Have you ever considered how you would feed yourself and your loved ones in a crisis? We take for granted that we can just go to the store and buy anything we want, but a crisis can happen for many reasons. In fact, think about the years 2020 and 2021 and the products and services limited or out of reach to the consumer. So think “Survival Garden Basics.”
During both WWI and WWII, people in many countries planted gardens known as “Victory Gardens” to help ease the strain of food rationing. A Survival Garden is the same idea: it is a vegetable, fruit, and herb garden carefully planned so that it can sustain you and your family in times of need. You can start your own survival garden, whether you live in the city or country.
How To Begin
First of all, you don’t want to start your garden when the emergency hits. Gardens take several months’ worth of planning and preparation so that the food is ready when you need it. Learn survival garden basics now. And if no emergency happens for a long time, you still have fresh, organic produce that you can freely pick from your own garden. It’s a win-win!
Knowing what to plant will take a bit of research. You can look up your area online or ask at local plant nurseries or gardening clubs. Most people will be happy to share their knowledge with you.
Also, think about how you are going to take care of your garden. You will need to feed, water, and tend to it. During hard times, you probably won’t be able to get ready-made soil and fertilizers, so consider learning how to compost. It’s very easy to do and will make use of a lot of your kitchen waste.
Scuddles Garden Tools Set – 7 Piece Heavy Duty Gardening Kit with Storage Organizer
You get 6 strong, rustproof, stainless steel tools with good wooden handles. Plus a water mister, a washable tote bag with several pockets, garden gloves, and a comfortable kneeling pad.
So carry all your small gardening tools with you and keep them nearby, ready for use with whatever yard project you happen to be working on. And don’t forget…this set comes with a lifetime warranty!
IM4000 Dual Chamber Tumbling Composter
This is a handy tumbling composter, keeping you from having to dig a hole and turn over compost by hand. It’s easy to use by tumbling it around every 2-3 days about 5-6 times each. On hot days, the compost can finish up in about 2 weeks.
The large doors are removable so you can easily add food scraps and clippings and remove the compost once it’s done.
What’s even better about this composter is it has two separate chambers that will allow you to start compost in one side before you fill the up the other side. This will give you a constant supply of rich compost to use in your gardens so you will never run out.
Types Of Gardening
Depending on the space you have, keep in mind that each adult needs roughly 4000 square feet of land to produce enough food to live on for a year. Multiply that by each member in your group or family and that could end up being a pretty large farm.
Start small to begin with, even if you have a large chunk of property. Once you have your smaller garden mastered, you can slowly add more to it until you reach your goals.
Digging a Garden:
The tried and true method of tilling the soil and planting seeds in the earth works every time. Keep in mind that the weather, nutrients in the soil, weeds, and insects are all going to affect your crops. This is like that farming game on your phone, only for real.
CobraHead Original Weeder & Cultivator Garden Hand Tool
This is a must have tool for every gardener! I own a couple of these and it is one of my favorite garden tools for almost every project.
It’s tempered steel curved blade is perfect for dispatching those pesky weeds and for loosening up the soil around already established plants and bushes.
Flexzilla Garden Hose 5/8 in. x 75 ft, Heavy Duty
This garden hose is very well made. It can handle extreme temperatures in both hot and cold weather. The lead-free hybrid polymer materials hold up well to prevent kinking and is said to keep water safe not only for your plants, but for pets and humans to drink from as well..
I recommend purchasing at least a 75 ft length of hose or more, depending on how far your water faucet is from your plants, etc. It is always better to have enough hose than too short of one!
By using a greenhouse, you can extend the life of your plants and even have them produce crops all year round. These work well in urban areas.
Reinforced Walk-in Greenhouse for Smaller Areas
It is important to have a well-made green house. You will find many types and sizes for a variety of prices.
This green house is good for growing a garden where you don’t want it to take up your whole yard. It is still plenty big to grow several plants with it’s 2 tiers of 4 shelves each (8 shelves in total), is over 6 ft tall, and has screened windows for the ventilation your vegetables and foliage will need. Make sure you stake it down tightly and near a fence or side of house to provide shelter from wind.
