Survival Gardening Tips: Planting an Edible Food Garden at Home


This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com.
I’m here in my standard residential neighborhood. Right here is my neighbors yard with the grass
and some other landscaping in there, but today’s show is an interesting show and what it’s
gonna be on is survival and growing food for survival and why we should grow food for survival
and you know just some other tips. I saw another, a lot of other videos on YouTube about growing
food for survival and some of the things you know makes me kind of wonder so I’m gonna
share my tips and tricks with you. So this is my neighbors’ yard and you can see how
the other neighbors they just all have grass. Now you know if you’re growing grass that’s
not gonna help you out in a survival situation. Well you could eat the grass but it’s not
gonna be very nutrient rich and it’s gonna get old eating grass every day. So you could
see my standard front yard has been converted to all raise bed edible garden. Everything
that I’m growing here is all edible including the flowers, the bokchoy, arugula, chickweed,
kale, collards, um, I have some snap peas and snow peas and tree kale. So many other
things here in my yard so why don’t you come on in and I’ll talk to you more about
it. So the first thing I wanna talk about when
planting a survival garden or survivalist garden or just to garden your front yard is
you know you want to start now. You want to start today. Actually you wanted to start
yesterday because you know what by the time you plant the plant the seeds grow the food
it’s gonna take a while for it to produce. You know and you’re gonna have food. So
that’s number one, it takes some time. So say there’s a incident where you need to
have food all of the sudden you can’t just oh I’ve got some seeds I could throw out
and plant well guess what, depending on the seed if it’s radishes it might be 30 days
and leafy greens could be longer. You know and tomatoes is at least you know 60-70 days
out before you’ll have any food you could eat. That’s a long time. So you wanna start
now you wanna just start and getting your hands into the dirt and growing things and
trying it out and becoming familiar with it. Just like shooting a gun right the first time
you picked up a gun you probably missed the target. I know I did. But you know with practice
and you’re shooting that gun you’re gonna hit that bulls eye every time. Same thing
with gardening. Some unique and new skills you’re gonna have to learn to garden to
be successful at gardening and you know my thumbs weren’t always green. So it’s it’s
taken me time and and you know a lot of trial and error. So just like when you’re shooting
the gun you’re gonna miss the target oh I’m to the right oh I’m to the left oh
let’s move over this way and oh let’s aim right for the center. You’ll finally
get it and you’ll finally know how to do it and it’ll be a skill that you will have
and you’ll be able to use when you finally need it. And you’ll have all the food growing
because you will already have a jump on everybody else because you’ll have everything growing
that you’re gonna need. So growing where you live or around where
you live on your land or your property is very important because you know if you run
out of power or oil or whatever and you can’t get to the gas station or get to the store
what are you gonna eat? So it’s really important to have food where you live right now and
start growing it today. I mean yesterday actually is a better day to start growing it but growing
it today so that you will be aware and know how to grow these things when things happen
if they do and you’ll be prepared unlike other people that may have you know, rations
you know in cans and MRE’s and other things. You know what happens when they run out you
know they’re not gonna be sustainable because they’re not gonna maybe have the education
and have tried themselves to grow things so it’s gonna be a definite learning process
to grow things and you’re gonna find some things will grow better in your area than
other things. Then you know what, just focus on the things that grow well and that do good
and you know if something doesn’t grow too well hey no big deal maybe that doesn’t
really grow too well here and don’t even bother because you could spend a lot of effort
and time into growing things that you really want but but don’t grow well when you could
just grow things that grow really well. So a lot of videos show growing zucchini or
tomatoes or cucumbers or you know other summer crops but you know what you can’t grow summer
crops all year long so that could be an issue. So I’m here in California I could grow you
know, 365 days a year I have things growing here in my garden. So you may not be so lucky
you know what you still can grow things in the winter time depending on your climate
um, you know in a greenhouse or even inside so you could still have your hands wet and
getting them dirty and growing your food year round. So it’s really important you know
not to just focus on the summer vegetables because we need to live everyday of the year
not just in the summer when you can produce big zucchinis. So, in the summer then maybe
you want to grow things that you could preserve. So some things like winter squashes, uh butternut
squash, banana squashes, actually they get so huge you know., and other squashes that’ll
actually just stay good over the winter. So you wanna grow for the summer and then grow
for some winter stuff, so the squashes the winter squashes and even root vegetables.
So we could start to talk about farming by calories. So for the basically inputs you
put in the soil and effort, the root crops potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, yacon, and
other roots are gonna give you the highest calorie yield the caloric density per space.
So if you wanna grow for calories and you wanna know you’re gonna have enough calories
definitely plant some root vegetables. But you know on the same token, root vegetables
while they have a lot of calories I mean they have some nutrition in there but they’re
not very nutritious. So I recommend everybody to start growing their own greens and that’s
the name of my YouTube show “Growing Your Greens”, because greens are very nutritious.
I have some greens planted here but um, I could go over to another bed which I’ll
go to in a second and we’ll talk more about greens.
