Small space gardening is both efficient and convenient. Being able to produce food without a large area is a truly useful skill for any survivalist, and few foods are better for survival than potatoes. They keep for a long time, are extremely versatile and filling, and just about everyone likes them. Seriously, have you ever met someone who doesn’t enjoy potatoes in one way or another? Learn how to grow 100 pounds of potatoes in 4 square feet garden design with these easy, cheap potato boxes. Read on and think about all the great food you could make with the pounds of potatoes you’ll grow using this easy tip.
How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in a Box Garden Design
How to Build a Potato Box Video:
How to Build a Potato Box
6 2×6″ boards, 8 ft long
1 2×2″ board, 12 ft long
96 2 and 1/2″ wood screws
The first step is cutting the 2×2 inches board into pieces of 33 inches in length; four pieces will be enough. Then, take the 2×6 boards and cut those into 12 lengths of 21inches and 12 lengths of 24 inches. Make some screw holes in these and attach the bottom row on the 2×2 boards. Place this part of the vertical garden over the soil, fill with mulch and plant potatoes about 4 inches deep. Remember that each layer which you plant must have its sides boarded up. Now, let them grow a bit. When the vines reach some 12 inches above the soil, it’s time to add another set of boards and fill the space with dirt. Make sure you don’t cover more than a third of the plant. Do the same for each layer until you finish the box. In order to harvest your potatoes, take out the screws from the bottom board. With your hands reach in the box and grab your potatoes. Replace boards and soil and the layer is good to go again. After the necessary time, remove the second board and have yourself a handful of potatoes. Read some more off the internet about planting potatoes to make sure you do it right.
Follow the full guide on how to grow 100 pounds of potatoes in a square box garden design here:
Watch this video from Arnboat to give you a preview of your potato box harvest:
Now you know you don’t need a huge vegetable garden to grow potatoes. A small garden design used wisely will give you all you need to grow food which can actually give you the sustenance you and your family needs. What’s best about this raised garden beds design is you can use this box for growing potatoes, again and again, for different growing seasons. Follow this guide to growing potatoes with a DIY potato box garden design!
What would you add yourself to this guide for building a DIY Garden Design that’s built for potatoes? We will appreciate your tips and suggestions in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 15, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Interested in gardening with egg cartons? It’s that time of year again! Winter will be over before you know it and Spring is just around the corner. In this article, I’m going to show you how to use eggshells and cheap egg cartons to start your seed planting.
How to Start Seeds in Eggshells and Egg Cartons
Using Eggshells to Start Your Seeds
What a great way to recycle what you already have to create a healthy plant! And an added bonus…No waste and it won’t cost you anything more to get started. And when the weather is just right you can put the entire seedling into the ground and the eggshell will provide nutrients for the plant.
Here’s how to get started!
Save your eggshells. Rinse them out so they won’t become sticky or smelly.
Add soil to the eggshells. You want to be sure to use seed starting soil. This is a lighter soil that allows the root system to grow freely through the plant, creating a strong and healthy plant.
Add the seeds to the soil and slightly push down just until the seeds are fully covered. Make sure you don’t push them too deep. If they are in the soil too deep, it will take longer for your seedlings to germinate.
Water your seeds preferably with a spritzer bottle, especially for very small seeds, so that it doesn’t push the seeds too deep into the soil. Keep the soil moist, but not soaked. Also, carefully poke a tiny hole at the bottom of the eggshell for water drainage. A small nail should do the trick.
If you really want to give your seeds a jump start, place the eggshells in a plastic egg carton and put the lid on. This will act as a mini greenhouse. Once your seeds sprout, remove the lid so that mold does not develop.
Put them in a sunny window and enjoy watching them grow.
If your weather is ready for planting, then simply put the eggshell plant right into the soil, eggshell and all!
Using Egg Cartons to Start Your Seeds
Another easy way to start seeds indoors is to use egg cartons!
Here’s what you’ll need:
a paper egg carton
The individual dimples within the egg carton will be used as individual seed-starter pots.
Here’s how to get started!
Take an empty cardboard egg carton and poke a small hole in the bottom of each dimple to allow for water drainage.
Fill each individual dimple with seed starting soil. This is a lighter soil that allows the root system to grow freely through the plant, creating a strong and healthy plant.
