Planning Your Own Survival Prepper Garden Pt 1
If you want to start growing your own food and have a backyard that can be put to use, then you should start right away. With the current situation of the economy it wouldn’t hurt to become self-sufficient. We know that it is hard to grow your own food, but you will be thankful for it when the system collapses. This is a guide of how to tend to your own survival garden and keep it safe from poachers and thieves once disaster strikes. And once you’ve grown your own food and have it in abundance, you’ll want to learn how you can store it to create an emergency food supply for your family.
A traditional garden requires prepping of the soil every year and then planting the seeds, watering them and weeding out the garden at least twice a week. You have to keep the pests from ruining the plants and taking care of the plants. After the economy collapses there will be a shortage of resource and gardeners will find it a challenge to garden since soil, fertilizers, seeds and pesticides are going to become scarce.
Nutrients For Plants
No matter what you want to grow in your backyard, whether it is in a container or a greenhouse, you have to supply the plant with the necessary nutrients. Plants need the right conditions to grow and there are certain minerals that they require. Examples of nutrition that plants need include hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and other products which are created by photosynthesis.
There are other minerals that are required by a plant which a typical gardener should provide. Every nutrient is essential to the plant health regardless of the quantity it is required in. If a plant is not provided with the proper nutrition, then it will not grow to be a healthy plant. A good environment for the plant includes a combination of nutrients.
Once disaster strikes do not expect to be able to run to the nearest DIY store and buy a bag of soil nutrients. If you want to manage a prepper garden in a post-apocalyptic world then you have to learn how to provide the right nutrients to your garden.
Methods For Managing Natural Nutrients
Composting For Your Survival Garden
Once the entire system collapses gardening will not only be your hobby, but it will be your survival mechanism. You should be able to rely on your prepper garden to feed your family and it could mean the difference between a life and death situation. To ensure your plants are healthy you will have to start composting as well.
You can add organic material to the garden soil using compost. It increases the ability of the soil to hold moisture, battle diseases and fight off pests. This will also help the plants survive through cold spells and droughts since it increases their immunity.
Traditionally composting is the collection of carbon (brown material) and nitrogen (green material) in a bin that is two square feet. The carbon containing materials that can be added include newspaper, paper towels, dried corn stalks, cardboards, old leaves, hay and straw. Some people even add the dead plants to their compost bins at the end of the spring season.
Nitrogen can be obtained from fresh lawn clipping or manure droppings. Another source of nitrogen is kitchen waste. Coffee filters contain magnesium and calcium while eggshells have calcium and banana is a source for potassium that is necessary for plant growth.
Tips for Compost Management:
- If the compost bin starts to smell that means you have added too much green material or water to it
- If the compost is not getting hot enough then there are too many brown materials in it
- Water should only be added once the compost gets hot or if it is too dry
- Animal manure can also be added to the compost
- The composting process can be sped up by flipping the heap with a shovel or pitchfork
Vermicomposting For Your Prepper Garden
Vermicomposting is the process of using worms to convert the organic compost waste into nutrient-rich black earth that is necessary for plant growth. The process is also called worm castings, vermicast, worm humus or worm manure.
An average household containing two persons produces around 3 to 4 lbs of kitchen waste weekly. An eight-inch deep and two-feet square box can be used for vermicomposting. The box can be kept under the kitchen sink or even outside in the garden.
Once the worm bin is ready, bedding is required which can be made using leaves, manure, newspaper or unwaxed cardboard. Once this step has been completed you can add worms and then empty the kitchen waste in it every week to allow the worms to do the composting.
Tips for Vermicomposting:
- There are many different types of worm bins that can be constructed depending on the requirements
- You should use wood to construct the bin
- Red earthworms are the best for composting since they reproduce quickly and can convert a large amount of organic waste into compost.
- The worm beds should not be kept in direct sunlight or they will dry out and harden.
- Worms can convert up to half their body weight into compost. New food should be added once the old one has been used up. Once the worms have settled in they can convert their body weight in kitchen waste to compost every day.
- To prevent small rodents and insects from ruining the compost use a closed bed and do not include meat scraps in the waste.
The nutrient rich soil that is created by vermicomposting can help you build the survival garden you need in a post-apocalyptic world. It helps provide an essential mix of nutrients to the soil.
Free Range Poultry
Poultry such as guinea fowl and chicken can be used to help garden and manage the soil. The bird droppings are great for developing the earth and providing the necessary nutrients. Chickens usually go back to their coops at night and roam around the gardens during the daytime which is why they are easy to manage.
Chickens also scratch the ground with their claws and get rid of any insects and pests that can be ruining your garden. You can let birds loose in the backyard and they will clean up the leftovers and also prepare the ground for planting. A guinea fowl is a great way to keep the ticks under control and they can also alert the owners of any intruders on the property.
That concludes Part 1 of Planning Your Own Survival Garden and we’d love to read any comments or other survival gardening ideas that you may have.