Gardening in the Wilderness and getting enough return can be a challenge, even more so in a survival situation.
But it can be done if you are prepared to do so.
One advantage over gardening in town is that the land in the Wilderness has not been depleted of minerals, plants will grow and provide you with better levels of nutrients then the fruits and vegetables you are eating now.
in this section we will share with you methods and reasons why we do the things we do, a how to and why, for gardening in a survival situation in the wilderness.
Amount of sunlight
Choosing your seed's:
1. you only want to grow thing you are willing to eat.
2. look at the number of day's it take to grow to machurity, your growing time in most wilderness cases will be short so pick the seeds with the shortest growing time.
3. check to see howmuch sunlight your seed's and plant's are going to need, best to pick plants that our rated Full Shade, than Partial sun / Partial Shade and then Full Sun
most vegetables will call for full sun but don't get discouraged they will grow and produce food in partial sun if keep warm
Gardening in the Wilderness can be a challenge, then through in a survival situation and the difficulty increases by 70 to 80%
BUT YOU CAN DO IT
Full Sun: At least 6 full hours of direct sunlight.
Partial Sun / Partial Shade: 3 - 6 hours of sun a day
Full Shade: Less the 3 hours of direct sunlight each day, with filtered sunlight during the rest of the day. full shade does not mean no sun, it means mostaly shade.
No matter what the seed package may say, Full Sun, Partial sun, Partial shade or even full shade your plants will need sunlight. Full sun at least 6 hours of sunlight the rest need at least 3 hours to produce a high productive plant.
Watering can be a tuff one but not imposable.
Most of our wilderness gardening is watered by the forces of nature,
We do use a watering system in some locations,
If you have a creek or river in the location you are gardening you can pack in parts and build a ram pump they use no electricity to operate.
At one location we have taken in 150 feet of 1 inch black pipe and barred it up the srteam of water with the end protected so it will not plug up and so that it cannot be seen, placed the ram pump under 4 foot of water at that depth you cannot the pump operating then ran 150 feet of camouflaged 1/2 inch pipe up to where our garden is located and is used in a flood irrigation meathead.
choosing the proper location is crushal
Choosing your sights;
that's right sight's you should not grow every ting in one location
1. Can be spotted from sky
2. Easier to be found by others that may come in to area
3. Take in to consideration each season as to where the sun is on the locations you choose
Planting or sowing seed's:
1. Plant in locations that face mostly east and south for most sun exposer
2. space out your plantings, small items can be grown in open fields like Potato's we have planted in an open filed about 6 to 7 feet apart, not in rows or large patches, never weeded and had an average yield of 4lbs. per seedling
methods of protecttion
Protecting your Plants:
Protection of your plants from not only the masses who were not prepared but from the animals small and large is a necessity.
If you have taken the time and planed out your location and gardening, (when and where to plant along with watering) a place that is out of the sight of the masses who have not prepared you have done good, but you cannot hide your plants from the wild life as easily as from humans, and once they find it they will be back. So protecting your plants is a necessity.
a simple deer or bird net laid over small plants will discourage deer, elk and most dirds for items like corn, pees and beans it becomes a bit trickier this is why location is so imporyant. if out in a clearing it is almost imposable but along the edge of a clearing you can use the surrounding brush and small trees to help hide your plants from humans and by spreading netting or fencing, like chicken wire out on ground will discourage the wild life. part of being prepaired.
How to preserv and stor your food:
Proserving food for winter