruning or browsing) break down.

Living fences are windbreaks, which reduce soil drying, wind erosion, and stress on livestock or crop plants, thus increasing yields. Hedges sited along contours can reduce rainfall erosion on slopes.

Living fences can last far longer than manufactured ones — for as long as the natural life span of the species used, which may be hundreds of years. Many species can be “coppiced,” meaning they will send up abundant new shoots after the main trunk has been cut. A living fence of a coppiced species readily renews itself following selective cutting for wood fuel and other uses.

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Finally, a living fence, unlike a static manufactured fence, brings an ever-changing beauty to your landscape: flowers in spring, colorful fruit in summer, brilliant colors in fall and a complex, geometric structure in winter.


Living Fences in America

Though common in ornamental landscaping, living agricultural fences haven’t been used much in the United States, despite extensive use in countries that supplied Colonial America with most of its new settlers. George Washington tried to carry on the tradition at Mount Vernon because, like mo
dern gardeners and orchardists, he was plagued by deer and other marauders. Washington, concerned by both the labor and the loss of forest involved in producing split-rail fencing, concluded that growing living fences was not only a good idea, but was a necessity.

According to Washington’s diary, the species he settled on as most suitable was “Honey locust; the seed of which not to be put more than Six Inches a part; that when they get to any size they may be so close, stubborn, and formidable, as to prevent an escalade [incursion by predators] … indeed I know of nothing that will so effectually, and at so small an expence, preserve what is within the Inclosure, as this plant.”


Osage Orange

Major living fence applications in the United States have utilized Osage orange trees (Maclura pomifera), also called hedge apple or horse apple. For an incredibly tough, enduring windbreak that’s a major player in a local ecology, probably nothing surpasses Osage orange.

It was planted extensively in the central and eastern areas of the country in the 1800s (before the invention of barbed wire), especially to fence the rapidly colonized prairies. After the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, thousands of miles of Osage orange were grown as shelterbelts to prevent wind erosion.

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Easily propagated from seeds, cuttings, or sprouts from the roots, Osage orange is tolerant of a wide range of soils, resistant to drought, long-lived, and affected little by insects or disease. Planted at a spacing of 1 foot, in four years it makes a fence that is “horse-high, bull-strong, and hog-tight.”

The sharp, stout thorns on Osage orange growth deter deer and livestock. A couple of heavy prunings a year can keep an Osage hedge 4 feet high by 2 feet wide. Without hard pruning, however, it will rapidly grow much taller.

Because Osage orange coppices vigorously, farmers can clear-cut sections of fence on a 10- to 16- year cycle for fence posts (about 4,000 per mile) that are immune to termites and are the most resistant to decay of any North American tree species. Osage fence posts have been known to stand in the soil for more than 50 years without rotting. The hard, strong wood was previously used to make hubs and rims of wagon wheels.


Establishing Living Fences

Homesteaders typically create living fences by planting appropriate shrub or tree species — started nursery plants, stem, or root cuttings or seeds — at close spacing. As they mature, the saplings are pruned tightly to force thick, bushy growth and form an impenetrable hedge.



Another fascinating option is to join the individual plants by “inosculation.” Inosculated trees or shrubs are planted 4 to 8 inches apart. As they grow, crossing branches are tied, and they then grow together into natural grafts. The result is a closely meshed barrier that becomes stronger and more resistant each year.


Multifunctional Options

A living fence that will be exposed to deer or goats needs to offer deterrence to keep the animals in or out, whichever the case may be. Hawthorns are small trees with stout thorns that make a good defense system. They produce berries that are edible (by wild birds and people) and that can be used medicinally. The wood makes good fuel and tool handles.

Other thorny species that could be used to make living fences are pyracanthas, jujube, hollies, black locust (also fixes nitrogen), honey locust (which has high-protein seeds and pods for livestock and people), prickly ash, and rugosa rose (which has vitamin C-rich fruits, or “hips”).

Of course, your choice of species depends on your climate and the purposes for which you want to use the fence. A couple of widely adaptable species illustrate the multifunctional possibilities.

Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba), hardy in Zones 6 to 9, fruits precociously, and grows quickly even in poor soil a
nd drought. A young tree I planted two years ago (northern Virginia, Zone 6b) is now covered with sweet, pleasant-tasting fruit. The fruits, leaves, seeds, and roots have been used in various Asian medical traditions, and the leaves make excellent livestock fodder. The dense wood makes fairly good fuel, charcoal, and agricultural implements.

