Potatoes In 5-Gallon Buckets

It’s that time of year that we gardeners are busy preparing our gardens for a bountiful harvest. I’ve been one of those said gardeners preparing my raised beds and traditional garden.

I, like most, are skeptical about growing potatoes in 5-gallon buckets but I’m posting a couple of photos today to share how my two buckets are doing.

In the first photo everyone will see a tiny speck of green leaves at the bottom of the photo and a small set at the top of the photo; this bucket is planted with German Butterball potatoes that I ordered and was shipped a week ago, so the growth is not as pronounced as what I’m sharing in the second photo.

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My new German Butterball Potatoes

In the second photo are my potatoes from last season Russet Potatoes which started sprouting in my basement and as everyone can see the growth is about several weeks along.

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Last Season Russet Potatoes

When growing potatoes in a 5-gallon bucket I used two that I had purchased at Home Depot. I drilled several holes in the bottom, filled a layer of small river rocks in the bottom, cut and layered a piece of black landscaping paper (one can use several layers of newspapers also). Then I layered 2 inches of a good garden soil mixed with a little bit of worm castings (for fertilizer) and placed three small seed potatoes (sprouts up) and covered with a couple of inches of soil. You want to keep covering the sprouts until you get to the top of the bucket and then just let your potato plant grow and produce your potatoes.

I hope everyone will try growing potatoes in a 5-gallon bucket, it’s affordable and so easy to do.

Cold and Cough Syrup

This an easy and simple Syrup that is made with ingredients you may already keep in your kitchen. Its effectiveness is very quick and lasting. Believe it’s mostly in the Properties of the Onion and the enzymes in the herbs and honey. I’m going to use this alot when I get a cold I make a small batch.
There’s another trick with onions.
If you don’t sleep well and or have difficult breathing at night try this, take a fresh onion cut it in half put it on a plate and near the area your sleep close by. This will act as a natural air purifier/detoxifier, and your should feel great when you wake up in the mornings.


1 cup freshly chopped onion

About 1/2 cup of raw honey

Plus any of the following (optional)
1 teaspoon Cloves (whole or powdered), specifically good for pain relief

1-2 tablespoon Comfrey or Slippery Elm (dried or powdered). Comfrey is particularly good for healing, and Slipper elm has more of a reputation for soothing and coating the throat.

1-2 Tablespoons fresh chopped Ginger root OR 1 teaspoon ginger powder- Ginger increases warmth, circulation (important for healing) and the overall effectiveness of the syrup.

**You can include all of these optional herbs, but at a maximum of 2 tablespoons extra herbs total.


Put chopped onions and any herbs of choice into a small stainless steel or glass pot (not aluminum). Add enough homey to cover the onions (for me, this seemed to be about 1/2 cup, though I didn’t measure exactly).

Turn the pot on low heat and slowly simmer. The honey will soften and become liquid, and you want to keep the temperature very low while allowing the herbs to seep in the honey. It’s best to keep a lid on to help keep all of the medicinal properties of the herbs in the syrup, and just take the lid off to give it a quick stir- every few minutes to ensure it doesn’t burn at all (though the temp. should be low enough to prevent this).

Give it 20 minutes of simmering, then remove it from the heat. Strain the onions and herbs out and store the remaining honey (which might have flecks of herb in it and this is fine) in a small glass jar with a lid and keep it in the fridge.

The syrup can be used as often as needed, up to every half hour. Hare the dosages:

1 teaspoon for a younger child
1 tablespoon for anyone 10 years and older


*These additives are to be used by only an adult 80lbs. or over

Herbs to add:

Cumin 1/4 teaspoon nutrition
Cayenne 1/8 teaspoon for heat diaphoretic
Slippery Elm Bark powder 1/2 teaspoon nutrition demuculant
Thyme 1/4 teaspoon strengthen immune system

After straining onions and syrup take warm onions in a press or potato ricer and press juices out into the honey this is the consent rate for good stuff.

