“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero.
While your grocery stores have run out of produce, we will look at five easy to grow vegetables in your home garden during crisis times, like these. These five easy to grow vegetables in your home garden will let you survive during these difficult and extreme times of healthcare emergencies. Survival gardening is needed in extreme times, and when you want to stock up food for sustainability. A survival garden will help you meet your needs during food shortage. The five easy to grow vegetables that made into our “Survival Gardening Crops” list are:
Potatoes can be easily propagated from slips using the potatoes from your pantry. Alternatively, you can buy seed potatoes from your local gardening stores for planting. Potatoes can be easily grown in 5-gallon containers, grow bags, or raised beds if you want an abundant harvest. They are heavy producers, nutrition dense and make a good choice for survival food to grow in your home garden. You can also try growing taro roots which is a nuttier/starchy version of potatoes, and are extremely easy to grow as well.
Herbs & Other Greens
Herbs like cilantro make a great survival crop choice as they can easily grow in aluminum trays, or 5-gallon containers. They can grow indoors under grow lights and in any growing medium like sand or compost. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and seeds are used in traditional cooking. They accentuate the taste of any dish that you add in as garnish.
Leafy greens like lettuce are extremely easy to grow during crisis times. The plants keep producing abundantly and you can keep harvesting the leaves. You can quickly toss up a salad with nuts, make a wholesome meal that will keep you full and also provide fiber and essential minerals and vitamins to keep you healthy. There are different varieties of lettuce that you can grow easily in small containers, which makes it an excellent choice.
Fenugreek, is another green that you can grow in your home garden. They grow easily in shallow containers or aluminum trays, and have a quick maturing time. It’s a versatile green, extremely healthy and delicious. They can be grown in clay/sand medium or just compost and produce a plentiful supply.
Mint is another easy to grow herb. To propagate, take a small mint cutting, put it in a container of water, and once they start rooting you can plant it outdoors in a 5-gallon container. They also grow well in part shade and makes an awesome culinary herb.
Radish is an extremely easy vegetable to grow and they mature quickly. The early maturing radish variety like Early Scarlet Globe take anywhere from 30 to 40 days to mature and gives you an excellent harvest. They grow easily in a shallow 6-inch tray or container. Home grown radishes are very crunchy, fresh, and come in different colors. Radish greens are also edible, and are a good source of fiber and potassium.
Tomatoes are very easy to grow in containers. You can choose determinate varieties or dwarf varieties to grow in containers. They produce abundantly and make an excellent survival crop choice as most of the grocery stores have run out of tomatoes. They come in lot of colors like the sun gold, quick maturing tomatoes like the early girl or the big boy. The celebrity variety grows to a foot, is easy to maintain, is resistant to diseases and produces abundantly. While you can also grow the heirloom tomatoes, like the Cherokee purple, I won’t recommend them as they are slightly difficult to grow than other varieties which are disease resistant. The varieties that we recommend growing are,
Bush beans can grow in compact areas and produce copiously. Beans are packed with protein and are flavorful. There are different varieties like the asparagus beans, French beans and the yellow wax beans that you can easily grow at home.
If you have the space to grow, I recommend growing pole beans, while they take up a lot of space they grow vertically and produce in abundance. Beans are prolific growers, nutritious, and make an excellent choice for survival gardening
Watch the video guide on the Top 5 vegetables to grow in your garden during crisis times – Survival Gardening – Top 5 Vegetables to grow in your garden in an apocalypse or crisis