9 Survival Gardening Crops to Grow in a Post Apocalyptic World

Buy high-quality metal raised beds: – Preparedness, prepping, SHTF – it all can seem a bit like a maniacal obsession with the end of the world. At the same time, there’s real value in becoming even a LITTLE more self-reliant in our modern society – that’s what growing your own food is all about!

Here are my Top 9 crops for survival:

1. Beans
2. Corn
3. Squash
4. Cabbage
5. Potatoes
6. Kale
7. Sweet Potatoes
8. Lentils
9. Herbs


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  1. I would like to do the apocalypse grow challenge, but i only have a balcony to grow things on. Maybe i could do an altered one where i can buy vegetables proportionally to what i grow. And since hunting/fishing laws would not matter after the apocalypse maybe add a small amount of meat and fish depending on what I'd be able to catch if the law didn't forbid it… I know areas i could easily hunt a week's worth of rabbits in an evening.

  2. You could add edible mushrooms to your survival garden. High yields in a small space, and you can grow them on waste materials.

  3. Peanuts! are pretty invasive but they're really prolific growers and if they're potted they can be controlled and grown indoors! If you don't have the skills or resource of hunting animals for meat, growing some proteins is an important thing. As people have lived as vegans or vegetarians for many years and live very sufficient and healthy lifestyles, it's a moral choice people choose that i wish everyone would try honestly. The peanut plant flowers are edible as well and you can do so many things like eating them seasoned, raw, roasted, and even extract the oil from them to make delicious food!

  4. I think an underground vegetable with minimal leaves in case of a problems with the air or water supply. Don't want huge leaves that trap pollutants. This is if there's a greater problem then you're describing. Root vegetables with small leaves, maybe carrots?

  5. If you want to add some extra stuff and have the room for it , provided it wont be dangerous , keep a few pigs too

  6. Good information, but I have to ask how frequently do we harvest for these crops, and *what size crop bed is needed for one person*?
    Yours seem rather small, and like you'd be planning a rotation for your meals, as well as only just barely hitting caloric requirements.

    I want to build up a green thumb, and have to deal with scorching summers and snowy winters, so some of these recommendations were really nice, but I still feel "uninformed" as to the "rotation" I'd have to implement to plant during the proper time, and the size of the bed to properly care for a human's requirements.

  7. Tomatoes only due to their canning ability and use in anything from salsa, sauces and add depth of flavor to everything else on the list.

  8. what do you think about do another on herbs like mustered flower and other stuff? (for first aid and or health)
    some fun stuff you got there.

  9. I've added cayenne peppers to season and I will start growing stevia this season after my brother in law showed me his stevia plants he grew.

  10. So, I have a question why did you choose kale over spinach? I only ask because I happen to like spinach, is there an advantage to kale?

  11. I’m a novice but I’ve read that quinoa is a good survival crop; easily transportable seeds, good yield per plant, very good nutritional profile (esp protein), and grow nearly anywhere you plant them. I just came across your channel and I’m looking it so far!

  12. Assuming your well secluded from any threats then an apple tree could be a good one, within a few years you can start to eat the fruit giving plenty of vitamin C and other benefits and it grows in both hot and cold climates

  13. Thank you great ideas!!
    And like your Ginger video! Will try it with Turmeric!
    I love Beets because you can eat the whole plant! So I probably would do beets rather than potatoes!

  14. This is your "outdoor" garden, but inside you could, for your apocalypse garden, grow both sprouts and microgreens. Neither can really be preserved, but they would add a great deal of fresh crunch to your meals and they take up so little space nearly anyone can have both inside their home.

  15. First time watcher… I like how you keep it simple…short and sweet!
    The only other plant which I have recently been looking into growing, is Moringa. It's a super food apparently and easy to grow almost in any climate. We'll see….

  16. Honestly potatoes are the best due to their variety, little to no maintenance, and ability to continually grow back so long as you leave some behind. My only issue with them would be that you can't use wood ashes as a straight up fertilizer for them, due to their intolerance for alkalinity rich soils. It's simply too "sweet" for the acidic loving plants. It can still be used as a pest deterrent if you lightly dust overtop the soil, but it's simply better to add the wood ash to the compost pile if you're working with a large number of potatoes.

  17. Sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds would give you access to sunflower seed oil, which you could use to cook the various veggies/foodstuffs in while the cake produced by the extraction process can be used as feed for chickens. Good little source of protein that produce a bunch of seeds per stalk that can help provide you with oil in a situation where you don't have access to butter or other oil producers.

  18. Garlic! With a little planning you can grow different varieties that will store over the year, meaning you can add taste to those dishes. Not sure about its nutrient or calorific density though!

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