Propagating Raspberries and other Perennials

Every year I dig, divide and store my raspberry canes and other perennial garden plants, over the winter, in order to make more plants in the spring; Expanding the garden, and having enough to share, sell, or whatever I like. Why do I think it’s a good idea to dig them in the fall? Because digging up and transplanting raspberry plants in the spring seems to cause them stress; many of my trans-plantings have failed this way (about 90%).

So I harvest my canes in the fall and store them in a cool, humid environment. This gives them time to recover from being divided, and gives them a chance to grow roots and shoots. It basically gives them a better chance to get a head start, before they are transplanted and called upon to perform. This next image shows bare root raspberry canes which have been stored over the winter. Notice the white growth around the roots. If you dig and divide your plants in the spring, they will have to grow these white roots before they can proceed with leaves, and may be set back or die under the stress.


Here is the process that I use: first trim the Canes and remove the leaves, then dig up the roots, being careful not to damage them. You can remove the soil by pounding the clod until it breaks away, then separate the canes by pulling them apart or by cutting them apart. Each cane should have a section of roots and large roots can also be kept. Roots will grow their own cane.

Wrap the roots in a moist towel and store in a partially breathable bag for the winter. I use a dog food bag and store my roots in my cellar. You could keep them in a refrigerator or in a cool dark room. Just be sure to check them and don’t let them get too dry. On the other hand, don’t get them too wet either. Too much moisture will promote mold, slime and decay. I like to stay at about 50% humidity – you can achieve this by using a dog food or bird seed bag, folding the bag over on top, allowing a little bit of space for the roots and canes to breathe.

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Five months later my stored roots have growth protuberances which is a great sign that they are alive and ready to grow. I dig a few holes in the backyard, water them in and plant my best canes. And there you have it: more raspberries than I could want. Below is the full video demonstration on youtube:


Get your Heritage Raspberry Seeds while supplies last and compare the best prices on Amazon here: Heritage Raspberry Seeds

Also available on youtube is a quick, full video demonstration of Rhubard Propagation:

It’s a lot easier than you think, just watch and see…

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And another quick full video demonstration on How to Propagate Comfrey on youtube:

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How To Raise Kundalini – Chakra Cleansing

When you Balance your Chakras, Kundalini Energy is able to flow freely. So what happens next? First of all, what is Kundalini and this talk about balancing Chakras?

Kundalini is a powerful spiritual energy believed to be located near the base of the spine. When Kundalini is raised, one Chakra at a time from the base of the Spine, all the way up to the top of the head, it can unlock miraculous human potentials and release your hidden genius. When you nurture your Energetic Spirit with Kundalini Energy, miracles can become commonplace, luck is on your side, and a mystical light glows within you. You can become Divinity.

This legendary energy can be awakened by cleansing your Chakras, one at a time, allowing them to open and let pure cosmic energy flow through you -connecting you to your higher self. Otherwise known as an awakening.

Each Chakra requires its own specific strategy to open the Chakra and clear the way for Kundalini energy to flow naturally and permanently. Stay with me here, as I explain what causes each Chakra to become blocked and how to cleanse and open each individual Chakra. Please be sure you are in good physical, spiritual and mental health before attempting to perform any of the techniques in this post.


Opening a random Chakra won’t do much good if there is no energy flowing to it. Kundalini energy lies waiting at the base of your spine in the Base chakra so that is where we need to start, to get that energy awakening.

  • The Base Chakra or Root Chakra is associated with primal energy and relates to your most basic survival needs. This Chakra can become blocked by fear. Energy becomes blocked in Chakras just like water in a stream can become blocked by debris. You must let go of your fears and allow them to flow downstream. What keeps most people down in life is that we are holding on to traumatizing emotional events. Everyone does it; after all it’s only natural to hold on to things. That is how we learn and grow. You can let go by identifying your fears and deciding to let go. It’s as simple as that: We are in control of our status if we want to be. Once your Base Chakra is clear, Kundalini will rise to the Sacral Chakra.



