Thursday, February 21, 2008

Survival Gardening

Damnit BigBear, I am tired of hearing about your tomatoes. Talk about something survival related, talk about something sexy.

Unfortunately life isn't a James Axler novel and in the very near future survival gardening will be the sexiest, most read survival topic on the net. Survivalism is the art of survival, the ability to stay alive and even thrive in a post collapse environment. I am not talking about just getting out of Dodge I am talking about long term existence without modern conveniences. It is one thing to grab your gun, seventy two hour pack and pitch camp in the woods, it is entirely another to plan for lifetime independence completely removed from existing support structures.

If your survival plans do not include a long term renewable food source you are putting yourself and those relying on you at grave risk.

This level of preparation is not a full pantry of canned food and dried noodles. Granted this is a good start and well beyond what most people have but it is a finite solution. Those supplies will run out and without a long term food replenishment strategy eventually you are forced back into the system; a system far different from our current market driven economies.

It is a system where your personal freedoms are sacrificed for the most basic necessity of You will be forced to register and wait in endless lines for the meager scraps doled out by the local relief agencies. Registered weapons will be surrendered upon request and children will be removed to “care” facilities until the parents can get back on their feet. This is not a system you want to be dependent on.

The best protection against become slaves to this system is learning how to grow and prepare your own food. Survival gardening is the only sustainable strategy for long term preparedness and should be one that every survivalist adopts.


Anonymous said...

The bible says seven years.

That's a lot, a lot of food to store and protect.

Historically, during the little ice age it rained once for three years straight and they frequently had years without summers and couldn't grow squat. many people starved to death.

Gardening and food storage have to go hand in hand. granted if you don't know how to garden you aint gonna eat; but if you don't have anything stored up and the weather goes wacky, you aint gonna eat then neither :(

great blog bear!

Oldmn in the Boonies said...

may it is because I am older than dirt but I think your Tomatos are cool. In that they are life, security and a wholesome addition to your life. This has been a terrible winter here in the great white north, perhaps just a precurser to what is to come and I found your picture to be bright spot in my day. said...

I'm wondering if there are any vegetables or plants that one could grow that also serve as aphrodisiacs. That'd be one way to make gardening more "sexy". That or garden naked, you know, get back to nature and all.

dccdmom said...

I like the tomatoes! Up here at the 49th parallel tomatoes won't grow in the winter without lots of artifcal light.

BigBear said...

I just was looking at the plants and I have some tomatoes about an inch around. Won't be long now.

theotherryan said...

I think this blog is a good counter weight to the guns and ammo crowd. As something of a member of that crowd it means a lot. No chance of surviving a TEOTWAWKI without getting more chow somehow.

chris said...

Big Bear,

Thanks for posting this topic. You are correct that there is a huge difference between canned survival and weaning yourself from the system. Being able to be self sufficient as our forefathers were is critical when the crap hits the fan. Knowing what to plant and when is paramount to not having to rely on the system as well. If there is a huge problem with the shipping system, there is only 3 days food on the typical shelves of the stores.

Keep up the great work!