Author: Lynn Grail
Have you ever thought about where you are going to get your food when
the emergency supplies you have stored away are depleted? Will you
forage for wild edibles? How much of that will you be able to do if
you are hungry and weakened by having to defend yourself? or doing
everything by hand. . . Foraging for foods takes a lot of time
knowledge and energy.
Bartering is good.
Game hunting might be feasible, if you have a weapon and the skill.
Stealing food is another possibility but you could get dead.
Maybe you figure that the emergency will only last a few years, you
will then be able to waltz into your favorite supermarket for food and
pick up what ever you need. Ha ha ha . It will take a few years for
the farmers to get their farms back into production, that is assuming
that they still have them, the fuel to run their equipment, the fuel
to get produce to market. If perchance the markets do reopen; what
will we purchase the goods with?
I think by now you have the direction that I am hinting at. If you
guessed gardening you are definitely on the right track.
BUT, Do you really want to put together a garden that looks like
something straight out of a garden magazine? Do you really want to
advertise that you have a garden overflowing with food? You might as
well put a sign advertising FREE FOOD FOR THE TAKING, out by the
I think I may have at least a partial answer, part of it involves
container planting, and the other part involves planting lots of the
green or root crop vegetables on the southern side of buildings, tree
stands, or even trying to create a naturalistic type of free growing,
untouched by a survivor type of garden.
Naturally the bright eye catching types of vegetables, like tomatoes,
pumpkins, ect., will have to be either camoflaged while still getting
plenty of sunshine. Or they will have to be planted in movable
containers, potatoes can be grown in garbage cans with holes in the
bottom. Take a look at Burpee's, or Parks, ect. seed catalogs; they
have a few container growing idea's. (Look at Burpee's Patio Tower
Garden, maybe you could come up with other ideas too) You might think
this is more trouble than necessary; but I would rather put in some
extra time, than to have my children go hungry for even one day.
I also feel that storing an unknown quantity of commercial fertilizer
and pesticides is not only monetarily unwise but who wants to put more
chemicals into contaminated soil, water and air?
Pick up some good books on organic gardening and check out some of the
natural pesticides and fertilizers. Look at some of the books that
talk about growing your garden in squares rather than rows, (this type
ought to burst some of your preconceived ideas about gardening)
Start a compost pile, throw all organic materials; food scraps,
weeds, hay, manure, garden surplus or rotten food in a pile, ((DO NOT
ADD meats, bones or petroleum based products)) add dirt, stir once or
twice a week and you'll get some organic fertilizer, to enrich your
Try using onion tea as a spray pesticide. Also use some liquid soap
mixed with water and spray that on your plants. Don't forget to use
companion planting. Plant marigolds, zinnias and nasturtiums in your
garden to control other pests. I read somewhere recently, that you
could hang those perfumed hotel bars of soap (I think it said
deodorant bars) in your orchard trees, to discourage deer from eating
the trees. Hang the small bars with copper wire, still in the wrapper,
from a branch about 4 - 6 feet high. There are many other natural
pesticides that only add to the good soil.
Mulching around your plants with hay, compost, shredded paper, or
other organic mulches, should help to reduce the amount of watering
that you have to do. Some people will tell you to use black plastic as
a mulch, but I would watch that there is no rotting since the air cant
get to the soil. There is a new plastic on the market that has
"microscopic holes "punched in it.
The best suggestion that I can give any would be gardener is to DO IT
NOW. There are plenty of people out there that will gladly give you
free advise on how to garden. Some of it will come while you are
digging up the soil. Some of it will come when you put in your first
plants. Some advise will be given while you are weeding (check those
weeds they might be edible). I got almost as much advise on gardening,
as when I brought home my first child. But I remembered the best
advise I was given then, "Listen to all of the advise you were given;
but only use what you think is good advise".