[This article is a good summary of why I’m getting into the Good Life. Trevor]

Make no mistake, a survival garden is not just any kind of beautiful backyard garden.

A survival garden is one that is carefully designed to yield enough crops for you and your family to live off of in times of need.

Your survival garden must also provide enough calories for your entire family to not only survive, but to thrive. It must supply essential vitamins and minerals, fats, carbohydrates and medicine too.

If you already thought gardening was a complex skill to learn, try doing it when survival is your main concern – as if all you could grow, was all you could eat. Could you do it? Do you even want to try?

Home grown food! (Image: T. Larkum)

Home grown food! (Image: T. Larkum)

When you garden as if there are no stores to shop from, no farms to make up for your lack, no one else to rely on but you, then you have achieved the status of a seasoned survival gardener.

If you have the innate desire to provide for your family, but are unsure of where or how to gain the necessary experience, keep reading and gather inspiration to plant your own survival garden.

Why grow a survival garden?

Think about how often you go shopping for food and everyday essentials. Every week? Once every two weeks? Just once a month, or even less?

If you are unable to leave your home for an extended period of time, the ability to harvest fresh produce from your yard is a lifesaver! It will also aid in filling your pantry, so you can eat well for several months without ever leaving your property.

Perhaps more importantly, a survival garden can provide you with organic veggies that are far superior to store-bought conventionally grown foodstuff.

In your survival garden you can also grow several kinds of fruits and vegetables, along with diverse heirloom varieties which cannot be found in typical grocery stores. These fresh veggies, in turn, not only taste great, they help extend the life of your stored food supply.

Gardening is, and always will be an excellent way to spend more meaningful time outside, relieving stress and giving you much needed exercise to stay fit. If it can supply all the fresh greens and starchy carbohydrates your body requires, then what are you waiting for?

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