Sustainable Survival Garden
Sustainable Survival Garden
Basics for Growing Your Own Garden
Because we are leaving in uncertain times preparation for the future is time well spent. Currently, I live in California where our whole state is on a Shelter In place order due to the Coronavirus -19. Which really isn't that bad where I live being in a small town, not much traffic here.
So what about your food? Putting aside canned foods for future use is a good idea. There is also something else you can do you can do to balance out your food supply runs out, you’ll need another way to take care of your family’s food needs.
Let it Grow
Growing your own food for your family is a great way to stretch the budget, eat wholesome foods and prepare for the future. Iknow what your thinking, I don't have space to grow. Guess what, You don’t have to have acres of land to plant and harvest the foods from a garden.
You can start a garden anywhere you live - even if you happen to live in an apartment. If you live somewhere space is limited, you can start a garden in containers. We will talk about that later.
But if you have a nice plot of land where you can plant, then you are in luck! Your 80% there!
One thing you need to choose is... location. Make sure you close wise wisely because plants have to have sunlight in order to survive. Take a few days to track your sunlight to see if your plants will have a good amount of sun to do well.
A garden also has to have good soil. Use organic fertilizer to enrich your soil prior to planting. You can test your soil with a test soil test kit before you start planting if you want to make sure that it’s healthy enough to sustain a garden. I talk more about this here.
Irrigation and drainage are important. You’ll want to make sure the area where you plant your garden isn’t in an area that holds standing water in heavy rainfall. If the water has difficulty running off, it can drown the plants.
Write down the foods you want to plant and how much of it you’ll need. Check out the climate zone for your area. (HERE) This will help you learn what kinds of gardening foods will grow best in your area.
Make sure the plants you choose can be good neighbors. The types of food you decide to plant need to be placed in conjunction with their compatibility with other plants. Some plants will make it more difficult for other plants to survive, so separate them.
Try planting your garden using seeds vs using starter plants. If you want to be able to keep replanting your garden from seeds, then you’ll need to buy the heirloom ones since they’ll last for many replants.
You can plant your garden using rows in a plot or you can use the raised bed method. There are pros and cons for each method We will talk about that later. By simply using rows, you don’t have to create the raised beds.
the great thing about raised beds is you can easily keep track of what food is in what location and you won’t have to worry about one food shadowing another food.
Raised beds also make it easy to harvest the foods when it’s time for them to be picked and if something goes wrong in one raised bed, it won’t wipe out the entire garden.
This is just the basic to really get you thinking outside of the box.
Over the next few weeks, I will go into more detail on how you can really make this happen for you and your family. I know these are trying times but I know that we can make it thought all of this.