Project Prepper, Part 38: Food Garden And Survival Seeds Update

Back on March 30, I blogged about starting a food garden. From that post:

I hope to achieve a number of things from this food garden:

• Better nutrition
• Better health
• Improved food security

I went into more detail about that garden on April 27. I wrote:

I purchased heirloom seeds put together by My Patriot Supply, an affiliate marketing partner of Survival And Prosperity (discussed here). In particular, I purchased a flagship product of theirs called the Survival Seed Vault. From the website of the now Salt Lake City, Utah-based “Patriot Owned Survival Store”:

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Survival Seed Vault contents

Survival Seed Vault contents

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In that April post I mentioned “I plan on starting small with the food garden.” And that’s what I did. In June, my girlfriend and I prepped two areas in our fenced-in backyard which receive lots of sunlight. The first consisted of an existing raised bed along the east-facing rear wall of our garage, while the second was originally part of our lawn, in which grass was removed and transplanted elsewhere. In both areas, my girlfriend and I mixed in Dr. Earth-brand organic soil to the existing soil, along with some peat moss.

On June 27, the following went into this concoction within the raised bed:

• Scarlet Nantes Carrot- about two dozen or so heirloom seeds of over 800 provided in the Survival Seed Vault
• Marketmore Cucumber- 3 heirloom seeds of over 150 provided
• Golden Bantam Sweet Corn- 8 heirloom seeds of over 250 provided
• Crimson Sweet Watermelon- 3 heirloom seeds of over 60

Ringing this all in was a plastic safety fence donated by my girlfriend’s sister stapled to several scrap wood “posts,” with a few marigolds strategically placed within to help deter rodents (or so I’m told).

Into the other garden bed (not raised) went two blueberry and two raspberry plants, also with a number of marigolds “protecting” them.

Food garden- July 2015

Food garden- July 2015

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Here’s how everything’s been working out so far:

• We initially lost a number of seeds/seedlings to the “wildlife refuge” on our property. That includes a bunch of carrots, 3 sweet corns, and 1 cucumber. I only replaced those 3 sweet corn seeds (about 2 weeks later).
• Animals managed to chew several openings in the plastic safety fence and take 2 small watermelons (as far as I can tell). Chicken wire is a better fencing option.
• The marigolds have been doing great. So good I think they’re interfering with the growth of the raspberry plants.
• I planted those cucumber and watermelon seeds in 2 different “mounds” (12 inch diameter) with 3 seeds per mound (a couple of inches apart). Based on the significant growth that’s taking place, I’m pretty sure the size of those mounds and spacing between the seeds should have been quite a bit larger.

Despite all the above, the food garden is producing. Right now, only cucumbers have been harvested, and they’re delicious!

Cucumbersaurus

Cucumbersaurus- when you let these babies grow!

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While there’s been nothing from the blueberry/raspberry plants, everything else looks well on its way (fingers crossed!).

Food garden- September 2015

Food garden- September 2015

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Hopefully, The Old Farmer’s Almanac forecast of above-average warmth for the area in September and October holds.

I’ll report back on the food garden in a later “Project Prepper” post.

In the meantime, I’m pleased to know I can grow something else besides that lima bean plant from Mrs. Muldoon’s 3rd grade class.

In all seriousness though, I’m grateful for the knowledge towards achieving food security this experience is providing me.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 Agriculture, Food, Gardening, Preparedness, Project Prepper
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