Plant seeds according to the planting-depth instructions (found on the back of the packet) in each individual dimple.
Mist with water regularly keeping the soil moist (but not soaked). You might want to keep the carton on a plate or something so the water doesn’t go everywhere.
To give extra warmth and humidity (if needed), I like to cover the top of the egg carton with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap should be like a little tent. To prop up the plastic wrap, I like to position toothpicks in the middle of the clear egg carton.
Place the carton in a sunny spot and watch the plants grow!
Once the seeds start to sprout, cut apart the individual dimples and plant the seedlings straight into your prepared garden or pot. There is no need to remove the sprouting seed from the carton, just plant the whole thing!
Check out this video from ehowgarden on how to plant seeds in egg cartons:
And there you have it. An easy and earth-friendly way to grow and plant your seeds. All you need to do is save some of the eggshells from cooking. Once the weather is right, start planting and let the shells supply the nutrients.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 20, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Survival gardening is something to look forward to during the spring season. We recently posted tips on preparing your garden for the winter and now it’s time to get back to your backyard and make the most out of spring. Self-sufficiency is just one of the wonderful benefits you get from maintaining a garden, especially one that includes vegetables and herbs. Aside from enjoying the natural and nutritious food you harvest, you’re also saving money in the process. Here are some of best foods to grow for survival that can supply your essential needs and hopefully sustain your family in times of disaster, crisis, or when SHTF.
Survival Gardening | Plants to Grow This Spring
Potatoes have been a staple of many people’s diets for thousands of years. They are fairly easy to grow, although they do have certain pests and diseases to contend with. Potatoes are also great for storing and cooking delicious and hearty meals any time of the day. Here are homemade potato dishes you can try with your harvest.
Beets offer a great deal of nutritional value in the form of beet tops or greens, while the storage-friendly beetroots offer calories and nutrients.
3. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato is a perennial vine that will expand over a large area if not guarded properly. This vine plant grows fully under the heat of the sun but can also remain in shady areas. Sweet potato is a sub-tropical/tropical crop but is worth trying in cooler areas after all chance of frost has passed.
Beans are great rotation crops to help maintain soil quality by restoring nitrogen to the soil when depleted by other crops. Beans are rich in fiber, protein, antioxidants, and are low in fat. They are also very good food for the human diet and can be a healthy substitute for meat.
Eggplants are warm weather plants and should be planted after frost. This nightshade vegetable is high in fiber, antioxidants, and a good source of vitamins B1 and B6.
Tomatoes are one of the easiest plants to grow. There are lots of varieties to choose from. Nothing compares to picking a fresh ripe tomato straight from the vine. Tomatoes are also versatile. They can be preserved for later using different methods such as canning, freezing, and dehydrating. Grow tomatoes with this survival garden guide.
This is a hot season plant and should be planted in April until early June. Peanuts are a good source of healthy fats, Vitamin E, protein, and antioxidants.
Carrots are essential root vegetables in our kitchen. They are rich in fiber, beta-carotene, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, K, and B8. Read this guide to grow carrots and you’ll soon enjoy a fresh produce to add to your healthy and delicious recipes like stew, bread, and more!
Snap peas are an excellent addition to your survival garden. As nitrogen-fixing legumes, they can enhance the fertility of the soil they’re grown in. They are moderately nutrient dense and doesn’t require much attention to grow.
Cabbages keep their nutritional elements regardless of the length of cooking. Whether you eat cabbages raw or shred and cook it, a cup full will give you a total of 33 calories. Doing this once every week may keep you healthy.
Berries, a great source of potassium, are said to be perfect for losing weight. These beauties are also an excellent source of the fiber and vitamin C our body needs. You can put berries in your smoothie, salad, pastries, or snack on them alone.
12. Grain Corn
Contrary to popular belief, corn is actually not a vegetable. It’s a type of grain that’s a good source of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. Since it’s rich in vitamins and minerals, it can be a good addition to your wholesome survival garden.
Barley is rich in fiber which can be planted during spring and winter. It has several benefits and is consumed by both humans and animals. And yes, barley is used for making beer, so you can make that your next project.
Cooked broccoli in a cup only has a total of 44 calories. It has tons of fiber and no fat–an ideal vegetable for those on a strict diet.
