Listening to the radio, watching television, and reading the newspaper is enough to make anyone panic about virtually everything! There is one thing that should be a grave concern to everyone: the rapidly spreading global food crisis. Felt most acutely within developing nations, this food shortage problem is spreading like the flu across the globe. There is something you can do, other than panic. You can plant a garden!
During World War II, every family was encouraged to plant a victory garden to provide fresh fruits and vegetables at home so that fuel and other commercially grown food resources could be directed elsewhere. It is time to re-visit that tradition. Below are five tips for planting your own survival garden. Whether the food shortage reaches crises level, or not, growing your own produce is a fun pastime that produces nutritious and money-saving food. You can then save the money you did not have to spend on fresh produce to use in case of a true recession.
1. When growing your own food, cover the basics. There is a reason that the Aztecs grew beans and corn. Together, those two plants provide all of the essential amino acids not produced by the human body that are necessary for healthy growth and protein production. When planning your garden, choose a variety of plants that provide different nutrients. Think about the rainbow-and try to grow a plant in every color. That is a simple way to ensure that you grow plants that provide a variety of vitamins and minerals.
2. Start slowly. As with an exercise plan, if you take on too much in the beginning, you will get discouraged and quit. A garden that is no bigger than 4 feet X 12 feet will allow you to start strong and produce a lot of food, but will not be too large to handle
3. Use natural fertilizers for the best results. When growing your own produce, you will want to harvest the most nutritious food possible. Natural and seaweed-based fertilizers contain a variety of micro nutrients not found in synthetically produced fertilizers.
4. Learn how to can, dry, and preserve your extra food. Not only will you have the luxury of eating your own tasty tomatoes in the middle of winter, should disaster strike, but you will also be well-prepared.
5. Invest in your soil. The number one most important aspect of growing your own food is having healthy soil. Using natural fertilizers helps maintain soil fertility because the natural fertilizer components will not harm soil organisms. Regularly adding thoroughly composted organic matter will help your soil maintain its fertility. Managing your own compost bin will also help you save money because you will have a way to re-use, rather than toss, food scraps.
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