The Power of Garlic

Survival Properties: powerful Anti-viral, Anti-Bacterial

Garlic is one of the earth’s greatest health tonics and does indeed have scientifically- proven medicinal properties. It contains a substance called Allicin, which has anti-bacterial properties that are equivalent to a week penicillin. It is a natural antibiotic and is useful in trading everything from allergies to tonsillitis. Garlic contains many sulfur compounds which detoxify the body, boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and improve circulation. Garlic has also demonstrated anti-cancer, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant effects.

Garlic can stimulate the production of glutathione, an amino acid which is known to be a very potent antioxidant and detoxifier and the smooth muscle relaxant adenosine will lower blood pressure.

Today people use garlic to help prevent atherosclerosis (plaque build up in the arteries and bronchitis.

Latin name: “Allium sativum”
“Common Names: Allium, Garlic, Rustic Treacle Stinking Rose

Properties: antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, expectorant, fungicide antihistamine.

Uses: Lowers blood pressure and LDL. Cholesterol. prevents atherosclerotic buildup. Lowers or helps to regulate blood sugar. helps o prevent blood clots from forming, thus reducing the possibility of strokes and thrombosis. Removes heavy metals such as lead and mercury from the body. Reduces yeast infections. Relief from rheumatism.Protects against heart disease and strokes. Wounds, ulcers, skin infections, flu.

Apple Cider/Garlic Tincture Recipe


4 cloves of fresh pressed Garlic
6 oz. Raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar


Mix both together in a glass jar for 2-4 weeks the longer the stronger shaking daily.

Strain garlic and squeeze well in a cheesecloth and or potato ricer put 1/4 of raw pressed garlic back in jar and bottle. The raw garlic will help maintain the potency level at optimal.

This is good for Cold and Flus and as natural anti-viral antidote a great travel aid and first aid companion.

Take 1 eyedropperful in a 6 oz. glass of warm water, twice a day do not use if pregnant or breast-feeding.

Herbs for Radiation Exposure

To Replenish Nutrition Levels effectively during and exposure:

1. Apple Cider Tonic: This will get PH in check and balanced. Now all you do will better be absorbed.

2. Slippery Elm Bark Powder: This is the KEY element that will induce proper and safe nutrition to all the Organs and Main Systems.

3. If during an event or situation you feel confused take 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a WARM glass of 6oz. water, this will create a secondary check for the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.

4. ***Get KELP and stock up on it DO NOT wait before it sells out.***

5. Keep yourself hydrated.

6. Milk thistle to detox during radiation exposure may need to take up to 6 weeks.

You can use this juice recipe for rehydration, it is very powerful.

2 apples
4 stalks of celery

Adding a handful of chicory and a 1/4 wedge of a washed Idaho potato with it adds detoxifying and oxygenation properties to this drink.

The max adult dosage of Kelp is 43mg. Be careful when High dosing during Radiation exposure. Some side effects of overdosing include but not limited to: Fatigue, Nausea, Memory loss, hair loss, irregular menstrual cycle.

High Doses of Vitamin E
Fish Oil

There are several types of Iodine supplements you may hear about: potassium iodine, Lugol’s and nascent. All are suitable in providing the thyroid with enough iodine to keep radioactive iodine from binding, in most cases. Foods that contain high levels of naturally occurring iodine are seaweeds–particularly kelp. Many salts are also iodized, and sea salt especially, is also helpful in detoxification and can expedite removal of radioactive iodine from the body.

Chlorella, which is a type of single-celled green algae, is very high in chlorophyll, and has been shown to neutralize toxins in the body, often being used when someone has mercury poisoning. Taking recommended doses of chlorella when exposed to radiation-even after a visit to the X-ray machine-is a good way to speed up the detoxification.

