Monday, June 19, 2017

The Top 20 Food And Seed Crops Needed For Growth And Survival

By Karen Roguski


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Farming Histories

History has shown us those in the farming lifestyles have seen many years of success and failures alike. One can find these historical notations from medieval times and possibly even further back in history. These historical timelines will detail a great variance in the successfulness of farming.

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Farming Inventions

The inventions of items such as the tractor, the combine, and even the gas-powered pickup truck give farmers and farming individuals a great advantage in the possibilities of success. For more details on the history of farming tools created throughout the years, the USDA has a condensed chart available here. As you will easily see the advances found in the various eras has helped farming successes in numerous ways.


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Farming Considerations

When looking at essential crops for your farming needs there are a number of things to consider some of which can be found below in no particular order.

  • Timeframe required for growing as well as the optimal harvest timing
  • Weight of the crops should homestead movement be necessary
  • Anticipated yield amount per harvest
  • Various seasonal crops for year-round harvest
  • Time of storage needs for maintaining freshness and long term use


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Crop Planting

The following chart contains the top 20 crops that can be considered as essential for farming growth and overall survival success. This chart has looped many of the different varieties of the foods together. For example, the melon can include foods such as cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydews, and grapefruit to name a few.


Top 20 Foods and Seeds
Food or Seed
Season or Temperature
Additional Information
Potatoes
Plant 4-6 weeks before last frost of the year
Easy to store. Can be eaten as a primary food source when necessary
Corn
Crop is considered warm weather best planted after last frost of the year.
Has many different uses and is one of the easier crops to store
Barley
Plant early in the spring or winter seasons
Product is excellent means of human and animal foods and varieties
Squash
Comes in summer and winter varieties
Very easy crop to grow
Onions  and Garlic
Plant in mid to late October
Another of the easily grown crops
Cucumber
Considered to be a warm weather crop
Increase yield by continuous picking
Okra
Plant two weeks after last frost
Has a wide range of uses
Peas
Winter plantable crop
Has many varieties. Easy to grow
Beans
Plant in early summer for best results
Easily grown and offer many varieties
Cauliflower
Plant in the cool season
High yield and has a short harvest time frame
Wheat
Plant late September to mid-October or Spring depending on variety selected
Multitude of various uses for both humans and animals
Eggplant
Plant after last frost
Versatile of cooking options
Tomato
Plant in late spring and again in the summer
Another of the very easy to grow crops
Melon
Plant four weeks after last frost
Many varieties available but do require a larger growing area than many crops
Peppers
Plant after last frost
Many varieties. More times harvest the more the yield
Lettuce
More than one growth season
Easy to harvest and grows quickly
Turnips and Rutabagas
Plant late May and early summer
Roots and Greens are both good to be eaten
Spinach
Cool and warm weather varieties available
Considered one of the super foods
Carrot
Plant in the fall, winter, and early spring
Super easy to grow

Growth and Survival Foods and Seeds

As the above information has shown history, as well as the increased inventions available for those in farming, have helped and hindered the farmer overall.When one is planning their very own farm these are very important areas to look at and often create a backup plan. Planning is the key got both growth and survival.

There are many more than the 20 foods and seeds found here that one might wish to consider as many people have different tastes and desires. There are no right or wrong items in which to plant or harvest so long as the specific items used and utilized can sustain those in which your farm holds.

One of the primary things to always consider prior to the initial planting is to plan, plan, and plan some more. Proper planning is one of an essential thing to ensure long-term success for both growth of the farm as well as the survival of all those to be living in the farming area.

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