DESTROYING THE NEW WORLD ORDER
ONE TOMATO AT A TIME
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Of course, it is time to talk about growing your own food. Now you city dwellers usually tune out here, but you shouldn't. For the city folks, the elderly aS well as the disabled, can grow food right on your balconies, fire escapes, or maybe get the whole building to help in a community garden. None of which will be planted in the ground. One of the most cost effective and easiest way to grow your own food is in Self Watering Container gardening. I have built many of these units, large and small, and my results were awesome. I have also used 5 gallon buckets, (do not use to grow tomatoes unless cherry or bush variety), cheap grow bags from the Dollar Store, and raised beds. This is how my back deck looked last summer. As you can see, Tarzan would have been right at home.
From left to right in the raised bed is 4 different varieties of tomatoes, (Celebrity, Beefsteak, Big Boy, and Sweet Yellow), with Geraniums co-planted to entice beneficial insects and repel the bad ones. It is surrounded by Sweet Potato vines that I harvested 75 lbs. from, hanging Cherry Tomatoes, Potatoes, Onions co-planted with Bell Peppers in the red bags, Chili Peppers in the Blocks, Heirloom Tomatoes with Cilantro, Peppers, and Onions, in both of the EarthTainers on the deck, that I made myself, and i will show you how in a moment. On the far right raised bed is Early Girl Tomatoes. What you cannot see are the Boston Pickling Cucumbers, Watermelons, Cantalope, Kale, okra, Zuchinni, Squash, lettuce, blueberries, and more sweet potatoes behind my shop and front flower beds.
4 25 lbs of Kennebuk potatoes, 3 50 lbs. bags of Sweet Potatoes, 12 gallons of tomatoes put up, 3 gal. of chili base, 3 gal. of soup base, 4 gals. of salsa, 8 gals. of sliced dill, and spear pickles, 2 gals. of blueberry jam, 20 lbs. of zuchinni, 30 lbs. of squash, 40 large freezer bags of cherry tomatoes, 30 large freezer bags of okra and 30 of Bell Peppers, 12 of chili peppers, 10 bags each of jalapeno, cayenne, and habanero all put up vacuum sealed in the freezer. Kale grows all winter as well as turnips. We will eat this winter no matter what and you can too. Every little bit helps.
How to build an Earth Tainer right.
How to build an Earth Tainer Real Cheap
At the first link you will also find growing tips, as well as growing zones. Different numbering system but indicative of each area's growing climate. I am under zone 33 on this map, but National Map is Zone 6. This can be used to find the best plants for your area and when to plant.
I use only heirloom seeds, except when dealing with tomatoes, since I live in a very unstable climate. I DO NOT USE GM seeds, but I do use Hybrids. These are not GMO seeds, contrary to many assertions. It is also untrue that Hybrid seeds cannot be collected and planted next year, because I have done it, but it does take more seeds to germinate as quite a few will fail. Below is a list of where I get my seeds and is no indication of where to get yours. Remember, the more you buy now, then the more money and bartering power you will have after SHTF. More on that later.
I find that http://www.survivalseedbank.com/
is a little pricey, but the seed bank is a good concept. I have my own in mason jars buried in various places.