When we think of making emergency preparations, most of the time we only consider the rather short-term occurrences. Weather disasters such as tornadoes, flooding and blizzards are often devastating, but recovery is generally made within weeks or a few months at most.
Thinking about prepping, for any type of situation that requires us to make changes in the way we live, is always a bright idea. Long term solutions for what may seem like a short term problem have the added benefit of providing necessities for your family, no matter what the future may hold.
The rising popularity of vegetable gardening is seen everywhere. From the White House garden first instituted in 1800, by the second president of the United States John Adams and first lady Abigail Adams, to container growing on apartment patios; it is a trend that is not only good for our health, but can provide sustenance for years to come. It may seem far-fetched, but if for some reason our food chain would collapse; being capable of growing your own food would not only make you seem like a genius, but keep your belly full as well.
If recent food prices are any indication, even if grocery stores continue to supply fruits and vegetables, the prices we have to pay may end up beyond our budget. Natural disasters, coupled with conflicts around the world, could create a situation for many where having a garden or growing some of their own food is a necessity rather than a relaxing hobby.
Vegetable seeds can be either hybrid or of the heirloom variety. While the hybrid seeds are not self-pollinating and need to be purchased annually in order to produce; heirloom seeds can be collected and stored to use years into the future. An added bonus to producing heirloom fruit and vegetables is the taste. Fond memories of tasting the tomatoes from your grandmothers? victory garden or crisp apples from the family orchard can be revived with seeds from yesterday. Abundance in varieties is also found with heirloom seeds.
With spring right around the corner, this is the perfect time to consider starting a garden of heirloom vegetables and fruits. Hopefully, we will never need to supply our own food, but if the worst happens you will be prepared.
Here are a few if the resources I’ve checked out:
Now if we could just figure out how to grow anything in this orange Mississippi “dirt”, we’re good to go!