The main issue is that most people have when they’re thinking about starting one is they have no idea how to begin. Someone might think throwing seeds randomly in the back yard is the way to start, but it may not be the best strategy if you actually want to eat whatever you grow. Growing a good survival garden involves a good deal of planning.
For some a back yard isn’t always available, and even if it is, depending on the quality of the soil, it may not be a very healthy option. Not having a back yard could actually be a great way to test growing a survival garden. Attempt to find space in or around your home either in a windowsill, balcony or even on a small deck. These are great areas around the house to place a tower garden, grow wall or raised beds or pots to plant food.
If you think you can grow a few simple staple ingredients, it might be a good idea to look into the regular practices of individuals who already know how to grow a survival garden. You might realize, after you answer these three questions, that growing a survival garden is something you would naturally do. Ask yourself : Are you concerned about the increasing costs of food? Do you want to control the quality of the food your family eats? Do you have a small space that gets good, natural light?
Ideally your answer was “yes” to these specific questions, and now you know that growing a survival garden is the perfect match for you. Gardening isn’t for everyone, but growing small veggies, herbs and even small fruits can be a great accompaniment to your daily meals and can also be a great substitute should there be a food crisis.
These days, many people are figuring out cost and space efficient ways to grow survival gardens to reduce food costs. Additionally, people have realized that they want to have more control over the quality of specific foods their family can eat. If you’re ready to get started, simply follow the three steps below.
Plan For Seasonal Harvests
The secret to doing well with growing a survival garden would be contingent on planning for seasonal harvests. Figure out what grows locally where you live and what seasons are the best for planting. If you live in a place that gets cold early in the fall, you will have to utilize the Spring and Summer wisely if you want to grow most crops. However, you can plant cold crops during the colder months for best results. If you have moderate temperatures year round, you can figure out the best times to plant what you want to grow. Either way, plan your survival garden around the seasons.
Save Organic Seeds
If you buy organic produce you can pretty much save most fruit seeds. You might even get lucky and bite into a fruit that already has a seed sprouting. Truth is, with a little work and time, you can plant these seeds in your survival garden. Regardless of how much you prepare to grow a survival garden, it’s undeniable that saving organic seeds would be a must, right off the bat. Purchasing organic or heirloom seeds is also possible and may be a better fit for you if you are not familiar with storing seed procedures. Most seeds can be sprouted and germinated in a few weeks and planted right into your survival garden.
Use Starter Plants
You can make it even easier to start a survival garden by using starter plants in your raised beds or pots. Many flower nurseries carry starter plants and in many fruit and vegetable varieties. Starting with plants versus seeds will take a few weeks off your gardening time, but will cost you a bit more than seeds.
Remember to choose plants that will grow well in your climate. Also, make sure to replant them into large spaces so the roots will grow and produce a healthy harvest. Look into organic soil that already has compost to provide the nutrients the starter plants will need. You will reap a harvest, depending on each plant, somewhere between 60 and 80 days.
Simply take a day or two to plan your garden with the things you will eat. Some great survival garden superstars are things like herbs, edible flowers and hearty tomato, pepper and lettuce varieties. Start small and grow only what you can easily maintain. If gardening for survival looks daunting, consider beginning with these practices to see whether or not you can do it on a regular basis.
Get the family involved and make it a fun weekend event that can turn into a great learning experience for all. If you can successfully do this, then investing a couple of weeks to prepare growing a survival garden will be very worthwhile.