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Survival Gardening 10, self reliance emergency preparedness

Mon, Jun 27, 2011


Video # 10 in our Survival Gardening series go over soils and soil improvement techniques. Video #11 will follow shortly. Unless you are keeping a herd of large animals like cows, it’s going to be very hard to keep grow food long term using just what’s “on” the farm or homestead. For a handful of raised beds, half dozen rabbits and similar number of chickens MAY provide enough fertilizer to keep your soil in good shape. But for a serious amount of ground, ie, enough to truly keep a family of 4 of so in food, it’s going to be next to impossible to produce ALL your fertilizer and soil amendments ON THE FARM or homestead. While I do NOT claim to be an “organic gardener”, most of these soil improvement techniques are similar to those used in organic gardening. As a rule, we do NOT use pesticides on our VEGETABLES. We have been forced to use them on our fruit trees before to SAVE TREES. So understand that just because we don’t do everything “organic” doesn’t mean we slather DDT on the ground everywhere….. tags- gardening, soil improvement, manure, fertilizer, hard times, economic collapse, economic crisis, peak oil, end of oil, survivalist, homesteading, homestead, survival, 2012, bird flu, preparedness emergency, Patriots, Alex Jones, 911, Dow, market, food shortages, food storage, anything else that will bring folks in.

25 Responses to “Survival Gardening 10, self reliance emergency preparedness”

  1. xyzzy29 Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Even if you have large animals, you’re going to have to feed those large animals. Feeding a cow year round is going to take a good sized hay field and pasture, which will need fertilizer to yield well. And you’ll need feed for the cold weather months. Hard to do without outside inputs or an acreage that is already set up to feed animals.


  2. PQRLOVE Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I live on the richest soil in the world, the IL prairie. I grow my vegies in 5 gal containers. Much easier. I spread a straw mulch down on the traditional garden space and then set the pots in the same area. Much less weed problem. Much cheaper in that the expensive worm castings don’t get lost in the dirt. Rich soil means big weeds. This system solves the problem. I use about 150 containers. Better than raised bed since you won’t lose the soil supplements you add. There are two of us


  3. TheEdward8888 Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    use rockdust


  4. ivankinsman Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    You can easily get some cow manure from a local farmer or, alternatively if you have the land and the time, get a cow yourself. Alternatively, you can put in nitrogen rich plants (people use a plant called lubin in Poland) and then dig these in. We have very poor soil in our area – grade 6 (grade 1 is the best) and admittedly we do need to manure it every year and add addtional compost when required.


  5. DrReaper Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Buy some worms and make some great soil.


  6. gigantopithecus01 Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    He’s right about the compost. If you’re very lucky, you’ll get 1 cu.ft. of decent compost for every 10 cu. ft. of material you start with. And it takes time, time, time. I have two small heaps for my little garden. It’s not enough. I also grow beans for covercrop/green manure, and other little tricks. It’s not enough.


  7. WoodlandRavah Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I live in colorado and the soil here is crap! Pine needles, 50% rock and pebble, 0 organi matterc… This is gona be a challenge… I need calcium, ash, mulch, and humus…


  8. SurvivalReport Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    @Eaglecreekbrewer No problem, thanks for watching and glad you have enjoyed and benefited from them.


  9. Eaglecreekbrewer Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Yeah, I spoke to soon, I see you covered it in the next video. I enjoyed it, great information. It’s nice to see someone separating reality from the delusion most people have. I found you through your beekeeping vids as it became apparent they would be a great addition to both my orchard, garden and sustainable food supplies. Great channel and I will explore it further as time allows.


  10. SurvivalReport Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    @Eaglecreekbrewer Should be in around 13-15 IIRC. Thanks for watching.


  11. Eaglecreekbrewer Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Great series. One thing you never touched on as far as soil maintenance is crop rotation. By growing certain crops and rotating them around you can help not deplete one area and better prepare that area for a different plant the next season. It’s far from a cure all and the need to add other things to it, but every little bit helps.