The reishi mushroom is considered the King of Chinese medicine because of its incredible immune boosting properties. It is not your pizza topping kind of fungus. Boosting your immunity with supermushrooms like reishi will help your body defend itself against toxins and may reduce the impact after exposure to radiation.

Ashwaganda, or Indian ginseng, is a powerful Ayuvedic tonic herb that helps the body deal with stress. American and Siberian Ginseng can do this tool Even if you don’t feel like you’re under stress, when your immune system is fighting something foreign and potentially harmful, it stresses the entire body. So using adaptogens like ashwaganda and ginseng can enhance your overall body immunity performance. Likewise, vitamin C  is an indispensable nutrient for boosting immunity and helping the body trigger its own defenses. It strengthens cells by acting almost like cement or glue, making it difficult for radioactive or cancer cells to penetrate and corrupt healthy cells. You cannot overdose on vitamin C, and Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Linus Pauling, used it in incredibly high doses-over 100,000 milligrams daily-to treat serious illnesses such as cancer.

Coconut oil is very supportive of the thyroid gland and has been recommended for cancer chemo patients. It’s got antifungal and antiviral properties too, which can help the body defend against contamination. It’s also advised to use it topically on any skin that may be in danger of exposure to radiation, and that includes the sun’s ultra violet radiation.

Radiation can also increase our susceptibility to dehydration. And when we’re fighting off any unwelcome guests, it’s critical that we stay hydrated so that our body’s natural defenses are working properly. Even if you don’t feel thirsty (that means you’re already dehydrated, BTW), drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.



Apple Cider Vinegar “The Help All Tonic”

“A Tonic with a bounty of Medicinal Usages”

Potassium, The Uses, Effects on the blood, Arthritis, Asthma, Blood Loss, Colites, Coughs, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Ear Discharge, Eczema, Eyes (Tired and Sore), Fatigue, Food Poisoning, Hair Loss, Hay Fever, Headaches, Hearing, Heartburn, Hemorrhages Hiccups, High Blood Pressure, Insomnia, Kidneys and Bladder

The Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Tonic


10 oz. Cold Filtered water

2 Tablespoons Raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg’s)

2 Tablespoons Raw Wildflower Honey


Mix well before each use:

Good for Sinus infections, heated up in a microwave for almost 20-30 seconds and drink as a Cold drink, for a refreshing drink on a hot and humid day to relieve fatigue from the heat.


Amongst other things, cider vinegar is very effective in detoxifying various organs in to body together with the blood stream. Hence it is a purifier, as it has a means of breaking down fatty, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body. It therefore, promotes the health of the vital organs of the body e.g. kidneys, bladder, liver etc., by preventing an excessively alkaline urine. Cider vinegar also promotes digestion, assimilation and elimination and it neutralizes any toxic substance taken into the body. There have been a number of instances where people who had taken a mixture of cider vinegar and water before a meal were unaffected by diarrhea, or digestive upsets, while their companions who ate the same meal were. Hence the cider vinegar seemed t neutralize the harmful substances in the food eaten.


Apple cider vinegar has a potent supply of potassium, which has become so widely acclaimed in the helping of various complaints including: running nose. Excessive mucous formation, watery eyes, sinus and catarrhal troubles. Teeth decay and the splitting of fingernails are also signs of potassium deficiency, which are remedied by taking cider vinegar. Potassium is essential for the normal growth of the body and for the replacement of worn-out tissues, which depend upon the presence of this mineral. It is a important to the soft tissues, as calcium is to the bones and teeth and it also retards the hardening of the blood vessels. As potassium is so important in the healthy growth of a plant, animal and human, a deficiency of this mineral will produce such tendencies as callous formations on the soles of the feet, or the failure to replace worn-out tissues as observed in the loss of hair. Tests have proven that a soil deficient in this mineral-salt will produce anemic and undersized plants, however, when potassium is introduced into the soil the plant becomes sturdier and increases in height. This is also the case with animals, where potassium which was fed to livestock, in the form of cider vinegar, improved their appearance and stamina. Humans too, can benefit with this increased potassium intake. Especially where children are slow developers and appear undersized. A few teaspoons of cider vinegar taken with water each morning will show tremendous results. The best way to introduce cider vinegar to the family, is to substitute it for the ordinary table vinegar and use it in the cooking. Potassium acts as a restraining influence upon those who are over-excitable and nervous. It draws fluid back into the cells, for when potassium is lacking the body cells shrink and their normal activity is restricted.


