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.
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:
- Crookneck Summer Squash
- Sweet Potato
- Red Potato
- Yukon Gold Potato
- Brussel Sprouts
I am challenged from a space perspective. I do not have the luxury of having acres of fertile farmland. With this in mind – I have tried to be creative and utilize the space I do have the best I can. My main garden is approx 25 x 40 feet. I have (for now) 3 raised beds – one for blueberry’s/blackberry’s, one for beans or whatever, and one for misc crops such as tomato’s and lettuce.
I have approx 30 buckets or so of potato’s growing. I love that. I track each bucket/container as far as the type of potato, soil mix-type, and planting date. I pretty much have found that potatoes are super easy to grow.
It had taken many years to get my soil to where it is today – and it is not how I want it yet. This is where raised beds have a big advantage – total control over the soil mix.
The upside-down tomato grower is interesting. Last year I made this bucket and the tomato plant I grew was very successful. We’ll see what happens this year. There are a lot of drawbacks to this form of growing. The biggest for me is the requirements of daily watter – sometimes more than daily. The roots only have so much soil area which to pull moisture from.
After TSHTF – or whatever the situation may require – gardening can be a huge assistance to providing your family with food on the table. Gardening is also a way to make your food storage go further. Got 6 months supply of food stored? Get a gardening system going to extend that 6 months into 7+.
It almost goes without saying that you need to stock seeds now while you still can. Check out The Emergency Seed Bank as a quick one-stop source to stockpile seeds.
Take care all –
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