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Want a steady source of food in a survival situation?
It’s going to take some planning.
In this video, our Survival Organic Gardening Specialist David the Good shows you exactly how to produce a constant supply of beans.
Planted properly, you could be looking at a good crop in a little under 2 months.
The nice thing about doing this with vegetable gardening is obvious.
Constantly hunting animals can drain your calories. And can be extremely unpredictable.
Not only that, a study conducted that relied purely on rabbits showed scientists became severely malnourished over the winter.
Organic Vegetables are your best bet.
Planned properly, growing vegetables in a sustainable manner can actually be quite easy.
They’re one of the healthiest foods in the world, packed full of nutrients and fiber.
You can actually find over 50 grams of carbs and 20 grams of protein in some beans. However, be aware that you’ll want to supplement your fat somehow.
But, your primary fuel sources are indeed carbs and protein.
if you’re thinking about growing any vegetable for long-term self sufficiency.
You better be thinking of preserving them. Jarring or pickling.
But, what about fresh beans?
Well that’s where the planning comes in.
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Most people think to plant their crops, have a feast on the crop, and then wait for the next one.
In this case, I’m going to use a bush bean.
They’re a mature, heirloom variety introduced back in the late 1800’s.
Before we plant them, are your beds dry?
Since we need these to grow at what could be nonoptimal times, we’ve got help make it as natural as possible.
In this case, I’ll actually pour water into the raised beds ahead of time. I mean soak them with water.
Right into where I’m going to be growing my plants.
I like to give my plants a good amount of space. But, don’t worry too much about it.
Do you have a brown thumb (this is gardening speak for an inability to grow anything… the opposite of a GREEN thumb).
Well, beans are a really good crop because they’re so easy to grow.
Once those beans are sprouting, you’ll feel pretty good about yourself. And in a survival situation, it’s all about the small wins to keep you going!
When planting your beans, you want them about an inch deep.
Plant your beans, cover them up, you’re set.
Once you’ve discovered the average grow time for your beans. You want to then time for your next bed.
So, if it’s a 50 day yield time, then you might want to plant your next crop in about 2 weeks.
If your climate is too hot. Beans might not work for you. Or, maybe July and August are a no go.
Meaning you’ve got to push closer to your frost dates.
What I recommend is researching the best planting dates in your area.
This will tell you your planting windows, so you know the earliest you can start planting your beans, and the latest to start pulling out your last crop.
Beans are not good with frost, so that’s something to keep in mind when planting and harvesting them.
I generally have a system I’ve perfected over the years of timing out my crops. It’s important for you to find this for your own area.
In the end, it’s about rolling with nature. Keeping in mind that droughts, early frosts, and abnormally hot summers are possible.
These could drastically change your staggered crop abilities. Which again, brings up the importance of preserving what you do grow.
But, it also highlights the benefit of staggering your crops.
It’s like diversifying your bets. If you’re constantly planting across a season, your odds dramatically increase in your success rate.
One thing I have found that’s a problem with this method is bed space. You require a lot of land for this to work effectively, so keep that in mind when you’re looking for your ideal planting location.
However, if there’s one major benefit (apart from a reliable source of food throughout the year)…
Is the fact you’ll become an expert gardener in a very short period of time.
You’ll be cramming 6-7 years worth of gardening in, in ONE season.
As they say, practice makes perfect.
Until Next Time.