In the event of a global or national disaster, long term survival could well depend on your ability to successfully fend for yourself and your family. One pressing matter will be food, especially if local stores are stripped bare. If you wait for things to go from bad to worst, you probably have waited too long. Take a little time to sit down and formulate a plan. In this article I would like to briefly focus on the survival garden and some elements you might need to consider. In addition to making sure you even have a garden area in which to work, you will need to consider factors like the time of year, when and if, disaster strikes. The dead of winter is not a particularly good time for growing food unless you have thought ahead and have some cold or hot frames in place – ready to go. You might be surprised as I was to find out just how productive these devices can be. I have personally grown vegetables over the wintertime when temperatures outside have dipped into the low teens and with a bit of planning you can have enough food to keep you going until conditions improve. It may surprise you to see just how quickly (and cheaply) one can be built and also what a difference it makes if you can add a bit of heat to the structure ( i.e. a hot frame). I made a You Tube video of just such an effort (Building a Cold Frame) that supplied me with spinach and romaine lettuce last winter along with an occasional radish. This same theme could be easily expanded to a large enough structure to allow for at least a chance at survival if things go bad. Once the weather warms, I feel everyone should have at least one or two raised beds going for them. A raised bed is really nothing more than an area, say four feet by eight feet, that is composed of fertile soil surrounded by some sort of containment structure. A raised bed can fit almost anywhere that gets full sun and I have even seen modified forms on apartment balconies. In order to build one you will need some lumber, a rake, shovel, dirt and some seeds at the very least. My video, ‘Raised Beds for Beginners’, might give you a few ideas in this area. I have actually been able to harvest well over thirty pounds of produce from an area of just four feet by four feet! In order to accomplish this you will need to learn and understand concepts like succession, square foot and vertical planting. I would recommend everyone get themselves a book like ‘Square Foot Gardening’ written by Mel Bartholomew. He shows would-be gardeners how to make the most out of the smallest amount of space. In a survival situation, that is exactly what counts.