In these scary times, you may be wondering if you really have time to make the changes necessary to have a sustainable life before our society or economy collapses, and this is a valid concern. Certainly, training, skill building, stockpiling, and preparation take some time. But, at least, here is some good news to ease your mind a bit:
You can have an edible garden producing food in as little as thirty days.
This may seem like a big, unrealistic boast, but the key is to know about some plants that produce results (i.e. food) quickly. You would start with those fast-producing plants so that you can have your first food preparation footstep already taken.
A few notes from David Gutierrez on garden preparation for these plants for the newbie:
“[R]emember that all vegetables need light, water, air and nutrients (in the form of good soil). Indoor plants should be situated near a window. All of the following crops can be grown even in the winter, as long as they get five to six hours of sun per day.
“Plants can be grown indoors in any size container, from a small pot for one plant to a large growing flat. For indoor gardening, be sure to fill containers with potting soil, rather than garden soil. Also make sure that the containers drain well, so your plants don’t drown.
“All the following vegetables can be grown easily from seed. Plants should be spaced about four inches apart, but seeds can be planted closer, as long as you thin the plants one they come up. Plants will yield best if harvested from frequently.”
So, what are these five fast-growth foods? They are:
- Baby greens. Naturalnews.com notes that “[o]ne of the best [baby greens to plant] is baby spinach, which can be harvested within four weeks of planting. It thrives in containers, even when planted close together.”
- Radish. Note that both radish leaves and roots are edible and “[t]he roots can be harvested starting 25 to 30 days after planting. As an added advantage, radishes come in an incredible diversity of varieties.”
- Green onions. Green onions “can be picked as little as three weeks after planting.”
- Baby carrots. “These take just 30 days to mature, nearly three weeks less than regular carrots. They are among the easiest crops to plant; just scatter the seeds on top of the soil and moisten them.”
- Lettuce. Lettuce can be harvested about thirty days from the time of planting, “as soon as the leaves are three inches long.”
So, yes, you can have a (small) working garden in as little as thirty days.
What do you suggest planting to have a working garden in as little time as possible? Tell us below.