Practicing Survival Gardening

Everyone knows that you need to practice your gardening skills now, before the world ends. However, how are you implementing that practice? Did you purchase your seedlings from a store? If you have bugs in your garden, do you reach for the Seven? If a plant dies, do you run to the store to get another one? Did you purchase commercial manure or garden soil to ‘plus up’ your soil this year?

As we all know, this isn’t sustainable. My idea of survival gardening is to take all necessary actions needed to overcome the need/desire to run to the store when I have a gardening problem. Running to the store won’t be possible when the world as we know it ends. Survival or sustainable gardening takes work (and planning), a bit of knowledge you may not currently have, and a different mindset. I propose a four prong approach for you to consider implementing.

I have been a Master Gardener for 26 years and I still have failures. It is natural. For example, my tarragon seedlings all died this year. My answer to that is to start them again or live without tarragon until next year.

How A Garden May Put Meat On Your Table

For months, I have been wondering, just how in the world am I going to put meat on the table if, at some point, I have no attractants for deer or other creatures. I spent hours trying to figure out how I was going to do it and I thought that it was going to be impossible.

That is until I was in the garden the other day and I began to think about the deer that, when I do not put out Irish Spring and other soaps to repel them, come through my land. My mind kept focusing on the fact that when they are not repelled and therefore find a reason to hang around, such as foraging through my garden to eat every tasty thing in sight, they become the pest that I most do not want to have around.

Is treated lumber safe for building raised bed vegetable gardens?

After posting a photo of my new raised bed garden frames in last weeks “what did you do to prep this week” post, I received several emails from readers asking if I had built my frames using treated lumber and they then proceeded to inform me of the health risks involved with the use of treated wood in my garden.

One readers email gave a dire warning to the effect that I would surely die from the first bite of produce taken from the garden if treated lumber was used to construct the frames because arsenic would leach into the surrounding soil and into my food, then kill me when I ate it…

I would like to thank you for your concern, it is appreciated and noted. And to answer the question, yes, my new raised garden bed frames were built using treated lumber but I’m not concerned about it… not even a little bit.

Tips On Saving Seeds

There are no guarantees in this world we live in today. We can’t rest assured that the grocery store will always be there or that its shelves will always be stocked full of food. We can’t count on our local home supply store having rows and rows of different seed packets to choose from if we were to ever need to grow our own food. We need to face the reality that things may “go south”, and if they do, we’ll only be able to count on ourselves, and the skills and knowledge we have acquired, in order to survive.

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Tips From A Survivalist On Saving Seeds

There are no guarantees in this world we live in today. We can’t rest assured that the grocery store will always be there or that its shelves will always be stocked full of food. We can’t count on our local home supply store having rows and rows of different seed packets to choose from if we were to ever need to grow our own food. We need to face the reality that things may “go south”, and if they do, we’ll only be able to count on ourselves, and the skills and knowledge we have acquired, in order to survive.

How to Make a Seed Starter Out of a Medicine Cabinet

Mirrored flush-mounted bathroom medicine cabinets are easily one of the most non-upcycled objects out there. They are short and shallow. They don’t stand by themselves. And, frankly, they aren’t very nice to look at once they are out of their recessed wall enclosure.

But, the thing is, just about every house has one…sometimes two or more. You can pick them up for a song at garage sales, rebuilding centers or CraigsList. Sometimes they are free at all these places, because very few people actually want old medicine cabinets.

Gardening tools that you probably don’t realize you have!

Before I list them, I have some questions, how much fertilizers of any kind do you buy in a seasons time. The main question really is how much do you spend on the fertilizers? How much mulch do you buy in a seasons time and how much do you pay for it? How much have you spent on expensive gas powered equipment, plus the cost of fuel and maintenance and upkeep on this equipment? How much do you order of anything online?

Thought provoking? Good, because I usually have a great garden every year, I don’t spend over 10 dollars U.S.! Because I think about what I’m going to do. Since getting married two years ago, I find that I explain a lot of what I do to Amanda. She is the big city girl from Illinois, and all of my lifestyle is new, interesting, different to her. Some of my more mundane daily actions were mind boggling to her.

Question from reader: Using old carpet as a weed barrier under a raised garden bed…

I first want to say I stumbled onto your site today when looking for info on raised beds. You answered in very good detail a question my wife had about pressure treated wood as the boarders. Thank you for that in advance. Second your web is a treasure trove of info, which has got me […]

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