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.
September is National Preparedness Month and The Prepared Bloggers are at it again!
It’s safe to say that our ultimate goal is to help you have an emergency kit, a family plan, and the knowledge to garden, preserve your harvest and use useful herbs every day – without spending a ton of money to do it. Luckily that’s obtainable for every family and a journey we would love to help you with.
This year we have posts about food storage, 72-hour Kits & Bug Out Bags, and every aspect of preparedness, from water storage to cooking off the grid. You’ll also find many ideas to help you be more self-reliant. Look for information on the big giveaway we’ve put together for later in the month.
Be sure to visit our sites and learn as much as you can about being prepared. We’ll be using the hashtag #30DaysOfPrep for these and many other ideas throughout the month of September, so join in the conversation and make 2015 the year you become prepared.