Anyone tried gardening without any type of fertilizer?? I figure in a survival situation commercial fertilizer will run out just like everything else. I tried it this year and the results were amazing. I could have cheated and used cow or horse manure, chicken litter or compost, I have a couple of horses that generate a lot of poop, my neighbor across the street raises feeders and there's a chicken house complex about 10 miles away, but I wanted to how different vegetables would grow without any help. The section of yard I selected has been nothing but grass for the horses so it has been fertilized in the past, I also did not go out of my way to remove any existing horse manure. I planted eighteen 20' rows. Some items were for food some were things the kids wanted to plant and some were just test. I've kept everything watered since there's plenty of water around me for irrigating. Here's what I planted and how it's doing so far watermelons; growing well & producing melons but the melons aren't growing very fast pumpkins; same as melons cantaloupe; same as melons red onions; all but a few died white onions; growing but very slowly bell peppers; nothing came up replanted in potatoes that are doing ok okra; growing and producing more than we could ever hope to eat broccoli; no go 1st planting 2nd planting growing slowly pole beans; growing and producing well radishes; good gosh those things grew like weeds, I couldn't give them all away mustard; growing and producing well lettuce; growing well but heads not setting carrots; no go 1st planting, 2nd planting only had a few come up corn, 4 rows; good stand, stalks didn't get too tall and produced small ears not as good a result as I was hoping for. At this rate of production you'd have to plant a ton of it to get enough for food and storage. various tomatoes; all growing and producing great. I'm thinking for my fall garden I'll try some with compost and see what difference that makes.