Guerrilla Gardening for Long-Term Survival

by Fred Demara


5.5" x 8.5", 168 pages

  • Description
  • Chapter List
"It takes a lot of food for an active person to survive."

Eating local takes on a whole new meaning in a survival scenario, and while growing your own food is never easy, it is the surest way to a full belly. A crop can be nurtured, controlled, and even protected as need be. To a starving stranger or a starving horde, your crops or pantry items are probably worth more than is your life. You won't have to defend something that nobody covets—and nobody covets what they don't know you have.

The ability to feed oneself efficiently and discreetly under varying conditions could be an indispensable skill in a prolonged upheaval where normal food distribution is halted or seriously disrupted. Gardening of any kind is not rocket science—people have been doing it for millennia all across the globe—but there are specific skills you will need to develop to get macro production in clandestine micro settings:

  • Choosing appropriate and compatible crops
  • Camouflaging crops with natural and improvised screens
  • Maximizing natural barrier plants and pesticides
  • Adapting raised-bed, square-foot, tower, and canopy gardening to your site
  • Feeding your garden with natural compost and manure
  • Growing foods without soil or sunshine

An added bonus of growing your own food is that it is cheaper, fresher, tastier, and as organic as you make it, and your footprint (carbon and otherwise) is greatly minimized. The perfect companion to his Eating on the Run and Survival Guide to Edible Insects, Fred Demara's new how-to manual, Guerrilla Gardening for Long-Term Survival, gives readers food for thought about starting their own guerrilla gardens.
1) Reaping Begins with Sowing
- No Tools? No Till? No Time? No Problem!
- Forest Gardening, "Food Forests," and Permaculture
- Heirloom Plants
- For Your Daily Bread
2) Good Neighbor Plants
- Allium
- Asparagus
- Beans and Legumes
- Beets
- Brassicas
- Carrots
- Celery
- Cucumbers
- Lettuce
- Nightshades
- Parsnips
- Peppers
- Potatoes
- Radishes
- Spinach
- Tomatoes
- Turnips and Rutabagas
3) Some Weeds You Want
- Amaranth
- Bashful Mimosa
- Caper Spurge
- Clover
- Cocklebur
- Crow Garlic
- Dandelion
- Goldenrod
- Ground Ivy
- Horse Nettle
- Milkweed
- Nasturtium
- Nettle
- Purslane
- Queen Anne's Lace
- Wild Mustard
- Wild Rose
- Wild Vetch
4) Planting for Protection
- Barrier Plants
- Natural Pest-Repellent Plants
5) Go Proactive—Less-Than-Lethal Killers
- Natural Pesticides: Home-Grown Low-Impact
- Traps and Deterrents
- Soap or Oil Sprays
6) Passive Protection via Hiding and Camouflage
- "Hidden" Buildings
- Roof Gardening
- Wall and Fence Gardening
7) Intensive Gardening—Macro Production in Micro Settings
- Home Sweet Horticulture: Your House Is a Hothouse
- Windowsills and Window Boxes
- Making Niches and Inches Productive
8) Raised-Bed and Square-Foot Gardening
- The Soil Comes to the Gardener
- Square-Foot Gardening
- Raised but Still in Touch
- Benefits of the Higher Road
- What You Have Is Probably Better
- Some Thoughts on Water
9) Zen and the Art of Compost
- Soil, the Most Important Thing You Can Grow
- The Cult and Commerce of Composting
- Types of Composting
- Types of Compost Feedstock
- Aerobic Is Generally Easier
- The Complexities (Not!) of Composting
10) Fear and Loathing in Fertilizer
- Humanure
- Urine No Trouble
- The Eeewww-Factor of Humanure and Urine
11) Discreet Meat, 'Shrooms, and Fast Food
- Aquaponics: Hydroponics with a Meat Course
- Growing Plants with No Sunshine
- Produce in Its Most Efficient Form
12) Getting Started: There Is No Better Time Than Now