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Guest Post: Why You Need To Garden Now

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This post was originally posted back in 211 and its contents still hold true. It can be seen in its original format HERE.

by J.Burk

It’s easy to find excuses not to garden: I’m too busy, I don’t want to ruin the lawn, I don’t have enough space, I’ll start when I move to the country. There might even be a few who bought a container of heirloom seeds, tossed it into the freezer and checked gardening off their to-do list.

 

The main fallacy in all these excuses is that you need all the experience

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Building a standard 6′ x 3′ raised bed

From Rourke: The following article was published over at Town-Farming.com. It can be seen n its original form HERE. Clicking on any of the pictures will take you to the other site. To return to ModernSurvivalOnline – just click the back button.

 

Building a standard 6′ x 3′ raised bed

I am going to show you how to build my standard 6′ x 3′ raised beds.  I chose my beds to be 3′ wide because I positioned them against my white fence.  I felt that 4′ was too far to reach over to maintain and harvest the raised bed.

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Have a Kindle? Special sale on gardening book…..

This is a bargain that reader JG alerted me about – the book The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally is on sale for only $1.99. I do not know how long it will be at this price – so if your interested act quickly.

Amazon Summary: In this invaluable resource, Jere and Emilee Gettle, cofounders of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, offer a wealth of knowledge to every kind of gardener—experienced pros and novices alike. In his friendly voice, complemented by gorgeous photographs, Jere gives planting, growing, harvesting, and seed saving

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Special discount for ModernSurvivalOnline readers……

The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 35% off their Seeds of the Month Club.

Discount lasts until 4/3/2013.

Joining the Seeds of the Month Club  - you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store.

Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.09 PER MONTH! 8 packs of seeds your 1st month 4 packs of seeds every month thereafter 100% NON GMO 30 day money back guarantee 25% off vegetable gardening products in our online store Free shipping

For more information  - visit this

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Re: Spring is here – almost time to till my garden

In response to my mentioning getting ready to till up my garden  I received the following. Figured it was worth sharing:

 

Hi John

I would like to share the MANTIS Tiller with you and everyone.

We have had the MANTIS for several years now and it is so easy and does what they say it will.  This MANTIS is a small lightweight tiller that goes through about anything.  We have used to till our garden – lay some pipelines and dig some trenches. This tiller is a eating machine – even goes through plywood (that shows in their video).

The only

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The $2 garden

This post originally appeared over at Country Side Magazine – it can be seen in its original form HERE.

Good stuff!

Rourke

 

 The $2 garden

By Kat Reiff

 

I spent 14 wonderful years as a low-income single mother. A tiny townhouse apartment with a micro back patio and an equally micro front garden was our home all 14 of those years. Yes, we lived in poverty and riches at the same time. Our income wasn’t more than lower middle income at best. I have been disabled since I was 21. But riches are not

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Special discount for ModernSurvivalOnline readers……

The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 35% off their Seeds of the Month Club.

Discount lasts until 2/17/2013.

Joining the Seeds of the Month Club  - you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store.

Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.09 PER MONTH! 8 packs of seeds your 1st month 4 packs of seeds every month thereafter 100% NON GMO 30 day money back guarantee 25% off vegetable gardening products in our online store Free shipping

For more information  - visit http://www.averagepersongardening.com/modernsurvivalonline

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Starting a seed bank…….

Gardening is one of my hobbies. For the past 9 years I have continued to garden….learning and making mistakes. I look at gardening as one of those skills and abilities that go right along with preparedness. Supplementing food stored with that coming from gardening…well, just makes sense.

Every year I am always buying more seeds than I need. I also have not stored these extra seeds in any other manner than sticking them on a shelf in my garage. I have used seeds as old as 4 seasons – no problem. Germination rate a little lower – but they worked.

I walked

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Fall garden planted…..with old seed

I have found gardening to be a continuous learning process. Fall/Winter gardening is something I have little experience with and decided to do a little this Fall. 

 

 

In one raised bed I planted lettuce (Red Seeded Simpson), broccoli, carrots, and radish.

 

 

In a small portion of my main garden I planted peas, broccoli, and more lettuce (Romaine).

 

Now – I am not just planting some food for growing a Fall garden – I have conducted an experiment.  All of the seeds except for the Red Seeded Simpson lettuce have

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Getting started in gardening……………

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Getting Started in Gardening

 

By John Rourke

http://modernsurvivalonline.com

 

There are many reasons to have your own garden. Growing and eating vegetables that you grew from scratch by preparing soil, planting seeds, weeding, watering and picking all yourself is incredibly rewarding. Money can be saved as seeds are much less expensive than the corresponding produce. Fresh produce harvested straight from the garden taste better and is more nutritionally sound. Another benefit of having your own garden is you control what chemicals (or lack thereof) are used during the growing process.

 

For those preparing for

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The garden continues to produce……

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I started my gardening this year in early April.

 

Back then I started cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash from seed along with a few other things. Here in South Carolina some crops can be planted twice to get two rounds of growing. Just this past weekend I had to pull up a few cucumber and squash plants that had produced everything they could. I replanted both cucumbers and summer squash.

 

In past years I have done this same thing with limited success. Generally I am able to get the plants to grow however produce production was

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The garden is providing…..

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Just a quick note and a few pictures showing my garden has just started providing for my family……

 

My main garden surrounded by several raised beds.

 

Yellow Crookneck Summer Squash

Peppers….. usually not one of my most successful crops.

Delicious Strawberries……

Zucchinis

Cucumber just starting to form……my favorite.