A number of outstanding authorities have proven the therapeutic advantages of using cider vinegar fr numerous complaints ranging from obesity and overweight to arthritis. Besides the therapeutic benefits derived from taking cider vinegar therapy, as outlined in this book, it can also be used for a number of other purposes; salad dressing, pickling, a flavor in cooking etc. It also makes a very refreshing drink, hot or cold, with or without honey – this should take the place of normal tea and coffee, which are so habit-forming and unnecessary commodities. Try using cider vinegar where lemon juice is required in making pawpaw for a refreshing breakfast, or just use on potato chips!


When the blood is deficient in some minerals or biochemical salt, ill-health is the outcome; boils break out, suppurating blisters become apparent, pimples appear on the face etc. It has been found however, that cider vinegar helps with the cleansing as well as the clothing of the blood. Oxidation of the blood is very important and cider vinegar is again an effective treatment for this. Besides introducing the important minerals into the blood stream, as mentioned above, cider vinegar also helps in the clotting of blood. This is of tremendous help to those people who are commonly termed ‘bleeders’, as they live their lives in fear of cutting themselves due to the bloods inability to clot, and it will also enhance the healing process.



Use the cider vinegar and honey treatment for arthritis and also apply cider vinegar externally to painful joints. This entails drinking a glass of water with two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two teaspoons of honey three times a day. Local treatment can also be given by soaking the arthritic hand, or foot in a strong, comfortably hot solution of cider vinegar for ten minutes, two or three times a day – (a quarter of a cup of cider vinegar to one and a half cups of water). Arthritic knees can be attended to by making a poultice – soak the cloth in a mixture of cider vinegar and water, (as per above mixture) wring out and wrap it around the joint, then secure with a dry cloth to retain heat. When the wet cloth cools, it should be wrung out in the hot solution and applied afresh. Repeat several times, twice daily.


One tablespoon of cider vinegar added to a glass of water should be taken in sips for half an hour. After a further half an hour has elapsed the treatment should be repeated. The wheezing should lessen in intensity quite considerably. However, should wheezing still persist a second glass of the same mixture should be taken. Deep breathing exercises are also a beneficial treatment.

Blood Loss

It has been discussed above how cider vinegar helps in preventing blood losses. In any circumstances where the flow of blood is too free and is too persistent, then two teaspoons of cider vinegar in a glass of water, three times a day will aid in restoring the natural clotting properties of the blood.


The cider vinegar and honey treatment has been used effectively in the treatment for colitis. Take the normal dosage of two teaspoons cider vinegar and honey with water, three times a day. An enema of a teaspoonful or more of molasses is also very helpful.


There are many types of coughs for various reasons, and these should be treated with reference to their nature and intensity. However, the cider vinegar and honey treatment will prove an efficacious treatment in this respect. Two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two of honey mixed with a glassful of water should be taken before meals, or when the irritation occurs. In the evening it would be an idea to h ave this mixture by your bed so that it can be sipped during the evening if an attack presents itself.


It has been mentioned above how cider vinegar helps with the digestion, assimilation and elimination of food, and that it is an antiseptic to the intestines and the whole of the digestive tract. Due to it’s healing properties, diarrhea can be controlled in a very short time, (that is unless some serious physical disorder is apparent). The treatment being, one teaspoonful of cider vinegar in a glass of water should be taken before and in between meals, approximately six glasses during the course of on the part of the body to eliminate some poison which is irritating the digestive tract, on no account should any drugs be taken to suppress these healing symptoms – on the other hand the cider vinegar will lessen the intensity, but will allow the natural course of elimination to take place.


