BeansNo because they take to much room and cannot be relied upon to dry in my climate
Basilno grows for 2-3 months of the year only and is susceptible to moulds and pests
Corn These two are not suitable for my climate maize doesn't get to maturity neither does amaranth (not enough heat days)
Berries Since we're talking limited space I assume this means 2-3 bushes of something, berries come all at once and need sugar to make the preserved fruit edible and keepable
Chamomile Why? it's an ok plant you can use it for medicine it's easy enough to grow but it adds very little to keeping you alive.
Cucumbers Useless bags of water in a survival situation. 2 months production and require salt/vinegar/sugar to preserve
Strawberries A couple of weeks of berries that have to be eaten instantly and take a lot of space to make a dent in a diet.
Arugula a small pest ridden spicy leaf, really just no. leaves are the easiest thing to find, I wouldn't waste precious growing space on it.
For purposes of this discussion I'm assuming we're talking about a vegetable garden that will get some amount of care & not be subject to ravenous hordes of zombie thieves.
Robert Ray wrote:When you say garden are you counting all the things that grow on my property that I don't really attend to but produce an edible crop? Am I staying at my current location?
Stacie Kim wrote:
Beans - I'd substitute soup peas cause they grow better here.
Basil - I'd grow oregano instead because it's less finicky and can be harvested until early winter. Plus, I love oregano tea.
Cabbage - kale grows much better for me
Carrots - these don't grow well for me either, so i'd grow winter squash. It's an orange storage vegetable, so I think it fits the niche.
Potatoes - yes!
Corn - I'd grow barley instead. Rye is more reliable, but I like barley more.
Amaranth - substitute millet
Berries - I think grapes would work better for me
Chamomile - I'd probably substitute chives
Cucumbers - I'm not entirely sure what purpose cucumbers would serve. Maybe just variety? Do people consider pickles a staple? I think I'd grow zucchini instead. You can still make pickles, plus you can dehydrate chips for snacking or sheds for soup.
Strawberries - this one might be a stretch, but I'd grow tomatoes instead. I eat a loooot of tomatoes, plus you can dehydrate or can them for soup, etc.
Arugula - well, I've already got pea shoots, kale, and pumpkin and grape leaves for greens. If this is just for a spicy green leaf, I'd grow radishes. Then I get spicy leaves and the seed pods for another vegetable.
Joyce Harris wrote:What do you do with your crab apples???