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October 29, 2012

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Growing your own food is a great way to prepare for an emergency. Home gardening can be a lot of work, but it also brings many rewards. For example, becoming a proficient gardener can help you feed your family during financially hard times. A well established and maintained home garden can help feed you family for years to come, regardless of food prices and availability. As many have learned first-hand, home gardening requires specific knowledge, skills, and equipment.

Knowledge

There are countless books, articles, videos, TV and radio shows, and podcasts about home gardening. So there is no shortage of information out there. Learning as much as you can about gardening will help you succeed in your efforts. When it comes to emergency preparedness, it’s important to learn what seeds and plants give you the best yield and allow you to preserve both seeds and produce.

Skills

Gardening takes work, plain and simple. There’s no way around it. Because every garden plot is different, you’ll have to learn through practice (and probably some trial and error) how and what to plant in your garden. Talk to experts at your local nursery for suggestions and tips specific to your region. Once you harvest, you’ll likely have more than you can eat or even give away, so you’ll want to preserve the produce for future use.

Equipment

Depending on the type and scale of your garden, you’ll likely need a variety of gardening tools. You might plant a small garden that only requires a few hand tools or a large-scale garden that requires motorized equipment. This will all depend on you. The more you know about the different gardening methods, the better you’ll be able to decide what equipment you need.

To learn more about gardening, read the Insight Articles linked below:

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