|All that's left from the summer harvest.|
When I think about trying to recreate that cold cellar, unanswered questions roll around in my head. What food does my family like to eat, and of that, what can I grow? How much of each food item would I have to grow to feed my family all year? If I couldn't grow certain things, could we do without them? What could I grow as a substitute?
When I made my list of seeds to purchase for the year, I realized I had to start meal planning for the whole year. It's an overwhelming prospect having no real idea as to how much food we'll need. Last year, I grew roughly enough to last us until Christmas, which was not nearly enough.
Sadly, the knowledge that my Grandmother had passed away with her. Like so many others who desire to learn self-sufficiency, I am starting from scratch, working through trial and error. This year, the plan is simply to grow more utilizing the same amount of space better, to utilize succession plantings to get multiple harvests and to try companion planting. I will drop certain things from the garden menu that didn't go over well in our house (turnips) and grow more of others (squash). I have the luxury of spending another year learning because there is a grocery store down the road if I don't succeed. In five years though, I hope to have a cold cellar that rivals my Grandmas.
Linked to Real Food Emergency Preparedness and Preparedness Challenge.