The Urban Prepper:
Hello my fellow Preppers and Constitutional Americans. So much has been written by those fortunate enough to own rural locales where land is plentiful with wide open spaces but little written about the rest of us. The reality is that most of us live in suburbs where prepping and maximizing our back yards or improvising growing areas is just as vital. We live in Perrysburg, Ohio and have max’d our growing space.
This year we wanted to see if we could indeed support ourselves maximizing a space that is 20X 20 including building Multi level (2 & 3 levels 2 X 6) gardens boxes made from marine plywood and 2 X 6’s. My Nebraska farm roots paid off with our special compilation of soil that includes, cow, horse and for tomatoes chicken & cow manure. In addition to the soil mixture throw the following in during the season, any organic compostable trash, rusty old nails or small metal items that are rusty (no chrome or coated fasteners, a handful per cubic yard of material. Have old vitamins laying around, kids chewable vitamins that are outdated…grind up and throw in the soil. Since Depression One our soils have been robbed of minerals and nutrients so replenishing them not only improves plant health but your intakes of much needed nutrients. Here’s a Tomato tip: The higher the acidity of the soil the less acidic the taste of the tomato…strange but seems to work that way and tomatoes love coffee grounds. Here’s what we grew with great success for a family of (3): Tomatoes-Cherry, Romano and Jet Star, Lettuce, Okra, Sweet Corn Bi-Colour, Pop Corn, Green Beans, Fingerling Potatoes, Sun Flowers, Small Amish Melons, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Parsley and Cilantro.
We found a great traditional seed source for heirloom seeds at SeedSavers of Iowa, http://www.seedsavers.org/. I have a huge appreciation for an organization that preserves the produce of our forefathers. Every effort is made to avoid hybrids for multi seasonal growing.
For canned items I strongly suggest shopping your local Aldi’s for great bargains. Being a farmer I’ve seen the same produce canned for Libby’s and Doles used for private brands, so save money where you can. If you like the wholesome foods of Traders Joe’s you’ll like Aldi’s their both an Aldi’s (German) company.
Get your vitamins and herbals while you can and start stocking ASAP. The major box stores while offering competitive vitamins/herbals are under corporate pressure to eliminate non-pharma products. For example Wally World’s availability is shrinking and prices increasing by 15-18% every 2-3 weeks. I assume the new global Codex is affecting this decision. Don’t volunteer for the Flu Shot…
God Bless us All and keep us protected from the coming storm. The ominous storm clouds are approaching our horizon at unprecedented speed and I fear a Fujita 5 or 6 is coming! Those I trust the most: God & Jesus, my wife and the Marine in the Hole on my left and right!
The Urban Prepper,