Big Boy Tomato Plant Seedling

Getting Ready For The Coming Food Shortage

You've already heard of shortages relating to baby formula, wheat and cooking oils along with the culling of millions of chickens in the USA because one or two tested positive for Bird or Avian Flu, leading to a shortage of eggs and poultry products. Unfortunately, I believe this is just the beginning. That's why I encourage my followers to start growing their own foods and stocking up on dry goods.

This is my first post in a few weeks as I've been very busy potting my plants and so far, they are coming along nicely. I have a small residential property, not even a fifth of an acre but I'm planning to turn my back yard into a garden oasis this summer. I've never started as many plants as I have this spring but I sure am looking forward to reaping the rewards later this summer and into the fall.

Here's a list of what I've got started...

Butternut squash, buttercup squash, delicata squash, acorn squash, cantelope, sugar baby watermelon, eggplant, zucchini, amish paste tomato, early girl tomato, big boy tomato, gardener's delight cherry tomato, carrots, four types of sweet peppers, snowball cauliflower, swiss chard, ruby leaf lettuce, green and red kale, rhubarb, golden globe turnip, okra, bitter gourd, thyme, sage, oregano, summer savory, chamomile, genovese basil, leek, 4 types of bush beans, laxton's progress peas.

Kale Cauliflower Lettuce

As you can see, I started a huge variety of plants. I even shared some with my neighbors, my brother and his boss. There was a lot of work put into it and there's still more work ahead of me. I plan on growing vertically this year for the first time, especially with my squash plants. After viewing some tutorial videos on Youtube, I think growing vertically is the way to go to maximize the use of my limited spacing.

Squash Peppers Tomatoes

I can already see the work ahead of me later in the fall when I harvest, jar, freeze or dehydrate my foods. It will be a good feeling to have a good supply of food to last through the winter and well into next spring. A food shortage now appears 'written in the cards'. I fully expect riots in some areas as prices continue to escalate, squeezing out those who can least afford it. 

You know the old saying... 'desperate times call for desperate measures'. By growing my own food now, I am ahead of the game or at least, trying to stay ahead as there are never any guarantees. Most people have no idea how to grow food and the effort it takes. In a matter of a few weeks in May, I potted over 300 plants. I can tell you, I was sore at the end of each day. I really did put in a 'good day's work' in order to get it done.

Lettuce Swiss Chard Green Kale Ruby Leaf Lettuce

My lettuce, kale and swiss chard are growing so fast that I've already begun clipping leaves off and making delicious salads with them. It's a great feeling to just step into your back yard and go 'shopping for groceries'. I'm really looking forward to cutting open a sugar baby watermelon later in July. I can't help but wonder how much one watermelon will cost in the stores by July.

I will be posting more pictures later as my garden really comes to life. The funny thing is that my garden is alleviating any worries about a food shortage. I made sure to start winter squash as they can be held in a cool dry environment for the entire winter and spring without going bad. I've even heard that in the right conditions, a winter squash such as butternut or buttercup can last up to a year and a half. Squash are a delicious alternative to potatoes, although I love potatoes too.

Speaking of potatoes, did you know that sweet potatoes grow as a vine and that the leaves are edible. I'm trying to start some shoots from 5 sweet potatoes dipped in  a jar of water. They haven't sprouted yet but I hope they sprout soon. It's all a learning process for me. As an example, last year I grew buttercup squash and only learned when the season was over that you should clip secondary and third branches produced by these plants in order to get more, bigger, juicier fruit.

Canteloupe Basil Oregano Sage Thyme

All the information you need is at your fingertips. Even if you're living in a condo, you can grow a few plants by the window or in hanging baskets on your balcony. Just a little bit will make a huge difference. If you haven't started a veggie garden yet, I strongly suggest you do. Your life may depend on it. It's extreme, I know but that's the jist of it. The warning signs are everywhere and it's time to take notice.

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Name's Joe and I live in Ontario, Canada. I enjoy keeping track of markets, investing and commodities, primarily gold and silver. Also have interests in the crypto sector. I Support BAT's Brave browser on my phone and earn free BAT tokens.

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