Having a deep larder is one of the most important things that you can do as a prepper. But learning how to garden and raise some of your own food is equally as important. With the advent of spring (at least where I live) now is a good time to start thinking about your garden and what you grow this summer.
Hopefully you are storing seeds and the tools your need to grow your crops. If not you should be. Assuming you are now is a good time to rotate the seeds. Buy new and use the oldest you have. Here is a link to a post on The Storage Life of Seeds
Now me I do not particularly like to garden, I do it because it is a necessity. As a result, I am always looking for easier ways to do things. For instance, we have some raised beds at my sons and my fathers, this has proved to be a lot easier to maintain, especially as we get older and it is harder to get down on our knees. Here is a link to an idea for Raised Bed Gardening.
I ran across an idea yesterday that I want to try. A gentleman found some old pallets and laid them on the ground and planted his crops in the dirt between the slats. This greatly reduced his having to spend time weeding his garden.
Take a good look at your garden tools are they well-maintained and taken care off. Do you have the necessary tools? Are they good quality, US made or cheap foreign junk? Do you have at least two of everything? Remember the old saying “one is none, two is one”. Something will break. Try gardening without power tools and you will soon find out what you are missing. Don’t forget about having a good file, sharp shovels and hoes are easier to use.
If you don’t have a garden now is the time to start one, and don’t forget about those fruit trees. If you don’t have any, now is the time to get some.