Book Review: Secret Garden of Survival

Gardening for food is plain hard work, but successful and lovely gardens are beautiful to see as well as productive. The conventional school of gardening thought is that to have a successful (and beautiful) garden, we must work the soil, fertilize the soil, feed the soil, maintain the soil, remove pests and plant each year, doing the same steps over and over. But what if there were a method that promoted no maintenance past the initial setup, promised about 5 times the yield and have your garden be hidden from view (and theft)?  Would you be interested? I was!


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The book Secret Garden of Survival, How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest” by
Rick Austin, known as the Survivalist Gardener, provides the information that challenges the conventional school of gardening thought and for good reason!

“Imagine a food garden that you only have to plant once in your life-time, that takes up very little space, that will provide food for you and your family for the next 30 years; that can grow five times more food per square foot than traditional or commercial gardening; and where you never have to weed, never have to use fertilizers and never have to use pesticide– ever.

And the whole garden is disguised to look like overgrown underbrush, so that anyone passing by would not even dream that you had food growing there!”

The  book lays out the simple method of permaculture, explaining why the “Secret Garden of Survival” method works better than conventional gardens, and provides the step-by-step procedures for creating your own camouflaged food forest. This is the extra bonus in this book, hiding what you are growing, in plain sight. Rick Austin explains why this is important and necessary for survival.

The pictures in the Secret Garden of Survival give real-life and tangible examples of what your own secret garden of survival can look like!

Chapters in the book include:

  • Grey Water Systems- as simple as laundry, complex as man made wetland
  • Permaculture Guilds- different types, how to plant them, what to plant  
  • Rain Water Collection 
  • Vegetable and Herb Garden
  • Planting Your Food Forest
  • Natural Pest Control- deer, raccoons, rodents; fire ants, trap plants (mustard)
  • And much, much more, even this: Bonus: What To Do After The Harvest- preserving- canning, dehydrating

Conclusion: Highly recommended for everyone.



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Vickilynn Haycraft is an independent Product Reviewer. She does not sell products or accept payment for reviews. The products reviewed are either purchased by Vickilynn Haycraft or provided for review and all reviews are unbiased regardless of how the item was obtained. An electronic copy of the book was provided for review.

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About Vickilynn Parnes

A student of health and nutrition for 40+ years, Vickilynn Parnes has over 30 years of actual hands-on experience reviewing and personally using different tools of the homemaking vocation, focusing on the areas of health and nutrition. Vickilynn is a magazine columnist, product reviewer, cookbook author and radio talk show host, as well as being full-time mom to 5 children.