Hedges of tagasaste (Chamaecytisus palmensis), which remains in leaf year-round, have been used extensively as windbreaks and shelterbelts in drier regions, and in Australia, they’ve been used as green firebreaks (used to stop the spread of fire).


A deep-rooted nitrogen-fixer, tagasaste grows rapidly even in poor soil and dry conditions. It makes a hedge that recovers quickly from frequent cutting and browsing. Many livestock species, including ruminants, pigs, and poultry, relish tagasaste’s foliage, which is 20 to 27 percent protein. An early bloomer, it’s excellent forage for honeybees. It coppices readily, and its wood makes good fuel.

If you want to try an inosculated fence, a wide range of tree, shrub, and vine species are good candidates: elm, a number of the oaks, olive, dogwood, beech, hornbeam, peach, almond, hazel (filbert), a number of the willows, sycamore, grape and wisteria. Trees with pliable branches are especially suitable, with apple, hawthorn, linden, and pear among the best.

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You may certainly mix different species in your living fences. You could set larger trees — fruit or nut trees, for example — at greater spacing than a tightly planted hedge, and then fill the gaps with lowergrowing species such as rugosa rose or berry brambles, which would produce harvestable food and thorns for deterrence.


Establishing living fences can be labor-intensive — think of planting 450 seeds or cuttings per 100-yard stretch of fence. Before the fence becomes well-established, you’ll need to take care to protect it from weeds, deer and domesticated browsers. Regular pruning of the mature fence may be necessary. Of course, if you use the prunings for mulches or livestock fodder, the chore is hardly lost effort, and in some cases, the pruning can be left to grazing livestock.

The Future of Agricultural Fencing

Since the death of George Washington’s dream of farm-grown fences, Americans exploiting an incredibly rich continent and rapid technological innovation have usually preferred manufactured fences to living ones. As we enter a new age of ecological limitations and awareness, however, we will hopefully rediscover the benefits of growing our fences. We may even discover a new land ethic through utilizing a farm resource that serves as a major part of the landscape and spans generations.


How to Start an Osage Orange Living Fence

1. Collect “oranges” in fall and store them in buckets exposed to freeze-thaw cycles — and even rain and snow — all winter.

2. During the same fall, plow a furrow where you want the hedge. Leave it open and let the soil mellow over winter.

3. The following spring, at about corn planting time, add a bit of water to the buckets and mash the fermented oranges into a thick slurry.

4. Dribble the slurry along the furrow.

5. Partially backfill the furrow with some soil to cover the seeds.

6. If it seems prudent (i.e., the tree seedlings are consistently crowded), thin the seedlings to about 18 inches.

7. In fall, lay the seedlings over in the trench, weaving them together. Backfill the trench, but don’t cover the entire stem of any tree.

8. The second year, the trees will sprout a mess of lateral branches that will grow straight up.

9. In the second fall, weave the new vertical stems together so you get a horizontal stem barrier about 2 feet from the ground.

10. In the third year, prune the hedge’s shoots to the final height you desire (4 to 5 feet works well for most purposes). Pruning the rapidly growing verticals several times over the summer will stimulate the lower buds and branches to produce more (and more vigorous) growth.



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  1. Cynthia 9 July, 2016 at 02:12 Reply

    What would be a good living fence for me in Zone 5. I wouldn’t mind something edible, but no thorns as the location is close to a sidewalk.

  2. Heidi 31 July, 2016 at 18:23 Reply

    I would like to make an osage orange fence. Where can I find the “oranges” to make the slurry from? I live in Missouri.

Pray For the Best but Prepare For the Worst-The Elite Are In A PANIC-ELITE UNDERGROUND BUNKERS – Why Are So Many Of The Super Wealthy Preparing Bug Out Locations?

Pray For the Best but Prepare For the Worst-The Elite Are In A PANIC-ELITE UNDERGROUND BUNKERS – Why Are So Many Of The Super Wealthy Preparing Bug Out Locations?



Why Are So Many Of The Super Wealthy Preparing Bug Out Locations? It is believed to be large enough to house 60,000 persons, with a special air filtration system designed to withstand a nuclear, chemical or biological attack.

Enough food and water is believed to be stored at the site to sustain the entire underground population for months on end Die-hard [U.S.] planners actually have their eyes on targets in Russia and China, including and leadership bunkers.

