Have you Considered Perennial Homesteading?

By James Barton •  Updated: 03/26/16 •  3 min read

Are you prepared to grow your own food?

If a disaster with long-term ramifications strikes, even the most well-stocked reserves in the world aren’t going to last forever. Eventually, you’re going to have to think about homesteading to provide for you and your family.

Ideally, you will already have a piece of land set aside. But there’s a problem. Self-sufficiency is hard work. Most people, if asked to turn to small-scale farming to meet their needs, would be ill-prepared to do so.

“Perennial farming” overcomes many of the problems associated with achieving quick and efficient productivity. It can guarantee you an almost-instant supply of nutritious food and is much less labour-intensive than an “annual” approach.

What is Perennial Farming?

Perennial farming is the cultivation of perennial, rather than annual, edible plants. Whereas traditionally vegetables are harvested every year, being sown from seed in spring, perennial plants live indefinitely. If they’re “herbaceous” the foliage above ground will die back every year, growing again after the winter has passed. Others, like some fruit trees, are evergreen.

As outlined below, there are many benefits….

What are the Benefits?

Care and Harvesting

What Should I Plant?

It’s beyond the scope of this article to provide a full list of all the potential varieties and types. That said, I’ve included some examples below that are great to start with.

Conclusion

What are your thoughts about perennial homesteading? Leave a comment below and let us know!

 

James Barton

James Barton

Hi, I'm James. I am the founder and main editor for The Survival Corps. I have been a part of the survival and prepping community since my mid 30's as I downsized and started to prepare to be self sufficient in a time of crisis.