he garden is a cultivated patch of soil. Flowers are common. Growing your own food used to be common. The abundance of stores reduced the importance of the food garden. The transportation industry and the invention of refrigeration (patented by a man of color, war veteran Fred Jones) reduced spoilage and enabled produce to be distributed to a growing  number of consumers diminished the food garden more.

As a whole, Americans did not need them.  Points-of-sales, stores-neighborhood and supermarkets, replaced the need to grow your own. People filled that time with "more important" activities.

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Obama's elections (HAHAHA!) increased interest in disaster preparedness, the possibility and the probability of the Fit Hitting the Shan when basic resources became scarce. Videos of people scavenging through supermarkets as the shelves become bare, gangs of people hoarding as much as they can because food distribution would become impossible sold many people on ensuring they would be able to survive.

Since the Obama presidency, disaster preparedness businesses found new reasons for marketing their information and methods: natural disasters. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017 were more intense than past tropical storms; the earthquakes in Puerto Rico resulting from oil drilling, not covered by national press, and others have prevented food distribution to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of consumers who were not used to fasting, who were in need and dependent. 

Mozambique, post-disaster Cyclone Idai, 2019

Bahamas,post-Hurricane Dorian, 2019

Fukushima, Japan disaster, 2011

Growing a Secret Garden

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With ongoing threats like economic instability, terrorism, nuclear war, and climate change, the need to be prepared has never been more urgent.

One of the biggest concerns when it comes to preparedness is having enough food and water to keep you and your family alive long-term. Unless you live in the country, there are two big problems inhibiting this necessity:

Space limitations

Government regulations

In addition, you don’t want your neighbors to know about your prepping habits. When the SHTF, it will be every man for himself. Starving men are desperate men; they will not hesitate to break into your supplies.

The solution to these problems is learning how to grow food in sustainable, unconventional ways. Here are a few ideas:

British Virgin Islands, post-Hurricane Irma, 2017

1. Grow Food Inside

Even if you don’t have much space, you can grow food indoors. It might not be enough to sustain your family, but anything you grow will be a fresh addition to your stockpiled foods.

Popular ways to grow food indoors include window boxes, planters, and hanging baskets. You can use these methods to grow herbs, oranges, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, etc.

Other, less common methods include:

• Hydroponics: requires no dirt
• Aquaponics: growing edible fish and plants in water

Growing foods indoors is the best way to keep interfering governments and nosy neighbors out of your business. Plus, you can keep your garden going year-round.

2. Grow “decorative” foods

Some plants that appear “ornamental” are actually edible. These sorts of plants satisfy two needs:

• They satisfy HOA/urban requirements for an attractive yard
• They produce food in a way that others won’t see

There are lots of edible ornamentals to choose from. These plants can be grown in the following ways:

• Trees/bushes
• Raised beds
• Ground cover
• Vertical beds

Examples include peppers, strawberries, cabbage, berries, herbs, tomatoes, and fruit trees.

Rothenberg Rooftop Garden

3. Cultivate a rooftop garden

The roof is the last place anyone is likely to look for stored or hidden food. The only requirement for this method is that you have a flat roof – this can be an apartment building, barn, or any other roof. If you’re in the process of constructing a new building on your property, consider building it in a way that allows for a flat roof or provides out-of-sight growing space.

If your roof is sturdy enough to support dirt, you can cultivate an entire garden up there.

4. Set up an underground/basement garden

Sure, we’ve heard about drug dealers growing plants in their basements – but what about food? As long as you have grow lights, any shed, cellar, or basements is a great places for growing secret foods.

Aquaponics DIY kit by

5. Construct an aquatic garden

Nearly any pond, even a decorative koi pond or small indoor pond, can be used as a hydroponic or aquaponics garden.

There are loads of critters (incl. fish, snails, and shrimp) and aquatic plants that can be grown in small spaces. You can even grow traditional plants using floating planters.

The best part is that nobody will ever guess that your beautiful pond is a secret food source! If you do your homework, you’ll discover that several aquatic plants are full of vitamins and minerals.

Use hydroponics for hedge gardens

6. Erect a Hedge Garden

Sometimes, the best place to hide something is in plain sight. The following edibles can easily be planted throughout your hedges: cucumbers, berry bushes, potatoes, peppers, rhubarb, and carrots.

7. Experiment with Vermiponics

This is a relatively new concept that combines vermiculture (creating fertilizer using worms), hydroponics (growing plants without soil), and aquaculture (growing plants or raising fish using water).

Vermiculture is a self-sustaining system that can produce plants and fish using no soil.

Worms and fish produce waste that makes fantastic fertilizer. The plants you grow in that fertilizer are full of nutrients and grown without chemicals. A vermiponic “garden” can be set up in a small place and consistently provides two food sources simply by way of maintaining the system.

Figuring out how to cultivate fresh foods to feed your family without looking like a stereotypical “prepper” isn’t hard if you’re willing to do some research and think outside the box. Of course, you can always maintain a traditional garden or greenhouse – but it’s always good to have a backup plan.

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