Apocalypse Gardening

Ok, so the world didn’t end in December, but that doesn’t mean that disaster won’t strike at another time. Think zombie apocalypse. When disaster does strike, you don’t want to be one of the people worried about where they are going to get their next meal or the meal after that. You want to be prepared and have a solid plan to survive the apocalypse or any other disaster.

Preparing for such events takes time and discipline but with proper planning, you can make sure you will have enough food to get you through nearly any situation. Having canned good and nonperishables on hand is always recommended for short term needs, but the only way to survive long term is to have your own apocalypse garden up and growing. 

Why Garden?

Think you can survive off of just what you hunt, fish and trap? You would be wrong. Fruits and vegetables are a vital part of the human diet for an array of nutrients that aren’t available anywhere else. One of the most important is Vitamin C. Vitamin C may sound like it’s for sissies but even the manliest of men need it in their diets. The last thing you need during an apocalypse is scurvy which is a result of a Vitamin C deficiency. So yeah, like I said, you need an apocalypse garden. 

Apocalypse gardens are not necessarily for pleasure, they are to serve a specific purpose; provide food for you and your family in times of need. Because of this, the goal is not to make your garden aesthetically pleasing but to grow as much food as possible in limited spaces. This means you need to grow plants that produce quickly and yield a high amount while being high in nutritional value.

Begin with a Plan

You have a couple of options when it comes to how you construct your apocalypse garden. Square foot gardening probably the only way you’ll be on the grid once the apocalypse happens. If you happen to have a little bit of yard space, square foot gardening will return a high yield of produce. It requires you to plant your plants closer together than you would in a regular garden setting. This is advantageous because densely planted gardens form their own sort of mulch which helps to keep the weed and pest population under control. 

Container gardening is another option if you don’t have space in your yard to devote to an apocalypse garden. Even if you do have some yard space, you may want to consider growing at least a couple of your plants in containers so you are able to bring them indoors in adverse weather conditions.

What to Grow

Once you decide exactly how you want to construct your garden, you need to decide what you want to plant in it. Keeping in mind what grows well in your area, make a list of what you would potentially like to have in your apocalypse garden. Here is a potential list:

– Tomatoes
– Carrots
– Squash
– Pumpkins
– Radishes
– Green beans
– Aloe Vera
– Potatoes
– Rhubarb 
– Blueberries- or berries of any kind really.
– Parsley
– Cabbage

How much TLC a particular plant needs should also affect your planting decision. Plants that need a lot of attention in order to produce may not be the best choice when it comes to deciding where you spend your energy. That being said, you should probably keep avocados off of your list. You don’t need to go out and purchase huge packages of survival seeds that have been marked up by extravagant amounts. You can purchase seed packages from your local greenhouse for far less and they will work just as well.

What if the apocalypse doesn’t happen or disaster never strikes? Can your fruits and veggies or donate them to local food pantries if you can’t eat everything that your garden produces each growing season.