Get Survival Gardening Ideas from Jim Wilson’s Container Gardening Book

It’s gardening season as I write this, and I think you’ll appreciate this week’s DestinySurvival Pick, especially if you practice container gardening. Get survival gardening ideas from Jim Wilson’s Container Gardening: Soils, Plants, Care, and Sites, by Jim Wilson, host of PBS’s Victory Garden program from 1984-1994. The book may be several years old, but people still buy it.

Though Wilson’s emphasis leans heavily toward growing flowers, shrubs and ornamentals, he does spend time writing about vegetables. He also states the general idea that any kind of container will do for gardening, big or small, as long as you can drill some drainage holes in it. He describes growing tomatoes in 32 gallon garbage barrels. I like that idea.

Wilson favors the artistic, but there’s plenty of practical information in his book, such as how to make your own potting soil mix. Though he discourages reusing soil mixes past the first season, he gives info on what to do to rejuvenate the soil for the next season.

I reuse soil mix and agree it’s important to add additional compost. I also add rock dust, which serves as a slow release fertilizer.

One of the chapters in the book is devoted to making light weight concrete containers called “hypertufas.” There is also a mini encyclopedia of container friendly plants. He also lists plants grown by numerous botanical gardens throughout the country, reflecting what does well in our nation’s various climates.

Jim Wilson’s Container Gardening is a very good resource for ideas. Explore various container possibilities, landscaping ideas, plants you didn’t know you could grow in containers, and more.

To order your copy of Jim Wilson’s Container Gardening, click on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. You’ll be taken to the page featuring the book where you can place your order. Why not add it to your survival gardening library today.


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.