When a serious crisis strikes, there’ll be a good need to grow food if your bug out group is to survive and flourish. there’ll be several issues that has to be worked out as a result of the bug out set up is only a guide, and it should need to change based on necessity.
Protecting new garden plots and harvest storage areas literally suggests that the difference between life and death for the group.
Start Off with the correct Seeds
There are 3 varieties of seeds that may be purchased; but just one is best for long term survival. Ensure that you know the differences and also that you know precisely what you’re shopping for.
A Genetically Modified Organism is an organism whose genetic material has been altered by exploitation genetic engineering techniques. GMO seeds could include genes from fish, chemical resistant proteins, and other chemicals instead of deoxyribonucleic acid from a natural plant.
Changes to non-GMO crops may be created by accidental cross pollination with GMO variants. These seeds aren’t good for survival horticulture because there is no telling whether the seeds are viable from generation to generation. even if plants are created, the food from them is also toxic because of unstable deoxyribonucleic acid in the organism.
Heirloom seeds return from a plant that has been passed from generation to generation without modification. Several Heirloom seeds are fully grown, saved, and passed down for over one hundred years.
These are the most effective ones for long term survival seeds because they’re genetically stable and future seeds are a lot of likely to germinate and produce plants that live a full life cycle. Many people also prefer heirloom seeds because fruits and vegetables have superior taste and texture.
Hybrid vegetable seeds are created when a plant breeder intentionally cross pollinates 2 completely different varieties of a plant so the offspring contains the best traits of each parent plant. the desired combination of the characteristics could include larger size or better illness resistance.
To make a Hybrid plant it takes years of hard work and much trial and error. While hybrid seeds have some benefits, they usually don’t last from generation to generation.
Best Areas to Grow Your Food in Forests
Forests would be a decent alternative for the hidden gardens with their good land cover and natural camouflage, particularly if there’s a meadow at the edge of the forest. The soil in the forest is also smart for horticulture because the soil tends to be thick, rich and full of earthworms.
Plant low growing vegetables in the area just inside the meadow. Don’t plant in organized rows. The common non-gardening individual wouldn’t know or understand that they were standing in a garden plot.
Depending on how steep, high, or rouged the mountains are will confirm if this area is suited to grow tiny garden plots. The lower the altitude the better the gardens can grow.
There will be some natural cover to help hide the gardens. As the altitude gets higher the thinner the ground cover and the larger the possibility that the garden are going to be detected.
As you get to the highest of the mountainous terrain there’s very little ground cover, water, and very little soil in this area. This would make a poor area for horticulture.
Along Rivers and Streams
Along rivers and streams keep horticulture plot areas as long as these garden plots are above the flood plains. Here there’s many good water and after each of the spring thaws there’s a brand new supply of excellent prime soil.
Swamps are a awfully poor alternative for gardening plots. there’s too much water and not enough good dry land for the horticulture.
Health risks outweigh any consideration of living in or close to swamps. If the toxic snakes don’t get you, deadly swamp diseases will.
Of the four basic land varieties mentioned above, i’d suggest the forest with meadows, planting in the lower altitudes of mountainous terrain, and planting along rivers and streams.
These locations for the horticulture plots should be well off the grid in the middle of obscurity. In these locations there would be a awfully slim chance of unwanted guests stumbling over tiny, or well disguised garden plots.
Making it a point to include wild edible plants will also greatly increase your ability to cover nutritious foods and keep them hidden in plain sight.
How to Design Garden Plots
Wouldn’t it be best to use a few of huge horticulture plots close together with defined rows or wouldn’t it be better to use several little horticulture plots all over the country that were camouflaged to appear like something apart from a gardening plot?
It is best to use several little garden plots instead of some of enormous ones. If some of the tiny horticulture plots were destroyed by either animals or unwanted intruders there would be a smaller loss to the group than if one of the larger gardens is destroyed.
Each little plot would grow many varieties of vegetables that are high yield and grow alright in your specific part of the country. The sq ft horticulture system works and helps to create several highly productive small garden plots. This gardening system was originally designed for roof gardens, little back yards, or very little plots of land.
To use this method all one has to do is multiply the length of the world by the width, which gives you the amount of sq. feet in which to plant. When laying out the gardens don’t use straight boundary lines for the edges of the plots, use the lay of the land.
Do not plant in rows in these mini gardens. Instead scatter the seeds within the plot. try and make the plots look like the wild plants growing wild in a meadow or different growing area.
For vine plants, plant in hanging pots that can be suspended in trees or different high areas. every of the hanging pot plants would be equal to one hill in the traditional garden. What you select to grow in every pot can confirm the number of seeds used.
