Do you have a green thumb? If you do, you’re already way ahead of the game when it comes to surviving in a SHTF situation. Over the long haul, you’ll be better equipped than most to cultivate food and make sure your friends and family always have food on the table.
And if you aren’t familiar with how to grow your own food, the opposite will be true too.
Needless to say, understanding the most effective ways to use the earth to produce your own sustenance could be a life-saving skill.
Follow these 5 important tips as you plan your survival garden.
Leverage Vertical Gardening
Getting the highest yield for the space you commit to a garden requires a little outside-the-box thinking. Namely, it requires you to stop focusing on your horizontal cultivation area and start considering the limitless space vertically above it.
Utilizing vertical gardening methods can multiply your crop yield per square foot tremendously, and it’s not all that complicated to get started.
Vertical planters for tomatoes, trellises for beans, and cedar bed pyramids are all great ways to try out vertical gardening, and they all demonstrate the benefits of it quite well.
Try Growing Indoors
If your home has plenty of natural light, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try growing food indoors as well as out. Several edible plants can thrive in an indoor environment, and they need just a little TLC to produce delicious results.
Carrots, sprouts, tomatoes, and herbs are all simple and easy options for indoor cultivation.
If you want to explore other types of plants, or if you’re craving greater yields, look into a hydroponics setup. Even small hydroponics gardens can grow a variety of plants in respectable quantities.
Keep a Seed Vault
A seed vault is like an insurance policy on your food supply. If anything happens to your crop that might prevent you from collecting seeds, or if you find yourself stranded in a new place with now way to start a survival garden, a seed vault can be a real lifesaver.
Seed vaults are locked, air-tight containers will all the heirloom seeds you need to restart your survival garden 3-4 times over. They prevent disaster by ensuring you always have viable seeds at your disposal.
The task of starting seeds every year and nurturing them into mature, food-bearing plants is tedious and labor-intensive. And although you’ll never be able to do away with it completely, perennial vegetables and fruits can ease your workload and give you a reliable source of food every year.
Plants and trees that bear fruit every year without lots of additional work from the cultivator are priceless in a survival garden. Good perennial vegetables include asparagus, rhubarb, and ramps (like leeks). Berry bushes like blackberry and blueberry are great too.
Look Into Fruit and Nut Trees
LIke perennial veggie plants and shrubs, fruit and nut trees are a reliable source of food that yield every year like clockwork.
Granted, food-bearing trees do take a few years to get started, sometimes several. But once they get off the ground, they can really start to take off. In fact, you might just have more yield than you know what to do with, which comes in handy for trades and gifts.
Walnut trees grow quickly and start bearing nuts in a matter of just a few years. Fruit trees like apple or peach may take a bit longer, but they’re worth the wait.
Utilize “Companion Plants”
The interconnectedness in the world around us is amazing. The mutually beneficial relationships between the many plants and animals that share our planet are unbelievable, and they can benefit your garden too.
There are a handful of plants that do wonders for your main crops by means of offering protection and nourishment.
For example, planting marigold flowers around your other plants will repel pests and add a splash of color to your garden. Geraniums do the same.