Root cellar survivalism

Survivalism is a healthy response to the existential anxieties that are part and parcel of life today. The practices of earlier generations are making a comeback.  The obsession of local television with food deprivation makes it look like many parents have stopped feeding their children.  More people realize the importance of food-storage techniques that our grandparents took for granted.  

       Gardening is increasingly about having emergency food available.  The surplus of fruits and vegetables means that eating at home is restoring family bonds.  The same goes for various shared processes like canning and cooking.

      Root cellars have been part of human culture since biblical times, supplying fresh food year round without electricity.  Grids can go down.  Societies can collapse.  Don’t kid yourself about the Red Cross or FEMA immediately coming to the aid of hapless victims.

      Detached root cellars are bonus shelters for survivalists.  They often look like wartime bunkers.  Some are in caves or dug into mountains.  Others are earth-covered with single doors—perfect also as a “safe” refuge if the main dwelling is somehow destroyed by a tornado. Above all, they are cheap and easy to build.  Dark and damp and temperature-stable, root cellars may at least make us feel more food secure and self-sufficient, something often missing in contemporary culture.

(forwarded by a Black Hills gardener)


Miss Gardening? Grow Green Beans Indoors This Winter


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For gardeners who just can’t stand to keep their hands out of the soil for any length of time, growing food indoors in containers can be a great pastime during the winter months.


Green beans are a relatively quick-growing vegetable that can be grown inside your home and also look quite beautiful, as well.


Plants that you are growing indoors can be started any time of the year, but you still need to remember that they have certain environmental requirements. Green beans need plenty of light, so you will need to place them in a part of your home where they can get a minimum of six hours of sunlight each day. Alternatively, grow lights can work if you do not have a window that gets enough sun.