After all that work, you'll want to plant good seeds. Glenn Beck approved seeds, ideally. Well, Stephen Colbert is right on board, aware that in a disaster, we'll all want raddichio. He's even started his own crisis herb garden, because, "I may be ready for a world where the streets run with blood, and zombies rule the night and feast on human flesh. But I refuse to live in a world where I can't garnish."
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Which begs the question:
how do you keep zombies out of the garden? Scarecrows ought to attract them.
Do zombie heads make good fertilizer?
Do they consume nitrogen in breaking down?
Are they "brown" or "green" in the compost pile?
This is important information. Thanks.
The government can have my pitchfork when they pry it from my muddy, wet fingers!
A cute comedy skit. Glosses over a few facts, though.
I mean, a plow whittled out of a downed tree branch has to be simpler to use.
Others sell the "essential garden kit", some for survivalists, some for new gardeners. The price of $149 seem about reasonable, depending on what is in it, and how the seeds are preserved. Compare the cost of the seed collection to the list of what is included, the quantities, and how it is packed for longevity. Reputable people selling seed collections usually explain the best way to know the seeds will be useful when you need them - is to plant them and keep seeds each year. That way you know what you have, the seeds are "fresh" enough to do you some good, and you get a chance to tailor the garden to fit your family's and community's needs.
My favorite bit- the barbed wire on the herb tray- :-)
"Others sell the "essential garden kit", some for survivalists, some for new gardeners. The price of $149 seem about reasonable, depending on what is in it, and how the seeds are preserved."
Um, no. The package these guys sell contains 22 seed packets, standard sizes (or maybe a little larger), 'heirloom' varieties. You can get the exact same seed content from heirloomseeds.com (or from other non-scam sources) for less than $2/pack. There is no way in hell that the packaging is worth $100+.
And given other quotes from the 'Survival Seed Bank' site, such as:
It's a scam. And what may be the worst part of it is that you're absolutely correct: the best way to store seeds is to grow them and collect new seeds year to year. That's why you want the non-hybrid strains: hybrids don't breed true, not that anyone here doesn't know that :) But these douchebags are marketing their seeds as for emergency use only - hide the special seed tin to 'avoid confiscation' (WTF?) and use the seeds only when society collapses around you.
Jerks. I mean, I hate the Glenn Beck 'buy gold now!' crap with a passion, but these guys are even worse...
I don't have the answers for those specific questions, but I did recently write a list of fourteen houseplants I recommend for various practical applications (treatment of burns, perimeter defense, toilet paper) during the Zombie Apocalypse, if you're interested:
List: Houseplants You'll Want to be Growing During the Zombie Apocalypse of 2014
Greenpa, I'm with you...loved the barbed wire!! I want a picture of that for my screen saver!
Sharon, it's funny but he DOES have a point...just because society may collapse, doesn't mean we shouldn't eat tasty food. It was a point made for humor, but he's actually hit on a very important point.
What's hilarious is that conservatives always view concerns about genetically modified crops as something that only crazy hippies believe in or, worse, European socialists trying to undermine the free market. But all you need to do is sell it to them the right way. This reveals that the only ideological commitment that Glenn Beck's audience has is fear. Sell them that and they'll buy anything.
Susan--that's not Stephen Colbert's point. I think his point is that survivalists and preparedness people tend to be wacky Glenn Beck cultists who can't think for themselves. Clearly, that's not true--I'm a wacky Sharon Astyk cultist!
Or you could just get your seeds for free.
Many of the crazies believe that Codex Alimentarius is going to ban growing your own food of any kind, and that governments will be sending out the troops to enforce this any day now. The black helicopters are coming for your guns and your veggies. No, really...
With respect to the title of the post - as a no-digger, I'd say that "when you are plowing the ground with a human femur", it's time to reconsider the supposed necessity of tillage. ;)