9 Survival Gardening Crops to Grow in a Post Apocalyptic World

In this video we are going to pretendlike the apocalypse has hit us and based on some of the news I thinkwe’ve all been hearing lately, sometimes it can seem like that. But let’s set the scaremongering asideand discuss nine pastures to grow in a survivalist mounting. Kevin Espiritu here from Epic Gardeningwhere it is my goal to help you grow a greener thumb. Let’s talk about this with a survivalsetting and this is something I have pretty good experience in.Last year, June 2019 to the end of June 2019, I did something called theapocalypse grow challenge. I flooded it certainly heavily on Instagram. I have footage that is still sitting onmy archives waiting to edit for you guys here on YouTube, butthe rules were simple. I had to live off of onlywhat I could proliferate, fish, food or barter for at fair market value, and I did that for 30 daytimes. So I’ve done that in a really urbansetting and that form me really fantasize, okay, what do I have to grow in order toquite literally survive for a month? Now, the first thing you have tothink about is, number 1, calories. So we’re going to be talking about cropsthat are the easiest to grow for their caloric concentration and nutritional profile.And nutritional density is another thing. Some of our calorie heavy-laden pastures aren’tnecessarily the most nutrient rich. They’re helping thatcaloric vigor attitude, but they’re not serving theperspective of nutritional concentration. So our two categories that we’re goingto discuss are now going to our calories and our nutrients. Andbefore we go any further, abide aria at the end for a bonus categoryof harvests to grow to make this whole survival experience a lot more fun.Let’s go ahead and jump into it. Crop number one is the humble nut. It procreates appreciation to look back at moreancient cultures to figure out what they grew in order to subsistencefarm or existence plot, because that’s justhow life was back then. And nuts were a staple cropacross many different cultures. Now, the reason why they’reso good is number 1, they’re pretty calorically densecompared to other things you can grow, but too a good quantity of protein, allsorts of vitamins and minerals in them.But on top of that, you can grow themin many different ways. First of all, you have your categories ofbush nuts and pole nuts, and so based on yourunique growing conditions, you can choose which oneyou crave. This of course, is a vertically stackedsystem thriving bush beans. You wouldn’t want to grow pole beansin a plan like this because of course then you’d need to trellisall these different ones up, which doesn’t make a whole lotof sense. But then if you missed, you could go ahead and shy some polebeans on a trellis arch like this. And you have many, countless ways to growbeans. So as far as developing them, direct sowing is almost alwaysgoing to be your best bet. Although I will say they take okay totransplanting. I’ve done that many times. In fact, I implanted this entire thing. And besides the top sufferingfrom a little of spider mites, the rest of these are doing really nicelyand I expect to go to harvest out of those.Beans can be preserved. Beanscan be baked and accumulated for many, countless, countless months and times. And then beans is likely to be labor into moreor less almost any type of cuisine and any type of recipe from soups to Mexicanfood to all sorts of different things. And so nuts are extremely highup on the cataclysm garden-variety roster. Crop number two is going to be corn.It’s gotten a little coldnes, little windy, little rainy here. So I’m hangingout under the awning. But corn, if you’ve listened to number oneand number two, beans and corn, “youre supposed to” know list three, sodrop it down below if you know it. But let’s talk about this. Most of usare growing sweet corn in our garden-varieties. I did a lot of that last year. Super rewarding to come out to the gardenand grab a stalking and give an hearing off the stem and eat it fresh offof the stubble. It’s so luscious, but in a survival situation, youwouldn’t really want to do that.You may want to opt togrow a Dent corn variety, cause it cool on the stalk tosomewhere below 15% moisture, and then what you can do is use itas a baked corn dinner, corn flour, that type of thing. That’s goingto be a lot more versatile. It’s going to be a lot easier to storeand preserve and you are eligible to simply use it in so many more different recipes.So corn also plays nicelywith our first one. So if you use the corn stalk as amakeshift organic trellis, then the beans, if you choose a pole collection, can originate straight up it. And that pass us rightinto our third pick. Apocalypse crop number three completesthe trilogy and that of course would be squash. So yes, for those working ofyou who suspected it, props, it is the three sisters combinationfor our first three recommendations. So you have squash, specifically winter squash.What that does is if you grow it onthe soil, it’s a sprawling crop. And so it’s going to be a fauxground cover, a lettuce ground cover. And what that’s great for, if youcombine it with your beans and your corn, both of those are shallowrooted cropsthat really do wish delightful moist soil that’s protected from crazyfluctuations in sweat. And so what you’ll do there is thenyou’ll move squash out on the sand and you can have your beans clambering up thecorn if you so have preferred to do a pole bean and the corn of course providingthat support structure. So it’s a really good triple menace. And then of course squash onits own is nutritionally great. Calorically pretty good andalso a splendid store cultivate. Crop number four on our apocalypselist, I’ve chosen cabbage.Cabbage is a pretty easy to grow cropand it’s special because it retains the majority of members of its nutrients even when it’scooked. And if you want to preserve it, then you can of course dothat by fermenting it andcreating sauerkraut or other cabbagebased unrests. So it’s great raw, it’s great cooked and it’s relativelyeasy to grow and numerous smorgasbords are pretty coldtolerant. So you can grow it inmost regions throughout most of the year, forbidding the hottest and ultimate coldestparts of the year. So it’s a really, really good crop.No, it’s not “the worlds largest” calorically dense butpretty nutritionally dense and working in partnership with the fermenting tilt, you canactually do quite a bit with this crop. This next crop is absolutely number onein my mind as a gardener and that of course is the humble butreally not so humble potato. These are a Norland red mixture andpotatoes, right out of the entrance, is