  •  The Sacral Chakra is our energetic center of passion and pleasure and it can become blocked by guilt. If you, like many others, are holding on to some kind of guilt from sometime in your life, you will need to identify what event may have caused this guilt and forgive yourself. Life happens – and along the way we do our best. It’s time to forgive yourself and let go of your guilt so that it can flow downstream. Meditate on this if you need to, but know that it will be pointless to move on to the next Chakra if the previous ones remain blocked. Once your Sacral Chakra is clear and open, Kundalini will rise to the Solar Plexus Chakra.

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  • The Solar Plexus Chakra is the center of willpower, confidence and self-discipline. This Chakra can become blocked by shame. Have you ever felt ashamed of something you have done? This shame can block your confidence and willpower. The path to cleansing this Chakra is acceptance. Accept yourself for who you are; accept yourself as you are and Kundalini will rise up to your Heart Chakra.aura


  • The Heart Chakra is our center of pure love. The Heart Chakra is the central Chakra out of our seven chakras. A unifying Chakra and a center of healing. This Chakra can become blocked by grief. Grief and loss can be tough to deal with and letting go of grief can take time. Keep in mind that love eventually heals all wounds; let love heal your grief and move on. If you succeed in letting go of grief, then Kundalini will be allowed to rise up even further to the Throat Chakra.
  • The Throat Chakra is the center of truth and can be blocked by lies. Whether we lie to ourselves or to others, it is a sure way to block your energy. If we accept ourselves then there are no need for lies. Positive affirmations of acceptance can be very useful for cleansing the Throat Chakra. Speak the truth and your Kundalini will rise to your Third Eye.


  • The Third Eye Chakra is our energetic center of deep insight. An open Third Eye Chakra can give us access to inner guidance and extra-sensory perception. This Chakra is blocked by illusion. It’s been said by many that reality is an illusion. Many have said that, because many have seen the truth: Reality is an illusion. We live in a
    reality of separation, where we exist in a world as a complete unit, apart from everything else. Reality, according to those who have seen it, is that everything is connected. Not only is everything connected; everything is all one and the same. We are all part of one singular consciousness. We are all each other – we are everything. Realizing the true nature of reality will cleanse your third eye and safely open it for good. – More information on Opening Your Third Eye (blog post). Finally your Kundalini can rise up to the Seventh Chakra on the top of your head: The Crown Chakra.


  • The Crown Chakra is the energetic center of thought and is related to pure cosmic energy. The Crown Chakra is blocked by earthly attachments. If you wish to raise Kundalini fully and allow pure cosmic energy to flow through you, putting you in touch with your eternal self; then you must let go of your earthly attachments. This doesn’t mean that you have to give up your home and live on the street with nothing. You can still have things, just give up your attachment to them. This is why people on the spiritual path do sometimes give away their belongings – because attachments weigh us down. If you wish to fly, you must become light and fluid and our attachments slow us down.

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Why Did I Start An Observation Beehive?

Last year during the long winter months, I was daydreaming about how it would be cool to have an ant farm. The ants would prosper and get big enough that I could install a tube that would let them outside. They would bring things inside, and I would get to see all of their activities.

Later on, I was thinking about Honeybees and the tough time that they have been having lately. I wished that I could somehow do my part and thought about getting a backyard beehive and then – the two ideas clicked together.

Instead of an ant farm, I will have a BEE FARM! IN THE HOUSE! This will be so cool and I will get to see the inside of their hive and watch larva develop into adults and learn. I was so excited about this idea.


So I went for it. I Started putting pipes together and making things. I ordered a nuk of bees – A nuk of bees is usually about three pounds of worker bees and a freshly mated queen. Apiaries sell nuks once a year in the spring, so if you are going to make or purchase an indoor beehive yourself, then order the bees now, from your local apiary (honeybee distributors) before they sell out!

