Let’s face it, some crops are better than others to grow when you are focusing on providing your own food. Here’s my list of The 5 Best Crops for Self Sufficient Gardeners.
Here are the 5 best crops for self-sufficient gardeners:
Here are a few links to articles on how to grow and store potatoes:
Everyone loves homegrown tomatoes, they are a garden favorite. But they are also a very important part of becoming self-sufficient.
Tomatoes are one of the most versatile and productive plants you can grow in the garden. They grow very well in all but the coldest climates. A small patch of tomatoes, say only 4 feet by 16 feet with around 16 plants can produce upwards of 200 pounds of tomatoes in a good year!
Tomatoes can be dried, frozen or canned. They can be made into soups, sauces, pastes and more. They then become the base ingredient in hundreds of kitchen recipes. Tomatoes are one of the easiest veggies to can because they are a high acid veggie and as such, they can be water bath canned instead of needing a pressure canner.
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Next on the list of The 5 Best Crops for Self Sufficient Gardeners is a squash. Love it or hate it, squash, especially winter squash is an important crop to grow and learn to eat for someone wanting to be self-sufficient.
Keep in mind that there are two types of squash, summer, and winter. Summer squash, are plants like zucchini, yellow squash, and patty pans. These are very productive plants but have a very short shelf life and very few storage options. Freezing is really the only way to preserve summer squash. Please grow these great squashes but don’t plan on them being a big part of your winter storage.
Winter squashes are plants like butternut, spaghetti, banana and acorn squash and also include pumpkins. These squashes are very productive and when stored properly they can last through the winter. A big banana squash can feed you for several meals!!
You will need a larger garden to grow these winter squash. These vining plants take up a lot of room so plan on them sprawling all over the garden. Most winter squashes are good candidates for vertical growing. So try growing them on some type of trellis or other structure to save space.
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Great post. Had no idea you can’t plant popcorn and sweet corn together
Thanks! Yep if you plant them together they will cross pollinate and it ruins the popcorn.
This post makes a great resource for beginning gardeners like myself. Thanks
I loved when I lived in a warm enough area to grow my own popcorn. It’s probably the crop I miss the most since moving to a zone 4.
Since I can no longer grow popcorn, I’d have to replace it with beets or cabbage. Neither are my favorite, but putting up a year’s worth a produce all at once makes these two a must. They go directly into the cold cellar with minimal prep and are a few of the things that will last til next year.
Great post 🙂
I just wanted to mention that zucchini is worth growing to preserve by freezing. I grate the monster zuccs and freeze in 1 cup portions. These are perfect for thawing and using to make zucchini bread, zucchini nut muffins, or chocolate zucchini cake all winter.
Cynthia, I absolutely agree with you on this. We grow and freeze a lot of zucchini, most years more than 50 pounds from just a few plants. As it is National Preparedness month and I only could choose 5 crops for this post I went with the 5 I felt meant the most to an over all food storage plan for an emergency situation. If I were to do a top 10 list zucchini would be number 7 or 8.
I wasn’t aware that it was a month long celebration! Great post! We planted popcorn at a local community garden. Thanks for all the info!!
This is wonderful! I really need veggies like these since I start out all enthusiastic and then end up saying, “Garden? Oh yeah!” I’ve never tried growing popcorn, but we use so much of it I think it would be fun!
Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop. I hope we see you again tomorrow. Pinning! 🙂
I think beets and turnips are good garden crops because you can eat the whole plant,roots and leaves. Frozen,canned, and cold storage are all possible for the dual use plants.
I’ve been growing storage food for almost 60 yrs, I agree with your list only I would include pole beans,you can use them fresh can them ,dry them
Yep, If I had made the list longer, beans would have been #6!
Couldn’t find regular place to reply. Anything that doesn’t need any canning or freezing has to come first as well as calories.That means potatoes, squash, Beets ,carrots, turnips,Beans. corn or popcorn .All can be stored as is in root cellar or in house .Then tomatoes and a biggie you missed cabbages.If you can actually grow Kale all year to eat fresh then by all means. Add to that Brussel sprouts the late fall veg that will give you vitamins into LATE fall. The communist countries grew those cabbages as a staple for vitamins.They get huge and can be water bathed canned into coleslaw that is amazing.They also can be stored successfully in root cellar longer than you think . and can be pressure canned and or used for sour kraut.So no canning by root cellar storing or making sour kraut that can be eaten all winter. I am going to try the kale idea and the popcorn idea thanks for your great articles! JR
I agree that that potatoes, tomatoes, and kale are needed to be self sufficient. Not only just pumpkins but a variety of squashes, bell peppers and a variety of fruit. I grow all the above plus blueberries, black berries and raspberries plus cactus fruit, I make jellies, freeze, dehydrate and can my produce. That makes you self sufficient.
I grew spaghetti squash on my pea fence as they waned as summer came. Biggest crop of squash ever! Took up no room in my garden. That leaves more room to grow carrots or other root veggies I would add to your longer list. Easy to grow and store.