If you have the space for it, you should grow your own food to supplement your food storage in a survival situation. Growing food is ideal because you will be more healthy if you balance your survival diet with fresh vegetables. Also, growing your own food gives you a constant and renewable food supply. It will make your food storage last longer. Also, learning how to grow a garden is fun and it will give you something to do when your life might otherwise be pretty “boring” (no electricity/internet/TV).
What to grow and when to plant vegetables depends on the climate where you live. Ideally, you will be living out in a rural area very far away from any major cities. If this is the case, I assume you have the space for growing vegetables. The best climate for growing a garden is a place with fertile soil and ample rainfall. Most people agree that Washington state is the best place in the U.S. for growing vegetables. However, if that is not an option for you, don’t worry, you can grow a decent garden anywhere.
First, you should research which vegetables grow best in the climate you live in or where you have a retreat set up. Have as much of a variety as you can. Once you have a dozen or more, get a good vegetable planting guide for each of those vegetables. Learn all you can about planting those specific vegetables. Start now, and practice gardening. This is not only fun, it will be good for your health. Here are some tips for growing your own food no matter which vegetables you decide on:
1) Use chicken wire to fence off the area you will be gardening. You need to protect your crop from rodents and wild animals.
2) If there is a running river or a body of water nearby, and it is possible, plant your garden close to the body of water and try to utilize an irrigation system to make watering your garden easier.
3) If you get heavy rainfall, make sure that your garden is on high enough ground to prevent flooding.
Here are some of the most common and easiest vegetables to grow:
Seeds for these vegetables are cheap and you can find them at any garden store near you. When you grow your own food, you are automatically transformed into a seed saver. Save all of your seeds so that you have a renewable garden.