Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Top 6 Storage Crops For Preppers

Lisa Lynn presents a good list over at The Prepper Project:

http://theprepperproject.com/top-6-storage-crops-for-preppers/

I'd add Jerusalem artichokes, malanga, yams, cassava and boniato to the roots section. You also gotta grow Seminole pumpkin down here, if you want a really great squash.

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9 Comments:

At August 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM , Blogger Sheila O said...

Seminole Pumpkin is on my list of things to find. Got any leads?

 
At August 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

If you can wait a month or so, I'll have some to share. If you can't wait, you can get seeds here:

http://www.southernexposure.com/seminole-pumpkin-3-g-p-166.html

 
At August 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM , Blogger Sheila O said...

I'm a-ok with waiting.

 
At August 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM , Blogger rycamor said...

Also, a big + for Tan Cheese pumpkins in Central FL.

My first experimental patch, grown from only about 6-7 seedlings, has taken over a good 2500 square feet of the yard and yielded at least 15 large pumpkins so far, and is still growing more. I started them in early spring and they grew slowly until the summer rains, and then just took off. All through the hut, muggy summer that destroys most other traditional crops, they did great.

Most of these have been big enough to make at least 3-4 pies, although we have had few tasty smaller ones. And the seeds are quite tasty, raw or toasted to a crisp, although not so much in between.

Just remember, as with most crops in central FL, pumpkins love mulch. Keep the roots 6" deep in mulch and they will be happy.

 
At August 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Wow - that's awesome. Particularly for a state that's supposedly "bad" for pumpkins.

Can you take some pictures?

 
At August 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

Here is the pumpkin patch about 2 months ago. It has grown another several feet in each direction since then.

Here is a not-quite-ripe little pumpkin. OK, actually not so small.

Actually this is a little pumpkin holding a big pumpkin. Silly face is bonus.

What do we do with them? It's as easy as one, two, three--I mean, as easy as pie

 
At August 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

Actually, that first photo didn't really do it justice. That was only the picture of the very first seedling. The other 5 are off to the right and ended up taking a good 70% more space than the first one.

 
At August 9, 2013 at 2:18 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Those are awesome. Looks like they're outproducing my Seminole pumpkins - though you did a much better job of soil prep than I did. Thanks for the shots.

 
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