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EMERGENCY EMERGENCY James Dakin
Lost In Space reference folks, but you are truly Lost In Space with your junk land. Junk land is great, but it is junk land for a reason. Lack of water or poor soil are a common factor. Junk land is great, I bought a few acres of junk land with a house and shed on it. A fenced in enclosure for a couple horses became one of my garden areas. The second year i created two more garden areas so I could rotate the garden areas. Each year one garden would be in a cover crop. Last year I had three cover crops in the one garden for the growing season. Each year one of the garden areas will be rotated into cover crops.
Once you have purchased your junk land your first action should be to create two or three areas for gardens. Since your junk land will be a distance from where you live you will need to visit it more than a few times each growing season. Depending on the garden size you will need to rent a tiller or maybe a small garden tractor with a tiller. Use one or two of the garden areas for cover crops so you can work on getting your junk land improved for when you will need to grow your own food for survival. The remaining garden area I would plant the following crops: corn for grinding, potatoes, carrots, and winter squash. The nice thing about these four is harvesting allows for a wide harvest window.
Wheat. I followed advice from one of the internet posters to buy wheat for the apocalypse so I have my buckets of wheat. I purchased four different varieties of grinding corn and planted them together and then this spring I planted the resulting corn I picked the prior year so in essence i could have my own variety for my locale. This will provide me a crop I can raise for a food staple. I shudder at the idea of eating wheat three times a day. When I was in Vietnam I had the luxury of eating C rations 3 times a day for more than two months straight. Not a enjoyable experience. Hence I purchased millet to go along with my wheat in storage and the corn I raised. This coming garden season I will attempt to grow my own wheat and millet. I just surmise that millet might be the easiest crop of the two to grow and utilize with my shorter growing season.
Do not buy and ignore your junk land. If you don't want a garden there at least work on getting it improved. Cover crops, cover crops and shrubs and trees. That was really the first thing I accomplished. Apple, pear, plums along with Seaberries, aronia, raspberry, juneberries, and strawberries. One last tree I failed to mention was nut trees; butternut, hickory and hickory pecan trees.
Hopefully I can be a winner in the upcoming battle, be it economic or a climate disaster for surely a big change is coming down the pike folks. Take of and prepare.