Plotting a Backyard Survival Garden

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.

7 comments… add one
  • GoneWithTheWind August 30, 2010, 1:20 pm

    I would say between 50%-80% of the advice I typically see in survival or prepper blogs is dubious or even useless. This is one of the things many people could do today to insure their future. Unless your yard is a showcase for a magazine why not turn it into a garden. Rent a tiller (or tractor if it is a big yard) and create a garden. Even now in the late summer early fall season put in a garden so you will be able to use it next year. Prepare it now while you can because post SHTF you don’t know if you can rent/borrow a tiller and buy some topsoil and fertilizer etc. This could be the best thing you can do for your family. Also depending on where you live, there are cold winter plants you can still put into the ground. Do it. If you aren’t physically up to it then hire a nieghbor kid or one of those nice “immigrants” that hang around Lowes in the morning.

    • Ranger Man August 31, 2010, 6:33 am

      Yes, and unlike other “survival” skills or products, gardening can start producing benefits immediately.

  • MOFreedom August 30, 2010, 6:27 pm

    Nice job Rangerman!

    You are now a criminal

    Just a question of time until they round YOU up. I sure hope you get some help so they run out of operatives! Survivalists, Al-Qaeda, and Arian Brotherhood, all the same, right? What the HECK? You know you can Always trust the Southern Poverty Law Center……..Right?

    Check out the letter right below by Sally called Dear Southern Poverty Law Center. She has GUTS! I like her already


  • No ME Preppy August 30, 2010, 8:11 pm

    All I can say is that it is an AWESOME idea my prepping Mainer brother! Looks about twice the size of mine. Then again, living on a quarter acre lot doesn’t lend itself to much more than a 25 or 30 foot square for a garden. What you should do for your next step is put in an additional area to the right of that (about 24 by 24), also fenced similarly, and raise a few chickens. Then you’d have a source of protein, that is after you take care of the destructive pests in the first photo. I have a plan for a little bit more than a kitchen garden(about 2 acres of crops, 2 of grains, and 3 of grass/hay) and more than just a small flock of chickens (a couple dozen hens, some turkeys, geese, and ducks, some cows, pigs and a couple horses). All that would require a few more dollars saved in the old band-aid box. Not to mention a geographic re-location (into the country part of town). The horses are more for replacing the gasaholic machinery when SHTF. Although I do have a roto-tiller right now, it would just about dies if it had to do 4 acres. I would end up walking several miles in the process. Not a bad trade-off, I guess

    • Ranger Man August 31, 2010, 6:35 am

      Chickens are in the plan. Step by step, row by row ….

  • Agricultural Fans November 2, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Great write up and pics. Hoping this motivates me to get out and start my own garden.

  • Curtisjord April 1, 2017, 6:51 am



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