For these planners, the Cold never ended. Their top two candidates [i.e., targets] in Russia are located inside the Yamantau and Kosvinsky mountains in the central and southern Urals.They have also been constructing thousands of new underground shelters in major cities such as Moscow.

Mount Yamantau is a part of the Ural mountain range near Bashkortostan in Russia, a wild and brooding landscape where craggy peaks reach high into a cloud-filled sky, and for years, rumours have circulated about a top secret base built beneath the remote range.

Beginning in the 1990s, satellite images appeared to pick up major excavations underway in the area surrounding the 5,380 ft Mount Yamantau, which also includes the military closed town of Mezhgorye. Inquiries into the excavations have resulted in myriad responses from the Russian government, none of which have entirely satisfied western governments.

Russia has offered up a number of seemingly-conflicting explanations for the shadowy site’s purpose in response to ongoing US questioning. The Kremlin has variously claimed that the site is a large-scale mining operation, an emergency bunker for Russian leaders, a repository for the nation’s most valued treasures, and even a food storage bunker. But when probed further by foreign media outlets, the Defense Ministry declined to comment.

The Mount Yamantau complex – whatever it may be – appears to be vast in scope. In 1996, several years after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the New York Times reported that thousands of workers were involved in the building of what the west suspected to be a subterranean nuclear facility, and that an entire railway and highway system have been constructed to support it.

Some reports suggest that construction began on the facility beneath Mount Yamantau (the highest peak in the southern Urals) as early as the 1970s, and continued for decades before coming under the scrutiny of western surveillance satellites.

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Some Clinton administration officials believed it may be a command and control centre as well as a nuclear bunker for Russian officials, making it defensive in nature. But they also speculated that it could be a wartime production facility to be deployed in the event of a nuclear strike, or a storage site for clandestine weapons of mass destruction.

The potential purpose of the mysterious construction beneath the Ural Mountains was a delicate one for the Clinton administration. Officials and analysts were concerned that millions of dollars of US aid to Russia – provided in a bid to assist the financially-starved country dismantle its Cold War nuclear weapons – could be funding new weapons production, in breach of arms limitation treaties and beyond the needs of national defence.


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Nearly 5,000 new emergency shelters will be built in Moscow by 2012 to save people in case of potential . Though the bunkers are supposed to be designed to shelter the population in the event of a , government officials say it’s only a precaution and they do not expect such an or outbreak (e.g. Chernobyl) to occure.

The Russians also recently finished work on a brand new national center in Moscow that contains extensive underground facilities Russia is launching a new national defense facility, which is meant to monitor threats to national security in peacetime, but would take control of the entire country in case of .

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In addition, the Russians have also been developing a new system that is designed to keep U.S. from getting to their targets in the first place.

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sians are going to flip out. We just continue to take even more steps along the road toward , and it is a that the United States is completely and utterly unprepared for uncovers one of the biggest and most dangerous issues in recent history, a Rosetta Stone that will decode the deception taking place throughout our world.


As Russians build gigantic underground bunkers, spanning 400 square miles, the elite are planning their escape from America by purchasing airstrips, farms and underground shelters in record numbers.

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aAs preparations for intensify, the public is being told it’s not a danger anymore. Get this emergency broadcast out to everyone you know before the time for action runs out. Over the past few years, wealthy people all over America have been equipping their homes with futuristic high tech security systems that go far beyond the kinds of things portrayed in recent Hollywood films such as “The Purge“.


We are talking about security bunkers with their own sustainable sources of food and water, hidden passageways that lead to ballistics-proof panic suites, and thermal heat detectors that can detect someone hiding up to 15 kilometers away. Most of these security measures will probably never even be needed if things stay pretty much as they are today.

A lot of ultra-rich people are quietly preparing to “bug out” when the time comes. They are buying survival properties, they are buying farms in far away countries and they are buying deep underground bunkers.

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In fact, a prominent insider at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland says that “very powerful people are telling us they’re scared” and he shocked his audience when he revealed that he knows “hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand”.

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NUCLEAR ALERT-Grave Danger to Public-Catastrophic Leak at Hanford Nuclear Storage Facility

NUCLEAR ALERT-Grave Danger to Public-Catastrophic Leak at Hanford Nuclear Storage Facility


Communities along Washington state’s Columbia River could be wiped out because of a leak in a massive nuclear waste storage tank at the Hanford Nuclear Waste Storage Site in Richland, Washington. 

