When the doomsday comes, some will stay in shelters and some will seek for the survival in forests and mountains. Nevertheless, even those who find their salvation in the pre-prepared shelters will have to leave them some day and start a new life, because the food supplies will not last forever. This is why it is important to learn how to grow crops after the disaster, in order to stay healthy and strong.
Naturally, the knowledge on how to grow crops in these conditions and knowing what exactly to grow is essential. You have two options – planting crops as a part of your prepping tactics and placing your garden somewhere hidden, or adding the seeds to your supplies and planting as soon as the disaster has ended, so you can pick fruits when your food supplies reach low level. Both ways have their own advantages and disadvantages, and it is up to you to estimate and decide what you think would be better.
What is very important is buying heirloom seeds, also known as open-pollinated or survival seeds instead of GMO or hybrid seeds. This is because heirloom seeds can be saved in order to be planted the following year, and they are more adaptable to changes in climate and nature – which is very important after a major disaster. Also, they do not require special maintenance such as using pesticides, weeding and special type of soil, which again makes them convenient for the post-apocalyptic planting.
Your crops will need care in the form of natural fertilizers which contain plenty of nutrients needed for the successful growth and development of plants. This can be achieved by making organic compost, which is not only a good way to feed the plants, but also to get rid of the organic waste.
When it comes to the plants to grow, you must know that not everything will be able to grow anywhere and in all kinds of conditions. It is important to plant foods which do not require special conditions, and yet they need to be rich in fiber, protein, minerals and other essential nutrients human body needs. Also, you should choose plants from which you can take the seeds once they grow, so you can preserve it and plant it again the following year. Food such as corn, sunflower, beans and peas can grow easily and on almost any soil, and they are all easy to store and they can last for a long time. What’s more, they easily provide seeds for the future generation of plants. Lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers are also grown easily and give you the seeds for the following year, and they provide a good source of fresh food rich in vitamins and fiber. Lastly, you should plant potatoes, spinach and onions, which are easy to grow and replant, and they are rich in minerals needed for good health and strength of a human being.
Make sure to prepare on time and to be ready for all case scenarios. Learn about basic gardening, crop planting and composting, and you will not starve even when your food supplies are spent.