Here’s a fun fact: cities make up less than four percent of the total land area in the United States.
Despite this, nearly two-thirds of the population lives in the cities or the surrounding areas.
When it comes to prepping for disaster, many experts recommended starting a garden to create a self-sustaining food source.
This is definitely wise, but at the same time, how are all of those hundreds of millions of people who live in or near a major city supposed to set up a garden with minimal space?
But in reality, you don’t have to live on a homestead or in a rural area outside of town to start a garden. In fact, millions of people currently live in a major city already and run their own gardens!
Granted, these gardens may not be as large as the ones you can set up on a homestead, but they still create a self-sustaining source of food for the individuals and families that run them.
What this means for you is that if you live in a major city, you are not at all doomed to starve. You can still start your own garden, and now we’re going to outline and discuss the steps you’ll need to take to create your own urban garden.
Step #1 – Set Aside Dedicated Space
The very first thing you need to do is actually set aside dedicated growing space for your garden. Your options will basically be limited to any one of these three:
- Your Balcony
- Your Backyard (if you have one)
- Somewhere Inside Your Home
Even though space is limited, you can still grow enough to stay alive. Map out your space and then determine how many containers you will be able to prep. The more containers you can set up, the more good you’ll be able to grow.
One thing to take note of is you need to be very selective about the place where you intend to grow your garden. Not any random space will do.
Instead, you need to make sure that the area you select receives plenty of sunlight so your plants and crops can go properly.
If you lack this kind of necessary sunlight, then you’ll need to invest in a UV lighting system to provide your plants with light instead. You probably won’t need a UV lighting system for your backyard or your balcony, but you most certainly will need it if you intend to instead grow your plants indoors, especially during the winter months or if the sunlight your gardening room receives is minimal.
Finally, also remember to have a healthy stockpile of water for your plants as well. During your everyday life you can just use tap water, but in the event of a major disaster that knocks down the power grid such as an EMP attack, you’re going to need water set aside for the purpose. This water is best stored in a big 55-gallon drum.
Step #2 – Prepare Your Containers and Soil
Now that you have dedicated space set aside, you can start to prepare your garden.
Purchase your containers and bags of potting soil to fill them up with. As a golden rule of thumb, you’ll want at least one or two more bags than you think you need just in case you underestimated (and it’s better to overestimate than underestimate).
Once you have your containers set up and filled with soil, you’ll be ready for the fun part of gardening: selecting your plants.
Step #3 – Selecting Your Plants
Since this is a survival garden, you need to select plants that can grow food for you to eat. You have an extremely wide variety to choose from, including:
Beans require little space and are very easy to grow. They also come packed with proteins and calories. Just make sure that you choose bush beans instead of pole beans.
If you want a crop that you can grow during the colder fall and winter months, beets will be an excellent option to go with.
Like beans, carrots also require very minimal space to grow, at least above ground.
One of the biggest advantages to lettuce is that you can grow it all year round, even during the cold winter months. This offsets the low number of calories it provides.
So long as you have plenty of vertical space in your home urban garden, you will be able to grow corn. Grain corn will be the far superior option for urban planting because it stores significantly better. There are also a variety of different grain corn types to choose from.
Like lettuce, kale is pretty minimalistic when it comes to calories. But it also provides a large number of essential nutrients and vitamins…nutrients and vitamins that you may be running short of during disaster. Furthermore, kale grows quickly and efficiently and is a good choice for beginners.
Step #4 – Fertilize Your Garden
Before you can actually plant your seeds, you will need to fertilize your garden, and there are two primary ways you can go about this.
The first will be to buy and use commercial fertilizer. This is without question the easiest way, but it’s also very costly.
The more self-sufficient (and cheaper) option will be to use compost instead. To compost, you need to collect organic waste and then place it in your garden.
Examples of composting materials you can use include:
- Fruit and vegetable scraps
- Ground Coffee
- Banana Peels
- Shredded Bark
Step #5 – Plant Your Seeds
At this point, the only thing really left for you to do is plant your seeds. How you go about planting your seeds is dependent on the specific plants that you’re growing, so do your research carefully.