June 11, 2014 at 5:29 am #16253
With the mention of malnutrition post SHTF I want to suggest a couple of easy to grow, evergrowing vegetables which have reasonable amounts of vitamins ( particularly C ) . Enough to keep you alive and healthy.
The first is New Zealand spinach http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/new-zealand-spinach-nutrition-1220.html which is almost a weed here. In a sheltered spot it will survive frosts, or you can grow from seed, cuttings or shoots. Not the greatest taste.. but easy to grow, pest free and it will grow on sandy soil.
The second is Chayote or choko here in NZ. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chayote From Mexico , but now grown widely in the tropics, it is easy to grow and produce huge crops here. You can eat the shoots and the root. Here it comes each year new in the spring after the winter frosts have killed the vines. We store them in a “cellar” thru the winter and they are a useful standby vegetable. They are diuretic and have other “heart health” properties. Once again.. no great taste.. but easy to grow..pest free.June 11, 2014 at 9:02 am #16255
In South Africa we’ve got Marogo.( like Spinish) It is very nice mixed with mashed potatoes and little bit off peanuts. http://www.herbgarden.co.za/mountainherb/herbinfo.php?id=504June 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm #16264
I like how easy it is to grow Moringa which is full of vitamins. They grow well in South Florida. No one knows how they look like and will walk by them not thinking that they are good to eat.June 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm #16278
Here in Oklahoma USA, something I have found growing prolifically is “Lamb’s Quarters”. Technically a weed, it is extremely nutritious. Bushrat and I eat it fairly often. High in Vitamin C and many other essential nutrients (less than a half cup of cooked greens provides well over 100% of Vit C which will prevent scurvy.) For nutritional information see: http://www.foodscout.org/food/lambsquarters.html
I pulled up some from my friend’s garden and planted a row in my own. (Other friends are laughing at me. Maybe they won’t after stuff is no longer available in supermarkets ) Another patch is volunteering behind our carport under a pecan tree–so it will grow in the shade as well as full sun. And yes, in my garden plot they are growing like–well, weeds… I think they are an annual but they certainly self seed everywhere. (My mother taught me about them in NJ, and they are widespread across NA and Europe.)
Leaves are smallish but plentiful. Taste is like spinach. Once it gets large and the stems become tough, I just strip the leaves off the stems. Boil or steam, add butter if you have it, and enjoy! (Stay healthy too!)June 11, 2014 at 6:09 pm #16296
And do they grow in the hot weather like Florida?June 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm #16297
Freedom it will grow anywhere. Around my place if you move the dirt the next day it starts germinating and in a week it’s 4″ tall or more.June 11, 2014 at 10:58 pm #16327
<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>freedom wrote:</div>wildartist, is this it? Seeds http://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Quarter-Magentaspreen-Pkt-500/dp/B008AHETAC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402510002&sr=8-1&keywords=lambsquarter+seeds
And do they grow in the hot weather like Florida?
I don’t know about Florida but do know they are very widespread. We had them in NJ when I was a child, and plenty here in Oklahoma.
Yes the seeds you’ve shown are a variant of the plant–more bright magenta on it. But later this year I could probably send you some seeds. Or if you want I could mail you a few plants with soil around them now. Someone said the Native Americans called it puccoon and used it a lot (haven’t verified this.)June 11, 2014 at 11:05 pm #16328
<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>74 wrote:</div>Freedom it will grow anywhere. Around my place if you move the dirt the next day it starts germinating and in a week it’s 4″ tall or more.
74, it’s about that way here too. They were all over my friend’s garden among the weeds. I transplanted a few and they are about 40″ tall after about 3 weeks. The volunteers in our back yard are shorter–growing in the shade–but healthy.
I also have found several dock plants–long narrow leaves around the base which are edible and taste lemon-y tart. The seed head is growing tall now and will ripen into brown by fall. Ate some leaves a few weeks ago–Bushrat feels they are too sour but I like them. I tried dandelion but it gets bitter too quickly–will use it in an emergency.
My thinking is, if I put a few of these “weeds” in neglected corners (like the tight, gravelly strip between our carport and the neighbors’ fence) and just let them grow, they will be here when I need them. Instead of working to destroy them like most people, just keep them for backup.June 11, 2014 at 11:43 pm #16331
wildartist, many people do not know you can eat them just like the moringa plant which looks like a large weed type plant. In a SHTF people will walk right by them. This is great backup food. I sent you a PM.
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