Beginning self sufficient behaivior

Discussion in 'Food - Cooking, Preserving & Fermentation' started by Sasha Bushell, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. Sasha Bushell

    Sasha Bushell Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Hey Everyone,

    I am looking at some ways to become more self sufficient over the summer months.

    I just watched Mark's video on his 8 easy to grow summer crops. Does anyone have any other crops they grow successfully over summer (in the south east qld region)?
    Also, what do you do with your winter crops to get them to go further? What storage options do you utilise? So far im just pickling but i have some fruit trees and want to store my apples that grow next year in sand or something similar, has anyone had any success with this? Do you have any tips for me?

    Or do i just need a bigger fridge?
     
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    Okra love the heat & humidity. Mine were going great, even on the 40+ days, until the grasshoppers got stuck into them!

    They seem to be perennial too. I left last years in the pots, just intending to use them as stakes for this year, but they are regrowing from the base & fruiting. They grow very easy from seed anyway, but I thought it was a nice bonus.

    Jerusalem artichokes are another good grower in the heat. You eat the root, which looks like ginger. Can't wait to try mine, they are all over the garden at the moment. The above ground section looks like a sunflower, which the bees love.

    On your preserving question, I've seen citrus in sand for about 6 months.

    These guys tried preserving in ash & it didn't work. They are a super sweet couple though, well worth checking out.


    I think canning would give you the longest shelf life for fruit. Supermarkets store them in giant fridges, which works, but isn't really self sufficient :)

    You could try dehydration as well for something different.
     
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    Thanks so much for the info. Its really hard to find area specific information and alot of the USA stuff, well.. its not really helpful for us being sub tropic.

    Where abouts are you located? Whats your property situation and how much do you grow?
     
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    Yeah, I wish the Americans would talk in season rather than months, would make things translate a lot better to the rest of the world.

    I'm in Perth at the moment, but have lived all over this dusty island. I'm renting currently, so am limited to growing in pots & temporary garden beds.
    https://www.selfsufficientculture.com/threads/my-potted-garden.1392/
     
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