VIDEO – Survival Gardening In The Heat with Marjory Wildcraft

VIDEO – Survival Gardening In The Heat with Marjory Wildcraft


From Marjory Wildcraft’s

Growing food in your backyard when its over 100 degrees for more than three months? How do you do that? If you are looking for something more than the usual “mulch and drip irrigation” answer…. Find out what the old-timers used to do, what plants will work the best, what not to do (if you can avoid it), and some surpise options you probably have never heard of.

Have you got any tips or suggestions for growing food in the heat? Share them please – We would love to know.

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John Bush and his lovely wife, Catherine Bleish, along with their two children, have been working towards a more sustainable and voluntary life for the past several years. In addition to getting off the grid, John and his wife also operate Brave New Books in Austin, TX, John also is a co-host on Be Brave Radio which airs every Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM CST on and in Austin, TX on 89.1 FM and hosts a bitcoin podcast called SovereignBTC. You can see the family reality show here:


  1. I love how she explains things in a clear, slow and steady pace packed full of information. One summer we have temps above 100F for days and peaked out at 116F around Nashville. Where she was in TX, it was 126F.

    We had found that the direct sunlight just cooked and dried everything out. Thus, to block the sunlight from 10am to 3pm is a MUST DO. One solution was building a garden pergola. It doesn’t have to be more than 6ft high and can provide the shade needed to keep gardens from dying in the heat. Treat the pergola with a light color of stain or paint to reflect the heat away.

    Some ideas like this are helpful.

    For a more simple and modern look.

    In Italy, pergolas are used to grow grapes for wine making while the vegi garden is below in raise garden beds.

    Green Peppers, hot peppers and sweetie tomatoes did very well. Peas did not do well in the heat, even in the shade.

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