Physical prep: grow your food
Grow your own food!
Very few can buy enough freeze-dried food to get them through for however long the duration of this chapter in history mainly because of lack of funds or lack of storage space. Have the skills and the seeds to grow your own vegetables, fruits and sprouts.
This section is meant to initiate a person new to gardening. Seasoned gardeners should have a good idea of what seeds and how to grow produce.
Seeds Our Lord has, through numerous modern-day visionaries, indicated that to survive these end times, one should have their own seeds and grow their own foods, preferably heirloom seeds.
There are numerous online vendors of seeds. Purchase seeds of vegetables, fruits and herbs that can grow in your growing zone. Seeds purchased now will still germinate in 3 or 4 years, provided they are kept cool and dry.
If you do use heirloom seeds, then you can dry the seeds from your harvest and use the seeds to plant in your garden the following year. The problem with heirloom seeds is they are more prone to disease. Avoid GMO seeds. Hybrid seeds are acceptable, though you cannot dry hybrid seeds from your harvest for sowing in subsequent years. Fruits and vegetables offer little in way of calories, but are essential for your well-being thanks to their vitamins and nutrients.
Sample seeds checklist to ensure sufficient quantity for family of four for one year.
bush beans: 500g;
carrots: 2 packets
sweet corn: 500 seeds
kale, lettuce: packet of each
cooking onions: 1,000 seeds
potatoes: 10 lbs
summer squash: packet each of 1 type
winter squash: packet each of 3 or 4 types
Winter squash keep well for months into the winter. Having butternut, spaghetti, Hubbard and pepper squash will help through winter months.
Sprinkle Holy Water on your garden plants once in a while, not to water them but to bless them, that they may grow and provide their bounty.
Some plants do better when planted next to certain other types. This link gives a good chart on what to plant together and what to keep apart. Companion planting list
Feeding your plants
Used tea bags can be put into a watering can and let to steep. The water will gain some nutritional value that can be used by plants. When buying fertilizer is no longer an option, this method, when done regularly, will help your plants. 3 or 4 tea bags at a time will do. Replace with newer tea bags when 3 or 4 newer bags are available and discard the old ones by putting them in your compost.
Also, used coffee grounds can be sprinkled throughout the garden bed to add nutrients.
Adding nutrients to your soil
To minimize waste that is discarded, put fruit and vegetable waste in your compost, along with egg shells [crumbled up], grass trimmings, ashes from wood stove, newspaper [tear into smaller pieces] and leaves from fallen trees. Avoid placing meat products or any prepared foods to minimize turning the compost heap into a buffet for scavenging wildlife. If keeping a compost heap is not possible, mix your compostable materials and dig it into your garden immediately. This is accomplished by digging down 8 to 12 inches and placing a layer of the compostable material in the trench [where next year’s row is going to be] and covering with the soil you dug up. Earthworms will get to work to convert that into a composted material that is an excellent growing medium for your plants.
There are many tools for gardening purposes. The essentials are as follows: gloves, round shovel, hoe, rake, watering can, leaf rake and hand trowel. If there are fruit trees or bushes to keep pruned then add pruning shears, loping shears and a pruning saw. The pruning saw can also serve to cut small branches for firewood.
Perennials are plants that survive the winter months and come back year after year. Some examples of edible perennials are asparagus and rhubarb. Some herbs like chives, oregano and French tarragon are perennials in many climates. Having these in your garden can ensure some early spring vegetables and some herbs for summer dishes.
Most edible plants are annuals meaning they need to be sown at the beginning of every growing season. Focus on what your family likes to eat and/or is easy to grow. Then learn how long it takes to grow and how well it can be stored.
Grow herbs…whether in an outdoor garden, in small flower pots on your window sill. Some are perennials like chives, oregano, sage, French tarragon. Pick ones you like. Many are easy to grow. If you are down to only one main staple, say beans and rice, throwing some herbs will change the flavor and help deter appetite fatigue.
In seasonally restricted climates where year-round gardening is not possible, one can grow sprouts to get fresh greens in the off-season. The basic idea is sprouting seeds in water [out of sunlight] for about a week and eating the sprouts. Not all vegetables are candidates but some well-known ones are mung beans, radish, broccoli, and more. Sprouts are full of nutrients...not many calories but healthy nutrients are also needed for your body. Sprouts can fill the body’s need for nutrients while waiting for spring or if it should be impossible to go outdoors for extending periods for some reason.
Learn more about sprouts:
Biblical verse: Revelation 6:6Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
Book of Truth prophecy:
I told you all, some time ago, to plant seeds in order to feed you and your families, during the persecution. I do this for a reason. You must plant, even just a few seeds – pure seeds, which have not been tampered with by human interference. I will then multiply the fruit, which they will yield and all will have enough to eat when the world will experience great hunger. Those days are not far away and they will come about for a number of reasons.1
- Aug 31, 2013
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