TO GO WITH AFP STORY US-NUCLEAR-WEAPONS-WASTE, FOCUS by Shaun Tandon (FILES) Workers demolish a decommissioned nuclear reactor during the cleanup operations at the Western hemisphere's most contaminated nuclear site in Hanford, Washington state on March 21, 2011. It sounded like a good idea at the time. Racing to build an atomic bomb during World War II, US authorities sealed off a pristine desert and created the first-ever plutonium reactor. Sixty-eight years later, Hanford remains off limits. Not because of weapons work, which has long ago ceased, but because it is the Western hemisphere's most contaminated nuclear site with 53 million gallons (200 million liters) of radioactive waste stored in aging tanks. With billions of dollars a year invested in cleanup, there is little palpable fear among residents here in the northwestern state of Washington. Some 12,000 people work at Hanford, which at 586 square miles (1,518 square kilometers) is twice the size of Singapore. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Leak detectors sounded early Sunday morning and crews at Hanford lowered a camera into the two-foot-wide space between the tank’s inner and outer walls. They discovered 8.4 inches of radioactive and chemically toxic waste had leaked and was continuing to leak.  These tanks can hold upwards of one million gallons each!


This is catastrophic. This is probably the biggest event to ever happen in tank farm history. The double shell tanks were supposed to hold waste safely from people and the environment,” said former Hanford worker Mike Geffre.  The graphic below shows the problems now faced by the people in Washington state.

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The concern is simple: Once the radioactive waste leaks from the underground tanks, it gets into the ground, get to the ground water, flows to the nearby Columbia  River and wipes out the following communities.


Geffre is the worker who first discovered that the tank, known as AY-102, was failing in 2011. In a 2013 series, “Hanford’s Dirty Secrets,” the Television station KING 5 Investigators exposed that the government contractor in charge of the tanks, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), ignored Geffre’s findings for nearly a year. The company finally admitted the problem in 2012.

Until now, the leak found by Geffre was very slow. The liquid would almost immediately dry up, leaving a salt-like substance on the floor of the two-foot space between the tank’s walls, called the annulus.

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Approximately three weeks ago, work began to pump out the contents of AY-102, which has the capacity to hold one million gallons of the deadly waste. The state of Washington has been pressuring the federal government, which owns Hanford, to pump out AY-102 for three-and-a-half
years because of the cracking and slow leaking discovered by Geffre in 2011. Sources believe the disturbance caused by the pumping must have exacerbated the leak: essentially blowing a hole in the aging tank allowing the material to leak more quickly into the outer shell.

Tank AY-102 is one of 28 double-shell tanks at Hanford (there are 177 underground tanks total) holding nuclear byproducts from nearly four decades of plutonium production on the Hanford Nuclear Site, located near Richland, WA. Initially the plutonium was used to fuel the bombed dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in World War II.

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Plutonium production continued throughout the Cold War. Since 1989 the work at Hanford has focused solely on cleanup – the most difficult being getting rid of the liquid waste left behind that threatens the health of people, wildlife and the environment, including the nearby Columbia River.

The new leak poses problems on several fronts. The outer shell of AY-102 does not have exhaust or filtration systems to keep the dangerous gases created by the waste, in check. Workers have been ordered to wear full respiratory safety gear in the area, but the risk remains.

“The hazards to workers just went up by a factor of 10,” said Geffre.

In addition, the breakdown calls into question the viability of three other double-shell tanks at Hanford that have the exact design of AY-102.

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“The primary tanks weren’t designed to stage waste like this for so many years,” said a current worker. “There’s always the question, ‘Are the outer shells compromised’”?

The accumulation of waste in the outer shell also means the deadliest substance on earth is that much closer to the ground surrounding the tank. And currently there is no viable plan in place to take care of it.

“It makes me sad that they didn’t believe me that there was a problem in 2011,” said Geffre. “I wish they would have listened to me and reacted faster. Maybe none of this would be happening now. It’s an example of a culture at Hanford of ‘We don’t have problems here. We’re doing just fine.’ Which is a total lie,” said Geffre.

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My Grandmother’s Recipe : Blackberry Honey Jam – No White Sugar

My Grandmother’s Recipe : Blackberry Honey Jam – No White Sugar


Blackberry Honey Jam – A taste of pure summer! As many of you might recall, a few weeks back we did a recipe post on Strawberry Honey Jam which was made from just 4 natural ingredients (strawberries, apples, honey, and lemon juice).

