Survival Gardening–Can’t Get Enough!

            The exploding interest in gardening caught many seed companies and nurseries by surprise last year.  All indications are there’s just as much, if not more gardening going on this year.  Vegetables take up a greater share of gardening budgets, decreasing the usual money spent on lawns, flowers, trees and shrubs.


People are thinking more about their own survival in a down economy.  There’s also growing concern about food safety and purity.  Seeds for peas, beans, corn, beets, carrots, broccoli, kale, spinach and the lettuces are among the top sellers.  Fruit trees, berry plants and grapes are doing well, too, as are herbs.


            Community gardening is growing, too.  A Detroit based nonprofit group called Urban Farming has seen greater interest in several hundred community lots in a number of  states.  The need for these gardens is increasing as well.  For example, Urban Farming used to turn about 50% of its produce over to food banks.  When the economy took a tumble last year, they could only give about 5% to food banks.  That’s how much participants needed what they grew.


            Waiting lists grew long for community gardening plots around the u.S. last year, but in England, someone waiting for an allotment of land for urban gardening might be on a waiting list for 40 years in London.  The average wait time is a little over three years.  Does anybody really think there will be a chance to get access to an allotment with such long wait times?  Who knows what the world will be like in three months, let alone three years.  As a New Yorker might say, “Forget about it!”


            Or maybe not.  Think survival.  There’s always container gardening.  What about home hydroponics?  Guerilla gardening anyone?  Don’t forget what’s already growing in the wild, including what may already be in your yard.


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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.

1 thought on “Survival Gardening–Can’t Get Enough!”

  1. This kind of thinking is exactly what we need to remove ourselves at least a little more from the big box store and someone else will take care of use mentalities. The closer we get to the source of food and other necessities the better!

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