Many people don’t realize how much planning goes into prepping (you would think that the fact that the word “prepping” is a variation on the word “preparation” would give them a hint, but that’s not always the case…). Maybe it’s our microwave society or the TV shows that show before and after scenes but simply skim over the work in the middle that made the after pictures possible.
It’s probably a number of things that give people this illusion, but it’s not a mistake that you want to make. No, you want to be prepared, which means thinking ahead now.
One area that takes more planning than some people realize is your garden (and having a garden is always a good idea if you want food self-sufficiency in all kinds of situations). You need to plan the layout of your garden in terms of structure (elevated, in boxes, a certain patch of land, etc.), how to keep pests out of your garden, what plants grow well together (and which don’t) so you can’t plant in the right “order,” how to fertilize and maintain your garden, and what foods that you want to eat down the road when it comes time to harvest so that you can plant them now.
This article is being written in March, so, with that in mind, there are a few plants whose seeds that you may want to start this month if you want to get the most out of them as the year goes on. Jacki Andre offers a list of fifteen seeds of plants that are slow growth, so you may want to consider starting them now. They are:
15. Squash – summer and winter, including zucchini
Now, depending on where you live, many of these plants (maybe all of them) will need to be started indoors, so you will need to have a dedicated space with planters which you can use for this purpose. But, if you want to eat from these plants later in the year, you would be wise to start planning for it now, and that means starting the seeds now, too.