Growing A Survival Garden
Are you interested in growing a survival garden?
preparing for a disaster or food shortage emergency, growing your own garden is a great way to
stock up on nutritious survival foods to add to your emergency food supply.
If you have the space, it makes good common preparedness sense to learn all you can about growing your own organic vegetable plants to add to your food supply.
Growing A Survival Garden May Soon Become A Necessity!
Have you considered that... survival gardening may soon be a true matter of survival and not just a choice?
With the rapid decline of our financial system and food supply,
grocery store produce and other products, may soon be at a crisis level
shortage like we have never seen.
At that point, gardening would no longer be a "choice" for a more self sufficient lifestyle, it would be a matter of survival for everyone! This scenario is fast-becoming very probable and real.
With the costs of living rising all the time, you can see the
practical benefits of growing your own garden... you can save money,
increase your family's health, and become more self sufficient all at
the same time by growing vegetables in your backyard.
Take advantage of whatever garden space you have, even if your
garden may not provide all the food that you need, it will have a
dramatic effect in reducing your food bill. Depending on the kind of
vegetables you plant and your methods of preserving them, the economical
benefits you get from your vegetable garden will be felt all year
Consider some of the benefits of growing your own garden...
- You will be more prepared for a food crisis or emergency.
- You will save money, time and fuel not driving to the grocery store.
- It's much cheaper than buying food.
- Organically grown vegetable plants are much healthier and generally taste better.
- You will become more self-sufficient and less dependent on your local grocery store.
- Plus... the physical activity is good for you, and you just might like growing your own food garden.
You will find there's a learning curve in growing a garden, so
don't expect perfection in one year. Take your time with it and get a
good understanding of what it takes to grow your own food, and before
you know it, you WILL have a great survival garden.
Here are some of our related pages that you may want to read... BEFORE you begin PLANTING your vegetable garden:
1. PLANNING Your Garden
2. Emergency Garden Foods
3. Vegetable Companion Planting
Small Garden Space
- If you don't have the option of a large space, or just don't want to
by planting a huge garden, get started by using the
area or containers that you do have.
All Seeds are NOT alike...
Learn why you should be using Heirloom or Non-Hybrid
Find out more on our page
Using Non-Hybrid Seeds
To Plant Your Survival Garden.
(Retailer below has great varieties of all garden seeds)
- Some ideas are: make a box (box's) out of lumber, cinder
blocks, or other materials, to frame in your growing area. If your soil
is already rich and fertile, fill your box or containers with good soil.
Use your imagination here, you can even use pots or buckets in a small
area, such as a patio, to grow a fairly good selection of healthy
vegetables or herbs.
- If you do not have good soil, obtain a rich humus soil in
bulk from a local nursery source, or buy top soil by the bag, along with
some peat moss and some composted manure. There are also many organic plant fertilizers
to meet your gardening needs.
- Choose varieties of vegetables and herbs
that are easy to grow, store well, and that you like to eat. You can
purchase many varieties of plants and seeds that grow well in your area
from a local store or nursery.
- With a small space garden, you won't have a whole lot of
survival food to store at the end of the year, but you will get a good
understanding of what it takes to store your own food. Plus, every
little bit helps supply you with more nutritious and organic food grown
from your own survival garden.
Larger Garden Space
- Soil and Seed necessities will be the same as above, but it will be
more cost effective if you can purchase any soil additives (manure, top
soil, etc.) in larger bags, or from a bulk provider such as a local
nursery or farm.
- For those of you who have a larger garden area,
there's quite a bit more variety that you can plant. A larger vegetable
garden will increase the work and cost involved, but can greatly reduce
the need for outside resources for your food source.
- Same advise as above: Choose vegetables that are
easy to grow, store well, and that you like to eat. Difference here is
that you will be able to choose many more varieties to plant and may
therefore need several different methods of preserving and storing your
survival garden harvest.
Storing Food - From Your Survival Garden
- A cool dark room, food pantry, or a root cellar are all good places to store your canned and dried goods.
- The best option for storing most of your food is a
root cellar. A root cellar can be built directly into the ground or it
could be a cool damp area set aside in a basement. Either way a root
cellar is an excellent way to store food without the use of electricity
or other outside resources.
- Root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, turnips,
beets, and onions can be stored for a number of months in a root cellar.
Squash does quite well in a root cellar as well as apples, oranges and
Preserving Food - From Your Survival Garden
- Freezing: Freezing foods is NOT the best option for
emergency preparedness. Freezing works quite well with many types of
foods, but it does require electricity and extra freezer space to store
Unlike canning or drying (dehydrating), if the power goes out your frozen food storage will not last more than a few days.
- Canning: If you are knowledgeable and have
the equipment for canning (also called bottling), it is a great
time-tested way to preserve food from season to season.
- A Food Dehydrator: is an excellent way to
preserve your survival garden produce without leaching out any of the nutrients.
Dehydrators can preserve most vegetables, fruits and herbs.
Purchasing a quality food dehydrator is important and will ensure the proper moisture content is left in the food before sealing and storing.
- Extra Tips:
Dehydrating food is a great way to save space, and because of the low
heat used to dry foods, the vitamins and nutrients are not destroyed
leaving them very nutritious.
If you have limited garden produce of your own, you can purchase
good quality, fresh foods from your local market while they are in
season, and dry them to store.
Visit Our "How To Dehydrate Fruits and Vegetables" Page Here
Start learning how to grow and store your own foods as soon as possible. Begin by getting the "inside scoop" on how to do it right. Below are additional materials and products that may be of interest and helpful to you.
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