I have personally used this hanging pot technique with very good results. I have grown squash, melons, cucumbers, and tomatoes victimisation this method. the only distinction between growing these vegetables in suspended pots is that the stems are thicker and stronger to support the hanging weight of the vegetables.
Typically, vegetables grown on the ground don’t need thicker or stronger stems because the weight of those vegetables is sitting on the ground instead of hanging in the air or simply touching the ground.
Suspended pot gardens are going to be safe from human intruders because the average person walking in the dense woods or different parcel doesn’t look up, but primarily down or to the sides.
If you do not need to use the hanging pot method for growing vine plants, then scatter the seeds in fields, forest openings, or meadows and hope for the best. The pattern of these vines growing should be one of natural selection, not one that seems planted by man.
When planting fruit trees don’t plant them in an organized orchards. this can point right to the fact that someone within the area is planting and developing a food supply. Instead, plant the fruit trees randomly throughout the forests or different places wherever these trees will grow and thrive.
Avoid pruning as much as possible, as anyone that sees a newly pruned tree in a post crisis world will understand someone is around that may have valuables to steal.
How to Protect the Garden Plots from Intruders
- All garden plots and orchards will be located well off the beaten path. Man is a creature of habit if he doesn’t travel in this area frequently, the odds are he won’t go out of his manner unless there’s a food shortage. If this is the case all gardens and fruit trees must be guarded.
- Plant in very thick hedgerows that will keep the crops safe from animal or human intruders.
- Planting on unstable ground would make the typical person or animal think twice about raiding the garden plots. just be sure you’ve got a secure means to gather produce once it’s able to harvest.
- Clear out and make a small gardening plot inside of thick brush piles with thorns or fallen tree wood piles. These would make a good natural barrier to keep out all types of varmints or human intruders from the gardening area.
- Use of tree branch collars on trees that have hanging pot gardens in them. This will keep small animals away from the hanging gardens, and also make it harder for humans to climb onto tree limbs. Make sure the collars look old and worn so that others are not alerted to a new presence in the area.
- Use of snares, dead falls, or pit traps to protect the growing areas. This is a good passive way to protect the gardens or fruit trees from animals or human intruders.
- Use roving unscheduled foot patrols that randomly check only a few garden plots at a time, never all of them on one trip. This will keep any human intruders guessing how long before the next security check comes through.
- The use of well camouflaged perimeter guard posts. These guard posts will control the high ground and will be able to observe and control a set number of garden plots. The number of guard posts will be determined by the total number of garden plots. The guard posts are there to protect the food supply from unwanted animals or human intruders.
- The use of bows and arrows, crossbows, or firearms will be used to quietly dispatch any unwanted intruders.
How to Hide Your Harvest from Intruders
Now that you have had a bountiful harvest how do you store it to protect it from spoilage, being eaten by wild animals, or stolen by human intruders? Is canning, drying, or smoking the harvest a good way to protect the food from spoilage? Would hiding the harvest in many containers and locations be a good idea?
Canning, Drying, and Smoking
The safest and most used way to preserve fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and meats is by canning, drying, or smoking. If done right all of the bacteria will be destroyed and the items will be safe to eat at a later date. To keep track of the inventory, food shelf rotation, and the food usage, a food logbook is mandatory for the well-being of the group.
For the group’s safety and well-being all of the food storage areas should be well off the beat and path.
Good use of the terrain and the use of camouflage will make the food storage areas hard to locate and break into. If you cannot see it, then you will pass it by, and never know that it is there.
- Camouflaged hidden root cellars located inside the groups compound and located in secret locations outside of the compound.
- Use camouflaged underground caves with a cool year round temperature or underground ice houses.
- Use of sealed bury tubes made of PVC piping that are buried below the frost line. Tubes made from PVC will give you years of good service without leaking.
How to Physically Protect the Storage Sites
- The use of booby traps, snares, dead falls, or pit traps as an unmanned protection system.
- The use of unscheduled roving foot patrols that randomly check the storage areas, but never go near enough to give their location away.
- The use of hidden and well camouflaged perimeter guard posts. These guard posts will control the high ground and observe the countryside around the food storage areas.
- Foot patrols will be armed with a mixture of bows and arrows, crossbows, and firearms to physically defend and protect the storage sites from either animal or human intruders.
In the time after a significant crisis, the replacement of food stores, the safe storage of harvested foods, and the duty of seeds is of the best importance to the group survival. Failure to do this could mean the end of your group by slow starvation or illness.
The loss of the food can be caused by poorly designed storage areas that allowed animals to interrupt in and eat the food or the theft of the food by human intruders. Either way, the food provide and seeds must be protected at all costs.