Homesteading and Survivalism

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The survivalist and their garden

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Its important for the survivalist to take gardening seriously. When the food stocks are gone, whatcha gonna do then? Seeds are cheap when compared to stockpiling other types of food, seeds last longer the most types of canned foods, and most seeds are reproducing.

If you buy an MRE or some freeze dried food, after you eat the food will you be able to plant the package and grow an MRE bush? Maybe be able to pick some MREs off your MRE bush? Probably not. If you buy the right type of seeds, the plant should be fertile and the seeds should be able to be harvested.

Fruit tree considerations for the urban survivalist

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One part of the survivalist preps that is often over looked is the fruit tree. Instead of having to plant a garden every year, just plant a few fruit trees. Take care of the trees, give them some fertilizer, keep the bugs off of them, keep them trimmed and you might just have a food producing machine in your backyard.

Most people have a corner in the backyard where a fruit tree could be planted.  If there is not enough room for a full sized tree, look into some miniature fruit trees.  Some of miniature types only grow to be 6 – 10 feet tall.

The first thing to do is find out what kind of fruit tree grow well in your area. Some species of trees are better suited for certain climates. Some considerations include water requirements, frost requirements, freeze tolerant,,, the list goes on and on.

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Food supply chains

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During outbreaks of the plague in Europe, there was one major problem that faced the rich and poor alike – and that was the availability of food.

The more moving parts a machine has, the more likely it is to break. The supply lines that feed the world are fragile. Before the crops are ever planted, there is fertilizer that has to be made, seeds harvested from the previous year and both of those sent to the farmers. The farmers then spread the fertilizer, plant the seeds, apply water and hope for the best.

In some parts of the world, crops are only grown because modern technology allows them to. Examples of this are water pipelines and irrigation systems that span hundreds of miles. It is only with water that crops can be grown.

Before the first sprout ever breaks through the soil, there are already several “moving parts” or factors. Some of these factors include:

Seed supplies

Manufacturing of fertilizer – either organic or commercial.

Transportation of seeds and fertilizer to the farmer.

Water – either through rain or irrigation.

Pesticides and / or herbicides

Harvesting the crops.

Transporting the crops to either market or to a commercial processing plant.

Processing of food into canned goods.

Transportation from manufacturing to warehouses.

Transportation from warehouses to stores or other outlets.

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