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Gardening in Climate Change
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Have you noticed? It keeps getting colder and colder every year! The growing season keeps getting shorter and shorter every year! It is all too evident that climate change is part of the SHTF (Stuff Hitting The Fan)!
How are we going to be able to keep growing food in this mess? Can we continue self-reliant gardening in climate change?
We can keep providing food for ourselves, during these ever changing, and trying times, but first we have to get more in touch with nature!
I know! That makes me sound like a nut job! But, really! We need to become more observant of the plant kingdom around us!
I don't know about you, but for almost fifty years, I have been putting my tomato plants, outside in the ground. What I have been getting in return, every year, is big, fat, juicy tomatoes! That is, until the last few years!
I got my food from the earth, but I took nature for granted, in some ways. I always expected to get good crops from my garden and orchard! It wasn't that I was disrespectful of nature, I just really didn't think about it much! To me, being in the outdoors, and making daily inspections of the garden and orchard, has always been a spiritually renewing experience.
Our earth has always given us its life-boosting energy, and provided us with our sustenance. I have always been grateful, for the bounty the earth gives us, but I am ashamed to say, I took it for granted too much! That is, until I noticed there was something drastically wrong with nature!
The fruits and vegetables from my garden started changing! I began to wonder, about three years ago, if I had neglected something, in the organic growing method I use. Then, I learned about the Gulf Stream slowing down..........
The slower the Gulf Stream has gotten, the more it has affected our climate! Winters keep getting colder and longer, every year, as the Gulf Stream disappears more every year! The effects of climate change are already influencing the plant kingdom, and our domestic food production.
We had all, better get in touch with nature real quick, and adapt our food production methods, or find ourselves, literally left out in the cold, without food!
How do we adapt to growing food during our changing climate? We adapt, by first giving thanks the earth has been made to provide for us, then by opening our eyes! Then we can adapt our food production methods! We need to gain new knowledge, then get off our hinies and put that knowledge to work!
I don't have all the answers for solving our current climate change situation. I only know how I am adapting my methods of growing food, using the knowledge I have gained. This is how I am handling my journey, into a world that keeps getting colder, every year:
Here is what I know, from listening to the news, and my own observations.
Two examples of trees under stress, from the deeper, longer cold winters are the Conifers and the Maple trees, here in the mid-west. Their natural life cycles are being disrupted by climate change!I remembered, from Biology class, that all plants have a built-in timing system, triggered by the temperature of the seasons.
Conifers, this year, are showing more stress, as their brown foliage has increased, before spring arrives.
Syrup makers, here in the mid-west tapped in to the Maple trees, the end of February, and the sap wasn't flowing, as it usually does, that time of year!
Last year, I cut into my tomatoes, to prepare them for a meal. It was hard to get the knife to break through the skin! I was using my favorite kitchen knife, that always slides right through whatever I am cutting. At first, I thought the knife had gotten dull, so I tried it on some other food. The knife slid right through! No problem!
The last couple of years, everyone has been complaining about the thick, tough skins on their outdoor-grown tomatoes, and their smaller size. Something is drastically wrong!
All of a sudden that figurative light bulb went on in my head! To me, it made perfect sense! Now I could do something to continue and preserve, self-reliant gardening in climate change!
I realized, instead of only expecting the earth to help me provide food, I needed to help the earth provide food, for a change! Providing the earth with a poison-free, organic environment, in which to grow food, wasn't enough any more! I had to provide the earth with protection, in order to grow food!
My whole attitude towards gardening has changed. We must all adjust our attitudes, to continue to be able to grow self-sufficient gardens during climate change!
It is a big adjustment, but the only tomatoes that should be grown outside, are the Siberian and Cherry type tomatoes, from now on. These are the only tomatoes hardy enough, to handle our now normal, wild temperature fluctuations, during growing season.
When buying vegetable seed, compare the length of time it takes the plant to produce food, to other varieties, of that same vegetable. Choose the seed, that produces food, in the shortest time possible.
I am speaking of only heirloom seeds, of course. I never mean hybrids, when mentioning seeds. Hybrids have had their 'toughness' bred out of them. They are not nearly as hardy, as heirloom vegetable seeds. You also can't save seeds from hybrids, what will be produced is anyone's guess!
One time I planted the seeds of a hybrid Zucchini, just as an experiment. What I got was a funky-looking, little, round, green Zucchini, that looked nothing like the giant, oblong, dark green Zucchini, I had raised for years! It also took longer to produce that little, funky veggie! Curiosity satisfied! Yuck!
Any other fruits and vegetables, grown outside, should always be as short-season, as possible.
Check your planting zone, then buy plants and seeds that grow in the coldest possible growing zone.
Example: If you live in the zone 5 growing zone, buy perennial fruits that will grow in zone 3. That way, you will know they can handle temperatures, well below 0 degrees!
I have designed my own garden and orchard, for many years. However, my new plan contains some drastic changes! I know, if I am to get a bounty of food from the earth, I must now help the earth give that bounty!
Here is my new plan:
Gone are the days of humongous fruit trees, for my orchard! I am switching to all dwarf fruit trees. That way, I can not only still use Swales for watering, but also erect orchard poles, for covering the trees, during harsh weather. The shorter height of dwarf trees will allow this, and still produce an abundance of fruit! (See your own SHTF Survival Library for Swales, and how to graft and create dwarf trees.)
For growing fruit, veggies, vines, crabs, fish, prawns, and worms, for a self-sustaining, year around producing garden, is the underground Walipini greenhouse, adapted for raised beds, aquaponics and hydroponics!
Peppers, Tomatoes, and other tender plants, will grow in an underground greenhouse, even as our winters continue to get worse each year! Plus, with good planning, born out of knowledge gained, from your SHTF Survival Library, the underground greenhouse can be heated, and water circulated without electricity!
I am covering all my bases, when it comes to growing food! Using heartier, short-season food producing plants outside, is the only way to go now! Building one, or more underground greenhouses is the only way to go now!
I have heard those who say they are not sure if this pattern of colder, longer winters, and erratic summertime temperatures will be permanent or not. I know this is said because there is a hint of fear in their hearts. They hope colder, longer winters will not continue. They know if it continues to get colder and more erratic every year, we are in trouble!
As always, I advocate being brave and not letting fear take root in our hearts! Please, do not be afraid! Fear of a worsening climate change is only for those who are unwilling to gain the knowledge needed, to find a solution to maintaining self-reliant gardening practices in climate change. Gaining knowledge, and then applying that knowledge, brings peace of mind! Knowledge pushes out fear!
As always, I advocate turning to your SHTF Survival Library. This is what will push out all fear, and bring a calming solution to your heart and mind!
Study up on short-season gardening, heirloom seeds, how to graft and create dwarf trees, aquaponics, hydroponics, hanging gardens, organic gardening, permaculture, the care and feeding of fish for hydroponics, swales, cisterns, pumping water without electricity, and underground greenhouses, namely the Walipini underground greenhouse.
I know this is a lot to take in. It is a lot to study. Just paying the bills, and getting by in life, takes up most of your time. But, if you want to not only survive pre SHTF, but also long-term post SHTF, something has to be done now, not later! After the SHTF, it will be too late to gather study materials. Without study now, there is no solution to famine and starvation, as climate change worsens! Please! Study! Then, do something about it for you, and those you love!
I hope this helps you and those you love!
Anonymous Ole Prepper
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