Step 3 – Grow food
I think gardening is one of those things that as a prepper you instinctively understand. Gardening is the ability to provide food for your family if some system goes down. At its basic level, the ability to eat your own food is very satisfying.
What are some of the rewards of gardening?
As you work together as a family you are united in a common purpose. You are able to talk to other family members, to draw closer to them. You are building more than just a crop. The insight you will gleen from others will be invaluable.
Appreciation of Work
Work with results develops people. As you learn to work in the garden you will eventually see results. A garden is a great way to have children learn that the work you put in will have a direct result.
As we grow a garden we develop the confidence to provide for ourselves if we need to. Buy learning now we will be able to take that knowledge and implement something larger if need be. We can provide for others as they may need help.
A garden reminds us of the beauties around us. We are reminded that a little seed can turn into a wonderful meal with work and care. It reminds us of “the law of the harvest… we reap what we sow.” Even if what you cultivate is small, it will remind you of the wonders of nature.
Food you grow is healthier. There is less transport, handling and pesticides on it. Good health comes from good food. The food you grow is the best food you can have.
The food you grow costs less than store bought food. There is no labor cost. There are no taxes paid. The money you save can be used for other worthwhile purposes.
What to plant?
Plant what you eat at first. Try peppers in a small container at first. Then as your experience grows you can try a raised bed. You can grow the size from there. There are so many websites you can go to. Look around and see what your local climate supports. Go to you local nursery, they are probably the best resource.
Hopefully you can realize the great blessing that a garden can become in your life. The ability to cultivate relationships, reap what we sow, and have a healthier lifestyle we provide great happiness in your life.
Prepping 101- Making life’s road a little smoother.