Get Some Survival Gardening Basics, Then Get Started!

Gardening is one of those subjects where there’s no lack of information and advice. Gardening and homesteading books are hot sellers at bookstores. A lot of people are apparently thinking of survival as they’ve never thought before.

You can read all you want–and you should—but there’s nothing like doing it.

If you’re still sitting on the fence, so to speak, about whether you should take up gardening, it’s time to get started.

Jackie Clay can help you with the basics. She’s gardened for many years in several places around the country.

The article excerpt below is from the May/June 2009 “Backwoods Home Magazine,” and will answer several questions about composting, mulching, raised beds, what to plant for your area, and more.

Jackie’s garden primer

By Jackie Clay

Is it complicated? You know: mulch, compost, pH, organic, chemicals, biologic insect controls? No. It isn’t a bit complicated. As you progress, you may want to expand your gardening skills for an even more productive garden. But gardening definitely is not complicated.

Well, isn’t it expensive then? Again, no. Like anything else, you can spend a lot of money gardening. But you don’t have to. In the old days, folks grew tons of food by saving their own seed from year to year, trading seeds with neighbors, and occasionally buying a few packets of seed to grow other crops they didn’t have seed for. In fact, by growing even a modest home garden, you can save up to one third of your grocery bill each week all summer and fall, and even more if you home can your extra vegetables.

Read the whole article here:

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine. (541)247-8900.

If you’re limited on space and want practical info from another gardening pro, get Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening. On the other hand, if you’ve got lots of room, you’ll appreciate the tips from his book on how to use your space more efficiently.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.