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The conventional, annual garden can be a real problem for lots of people. There are a number of ways you can grow food and they don’t all have to be about traditional methods.
Many preppers store seeds and that is likely a good idea for both growing food and bartering. However, perennial plants are going to give you the ability to do that, too! You are not going to have to worry about planting seeds year over year!
There are all kinds of great foods that are perennial.
- Walking Onion
These are just an example of a few great perennials that grow year over year.
Dividing and Bartering Perennials
Not only will your perennial plants come back year over year to feed yourself, but they can also be divided at the roots and spread around your property.
When you divide a perennial you will find that by dividing the roots, you can often share plants with others or barter them.
Of course, if your plant’s roots do not divide well, you could always barter with the seeds. The seeds of the walking onion will come back years and actually plant themselves. Tomatoes will grow one year and be finished.
Which seeds do you think will carry a heavier value during a barter situation?
Adding Perennials to your Garden
It is Fall now and we are going to be finishing up the growing season soon. Maybe you are going to add some new trees in the fall. Be sure you plan on adding these plants to your garden so that they come back year over year.
Remember, the first year or two will be investment years and you might not get much or any production but in time you will be feeding your family from perennial plants.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It’s made of lean, dried meat that’s crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call “survival skills” now.