The following guest post is by John Wesley Smith of DestinySurvival.com.
When it comes to survival gardening, think outside the row. One of the things I like about gardening is there are so many ways to do it. Three examples:
And a fourth:
- Straw Bale Gardening?
If you haven't heard of straw bale gardening, the concept is quite simple. You plant seeds or root transplants in bales of straw, not hay. Here are a few key features which make it ideal for survival gardening.
- Can be done anywhere
- Low Maintenance
- No Physical Strain
- Conserves Space
- Ideal for Poor Soil
- Straw Breaks Down into Compost
- Fewer Weeds to Pull
- Bales last up to Two Seasons
Follow these instructions to begin your Straw Bale Garden:
- Pile your bales to a comfortable height & water them thoroughly. Wait 1 week as the cooking/composting process begins.
- Open up holes for planting and fill in with soil before you plant. Be sure to include extra soil around the filled holes, on top of the straw bale. The bales are now a hybrid of container/square foot gardening.
- Water often during the summer. Fertilize, too. However, the more you fertilize, the sooner the bales break down. If they're too broken down to reuse, put them in with your other compost.
With a package of emergency garden seeds and some bales of straw, you're ready for survival gardening anywhere.
By the way, there's still time for fall gardening in many parts of the country. Why not start a straw bale survival garden this fall?
Find additional resources on straw bale gardening in a post on John's blog entitled Survival Gardening with Straw Bales?”
-The Berkey Guy