Local food production becomes more important as the economy and the value of the dollar declines. Small family gardens grown with non-hybrid seeds and homemade compost can supplement food supply lines interrupted by unemployment, high fuel costs and civil unrest. The Victory Gardens of WWII need to be planted again now.
Gardens will supply a large portion of our food after TSHTF. Those who already garden know that, in many cases, additional amendments and plant foods/fertilizers are necessary for a good crop. While a compost pile will help a great deal in keeping your soil in good shape, there are many other sources for fertilizers/plant foods that will be easily accessible after TSHTF. James Wesley Rawles details several solutions in this article.
An Urban Homestead – The Path to Freedom
Greenhouses, cold frames and much more made using PVC pipe.
Eating Locally Year-Round from the “Garden” – Even in frigid Minnesota! – from GeoPathfinder
When Cuba lost access to Soviet oil and petroleum based fertilizer in the early 1990s, the country faced an immediate crisis – feeding the population – and an ongoing challenge: how to create a new low-energy society. The video links that follow tell the story of the Cuban people’s hardship, ingenuity, and triumph over sudden adversity – through cooperation, conservation, and community.
Compost and organic fertilizers are needed to recover from the use of petroleum based fertilizers. The transition time to restore healthy soil can be significant. During Cuba’s energy crisis the average person lost 20 pounds.
Biochar for soil improvement
More YouTube Videos
- An Experiment in Backyard Sustainibility
- How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House?
- Self Sufficient Small Farms
- Brookside Farm, Growing Food, Growing Energy
- The Worm Guy
- Its the Compost! Creating Abundance at K-Jo Farm
- Practical Permaculture
- Learning From Cuba’s Response to Peak Oil
- How To Prune a Tomato Plant
- Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association
- The First Biodynamic Principle
- The Second Biodynamic Principle
- The Third Biodynamic Principle
- The Fourth Biodynamic Principle
Biodynamic Stir – Hippy Gourmet at Alderlea Farm in Duncan, British Columbia
Organic Fertilizer in Fishersville Virginia
- Countryside Organics has quality natural and organic products for your garden, fruit, pasture and livestock.
Native American techniques
Corn provides a natural pole for bean vines to climb. Beans fix nitrogen on their roots, improving the overall fertility of the plot by providing nitrogen to the following years’ corn. Corn, beans and squash also complement each other nutritionally. Corn provides carbohydrates, the dried beans are rich in protein, balancing the lack of necessary amino acids found in corn.
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Gardening methods for a small space
Square Foot Gardening – Material for building a 4′x4′ garden costs $84.95 (Apr 09) when ordered from Mel’s web page. Compared to a row garden, Mel claims his method uses 20% of the space, 10% of the water, 5% of the seeds and 2% of the work. The initial material expense is offset by very little cost in subsequent years, when that is needed is a little homemade compost in each square. No power equipment is needed. Watch Mel tell his story (3 min, 19 sec).
Seeds (no genetic modification)
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is a source for heirloom seeds and other open-pollinated (non-hybrid) seeds with an emphasis on vegetables, flowers, and herbs that grow well in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Hybrid seeds are not suitable for saving seeds because they will not reliably be a reproduction of the parent plant and may not germinate.
Be aware of the danger to freedom if Monsanto (or an associated company) seeds are used by you or your neighbor. Search the web for “terminator seed” to become informed.
- How to make compost video
Wheatgrass and Sprouts
Wheatgrass and sprouts are nutritious supplements that can be added to a food production program. Sprouting information is available from:
The Wheatgrass Book by Dr. Ann Wigmore is responsible for introducing many people to the healing and nutritional value of wheatgrass. Ann Wigmore gives a thorough analysis of the incredible powers of wheatgrass and how it can improve your health and your pets. Only the juice can be digested by humans.
Wheatgrass can be grown inexpensively in trays, or one can purchase an expensive automatic sprouter such as the “Easy Green” ($179).
Extracting wheat juice can be done inexpensively with a manual juicer such as the all stainless steel Back to Basics (a.k.a. Tornado) ($99.95). Many automatic and expensive juicers are available also.
The Easy Sprout Sprouter is available at Amazon.com for $12.49
Extracting Wheatgrass juice in a Vitamixer