Grow Your Own Survival Garden – Part 1

This is a need to do on any preppers list.  Growing your own survival garden can not only save you money it could save your life.

Each year when spring rolls around my wife and I begin planting our survival garden these are the things that we will eat, can, dry and freeze to help feed us during the winter months. We will have more on canning, drying and preserving for future use in a later post.

Depending on how our garden does we save a few hundred or more on our annual food bill, and have a pretty well stocked pantry

Preparation actually begins in the fall after the last harvest has been preserved and put up for the winter, we begin with putting our garden to bed and the best advise I can give is read this article from The Old Farmers Almanac .

Then we start planning for the next year so lets start here. Continue reading

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My wife and I visited COSTAR today we were shopping for our monthly food storage items some will replace what we have used and some will be repackaged and used for long-term. We had a budget of $200 for this trip and were able to get the items we wanted and still be under this amount.

Here is what we got and a break down of our costs:

2 – 25 pound sacks of long grain rice 6.89 sack = 13.78
4 – 4 packs canned pulled pork in water 16 total cans 8.69 each = 34.76
4 – 33 oz jars Organic Maple Syrup 10.99 jar = 43.96
1 – 2 pack 43 oz jars coconut oil = 27.98
1 – 2 pack organic cane sugar = 27.99
4 – 4 packs of assorted pasta 6.98 each = 27.92
Total = 173.69

We came in under budget by $23.61

Many of these items will be used in our regular meals. The pulled pork will have homemade BBQ sauce added to make pulled pork sandwiches, my wife makes the buns made from the flour. The pasta will also be used with sauces made from fresh vegetables grown in our garden.

The idea is to stock up with bulk buys and then use what you need for your regular daily use then replace as you go.

We started by purchasing a little extra each week until we had a month supply then began buying a little more it seemed like no time at all that we had enough to last us at least a year.

We like COSTCO because we can buy the same items we would buy at the local grocer and get it in larger quantity in most cases for less.

We are not affiliated with COSTCO in any way other than as a consumer our lawyer made us put that in there

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