So I’m standing next to my bed and this is a 4 foot by 15 foot bed of just greens.
We have kale, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, and even in the broccoli and cauliflower greens
you know they’re edible too just like other greens. So you know greens and plant matter
sustain a lot of animals on earth I mean, think about a cow. A cow weighs about a thousand
pounds all it eats is grass or I mean you know elephants they’re so big and they’re
very strong or other mammals. You know many mammals also eat greens for their nutrition
and for their strength and that’s all they eat literally. So you know what we could get
by on eating all greens in our diet without much else, you’d have to eat a lot of them
and that could get tough to do cause I mean if you look at a cow I mean, what ‘s it
doing? All day it’s either eating or pooping. But anyways so, yeah so grow some greens really
important and as I said you know you wanna get your feet wet now. Just have some greens
growing year round. You know in a steady spot inside your home outside your home in a greenhouse
and be prepared. And so greens are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Especially
I’m looking at this Red Russian kale, kale specifically are probably one of the highest
nutrition dense foods on the whole planet. Maybe the highest in my opinion on a good
edible food would be something called Egyptian spinach or molokhia. And it’s from it’s
from Egypt actually and it actually has more nutrition that actually kale. So one of the
things you could do is you know in the summer time you could grow all your kales. I mean
I’m lucky I could grow kales year round here but in the summer time and you grow your
kales and if you you know live where it snows in the winter time. So you wanna harvest your
kales in the summer when they’re growing before it gets too cold for them and then
what you’re gonna do is you could basically dehydrate them. So you’re gonna dehydrate
them take out the water and that’s gonna preserve the kale and the nutrition in your
kale for you and you could eat you know basically kale sprinkles or you could powder it up into
a powder and mix it in water or juice or whatever you wanna mix it in to. And that’s gonna
be super nutritious because it has all the nutrition of the kale that you grew at your
place on your land. Alright to expand your growing season I have
to highly recommend buying a greenhouse. This greenhouse was purchased at harbor freight
tool are approximately around 600, 5 or 600 dollars. Ten by twelve you could get a lot
in here to extend your growing season. I’m going actually a lot of things in here because
it still hasn’t past the last frost day yet. I’m having a lot of things in here
and I’m gonna plant these out here within the next two weeks and have a jump on the
season. And the other thing I wanted to talk about is yields. You know, so if you think
you could feed your family with like one tomato plant you know what you are kidding yourself.
You’re gonna need lots of plants so you’re gonna need to dedicate some good space to
grow you know a lot of plants you know I have over a hundred basically kale plants in the
front in that front bed. I’ve planted 95 strawberry plants in a 4 by 15 foot section.
So you don’t normally need that much space. If you have acreage great you could space
things out a lot further and have dedicated land for things like what’s called perennial
vegetables. And the perennial vegetables you plant them once and they keep coming back
year after year after year and you never have to replant them. And that’s one of the things
you know we wanna make gardening and growing our own food easy for everybody. So I have
tree kales and they grow as a tree and you just plant it once and they keep giving leaves
365 days a year and I never have to replant them. Most plants will actually grow up they’ll
put leaves off and that’s good for eating but then they’ll begin to flower and seed
and they’ll make seeds and at that point the plant is nonproductive for food use but
what would happen is if you start off everything and plant it and let it go to flower and seed
it’ll actually drop the seeds on the ground and then hopefully they’ll come up next
year. So once you’ve started getting some of these systems in place and they drop seeds
you know they’re gonna start coming back actually come back with a vengeance. So that’s
a good thing because I want everybody to get into like what’s called hands off gardening
and I’m working on that I’m not quite there yet but theoretically it could be done
where you just grow everything and you get things that are acclimatized to your climate
and are gonna do well in your climate. You could it do once it’ll grow seeds, you could
just water it and nature does the rest and they come up. I mean I have tomatoes that
we just let go and they dropped on the ground and now tomatoes are sprouting up and I didn’t
even plant them. And I had a patch back here where I grew tomatoes and some dropped on
the ground and they just the next spring they just sprouted up and I didn’t have to do
nothing and that’s how it should be. We wanna be working with nature and not against
it. So I hope you’ve learned more about some
of my you know ideas and techniques for growing for survival. We have up in the front we have
some pansies and you know all this stuff is edible so the pansy the flowers are edible
and there’s many flowers that are edible and you could do an internet search to find
what flowers are edible and grow some flowers you know for their edibility and eating. Next
we have some bokchoy here doing really well the bokchoy is really great. Next we have
broccoli and I let some of the broccoli go too far. You can see the flowers or the florets
here but also what many people don’t know is that you could eat the leaves of the broccoli
and it’s just like a kale or collards. So be sure to check my other videos if you’re
interested in growing at your home and just you know maximizing the space efficiency of
your place and for more tips and tricks on how to grow your own food I have many other
videos over a hundred videos now on how to grow your own food here on YouTube. So this
is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com and start growing those greens yesterday.

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