Practical Preppers Garden Chapter 1 – Introduction

Practical Preppers Garden Chapter 1 – Introduction

While rare, natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes remain an ever-present fact of life for millions of people.  Even if you’re fortunate enough to live in a place where these sorts of things virtually never happen, the fact is that even a simple failure in the electrical grid can present major problems.

Back in 2003, that’s exactly what happened.  Ontario experienced a massive, multi-day blackout that paralyzed most of the province.  For the better part of a week, nearly all grocery stores were either closed, cleaned out, or both.  While it’s been a while since we’ve seen anything like that, the number of natural disasters appearing in the news recently has really got me thinking about it.

The internet is rife with people talking about their 50-year doomsday survival plans for the fall of civilization, and while I fully respect everybody needs a hobby, the fact is I don’t particularly feel the need to build a concrete bunker with mounted machine gun turret.  That said, I can’t argue with the idea of being a little more self-reliant when a more realistic disaster strikes.

While some folks are content to set aside a months worth of MREs, or 50lbs of Spam, what I want is a food source that I can use regularly, always stays fresh, and tastes great.  That in a nutshell is why I’ve decided to go ahead and pull the trigger on designing and building my own preppers garden.

Now there’s all kinds of videos and articles on how to grow a preppers garden, but what bothers me about most of them is the amount of time and money involved.  I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on this, nor do I have time to dedicate ten hours a week to farming; I want something practical.  With that in mind, the scope of this project is simple; I want to construct a low cost, low maintenance, fruit and vegetable garden capable of growing food that meets basic human needs for a short to medium period of time.

This is an entirely new pursuit for me, which I think should be pretty interesting.  In the next few articles I’ll be taking you along as I plan, construct, and plant my practical preppers garden.

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