Easy, cheap temporary garden... kind of prepping... maybe
I've been staying in the NC sandhills, helping an older relative. It is really hard to garden here - tons of shade from the tall pines and very acidic soil. Foraging is nothing like I'm used to in the Appalachians... no clean water to fish... but I could trap plenty of squirrels, rabbits, etc in an emergency. Now, I don't see the Corona virus as an emergency. I figure the virus will run its course and not be as serious as the doomsayers say. But, I have far less faith in the populace to act rationally. When folks start fighting over toilet paper and bottled water, I figure panic behavior could very well disrupt normal supplies. Honestly, why water? Getting sick doesn't affect your tap. Anyway, I have good sources for inexpensive, good quality meat in bulk. Good veggies are "rarer than hens' teeth" even at the most expensive grocery stores around here. So, I've been working compost into a little bed that may be able to grow some greens... I can't grow much of anything here that needs to ripen fruit -def no tomatoes. But, I tried some beans last summer in a container and they did great in a little sunny spot with DIY potting soil mixed with cheap store bought. So, I found 2 and 1/4 gallon buckets at Dollar Tree for $1 each.... and a bunch of packets of heirloom peas and beans for .25 each (probably old, but that cost makes up for the germ rate). I'll buy 4 or so $2 bags of cheap, lousy potting soil from Dollar General tomorrow and amend it with compost (from my kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, leaves, grasses, etc). It isn't ideal. But a less than $20 investment should give me daily servings peas and beans by May (when if things get bad, they will)… I can move them around to find sun and rain.... and another $16 or so bought all sorts of lettuce, mustard, kale, radish, turnip, parsley, chives, etc seeds for the greens patch. …. guess I need to stock up on toilet paper now. Nah, I'll make 40 gallons or so of crazy cheap wine from a handful of grocery store ingredients... time to fill the carboys!