Instructor: Jim Phillips (view profile)
Guest: Carol Deppe
This underground tuber gets little respect…after all it’s just a potato. However, when it comes to survival gardening, the potato is a powerhouse. Increase your respect for this oft overlooked underground wonder. A survival garden needs to produce lots of calories. In temperate regions, potatoes yield more calories per square foot than any other crop. Only legumes yield more protein per unit of land than potatoes. Potatoes also yield more calories and protein per hour of work than other crops. When comparing dry weight, it has as much protein as your best grains.
Potatoes also have other important survival advantages. They are drought-resistant and thrive and produce a crop even if there are unseasonable early or late freezes. They pull through storms and other kinds of bad weather that would destroy many other crops. It’s also easy to grow a large crop with only basic hand tools. For your personal survivability you’ll need to grow several varieties of potatoes.
Potatoes – Critical for Well-Being in Hard Times
Originally broadcast October 11, 2011
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