“Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.” – Jamais Cascio
The Zombies are coming! What’s the best quick crops for survival? Or perhaps you are just trying to fill a gap in one of your garden beds. Quick crops are and important part of any successful edible garden as you can plant them in between your main crops. They grow so fast that you can harvest them before the interfere with your main crop. So lets go with the surviving the zombie apocalypse angle it’s much more fun. What are quick crops? Er They’re crops that grow quickly. Correct!
Here are my Top 4 and reasons why.
1. Micro Greens
Micro greens are the sprouted seedlings of seeds such as Tatsoi, Red Amaranth, Radishes, Rocket, Mustard etc. The reason I have put Micro Greens at number one is that they grow fast. Very fast, in fact in seven days time you could be eating highly nutritious greens. Micro greens are packed full of nutrients such as vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene. Daikon Radishes, Red Cabbage and Garnet Amaranth tend to have the highest levels. The quickest of the quick crops for survival so Micro Greens are top of the list.
In at number two are the Radishes. Purple Plush, French Breakfast, Easter Egg, Watermelon, German Giant, Black Spanish are among some of the best known varieties and can be on your plate in 25 to 30 days. Most people throw away the radish greens, but they are edible and have a great peppery taste. Radishes only have 3.4g of carbohydrates per 100g so you won’t be running any marathons, nevertheless will be welcomed after eating Micro Green for over two weeks.
Your probably quite skinny now and running on empty. But hey presto! 60 days in the Turnips have arrived and now were talking. After only forty days I can start eating the leaves but after 60 days those juicy roots become available and they have around 6g of carbohydrates per 100g so along with the radishes something quite substantial. So what’s number 4 on the list of quick crops for survival?
4. Runner Beans
In at number 4 we have beans. Most variety of pole or bush beans will be ready to harvest in 50 to 60 days and contain a slightly higher carbohydrates at 7.13g of carbohydrates per 100g. Beans have a rich source of fiber and can act a laxative which after 60 days you may need some house keeping to get things back to normal.
Those are our quick crops for survival. We hoped you enjoyed reading about them if you want to know more about how to amend soil to get bigger, healthier and better tasting crops then why not read our blog on 5 Top Soil Amendments.
Until next time. Learn as you grow.
Your friendly Suburban Farmer – Edible Gardens Team
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