Category Archives: gardening

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

Survival Gardening: the 8 best protein crops

Unless your backyard garden is the size of a small farm, you can’t survive solely from food from the garden. I expect that in many survival situations, people will still buy some of their food from the supermarket. Then if … Continue reading

Survival Nutrition

When the SHTF or the economy collapses or some severe disaster overwhelms the food production and distribution system, what do you need to survive? This post is a discussion of survival nutrition — not the optimum diet for perfect health, … Continue reading

Applying the Green Revolution to your Survival Garden

The “green revolution” was a sharp increase in crop yields that began in the 1940′s and 50′s. The basis for these better agricultural yields was better varieties of each crop, artificial fertilizers, and irrigation. The yield increases continued into the … Continue reading

Sun-dried Tomatoes from the Survival Garden

What should you do with all those summer and early fall tomatoes? It’s very easy to pick up 6 or 12 tomato seedlings at a local gardening store, and toss them in the survival garden. Tomatoes are easy to grow. … Continue reading