Dear Fellow Survivalist;
Greetings. As we head into colder weather, I imagine that most of you have shut down your gardens for the year, awaiting spring once again. I have to confess that I haven’t; but then again, I live in a warmer climate, where I can garden much later in the year. But that got me thinking; in a survival situation, living where I do gives me a big advantage, as I can garden pretty much year round.
When we talk about gardening from a survival point of view, we want to get the most out of our gardens. That’s food to feed our families with; and while it may not make for as enjoyable diet as bacon and steaks, it will keep us alive. But keeping us alive means big harvests and lots of them.
There are things that we can do, all of us, which will allow us to increase our harvests and even garden year-round. While I might have some advantages, due to where I live, that’s not to say that others, who live in colder climates, have to succumb to the cold weather. We humans have been subduing nature for a long time, so why should we stop now?
If you think about it, your home is a testimony against how mankind has worked to defeat nature. Not only does it keep wild animals out, but much more importantly, your home keeps the weather out. Regardless of what things are like outside, you can be comfortable inside.
So, why not apply that same technology to our gardening? What stops us from gardening in the winter is the cold weather. That cold freezes the water in the plants, bursting cell walls and killing the plants. If we can provide those plants an environment which stays above freezing, the plants will be able to grow year-round. While plant growth will slow in colder months, it won’t stop altogether.
There are three basic ways of providing such an environment for our gardens. Any one of them will work, or we could use a combination of all three:
If you want to garden year-round with a greenhouse, you’re probably going to have to add some additional heat to it. The greenhouse itself is a passive solar building, but it may not produce enough heat for your plants. There are a number of things you can do, which will increase the amount of heat inside your greenhouse.
Between these ideas, you should be able to raise the temperature inside your greenhouse considerably. Of course, how much effect that has will depend a lot on the ambient winter temperature where you live. People who are far enough north aren’t going to be able to create a warm enough environment for growing in a greenhouse, no matter what they do. But they can still grow indoors or attach a sun room to their home.
Don’t let yourself be defeated by the weather. Put your imagination to work and figure out how to defeat it. Remember, this is survival we’re talking about. The price of failure is just too high. So, don’t fail. Find a way; and don’t forget to keep your powder dry and your survival equipment close at hand.
Also, if you really want to be able to grow in the winter, try this little trick.