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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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Video of the Week: How to Grow Container Cucumbers by Nurse Amy

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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

 

 

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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Guest Post: Victory Gardens

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by Bugbite

 

During WW I and WW II, Americans grew Victory Gardens to help support the war effort. With the country at war, resources of all kinds were being diverted to support national war efforts. People were asked to grow their own produce, so more of the commercially grown produce was available for the troops overseas. Those unable to grow their own were forced to use rationing coupons, while those with gardens had plenty. Victory Gardens came in every shape and size, from window boxes to large community plots. Governments and corporations promoted

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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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Guest Post: Perennial Vegetable and Fruits in a Permaculture Garden

Perennial Vegetable and Fruits in a Permaculture Garden

By Bev

 

I recently saw a guest post on Rethinksurvival.com about survival gardening and how a garden may not feed you all that much compared to the work you put into it. True, but it does help! Given that I have been homesteading in the mountains of Montana, Idaho, British Columbia, Kentucky and the bluff country of southeastern Minnesota for over 40 years, and have lots of memories of my grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ farms in southeastern Minnesota, I thought maybe I could shed some light on vegetables

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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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Water isn’t just for drinking……

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There is so much information and discussion out there on water filtering and purifying. From Berkey’s to Brita’s, to Clorox and boiling – it is an active topic with a lot angles. What I do not see are a lot of discussions on water’s other uses beyond drinking.

Here are a few uses for water -

cooking (yes – I know that is still consumption) washing clothes washing ourselves sanitizing cleaning cooling plants/animals fighting fires

Depending on the source considered most people use an average of 140 – 200 gallons per day. In a grid down/SHTF situation

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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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Guest Post: The First Prep

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My family and I are new to prepping in the sense of the Survival Triangle.  Water/Food, Shelter/Heat, and Protection all tied together by energy make up this Survival Triangle.  These are the things we are beginning to think about and prep for now (many thanks to Zion Prepper for his wonderful book on this subject; The Prepper’s Handbook).  However, as I look back over the last three years I realize this was not where our prepping started.  Our prepping started with a lifestyle change that I rarely see mentioned on prepping sites, but one without which none of our

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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 Food: Thoughts on upcoming spring garden……

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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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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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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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Simple Growing: Zucchini’s

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For those that have never gardened - getting started can be a daunting task.

Getting going in gardening can be accomplished many ways such as using raised beds, containers – and of course in-ground. I highly recommend to get into gardening ASAP if you are not already. It is a skill that is developed over time and much sweat and practice.

If you are just starting off I have one plant – one crop – that I highly recommend trying. This is a vegetable that I have found to be tremendously easy to grow and provides high yields in a small amount of space. Even in mediocre soil – as long as water is

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