Hardy Palm leaves as frost protection for Chayote and Chilacayote squash. The leaves are cut and placed standing up forming a space where the frost cannot penatrate use sticks poked in the grownd to secure the leaves. it is shady but the squash can handle shade during the vegetative growth.
Diversified Food forest maker . Fill every niche and you'll have less weeds (the weeds are the crop too). Fruit, greens, wild harvest, and nuts as staple. Food processing and preservation are key to self self-sufficiency. Never eat a plant without posetive identification and/or consulting an expert.