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Top 10 Plants To Set Up Your Spring Homestead Harvest

Top 10 Plants To Set Up Your Spring Homestead Harvest

February 21, 2018

We can all buy as much survival food, emergency tablets and calorie bricks as we’d like for when the SHTF, but nothing beats a crisp and fresh vegetable straight from the garden. As food becomes more and more streamlined in society, it’s easy to ignore fresh, quality food and home growing by substituting it for the easy and long-lasting survival foods available in the market.

But a true prepper knows that the plan that follows the emergency is just as important as the plan that comes before. Creating a garden is the perfect reason to grow your skill, innovation and health while focusing on creating a long-term survival plan.

Without a garden, a homestead plan won’t be complete! Setting up a garden today is the best way to experience healthier food today and a better plan for tomorrow.

Why Set Up A Garden

One of the most important things for a prepper to learn is self-reliability. Creating your own food from scratch is not only rewarding, but healthy and enjoyable!

After all, any of us would get tired of powdered mac and cheese after a few days, let alone a few years.

That’s why starting a garden now is getting more and more important. Due to the long cycles necessary for growing food, throwing seeds in the ground when an emergency strikes is not a viable plan. Growing your vegetables can occur anywhere – from your actual homestead location, to community farm plots and even pots on a balcony or porch! Growing your gardening skills is important for any true survivalist. Living off the land is not easy, but it is very much so rewarding!

After you grow your food, there’s any number of ways to prepare it for future use. Though they will not last as long as stockpiled emergency food, canning and preserving are excellent ways to ensure your food lasts until your next harvest. You can also freeze dry your food to preserve its freshness and availability for years and years to come!

What Should I Plant?

This is one of the questions that can be the most difficult for a beginning farmer or gardener. While experienced farmers may have the advantage in knowledge, there are certainly books and almanacs that cover the timing and perfect season for crops.

Spring crops are perfect for growing a large variety of plants to try. While winter’s harsh chill can only lend great weather for root and leafy vegetables, and summer’s heat is only perfect for berries and hardy vegetables, Spring’s weather is the perfect mix, lending good growing time to everything from Potatoes to Berries! You can even start taking advantage now by placing a few plants in pots on your balcony and watering them regularly. The Spring’s rain can cover your errors for a first-time gardener, and the sunlight is long but not excessive. Here’s a list of perfect Spring time crops:

  1. Potatoes – There’s no denying that potatoes end up being an important part of everyone’s diet. They’re hardy, easy to plant in fields and are perfect for storing and eating. There’s any number of dishes that can be made with your potatoes harvest, and they grow in great abundance!
  2. Carrots – A staple root in any kitchen. Rich in fiber and vitamins, fresh carrots are sweet, crunchy and easy to plant! Make sure to keep the soil loose so they don’t twist out of shape due to debris or hard soil. A raised bed is the perfect option for hardy carrots to give them plenty of space but great protection from pests. (You can also grow carrots from carrots tops! Make sure to keep the leaves to add to a stir fry or salads!)
  3. Broccoli – Is there a better plant for easy meals? We think not! With tons of fiber and no fat, this is the perfect addition to any recipe while being easy to grow and quick to rise. Broccoli is also relatively forgiving – give it plenty of soil and water and even the most amateur gardeners can take advantage of a good harvest!
  4. Tomatoes – One of the most important kitchen harvests, this is the plant everyone grows. Place it near something the vine can grow up and wait for perfection. The perfect pick for canning, preserving, dehydrating or even picking right off the vine and taking a bite, homegrown tomatoes are sweeter and juicier than your typical grocery store can!
  5. Peas – Not only are peas a family favorite vegetable – they also serve an extra purpose! As nitrogen fixing legumes, they increase the fertility of whatever soil they’re grown in! Nutritionally dense, they tend to be set it and forget it plants. Watch them grow with little maintenance to focus your attention on the plants it benefits!
  6. Green Beans – Great rotation crops, they help maintain soil quality to keep your ground pliable and perfect for future harvest! In both Spring and Fall, it’s the perfect choice for a healthy garden. Green Beans are also very rich in fiber, protein, and antioxidants, making it the perfect companion for any meat dish – or even as a substitute!
  7. Eggplant – Eggplants – especially the nightshade variety – should be planted slightly later in the season. But for the wait, you’ll have an incredible reward. Eggplants are high in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins to keep your diet healthy even after an emergency.
  8. Berries – Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries and Raspberries provide the best break possible from the savory aspects of your garden. They’re bright, beautiful, healthy, and absolutely bursting with potassium and other vitamins. Make sure to keep them separate – Blackberries are notorious soil hogs and can kill other plants!
  9. Cabbages – No matter what you do with your cabbage, you’re guaranteed to have a powerful group of nutrients with every meal it includes! Make sure to give them plenty of space to grow. You’d be surprised how large they can get when grown to their full potential!
  10. Basil – We can’t have all plants and no spice! Basil is an easy to grow herb that needs to be planted every year but works well with almost every recipe. Known as the “King of Herbs”, there’s no better starter herb than basil.

 

                Growing vegetables may not be an easy task, but that’s no reason to attempt to avoid it! Even in small homes, there’s potential for growing and enjoying the fruits of your labor, ranging from easy   to grow to simple plants that work on a rooftop or balcony. After all, the only thing you need are seeds, water and sunshine!

 

                Growing your garden should be a number one priority for any long-term survival plan. Whether it’s homesteading, providing for yourself to save money for the future situations and emergencies, or just wanting to grow a useful skill in an emergency, gardening and growing your own food should be your number one priority!

What do you plant for your homestead? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 




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