We can all buy as much survival food, emergency tablets and calorie bricks as we’d like for when the SHTF, but nothing beats a crisp and fresh vegetable straight from the garden. As food becomes more and more streamlined in society, it’s easy to ignore fresh, quality food and home growing by substituting it for the easy and long-lasting survival foods available in the market.
But a true prepper knows that the plan that follows the emergency is just as important as the plan that comes before. Creating a garden is the perfect reason to grow your skill, innovation and health while focusing on creating a long-term survival plan.
Without a garden, a homestead plan won’t be complete! Setting up a garden today is the best way to experience healthier food today and a better plan for tomorrow.
Why Set Up A Garden
One of the most important things for a prepper to learn is self-reliability. Creating your own food from scratch is not only rewarding, but healthy and enjoyable!
After all, any of us would get tired of powdered mac and cheese after a few days, let alone a few years.
That’s why starting a garden now is getting more and more important. Due to the long cycles necessary for growing food, throwing seeds in the ground when an emergency strikes is not a viable plan. Growing your vegetables can occur anywhere – from your actual homestead location, to community farm plots and even pots on a balcony or porch! Growing your gardening skills is important for any true survivalist. Living off the land is not easy, but it is very much so rewarding!
After you grow your food, there’s any number of ways to prepare it for future use. Though they will not last as long as stockpiled emergency food, canning and preserving are excellent ways to ensure your food lasts until your next harvest. You can also freeze dry your food to preserve its freshness and availability for years and years to come!
What Should I Plant?
This is one of the questions that can be the most difficult for a beginning farmer or gardener. While experienced farmers may have the advantage in knowledge, there are certainly books and almanacs that cover the timing and perfect season for crops.
Spring crops are perfect for growing a large variety of plants to try. While winter’s harsh chill can only lend great weather for root and leafy vegetables, and summer’s heat is only perfect for berries and hardy vegetables, Spring’s weather is the perfect mix, lending good growing time to everything from Potatoes to Berries! You can even start taking advantage now by placing a few plants in pots on your balcony and watering them regularly. The Spring’s rain can cover your errors for a first-time gardener, and the sunlight is long but not excessive. Here’s a list of perfect Spring time crops:
Growing vegetables may not be an easy task, but that’s no reason to attempt to avoid it! Even in small homes, there’s potential for growing and enjoying the fruits of your labor, ranging from easy to grow to simple plants that work on a rooftop or balcony. After all, the only thing you need are seeds, water and sunshine!
Growing your garden should be a number one priority for any long-term survival plan. Whether it’s homesteading, providing for yourself to save money for the future situations and emergencies, or just wanting to grow a useful skill in an emergency, gardening and growing your own food should be your number one priority!
What do you plant for your homestead? Let me know in the comments!
In terms of preparedness, your stockpile is your best friend. A steady resource of things that are the easiest to forget means when the SHTF, you’ll be ready without having to try!
But what do you need to create the perfect stockpile?