I wanted to share a video with you that explains a method of growing food that I think makes more sense then a survival garden.
Because for me, living in the Pacific/Maritime northwest, all of our rains strip vital nutrients out of our soils, which require constant liming & fertilizing to keep in good condition. That’s find for good times, but not something I want to count on for a survival situation.
I’d rather look at ways of growing food that more sustainable then a survival garden full of annual vegetables.
And this is one way of doing so:
But Doesn’t This Method Take A Long Time To Create Food?
Yes it does… fruit trees like you see in the video can take 3-5 years to start fruiting, and nut trees can take 5-7. However, you can buy older trees and put them in the ground and get fruit your first year. It won’t be at maximum production but you do get fruit.
But the good news is you can combine annuals like corn, squash, and beans in-between the trees while you are waiting for your trees to grow. Eventually your trees will grow a canopy that starves vegetables like corn and squash of the sunlight that they need to grow.
But that’s not going to be for several years?
Here’s an example of how I am growing annuals in-between my fruit trees, putting the land into food production quickly, while also building a long term style of food forest.
There is a lot to this map, but you can clearly see hand drawn trees on the map, and then smaller hand drawn bushes (those are berry bushes).
Look at the map again and notice how there are blue, green and brown strips in-between the rows of trees. The blue strips are irrigation ditches, but the green strips marked with the letter “A” are strips for annual food production. They will be growing Corn & Potatoes this year; great staple crops with high caloric value.
Eventually they will get shaded out, and I’ll chose a different crop to grow underneath those trees that do well in partial shade. The plan is to evolve what I plant, to maximize food production, all the while aiming towards a system that eventually creates more calories then my family consumes in a year using mostly perennial style crops.
This will be my second year of growing food. My berries will produce very well, some trees will start to drop fruit and I will keep you posted on how well it produces in it’s second year.
It’s not a map of my whole system, but I hope it gives you a more clear picture of how this might be more sustainable, and more reliable then a survival garden. I’m certainly not an expert to say it’s better, but it is the better solution for me and my family.
Let me know if you have questions!