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If you want to produce seriously nutritious food it all starts with your soil. One of the most important aspects of gardening is revitalizing that soil every single year.
If you have a great year of growth and produce tons of fresh vegetables your soil is tired. Your garden is going to need some help to get back into growing shape again.
Look to create sustainable processes that will make these enrichments available to you each year. One of my favorite enrichment is composted chicken manure. It is renewable and also brings you eggs throughout the year.
Let’s look at three of the best and easiest means of enriching soil
While it might seem counter-intuitive, you can grow plants that actually replace nitrogen in the soil. Things like buckwheat and clover are great nitrogen fixers. These plants can be grown in the off season or you can give beds rest and grow these powerful nitrogen fixers.
These seeds are also very cheap and the crops, like buckwheat, can be made into edible foods!
Leave and Grass Compost
For those who believe that they don’t have the men to enrich their own soil, here is some hope. If you have grass and leaves then you have the basic components to create some basic compost that is very effective at enriching the soil.
Layer your grass and leaves in a pile, add some food scraps and turn that stuff as you go. It’s an easy process. You can add soda and some ammonia to the pile to speed up the process.
Horse manure is very popular but will involved trucking it in unless you live on a farm. However, it’s not the only answer with manure.
Rabbits and chickens also really work well as manure-producing animals. Chicken manure contains salmonella bacteria and will need to be composted before you can use it. However, it is a powerful ally in maintaining soil
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It’s made of lean, dried meat that’s crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call “survival skills” now.