Category Archives: gardening

The Top Five Challenges of Survival Gardening

Whether you are new to gardening or not, the use of a large backyard garden to produce food for survival is significantly different from recreational gardening. There are serious problems to be overcome, challenges to be faced, and failure means … Continue reading

Top Survival Crops: Fonio

Fonio is a little-known grain in the Western world. The book “Lost Crops of Africa” has an entire chapter devoted to Fonio, also called “Acha”. It is a survival grain for many people in Africa because it reaches maturity sooner … Continue reading

The Best Gardening Seeds for Prepping

There are really only 4 strategies for dealing with a disaster that disrupts the food supply: (1) store a wide range of different foods (2) buy whatever foods are still available (3) hunting, fishing, gathering food from nature (4) produce … Continue reading

Estimating Yields in a Survival Garden

Recently, average U.S. commercial yields for corn reached an all-time high of 9,576 lbs (171 bushels) per acre. Can you obtain a similar, scaled-down yield in your survival garden? And we might ask the same question for many other crops. … Continue reading

Hulless Barley and Hulless Oats

It’s not practical to grow wheat or rice in your backyard garden. Both those grains need to be hulled in order to be edible. The additional time and expense is probably not worthwhile, for a small amount of grain. But … Continue reading

Survival Gardening: 8 Costly Mistakes

I participate in a local community gardening program. For a modest fee, I rent some gardening space at a local farm. It’s fertile soil, and they till the garden bed for you. They also provide a water source for watering … Continue reading

7 Reasons to use Transplants in a Survival Garden

Should you direct seed your garden — planting seeds directly in the ground — or grow the seedlings in small containers, then transplant them into the garden? Many crops benefit from the transplant method, for several reasons: 1. Less seed … Continue reading

My Top 20 Survival Food Crops

In alphabetical order, not order of importance, here are my top 20 picks for survival food crops: 1. amaranth – high in carbs, a complete protein, high yielding, easy to harvest (no hulling). 2. beans – good source of protein, … Continue reading

Rebuilding the Seed Supply after the SHTF

Few people realize that, if any disaster collapses our current agricultural production system, we will need to rebuild our supply of seeds for planting crops — the main commercial supply and also the seeds for gardens and small local farms. … Continue reading

Time-Saving Options for Growing Your Own Food

One of the main obstacles to growing your own food is the time needed. A large backyard garden requires more manual labor per area of land than a large farm. The farmer can afford equipment to automate, in large part, … Continue reading

Top Survival Crops: Pumpkin with Hulless Seeds

Certain few varieties of pumpkin have seeds that lack a hull. These seeds do not need to be hulled in order to be eaten, saving time and effort. Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious; they are 49% dietary fat and 30% … Continue reading

Survival Gardening: the best survival crops

Let’s say you have a backyard garden, and you want to maximize its effectiveness for prepping and survival. What should you grow? You need crops that provide the three macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. You also want these crops to … Continue reading