Camouflage gardening is one way to grow food without having to worry too much about others stealing it. Another name for this method of growing food is stealth gardening or stealth farming. This is a method of growing a food crop so that it does not look like food. Survivalists sometimes use this technique to protect their food supply during a crisis.
Nurturing a camouflage garden in plain sight can be easier than you may think. Some tips on doing this type of gardening successfully include:
Some people actually create a natural fence between their crop and prying eyes by allowing some weed and shrubs to grow up around the edible plants. If you go this route, make sure that the weeds are not parasitic and fast growing as these can choke plants and reduce the yield.
Some stealth gardeners avoid neatly prepared rows for their edibles that easily indicate the presence of a garden. Instead, they plant vegetables and roots in various places in their yards. Others plant edible landscaping, concentrating on those plants that don't look like any type of food that most people would recognize.
Container gardening is another great way to fool others into thinking that what they are looking at is ornamental, rather than real food. Additionally, it is easy to move containers inside to protect them when necessary.
In a sense, camouflage gardening is also useful in
making your garden less attractive to animals. Shielding a vegetable
garden with plants that deer hate for instance will make it less likely
that they will devour your crops. Creating a scent barrier that repels
certain animals is a good way to ensure that your crops will grow to
Camouflage gardening is important for anyone who is serious about having a ready supply of food, especially vegetables, during a shortage. Knowing which natural chemicals will deter different animals is a good first step. Many gardening sites have information as to which plants will keep rabbits, deer and gophers out of a garden.
Plants with strong odors such as lilac, thyme and lavender are good choices to help create a scent barrier. Another trick is to use two or three plants that animals dislike for each edible plant. Plants with thorns standing before the real garden will also help to prevent unwanted visitors.
The next time you are thinking of putting in some food crops, why not try camouflage gardening. It is not only fun, it is also a great way to grow various crops without drawing attention to what you are doing.
Those who practice this type of gardening do so not only to ensure a ready supply of food in case of a food shortage, but also to keep thieves from taking off with the fruits of their labor. You just never know when having a good supply of vegetables or other food crops will mean the difference between survival and starvation.