Garden Planning

Now that the holidays are past, it is time to look forward to spring and the first plantings of the season. Seed catalogs are starting to arrive and many of us are eagerly making lists of what we want to grow this year.

If you’ve never gardened before, this is a great time to start. If you’re an old hand with it, look to expand this year. What would be truly awesome is if every experienced gardener reading this were to take someone new under their wing and show them the ropes.

Many preppers live in apartments or condos, either by choice or forced to by circumstance. Do not let this stop you! Look at container gardening as a way to get your hands dirty. If for some reason that won’t work for you, look into community gardens in your area. University extension offices should be able to direct you to them.

Remember, whenever possible, buy and use heirloom seeds. These will grow true year after year, unlike the hybrids. From a practical standpoint, this means you can save the seeds from your produce this year, plant them next year, and expect similar results.

Consider trying new things this year as well, if time and space permit. Have fun with gardening, that makes it a whole lot easier to drag your butt out there every day to weed and water.

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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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