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In the beginning prepping can seem like a lot of stockpiling. Before long, however, it becomes a group of systems. One of those systems should be food production.
Now, the pinnacle of any survival system is when you set it up in such a way that it can sustain itself. So how do you do that?
Some systems, like guns and ammo, you cannot make self sufficient unless you are a blacksmith and a gunsmith. Even then you still need to make ammo. However, when it comes to gardening you can do some very interesting stuff.
Whether you realize it or not you are surrounded by materials that breakdown to make nutrient dense soil.
Every year Americans waste tons of soil food by raking it into big piles and having the city come suck it up or take it away. Leaves are one of the most important ingredients to making compost. To watch them get raked up and taken away is like a nightmare.
Leaves, when shredded also make great worm food and massive amounts of worms will come to your compost pile and leave behind their precious castings.
If you are keeping chickens you should certainly be taking advantage of their manure. The pine bedding and manure in their coop will break down to make something special. You will get such powerful nitrogen from the chicken manure but it first must be composted.
Chicken manure has salmonella in it and that can make people sick. Once its composted that bacteria goes away. However, the nutrients do not!
Some gardeners swear by wood chips. While they take longer to break down the decomposed material they create is perfect for feeding your soil and your plants.
Bottom line, you can fuel your own garden year over year if you have the right processes in place.