Two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar together with two teaspoons of honey in a glass of hot or cold water three times a day should help this annoying occurrence quite considerably. However, one should never expect instant insults, as nature works slowly, yet very effectively. You will notice a lessened intensity while you progress.

Ear Discharge

The treatment for this complaint is one teaspoonful of cider vinegar in a glass of water to be taken mid morning and mid afternoon. The discharge should shortly disappear.


Take the usual dosage of cider vinegar and honey in a glassful of water three times a day, with meals. An application of well diluted cider vinegar can also be applied to the skin several times daily; one teaspoonful to half a cup of water. Under no circumstances should salt be taken, as this aggravates the eczema condition considerably. There is usually a potassium deficiency in those people suffering from eczema.

Eyes (Tired and sore)

The cider vinegar therapy together with honey is the essential ingredients here. Two teaspoons of each taken in a glassful of water, three times a day. This mixture retards the onset of tired and sore eyes which are usually apparent in later life, as it supplies them with those vital elements essential to their health and functioning.


Chronic fatigue is a warning that the body needs some attention. Most people suffering from chronic fatigue do not have enough good, sound sleep. Either they go to bed too late, or they are one of those people who just need more sleep than most. It is better to get as many hours in bed before midnight as possible. To remedy a poor quality sleep, honey is highly recommended, as it acts as a sedative to the body. Twenty minutes after the honey has been taken into the mouth it has been digested and absorbed into the body. This is because it is a predigested sugar, which has been digested in the stomach of the honey bee, and there fore requires no effort on the part of the human stomach for digestion. Keep the following mixture by your bedside to be taken as indicated: three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of honey. take two teaspoons of the mixture before retiring. This should induce sound sleep within an hour; if however, you have been unable to sleep within this period repeat the dosage.

Food Poisoning

As mentioned earlier there have been many cases where people who were in the habit of taking cider vinegar regularly never suffer any side effects from food poisoning. The cider vinegar has an antiseptic quality,which seems to render noxious food harmless.

Hair Loss

The falling out of hair is primarily due to a tissue salt deficiency, thus cider vinegar with its ‘wonder products’ will re-establish a natural balance, and supply the deficiencies where needed. Therefore, by taking the cider vinegar treatment the hair will maintain its natural growth. it will cease to fall out and grow more rapidly and thickly. This will take approximately two months, so perseverance is needed. The dosage is one teaspoonful of cider vinegar to a glass of water to be taken with or between meals. Cider vinegar can also be used externally for the treatment of dandruff, see under heading of External Treatments.

Hay fever

This ailment is marked by watery eyes, sneezing and running nose, in other words there is an excess of fluid which the body is drastically trying to offload. For an effective relief, honey and cider vinegar should be utilized which will bring excellent results. A tablespoonful of honey should be need in the hay-fever season. The ordinary dosage of cider vinegar and honey should then be taken as two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two of honey in a glass of water, three times a day. This dosage should be maintained during the entire hay-fever season.


There are several types of headache, caused by various reasons. Some are associated with organic disorders, such as kidney troubles, other are known as psychogenic, or tension headaches. Then we have the most annoying of all; the migraine  headache. many people have had relief from headaches by the use of honey. Two teaspoons taken at each meal may well prevent an attack. Another effective means is to take apple cider vinegar. Equal parts of cider vinegar and water should be placed in a small basin on the stove, allowing it to boil slowly. When the fumes begin to rise from the basin lean your head over it until the fumes are comfortably strong. Inhale for approximately 50 to 80 breaths. Generally this alleviates the headache considerably, if not entirely.


(Impaired) The treatment of impaired hearing has had excellent results on the apple cider vinegar therapy. Take the normal dosage three times daily and notice the improvement.


