While some experts keep espousing that the economy is growing, others predict 2014 will see hyperinflation, stock drops and another crash like 2008. I'm no economist, but my parents and grandparents did turn me into a gardener. Since I can't eat dollar bills or silver coins, I'm going to grow some food that won't even look like food to the casual passerby. And even if the current financial system keeps limping along like a three-legged dog, I can still eat the delicious and healthy vegetables and share them with my family.
Make A Plan**
Your plan should include the "what to grow" and "where to grow it" parts of the gardening equation. Sure, tomatoes, peppers, and herbs taste great, but they are all low in calories and are obvious to anyone wandering by. Consider root crops, because only a savvy gardener will know what the plants look like aboveground, and root crops are a relatively high-calorie food that can be stored in the ground where it grew. This is a great benefit, if you feel that break-ins, robbery, and home looting are likely in your area during an emergency. Plant some of each of the following:
- White potatoes and sweet potatoes
- Peanuts (in warm climates with sandy soil)
- Turnips and rutabaga
- Carrots and radishes (lower in calories, but good for variety)