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Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Survival Garden

If you can’t get to the store to buy your produce, what will you do? Plan now! Buy the seeds (HEIRLOOM!!), learn how to garden, learn how to preserve / can / dehydrate, and cook with what you grow. Practice seed-saving. Figure out what you have space for inside your home – if you can’t get outside to garden (in case someone sees your food and tries to steal it), stock up on grow lights and potting soil. Food is our most basic need, behind water. Do what you can NOW to ensure your health.

If you don’t have room for the following, choose what your favorite foods are, and which of the following are most versatile in your cooking.

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Greens (lettuce, endive, escarole, spinach, swiss chard, etc.)
  • Okra
  • Onion and Garlic
  • Pepper (Bell and Hot)
  • Radish
  • Squash (summer like zucchini or crookneck, winter like butternut or pumpkin, gourds)


  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Huckleberries
  • Kiwi
  • Melons, including watermelon, cantaloupe, etc.
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Wonderberries


  • Beans, including soybeans
  • Cowpeas and Peas
  • Sunflowers


  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Wheat


  • Basil
  • Chamomile
  • Cilantro
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Garlic
  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint and Other Mints
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Soapwort
  • Sorghum
  • Stevia
  • Thyme
  • Etc.

Some of the above are perennial plants, and some you need to replant every year. Radishes can be grown every 6 weeks or so.

Be sure to read for recipes and cooking ideas and for the best way to grow these plants.

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