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Survival Crops

What are the best crops during and after a crisis/collapse?

Tomatoes: One of the best. High in vitamin C and A. Easy to grow. Will produce spectacularly if taken care of. Anything not eaten in season can be canned. Always use tomato cages.

Winter Squash: Will keep for a long time if properly stored. High in vitamin C and A, as well as calcium and iron. The American Indians were not known for their farming practices, but this is one of the things they grew. Can be difficult to grow, especially if squash bugs show up.

Potatoes: High in vitamin C and iron. Will store well in a root cellar. A small amount of land will produce lots. Potatoes are ranked as the number four staple crop at Wiki. Put lots of effort into growing these.

Beans: A protein source. Grow lots of these, dry them, store them to get you through the winter.

Corn: This is the one that is going to keep you from starving to death. Wheat would be better, but takes more work. In a survival situation, you will be overwhelmed with work. In the beginning years, grow corn. Remember "Old Yeller"? They grew corn. The Indians grew beans, squash and corn. They did what worked. Do the same.

What about lettuce, radishes, spinach, cabbage, cucumber and all those other neat things they put in the number ten cans for the end of the world gardens? It's mostly just filler, to make it seem like you are getting a lot and then they can charge you accordingly.

All that stuff is nutritional and good in todays world. We have too much grease and sugar in our diet. We all need more of the green things.

Grow the green things but put 90% of your effort into corn, potatoes, beans, squash and tomatoes. In that order of priority.

In a survival situation, the first priority is calorie count. After that, then go looking for the wild asparagus and dandelion greens.

In the spring, many stores offer cheaper off brand seeds. Recently, Menards (similar to Lowes and Home Depot) offered seed packages at $1 for twenty packages. Always buy some of these cheap seeds every year! They will still grow for several years. (with decreasing germination)

Depending on your growing area, start seed plantings indoors 6-8 weeks before the outdoor season begins. (not corn or potatoes)

IF something happens during the fall or winter, WHAT are you going to do when spring comes without any seeds?

7 comments:

  1. Eat more beans. There is a shortage in natural gas.

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  2. Sounds good, I grow some of everything that does good in my area and particularly things that I can save the seeds. I am also growing grains like feed corn, wheat and barley along with hops. The weather pretty much wiped out our tomato crop last year but I had enough canned to get us through and beans did well. I have switched to Tattler canning lids which are reusable for years and have two pressure cookers for canning.

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  3. I hate to say it but Turnips keep well. And you do know to cook your corn in an alkalide?

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  4. "Potatoes: High in vitamin C and iron. Will store well in a root cellar. A small amount of land will produce lots. Potatoes are ranked as the number four staple crop at Wiki. Put lots of effort into growing these."

    Good article.

    I would like to add Turnips as an alternative here as well. They are similar nutritionally speaking, very easy to grow, and have the added benefit of the nutritious greens that can be plucked and eaten as well.

    Turnips keep well, and in the old days, farmers would grow entire crops of turnips to feed to their livestock during the long winter months. You can also Winter over Turnips with good success; that is, you can keep them in the ground until you need them.

    http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/storing-vegetables-for-the-winter

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  5. Hemp seeds, balanced protein, high fat, grows like a weed.

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  6. 7 years of seeds. And the makings for greenhouses for 7 years
    and instructions on how to collect the seeds from your crops. I guarantee it is a LOT harder than you think to collect and properly plant seeds, much less to do so while under the stress of survival, in a likely badly screwed up weather patterns.
    If you can practice now - even just a couple of plants in a pot next to the bathroom window - you are going to be far more realistic thinking about what it is going to take to grow your food during and after the collapse.
    I am most going to miss the farmers almanac.

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  7. On edit:

    I intended to include this article on mineral rich "weeds" in my last post, which sort of dovetails with this post

    "Dandelion is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc. It also contains vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3 and C along with beta-carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A.

    Red Clover has calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and zinc as well as vitamins B-3, C and E.

    Plantain is rich in potassium and vitamin A.

    Chickweed has calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sulfur and zinc as well as vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, C, and E. Chickweed is also a rare plant source of essential fatty acids."

    http://homestead.org/LisaMaloney/MineralRichWeeds/MineralRichWeeds2.htm

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