posted on Jun, 29 2008 @ 03:00 PM
Hello, Survival Forum people.
This year, for our first time, my fiancee and I have decided to grow a vegetable garden. This is not done for love of the sport, (though it has proven
to be rather enjoyable at times.. except the damn squash beetles. >:/) but rather as an effort to cope with the escalating costs of food and the
desire to be more self-reliant overall. If the S should hit the F any time soon in a way that does not involve a complete societal breakdown, I'd
like to be content in the knowledge that we will at least be eating comfortably. Combined with other food and water storage, and adequate supplies of
non-consumable essentials, our gardening could help us to weather "the storm" for a long time in our most comfortable location: home. I'm not the
bug-out sort unless the need was truly there, and would be one that holds out in the homeplace unless absolutely necessary for my family's
well-being. My home is my castle, batten down the hatches, lock and load, etc.
This being said, I'm looking for more knowledge on the basics of food preservation. With the amount of plants we have in the ground, we will be
looking at nearly enough food to get us through winter without spending any money at the grocery store on produce. *knock on wood* So long as the
crops produce as they should - and they're looking pretty good so far.
This is if I can successfully preserve it until the next planting season. To that end, I'm considering ordering the following books, and would
like opinions on them from other users that may have read such.
"Putting Food By" Beatrice Vaughan, Janet C. Greene, Ruth Hertzberg
"Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables" Mike Bubel
"Country Wisdom & Know-How" The Editors of Storey Publishing
"Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long" Eliot Coleman
Of course, opinions on these books would be greatly appreciated. Also, any other food storage hints that may not be covered would certainly be
Happy gardening! =)