Squash was one of the original “three sisters” in American Indian agriculture along with beans and corn. Squash are vining crops that store well. This plant is also an excellent source of nutrients and calories which makes it a perfect addition to your recipes.
Did you know that plantain is an edible and almost magical “weed” which grows freely in backyards, meadows, and roadsides? The use of plantain goes as far back as the ancient Persians, so it’s definitely something you want to have in your backyard.
People may not expect this herb to have any healing effect, but it wasn’t labeled the “king of herbs” for nothing. This is also great in pesto and any other pasta dish! With a life cycle of one year only, you will have to plant basil every year to keep your supply going.
Peppermint contains menthol properties which make it an effective natural remedy, food flavoring, and even as an ingredient for cosmetics. This herb is adaptive and grows well in almost all locations. It also spreads easily and is best contained in a pot.
Every herb garden needs lavender! This amazing plant can be infused into your drinks like tea and lemonade. Plant lavender in a sunny location with average to dry soil. Do not overwater.
Chamomile contains volatile oils such as bisabolol oxides A and B, matricin, flavonoids, and other therapeutic substances. The flowers of chamomile are famous for their medicinal purposes. It can be consumed as a tea, can be dried, extracted, and even turned to creams and serums.
Watch this video posted by Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens and learn some survival gardening tips on planting an edible food garden at home:
There are a lot of other plants that have been known to have medicinal benefits and practical uses for humans since the old times. There are actually other new discoveries made each year. You can even plant during the late summer with a few of these helpful gardening tips. If you have the time to grow these plants then you have a greater chance of surviving if the SHTF.
Do you have more survival garden plants you want to add? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Expand your emergency preparedness skills by growing some medicinal plants you can use for home remedies. The knowledge you have on traditional medicine is just as important as your survival gear. When you’re on survival mode, you have to forage the wild for some plants you could concoct as a DIY remedy. Read this list and get to know the 11 medicinal plants which you can grow in your backyard and use as home remedies.
Medicinal Plants You Can Grow For Emergencies
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The Great Burdock is used as a remedy for various health issues. It may address gas and indigestion and liver and gallbladder problems. Rheumatism and gout may also be treated with this plant. Its ‘purifying’ properties aid in expelling toxins from the blood and the urine. This underground tuber stimulates the appetite and helps in dealing with anorexia. It also treats skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
You know you can’t make s’mores without marshmallows, of course. The sweet treat you know today is actually derived from desserts made with the marsh mallow plant. Because of its antibacterial properties, this herbal medicine is used to treat sore throat, cold, cough, and flu. It relieves skin problems and digestive complaints as well.
Aloe Vera is known to have healing properties. This helps in reducing inflammation, relieving itchiness, and stimulating skin renewal. This explains why aloe vera is one of the most popular natural products. It can treat burns and skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, canker sores, dandruff, etc. It is also used to fade scars and fight skin aging. Aloe vera is also famous for its benefits to the skin. Plus, it potentially improves blood circulation, lowers blood sugar, and relieves constipation.
Like aloe vera, pot marigold is a popular topical treatment for various skin issues. Minor burns, infected cuts, blisters, and scars can be addressed by Pot Marigold. It also provides treatment for more severe skin problems such as acne, eczema, dermatitis, dandruff, scabies, and warts. Plus, it is also used to relieve internal health issues. Its properties help reduce hemorrhoid pain, muscle and menstrual cramps, and stomach ulcers.
Gotu kola aids in decreasing swelling and improving blood flow. For this reason, gotu kola prevents or decreases the appearance of varicose veins and blood clots. It also helps in preventing scars, stretch marks, and other skin issues. It has the potential to relieve anxiety, fatigue, and insomnia as well.
There’s a reason why chamomile tea is popular—it has properties which combat anxiety, depression, stress, and insomnia. As an antioxidant, chamomile improves immune function, making your body healthier in general. It also reduces swelling, alleviates pain, relieves constipation, and relaxes muscles.
A very popular culinary ingredient, garlic boasts a lot of health benefits. Consequently, it helps control high blood pressure, improve cholesterol level, and lower risks of heart disease. Aside from all these, garlic also provides relief to colds as well as other viral infections.