I learned so much about bees from doing this. I went from having a vague knowledge of honeybees, to looking up articles about honeybees pretty much every day for about the first month after I got them. Did you know that bees use yeast fermentation to make a pollen based, probiotic superfood known as “bee bread”? Or what about where do they get their wax? It turns out, they produce wax from several glands on their abdomen. These glands turn the honey into wax by way of fatty acid synthesis.

They bees made honeycomb and filled it with honey at an alarming rate. Be prepared to install an expansion is one thing I have to say. This is one of the coolest things that I have done in years and has made me feel very excited about being an active part of honey bee preservation. Plus I get to show it off to all of my friends! Below is a short video I made on Youtube about how to install your own aquarium observation beehive, plus a list of all of the supplies needed to build it – and also a link to some pre-made observation beehives, in case you want to check out the best prices on Amazon.

Here is a list of the supplies I used to build the beehive:

Empty Aquarium

Polycarbonate Tubing

Window Screen

Elmer’s Wood Glue

Wooden Slates

Light Duty Staple Gun

Or, you could check out pre-made Observation Beehives

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Methods of Divination

Divination: The practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means.
Divination spells can be used to find an answer to a question that you have. There are many kinds of divination – from palm reading to oracles and the psychic hotline, divining has been in practice in one form or another at any given time in the entire history of mankind – arguably.

If you are the kind of person who likes to try things out , then divination might just be for you. I have compiled my top 8 techniques, derived from “The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells”, to interpret the divine. These techniques are for you to try and see what happens. Some of us have special gifts, we just need to unwrap them! Enjoy Alphabet Divination, Crossroads Divination, Pendulum Dowsing, Bird Divination, Bibliomancy, Coin Divination, Snail Divination and Wax Scrying. Each method carried out, step by step in this audio – visual guide.



  • One type of divination spell is the alphabet divination. First, write the letters of the alphabet several times each on individual squares of paper; or you could also use Scrabble blocks. Place the pieces inside a jar. Shake them up and spill the letters onto the floor or table. Look for words to provide answers to your question.


  • Crossroads divination. The crossroads divination is based on an old Persian tradition. Go to a crossroads or a place where people gather, and just loiter. Hang around discreetly, listening to the words of passers-by. Little one-liners or snippets of conversation. Try to apply them to your situation, considering whether the words are useful or not.


  • Dactlyomancy. Dactlyomancy involves divination via a suspended ring. Traditionally a wedding ring is used although any ring would be equally suitable. Pluck a few strands of hair and suspend the ring from those hairs. The ring will answer questions from the person whose hair it has suspended from or from anyone that person suggests. Gently begin to swing the ring – ask a yes-or-no question. If the ring begins to move in a clockwise direction, the answer is yes. If the ring begins to move counterclockwise, then the answer is no.


  • The ancient system of augury is the ancestor of modern bird watching. Augers used to foretell the future by observing birds and their flight. Ancient Romans had a codified and rigid system, designed to decipher messages based on the movement of birds. First, formulate your question. Then scatter birdseed or crumbs onto the ground. Step back and watch the birds partake and depart. If the birds fly off toward the right, your answer is affirmative. If the birds fly toward the left, your response is negative; if the birds scatter and fly all over the place, you lack the
    information needed to make a decision. If the birds reject the food, it doesn’t mean that the oracle didn’t work, it could mean that your question holds more significance and greater implications than you realize. Reconsider the question as well as all possible consequences.


  • Bibliomancy. Basic a bibliomancy is a way to answer your
    questions by using a book. First, formulate the question and close your eyes. Flip open a chosen book; stick your finger on a word or passage. Read and interpret the answer deriving whatever meaning you see fit.


  • Coin divination. This is a simple one that most of us have probably used already. If you have a yes-or-no answer, then simply flip a coin. Heads means yes, tails means no. You could just dig any coin out of your pocket for this… Some people like to use a special coin and treat that coin with the same reverence that they would a pack of tarot cards.


  • The snail spelling divination. If you can find a snail or slug, you can sprinkle ashes or flour on an area of the ground and release the snail or slug into the middle. Let the snail or slug travel as it pleases. As it moves, it will leave a trail behind. When it leaves the circle , look for words or shapes that look like words to resemble the answer that you’re looking for.


