survival gardening

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  Secret Garden of Survival-How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest author Rick Austin left the corporate world to embark on a labor of love and a quest for self-reliance. Austin has toured the county teachers others how to grow a secret survival garden and become more self-reliant. Austin’s off the grid living advise is… Read more »


Survivalseeds

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As a horticulturist and emergency preparedness enthusiast, I always have a supply of seeds on hand. I love visiting garden centers and poring over websites and catalogs in order to choose new kinds for my stash. However, not everyone shares this passion. Do you need to have some seeds in your own home food storage… Read more »


cherry tomatoes

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As part of my emergency preparedness, I’m really looking forward to planting a vegetable garden this year. It’s been a few years since I’ve been able to have one, but now I’m in a new house with room in the backyard for a decent size garden. In my imagination, this garden will be my best… Read more »


Plant Hardiness Map 2012

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To be honest, I have never grown a totally successful garden.  I’ve really only tried gardening a few times, so I blame my failed attempts on my lack of experience. The idea of successful gardening still excites me, though.  My memories of other people’s successful gardens totally delight me, and when the seed catalogs come… Read more »


cherry tomatoes

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The first thing that will be affected during the upcoming financial upheaval will be the food supply.  Food is a commodity that will be worth it’s weight in gold!   Having a survival garden is very important for supplementing your food stores.


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This is the third installment in my methods for growing really big tomato plants on your porch.  You’ll want to read the first two parts here and here. Right now while my plants are still in their infancy I only have to water them every other day or so, but in no time they’ll need… Read more »


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This is a continuation of “Yes, You Can Grow Tomatoes Like Me!, so you’ll want to read that first to get The Big Secret. You’ve doubtless seen those ads for tomato seeds or seedlings that you can send away for that promise giant growth and huge tomatoes that you can grow indoors.  My experience with… Read more »


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My parents used to complain that tomatoes these days taste like cardboard, but I had nothing to compare it to, having eaten nothing but cardboard tomatoes all my life.