Well, here’s some updated pictures of some of my patio container plants in my prepper garden. The top one includes: dragon fruit, heirloom tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, carrots, sweet corn, green and yellow pole beans, bush beans, stevia, peppermint, oregano, marjoram, dill, sage, thyme and basil. The second picture is an onion and the third is some strawberries.
Container gardening is a great alternative to large scale gardening for a prepper garden. Benefits include the ability to control the soil nutrients and watering. Raising the growth of the plant above the ground level also prevents some diseases and pests from ruining your harvest.
How to Do Container Gardening
Buy a large capacity container, the bigger the better! Drill 1/4 inch holes in the bottom and the sides. This allows water release and aeration of the soil. Fill it with potting soil for good drainage and amend it with compost and coconut coir ( for some water retention). I suggest organic soil and amendments for reduced chemical exposure.
Plant non-GMO, heirloom, heritage and open pollinated seeds. This will provide an appropriate source for seed-saving. If the collapse happens seed saving will be a life-saving skill to have. You want to know that the seeds you save will breed true and give you the food you expected to harvest.
The seeds you plant should be appropriate for the growing zone you live in. Look up your growing zone before you buy seeds. But remember this is only a guideline. Experiment with unusual seeds for your area, you never know!! Sometimes a food that grows outside of your growing zone may thrive in your area!
For better drought tolerance and disease protection, add Mycorrhizae fungi to the seeds at the time of planting. Mycorrhizae fungi form a connection to the root system of your plant. They “extend” your root systems “reach” to obtain nutrients and water. Mycorrhizae are rewarded by the root system with a gift of carbohydrates for food. Mycorrhizae also compete in the soil with other organisms that may cause plant diseases. When the Mycorrhizae “win” the battle the plant is protected. Mycorrhizae fungi is sold as a powder form that can be made into a paste and mixed with the seed before planting and it can be dry broadcast over the seed before covering up the seed at planting. A third method is adding it to a water and using a watering can to sprinkle over the seeds during planting. Any method if fine. 90% of discovered plants on this planet are thought to use Mycorrhizae fungi to sustain their existence.
Learn about organic pest and disease control. There are natural controls in nature that will fight problems in your garden. If a collapse situation happens chemicals will not be available. However, a garlic or hot pepper spray just might save your food and your life. Baking soda and vinegar are great to have in your storage and may kill some nasty problems.
Don’t wait to start tomorrow, lessons learned in the garden may save your life someday! A prepper garden is vital!