These days everyone is thinking about emergency preparedness. Whether they are thinking of disaster preparedness in the event of an earthquake, flood or deep freeze, making a back up plan is a thought on many people’s minds. Have a survival food garden is a way to ensure you’ll have a source of food if the grocery store is no longer an option.
One way to work towards emergency preparedness is to learn how to grow and preserve food in a variety of ways including canning, freezing, salting, storing in oil and dehydrating.
Grow Vegetables For Emergency Food
Learning how to grow vegetables is a very valuable skill for everyone but especially for those working towards emergency preparedness. No matter how much food you store, there will be a need for fresh produce and the time to learn this skill is not after disaster strikes.
Indoor gardening is not limited to houseplants. Many fruits, herbs and vegetables grow well in containers. Learning how to grow food in containers and knowing what varieties to choose involves a little bit of research. First you must decide what your family will eat. Growing window box mini basil will not be of much use if your family does not eat basil.
Corn is a very useful plant, however it must be hand pollinated if you are not growing it outdoors where the wind can pollinate it naturally. It must also be hand pollinated if your corn patch is not large enough.
Some varieties of corn can be grown in containers, but is this a crop you will want to try to grow indoors? Consider the space that it takes up.
Lettuce does wonderfully in containers. It can also be grown outside in most climates year-round provided you offer it some shelter in the form of a cold frame. Plant a few radishes and some carrots, which also do well in containers or outside in a cold frame, with your lettuce. This will give you a ready made salad that can be grown indoors or out, year-round.
Survival Food Gardening Indoors
Successful indoor gardening will require a few gardening supplies. Grow lights, seeds, pots and a potting mix suitable for container gardening are the main gardening supplies you will need. Consider these items additions to your emergency supplies. It is best to buy a potting mix made for container gardening instead of digging up soil from outside.
Even if you have a greenhouse or sunny window, investing in a few grow lights is not a bad idea. Remember emergency planning involves considering any possible disaster. Learning how to grow vegetables to provide your own emergency food is more important now than it ever has been. Just as essential is learning how to preserve the food you grow to add to your emergency supplies.