Tomatoes……

Lots of green beans…………

 

Those that have been hanging around here at MSOnline for awhile know I really recommend developing gardening skills. Being able to supplement foods stored “just in case” with fresh fruits and vegetables is essential.

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Preparedness Video Collage: Growing Strawberry’s

I have been growing strawberry’s for the past two year. I am really hoping that this years crop will be the best.

Here are several takes on growing strawberry’s -

 

 

 

 

 

Yum!!!

Rourke

Backyard Food Production DVD – no better time than the present

If you are not familiar with the DVD Backyard Food Production – it is a great educational resource for anyone that wants to garden and create a small homestead-like existence. I have a copy and it is jam-packed full of information.

Video speaks louder than my written word so check out this video:

Interested in gardening and getting the maximum food possible? Want to raise chickens and rabbits? Want to collect water for irrigation and human consumption? For more info – click HERE.

Rourke

 

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Gardening projects underway……..

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This past weekend I did a lot of work in the yard and garden. Springtime is one of my favorite times of the year as I love working outside.

A few things accomplished:

 Raised bed – lettuce, carrots and a few beans planted from seed

 

Main Garden – Layer of screened top soil and compost spread evenly. Will be tilling it up shortly and then will start planting cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and more beginning of April.

 

Strawberry Bed – The plants on the

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Survival Gardening: Squash and Zucchinni

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Spring is fast approaching and many will start gardens for the very first time. Wanna have guaranteed (well…..almost) success? Over the years I have found it incredibly easy to grow both zucchini and crookneck summer squash. I have grown these in containers, raised beds, as well as in the ground.

Provided there is decent soil, water and sunlight – throw the seeds in the ground and in several weeks there will be zucchini and squash on the grill or in the frying pan.

These are some massive zucchini's!

A few more thoughts:

I have had

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Survival Food: Thoughts on upcoming spring garden……

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Main Garden

Over the past 8 years I have worked to learn about gardening and prepare for a time when a garden will be necessary to help provide nourishment for my family. It has been rewarding and fun – but very difficult at times. Gardening has become more popular over the past few years as seeds are less expensive than the full grown grocery store alternative. Flavor of garden grown produce is incredible as well. The advantages and reasons to have a garden are many. I have had my main garden as well as raised beds covered with plastic for the

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Survival Resource: Jason Aker’s awesome websites

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I have been a fan of Jason Aker’s websites, articles and podcast for quite some time. If you are not familiar with him, well…..you should be.

Many months ago I came across his great resources while searching for information on gardening. As an avid gardener for the past 8 years I have had my share of troubles and often look to the internet for solutions. Anyways, Jason provides some excellent information on not just gardening, but on hunting, foraging and raising livestock as well. He delivers this information via two separate websites and corresponding podcasts – The Self-Sufficient Gardener and Hunt, Gather, Grow, Eat.

One

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Quick garden update

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Every year I battle grass and weeds in my main garden. Every year I lose.

This year after my spring/summer crops went by – I decided to try something different to eliminate or reduce the unwanted vegetation. I covered my entire garden with thick black plastic. The idea here is to block the sun from reaching the soil for several months – and everything underneath should die off – and not return.

Should work.

My only concern is with seeds. Any seeds dropped by the weeds may still germinate next year. Regardless – the quantity and severity

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Video of the Week: Backyard Food Production Trailer

If you are not familiar with the DVD Backyard Food Production – it is fantastic in my opinion. I have watched it a couple of times – figured I would pass this trailer on to everyone.

For more info – click HERE.

Rourke

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Welcome to the jungle…..my garden jungle!

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Picture from the back-side of my garden couple days ago.

If you are a frequent reader then you know I love gardening. My interest in preparedness motivated me 8 years ago to start my first garden.

That first garden did well. At about half the size of my current one and not really having a clue what I was doing – I was swimming in cucumbers and summer squash with little problem. My soil back then was mostly red clay initially so I had a truckload of dirt brought in. Ever since –

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Growing corn in containers?

It lives!!!!!!

I love gardening.

Sitting down at the supper table with a plate of food that I grew myself is an experience like no other. Beyond that – having the skill and confidence to be able to grow your own food if needed……..priceless.

 

Container and soil ready to go.

 

One of the crops that I have just recently started growing is corn. Last year I had a small but great looking row of corn going – until they were mercilessly attack by a savage pack of wild squirrels. This year I have a couple of rows going and so far

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Garden is well under way………

I love gardening – preparing the soil, planting the seeds, and watching my hard work grow and produce nourishment. Not only have I found gardening to be very rewarding  - it is a valuable skill to have for future troubled times.

Shortly after planting.

Over the past 8 years I have made many, many mistakes. I have also learned from these mistakes and have become a better gardener for it.

Crops I have planted this year are:

Cucumbers Crookneck Summer Squash Zucchini Tomato Lettuce Corn Radish Garlic Sweet Potato Pepper Red Potato Yukon Gold Potato

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Awesome Seed Bank deal from The Berkey Guy!!

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Hello all -

The Berkey Guy just contacted me about a deal I just have to tell you about.

From now  until Friday(May 6th) – every person that purchases an Emergency Seed Bank will also receive a new product – the Herb Seed Bank.  This is an awesome deal as the Herb Seed Bank is a $99 value.

I am a HUGE believer in gardening now for healthy fruits and vegetables as well as learning an essential survival skill for future use in bad times. For those not familiar with Emergency Seed Banks they are an awesome way to store seeds

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