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Old May 21st, 2020, 08:54 AM #1
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Food and gardens

I live out in the country so, if all went to hell, I'd be part of the neighborhood coop. I am trying to see what foods you all would save and garden that you can gather and replant yourselfs.

I got room left in the garden and looking for things to try planting.

I put in several rows beets, Detroit reds, and plant to raise and harvest and maybe try a second planting. Going to pickle and save some. Having chickens, so pickling and saving red bet eggs with them.

What sustainable stuff are you guys doing? I am looking for other ideas
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Old May 21st, 2020, 08:56 AM #2
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Beans, carrots, and potatoes?


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garlic. I dont have a place for a garden yet so I haven't tried it but I have seen people leave the bulbs on the stalks, dry them out, and then braid them together to hang. They are supposed to keep quite a while that way.
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We put up lots of tomato sauce and salsa.
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If you don’t have it already establish a nice asparagus patch. They are perennial so locate them in a nice permanent area.
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Beans, tomatoes, raspberries, blackberries, lettuce, spinach, beats, asparagus, Swiss chard, peas, potatoes, grapes (new), rhubarb, garlic, onions, sweet potatoes, peppers, bell peppers and string beans. Oh and a couple peanuts. Goose berries that are new and tiny. Lemon-lime tree and dig tree on the back deck. Put in apples, almonds, peaches, plumcot, cherries and plum trees a few weeks ago. So those will be 1-2 years before getting anything out of them.

Oh and blue berries. The blue berries finally took off this year. Moved them from the last house.

We can sufficient jam for my 3 kids and us that we haven’t bought jam from a store in about 3 years. Might be okay this year but only move in a year ago. So the raspberries and blackberries aren’t well established yet. We sold the old house right after harvesting for the season.

Also sufficient tomatoes for about 7-8 gallons of spaghetti sauce, about a gallon of tomato soup and about a gallon of tomato sauce. Haven’t bought spaghetti sauce in...dunno. 6 years?

Can hunt deer on the property and could squirrels and rabbits.
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When I had a garden I would always try at least one odd ball a year just to see what I could grow and/or see what they looked like.
Some interesting ones were:
Peanuts
Cotton
Broom corn
Popcorn

Others were some of the odd ones you see in the seed catalogs Like six shooter corn or the real long beans as well as some of the decorative gourds and Indian corn.

I always wanted to try patches of cereal grains like oats, wheat, buckwheat, etc but never had the room. Flax would be a good one for making linen and linseed oil.
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If you have the space

- Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, learn how to winterize strawberries and get a good stock with several varieties going
- Fruit trees, I probably could get 75 to 100 pounds of pears off one tree if I really protected it from the deer and crows
- I have been getting non GMO heirloom stuff from www.dollarseed.com love these guys cheap and effective, small biz. Who needs Burpees.
- Potatoes, grow, keep a few for seeds the next year, grow again
- Join a seed sharing club.
- Remember the three sisters corn, squash, beans.
- Learn how to can and dry food.

More importantly spend your time cultivating a solid patch of soil, do the composting, do the rotations, use soybeans to fix nitrogen. I am envious, I have a couple raised beds that I do ok with but would love to go to town on a half acre.
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I have had success planting, growing, eating, saving the seeds, and the re-planting the following year with most heirloom varieties of beans, corn, cucumbers, and squashes. I have not had luck with tomatoes (probably my handling is the issue) and carrots. Potatoes I've been successful with as well, though that's not really "seeds" so much as just keeping potatoes over in a cold, dark, dry place where they won't dry out and die or mold.

I specifically plant Mountaineer White half-runner beans, nantes carrots, waltham butternut squash, pickling cucumbers, and silver queen corn.
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Plant some of the running squash species if you have the room. Ones like Butternut, Acorn, and Spaghetti squash can all be stored over winter in an unheated part of your basement. I have kept Butternut squash and spaghetti squash that way and brought them upstairs to use when we wanted them. I put mine on pallets. Garlic stores well that way also.
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