Garden plans

I know it is barely the end of January but now is the time to start planning the garden for this year. The seed catalogs are rolling in and I have a feeling orders are going to fill up quick this year. More and more people are turning to variations of the old “Victory Gardens” to help combat the poor economy.

Whenever possible, buy heirloom seeds. These are seeds where, once you’ve harvested the plant, the seeds from it can be replanted and will grow “true.”

Look back at the garden from last year. What grew well and what didn’t? What changes can you make this year to be more successful? Do your homework and figure out what plants grow best in your area.

We’re going to try potatoes again this year. Last year’s crop was…ok…but we’re hoping to improve it this year. Personally, I love mashed taters and Yukon Golds are some of the best around for that.

In our family, my wife is the one with the serious green thumb. She could take a stick, put in some soil, and it’ll have green buds on it in a week. I’m much more just grunt labor — she points, I dig holes. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have any input on what we plant. Every year, we go through seed catalogs together and figure out what we want to try in the coming year.

If you live in an urban area and have little space for a full garden, look into container gardening. While not necessarily ideal, something is better than nothing. Many areas now have community gardens where you can plant your crops side-by-side with others in your neighborhood. If you don’t have that available to you yet, maybe look into starting one.

I don’t care where you live, there’s always a way to get at least a couple plants going.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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