  12. YouMockMe Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Humanure. Problem solved.


  13. SurvivalReport Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    @jakearick A 150 x 50 area is much larger than most suburbanites have, many house lots are not that large in the suburbs. Keep in mind also that when I talk about growing enough food for your family it means enough to eat fresh AND put back to keep you till next year- NOT JUST some to eat fresh during the season. Thanks for watching.


  14. jakearick Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    if you prepare properly you absolutely can grow 100% organically enough food for five on a 150 by 50 sq ft area. Ive watched a few of your vids and i agree with everything but your views on being able to garden organically and sustainably. You should definitely check out permaculture design by Geoff Lawton. It is a whole knew take on growing food. You already do practice some basic permaculture principles. Anyway like the garden vids


  15. donze52 Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    My parents in the 1929 depression, garden, in road ditches for extra land.
    they made their own bug repellent for their crops. worked then and I still use it today for free.
    use your own PEE for fertilizer, works great for free
    save your own seed, near the weight of gold in value.


  16. SurvivalReport Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Look forward to seeing your videos with your ideas in action on a large scale. …..


  17. trippticket Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Seems like there are always two ways to approach agriculture – the industrial way and the “green tech” way. Just as there is blue vs. red, conservative vs. liberal. In this case it’s conventional vs. organic agriculture.

    How about a third option? Snail pace soil building has been put to rest. You can improve soil rapidly and organically, and ultimately do away with inputs altogether, with permaculture methods, including keyline plowing and water harvesting.


  18. ggmorvaj Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 3:32 am

    That sounds like a practical arrangement. But for us, we already invested in wire fencing& it’s adequate for sheep……but goats have a talent for escaping wire fencing(& any other kind, too) so I’m thinking we’d better stick to what we’ve got….besides, my mom spins & knits AMAZING warm sock & sweaters (my favorite Christmas gift)……….& she loves the wool.


  19. ggmorvaj Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 4:23 am

    in the North East. If we had less than the 10 acres (+woodlot) I know for sure we’d have to buy some fertilizer. It’d be interesting to hear from other people if the “formula” is different in other areas…..almost forgot to add….Thanks for the awesome & helpful videos.


  20. SurvivalReport Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 5:13 am

    We got some goats a few months ago and have included “done” garden areas into their pasture rotations. You might could do the same with the sheep. The goats get in there, clean up a lot of the residual plant material, poop everywhere. Use combination panels to keep them where you want them. We’ll shoot a little video covering this soon. Basically let the animals do some of the garden cleanup and fertilization for you- saves some work hauling manure, etc.


  21. ggmorvaj Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 5:45 am

    We keep 4-10 sheep(& their lambs for the spring/summer)on 4acres pasture from May to Oct .Keep them out there 24/7 & manure replenishes pasture.We need another 4 acres hay to keep them over the winter &most of this winter manure is put on the garden(acre +).We rotate crop/hay/pasture so fertility’s maintained adequate(only the garden needs really high fertility). So I guess it takes us 8 acres of hay/pasture to keep our garden productive! Still need to “import” lime every 4-5 yrs.This is…..


  22. merloutre7 Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I love that you talk about the weeds. Every time I see people pulling up all the weeds to make the perfect little rows it drives me crazy. Any sort of decomposing plant should add nutrients to your soil. As long as it’s not a forest it’s not a big deal.


  23. CorpusChristi83 Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 6:19 am

    I agree, you can’t really always grow EVERYTHING with 100% Organic everything, but you can use a majority of at least 85-90% organic, it just tends to be more expensive, But if you’re hungry enough, it’s not important if it’s organic, or not, as long as it’s edible, and gives you some nourishment.


  24. blowuputube Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 7:18 am

    great stuff man, watched through #10 will catch the rest after dinner.


  25. SurvivalReport Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Should probably take a gander at episode 14 if you really believe that putting any fertilizer on the soil will kill earthworms…. Their is undisputable proof that isn’t true in that video.

    Yes, kinda late for folks just getting into it to do a lot to build their soil. That’s the main reason we are covering this the way we are covering it. Do everything you CAN for your soil, and we show that and talk about that, but most people will only start serious gardening as they get hungry.


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