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  • #7494
    anika
    anika
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    rreallife

    Someone out there is probably a better gardener than I and would have more insight, so please feel free to add to this; I wanted to get a thread rolling at least, to put up some info that I have/have used

    One of the best plans for SHTF gardening, in my opinion, is the hidden/low maintenance garden. This means gardening amongst weeds, generally with a favor toward underground plants or plants that don’t look like food. But another topic that I haven’t yet seen addressed is that a perennial garden is going to take a lot less maintenance than an annual one; you don’t want to get shot while you’re out planting some seeds. Here are some good perennial (and foraging) resources:

    Foraging Guide, by month:

    http://frugalliving.about.com/od/eatforfree/tp/Monthly_Foraging_Guide.htm

    Very interesting article on essentials for resilient gardening that also might be useful in SHTF, including “corn trees,” “potato thickets,” and “oil bushes”:

    http://www.resilience.org/stories/2011-11-04/planting-our-perennial-future-corn-trees-oil-bushes-potato-thickets-sweater-sward

    Edible weeds:

    http://frugalliving.about.com/od/eatforfree/tp/Edible_Weeds.htm?nl=1

    Here’s a list of what I’ve collected, I believe from About.com, on perennial herbs and veggies; fruits are also listed, but unfortunately with their bright colors and obvious produce, fruit and nut trees are going to attract people to your site. Still, if you have a situation that would make that less of an issue, they’d be good. Many of these items, like blueberries and hazelnuts, for example, require that you plant two of the same plant in order to get a harvest, so that is something to research and keep in mind. Also, obviously, not all plants do well in all areas.

    Perennial Herbs
    Basil (African Blue, East Indian)
    Chives
    Fennel
    Garlic
    Ginger
    Horseradish
    Lavender
    Lemon Balm
    Mint
    Onions (Potato onions, Shallots, Egyptian onions, Japanese bunching onions, Welsh onions, Chinese leeks)
    Oregano
    Parsley
    Rosemary
    Sage
    Thyme

    Perennial Vegetables
    Artichoke (Jerusalem, also known as sunchokes)
    Asparagus
    Broccoli (Nine Star, Purple Cape)
    Cat tails (see other thread on this site for excellent usability info)
    Dandelion (flowers, roots; see instructor’s thread)
    Many greens, such as chickweed and dandelion, that are considered weeds
    Radicchio
    Rhubarb
    Spinach (Ceylon, Sissoo, New Zeland)
    Sweet Potato
    Water Cress
    Yams

    Perennial Fruits
    Apples
    Apricots
    Avocado
    Blackberries
    Cherries
    Currants
    Fig
    Goji Berries
    Huckleberries
    Grapes
    Kiwi
    Lemons
    Limes
    Nectarines
    Oranges
    Peaches
    Pears
    Persimmon
    Plums
    Raspberries
    Strawberries (Ever-bearing varieties can be maintained as perennials in colder climates)

    Perennial Legumes
    Beans (Winged bean, Scarlet Runner)

    Also: All nut trees, including acorns; also other trees, like pine, produce usable/edible things in addition to nuts, like needles for tea and edible bark.

    #7496
    anika
    anika
    Survivalist
    rreallife

    Forgot bugs. :) Finally, a good use for those @*)@# snails!

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/escargot-zmaz93jjztak.aspx#axzz2yCWdMXhp

    #7505
    anika
    anika
    Survivalist
    rreallife

    Some other very useful current threads:

    instructor’s Dandelion threads:

    http://community.shtfschool.com/forums/topic/the-humble-dandelion/

    http://community.shtfschool.com/forums/topic/spring-is-here-and-the-dandelion-is-here-too/

    instructor’s Wild Garlic thread:

    http://community.shtfschool.com/forums/topic/wild-garlic/

    instructor’s Birch Tree thread:

    http://community.shtfschool.com/forums/topic/the-birch-tree/

    instructor’s Cooking and Foraging thread:

    http://community.shtfschool.com/forums/topic/survival-cooking-and-foraging/

    Please add any that I’ve missed, these are great information!

    #7585
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    freedom
    Survivalist
    rnews

    anika, all very good ideas. Some of these will grow inside with a little sun lite.

    #7626
    Gypsy Wanderer Husky
    Gypsy Wanderer Husky
    Survivalist
    exprepper

    http://community.shtfschool.com/forums/topic/edible-weeds/

    Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
    George S. Patton

    #7732
    Hannah
    Hannah
    Survivalist
    member6

    Thanks for all this info everyone!
    I have zero gardening experience, so this is really helpful for when I begin.

    #7909
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    lci115lewis
    Survivalist
    member3

    To me there is one glaring omission from the fruits, Mulberries. Of course that is probably because our Pakistani Mulberry is putting out a decent crop for the first time (we planted it in January of ’12, got 3 berries last year, and my wife baked a pie with less than half of yesterdays ripe fruit last night).

    This variety does not need a male tree to pollinate before it will set fruit, and the berries are huge.

    Rob

    #8944
    Leopard
    Leopard
    Survivalist
    member8

    6 Herbs That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes and Fleas

    http://gerson.org/gerpress/6-herbs-that-naturally-repel-mosquitoes-and-fleas/

    Lemon balm is a natural bug repellent.

    5 More Plants That Repel Biting Bugs
    1. Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus 2.Catnip 3. Marigolds 4. Lavender 5. Peppermint

    #9140
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    freedom
    Survivalist
    rnews

    Leopard, Great information since I live in South Florida mosquitoes and fleas are all over the place here.

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