Since you can’t predict what the next year or even the next month will bring, you have the freedom to become more self-reliant. Not in a pre-apocalyptic, last-ditch effort to ensure survival, but in a realistic attempt to ease daily life amid heightened uncertainty.
You might want to invest in an emergency garden if you are worried about impending or planned food shortages, a collapse of the currency, or the unpredictability of healthcare costs.
When you first begin planning your emergency garden, ask yourself these questions:
Do I have garden-ready soil? Can I get the seeds I need somewhere, or do I have them on hand? Will we get enough rain, or will we have to rely on irrigation? Which growing zone am I in? To what extent will compost and organic fertilizer be required? In terms of speed of growth, which plants win out?
Start with the following greens if you’re looking for the quickest results, rather than the most calories.
It’s one of the few plants that even a beginner can successfully cultivate. You can gather as many leaves as you need each day throughout the harvest. Allow the seeds to naturally fall to the ground at the end of the growing cycle.
Rocket thrives in full sun but can adapt to dappled light.
Growing arugula begins in early spring and continues until late fall, however it may struggle in extremely hot and dry summers.
For its nutritional value, arugula has high marks for its abundance of vitamins and minerals such vitamins A, C, K, folate, potassium, and magnesium. Components crucial to maintaining a strong immune system.