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Grow Your Own Food – 6 Simple Essentials for A Self Sufficient Healthy Garden

We grow food almost everywhere, at our house unit, office, wall, fence or roof. Homesteading and survival depends on this for being self sufficient. For good growth your plants need a balanced mix of these 6 essentials.


Self Sufficient Garden


1. Soil From Compost

Start composting now with food scraps. To start a simple compost bin consists of a bucket with a towel or bag over the top,  fill this with green scraps. You will need a larger compost bin so this is a good start while you find one. It takes around 8 weeks for food scraps to break down and become nutritious ready to use soil.


2. Plant Vegetables or Fruit.

Once your compost soil is ready it’s time to start planting. You need to choose the plants depending on what’s in season.


3. Seal In Nutrients With Mulch

Mulch and compost are important for your gardens health. Mulch will help your garden by minimizing evaporation and sealing in all the nutrients it also help with weed control.

Some of the best types of mulch:

  • Lucerne
  • Sugar cane
  • Pea Straw
  • Saw Dust
  • Tree Mulch


4. Self Watering Gardening

If your plants are watered using water that is piped from dams using electricity then you will never have a self sufficient garden. Catch water directed from your downpipes in tanks. If you have a shed you can also catch water from this roof too. Connect your tanks to a slow release drip feeding hose. Always water at the drip line of your trees ( Where water drips from the leaves of the plant).


5. Save The Seeds

Be sure to save all the seeds from your new plants as this will help repeat the process. By saving the seeds you will always have plants for every season. Plants will also develop a resilience to the conditions where they are being planted so it’s important to save your own seeds.Tomatoes self pollinate so it’s easy to keep a pure variety.


6. Mulch Again

Repeat step 3, keep up the mulch. Mulch will start to break down and therefore will need replacing to ensure all nutrients and moisture is contained into compost soil. Some plants can also be planted to create a self mulching environment.

About Dan Stevenson

Dan Stevenson is a chief editor of The Survival Corps and an experienced survivalist who is incredibly passionate about everything survival and preparedness, be it in the great outdoors or in an urban environment.Besides his primary job functions at The Survival Corps, Dan has been recognized by the survival community for his extraordinary commitment and an insatiable desire to always achieve absolute excellence in everything that he undertakes. Being a survival expert for a very long time, Dan has acquired extensive knowledge and experience regarding preparing for camping trips, hiking, hunting and any other outdoor adventure and surviving in the wilderness. He also knows quite a lot about preparing for emergency situations in the concrete jungle when one would need either self-defense or other survival skills in various cases of crisis, such as a natural disaster. Dan’s remarkable knowledge and expertise, absolutely tireless work ethic, astonishing passion and commitment and unparalleled focus is what truly sets him apart from all the other survivalist enthusiasts. He is truly the lifeblood of The Survival Corps and we can honestly say that we wouldn’t be where we are without him. He is a professional and a true leader that anyone would love working with, both in and out of the office walls. He has an incredibly friendly and open personality and loves helping others, which is exactly where he finds constant inspiration and passion for learning more and providing people with tips and tricks for all things survival. He is curious, imaginative, creative and always puts other people first, never failing to really help them put safety in their lives. If you’re a passionate survival enthusiast, The Survival Corps is the right place for you, as Dan will never cease to amaze you with valuable information for helping you plan, prepare and survive both in the wilderness and in an urban environment.

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