When to harvest open- pollinated corn, for fresh eating and for winter use.
Grow green manures in the heirloom garden to increase fertility and organic matter in the soil. barley, buckwheat, clover, cowpeas, millet, rye, soybeans, whinter wheat, or kale.
I prefer to pick the heirloom beans before the seeds are very developed. They are best when harvested before the pod begins to show expansion from the seeds. They are very tender at this stage. If you want your plants to continue producing longer, be very gentle with the plants. Do NOT just grab the bean and pull. My mother would never let others pick her beans until the third picking. She said they were too rough on the plants.
We raise most of our own food. 2010 was our best year ever. 2011 produced almost nothing. We realized how important a LARGE heirloom seed supply is in a survival situation. It can mean plenty, or going hungry.
Organic carrots are a fantastic crop for the survivalist as well as the person looking for good nutrition. The brighter the color, the more nutritious the carrot is. Carrots don’t take alot of space. They grow in every climate. They are easy to store and can be left in the ground for months.
Soil for carrots should be loose at least 10″ down. Add good compost, but fresh manure will cause forking of roots and hairy feeder roots. Manure put in the ground the fall before should be fine. Carrots like full sun and warm soil, with cool growing conditions. You can plant carrots 3-4 weeks before your last spring frost
Heirloom gardens can be small, meaning just a few peppers, tomatoes, and lettuce. Or they can be 1/4 of an acre and produce year round vegetables for a large family. Ours is the latter. I have several raised beds where I grow the smaller crops. I don’t like to hoe and weed, so lettuce, radishes, spinace, onions, beets, carrots, etc. are all planted in the raised beds in rows about 6-12 inches apart. As the crops grow, they shade out the ground between them, which minimizes the weeds.
It is time to get planning that survival garden. If you are a first time gardener, decide where you will buy your seeds. If you want move more toward self-sufficiency, buy heirloom seeds that you can harvest and replant for years to come.
Seeds of Change, an heirloom seed company, was bought out by Mars Corporation
heirloom tomatoes, along with many other older varieties of fruits and vegetables, almost vanished from our grocery stores and gardens. They gave way to hybrid varieties that were developed for better resistance to many diseases
Have you been tempted to save seeds of some really wonderful annual flower or a tasty vegetable? Don't be afraid to try. Yes, some of the hybrids won't turn out exactly like your original plants, but you will still get flowers and vegetables. Harvest the seed, and put them in a place where they will […]