And a Way to Relax and De-Stress
Survival gardening can be fun, relaxing and actually quite simple…
Many people seem to think they don’t have enough space for a garden but the areas where you can learn how to grow a basic vegetable garden are endless.
Yep, I am talking about those spaces we try to fill in with all kinds of flowers, shrubs, and even in some cases, gravel, so that it looks nice…. 🙂
Plant your veggies there.
Along Side Your House
The area alongside the house is perfect for plants as it is protected from many things, such as:
- Frost, will stay frost-free longer in the fall
- critters, we have to protect everything we grow here in Montana from hungry deer
- hail, heavy rains, strong wind… plus the plants seem to grow faster and I think it may be because heat is magnified.
Using containers is a great idea as well, on the patio or deck, and also raised beds gardens are a lot of fun to build…. regardless where you decide to do your survival gardening, don’t let it overwhelm you or intimidate you, as here is the deal on growing most veggie plants.
- Your veggies grow almost on their own once they are planted give them a bit of water every so often and keep the weeds out of their way.. 🙂
- Your veggie plants are much more hearty than you may realize,in fact, they are ten times more hearty than normal house plants which is a great relief to me, as I tend to kill house plants!
You may want to use non-hybrid seeds to do gardening as you will be able to harvest your own seeds for the following year this way.
If you use regular seeds this year, just grab some hybrid seeds and store them for next year.
Saving seeds is fast becoming a very popular way of preparing for long term food storage.
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Indoor gardening can be very enjoyable, especially in the winter.
Not to mention the fact that you have fresh vegetables to eat all winter long.
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Some important facts to remember when you grow plants indoors.
- Use good size pots,you can often pick up bigger pots at rummage sales, and you will want to place them where you will not have to move them
Good drainage I like to put about 3 inches of rocks in the bottom of each pot before adding the soil as it provides a natural drainage area for the plants.as they will get heavy.
- Good soil mixture… Different gardeners will tell you different ingredients to prepare the best soil. The soil should be lightweight and drain well.
A mix that works well is and equal amount by volume of silica, sand, perlite and forest mulch.
There is another favorite of equal parts of sharp coarse sand, native soil and compost or peat moss.
Most nurseries also have premixed mixers, but you will pay a little more for these.
- Stay away from vine type plants… Unless you want pumpkins or squash all over your living area!
- If you want things like squash, zuccinni, or cucumbers, there are now bush varieties for most of them which works great in tight areas.
Tomatoes are a really great indoor plant, and so are salad greens, onions,radishes, etc…you will want to use heirloom or open pollinated seeds if you plan to harvest seeds for next years garden.
As your seeds sprout, make sure you thin them out. It hurts to thin them but believe me, if you don’t, you will end up with scraggly plants that won’t yield much! Herbs grow well indoors or out and are easy to grow.
The downside of indoor gardening is that it does take more time and effort than outdoor gardens do, especially with watering, etc. But it is a very rewarding and inexpensive way to grow as much of your own survival food for when times get really tough, which according to a lot of folks, is what we will facing soon…
If you are limited on the space you have to grow your own food, then fellow prepper Rick has a website called Container-Gardening-For-Food.com, that can help.