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dcharm2
just registered with KGI; I would like to know what I need as products to start growing as survival foods that can be preserved for survival food? Basically what seeds do I buy to begin growing?
There are any number of strategies depending on what you feel might happen in your future. That said, here are some ideas. Beans are nutritious and store easily as they can be dried on the vine and kept in a sealed container in a cool, dark, dry place. Very low energy needed. With good sunlight, they can be easy to grow, and if you can keep them close enough to discourage deer predators, that's good. Greens can be grown indoors with enough light, or outdoors in shady areas. There are dozens if not hundreds of different kinds of greens, many of which will overwinter under sufficient cover. Sprouts of all sorts of seeds are easy to grow indoors and nutritious. They don't store well, so you just need to sprout what you will need immediately. There are mushroom growing kits. If you have the knack, it is a good way to have healthful food that does not need sunlight to grow. But it can take months for them to "fruit." Sunchokes are planted in autumn and unless you have a rodent problem, can be stored in the ground. Otherwise, a bucket of slightly damp sand in a cool (lower 40sF) place. Hope these are helpful ideas.
I would go with anything that can be sprouted. Because even a small amount of seeds will give you a relatively balanced amount of nutrition if they are chewed slowly, though they wont of course be bulky. We are talking survival! If you have to move , seeds are easy to transport. You can fill your pockets with them. They wont need cooking, just water to begin to grow. They will be ready in a day or two and will last a few days more. You dont need a garden to grow them, and are less likely to be stolen from you as they aren't so obviously edible on their own. And of course you can always plant them to grow more seeds if this is possible. Another way of tackling the issue of food shortages is to act preventatively and get out there, planting in the wild, along grass verges, and in wastelands, anything that can be foraged. That allows others to survive too. Lastly, a trick from my family during the second world war ....They planted jerusalem artichokes instead of potatoes because the potato seed didnt spend much time in the ground, often being 'lifted' as soon as the planters backs were turned by hungry refugees or soldiers. The artichokes on the other hand were less saught after and many people didnt know that beneath those tall sunflower-like stems grew small edible (but not so tasty, but hey, edible...) tubers. I'm currently working on planting as many forageable plants and trees as possible accross a housing estate, because even if I havemy sprouting seedlings I want everyone to be able to survive.
Please be sure that whatever seeds you buy are non-hybrid and organic.Non-hybrid seeds can be saved from the plant and grow the same kind of food the next year.This will give you a source of seeds for many years.

 

 

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