A few months ago I watched a YouTube video with this same title from Deep South Homestead. The main guy made a good point that his life actually depends on being able to grow his own food because of medical reasons that make him have to eat organic, super fresh food.
I’ve also been watching videos from LeadFarmer73. In one of his videos he says that he wants to grow as much food as possible on his land to be able to feed as many people as possible.
I really like how both of these guys talk about the importance of growing tons of food. Growing your own food allows you to free yourself from the system in most ways. Even if society stays on top of everything, the food from the grocery store is sprayed with so many chemicals that it isn’t good anymore. Or, it’s definitely not as good as it could be.
I know that not everyone has the space to grow a bunch of food, but I’m looking at getting a few acres (and if anything, the woods aren’t too far; I’ll just Johnny Appleseed the whole thing and go foraging). I’m excited about getting some sunny space that I can invest in. I have dense clay in my yard (which can definitely be fixed, but not quickly if you keep moving the garden spot like I have) and lots of shade. I can’t grow much here, so I’m really excited to be able to grow more things.
With that being said, potatoes grow wonderfully here. I already have about 25 potato plants in the ground that I planted back in February, and I just planted 9 more plants. I also planted several sweet potato plants the other day.
It’s not a year’s supply of potatoes, and it’s only potatoes, not a variety like a had planned, but it’s still a lot of food. Ever since I saw that first video from Deep South Homestead, I’ve been trying to put my prepping into high gear. Sometimes, I really don’t feel like I’m doing as much as I could, but the fact that I’m ever-expanding is a good thing.
Wherever you are, you can do something. Please, do something to invest in the future. That’s really what prepping is. It’s simply making an investment in your future. I took the last 4 potatoes from my potato bin today and stuck them in the dirt. I won’t get to eat potatoes today, but I’m going to get a lot of potatoes in return. I just invested them.
That’s why I like the idea of perennial plants – they give a good return for your investment (and the “investment” doesn’t need to be monetary. You can get cutting of plants for free and make more plants). Plant enough perennials, and it’s like having a trust fund and living off the interest.