Most folks don't have survival gardening in mind when they start worm composting.
However, as time goes on and world news gets more dire, the future more uncertain, they realize that gardening can't be just a summer hobby, but a spring, summer and fall garden (winter if it's a mild climate) will be needed if they are to have enough nutrient-dense fruit and vegetables for the year.
Memories of one's grandparents and earlier ancestors come to mind and how every family had large gardens.
During the Depression, these were the folks that didn't feel the economic crunch because they could at least feed themselves.
How many of us can say that today?
The term “survival gardening” makes the clear distinction between growing a few tomato plants in the summer and having the intention of growing enough crops most of the year to eat fresh and preserve the surplus. For most of us it's something to work toward.
Just like health or life insurance, but a whole lot cheaper, it's a rational imperative against rising food costs, commercial food contamination and the inclusion of questionable, genetically-modified organism (GMO) in more and more of our commercially prepared foods.
With the all-too frequent health alerts of salmonella and E.coli contamination, increasing food prices due to rising fuel costs , using corn for fuel (how insane is that), crop damage or shortages due to bad weather, more people are becoming more self-reliant and deciding that they can and must grow, at the very least,some of their own food.
Commercial vs. Home-Grown
Since conventional farmers have to use more and more fertilizers and pesticides to grow the same amount of crops, that means the health of the soil (microbes) is being destroyed and with it, the quality of our food. It just makes sense (and cents) to grow your own with all-natural worm compost.
We can have fresher, safer and more nutritious fruits and vegetables than what is served up at the local grocers, having traveled at least 1500 miles from the grower. How “fresh” can that be?
My hope is that the information I pass along will encourage you to begin your own journey in survival gardening. Got bad soil? We'll see what the weeds say and how to fix it.
Don't have a clue which seeds are best? I'll cover that too and a whole lot more.
Whether it's growing in containers on your balcony, raised beds in your back (or front) yard or mounded rows in a vacant lot,
Time's a-wasting. Let's get growing!
P.S. And if by some miracle things do turn around for the better, the only thing you will have lost is 20 pounds and gained a whole new set of outdoor skills. Sounds like a win-win to me!
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