It’s becoming harder and harder to rely on others to supply you with the food you need. In addition to several other things, the steadily changing climate could make it even more difficult to find the food you and your family require. The good news is that you can learn to grow your own food.
Know Your Environment
Most people are really good about checking out the types of fruits and vegetables that grow best in their climate, but they don’t also consider things like the amount of sun the garden is exposed to, how well irrigated the area is, and what type of soil they have. Spend some time learning as much as you can about the garden area so that you’ll know exactly what will grow and where. The staff at your local cooperative extension office should be happy to help.
When you buy seeds, you should buy enough so that you can plant another garden next year. As a rule of thumb, there are five heirloom seeds that every prepper should plant in their garden.
There are a few compelling reasons why you should purchase good quality seeds. There are many different varieties so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one that’s perfectly suited for your garden. Squash is really easy to grow, making it a perfect starter crop for the novice gardener. It’s full of all sorts of great things you need, including potassium, Vitamins A and C, carbohydrates, and magnesium. In addition to being easy to grow, squash is also simple to prepare and stores well.
The one thing you want to keep in mind when choosing your squash seeds is that some varieties are designed for food while others serve ornamental purposes. Make sure you get a type that can be consumed.
When you harvest next year’s seeds from your grown squash, you will find the seeds mixed in with the pulp. The simplest way to separate seed from pulp is to place both in a good colander and run water over it. As you sift through the mass, the seeds will steadily separate from the pulp. Store them in a cool dry place for approximately a week (make sure they don’t touch). After the seeds have dried, choose the biggest, flawless ones and tuck them into a paper envelope that can be dried in a cool, dark place until it’s time to plant them.
The high amounts of antioxidants and Vitamin A found in green beans makes them an excellent choice for anyone who is worried about the overall condition of their heart’s health. There are many different varieties, including dwarf, to choose from. Each variety is easy to grow, very beginner friendly.
In the fall, you’ll notice that the plant’s pods have continued to grow, even though you haven’t been watering your garden. These pods are were next year’s seeds are kept. The best time to remove the pods is when the plant dies and starts shedding its leaves. Open the pod and remove the seeds. Be gentle, they’re delicate. Let the seeds dry for about two weeks, before transferring them to labeled jar and placing it in a cool, dark, dry place.
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If you’ve never grown spinach before, you’re in for a real treat. Not only will you be able to eat your home grown spinach raw, it can also be bother cooked and canned
If you’re going to grow your own spinach seeds, you’ll need to let a few of the plants flower. The seeds will be ready to harvest when the plant turns yellow. Pull the female spinach plants and hang them bottom side up some where that’s both cool and dry. After two weeks, the plants should be dry enough that you can give it a good shake and the seeds just fall out onto a paper you’re holding. Be ready, the seeds are tiny. They’ll need to be stored in a cool dry place. Keep them in a labeled jar.
Corn doesn’t grow in all enviroments, but if you live in a sunny climate where it’s hot and wet during the growing season, you’ll have a bumper crop of corn.
When you’re raising corn for seed, you need to make sure it’s as free of moisture as it can possibly be, which means leaving it on the plant and in your garden for about 6 weeks after the regular harvest. When the corn has dried sufficiently, the tops of the kernels will be heavily dented. Remove the kernels from the cob and store them in a dry place that’s cool.
If you want to grow your own potatoes from seeds you’ve produced yourself you need to plant seed potatoes.
To develop seed potatoes you need to place each potatoes, sprout side up, in an old egg carton. Put the carton somewhere that it will receive good light but no frost and the potatoes sit for about 6 weeks or until the sprout is an inch long. At this point you can plant them in your garden. When you pull them out, they’ll have plenty of seeds for you to use.
– This post is Syndicated. Original publish date 21 February 2016 | 7:32 pm on msprepper.com