Anyone who is striving for self-sufficiency, whether living on a small city lot or on a ranch in the country, needs to have a self-sustaining garden.
This means a garden that flourishes without the need for buying expensive hybrid seeds, synthetic fertilizers or industrial-strength pesticides. These may not exist when society ends as we know it. And frankly, we’re better off without them, relying instead on organic methods used for thousands of years before modern society.
Assuming you’ve built a self-sustaining garden, now it’s time to focus on the crops that bring the most benefit to the homestead. The following factors help choose the best crops.
- Reliability – does the crop consistently yield a good harvest?
- High yield – is the quantity of food produced per unit area high?
- Multiple uses – is there more than one use for the produce or remaining plant?
- Storage – can the harvest be stored long enough to allow use through the winter and early spring?
With these factors in mind, consider these five crops mandatory for the homestead garden.