  • Next we have Ceromancy, divination by melted wax. Basic Ceromancy consists of melting wax, possibly in a double boiler if needed – and then gently pour the wax into ice-cold water. The wax will harden upon impact with the water and solidify. Once it is solidified, remove the wax and interpret the shapes as needed. Try some of these divination spells and let me know what you think. These spells and many more like them can be found in The Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells.



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How to open your third eye: differing perspectives

The third eye has always been a hot topic to those with a curious interest in extra sensory perception. The third eye is mentioned in pop-culture and is also revered in antiquity.
When a person today seeks to find ways to open the third eye, they find a barrage of ideas, tips and techniques from multiple disciplines; each referring to the third eye in their own ways.
The one thing that everyone agrees upon is that the myths and rumors are true. The third eye is a gateway to special human abilities. Such a gateway often comes with warnings and dangers, for good reason. The human psyche is a delicate thing. We are all creatures of habit, and anything which disrupts this mode of habit can cause mental breakdowns. I have seen it happen among good friends of mine and they were never the same again.
If you are strong, curious and determined, then maybe it is time to open your third eye. Almost any of the techniques that you read about or find will be successful in activating and opening your third eye. Try them and have great confidence; what matters is your intent.
I recommend further research if you really do want to open your third eye. Below is a video explaining 5 different methods or techniques for opening you third eye. Below that video are book recommendations for more advanced research. Just click the links to view information about each book. Thanks again for stopping by!


Third Eye -Proven Techniques to Increase Intuition ~ on Amazon

Third Eye Awakening – 10 Techniques to Open the Third Eye Chakra ~ on Amazon

Third Eye Awakening for Beginners in 5 Easy Steps ~ on Amazon

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Grow your own garden seed

Growing your own garden seed year after year is sustainable, self reliant, satisfying and a big money saver. I was previously spending well over $50 per year just on garden seeds alone, but I am proud to say that I have not purchased seeds for over 10 years now. It took research and years of trial and error to learn how to grow my own garden seeds.

Some seeds are easy to grow, like beans for instance. If you grow beans, you already have next years seed – just let the beans dry on the plant. It’s the same story with corn: Once you have grown corn, all you need to do is to let the ears dry on the plant to get seed for next year. Do not remove the ears until they are dry because the corn kernels are not yet fully formed. Premature removal of any garden seed will cause the seeds to be well, premature. It’s little details like this that one needs to know in order to grow good seed.

Another detail is that you should not use plants that were grown from hybrid seeds. Hybrid plants are a cross between two different varieties. Seed companies cross plants and make them hybrid, so that the offspring will have traits from both parents. Let’s say that on parent is a great producer, and the other parent plant is disease resistant. The hybrid offspring will be a disease resistant, great producer. But that only works for one generation of plants. If you use hybrid plants to make seed, the offspring will have a 50/50 chance of having any combination of traits from the original parents. I have tried this and it does not produce a good crop – at all.

In order to grow your own seed, it’s best to start with heirloom or open pollinated seeds. Heirloom seeds have been reproducing the natural way for hundreds of years and are sustainable for growing your own seed. If you are interested in trying Heirloom seed, just click the highlighted plants in this article to find out more about them on Amazon or you can check out my bonus information page about Heirloom Seeds.

The next rule I use for growing my own seed is that I always try to use no less than twelve plants to grow any one kind of seed. If you use just one or two plants to pollinate each other for seed, the gene pool will not be diverse enough to sustain good quality offspring. In other words, your seeds will become inbred. I have done this and it seems ok at first, but as the years go by, the plants get smaller and weaker until finally they just fail. So always use as many specimens as you can. If you don’t have twelve, just try for more next year and make twelve plants your goal to stay on track as far as genetic health is concerned.

