Tips On How to Feed a Family

These days people are not only worried about this house note, or their electric bill, they are also worried about something much more basic – and that is food. There is hardly anything that grieves a mothers heart more, then to open a kitchen cabinet, and it be empty.

An economic report from February 2009 said that around 700,000 – 800,000 people lost their jobs in that one month. Less people have jobs, so less bills get paid. But the one thing that must be bought is food. But what if someone told you that you do not have to buy food? That you can grow your own.

SHTF Survival Garden

Its true. Regardless of what people have been told for the past 30, 40 or 50 years, food does not come from a grocery store – it comes from the ground. At first I did not believe it. I honestly thought that the grocery stores used some kind of magic to make the food appear out of thin air.

We have been enslaved to the grocery store for decades. People have paid others to do their work for them. Its time to break those chains.

A family that has their own garden could save untold amounts of money. Instead of having to go to the grocery store and hand over that cash, people could just go into their backyard and pick what they wanted. Why didn’t someone think of this before? Families could have been saving untold amounts of money all this time.

Its important for a family to grow what they eat. Some good examples of plants that can be easily grown are onions, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, bell peppers, squash and cucumbers. Instead of having to “buy” the food, people could just go into their back yards and pick what they wanted.

Cucumbers are a high producing plant. For a family of 4, just a couple of cucumber plants can produce enough cucumbers to keep the family supplied.

Squash is resistant to all kinds of bugs and diseases. This makes it an excellent choice for a home garden.

Peppers (all types) are another type of plant that is easy to grow.

Onions, these can be planted and forgotten. Just make sure they get plenty of water. Onions are one of the easiest things that can be grown in a home garden.

Cabbage is easy to grow and is high in nutrients.

Radishes only take around 30 days to mature from the time they are planted.  The entire plant can be eaten, not just the root ball.  Plant the seeds close together.  As the sprouts start coming up, pull some up to thin them out, and add the sprouts to a salad.  A couple of radish rows could keep a family supplied with leafy greens for a salad.

Home Grown Radishes

Instead of throwing the root ball of green onions away, plant it.  The roots will sprout new onion tops.  Some of the onions bought from a grocery store are called “reproducing onions” – meaning that they will divide and reproduce.  Go to the grocery store, buy some green onions.  And instead of cutting the tops off, plant them.  A few weeks later the tops will be much larger and they should start dividing.  And now the family has a steady supply of green onions.

When buying a watermelon from a grocery store, do not buy the “seedless” type.  Save the seeds from the watermelon and replant a couple of them.  Be sure to plant in the right time of year.  Watermelons can take 90 – 120 days to mature.

All food scraps should go into a mulch or compost pile.  So that it can be used as natural fertilizer for the garden.

People, its time to step up and take care of your family. If these economic times are hitting you hard, its time to plant a garden – just like what our grand parents used to do.