When the store shelves are bare, gardening may prove to be more than just a hobby for many of us.
Take a minute and think about something for me, would you?
What would happen if a natural, economic, or civil disaster prevented “big business” from growing, transporting and importing our food? The answer is simple: Food prices would rise dramatically, making today’s already sky-high prices look cheap. Furthermore, in no time at all, supermarket shelves would be empty. And, as if that wasn’t troubling enough, many experts say that within three days most homes in America would have no food left at all. At that point, chaos would break out.
Shocking, isn’t it? Downright scary, if you ask me.
If You Can’t Buy Your Own, Grow Your Own
Between the droughts in California, economic instability across the globe, worries about inflation, and civil unrest across the world, it would do all of us some good to learn how to grow our own food in case of a crisis. Are you prepared for such a scenario? Could you feed your family when running to the supermarket is no longer a viable option?
Listen, I’ve been gardening seriously now for over fifteen years. And while I am truly confident that I could feed my family in such an emergency, the thought of actually having to do it terrifies me. I still have so much I want to learn, and I’m not nearly as self-sufficient as I’d like to be. And, while my garden produces more each year than it did the year before, we’d have to learn to get creative with meals if the garden was all we could count on for our food supply.
If America’s commercial food industry collapsed tomorrow, I fear for the millions of Americans who have no experience growing anything, much less their own food. Some people think growing a crisis garden is just as simple as planting a seed and watering it, but those of us who’ve actually done it know better. Gardening is not difficult, but it does have plenty of learning curves. You better be prepared to do some hard work if you are going to have to be responsible for growing all the food you need to eat and survive. Just sticking a seed in the dirt won’t do it.
Practice Now, Survive Later
Spending time each year out in the garden helps you develop the skills you’ll need to turn a hobby into a real survival skill … if it ever comes to that. If it doesn’t, then you’ve lost nothing. You’ve had some fun and learned some very valuable skills that come with a remarkable payoff … fresh, homegrown produce! (Not to mention gardening can be a great way to stay healthy, both mentally and physically.)
All of these factors are just more reasons why it is so incredibly important to hand down our love of gardening and our growing skills to our children and grandchildren. If you think the world is unstable now, can you just imagine how it might be in ten, twenty, or even fifty years from now? Knowing how to grow your own food is just another critical life skill no person should be without.
In a crisis scenario, gardening may prove to be a true life-saving skill. Even if you only know the basics, you’ll be far ahead of everyone else. Take the time today to learn and master skills such as:
-How to start your own seeds
-Maximizing a small growing space
-Dealing with pests and problems the natural way
-Fertilizing and re-mineralizing your soil naturally
-Saving seeds for future gardens
-Preserving your homegrown food
I hope and pray a true food emergency never happens to you or to any of us. But in the meantime, I take a comfort in knowing my family could survive without the grocery store if needed, and I keep adding to my repertoire of skills each year, just in case.