The genus of the book was the observation that according to all indicators, this civilization was not heading up, it was heading down. And that if the current trend is not reverted, then we are headed for some very rough times ahead.
I looked at the worst case scenario and realised that in that case I would not have the skills my forebears had. I would not have enough knowledge to be able to grow food enough to survive. I would not know what to grow from seeds and what to grow from cuttings, what to plant when, how to remedy soil nutrient deficiencies, what crops do well together and what don’t, what pests/diseases affect a crop and, more importantly, how to minimise/eradicate them, how to preserve foods, how to harvest and store seeds for next year.
Therefore the principal purpose of the book is so that a person with zero to little knowledge of the subject (me) could have a single source of reliable data to utilise to be able to grow enough to survive in the event of a societal catastrophe when it will no longer be able to source such data from the internet or a local gardening shop. I envisage that in such a scenario a preparedness manual like this would be worth its weight in gold! It could mean the difference between survival and not.
The secondary purpose is to provide a comprehensive, single reference point to enable a beginning gardener to be able to successfully plan and execute food crop growing in whatever space they have available.
Offloading a truckload of fresh fruit into the wilderness doesn’t sound like the most environmentally friendly move, but two genius ecologists theorized that it just might save the planet. Just before the results of the daring plan were made public, however, one greedy corporation halted the life-changing experiment. Though when all seemed lost, one student set out to finish the scientists’ work — if he wasn’t too late.
To make a nitrogen boosting fertilizer
To a two cup container add
Contents of 1 teabag
1 cup of oats
1 cup of boiling water
let sit for at least an hour, preferably longer.
Strain to remove particles.
Water your plants once every three weeks with the liquid.
For potassium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium
Take a banana skin, chop finely and add to a litre of water.
Let soak for at least an hour to release nutrients.
Strain and water the plants with the liquid.
For a complete home made fertilizer, into a 4l container add
3 egg shells crushed as finely as possible
3 banana peels chopped
peel from one potato
Tea leaves from 3 tea bags
3 table spoons of 3% hydrogen peroxide
1 teaspoon of baking soda
Fill with warm water
Let sit for 24 hours
Strain out the solids
Use the liquid to fertilize your plants.
To kill gnats and their eggs in the soil:
1/3 of a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide
1 cup of water
Water the plants with the liquid.