Everyone is more concerned now than ever about the global food supply, both in the U.S. and globally. Which plants when grown can provide the optimal nutrition and what are those plants? Can they be grown in backyard gardens? What are the easiest survival plants to grow which provide the most nutrition in times of need?
It’s a little difficult to define “survival plant.” In a survival situation, any plant that can be eaten would be considered a survival plant. That would include any vegetable or fruit you have in the garden right through to local weeds or plants that are edible (well at least a non-poisonous form of nutrients!).
I think a survival plant is one that you put in the garden once and it grows continuously with a minimum of care. A plant you can turn to in times of need
A survival plant should meet the following criteria (in order of importance):-
It should be edible (of course), tasty and nutrient rich
It should perennial – or at least readily self-seeding
It should need a minimum of care
It should have a long or repeated harvest
There’s not too many conventionally grown vegetables that will meet all of this criteria. Most require regular preparation of the soil, regular & seasonal planting, regular watering, regular fertilizing and once the plant has yielded it’s crop, you have to pull it up & start all over again. Growing conventional crops is very rewarding, but let’s face it – it’s a bit of work.
Survival plants on the other hand, take a little bit of work up front to get them settled in and then you can leave them to do their own thing. Some will die back in winter and resprout in spring, others will go all year round – the common thing with survival plants is that they are perennial and don’t require replanting every year. If allowed to, most survival plants will never need replanting. Many don’t need watering if you get a decent amount of rainfall, and fertilizer requirements are optional – just fertilize & mulch when you get around to it. The most work you’ll do is harvesting.
From my experience growing both conventional vegetables and survival plants, I can say that survival plants have far less problems with bugs, diseases, and bad weather – if they do, they will usually recover without any assistance on your part. Even better, if you interplant them with your conventional vegetables, they’ll get less bugs too!
To get most value out of survival plants, it is best to learn how to use them. Why wait for disaster to hit when you could be getting value out of them all year – every year? Many of them have far more nutrition than many conventional vegetables and they all taste great. The best way is to use them is in combination with the vegetables you eat now, but try using them on their own too.
Once you’ve learned how to grow & use these plants regularly, you won’t need to be concerned with food or nutrition if there was any interruption to the food supply. Your backyard garden could keep you going for months or even years. You’ll also save money in the meantime – and more in future as food prices continually move upward.
5 great survival plants
Here are 5 examples of some great survival plants which should be fairly easy to obtain. Click on the photo or link for more information about growing and eating the plant.
Although these 5 plants are probably best suited to tropical/ subtropical climates, our members area includes 28 different survival plants for temperate zone planting.
The Survival Plant eBook and membership site currently has over 40 plants described like you’ll read here. It’s a worthwhile investment that can help you learn more about the most nutritious and easy to grow survival plants. The ones below are just a preview. Order the helpful E-book and get your Survival Plants Site Membership here.
|Malabar spinach… for it’s hardiness and abundance of nutritious greens.|
|Kang Kong… for it’s hardiness & abundant supply of leaves, stems and shoots.|
|Garlic chives… for it’s hardiness, flavour, and nutrition.|
|Sweet potato … for it’s nutrition, and supply of greens & tubers.|
|Taro … for it’s hardiness & supply of leaves stems and tubers.|
- Survival Food Plants: What They Are, How To Grow And Eat Them (alternativenewsreport.net)
- Gardening in Mississippi and the South: June and July (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- The Easy Way To Becoming An Organic, Chemical-Free Gardener (blogher.com)
- The Easy Storage Survival Harvest, by Minnesota Rose (survivalblog.com)
- Six Reasons to Grow Your Own Food (xeniagreekmuslimah.wordpress.com)
- Gardening in Mississippi and the South: August and September (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Garden Updates (physicianswife.wordpress.com)
- We Finally Got Our Vegetable Garden Planted (hbb2obm.com)
- Shady Vegetable Gardens (mountainrepublic.net)