We received a tremendous amount of comments from those who have made the jelly and loved the flavor, and more from others wanting to know if it could be made with other fruits.  It definitely is a touch thinner than traditional jam made using white sugar and boxed pectin. However, you can’t beat the thought knowing it isn’t loaded with all that sugar.

Ever since we began using that jelly in our house, I have been asked by several family members to try it with blackberries.  Home made blackberry jam has always been a favorite of Jim’s, and we couldn’t resist trying the recipe with a different fruit.


This recipe will make 4 pints of all natural blackberry jam.

We made a few tweaks to the original recipe to see if we could get the jam a little thicker this time.  By using two large Granny Smith apples, we were able to increase the amount of natural pectin found in the skins of the apples, which made this recipe thicker than the original.  Below is the recipe that I used which made 4 pints plus a few spoonfuls extra.


3 lbs fresh blackberries

1 3/4 cups of honey

2 large Granny Smith apples

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

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1. Wash the blackberries and place in a large stock pot.

2. Slice the apple into quarters, removing the core.  Grate the apples, leaving the skin attached. Add to pot.

3. Add honey and lemon juice

4. Heat on high until the mixture begins to boil, reduce and simmer 15 minutes.

5. Use a potato masher or an immersion blender to smash your blackberries until you reach a smooth consistency free of chunks.

6. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for an additional 15-45 minutes.  You can judge this by the consistency desired.  Reminder – it will thicken when it cools.


2 Large Granny Smith Apples are the thickening agent for this recipe

7.  Place in freezer safe containers, or can using the water bath process for 10 minutes.  It will stay good in the freezer for 6 months, and canned for 12 months.

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Side notes:

Typically you do not want to boil honey as it causes enzymes to break down and lose some of the nutrients desired when using honey. However, in this recipe, we are using the honey as a sweetener in place of white sugar and did not want the strong flavor of our local honey to overpower the blackberry flavor.

When picking out your apples – try to find the under ripe apples.  They hold the most pectin. Definitely do not use over ripened apples in this recipe.


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 Blackberry Honey Jam after being canned.


1.Typically you do not want to boil honey as it causes enzymes to break down and lose some of the nutrients desired when using honey. However, in this recipe, we are using the honey as a sweetener in place of white sugar and did not want the strong flavor of our local honey to overpower the blackberry flavor.

2.When picking out your apples – try to find the under ripe apples. They hold the most pectin. Definitely do not use over ripened apples in this recipe.



  1. Tracy Chamberlin 10 July, 2017 at 18:54 Reply

    Could you use rhubarb instead of apples for the pectin? Rhubarb is in season the same time as blackberries on our homestead and apples don’t arrive until the fall.

  2. D Hasbrouck 16 July, 2017 at 03:10 Reply

    When I use to can with honey this is very similar to the recipe i used, the apples are for the pectin they offer just make you get all juice you can out of the apples or you might have blackberry syrup which is good too but jam is better…

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“WOLF MOON” Tonight: In The Night Between 23 And 24 January, The Moon Will Become a “WOLF MOON”- Turning Point for Many People

“WOLF MOON” Tonight: In The Night Between 23 And 24 January, The Moon Will Become a “WOLF MOON”- Turning Point for Many People



The beginning of 2017 was turbulent, but after the Wolf moon we can expect positive changes. This full, i.e. “wolf” moon will be a turning point for many. Finally, you will come to a decision in so far unsolvable situations and suddenly you will clarify what would be your next move.a

Another interesting thing is that the annual “Wolf Moon” will be in the sign of Leo, and he is a natural leader . Leo loves the entertainment and don’t like conservatism, which in turn implies, that the next period of time will be cheerful.

Maybe you will contact again with someone from your past- some old friend, someone important to you person who you forgot lately, or you just want to forget your worries and have some fun. This after all is what Leo does best.


On the other hand, the wolf is perhaps scary for someone, but in spiritualism, it is symbol of strong intuition and ability of self-knowledge. In the next period you will experience “self-discovery”. You will go deep in your mind and soul and will try to connect them both to work as a team and you will succeed.

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In late January and early February the true picture of your qualities will come out. If you have any plans related to the beginning of a new job, or something new, the wolf moon is a great time to start with.


In any case, this particular night is the best for entertainment this month, and some of you might want to investigate their wild side. The Day after the full moon, January 25, Mercury will cease to be retrograde, and this means that many things and wishes, that you unsuccessfully were trying to plan and execute, will finally fall into place and will be realized. Keep the good spirit, because we are at The Big Planet Parade and enjoy your personal Wolf Moon.



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