Gardening may seem like a silly thing to think about, especially if you live in a city or apartment, but it's the one of the most important things to learn.
You may be able to hunt, but animals aren't stupid and when they see their friends die and turn into steaks, they tend to move along. When game gets scarce, you starve. We are no longer a hunter gatherer culture, and most people would have no clue what to eat in the wild. People have starved surrounded by edible food! Even on television I watched a survival show where the man was all but starving, but I could see at least five things that he could eat within the frame of the camera.
Some veggies we eat today can be grown from seeds taken from food you buy in a store, but some cannot. Having a supply of seeds is important, but even more important is the type of seeds you buy. What I mean is that some seeds are meant to grow one generation of plants, and the seeds that those plants produce will not produce a second generation or that second generation will be stunted or not produce fruit. Seedless watermelons are like that. They produce seeds by mating two different types of plants, and it causes a genetic mutation that is termial... in other words, no seeds. This is one area that if you polan to homestead, you should spend hours learning and learning well.
Gardening itself is not as difficult as it may seem, and you can grow a garden even if you live in the fourth floor of a condo. I actually know one lady that has a wonderful crop of tomatoes every year and she's on the seventh floor. Container Gardening can be accomplished with only a window to let light in and a bench to set a tomato plant on. If you have poor soil, raised bed gardens work wonders, and if you have a lot of space, you can easily grow all of the vegetables you will eat in a year. My garden is 40' long and 10' wide - and I live near the beach. I produce lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, squash, and have produced watermelons, can't-elopes, and a variety of spices and herbs. What's amazing is that I have been able to accomplish on such a small lot. One year I ate tomatoes until I was ready to pop, gave away pounds and pounds of them, and evenutally let many just return to the life cycle as mulch.
Gardening is easy. You will need,
Yep, that's it. You have enough materials to grow your own food.
All you need beyond that is a little time, and patience. HYappy Gardening.