Post SHTF there are going to be many shiftless unprepared people milling about looking for
anything to eat and anything to take that can be used in trade for something to eat. Especially in or
near the more urbanized areas you will find it very difficult to cultivate a garden without it being
raided on a regular basis.
Having a large well tended garden full of mouth watering produce marks your entire property as
an excellent resource for harvest by others. After all, if you have the foresight and knowledge to
be growing your own crops for survival post SHTF then what other preparedness items might you
have also invested in to insure the survival of you and your family?
My guess would be that after the collapse someone with a large successful garden probably has
been carefully preparing. I would know he has stockpiled seeds, which at the very least would be
valuable as a trade item. With that mindset someone with a prosperous garden is also likely to
have stored food since at certain times of the year he is producing food faster than he can eat it.
It doesn't take a survival expert to think that if this person had the foresight and ambition to
produce his own food then there could be a stockpile of other useful items on the premises. For
someone going hungry and looking out for his own family this kind of insight could come in handy.
In short, a big healthy garden could be tantamount to having a big red target on your back.
Is there away around this problem, where you can still put in a good sized crop of survival foods
secretly? How about Guerrilla Gardening? The secretive growing of crops in very small plots
scattered here and there throughout wide areas?
I suspect many people wouldn’t even recognize cultivated edible plants growing outside the typical
garden environment. For example, a couple of potato plants beside a tree in the forest or park.
Plant a hundred tiny plots in out of the way locations. Even the discovery of a few plants by
outsiders would be an acceptable loss compared to your whole garden.