When prepping for a disaster most people will store foods and other supplies they need. What is the situation lasts for many months and you end up exhausting all your resources and have nothing to eat? In other severe instances, you might find the food and your resources were destroyed during the disaster and you have only your life and no food or protection. Having basic skills about agriculture can become very handy. Most preppers agree that growing one’s food is one of the most reliable ways of making sure you have a constant supply of food when in a survival scenario.
Besides having your own food, gardening or farming helps your body ample preparedness for physical hardship and self-sufficient. You also have the opportunity of adding important nutrients into your daily diet. If you have a big compound in which you can use a section of it to have a survival compound, then you should have a beautiful survival garden. This does not mean that those with small yards cannot enjoy having a survival garden. You can use portable pots to have a small survival garden in your house. Even if you use jars or portable containers, you will still be able to grow your plants efficiently. The same way a person who has an actual garden will grow theirs.
The other merit of gardening is that, it helps you in relieving stress. Most people are usually under a lot of pressure and stress when faced with a disaster or an emergency. Gardening can be the best stress reliever if you are in such a situation. You can also use it as a bonding session as a family and help keep the kids busy.
For gardening, you will need to have some basic tools. We have compiled a list of some of the most important gardening tools any farmer needs to have:
- Hand tools: hand rake, water breaker, Japanese gardener’s knife, shears, scissors, hand pruner, and hand weeder.
- Long-Handled tools: long-handled pruner, round-headed shovel, transplant spade, bow rake, digging fork, and leaf rake.
- Tools to protect your hands: washable synthetic gloves, latex-coated cotton gloves, heavy-duty leather gloves and arm protectors.
Everyone can use these tools despite the size of your farm. When shopping for these tools, it is good to mimic how you will use them so you can have a feel of how they function. Talk to the salesperson about the safety measures for each tool before making a purchase. The best tools to go for are the ones that have handles made of wood or coated with metal. These tools are not heavy but very strong. Avoid tools that have painted handles since most people use paint to hide inferior wood.
If you are wondering what plants to grow on your garden, then be extra attentive on our list of the best survival foods to grow. First the foods must be easy to grow and have ample nutritional value to you. The foods should also have storage capabilities that are long term. Most foods we take that are rich in calories are reliable survival foods. Below we give a list of some easy to grow best survival foods you can have in your survival garden.
Best survival vegetables to grow:
- Pole beans
Best survival grains to grow:
- Corn/ maize
After harvesting, make sure you have the best storage mechanism for all the excess harvest you will have. There are many non-artificial means of storing foods that have been used for many decades. Smoking, drying, using honey, and pickling are one of the most reliable ways of storing your foods during survival times. These methods make your food stay longer while maintaining the natural taste of the foods.
With the right gardening skills and knowledge, you will be well equipped to provide enough food for your family from your survival garden when faced with a disaster. Take your time to do some extensive research on the plants you can have in your survival garden so you have a wider variety of plants to pick from.