Survival Gardening–What Makes You Do It?

A few days ago I asked “Are you a paranoid survival gardener?” I speculated on a few reasons why you might be gardening. Rather than guess, I’m curious. Would you mind answering a few questions? Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

If you could narrow it down to one thing, what is the Number One reason you garden?

In the past two or three years, gardening has grown in popularity. It’s trendy now. Are you influenced by this trendiness?

More people are growing edibles than ever before, too. They’re not just growing flowers. Garden centers and seed companies are having a hard time keeping up. I’d like to think this has to do partly with the economy. Many want to save money on their food bills. Is this why you garden?

How important is it as a part of your preparedness and survival strategy? How has an interest in preparedness shaped what you grow? What would you like to grow more of?

Do you grow enough to can or dry what you raise? Do you grow enough to feed yourself or your family until next year’s garden? Is that a goal you’ve set?

Are you nostalgic for the older, simpler ways? Do you want to do as your grandparents did with their gardening and canning? Is it important for you to teach your children or grandchildren how to garden?

Do you garden because there’s nothing more local than food grown in your backyard? Are you concerned about the environmental impact of shipping produce from somewhere hundreds or thousands of miles away?

How concerned are you about food purity? Are you bothered by GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) in our food supply? What part does the use of chemicals and pesticides used on commercially grown food play in your reasons for gardening?

Incidentally, do you consider yourself to be an organic gardener? Why or why not?

Heirloom and open pollinated seeds have become very popular in recent years. Do you grow with heirloom seeds? Do you have an interest in preserving seeds from generation to generation? Or do you use such seeds to guarantee the healthfulness of what you raise?

Do you garden because you know you can grow what you want? Granted, you may not be able to raise bananas outdoors in Montana, but you can grow varieties of tomatoes better suited to your area. Besides, choices of lettuce at the grocery store are limited compared to what’s in seed catalogs.

Does gardening help you connect with others? How important is that to you?

How important is getting exercise or getting close to nature when you’re gardening?

It drives people around me nuts when I ask too many questions, so I hope you’re not put off by them here. Sometimes it helps to think things out because it can reaffirm your reasons for doing something, such as gardening in this case.

Again, I’m just curious. What’s your primary reason for gardening? Feel free to leave a comment. What you share might be inspirational or encouraging to someone else. Plus, your thoughts help me know how I might serve you better.


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.