What Would You Do? Or Grow?

There are many novels and movies and TV shows about the end of the world. People are talking about “prepping” (preparing for the end of the world), and others discuss common sense behaviors or plans in “what if” situations that required us to pick up and move somewhere with nothing but the clothes on our backs or hunker down in our current location until later.

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What prompted me to write about this? My wonderful blogger friend Piper Bayard just published her book about a future world when all the seeds in the world were controlled by one organization. Firelands is the name of the book, and I can’t wait to read it. My copy just arrived (yes, I ordered the paperback).

It’s about a young woman who fights for the freedom to have of seeds–I want to control and buy my own not-manipulated seeds, thank you very much.

If we stayed put, we’d have a garden and a stash of seeds. We’d have to get some hens for the eggs and fertilizer. If we have enough room, we’ll have ducks, too (best-tasting eggs ever).

We’d have to enlarge the rain barrel system with several barrels or a rain tank.

Garden year round. The only time our garden struggles is in the grueling Texas summer, July to September. Even then we manage to get green beans, okra, asparagus, cucuzza (Italian squash), and cantaloup. Tomatoes don’t do well in the heat because the blossoms won’t pollinate if the nights don’t get down into the 80s, but I’ll preserve what we don’t eat before that happens.

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Winter veggies like onions and broccoli and carrots will get harvested and stored. The leafy greens (spinach, kale, and lettuces) have to be eaten up. I could learn how to can the spinach though, I suppose. And I’ll keep the herb garden going, because who wants to cook without basil, rosemary, oregeno, and thyme?

And every available space will be planted with edibles…oh, wait, we already do that. Even the blackberries have found a way to survive my gardening skills.  😀  We’ll have to add fruit trees to the front yard.

Of course, I’ll hide my hoard of seeds. And we’ll learn how about all the wild edible plants out there, too. 🙂

I’ll need to learn how to can preserve all these veggies, if there are no freezers to keep them fresh. Of course in my apocalypse, we’ll have solar panels to general electricity. 😀 That way, I could still drive my dream car.

What about you? Do you have plans for the end of the world? What’s your favorite apocalypse novel or movie?

15 comments on… “What Would You Do? Or Grow?”

    • Diana Beebe

      You’d be more than welcome, Susan! 🙂 Bring dessert.

  1. My plan is to move next door to you and hunt so that I can trade you meat for vegetables. The fact is that I couldn’t grow a cactus in Arizona. Serious brown thumb. All of my plants want to run away from home.

    Thank you for your awesome blog, and for all of your friendship and support. 🙂

    • Diana Beebe

      You are on! We could make an awesome venison stew together. Yummy.

      I wish you all the best with Firelands. You deserve it!

  2. I can “like” again! Yes, I am home! We have some heirloom seeds that I keep, just in case. Hubs would have to do the growing, or perhaps my son. I kill things. LOL In an apocalypse, I would die very quickly. Did you see Z World? Holy cow! I’m SUCH a wimp! LOL

    • Diana Beebe

      Is it wrong to love that “like” button on blogs so much? LOL

      At least you have seeds and someone to grow them. I haven’t seen the movie yet. It looks intense!

    • Diana Beebe

      Oh, yes! Washing clothes is a valuable barter option, especially at my house. But with the solar panels, the washer and dryer will make it less work for you. 😉 You braid, too? Awesome!

  3. I read Firelands and I LOVED it. It’s a page turner and I’m looking forward to the sequel. Love the characters, love the story line. Great twists. Good dystopians books are my faves. Those and time travel stories! You’ll love Piper’s book.

    We just have a little patio garden now that we live in an apartment. Sounds like you have an awesome garden. I told my daughter about your onion post and how easy it is to plant them, so she’s going to have her toddler help her plant onions when they move into their new apartment with a decent sized yard and have a little patch for gardening and teach the kids about how things grow! Cool, huh? Thanks for the tip on onions!

    • Diana Beebe

      Hi,Lynn! I’m glad you found some good information for your daughter to use. You could grow a few things even with limited space. Container gardening can be pretty easy, too. However, they can dry out faster.

      OK, I keep getting interrupted so I haven’t been able to start reading! It’s driving me nuts, because I want to read it, not read bits and pieces.

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  5. Yeah, I’m thinking I’ll just come hang out with y’all. I’m such a brown thumb that seeds would not be safe in my care.

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