When it comes to survival skills, people have varying degrees of dedication. While some might dabble in collecting various types of survival gear, others might practice cultivating skills that most people take for granted. An example of this is taking charge of your own food supply. So, how should you go about growing what you eat?
1. Environmental Awareness
Before you begin a garden you need to know the plants that will best grow in your climate. This goes beyond which part of the world you're located in. Soil acidity, durations of seasons, temperature of the soil, time of growth, and countless other factors will influence your garden's contents.
2. What do You Like?
It's a simple question with simple answers. Pick out the vegetables that you and your family enjoy eating the most. There's no purpose growing cucumbers if no one will eat them.
3. Spring Veggies You Can Save
If you are growing a garden in order to feed your family in a more sustainable way, you won't want to waste any produce. When you grow anything, make sure it's either non-perishable or that it will be used before it expires. Grow proportionately less lettuce and salad greens and proportionately more pickle-able vegetables.
4. Fall Veggies and Growing Indoors
There are certain crops that can be grown during the autumn months. Squash, pumpkin, and zucchini are great examples. Also look into indoor friendly garden vegetables. If you find yourself in a blizzard survival situation and you are unable to get to a store, having a steady supply of food could save your family.
After successfully producing a year worth of veggies, you might want to mix it up a bit. This is certainly good for the soil, and you will be able to try new foods that could become part of your regular diet.
Survival isn't all about fancy survival gear. It's about honing skills and maximizing the survival supplies you have to work with. Learning how to grow your own food is pivotal to both daily health and to the development of humanity itself. Without gardens and farms, where would we be today?