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Growing An “Off The Grid” Fragrance Garden

We all give thought to the “what if’s” of a disaster, economic collapse, or attack on U.S. soil. We’re stockpiling our food [1], learning to grow survival gardens, and figuring out ways to provide the essentials for ourselves and our families. Generally, luxury items don’t come into play when you’re trying to plan ahead for austerity.

However, there may be one luxury that you can still have, even in a survival situation. Americans have fallen in love with home scents. We Febreeze, Glade, Scentsy, and potpourri our homes to the tune of billions of dollars a year. Yet Mother Nature can provide us with wonderful smelling scents that will cost you nothing save for the initial cost of planting your scent garden. Never get so utilitarian that you neglect the pleasurable, especially in your survival planning, if at all possible.

It’s really quite simply to grow your own fragrance garden [2], and in subsequent articles we’ll show you how to utilize the different plants in a myriad of ways.

The sweet smells of a fragrance garden begin in April with the small, sweet violets and will grow and change throughout the season until the nasturtiums are killed by the late fall frosts. The blazing colors of our garden – blue, white, lavender, apricot, and gold – will grace it all summer long. The sweet smells of the flowers is but half of the glory of this fragrant paradise. Delightfully fragrant herbs and other foliage will add depth to their perfume throughout the growing season.

Fragrance gardens are typically built in a cove-like design and the bed is raised to a height of three feet to place all of those luscious smells right at nose level. While you sit on the sheltered bench enclosed it its cove to partake of the heady delights within you will find that beneath your feet in this little sanctuary you will find a carpet of sweet violets hiding there beneath the bench and filling the cozy seating area.

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The Garden
The traditional fragrance garden is built in a rectangular shape. The design in my resources was 12 feet across the back, with 6 foot sides that are 3 feet tall and wide. The bench – which is 5 feet long and 2 feet deep – sits centered and to the back of the small cove-like area, which measures 3 feet by 6 feet. This diagram shows it built of brick, yet you can make your beds from what is close at hand and available locally, such as rock, lumber and/or other building materials – your imagination is the limit to your design choices.

The Plants

My husband is fond of saying that anyone can survive. It’s living that’s difficult. Your fragrance garden can give you the small daily pleasure you need to encourage you to continue on, no matter what the circumstances that surround you.

And you don’t have to wait until TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) to enjoy your fragrance garden and derive pleasure from it.

Happy gardening!