Grow Your Emergency Vegetable Garden Easily
It is always beneficial to have some precautionary knowledge about impromptu gardening handy. Always remember that during times of crisis, even the most robust stockpile will eventually run out. But your ability to grow your own food will never leave you hungry. In this article, we will cover almost the entirety of how to grow an emergency vegetable garden, the survival garden layout.
The Right Place For Building An Emergency Garden
If there is a place in your house or apartment exposed to the sun for about four to six hours per day, you can easily grow your food there.
Even as little space as a single 8x4inches or a square area of the same is plenty for growing tons of green. For a small space in the front or back yard and patio spaces, the option of a raised soil bed is the best for emergency gardening.
Lifetime raised bed building can cost a fortune to build, and they are unnecessary if you are aiming to build just a survival garden. For that, you can use bricks to create a sturdy soil bed, and that too for very cheap. You can also repurpose materials such as wood, tires, or anything else that can hold soil.
Those who have a balcony can start by collecting several large containers, as big as they can find. Some container ideas are small-sized trash can, five-gallon buckets, big rectangular multi-purpose plastic containers, etc.
Next, you have to create a small hole at the bottom of the container by drilling, poking, or melting for proper drainage. If you are opting to buy new containers, you can choose from various garden pots to hanging baskets.
If you have a window with railings, then you can hang small plant pots from them. You can also build a small indoor survival garden near the window that gets plenty of sunlight. Wooden planks can also be used for making landings on or near the windows to build a small vegetable garden.
Prepping The Site Before Putting Soil Beds Down
Many make the mistake of not prepping the place which you are considering to build an emergency garden. Start by removing any sod/grass in the site where you will have the raised bed. If you have enough time in hand, you can also use a tarp or black plastic to kill the grass in the desired area by staking the plastic sheet down at the bed site and letting it cook in the sun.
Killing grasses will reduce the growth of weeds poking in your garden in the future. If you don’t have enough time for removing the grass underneath, you can choose to shovel out the sods. Once killing all sods is done, you can place your soil bed on top. For further protection, you can also put landscape fabric to prevent weed growth.
Fill Your Containers Or Raised Beds With The Right Mixture
It is important to have the right mixture for filling the containers and raised beds. One such common effective mixture is one part garden soil, one part compost, and one post vermiculite, perlite, or sand. You can find and purchase these ingredients from your local garden store.
However, if you don’t have much space or ingredients and will work in smaller soil beds or containers, you can also work with organic potting soil with home-made compost.
The Right Way To Plant
It is a common strategy to plant seeds at a depth of almost three times the diameter of the seed itself in the soil. However, when it comes to fine seeds, which are much smaller in size, they should be scattered on top of the soil and lightly pressed down.
It would be best if you never grow fruit trees on your lawn. It is because the watering and fertilization schedule of lawns will greatly vary from what actually the fruit trees will need.
Near climbing plants such as tomato, beans, peas, etc., a stake or trellises should also be planted. While planting the seeds, make sure you leave enough space near them. This is done so that you are able to weed out by moving around the plant in the future after they grow.
Best Plants To Grow In An Emergency Garden
Some of the best plants to grow in containers in case of an emergency garden are-
- Winter Squash
- Leaf Lettuce
- Green Onions
Some Advices For Maintaining Your Garden
To achieve a happy and healthy growing emergency garden, you must take the following points into account-
- It is best to water your garden every day than dumping water once a week. The vegetable gardens need about an inch of water every week. And if you have or are planning to plant them in containers, then they might need a little more water. The easiest point to remember is that if the soil feels dry, then your garden needs water.
- You will need to get rid of weeds often. Weeds growing in your garden will compete with your plants for obtaining water and nutrition, which will adversely affect your sown plants’ health. Hence, you will need to keep the soil beds weed-free. In comparison to big gardens, weeding out the emergency garden will be comparatively easy because it has a smaller bed.
- In an emergency garden, compost is the only fertilizer you will truly need. Having some good compost is handy. It is because you can use that compost to sprinkle on the base of the plant (top dress) if any of your plants look unhealthy.
- Mulch is your garden’s friend because it helps to store the moisture longer and keep the weeds down. You can put a thick layer of mulch around your established plants. People use hay/straws, wood chips, seedless grass clippings, pine shavings, newspaper, etc., as mulch.
- It is best not to leave ripe vegetables and fruits on the plants because most of them like to be picked. Make sure to pick cucumbers often, clip the herbs, harvest the beans, etc. If you leave them on the vine, then the plant will receive the signal that the season of production is over and hence will either go dormant or start to seed or, worse, die.
- Make it a habit to visit and check your garden every day. This will give you the opportunity to check on the moisture content in the soil, free your emergency garden soil of weeds, and pick green goods. It is also proven that engaging in gardening activities also improves the mental health of people.
This article has almost covered instructing about all necessary criteria for growing an emergency vegetable garden. Now you can easily grow your own food at home. I hope the information we provided has empowered you. Remember that no time is better for growing plants than starting now.