I am a strong believer that just because you may not have land to garden, it doesn’t mean you can’t garden! I am fortunate enough to have a couple acres, but many of us are not so fortunate. Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t do some good old fashioned survival gardening! You just need to adjust to your surroundings!
If you have a patio or balcony, container gardening is the way to go. If you live on a city lot and you have, let’s say, 5 feet between you and your neighbor, hanging gutters on the side of your house and planting in them is the latest thing. Stacked and layered raised bed gardens help save room. Rooftop gardens are becoming a new form of community gardens. And, of course, hydroponics is certainly becoming a favorite amongst gardeners with limited space and sunlight.
Now it’s true, there are some types of plants you can’t grow in these limited spaces and under these conditions—some plants need plenty of “leg room”, and any form of container gardening may not be enough–but the reality is, you can grow many varieties of plants this way. And in my opinion, anything is better than nothing, right?
I mean, after all, it’s called “survival gardening”, not “plentiful gardening”, or “flourishing gardening”, or “too much to possibly eat gardening”. The whole point is to grow enough to feed you and supply you with enough nutrients if your regular food supply were cut-off for any reason.
I often encounter friends/family and readers of mine who say, “Hmph, I just don’t have the space to grow”, and I say nonsense. Human beings are amazing at adapting and learning to work with our circumstances. And if you really want something hard enough, you’ll find a way to make it work. If you want to grow your own foods, then grow your own foods—it’s as simple as that!
And the time to begin is now! No point in putting it off. Take a look around you, establish a plan, and implement it! No more excuses!
About the Author
My number one focus is growing my own food. I don’t think that really counts as a hobby. For some people it is, but for me, growing my own fruits and vegetables and saving my own seed is the key to survival. The only person you can count on is yourself, if you ask me. The government is trying to help us all with GMOs and welfare, but it’s all a crock. I also like to build things and read Transcendentalist authors from the 1860s.
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