This article was actually sent to me via email. The author is anonymous and sends me really good stuff. So I asked her if I could share it with the other readers and she said sure. So, for this point we will call her Ms. Anonymous. The story goes...
Historically, people would have saved and shared seeds. You can purchase survival heirloom seeds in a can; however, there are problems with this. First, these seeds may not grow in your area. By trying something now, you will know what works (and what doesn't). Sharing with your neighbor helps you to learn.
Second, if you aren't growing a garden now, you probably don't know how. People see an ad for survival seeds that gives the impression that this is all you need to have vegetables. Third, preparing a garden space is much easier with a tractor or tiller than by hand.
I grew up on a farm where we had a garden. I wish I had the knowledge that my parents had about fertilizers, crop rotation, pest control, etc. I have a lot to learn.
Buying plants at the stores can be costly and some are modified not to reproduce. The first aloe plant I bought at Lowes did not reproduce. The next (and last) aloe I bought was from a yard sale. It has really reproduced. I've shared many with others, and encourage them to share as their aloe plant reproduces. One person asked why he should give these to his neighbors. I replied that if something happened to all of his aloe plants, he could look to his neighbors for replacements.
Some people are not interested in aloe plants, while others are. For those who show interest, I try to follow up with them and make sure their plant is still alive and doing okay. I've given a new plant to those whose original plant died. These people aren't preppers, but they can at least treat a minor burn with this plant.
More good information on aloe can be found here: http://www.aloeplant.info/aloe-vera-a-natural-treatment-for-conjunctivitis/
Someone gave me a fig tree, which he rooted from a branch on his tree. To root it, he put a rock on a lower tree branch to bring it in contact with the ground. After a few months, roots grew from the branch into the ground. He dug up the roots and cut the branch from the original tree. It takes time for a fig tree to grow and produce figs, but it did eventually do so. If you have a fig tree you can reproduce it and give to your neighbors.
Why would you want to do this?
- You learn about plant propagation.
- Possibly, they will share another plant with you. - Love thy neighbor. - If your tree dies, then you could reproduce from your neighbor's tree. - If theirs grows and produces figs, you won't have to share your figs, since they have their own. - If you get a fig tree growing in neighbors all around you, and the area gets invaded by the zombie apocalypse, they will be tired of eating figs before they get to your house.
This same logic can be applied to other plants or saved seeds. We learn about plant propagation, get to know neighbors better, and help them to be prepared.
Bravo Echo Out