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Originally posted by visualmiscreant
I agree with most of the posts already, but the one that post that can't be emphasized enough is canning. I'm guilty of the same thing. Luckily I'm able to feed the older fruit and veggies to my goat. You will need a pressure cooker which comes with a user guide, and "mason" or "bell" canning jars with lids and bands. You can save a little by buying the generic jars if that's important to you. It's very simple, but a little time consuming. It's will be worth it's weight in gold I promise you (maybe not by today's gold prices).
I used to can (jar) tomatoes, new potatoes, green beans, and a whole lot more. Somehow or another, I got out of the practice and started freezing everything. Frozen foods will not help when the SHTF.
One veggie I must brag on, but I'm not sure how they grow in your area. Sweet Potatoes. After harvesting them, you take them to a dry dark area and lay them in hay, covering them somewhat. They stay fresh for a long time that way. They can be boiled whole or in large cubes, mashed like Irish potatoes or fried like french fries, and even baked in a makeshift oven or tinfoil in hot coals. Some people grow them in old car tires stacked up one on top of the other, or in metal or plastic drums. Either way, it keeps some of the critters out of them...
By the way, your pressure cooker can be used on an open fire outside, but it blackens the metal. In a survival situation; so what!!!!
What is a Three Sisters Garden?
It is an ancient method of gardening using an intercropping system which grows corn, beans, and squash crops simultaneously in the same growing area that is typically a rounded mound of soil, often called a hill.
Corn is the oldest sister. She stands tall in the center.
Squash is the next sister. She grows over the mound, protecting her sisters from weeds and shades the soil from the sun with her leaves, keeping it cool and moist.
Beans are the third sister. She climbs through squash and then up corn to bind all together as she reaches for the sun. Beans help keep the soil fertile by coverting the sun's energy into nitrogen filled nodules that grow on its roots. As beans grow they use the stored nitrogen as food.