Something else to look out for is cross pollination. Any two plants that are related will cross pollinate, giving you a hybrid seed. Lets take red onions and white onions for example. If a red onion flowers next to a white onion, the offspring will be red, white, pink and will also have some weird results that make me question mother nature. I know because I have tried it. Also, it’s not always as simple as that. Some plants are related that you might not ever suspect. Here is a quick list of a few related plants:

Any one set of the above groups of plants will cross pollinate with each other. On the other hand, you also have plants that are self pollinating. Even though these plants might be related to their neighbors, it won’t matter. Self pollinating plants do not rely on insects or wind and will not cross pollinate unless you force them to cross by hand. Plants like tomatoes, peppers, beans and peas will not cross and it’s ok to grow different varieties in the same space.

Some plants such as corn will produce seeds in the same season, while others take two or three years to produce seeds. Below is a list of links to my quick and easy YouTube tutorial videos on how to grow your own seeds for several different plants. I invite you to check these out if you are curious and would like to learn more about growing your own seeds. Enjoy!

How to Grow Onion Seeds

How to Grow Parsley Seeds

How to Grow Parsnip Seeds

How to Grow Carrot Seeds – Part 1

How to Grow Carrot Seeds – Part 2

How to Grow Beet Seeds – Part 1

How to Grow Beet Seeds – Part 2

How to Grow Cabbage Seeds – Part 1

How to Grow Cabbage Seeds – Part 2

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Survival: The Go Bag

Whether it’s to prepare for an emergency or to go on a survival trek, the go bag is a great idea for good measure. All of the survival gear in your pack should be light weight and useful, especially if you need to be on the go.

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The survival kit, deconstructed: From top left, moving right. Items highlighted in blue are Amazon affiliate links that will open a new window, showing that product’s pricing, features and product reviews.

  • We have a mess kit for cooking and eating
  • A simple lightweight cook pot
  • Lightweight and durable backpack with plenty of pockets
  • Lighters, because they are easy to use and efficient – but they can break, so as a backup, I pack a magnesium fire starting kit. Magnesium fire starters are safe, fail proof, waterproof, and they last a very, very long time
  • A spool of heavy fishing line. There are several ways that this can come in handy: Setting snares and other traps, Fishing, fixing and mending fabric, hanging food to dry, fastening shelter together, etc
  • Next we have a collapsible shovel to help find food, bury excrement or to use as a weapon if need be
  • Small hatchet for chopping wood, and to use as a weapon of course
  • Compass just in case you get disoriented – it could happen?
  • Optional bladder bag backpack. These come in handy for hiking and mountain biking, so that you don’t have to dig your water jug out of a backpack every time you need a drink
  • The classic “Swiss” style army knife utensils – because eating with your hands on the go is messy – unless you pack napkins
  • Pocket sized folding saw and serrated pocket knife. The ability to saw can come in extremely handy if you need to craft something out of wood
  • Last but not least, the Lifestraw. A personal water filter that can clean up to 10,000 gallons of questionable water into perfectly drinkable and dare I say delicious water. This is my #1 top item for preparedness, since dehydration can kill a person faster than most other imminent dangers on the go.

Additional items not pictured:

  • Emergency Foil Mylar Thermal Blankets – These thin and lightweight silver colored blankets can be used to reflect heat away or to retain heat when needed. The reflective surface can be used to signal for help and their waterproof property can help to collect water in a pinch.
  • One roll of medical adhesive tape can cover most medical needs in an emergency situation. If you are looking to pack light then I see no need to carry around a bulky first-aid kit.
  • A four quart canteen will hold enough water for one person to survive for several days without worry of dehydration – given that the minimum water requirements of one adult don’t exceed 1 quart per day.

Keep in mind that most people who find themselves in a dangerous wilderness survival situation were “only going hiking for the day” and end up getting stranded or lost. If you have a lightweight pack like this one, wouldn’t it be worth it to take with you on every hike for safe measure?

To check out some of these items in use and on the go in a survival situation, I welcome you to enjoy my survival video series on YouTube here:

Hank vs Wild – Episode 1

Hank vs Wild – Episode 2

Hank vs Wild – Episode 3

Hank vs Wild – Episode 4


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