Growing food does not require an acre of garden. In fact, most veggies and fruits grow perfectly well in containers, but you have to have the containers and the soil mix. It’s amazing how much food can be grown on an apartment patio, or even indoors. With a little careful thought, you can create a garden plan that can fit a lot of food in a modest footprint.
Veggie plants can clean the air in your house just like any other plant.
Get your heirloom, open-pollinated, non-GMO seeds and everything you need to grow them NOW, no matter what else you have to forgo to do it. Seriously. Skip Disney World (you didn’t want to support them, anyway!); take a local staycation instead. Make sure you can grow food and feed your family; you’re going to need the seeds, tools, soil, and knowledge. Count on it.
I was watching a couple of youtube posts from Marjorie Wildcraft (herbalists and naturalists know this name) recently, in which she interviewed both a man and a woman who survived the Cuban “Special Time” (translation: they nearly starved to death). One of the things mentioned by both that contributed greatly to the near-starvation was that NO ONE HAD PREPARED FOR TOTAL LACK OF FOOD SUPPLY with a well thought out survival food list.
The Cuban government had promised to “take care of the people”, but, hey! guess what?! they couldn’t. They didn’t. Children were given balls of brown sugar (sugar and molasses both DO grow in Cuba) as “snacks” to take to school. It was all they had.
The government provided ample culture, arts, and entertainment (all home grown, of course), but could not supply food, or seeds, or garden supplies…or, anything else. They could not and did not live up to the promise to “feed their people”. Our government can not and will not either.
Get your seeds and supplies, your garden books for knowledge, or whatever you think you’ll need…and store them properly, so they remain “viable”. If you can afford it, also pick up a book on “permaculture” When you look it over, you’ll know why. Aquaponics would be good, too, but, at least gardening and permaculture (growing food without tilling the land!). Soon, these books will become difficult, if not impossible, to even find. Buy them now. Heirloom seeds will not always be available, either. Get them now.
You CAN NOT save seed and grow future food supply from hybrid seeds or hybrid plants. DON’T just go to the stuff mart and buy cheap packets of seeds, or plant and grow hybrids, thinking you can save the seed and get future crops. You MIGHT actually be able to grow SOMETHING from hybrid plants or seeds, but it may not be what you had in mind.
Not only that, but Monsanto and DuPont now chemically treat their seeds so they WILL NOT grow future crops, beyond the first growth (and you have to buy those seeds, enriching, guess who?!).
Buy only seeds that will produce food you know you like and will eat; long-term food supply is not the time or the place for “experimentation”. Experiment now. Save to eat later.
So, let’s make this easy: try —
If you’re wondering what prompted this alert:
Monday, May 6, 2013:
BREAKING: European Commission to criminalize nearly all seeds and plants not registered with government
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040214_seeds_European_Commission_registration.html#ixzz2TdvSmOjQ
If you’d like to learn more on the right way to save seeds, I think you’ll find this helpful: http://howtosaveseeds.com/
Proverbs 28:19 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!
Servantheart, Fantastic article. Lots of good information and could not agree more. With the powers that be in DC just telling Monsanto they can do pretty much whatever they want and the gooberment will back them is scary in itself.
Servantheart your the best, thanks for the valuable information.
Thank you, Suni! So glad you enjoyed it! Blessings,
Sorry for recent disappearance – an “interesting times” couple weeks. Another POSSIBLE (untested – testing this season) source for some (mostly herb) seeds is your semi-local Pan-Asian supermarket – the spice aisles. I have sweet basil (from Thailand – $1.20 for 2 oz. of seeds), mustard greens (from India, $2.75 for 4 oz of seeds), and coriander/cilantro (from Mexico – $3.00 for 4 oz of seed, ginger and galangal roots ($1.40/pound) currently sprouting or growing outside. (I don’t have room for cumin or fennel where I am, dangit ..)
None of these areas appear to be huge Monsanto markets, so chances are they are heirlooms, of some sort. Even if all you get are sprouts/microgreens, still a pretty cheap survival ‘salad garden’. I can honestly say that a mix of mustard and basil sprouts is AMAZINGLY tasty.
Hey, Wyz! Been wondering what happened to you. Glad you’re back, and hope all is well – or, at least, as well as can be expected! Nice tips, too. Blessings,
In the past, I never gave much thought to gardening. As preppers know, there’s a storm coming. When I came across this video it complete changed my views on gardening. I can’t wait to try it out.
I’m sorry about the link to another site but this video is really good. I am in no way associated with the maker. It’s about 1.5 hours long and the maker talks about God.
Thanks for the link Pat!
This looks like something I will really enjoy, Pat. I’ll have to save it for later, but I WILL watch it. Thanks!