Guerrilla Gardening

Guerrilla gardening refers to planting food crops on land you don’t strictly own or in places that don’t look like gardens.

I like to think of guerrilla gardens as sort of like hidden caches of food, in a way.

Guerrilla gardening can be used in both the city and in rural areas. The basic idea is to plant vegetables or fruits in out of the way areas, where hopefully there is little chance of discovery. Abandoned city lots are sometimes used, as are edges of farm fields.

Obviously, you don’t want to use plants that need a lot of upkeep. Stick with things like potatoes, berries, onions, and squash. Sunflowers are another good one. No, you likely won’t be able to grow enough food to sustain you, let alone an entire family, through guerrilla gardening. But it is a great way to help augment your normal gardens.

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This is also a way to grow food at your offsite retreat if you are unable to be there full-time to tend to things.

What you might consider doing, if you expect a lengthy trip should you need to bug out, is plant some stuff along your route. Of course, there are no guarantees that things will be ready to eat, or even still present, during your bug out. But, I can guarantee nothing will be there if you don’t plant it ahead of time.

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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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