A New Item to Add to Your Preps
In light of the ever growing depletion of trees from the wild due to fungus, introduction of insects and disease- Denmark has lost over 90% of its Ash population so far in 2012 with England and Scotland seeing mass dieoffs; the Rocky Mountains have lost up to 100 evergreens per square meter this year- trees that take hundreds of years to grow are dying in weeks; the 2010 drought turned the Amazon rainforest from a carbon dump to a carbon source- it seems to be time to start growing saplings indoors, and even store tree seeds along with your heirloom vegetable survival seeds.
One 10 foot tall tree absorbs 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and produces enough oxygen for two adults. If the trees go- our oxygen goes, and is a non-replenish able commodity.
Growing trees from seeds indoors is pretty simple in warmer climates. Do a little research on your particular tree- I have found evergreens grow best indoors- plant a few seeds into a pot, place in a sunny window, water as needed. In cooler climates it is a bit trickier, but can be done. I live in the Pacific Northwest and I successfully grow a couple of junipers and pines. I also grow tomatoes, a small herb garden perched along a windowsill, raspberries, bananas and even have a Meyer lemon tree and mandarin tree! In my area I just need UV grow lights to substitute the lack of sun in fall and winter.
If you have a basement or unused room, even a closet, you can easily make your own greenhouse. Cover the floor, walls and ceiling with plastic- tarps work well- and suspend UV lights- the amount of lighting needed depends on how large your garden is. Keep your plants watered as necessary, and fertilize with compost (you can even make your own) a couple times a year.
Have a try at it, even if it’s just one or two plants until you get the hang of it. It is something that may prove to be a life saver in our uncertain times.
Gives new meaning to “square foot gardening” doesn’t it?