So even though I'm a planner, I am also a realist, and know that if S really does HTF, most people's dreams of having a self-sustaining farm of 10
different vegetables is kind of silly. So I have decided to share what I have in my backyard and wanted to see what others might have growing and why.
In my opinion, a vegetable garden is nice as an added variety (basically a luxury), but I couldn't realistically rely on having a year-round harvest,
or even a guaranteed harvest. Bugs, mold, early frosts, too many variables for me. I have a pretty green thumb, but without proper irrigation (even a
water hose is included in this) a reliable vegetable harvest seems too risky for my liking.
So in my yard, I have a few things I feel I can let grow, and if the water stops running, will still be growing without much help.
First is my little bamboo forest. I'm not sure what all parts of the US bamboo grows, but here in my state, it's a self-sustaining weed. It grows
almost uncontrollably and ive never watered it once, but it has so many great uses to take advantage of even without processing. Building material,
firewood, using the fibers to make rope, weapons (bows, arrows, spears, blowguns, etc), food. I love bamboo.
And the nutritional value is pretty astonishing for basically a young tree stump. One cup has 2% of your daily carbs, 8% of your fiber, 2.3g of
protein, 1% vitamin A, 2% calcium, 3% vitamin C, and 3% iron. Not bad at all IMO.
Bamboo nutrition (canned)
I use the canned value because that would be the best way of preserving them for long storage. Bamboo shoots are harvested as soon as they sprout, and
must be collected within the first two days of sprouting, the sooner the better. Bamboo sprouts at different times depending the variety, but the kind
I have (big timber I think) sprouts early in the year. I love fresh boiled bamboo shoots, but you can can them and add flavoring or just pickle them
and they are really good also.
Next in my yard are my two big pecan trees. Now I realize not everyone has a 100 year old pecan tree in their backyard, but its still something to
keep in mind if food is scarce in the fall and you live near a wooded area. (Or if you feel like transplanting a few yourself.) My trees have survived
more years than some countries, and I'm assuming they will still be here when the water hose turns off.
I'm not sure how many people from outside the states have eaten fresh pecans, but they are awesome. They taste great and they are great for you. Pecan
nuts (nuts, fruit, drope, that topic has always confused me...) have some pretty impressive nutritional properties.
. Not to mention the cancer fighting properties that go along with it.
Next up in my yard are my 3 Redfree apple trees. We planted them a few years ago, and they are going strong. Never have to water them (although I will
on occasion when its drought weather), and never have to do any maintenance to the fruit. It's a hearty breed of apple and is resistant to almost
everything that is a threat except the animals (and myself).
And every August I have a very sweet treat to start looking forward to.
Last up are my Jerusalem Artichokes. No, I'm not joking, that is their name, and they taste great, lol. This is another weed I have found and am
taking advantage of. They grow like potatoes, and kind of resemble a water chestnut, only the size of a small sweet potato. They are a member of the
sunflower family, and have pretty flowers throughout the year until I mow 'em down and grab the tubers. I harvest late in the year when it gets close
to freezing and before the ground is too hard to dig up. This is a plant that comes back every year with a vengeance and I have to fight back from
trying to take over past its section of the yard. I highly doubt it will let me down when the water shuts off, hehe.
IMO if you live where you can grow Jerusalem Artichokes, it is something you should look into. Potatoes have saved many a people from starving, and
these things aren't hard to cultivate by any means.
So these are a few of my SHTF plants that I have come to love in my yard. It might not be as comfortable of a survival as A/C, iPads, and the
Internet, but at least my wife and I will be fed, even in the worst case scenario.
And the off-setting harvest seasons make sure we never have more then a few weeks/months in-between crops. The bamboo sprouts early in the year and
lasts more than a month, the apples start ripening in early August, the pecans are starting to drop around late September, and then in November I get
to start looking forward to the Sunchokes.
Right now my plants are all for fun and variety really, but its nice to know if the day comes, I have a ready food source that requires minimal
mantainance. Should be pretty good in a trade scenario also. Not sure how many people in my state are going to have bamboo, apples, and potatoes
So what do you have in your yard? I'm looking to plant another fruit tree this upcoming year, but can't decide what to get
Would be awesome to hear
what some of the other members here have growing.
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