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SHTF garden?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Markjz, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Markjz

    Markjz Longview, WA Member

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    kind of new to this climate. does any one know what crops grow well out here that aren't pot? yes I know blackberries.
     
  2. manakiah

    manakiah Issaquah Wa Member

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    Spinach, carrots, cabage, lots of different lettues, peas, green beans. These are things that I have seen do very well in this area.
     
  3. EZLivin

    EZLivin SW of PDX Well-Known Member

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    Pick up a copy of "Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades" by Steve Solomon. It will save you a lot of time and frustration.
     
  4. TAT2D

    TAT2D Portland Member

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    I put in a fall crop of lettuce and arugula. The slugs decimated the lettuce but left the arugula completely alone. Then that little snow put the hurt on the arugula. Didn't get in gear in time to put together some cold-frames.

    I haven't been back out in the yard yet to check whether the cold just messed up the existing leaves, or killed the plants outright.

    MrB
     
  5. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If the "S" ever does actually "HTF" be sure to scrape it off the blades to use as fertilizer!
     
  6. spider

    spider Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    One word marijuana, just think of all the stuff you could barter for it.....
     
  7. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    lol, I'm guessing you are about zone 5-6. Just google what grows in those zones. Red Potatoes grow like wild fire around here.
     
  8. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    I tried some potatoes but I think I need to amend my soil more (too much clay) b/c it was a failure. What method are you using for your potatoes, Riot?

    -d
     
  9. SHTF Garden. I've never heard of it referred to like that, which makes this post hilarious.
     
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  10. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Can't grow anything after the "Safe food Act" passed. Because you could get sick growing your own food.
     
  11. gearhead

    gearhead NC Active Member

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    you're right. i don't know how we made it through the old days when there were so many small family farms. i rest easier tonight knowing uncle scam is looking out for our best interests.
     
  12. Now I know why my egg tree wasn't growing.
     
  13. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    I've got a raized garden...to be honest I would just loosen up the sould a bit with a hand tiller and bury an eye about 4".
     
  14. accurateone

    accurateone Eastern Washington Member

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    One year I planted a great 1000sqf of garden. 600sf of last years & 400 sf of new... Planted it with the best of love... and got nothing! I asked the 85 year old local farmer what I did wrong, I planted in beautiful soil, on a nice sunny spring day... like the book said. The farmer explained that there is a snow mountain within 30 miles, and if you plant before the snow is off the mountain, no matter how nice it is down here in the valley, you planted too early. He was right! Books are great, books with local experience... much better!
    Consider having a coffee with one of your area farmers in the local "Greasy spoon" EARLY one Saturday morning when they're all sitting 'round. You'll find out what grows, and when.
    If you can take a little country hazing, you might even make a valuable friend!
    A1
     
  15. MikeE

    MikeE Portland Well-Known Member

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    #1! Also Kale, Swiss Chard, Spinach, endive lettuces. A small plastic hoop house will keep these going all winter.
     
  16. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    They took over my compost heap over the past 2 years. I pulled one out that was about 6x6.
     
  17. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    I'll have to try the raised bed route. I did my first round of gardening this past year and it was met with spotty success. Some veggies did alright and others mocked me.

    -d
     
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    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Everybody watch out for the garden police coming to a neighborhood near you. Hey you mowing your lawn, freeze, I am a garden cop........
     
  19. simpleguy

    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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    I have been growing:
    Carrots, Spinach, New Zealand Spinach, Lettuce(Black Seeded Simpson, Red and Green Oak Leaf, Prizehead, Romaine, Buttercrunch, Bibb, etc.), turnips, broccoli, garlic, green beans, peas, potatoes, sweet meat squash, zucchini, pumpkin, asparagus, cucumbers, tomatoes(too many varieties), jalepenos, parsley, basil, chive, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, savory, strawberries, apples, blueberries.

    All this and I am SURE I've missed a few things.
     
  20. revjen45

    revjen45 Snohomish County Well-Known Member

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    "Now I know why my egg tree wasn't growing."

    Well, as a self-proclaimed expert on nearly everything it sounds like you're planting them too deep or too close together. :D
    >> RIM SHOT << But seriously folks...

    We have found tire gardening to work pretty well in this area. The black tires warm the soil around the roots. It also helps to start seeds/starter plants under lights or in a greenhouse early so when the weather turns clement you can have them ready to go. As far as slugs go crushed egg shells spread on the ground around the plants discourages them. My wife likes to go out in the morning with a shish ka bob stick and impale them. A bowl of beer or yeast water sunk into the ground will lure them to their demise. Be careful the PETA cretins don't find out though. I actually saw an article in the newspaper some time back in which some "expert" wanted to ban the use of fireplaces because an exotic slug liked to reside in chimneys and building a fire wasn't good for them.