Survival Garden How-To
While you may be familiar with traditional gardening, creating a garden proficient in accommodating you and your family with the means to sustain yourself requires specialized expertise. If you have tasted homegrown produce, you know how superior it can be compared to the produce at the supermarket. As our world becomes more capricious, creating a survival garden for yourself and your family will become increasingly important. Still, there are many considerations you need to attack realistically before you can live off your garden all year round.
Gardening can be considerably expensive in the early years when you're setting up the infrastructure. Buying much of the essential equipment and supplies can quickly add up. A harvest that feeds everyone year-round should require about 200 square feet of garden space per person. So, a family of four should plan for an 800 square-foot garden. When done correctly, even a trivial backyard plot can produce lavish quantities of produce and possibly even a notable saving to the grocery budget. Keep in mind that you will have to tend to a much larger garden. You also will have to compose a storage arrangement for the winter. Have everything prepared before the growing season starts, so you are not caught off guard.
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If you are still committed to growing your own food you should first start with the seeds. Choose non-GMO organic vegetable seeds. Consider your area's climate zones before you choose your plants. Some examples of plants that provide optimal nutrition are beans, peanuts, potatoes, sunflowers (for sprouts and seeds), sweet potatoes, peas, squash, carrots, beets, cabbage, corn, tomatoes, berries, and grapes.
Then, set up an area indoors for plants that can't be directly sown in the garden soil. To get started growing outdoors, you must first choose an optimal location. Herbs require little space and no specialized care, yet they offer many medicinal benefits and also will make the food from your garden taste great. Planting them in window boxes or flower beds will save space in your garden. By growing in 4-foot-wide beds, you will be able to reach into the middle of the bed for weeding and harvesting. When using the companion planting technique, you can get two harvests from one planting space. Insulated row covers can give you an extra four weeks of growing time and they can retain moisture and heat while keeping out all the features that destroy your crops. With consideration to the environment, drip irrigation is the most water-efficient way to water many different sowings. It is also ideal in watering clay soils because the water is applied slowly, allowing the soil to absorb the water and avoid a runoff.
Growing your own food has many health benefits. You are getting more physical activity into your daily routine. You will have access to more fresh fruits and vegetables. You will know what kinds of fertilizers and pesticides come in contact with your food, and most importantly- it allows you to control when to harvest your food. Vegetables that ripen in the garden have more nutrients than some store-bought vegetables that must be picked early. So whether you're preparing for the zombie apocalypse or merely wanting to save money, this guide should give you a running start for whatever the future holds.
By: Jowanna's Corner
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