Category Archives: Survival Gardens

THE “AMERICA UNEARTHED” GARDEN . . . FIVE YEARS LATER

Our guest writer Richard Thornton, (https://peopleofonefire.com). Richard is a true survivalist, knowing his Creek heritage, he has the intuition and experience to live off the land without any supply grid. Richard is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. Thornton is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

Since Bonnie’s Plants, Inc.  have gained a complete monopoly over potted plants sold at Walmarts, Home Depots and garden supply stores around much of the United States,  Gulf Coast plant diseases have spread exponentially across the nation’s landscape.  The Southeast Alabama mega-corporation probably means well, but with such a massive volume of potted vegetables and flowers being delivered nationally each week,  it is quite easy for parasitic fungi, bacteria, insects and worms to become quickly established in a region, where they traditionally were never a problem.  In some areas, it is becoming futile to grow members of the squash and tomato families, unless one plans to spend more money on fungicides and nematacides than the vegetables would cost in the supermarket.

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Survival Gardens Forth Year

As I recommended that everyone should have their own survival garden for the best teacher is experience. We don’t know the details how Native Americans grew their gardens 1000 years ago under our vary feet, but the early explorers were eye witnesses to some of their techniques. Using this information, my first year I used charcoal and ash to sweeten the soil but I actually made the soil more acidic. The yield was a corn stock the size of a blade of grass. The second year I used fresh fish for the source of nitrogen and my corn stocks grew 3 large ears of corn. The third year I used mulch that was not aged so my yield was one small ear of corn but I have learned a great deal in my forth year.

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THE REDISCOVERY OF THE SOUTHEAST’S ANCIENT AGRICULTURAL ROOTS

Our guest writer Richard Thornton, (https://peopleofonefire.com). Richard is a true survivalist, knowing his Creek heritage, he has the intuition and experience to live off the land without any supply grid. Richard is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. Thornton is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

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The Magic Terrance Garden

Our guest writer Richard Thornton, (https://peopleofonefire.com). Richard is a true survivalist, knowing his Creek heritage, he has the intuition and experience to live off the land without any supply grid. Richard is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. Thornton is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

A very important difference between Muskogean-Mayan-Amazonian farming techniques and European agricultural traditions is that we view the soil as a living organism that should be replenished in the winter time.   Northern European peasants did intentionally put livestock on their fields in the winter, if they were available, but they really did very little to help the soil make itself more productive.  After a few years, European fields became sterile and therefore were allowed to “go fallow” for a decades, until decomposed leaves and animal droppings made the soil alive again.

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