by Daisy Luther
I love Grow my own vegetables Garden. I have spent many fun hours outside each summer tending my plants, tending my soil, landing things along with birds for music and a basket full of delicious organic foods to showcase them every day.
Except for that year. That year, my garden was a failure.
It is eaten by deer, killed by heat
It’s very embarrassing to admit on my website that my garden did not squat that year. Usually good at growing food (or exceptionally lucky), but a few years ago there were circumstances beyond my control that caused one obstacle after another to emerge. First of all, we moved on July 1st. I had started my container garden earlier this summer and then planted it in my lovely new walled garden filled with raised beds.
Only, the fences weren’t high enough and, without my knowledge, I made a gazelle buffet with a low hitch. Park No. 1, gone. lethal. Erased. And I did not get venison in al-Qisas.
So, I went and got some new plants and put them in. Better late than never. I have strengthened my deer soil and care and have paid higher dollars for plants that have been slightly more advanced since it was now the first week of July.
Then a heat wave struck the next day to plant it. 107 degrees. Most plants wilt immediately and no amount of TLC will return them.
I was determined that I would have at least some vegetables and bought more plants. I added some Shade cloth To protect them from the sun. I fed them some white sugar to help them recover from transplant shock. They have grown up but haven’t provided me with a lot of products, for many reasons, including heat, delayed schedule, and slightly lower phosphorous in my soil.
To get even worse, a wannabe farmer finds herself shopping at the farmers’ market for summer vegetables. Not cool.
But, like everything in life, there is a lesson here. It made me think of all the people whose main plan was to survive A large stock of seeds. While this is a very important part of your long-term self-help plan, there are some years, no matter how many silver bells and seashells you put, your opposite garden will not grow.
it will happen. One year, your horticulture season will not live up to your expectations. Have you thought about what to eat when your lawn collapses?
Troubleshoot a dying garden
I have written a lot about Adaptability as a survival mechanism This also applies to your vegetable garden. When a big part of a survival plan is growing your food, the ability to identify and overcome problems with your plan is vital.
Experience. The first key to troubleshooting your inaccurate lawn is experience. Many people create a survival plan without any practical skills to support it. Have you gardened before? Have you planted in the area where you intend to survive? If you haven’t done so, you will not be able to foresee hazards, such as deer fencing that is not high enough, too much direct noon sun, no direct afternoon sun, etc. This is the main reason why this year ‘s gardening fails. All of these things are learned through (and often painful) experience. Keep a gardening diary To help avoid repeating these mistakes and to keep track of trends, like late frosts, etc., so get out there and get dirty. no excuses. If you don’t do it now, you cannot expect to survive.
Soil testing. A large part of successful gardening occurs before you sow a seed. You need to know everything about your soil to be able to amend it and provide the correct basis for growth. It is better if you make adjustments before planting but you can still achieve some success after the fact. Every part as important as your seed is the soil test kit. Get a kit that tests soil, nitrogen, phosphorous, and potash content. I like This kit because it contains 10 tests for each subject. The price is very reasonable (it’s geared towards classroom education) so get a few out of your stock. That way, if S reaches F, you can still access the science you need to successfully troubleshoot.
Soil amendments. Once the test is done, you will need the supplies to adjust your soil to its optimum nutrient levels. I am looking for some books on DIY soil amendments Stock up on supplies you may need to adjust where the oil shortages. If your goal is survival gardening, it is very important that you learn to amend your soil without going to a garden store. For example, flower end rot is caused by a lack of calcium in the soil. This can be improved by adding milk to the roots of your plants, then watering them deeply, or making tea from crushed eggshells. Learn more about Safe management of manureAnd the Fertilizer, And the Use of cover crops.
Access to information. Now, we have the luxury of the internet. With the help of Google and YouTube, we can find answers to almost any gardening question. But in the case of long-term survival, it won’t be that easy. This is almost a guarantee that if you are in a scenario where your vegetable garden is all that stands between you and malnutrition, you will not have access to the internet.
My bookcase is full of reference books on topics like gardening, herbs, and other ancient skills. Join me by going old school. Get some well-reviewed gardening books. These are some of my favorites:
Also check out the featured links in the soil amendment section above for more excellent books. (Some are available for free on the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program, but I highly recommend hard copies of the books that you find helpful.)
And be prepared for worst-case scenarios. In a perfect world, everything would be organic and healthy. But in an imperfect world, when your garden is the difference between life and death, it is possible that you will sometimes have to use methods that you would not normally use. I’m talking, of course, about chemical methods: fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. It’s not perfect, but when it’s absolutely necessary to have a successful season you have to have some things like these aside for worst-case scenarios.
What to do when you cannot grow your own garden
While my plan is to finally be able to grow much of what we need to survive, I am also ready for a bad year. While the above items will help you with many of your gardening problems, there are some things that are completely out of human control. Things like:
- Bad weather, whether it’s too hot, too cold, too rainy, or too dry
- Pest – who remembers This book is in the Little House series Where did a crowd of hungry locusts descend on Ba’s fields?
- Natural disasters – wildfires, terrible storms, hurricanes – all of these can wipe out a garden
There is absolutely nothing you can do about certain events. This is why you should have Plan B. A long-term food supply is essential To survive when your deck is stacked against you.
There are many different approaches you can take to build your nutritional supply (which I go to in the course, Build a better store on a budget, But the basics are:
For more information, see this article: 12 strategies for creating the perfect pantry.
Have you ever had a bad garden season?
This year, I am very grateful to have so many friends at home and an excellent farmer’s market, as I navigate my new gardening environment. (You can find a local farmers’ market here.I still have some things left over from last year’s harvest, of course my stock, but this year’s harvest looks like it will be disappointing.
As with any preparedness scenario, thinking about it in advance can help us maneuver through the situation more easily if it occurs in the midst of a crisis. Have you ever had a similar bad gardening year? What are some of the reasons I may not have covered? Pests? the weather? Act of nature? Were you able to get over it, and if so, how did you do it?
Please share your answers in the comments below. Maybe you are solving someone else’s garden problems!
Source: Organic Prepper
Daisy Luther is a blogger who mocks coffee and is famous for firearms and writes about current events, preparedness, economics, voluntariness, and the pursuit of freedom on her website. Organic Prepper. Republished extensively via alternative media and it sponsors all of the most important news links on its overall site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the author of a book 4 books She lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing animal. You can find it at The social networking site FacebookAnd the Pinterest, And the Twitter.