The ability to grow your own food is one of the most important elements of survival. Whether you’re growing vegetables in a kitchen garden now to save on your grocery bills, or you need to grow them in a survival situation, you’ll want to know a few simple tips to get more out of any home garden.
Get Deeper Soil With Raised Beds
Raised bed gardens almost always yield more fruits and vegetables because they have deeper, looser, and richer soil. When you build raised beds, you’ll give your plants more room to grow deeper roots, and they’ll then be able to produce more vegetables.
Spread Mulch to Deter Weeds
Around each vegetable plant, spread a one- to two-inch layer of untreated mulch (you don’t want any pesticides touching your plants). This will keep weeds at bay and keep your vegetables from getting dirty, too.
Don’t Plant Right After You Compost
When you mix your compost into your soil, don’t do it right before you plant. Instead, do it two to three weeks ahead of time so that it has time to integrate and enrich the soil.
Don’t Let Vegetables Get Over-Ripe
As your vegetables start to come in, keep an eye on them. Don’t let them sit out getting over-ripe, or you’ll soon have a major pest problem that you don’t want to deal with. Also, over-ripe vegetables aren’t any good to you, anyway. Pick them before they get to this point, and you’ll have more veggies for your dinner table.
These are just a few great gardening tips that can help you get more out of your garden now and in a survival situation. What do you think? Have you tried any of these tips, or do you have any others you’d add to the list?