Hydroponic gardens don’t use soil. Instead, plants are grown in special containers with their roots in a nutrient-rich solution. The benefits are that they grow faster, can be grown closer together, attract fewer pests, the system can be used indoors, and it’s all automated. The drawbacks are that it’s more expensive to get started with, bigger systems use electricity to pump water around, and the nutrient solution has to be kept just right at all times. But this can be a fun, clean way to grow your food.
AeroGarden Bounty Elite Indoor Hydroponic Garden
Using smart garden technology, this WIFI and Alexa controlled (Yes, Alexa) hydroponic greenhouse helps you control this fascinating, soil-free indoor garden. It has a dimming grow light, with a sunrise to sunset dimmer, and water level indicators so you can always be in control.
You can have fresh vegetables and herbs year round without messy soil clean up…just add water, seed pods, and liquid plant food! It comes with 9 herb seed pods and Miracle-Gro liquid plant food. Give this a try and see what you think.
Living in the city shouldn’t stop you from supplementing your food source in an emergency with your survival garden basics. Although space is limited in urban areas, most people have at least a little room where they can grow some plants. Anything is better than not being prepared at all.
Whether you have a small backyard, live in an apartment with just a balcony, or can only grow a few things on window ledges and in indoor pots, products are out there to help you succeed.
Start planting early with the methods you pick so that you can practice. Sometimes it takes some trial and error to find the best spot in the house for growing or to learn exactly how much water to give your plants. It’s okay to mess up! That’s how we learn. Just remember that you’ll be thanking yourself eventually when you are eating your own home-grown produce.
Field Guide to Urban Gardening: How to Grow Plants, No Matter Where You Live
This is one of the top selling books about gardening “No Mater Where You Live.” It teaches you how to garden in pots, raised beds, balconies, rooftops, vertical, hydroponics, and how to fights pests and disease. Lots of instructions and photos to make this book a very valuable resource!
Nicheo 3 Pcs 6.5 Gallon Garden Boxes, Easy to Harvest, Planter Pot with Flap and Handles
Here are some fun planters to consider for your container gardening. These sturdy, breathable containers can be used indoors and outdoors for your vegetables. They come with window flaps to view potatoes and other root vegetables under the soil level so you can see when they are ready to harvest. Cool, huh!
The best seeds to use are heirloom seeds. Heirloom varieties will continue to produce seeds that you can store and use again for your next crop.
Since you are planning a survival garden, think about foods that are easy to grow. They should be a variety that you and your family enjoy eating and that will provide you with proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and even some healthy fats.
Consider: radishes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, spinach, corn, carrots, beets, dry bean varieties, snap peas, soy, sunflowers, winter squash varieties, pumpkins, and peanuts.
Also remember that some vegetables do better when planted with companions. For instance:
- Broccoli/Cabbage/Brussels sprouts (anything in the cabbage family) & Dill
- Corn & Beans
- Radishes & Spinach
- Tomatoes & Basil, Parsley, or Garlic
Survival Garden 15,000 Non GMO Heirloom Vegetable Seeds Survival Garden
Heirloom seeds are some of the best growing seeds on the market as they have a high germination rate. And with them as a part of your survival garden basics, you will have everything (32 varieties) you’ll need for planting now or in the years to come. I love the fact that each packet will grow up to an acre of crop, and if kept sealed in their Mylar packets, each packet of seeds will last for up to 20 years. I highly recommend these!
You can’t have a garden without seeds, and you can’t keep growing crops every year without storing your seeds. Storing your seeds correctly is crucial to the success of your garden and your garden survival basics. Mylar bags will help your seeds stay fresher for a longer period of time.
You will want to store your seeds in a cool, dry place where moisture cannot get to them. Preferably, store them somewhere dark. Freezing your seeds is another option that will keep them for much longer, just be careful to thaw them slowly or you risk damaging them.
While a survival garden won’t fit in your bug-out bag, not every situation is one where you have to get out of town. In fact, many times we are stuck right in our homes while supplies dwindle for everyone and we are forced to ration what we have left (think pandemic).
Plan and begin your survival garden basics now. It could be the thing that keeps you, your loved ones, your friends from going hungry when times get tough. No matter where you live or what kind of space you have at present, choose to take action. Someday your life might depend on it.
Wondering what to do with all that fresh produce? Check out this article on Food Preservation!