April 7, 2014 at 11:50 am #7494
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:
Very interesting article on essentials for resilient gardening that also might be useful in SHTF, including “corn trees,” “potato thickets,” and “oil bushes”:
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.
Basil (African Blue, East Indian)
Onions (Potato onions, Shallots, Egyptian onions, Japanese bunching onions, Welsh onions, Chinese leeks)
Artichoke (Jerusalem, also known as sunchokes)
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
Spinach (Ceylon, Sissoo, New Zeland)
Strawberries (Ever-bearing varieties can be maintained as perennials in colder climates)
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.April 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm #7496
Forgot bugs. Finally, a good use for those @*)@# snails!April 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm #7505
Some other very useful current threads:
instructor’s Dandelion threads:
instructor’s Wild Garlic thread:
instructor’s Birch Tree thread:
instructor’s Cooking and Foraging thread:
Please add any that I’ve missed, these are great information!April 7, 2014 at 8:35 pm #7585
anika, all very good ideas. Some of these will grow inside with a little sun lite.April 7, 2014 at 11:48 pm #7626
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George S. PattonApril 8, 2014 at 5:46 pm #7732
Thanks for all this info everyone!
I have zero gardening experience, so this is really helpful for when I begin.April 9, 2014 at 6:52 pm #7909
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.
RobApril 16, 2014 at 8:12 pm #8944
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1. Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus 2.Catnip 3. Marigolds 4. Lavender 5. PeppermintApril 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm #9140
Leopard, Great information since I live in South Florida mosquitoes and fleas are all over the place here.
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