It’s Survival Garden Week at SHTF blog, preparedness peeps. I’m going to lay out my summer 2010 survival garden story and by week’s end you’ll be up to speed on where things stand now. All of these posts have been scheduled in advance, so unless the world caves in and I have to interrupt this message to issue rendezvous Sierra Hotel Tango Foxtrot coordinates, I won’t have to write a post at all this week. I’d like to think this makes me sound organized, but I do it out of necessity. My attention is needed elsewhere.
I tell this story because gardening druids might have advice to offer, and newbies can learn from my mistakes. Today I’ll cover the story leading up to Garden 2010.
Picture the suburbs …. only picture Maine suburbs. For many of you that might be more like “rural suburbs.” The lot didn’t have a ton of gardening space, but there was plenty of potential. It just required work.
So that’s what I did summer and fall 2009, A LOT of brush fires and chainsaw action ….
I got the area looking like this by winter ….
Never mind the DAMN DEER! They’re another story.
Then in the spring I hired help …
All I have to say is THANK GOD for machinery. If I had to turn this ground over by hand in a SHTF situation it’d be a MAJOR downer. I love excavators and skid steers. I love tractors, too ….
How long would it have taken a few people to do that by hand? Gawd. The post-hole digger was a sweet addition.
V-E-R-Y fortunate to have that tractor till up sexy ass soil. The guy doing the tractor work was an old farmer. Even he raised his eyebrows as he moved it through his hands.
Tomorrow – the planting.
– Ranger Man
BTW: If YOU need a good reason why YOU should start YOUR own survival garden, read Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations. Don’t be so confident you will always have to access to food. History repeats itself. Read the book – wake up.