Urban Survival Gardening
While it’s great to have a supply of emergency food, imagine what would happen if supply chains broke down and you needed a long term way to feed your family. Scenarios like this have already played out in my lifetime, the collapse of the Soviet Union being a good example.
I’ve been a gardener for almost 30 years and while some people view it as a not very exciting hobby, I have always felt it is a skill everyone should have. I personally can’t imagine not knowing how to plant, grow and store my own food. This skill would be in high demand should such a scenario play out.
If you’re already a gardener, some forward thinking/planning is easy to add to your annual routine. Simple steps like stocking up on easy-to-grow seeds is easy. Read up on seed storage as well. The lower the temperature and humidity the longer the seeds will be viable. That said, I’ve gotten 10 year old tomato seeds to germinate that weren’t stored particularly well.
Add some short season / quick growing seeds to your stash. It might not be something you want to grow on a regular basis, but having seeds on hand that could provide food in less than 40 days could be a game changer for you and your family.
Finally, consider learning how to save seeds. Some are simple such as beans. Just let them dry on the vine, then store in a cool, dry place. Others like tomatoes are trickier, as you need to know how to separate the seeds from the gel that surrounds them before they are dried.
If you’re not already a gardener, take some time this season to ask a friend for some tips, or just do some reading – there are a million great gardening books out there – check out Amazon’s selection of urban gardening books. If you already grow food for your family, expand your thinking to include a disaster plan. Having the tools, supplies and knowledge to grow your own food is so empowering!
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