Category Archives: gardening

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

7 Reasons to Grow Grain Amaranth

…in your survival garden. Amaranth is a pseudo-cereal. In the garden, it grows and harvests like a cereal grain (e.g. wheat, rice). In the kitchen, it cooks like a cereal grain. But it’s actually an achene: a seed surrounded by … Continue reading

6 Advantages of Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables

Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables have several advantages: 1. The variety has proven to be reliable In the context of gardening, an heirloom plant is a particular cultivar that has been grown and used successfully for many generations. These seeds are … Continue reading

7 Reasons to Grow Corn in a Survival Garden

Grains are an important staple crop. Corn (maize), wheat, and rice are the top three staple crops in the world. The world agricultural system produces a vast array of food crops. But very few crops are grown in nearly the … Continue reading

Superfoods for Preppers: Achenes

Grains include cereals, legumes, and achenes. A cereal is the seed of a grassy plant: barley, corn (maize), millet, oats, rice, rye, sorghum, teff, triticale, wheat. Legumes include beans, peas, chickpeas, soybeans, and lentils. An achene is a pseudo-cereal; it’s … Continue reading

Drought Tolerant Crops for the Survival Garden

The current U.S. drought afflicts 38% of the continuous U.S. (48 States), including all of California, large portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, all of Kansas and several other States. The drought began in late 2010, and has waxed and waned … Continue reading

Superfoods for Preppers: Leafy Green Crops

Forget about iceberg lettuce. It’s one of the least nutritious vegetables you could eat. Iceberg lettuce is 95% water and low in pretty much every nutrient, even fiber. So why give it space in your survival garden? By comparison, many … Continue reading

12 Expensive Foods that are Cheap to Grow

… and easy to grow, and very healthy. If you have the land and the time to go totally self-sufficient and grow all your own food, more power to you. I think that’s great. But a large percentage of Preppers … Continue reading