Planning A Survival Garden - 3 Simple Steps

Planning a survival garden is not really that difficult, but you do need to put a little time and organization into it before you begin planting your vegetables and your survival seeds.

Growing your own garden can be one of the most rewarding and healthy activities you can do, it's also a very smart and practical step towards being more self sufficient.

Let's begin with the following 3 simple steps:

1- Location of Your Survival Garden:

Planning A Survival Garden
  • The first decision you make, should be the location of the garden. You must locate a place for your survival garden in an area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.
  • The area should have good drainage, be free of silt, and large stones.
  • The location must also be near access to water. It should be near enough to a faucet, or other water source, so that you can easily connect a garden hose, soak-er hose, or set up an irrigation system of some kind.
  • Good survival garden planning also means locating your vegetable garden somewhere easily accessible and visible, so that you can check frequently for pests, for weeds when you walk by, and consistently view the condition of your plants.

2- What to Plant:

Planning a survival garden
  • Make a list of types and varieties of vegetables that you intend to plant, and how many of each you plan to grow. This will also help in determining the size of planting area that you will need for your survival garden.
  • Your decision of what vegetables to plant, should NOT be completely random. What you harvest from your garden... WILL BE what you and your family will consume.
  • Be practical, make sure to plant vegetables that your family will love to eat. Use varieties that you often use for cooking and those that you would like to preserve for your food storage supply.

2 [a]- What To Plant For Your Climate Zone:

  • Another important consideration in planning a survival garden, is to know what to plant for your climate zone. This is typically known as your Plant Hardiness Zone, which is your average annual minimum temperatures.
  • Before you your waste your valuable time and seed, find out what vegetables and plants grow best in your area. Here are two tips to help you find what plants work best for your Zone:
  • Talk to seasoned gardeners where you live to find out what grows best for your Climate Zone.

Check your Hardiness Zone below:

  1. Type your zip code into the simple tool,
  2. your corresponding area (zone), and average temperature low's, will show below the button.
  3. Clicking the link will open a new page with a detailed map and information for your zone.

3- Arrangement of Plants - When Planning A Survival Garden

  • In order to get the best production out of your self sufficient garden, make a written plan for the placement of the vegetable plants.
  • First consider the frequency of the plants yield. It is most convenient to place perennial vegetables and herbs (see perennial chart below), or those that are harvested throughout the season, at the back of the garden, or in their own section altogether. They will be less disturbed throughout the other gardening activities.
Perennial Vegetables
Perennial Vegetables - asparagus, artichokes, rhubarb, horseradish, ginger, garlic, and bunching onions, are the most notable vegetable plants that are perennials.

Perennial Herbs - the most popular are; chives, mint, basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme.

Perennial Berries: elderberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, huckleberry, and strawberries.

  • The last consideration for arrangement, is the reality that there are vegetable plants that cannot grow beside other plants. For instance, there are plants that inhibit the growth of another when planted together:
Incompatible Vegetable Plants

 Incompatible Vegetable Plants:
 (plants that should be planted separate from each other)

Potatoes - can inhibit the growth of, Squash and Tomato plants.
Broccoli - also inhibits the growth of Tomato plants.
Beans - inhibit the growth of Onions.
Carrots - inhibit the growth of Dill plants.
 This does not stop you from planting all of these vegetable plants in
 your garden. This only acts as a reminder of which plants you should
 keep separate from planting right next to the others.

View Our Complete Vegetable Companion Planting Chart Here

By following these simple steps when planning a survival garden, you will be rewarded with the many benefits that come from growing and harvesting your own food supply... and therefore becoming more self sufficient.

Start Planning A Survival Garden and Happy Harvesting!

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