a staple crop in asurvival situation. In fact, potatoes and specifically this Norlandred potato right here is the one that provided most of my calories, my locate tier of calories, for my holocaust growsurvival challenge I did, as I mentioned earlier in thevideo, June 2019 that entire month. Now these ones right here, you may bewondering how do you still have some left? Well, these ones germinated out of tiny ones that Ihad forgotten and simply didn’t dig up in my conjured beds and the otherways that I ripened them. In fact, these ones now came outof my cold compost pile.Just the collection that I shed a bunchof different things in. Of direction, I guess some of them slipped through thecracks and now I have a healthy amount, maybe like two or three pounds.They’re not the most sizeable, but they’re completely free. And thatspeaks to how easy potatoes are to grow. So easy. I’ve grown them in five differentways I’ve grown them in grow luggage, I’ve grown them in five gallon pails, I’ve grown them in grew plots withhilling, promoted plots without mountain, in grind, both with and without hilling.And you know which one performed thebest, amazingly in the foot, submerge deep. And I never hilledthem and I never touched them. I tell the natural brave, the rainthroughout the season water them. And I got a big carry of maybe 25 to30 pounds just out of one bunked of these Norlands on a friend’s property.So from a existence perspective, potatoes are one of the few nutrients thatyou can eat merely potatoes and you won’t be deficient.You’ll, you’ll be okay.You’re not going to be thriving, but you’ll be okay. Caloricallypretty good. Good amount of magnesium, good sum of vitamin C. They are a great crop to grow and theyreally are a defined it and forget it crop that all you have to do is just notharvest 100% of them every year and you’re going to have them coming backyear after year after time. They’re just an amazingcrop. So versatile. You canturn them into hash dark-browns, you can fry them, you can storethem in cool, somewhat humid place. They’re going to lastfor a long, long time. You can even turn them intodehydrated potato flakes, whatever. The sky’s the limit with potatoes. Clearly they’re the favorite of mine andthese are probably gonna make it into a meal tonight. Our next apocalypsepick is the humble kale.Now, is it the most caloricallydense crop? Certainly it’s not, but it is extremely nutritionally denseand the above reasons I picked it over many other commons is becauseof its freezing endurance. You can change this in almost any climatethroughout the winter provisioned you specify some cold protection likea cold frame or a frost blanket, whatever the subject may be. And itactually amazingly accumulations pretty well. If you were to cut it up and youwere to dehydrate it as kale chips, shy a desiccant like silica pack inthe container you’re store them in. This can be a great nutrient denselittle crunchy snack in the cataclysm. So kale, of course youhave this curly form. There’s the fossil or Lacinatostyle, many different diversities, some more cold long-suffering than others, some more, like I would prefer, hot long-suffering than others. Andso unquestionably pick your hodgepodge, but kale does make it intothe top nine cataclysm inventory. Next up we have sweet potatoes, which despite the list aren’t reallyrelated to potatoes and flourish slightly differently.They take a lot longerto evolve than the average potato. So if you’re looking forexpediency of calories, you probably wouldn’t choose this. Butthere are some interesting benefits, namely that the greens are palatable. Whereas with potatoes they certainlyare not edible and in fact potatoes even exposed on the surface you shouldn’teat. We call those green potatoes. They have a lot of solanine contentin them. You don’t want to eat that, but with sweetened potatoes , notonly are you able feed the greens, but you can just let this keep going andgoing and moving and you’ll be drawing up these gnarly tubers. These are not even close to the maxsize you can achieve. Of track, there’s definitely a sweetspot, but a great storing crop, good sugar material in here, good overall caloriesand nutrient density.It’s really hard to beat specified youhave the climate and the cavity to grow them. Our final one before the bonusis the lentil. Lentil is a legume. It’s a marvelous crop to grow. It’s about 110 daytimes for a baked lentil, so it’ll get it all the waythere in merely over about, well I predict just under fourmonths or so. So superb. You can ripen in at flake. You want toplant them maybe five inches or so apart. You can position a low trellis on ifyou want to, you don’t have to. You time want to make sure there’snice aura circulation. And again, these are in a jar and these arestored. What does that tell you? It’s a great bone-dry storage, meat, calories, protein, knot of good stuff going on with lentils. So make it a part of yourapocalypse survival garden. But those of you who have stayed, you have your bonus apocalypse tip andthat would be changing a ton of herbs. So I’ve got, what do I have? Rosemary, lavender, basil, dill, thyme, oregano, sage all that stuff is poppingoff in this tiny little herb garden.And trust me when I say that you willeventually get sick of eating potatoes, lentils, nuts, squash, allof this nonsense, unseasoned. And speaking from someone wholiterally did this for 30 periods, I went through a lovehate bordering ontrue hate of potatoes for a while and it’s been nine months since that challengeand I’m only slowly starting to like them again. So I got sick of them and having a bunchof herbs that I can bake and dehydrate and mix into spice fusions isgoing to go a long, long way.What did you think of my apocalypse index? This is by no means an exhaustive inventory, so if you have a suggestion thatyou think I certainly missed out on, drop it down below so everybody else, including myself can learn from yourapocalypse garden-variety recommendations. And what I’d like to say is, first ofall, thank you for coming in for watching. If you experienced the video, cultivate that like button. And the last thing is if you like theraised bunks I is available in my front garden, a connection is going to be in the description. I now am the distributor in Americafor these Birdies caused bottoms, which I really like. It’sstarting to rain very hard. So I’m going to wrapper this up. If youlike them associate in the specific characteristics, attach in specific comments, checkthem out. And until next time, good luck in the garden. Keep survivingand I’ll see you on the next video ..

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