This healthy herb can boost the body’s immune system. Echinacea makes the body more resistant to bacterial and viral infection. Because of the echinacea’s antibacterial properties, it can treat colds and flu as well as burns, wounds, and sores. It also provides relief to stings, insect bites, and snake bites.
This medicinal properties of this plant provide relief to gastrointestinal complaints. It helps soothe stomach ache and diarrhea. It also helps improve digestion as well as induce appetite. Aside from treating GI issues, the yellow gentian is also used to reduce sore throat and jaundice.
You know this soothing plant species very well—it’s found in candy, gum, toothpaste, even in beauty products. But the health benefits of mint shine most when consumed fresh as tea or flavoring to food and beverage. It improves digestion, relieves flatulence, and soothes common symptoms of colds. It alleviates nausea and headache or even fatigue.
Sage has properties which address both internal and external health issues. It boosts memory retention, lowers cholesterol and sugar, eases stomach pain and diarrhea. When used externally, sage provides relief to cold sores and mouth sores.
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Medicinal plants have been used for thousands of years to cure various health issues. It only seems natural that you, whether you’re an outdoor warrior or not, should know a bit about their medicinal purposes. One way to gain some intimate knowledge on medicinal plants is to grow some of them yourself. You would learn a lot in the process. Plus, you’ll have a decent stock of homegrown remedies in case emergency strikes.
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If you’re planning on setting up an indoor garden, I suggest including medicinal herbs in it. Growing these herbs in your indoor garden would be both useful and satisfying!
7 Medicinal Herbs To Include In Your Indoor Garden
Growing medicinal herbs indoors could save you a trip to the doctor for minor illnesses like rashes or coughs. Wouldn’t it be great to have these herbs right at your fingertips when you need them? You can make tea, tinctures, salves, and balms, plus you can also use these amazing herbs for your sumptuous meals! So, let me introduce you to 7 of the wonderful medicinal herbs you can grow in your indoor garden. Scroll on!
Thymol, an active component of thyme, is responsible for the antiseptic and aromatic properties of the medicinal herb. Its antiseptic property can help relieve someone suffering from congestion, cough, indigestion, or gas. The next time you have minor coughing, consider drinking some thyme tea!
Rosemary is an aromatic medicinal herb from the mint family. Dried rosemary is often used in cooking to add flavor, especially to meat. Medicinally, rosemary can help improve your mood. It also helps sweeten your breath. When you’re having trouble concentrating, drink a cup of rosemary tea to boost memory and concentration.
Also, try making your own rosemary oil. This essential oil can be used externally for quick healing of wounds or skin irritations. Rosemary oil can also relieve sore parts of your body. Just rub the oil on the affected area for a speedy recovery.
Sage is a classic ingredient in roasting and stuffing for your hearty meal. Just like rosemary, sage is from the mint family and can be used for a number of home remedies for some minor illnesses such as dyspepsia, indigestion, and hot flashes. Additionally, sage could also give a soothing relief for throat and mouth inflammation.
Lavender’s scent is famous for calming and relaxing. Additionally, this medicinal herb can also help to ease pain. If applied topically to cuts, lavender has healing properties. Lavender can also be made into an essential oil which can be used for a lot of natural home remedies.
Basil is one of my favorite herbs used in cooking delicious meals like pasta sauces or soups. But, this wonderful herb also has medicinal properties that can help relieve flatulence. It can also be used topically for scrapes and cuts for a faster recovery.
For many years, chamomile has been a popular natural remedy for anxiety due to its calming effects. It’s one of the top ingredients used in herbal teas. If you have a stomach ache, you can try drinking a cup of chamomile tea to help settle your stomach.
Another perfect addition to your indoor medicinal herb garden also comes from the mint family, the peppermint. This amazing herb is used to relieve indigestion or gas. It can also soothe headaches. Simply drink a cup of peppermint tea and wait for its magic to take effect.
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Having these medicinal herbs in your indoor garden could definitely save you time and money, as they can relieve common ailments. It’s also quite satisfying to see these amazing herbs growing in your garden. If you’re planning to add another plant to your indoor garden, pick one of these medicinal herbs.
What medicinal herbs do you have in your indoor garden? Share them in the comments section below!