There are choices and decisions you must make before you have a survival garden. Of course, if your garden is indoors, you have a lot of control over it, no worries about the weather, or the time of the year, you can grow vegetables all year round, you can control pests and diseases easier, reap a healthier harvest and grow more food in less time.|
Your garden should include survival plants, that is, plants that are edible, perennial, need very little care and have a long or repeated harvest.
While there are many plants that you could have in that garden, I would suggest to have Malabar spinach, kangkong and garlic chives as survival plants, also you could have some tomato plants, kale, Swiss chard, Mustart Greens (spicy), squash, and zuchinni.
There is always plenty of romaine and iceberg lettuce in your supermarket, the greens that have nutrition are not there for the simple reason that the distributors (not the farmers) make much more income from the sale of iceberg and romaine. They do not care if you don't get any nutrition as long as they can sell their lettuce, and that they do! If you ever find greens like kale in the supermarket, they will be at a very high price because they are not grown in large quantities.
Containers: You can have any size containers, I sell large (5 and 7 gallon) grow bags where you can grow sweet potatoes, or tomatoes. I also have small grow bags, it would be all your choice. Just be sure to use a soil where your plants will thrive and don't forget to fertilize them often. The best fertilizer? Worm casts. They can be purchased form the Internet, I will have some to share soon.
First and foremost... Don't talk about it with anybody. No matter how nice your neighbors are right now, when they are hungry, they will not hesitate to come at midnight and raid your garden to feed their family.
If you have an outside garden, you may need to fence it in to keep pests such as rabbits or ground hogs away. Of course, the fencing, no matter how fancy is a dead giveaway and anyone driving around can tell the fence is protecting a garden. to hide it from any outside prying eyes grow bushes like privets or small trees alongside the perimeter fence.
If you are new at outside gardens, the first thing you should do is to improve your soil. Most likely you have dead soil at this time, Get or rent a small tiller and churn the entire area down to about 6 inches. This alone should improve the soil. Next, add organic matter to it. Organic matter could be peat moss or compost. Organic matter can be purchased at a nursery or garden center. Add at least 3 inches of organic matter. After that, turn it over again making sure to mix the soil completely. The goal is to have about 50% of old soil mixed with new organic soil. The space you have outside will always be much larger than the space used by the indoor gardern, then you have many other choices to plant besides the survival plants.
The information on survival gardens is so extensive that I just wanted to give you the basic information as to what kind of plants you need to have. Please search the web for survival gardens and also you can find planting instructions for any plant you may be interested in planting.
The scope of this blog, then, is not meant to duplicate any of the info on the net.
I have put together a collection of seeds, several of them are survival plants which I brought from different countries outside the US, therefore they are not available anywhere else. Please visit the Seeds page for a complete list of the seeds I carry.