Preppers worry a lot about how they can build their survival gardens and stockpiles to ensure they stay fed when crisis strikes. But many fail to consider the fact that growing and storing survival food is just half the battle. Protecting it from poachers and thieves is just as important.
In the event of a major collapse, there are going to be hoards of people scavenging and looking to steal the fruits of your hard labor, and it won’t be hard for them to do so if your crops are sitting out in plain sight.
Here are a few invaluable techniques to keep your survival crops hidden away and secure from prying eyes.
Take to the woods!
This tip comes straight from the playbook of a certain kind of gardeners who value privacy for their crops more than any other. That’s right – we’re talking about marijuana growers.
While you may not agree with their criminal activities, these guys know a thing or two about hiding their gardens. And the exciting part about their primary concealment technique is that anybody can do it.
The method is simple:
1) Find a wooded location that’s close enough to your outpost to be somewhat convenient, yet isolated enough that it’s unlikely to be stumbled upon.
2) Clear a plot at your chosen location and till the soil.
3) Plant your crops and monitor them regularly to ensure nobody’s stealing the fruits of your labor!
The bonus to this technique is that wooded soil is typically extra rich and fertile because of the years of composting leaves and dead material on the forest floor. That means you have one less step when it comes time to start actually gardening.
If you were walking by someone’s property and saw a pond or a few tanks with fish, you probably wouldn’t think much of it. Lots of people keep fish, and plenty of land owners have man-made ponds. It’s not the kind of thing you’d suspect to be full of valuable crops.
That’s why aquaponics are so great. You can grow a variety of highly nutritious aquatic plants – not to mention the fish and other edible creatures you can farm – in a small outdoor pool or pond.
This method can yield plenty of food for a small family, and it draws little attention from passersby.
Use these edible decoy plants
If you have a survival garden planted on your main property, it’s crucial that you find a way to keep greedy thieves from raiding it when you aren’t around. Obviously you can put up fences and other physical barriers, but they don’t conceal your plants entirely. They just make it harder for thieves to get to them.
You can go one step further and keep freeloaders from even seeing your crops by planting a natural screen of edible decoy plants. These plants are perfect for the job because they look like nothing special, almost like weeds, but they serve the dual purpose of keeping your crops safe and giving you a little extra edible yield at the same time.
The best plants for edible decoys are:
Bamboo – the young stalks and hearts are tasty and nutritious.
Blackberry bush – gives delicious edible berries in the early summer, can be invasive though so be careful.
Honeysuckle – nectar in blooms attracts many beneficial species and are fun to pick
How do you hide your survival garden?
Can you think of any other good techniques for keeping your survival crops under wraps? We’d love to hear them. Drop us your suggestions in the comments.