A Step-By-Step Guide To Grow Your Own Food

Monday, October 14, 2013

People generally have a preconceived idea about farmers and the work that they put into producing their crops. Some will imagine a person that works 18 hours a day and barely manages to scrap by. Others will imagine an individual that has a million dollar tractor and a million dollar budget. While there are certainly examples of both, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

Farming is a hard job and there are very few people that have the knowledge necessary to pull off this kind of work. When asking a group of people where their food comes from a vast majority will simply say the grocery store. This is a sad reality that needs to be combated. When it comes to food there are many things that the survivalist needs to keep in mind.

What is In Your Food? 

First, do you really know what is in your food? Federal requirements mandate that all food must meet certain standards, but it also mandates that all foods need to be sprayed, with chemicals, for bugs and disease. Have you ever heard of Monsanto? A quick read of their tactics will have you second-guessing your food consumption. The good news is that you can't go wrong when you grow your own food at home.

Being able to grow your own food is a skill that few people have and every person needs. We have become too reliant on other people to provide us with the items that we need. So how is this done? What are the skills that you will need? How much land will you need to grow your own food? These are all very good questions and they will be answered.

Growing your own food can be challenging but it can also be very rewarding. Not only will you be able to save hundreds of dollars every year by producing your own vegetables, but you will also have the needed experience to provide food for your family when the grocery store no longer has the produce that you need. Every prepper and survivalist needs to master the art of growing his or her own food.

Gather Your Supplies

 Every garden is different and every location is different. Whether you live in a high-rise apartment building in New York City or you live in a home on several acres of land, growing your own food is possible and it is not restricted by your location. All that you need is a plan of action, a few seeds, access to sunlight and water, and a little patience.

The first step to growing your own food is to stock up on seeds. You can find seeds locally in the spring, but I always order mine online. (You can get free shipping on seed orders over $25 here!) You will also need some fertile soil, whether that is ground in your backyard or various containers that you keep on your patio. I also suggest a good watering can if you are doing a container garden.

Plant Your Seeds

Carefully study the directions for the seeds you plant. They should give you an overview of how long it will take for the seeds to sprout and how long it will take before you are ready to harvest your abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. The seed packet will even tell you how deep to plant them and how far apart they need to be in your garden. It's not nearly as hard as most people think because the seeds come with instructions.

Water, Weed, and Wait

After your seeds are planted, your main job is to water your garden everyday (unless you're having torrential rains), pull up any weeds that pop up among your plants, and just wait. Pretty soon, it will be time to harvest your bounty.

As your journey into farming produces more understanding of the products you will be able to mass-produce all the produce that you and your family will need. Once your food has been harvested you will be able to can the produce and it will keep for several months, and in some cases years.


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