To start with, I’m not trying to make this post about prepping or collapse or anything.
Looking at the news every day it’s obvious the climate is changing fast, and it seems probable issues will start arising from that. Heat waves around the world, water shortages in the west, flooding in Germany and China, wildfires everywhere, etc. Food supply interruptions and shortages aren’t going to be shocking if these trends continue. So what can be done in the home gardens to provide for some resiliency and food security? Most people probably don’t have the space to grow everything they need (or want), but it can be a buffer against shocks.
In my opinion, plants with lower input needs and higher production are the most important in hard times. For my example, potted figs are being phased out (which pains me) and easy berry crops are being expanded (blackberries and gooseberries). I may even wind up eliminating low producing in-ground fig trees for more productive fruits/vegetables if things worsen.
I have always grown no spray and will continue to do so (even though I seldom get good apples). Sprays are inputs (plus I have honeybees). Disease resistant apples and pears, and persimmons are low input. I have been expanding my blackberries and adding gooseberries.
With all that ramble being said, what crops do you think are best for stability in changing times?
I’m planning to play around with some root crops like potatoes, oca, uluco, and sunchokes. I’m always trying new winter squash. I may get some larger packets of corn, bean, squash, and sunflowers just in case. I’ve even considered trying to grow Yaupon Holly or Sochi tea. I’d like to plant nut trees, but I don’t have the space.
That’s where my head is at these days!