This usually occurs after eating,sometimes up to two hours later. This very unpleasant feeling can be alleviated by taking the usual dosage of cider vinegar and water before meals.


As previously pointed out cider vinegar helps the blood to clot more easily. When a person who regularly drinks cider vinegar cuts himself, the wound will dry up almost instantaneously, as there will be no profuse bleeding. If, however, wounds do not heal quickly, the following procedure should be undertaken; two teaspoons of cider vinegar taken in half or a whole glass of water at mealtimes as well as in between, therefore six glasses in all are imbibed. For Extra efficiency a very weak solution of cider vinegar with water can be applied to the sore, wound or cut. Poultices of cider vinegar can be applied to stubborn open wound.


These have been know to be eradicated by drinking a teaspoon of cider vinegar neat! Alternatively cider vinegar with water can be taken before mealtimes to prevent this occurrence.

High Blood Pressure

There are a number of reasons why a person suffers from this common yet serious condition. As mentioned earlier, health will be maintained only if one is prepared to adjust his living and eating habits. Cider vinegar is not the cure-all of man’s suffering, it is only one of the many means towards a healthier and happier life. In the case of High Blood Pressure, one;s eating habits must be taken stock of to ensure a speedy and effective recovery. Emphasis is on the natural, organically grown foods which are given to us in the form of fresh fruits, vegetables and honey – rather than the high protein foods which include eggs, meat, milk, cheese, nuts, beans etc. A balance must be maintained between the proteins and carbohydrates and one should definitely not over indulge on these protein and starchy foods. Wheat products should also be eliminated completely, together with salt which is very detrimental to the health, especially for those suffering from high blood pressure. The following dosage should be taken daily: two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water – up to three to four times a day.


There are also a number causes as to why people suffer from insomnia, however, there have been excellent results with the cider vinegar and honey treatment as follow: two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two of honey in a glass of water to be taken before retiring. It would also be beneficial to have a glass of this mixture by the bedside to sip it as needed. Under no circumstances should drugs be resorted to, as these are both harmful and habit-forming. Insomnia is due to a deficiency of phosphate of potash and phosphate of iron, this combination can be found in the biochemic salt known as kall phos, which can be obtained from your local health shop.

Kidneys and Bladder

Due to the eliminative nature of cider vinegar, the kidneys and bladder can benefit tremendously by flushing’, which they receive when the following cider vinegar therapy is undertaken: two teaspoons of cider vinegar in a glass of water six times a day. it would be beneficial to drink cider vinegar in each drink. Comfrey tea, first thing in the morning with a teaspoon of cider vinegar will also create a sufficient cleansing action. Inflammation of the kidneys, called pyelitis, in which pus cells are present in the urine, will generally clear up with the above-mentioned treatment.








Simply Homemade Goulash

This is a great meal for the freezer. It takes a few hours but this will save you time during the week and your family will love it! I use organic ingredients but use the products of your choice. You can also make it gluten-free by using gluten-free elbow macaroni.
It’s so tasty!


1 lb. ground turkey
1 lb. lean ground beef
1-2 small onions, diced (I used red onions)
1 (28 oz) can tomato sauce
2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes with juice
2 cups water
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
3 bay leaves
3 tablespoons soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon seasoning salt
coarse ground pepper to taste
2 cups elbow macaroni (uncooked)


Brown meat and onions in a large pan, I used my cast Iron Dutch oven, it’s the perfect pan! After the meat is brown, spoon off any excess grease. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, water, garlic, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy or Worcestershire sauce, seasoning salt and pepper. Stir to mix everything together and put the lid on your pan and cook for 25 minutes. Add macaroni and simmer for another 20-25 minutes over low heat. Let it sit about 30 minutes with the heat off. Remove bay leaves before serving. Be prepared to eat it with a spoon so you get all of the sauce! ENJOY!

Makes about 8-10 servings. Freeze in airtight containers.