Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, taking a look today at growing your own food. Food security is of prime importance for any survivalist, but you won’t be able to survive long on dried rations alone. Growing your own food will be necessary in any extended emergency scenario if you can’t rely on venturing into urban areas to obtain new supplies. They can also serve as ideal trade goods and stores of value.

Even in an emergency that falls just shy of TEOTWAWKI, modern supply chains run on razor-thin margins. The slightest disturbance can mean delays in shipments, which can quickly lead to long lines and unrest. One way to avoid being vulnerable to disturbances like these is to grow your own food. Onions keep well in long-term storage and provide easy-to-use seed of another crop. Let’s get started on looking at how to grow onions.

Preparing Your Seeds

To grow onions, you can either obtain seeds, transplants existing plants, or plant sets. If you have seeds, it will be important to plant them near the end of winter, about six weeks after the last frost. If you are growing them indoors, you can plant them year-round, so long as they are well-watered. Plant the seeds about ½ an inch below the soil. Scrape the nearby soil to remove ay weeds, and then in about six weeks when the plant has sprouted, lay down some much to provide further protection and nutrients. Your onions should receive about one inch of water on a weekly basis, which can protect them from drying out and cracking.

Using Scraps

Growing onions from kitchen scraps is very easy. Simply cut the roots off the bottom while leaving about hand an inch of onion on top. Then, take this outside and place it in a well-lit piece of land, then cover it with soil. Water it occasionally, and soon you will see a green shoot rise from the ground. After about two months, the onion should be fully formed, or close to it, and will be ready for harvest. The best part is you can re-use the same bit of root that you used to grow the onion again and again!