December 2, 2016

Do you Need Food Storage If You have a Garden?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the apartment garden “hanging in there” in spite of the summer heat.  Well, just a few short weeks later, it’s not doing so well.

The plants have been attacked by these black caterpillars that eat through all the leaves and even soft branches.  They grow big and fat then turn into these ugly moths.  Ugggh!!  Between the 106 heat and the caterpillars, my poor garden is now looking scraggly: the chocolate mint is gone, and the peppermint has had it.

20130729_124316The tomato plants’ leaves are yellowing.

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If I was relying on this garden for food, I’d be in trouble.  That’s why I believe even if you have a garden, even a more successful one, you still need a backup food storage plan.   Any number of things can wreck a garden:  insects, animals such as rabbits and deer, bad weather, lack of water,  etc.  That’s why families in the old days preserved part of their crops by drying or canning.

I haven’t given up on the garden yet.  Some of the plants survived, such as the lavender, basil and green onion.

To combat the worms I filled a spray bottle with water and added a teaspoon of Dawn dish-washing liquid.  I sprayed the soap spray to every caterpillar that I found.

20130729_124922They fall off and die.

20130729_124304Lastly, I collected cuttings of the bigger branches to see if they can sprout roots when left soaking in water for a few days.

20130729_123823I’ll let you know which plants manage to sprout in a week or so.

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2 Comments on Do you Need Food Storage If You have a Garden?

  1. I’ve said it before, if I had to feed my family from our garden we’d be in trouble. The idea of growing your own food is very appealing but a lot of things can go wrong in the process. That said, I’ve also learned a lot from my small backyard plot that would help me greatly if I have to expand production. I suppose if our lives depended on it we would figure out a way fast! Humans are surprisingly innovative when they absolutely need to be!

    • Hey A/P – This is true, if it was “grow food or die” kind of scenario, then we’d learn quick. I think I need a backup though while waiting for the crop to grow. Thanks for the comment.

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